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…

Mocha Chip Meringues

One of my favorite cookies happens to be a meringue.  We loved the taste of these cookies over the Christmas holiday this year.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe and as every one of her recipes, it worked perfectly. These cookies were crispy, but soft inside the center of the cookie.  The chocolate taste was…

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…

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…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

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…

raspberry breakfast muffins

Fresh raspberries are plentiful at the market, and I just couldn’t resist purchasing several packages.  Muffins made with fresh berries are sometimes a bit tricky, since there is so much moisture in the berries.  I looked through some of my cookbooks to find a recipe using fresh raspberries, and decided after some time to look…

trader joe’s gingerbread

a couple of weeks ago i tried a Trader Joe’s box cake mix.  it was delicious.  i added a topping of chopped walnuts.  the cake is very moist and easy to prepare.  and, it is only offered during the holiday season in the stores. there is something special about the taste of gingerbread.  it reminds me…

molasses walnut tarts for thanksgiving

traditionally for thanksgiving, most serve pie.  i thought i would try individual nut tarts this year for something different.  these tarts have a distinct molasses taste, and seemed to be just the right size for a sweet dessert after a large thanksgiving meal.  i found this recipe in my magazine collection of recipes that i…

vanilla salted peanut cookies — recipe makeover

  no crumbs will be left on the plate with these cookies.  this is a recipe makeover taken from the pages of king arthur flour baking company’s newsletter.  it is a recipe from the fifties, that was changed up to include white chocolate, half the eggs, half the sugar, and no lard.  yes, i think…

pecan shortbread bars

  here is a recipe for a wonderful pecan bar that has a shortbread texture. it comes from the art of breakfast cookbook. it is perfect for afternoon tea or coffee, but can also be served as a nice dessert with vanilla ice cream.  we enjoyed these for Easter dinner dessert. this recipe will make one 13 by…

almond crunch biscotti

slices of almonds bring this biscotti recipe to a delicious level.  for years, i have used this biscotti recipe taken from a small book titled, biscotti. the cookbook is written by lou pappas, and was published in 1992.  the recipes in this small book range from traditional to those containing chocolate and nuts.  pappas even…