Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie I grew up in Mississippi surrounded by pecan trees. It seemed as if there were always bowls of these whole nuts sitting around with crackers and picks for anyone who had a craving. And sometimes it just won’t do to have any other dessert other than a freshly baked pecan pie. While there…

One Pan Brownies

One Pan Brownies There are some days when only chocolate will do. I had one of those days the other day, so it meant a pan of brownies. I am a huge fan of the 8×8-inch pan. Unlike the larger cousins, it gives you just enough of whatever dessert you are craving. I have used…

White Cake

Small But Mighty! Sometimes I have a very real need for frosted cake, but don’t want the excess of an entire sheet or multiple layers. I’m sure you’ve been there. Enter the 8×8-inch baking pan. This is just enough to beautifully end a nice meal, but you won’t have to deal with lots of leftovers…

Date Bars

The Date Bars of Your Dreams! My wonderful friend Sonja came over for dinner last week and offered to bring dessert. Of course, I accepted and was thrilled when she asked if I liked dates. These marvelous bars didn’t last long. They are such a welcome change from the mountains of chocolate and peppermint sweets…

Sweet Potato Pie

Everyone’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie Perhaps you routinely reach for pecan or chocolate pie for something to end a meal. Both are great, but I prefer a not-so-sugary but equally satisfying slice of sweet potato pie. Produce bins are loaded with supplies of this freshly harvested tuber and you more than likely have a stash…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies You know you want to have at least a few over the holidays and don’t act like you don’t!  At the first holiday party where they are on the dessert table, you know you’ll head that direction.  And you probably grew up with a metal tin of them that appeared…

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle Christmas time is candy making time at my house. Now that all the decorating is done, cards mailed, shopping finished and gifts are wrapped, it leaves weekends free to hit the kitchen. My husband’s favorite is peanut brittle. Over the years, I have quite literally made dozens of different recipes for one pot…

Eggnog Muffins

Eggnog Muffins Long before it became a marketing campaign, as kids we used eggnog to make the best milk mustaches. While the adults added bourbon to their cups, we felt just as grown up by adding a couple of drops of vanilla extract to ours. During the holiday season, I keep a carton in my…

Cookies

Cookies It’s the original grab-it-and-go dessert or mid-afternoon snack … cookies! And I love those that are perfectly baked meaning not too crisp, not too soft and not too flat. I know there are literally thousands of recipes out there claiming to be the best, but this one really is. It uses a combination of…

Ralph’s Donut Shop

Ralph’s Donut Shop I have lived in Nashville for 30 years and in that time, I’ve visited the wonderful city of Cookeville on countless occasions. I’ve eaten and shopped all over the town … I thought! On a recent dinner there with 4 friends, my husband stopped on our way home at Ralph’s Donut Shop…