Warm Pears and oranges

Tender pears and Mandarin oranges prove to be a delightful dessert when warmed in a slow cooker.  As I have shared in previous posts, fruit desserts are some of my favorites. Of course, they can also be served with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even…

Breakfast fruit crepes

So this is the best crepe recipe ever which I use with my Cuisinart International Chef Crepe maker.  It works every time and has become a classic in my home.  Each person can choose what they would like to enjoy with their crepes.  Options include: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, flavored syrups, chopped sliced almonds or…

Oven Baked Stone Fruit

We have had a Winter warm-up of temperatures in Michigan, which makes me feel like Spring might be on the way. Stone fruit is in the market, with peaches, plums and apricots being my favorites. I decided to bake some peaches and top with some vanilla sugar a few days ago, and they were delicious….

Bavarian Apple Torte

Just like others, I have recipes that I have made for my family for years. This one, in particular, I have made dozens of times over the past 30 years.  It is a classic.  I obtained the recipe from a friend of mine from the very first garden club I had ever joined, back in…

Baked pears

Throughout the winter months, I enjoy baked fruit.  First of all, I really enjoy a nice breakfast during the coldest of winter weather.  Also, I think warmed fruit is a nice option and great alternative to a cold fruit platter.  I like to serve cold fruit during the warmer months instead. So, here is another…

Farm fresh strawberries

Summer strawberries fresh from the farm were gifted to me a couple of weeks ago, and were they ever delicious. There is something special about fresh strawberries that have not gone through a market of handling, packaging and processing for shipment. These berries were sweet, tender and delicious. Many of them were petite and perfect…

Michigan cherry pork chops

Fruit and pork marry very well.  In fact, most people serve apples every time they serve pork chops.  I think it has been written somewhere in every cookbook, that fruit should be served with pork roast, pork chops, or pork loin. I tried a cherry glaze made from frozen cherries and feel like it has…

Hasselback Apples

Fruit desserts are some of my all-time favorites.  One of the easiest fruit desserts has to be this apple recipe.  Be sure to choose a Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apple, as some of the other softer flesh apples will not hold up during the cooking process.  I found this recipe last year in Cooking Light…

stars and stripes

July 4th is just around the corner.  Here is a cute way to celebrate with a fruit platter for your guests.  Take the time to find a small star cookie cutter and make some watermelon stars for the platter.  It is fun and easy to do and even the children or grandchildren can help with…

scrambled eggs breakfast bar

My family members seem to like every dish prepared differently based on their individual tastes.  It has been a challenge for me over the years to find recipes that everyone seems to like. When my children were younger, I don’t think I catered to them as much as I do today.  But as my children…

necessary kitchen tool

Every kitchen needs certain tools for everyday tasks. Some of my favorite kitchen tools are wooden spoons, silpat mats, coarse graters, kitchen scissors, a variety of cutting boards, mixing bowls of various sizes, stainless steel whisks, sifters and strainers. Most of these tools will last a lifetime, so it is important to choose wisely.  I…

strawberries with chocolate filling

For one of my community group meetings this week, I made these strawberries with chocolate filling.  They are a nice party snack, which can be prepared rather easily.  This recipe makes enough filling for a large clam shell package of strawberries. The strawberries are nice for a breakfast, a tea party, a light dessert or…