Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

Martha’s chicken with sauteed mushrooms

Here is another recipe that can be made in under 1/2 hour straight from Martha’s One Pot Cookbook. It has a pan saute made from white wine and chicken broth, which is very flavorful and helps the chicken to stay moist. I served this dish with rice, but it could also be served with noodles…

Homemade ice cream without a machine !

Is your freezer jammed with items ready to cook for the holiday season?  Are you looking for a place to chill your ice cream bowl before making a holiday dessert? Well..I found a delicious recipe from Martha Stewart’s One Pot cookbook.  It was recently released and I have already made many recipes which are nothing…

ghost cookies

While looking forward to Halloween this year, I brought out my favorite sugar cookie recipe.  From Martha Stewart’s collected recipes for every day, published in 1995, the recipe for Sugar Cookies II is nothing short of perfect.  The dough is perfect for rolling and decorating.  I chill the dough for a minimum of one hour,…

mushroom and spinach tortilla cups

  here is a quick and easy recipe for weeknight dinners. this one comes from Martha Stewart, and is very tasty.  i think this one could be varied with any of your favorite ingredients.  i adapted Martha’s a bit and only made four of the cups, and found that i liked my additions and changes….

new orleans style shrimp and rice

still inspired from my trip to New Orleans, i decided to make a classic shrimp and rice dish.  i found this recipe from Martha, which she published spring 2004.  it was easy and equally excellent.  it comes together in less than one hour and depending on the seasonings chosen could be as hot and spicy…

roasted carrot fries

OK, so it is the beginning of the new year 2014, and once again we are being really conscious of our eating patterns.  however, this recipe from MAD HUNGRY CRAVINGS is one that fits into my usual healthy cooking style.  these carrots are not fried in any way, shape or manner.  they are simply sliced…

cookbook review

everyone seems to be talking about addictions today.  almost like they are accepted as the norm.  well, i am confessing that i also have an addiction.  i am addicted to cookbooks and recipes.  i don’t consider this addiction to be harmful.  but, i have come to realize that i will never in my lifetime be…

double chocolate brownies

from Martha Stewart comes this recipe for double chocolate brownies made with bittersweet chocolate plus unsweetened cocoa powder. this is another easy recipe and so much better than any store box brownies.  take the time to make these and enjoy a much better product all around. preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  line an 8…

peonies

i think i really fell in love with peonies when i saw Martha Stewart arrange them in a tall glass vase.  she has the most amazing peony garden with rows of the various varieties.  i totally understand why, as this herbaceous perennial has spectacular fragrant flowers.  the different varieties offer either cup, bowl or saucer-shaped…

stuffed red peppers

  brightly colored meals attract my attention, and this dinner entrée is one of those which will also brighten your taste buds. from the pages of Martha Stewart everyday food, this recipe suggests using red bell peppers, but i would suppose other colors would be just as attractive. if you have a brightly colored casserole…

playoff snacks

the past few weeks have been filled with playoff games, the Kentucky derby, the Preakness, hockey and just about every type of sports contest. in our home, we are always watching some type of competition and my hubby is looking for an appropriate snack for the event. i turned to Martha’s american food cookbook to…