baked lobster

there is nothing like summer lobster.  and, how easy it is to prepare at home.  i usually purchase lobster tails and simply bake them on foil in the oven until the lobster flesh is firm and pink. with a bit of margarine, and seasonings to taste–the rest is just perfection. preheat the oven to 350…

lavender sugar cookies

  it really feels like spring now.  we have had lots of rain in midland, and i can see crocus blooming in my yard — the grass is greening, and my garden club had a meeting yesterday. our club’s speaker was from the mt. hope herb farm.  as one of the hostesses for the meeting,…

march madness thumbprint cookies

  for your march madness parties, here is a cute recipe for basketball thumbprint cookies.  i changed the color of the icing to orange, and used black icing for decorating the basketballs. these cookies are cute and festive and the recipe comes from Kroger grocery magazine — of all places.  i would have to say…

nigella’s pecan tart

  from my childhood, i remember bowls of nuts around the house during thanksgiving and christmas with old-fashioned metal hand nut crackers.  i really haven’t thought much about that custom for years, but this year, i decided to make a pecan tart for christmas day.  i found a recipe in nigella lawson’s christmas cookbook, which…

christmas gnomes

  after the christmas holiday, i take some time to review everything i prepared and evaluate what worked and what was just average.  this christmas cookie was one of the first to leave my christmas cookie plate.  my daughter even asked if i had more stored in my cookie tin. this gnome recipe has been…

moving my blog to wordpress.com

with the new year, comes a new format for my blog. i began this blog in april 2010, and look forward to a fresh start for 2013. i have been searching for a new template, format, and blog style for a couple of weeks now, and have so many new posts to compose, from holiday…

chocolate thumbprint cookies

there is always time for a bit of nostalgia when choosing to make a dessert.  i remember many years of chocolate thumbprint cookies purchased for my family from a small bakery in Charleston. their cookies were always so buttery and delicious. so, i decided to try these on my own with a recipe from Martha’s cookie book. …

harbor springs summer

recently we spent several days up north at harbor springs enjoying the food, shopping and the water.  the town fills with locals from nearby cities to enjoy the wonderful farmer’s market each week.   the shops are filled with nautical items, while the restaurants serve fresh grilled whitefish. it still amazes me that such great resort towns…

Baking tip: Martha Wrap

Martha Stewart has a new product on the market that can be called genius!  It is a combination of foil plus parchment paper.  Created and developed by Martha Stewart, Martha Wrap™ is parchment-lined aluminum foil that combines the heat-retaining and freezer-burn-preventing properties of foil with the nonstick protection of parchment paper. Oven safe up to 420°…

a thank you to my blog followers

dear blog followers, i want you to know how much i appreciate you following my blog, especially those of you who email me when you have enjoyed a recipe.  many of you have told me that you have tried something totally new and have enjoyed reading and following my adventures in cooking. my blog has…

almond crunch biscotti

one of the most delicious recipes for biscotti comes from the book written by lou pappas.  biscotti are twice baked italian cookies that have a wonderful crunch.  they can be served with coffee or tea, or just for an afternoon snack. mixed in just under fifteen minutes, the biscotti bake in the oven first for…

orange raisin bread and a cafe latte

everyone loves a fruit bread. this recipe for orange raisin bread is easy and delicious. if fresh oranges are not in your fruit bowl, just substitute orange juice in the recipe. this recipe is easily adapted to omit the raisins and instead add chopped nuts. it also can be made with both ingredients. instead of…