Strawberry Gelato

The end of summer. Fresh strawberries. A local farm.  Eggs, cream, milk, sugar.  The beginning of a new school year.  My kids. These are a few of my favorite things.  I thought maybe making some fresh strawberry gelato from the strawberries we picked up at the farm down the street could be a new family favorite tradition to mark the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  And so this year I surprised the kids when they got home from their first day with this little treat. ... Continue Reading

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed portobello mushrooms make the best gourmet weeknight meal.  Perfect for date night or even a casual evening with friends because the presentation is elegant but really the flavors are something everyone is familiar with. I mean who doesn't love a cream cheese and sausage stuffed mushroom as an appetizer at any cocktail party, right? So why not take the same idea and make it into a meal?  But even better because it's a little lighter without all that cream cheese and with a touch of ... Continue Reading

The Perfect Meatball

Oh yeah.  I said it.  It's a bold move to call this the perfect meatball but I really think I may have a winner.  Take it from the girl who has made countless meatballs over the years and tried every kind of technique and recipe out there.  This recipe is culmination of my years of learning and refining.  And the best part?  It's a pretty straightforward, basic recipe.  No gimmics.  But trust me....this ain't your mamma's meatball.  It is crunchy on the outside and oh-so-tender on the ... Continue Reading

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Fast forward a few days from now to that inevitable leftover turkey staring you down in your fridge as you ponder what wondrous midnight snack you can make with it.  Sure, the classic cranberry and cream cheese sandwich comes to mind but why not try a new leftover turkey sandwich with a fresh twist?  This ultimate leftover turkey sandwich comes to life with caramelized onions, fresh spinach, and a creamy mustard and horseradish sauce that may just change your whole view on leftover turkey.  ... Continue Reading

Summer Fruit Puff Pastry with Mascarpone Whip Cream and Peach Glaze

Oh the sweetness of summer fruit....there is nothing like a fresh picked raspberry.  Or a peach straight from the tree.  Or a buck of cherries that came from the cherry tree in the backyard so perfect with their bright red skin.  This puff pastry dessert is a celebration of all that delicious summer fruit in season.  I used Ranier cherries, fresh raspberries, and fresh peaches but you can use whatever you have on hand that you like.  Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries....you can't go ... Continue Reading

Corn and Sweet Potato Salad

Corn and sweet potatoes are an irresistible combination. Plus it's summertime and you probably have corn coming out of your ears.  Okay....that was a terrible attempt at humor but hopefully this recipe for Corn and Sweet Potato Salad hits a better note with you.   I call it a salad but it's really a side dish or a hash.  There are many names for it but whichever you choose it's delicious and easy to make. Corn is probably on sale by the bucketful where you live as it is here in ... Continue Reading

Fresh Mango Honey Cake

This Fresh Mango Honey Cake recipe started for me with a lonely can of sweetened condensed milk leftover in my pantry that I wanted to get rid of.  That, and I bought a six-pack of mangos at Costco and they all ripened at once (as they tend to do).  From those two ingredients this yummy cake developed from concept to fork.  Ha-ha. Okay well....I thought that was funny.  Maybe humor is not best suit.  I'll stick to cooking. Anyway, as I was pondering what might make a nice sweet ... Continue Reading

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Most people I know are busy.  Like really busy.  Baseball season for the kiddos is in full swing which means practice several evenings a week, or there's swim team, or dance, or music lessons, or karate... or all of the above!  And that doesn't include the PTA meetings or work functions or.......whew.  So a lot of nights we all have to choose between eating out or not eating.  And eating out is fine but it can add up and often times is not as healthy.  But what do you do when you don't ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Cakes with Maple Glaze

My very discerning sweets taste testers absolutely loved these pumpkin mini-bundt cakes with maple glaze.  I did too, I must admit.  The test batch seemed to disappear at an alarming speed.  My favorite part about it was how moist the cakes turned out.  Really, truly.  And then all that yummy maple glaze that kind of pooled over the little dip in the bundt cake and drizzled all around the sides.  Yum!  Might be time for another batch... Here's the lowdown on the ingredients I used and ... Continue Reading

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

Nothing reminds me of home and being a kid more than a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  I LOVED them growing up.  So as part of my segment for KCRA on Dorm Room Dishes I decided to come with an easy, no-bake treat that had the flavors of a peanut butter and honey sandwich AND that could be made in the microwave.  Perfect for a college dorm room,  right? Now I'm not normally a microwave kind of cook unless it's reheating something but I have to say these really turned out delicious!  ... Continue Reading