Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup and Maple Whipped Cream

It's berry season!  Everywhere you go there are farms stands selling berries and even the grocery stores are overflowing with flats of fresh berries on sale. And since homemade pancakes are a weekly occurrence in our house I decided to try making a syrup out of a berry that we really don't eat that often, blackberries. The syrup in this recipe is really easy and you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge, which I did, until someone went in and finished off ... Continue Reading

Slow Roasted Grapes with Ricotta and Honey

This recipe idea came to me from a cookbook I love from a bakery in Seattle called, Macrina.  They have a roasted grape tart .  So I knew I wanted to take that concept and do something as an appetizer and immediately thought of Ricotta cheese and honey.  The idea was to slow roast the grapes to concentrate the flavors.  So as I sat enjoying a glass of wine with my friend Jenn we did what we always do and talked about food.  I told her my idea for ... Continue Reading

Toasted Almond and Cranberry Bundt Cake with Chocolate Drizzle

My sister gave me a beautiful bundt cake pan for Christmas (thank you Shannon!) and that is the inspiration behind this scrumptious recipe.  I love texture so I thought toasted sliced almonds would work really well both in the cake and on top to break up all the richness.  And I used a sweetened dried cranberry as well as honey and strawberry Greek yogurt (full fat) to add moisture and flavor to the cake.  By using these two ingredients I could cut back on ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Bites with Espresso Ganache

I love these little bites of chocolaty heaven because they aren't too sweet, they are full of chocolate flavor, and they have a sophisticated touch from the espresso in the sauce, and a nice crunch from the peppermints.  It's definitely a dessert for adults more than kids.  If I were making it for kids I'd leave out the espresso in the ganache and replace with more heavy cream and probably add more sugar to the cake batter before I bake them.  I like to serve ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Crepes with Salted Caramel Sauce

A lazy Sunday morning in November calls for something decadent and seasonal and just plain old yummy. These pumpkin crepes stuffed with marscopone cheese definitely hit the mark.  The highlight for me was the salted caramel sauce.  A perfect balance of sweet and salty goodness.  And I used the leftover caramel to dip apple slices in later in the day.  So I guess you could say it was a sweet treat kind of day around our house.  And we loved every ... Continue Reading

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Bean Cream

Apple crumble is a delicious traditional dessert this time of year.  I thought it would be a nice twist to try using pears instead and then try adding in some almonds into the traditional oats, butter, flour, sugar mixture for some extra crunch.  I'm all about texture and the pear is especially tender so I think the extra crunch is a great contrast.  What sets this dish apart from any regular old crumble is the layering of vanilla flavor.  I used a good ... Continue Reading