Caramel Chocolitas


As the holidays grow near I find myself yearning for all things holiday (like being off work, food and Christmas cookies). I go back and forth between being very festive and not festive at all. This year I’m feeling festive. Which means I will take the holiday by storm with food. For some people, Black…

Red Velvet Funfetti Seven Layer Bars


I am a red velvet lover. I love anything red velvet. I also happen to love seven layer bars. I adore them. So when I came across a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction for seven layer bars made with a red velvet base I decided I must try it immediately because seriously – why hadn’t I…

Farm Cookies


Nope. You don’t need to live on a farm to make or eat these cookies.

Triple Layer Cheesecake, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie


Even though I gave my dad first dibs at choosing the Thanksgiving menu this year, he allowed me to choose the dessert. Mainly because he knows how much I love dessert but also because I would have to make it. Neither of us overly like pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving unless you…

Parsley Pecan Pesto Sauce


Before planting my garden, I should have taken stock of what already existed. I got a small Italian parsley plant (amongst other herbs and vegetables) and when I brought it home, I discovered that one of the raised beds (one I wasn’t planning on using) was overtaken by an out of control Italian parsley plant….

English Toffee


Every year right before Christmas (well – for the past two years that I can remember) the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel posts the results of their holiday cookie contest. The top recipes are listed in a couple-page spread along with pictures of the winning treats. My grandma always sends me these recipes. I can usually scam a…

Best Happiness Cookies


This recipe is adapted from a recipe that my grandma clipped from the Croatian newspaper. No, this is not a traditional Croatian cookie. I’m sure it’s American. At best, Croatian-American. But any cookie that has coconut in it is OK in my book. Plus I liked the name of the cookie. Who doesn’t want a…

Gorilla Bread


This morning my mom hosted my dad’s side of the family as well as my grandma (her mom) for breakfast. The kitchen table was laden with waffles, strawberries, pancakes, eggs, sausage, Blender Breakfast and this dessert bread, which my aunt (my mom’s sister) introduced to the family years ago. ingredients. 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3…

Spicy-Honey Glazed Nuts


These didn’t go over all that well at work today – they got mixed reviews. But my dad and I love them! I think they’d make a great homemade gift if you’re into that sort of thing. ingredients. 4 T. honey 4 T. Baker’s sugar 4 T. lime juice 2 T. vegetable oil 2 tsp….

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Caramel Pecan Topping


This cheesecake was borne out of an overabundance of Sweet Potato Pie filling. The topping almost reminds me of German Chocolate Cake frosting minus the coconut. Delicious! ingredients. 1 recipe for Oat Pie Crust, unbaked 1/2 recipe for Sweet Potato and Whiskey Pecan Pie sweet potato filling 3 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature 1/2…

Sweet Potato and Whiskey Pecan Pie


So excited was I when I decided I had the best idea ever in the history of pies: combine sweet potato (which I have a ton of right now) with the traditional pecan pie for a perfect (and seasonal!) layered pie. Then I hit the internet and realized the concept of this sort of pie…

Coconut-Pecan Frosting


The classic frosting that accompanies German Chocolate Cake. I tweaked it by adding one teaspoon of salt (otherwise the frosting is extremely sweet) and substituting one cup of brown sugar for one of the cups of granulated sugar. Please note, the following recipe is a double recipe. This is enough to frost a six layer…

Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies


I had to depart from the original recipe because I only had 1/4 cup of maple syrup (I should have added 1/2 cup if I was truly following directions). Perhaps for that reason these cookies turned out to be hint of maple. Ingredients 2 c. butter at room temperature 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. packed…

Oatmeal-Pecan Pancakes


I believe this recipe was cut out of Penzey’s Spices magazine or pamphlet – whatever they publish their recipes in – and sent to me by Grandma Mo. I wanted to try these when Dad was here because I figured it was one pancake he couldn’t turn around (oatmeal=healthy) and because both he and I…

Toasted Pecans


I didn’t think you could make pecans any better. Apparently salt and butter will do that to almost anything!