15 Minute Broccoli

Every day I am harvesting fresh broccoli and have been for weeks. As the temperatures rise, I know my opportunity to continue this delicious routine is quickly coming to an end. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that my least favorite method of serving this garden delight is smothered in cheese sauce. I want…

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…

Roasted Mix Nuts

While everyone is glued to the television tonight for the College Football National Championship, you can have a snack in front of them that is perfectly balanced between sweet and salty. Transform an ordinary can of mixed nuts to a feast with this easy recipe. Roasting them in a low temperature oven is super simple…

Olive Dip

Dip, Dip Hooray!   If there was ever a season for dips, it’s happening now. With holiday parties in full swing, you can count on a bowl with surrounding chips, crackers and raw vegetables. The beauty of these dunkable appetizers is that they come together quickly and have mass appeal. But instead of the same…

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…

Wine Stoppers

Wine Stoppers Walk around any gift shop and you’ll find a mountain of cute wine stoppers that are quite frankly useless. They look nice in the bottle, but do little to seal the bottle. And if you need to lay the bottle on its side in the refrigerator, look for a mess. That’s why I…

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….

Lemon Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Lemon Bacon Wrapped Shrimp A weekend filled with rain had me longing for some sunshine and nothing is more like zest for your mouth than citrus. So after a break from the clouds, away to the grill I went. I had just enough time to get these lovelies done and back in the house before…

Crackers

In all my years of cooking, I have never really made crackers before. I’ve enjoyed making cheese straws, parmesan crisps and similar snacks, but now I have a regular recipe that I will be making on a regular basis. It started with a bag of ground flaxseeds that I purchased for another recipe and wanted…