Roasted Bananas

I don’t know when it occurred to me that bananas should be roasted. I roast everything else … from apples to zucchini and love the results. So why not bananas? The skins provide the perfect covering for the insides to stay warm but not burn. And the natural sugars simply caramelize to seal the flavor…

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…

White Fruitcake

White Fruitcake Before you turn away with the thought of “I don’t like fruitcake” try to keep an open mind. Push those store bought, hard as rocks versions away. Instead, imagine dried, candied fruit that has been soaked in orange liqueur, then regularly brushed with it after baking to keep the texture nice and moist….

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…

Gluten Free Cranberry Bars

Regular readers of this blog know I usually leave the non-cocktail recipes for my professional colleague Tammy Algood. She has, after all, written several cookbooks. I haven’t written anything professionally, so I typically handle the restaurant reviews and provide the occasional beer/wine/spirit review. In other words, I stick with what I know. But before you…

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…