All American Apple tart

Are you already thinking about the upcoming summer holidays?  We have Father’s day this coming weekend and then the 4th of July soon to follow.  I am planning to prepare a classic apple dessert for the 4th this year to celebrate. My husband recently purchased the Le Creuset apple tart pan that I have been…

Ginger Walnut Bundt cake

After seeing so many beautiful cake pans displayed from Nordicware, I just had to prepare an old-fashioned bundt cake at home.  This cake was super delicious, with the recipe coming from the pages of Taste of Home, November 2015.  Even though I often adjust other cookbook recipes, for baking, I always follow the recipe exactly…

Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial…

Cherry Pistachio Shortbread cookies

Every Christmas I like to try at least one new cookie recipe, and this year I found a recipe in Yankee Magazine which was especially delicious.  My cookie tray looked quite festive with the red and green colors that this cookie contains. I did chill the dough overnight and baked them the next day. Here…

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

Salted caramel “anything” seems to be super popular these past couple of years.  I have seen everything from candy and drinks to cake with this flavor profile.  I recently found a recipe online at the smitten kitchen for these cookies and just had to sample them.  I had a good occasion to try them this…

Tom’s Mom’s cookies

Located in Harbor Springs Michigan, Tom’s Mom’s Cookies is a wonderful place to visit.  We heard about this cookie shop when watching a travel Michigan television program.  Having won several awards while being in business for more than 30 years, we decided to visit the shop last week. The shop was busy when we visited,…

Red velvet cookies

Do you ever have a cookie craving?  Anyone I ask always seems to be able to tell me an answer to this question–what is your favorite cookie?  I haven’t met anyone who says they don’t like cookies.  Over the past 35 years, I have baked so many cookies I can’t even begin to list them….

Double Chocolate cookies

Are you ready to try a gooey creamy chocolate cookie?  This recipe from Cooking Light magazine, November 2014 is wonderful. The secret to this recipe is not to over bake the cookies.  For the rich, creamy soft cookie, only bake this one 8 to 9 minutes maximum in the oven. And then, allow to cool…

Kitchen tool: cooking thermometer

One of the most important tools to have in a kitchen is a cooking thermometer.  Under-cooked foods can be dangerous. Meats, such as, pork, chicken, and beef have precise done temperatures.  With various sizes and cuts of meat, it is often just a guessing game to determine if the cooking is complete.  The best way…

shortbread cookies for every holiday

I have a few recipes that I can use throughout the year.  This is one of them.  It comes from Ina Garten.  With this recipe I am able to use any cookie cutter and a variety of sugars or decors to make the cookies look holiday specific. The best part of this recipe is the…

Kitchen tool review: Danish Dough Whisk

The holidays are here with the increased desire to bake and prepare for many celebrations.  I like to bake throughout the winter time, since I seem to have more time indoors due to the inclement weather and decreased garden maintenance. I recently had the opportunity to try out this Danish dough whisk that was sent…