Holidays, Special Occasions
My red velvet cake is my daughter Amy’s favorite. She requests this cake every year for her birthday. Her critiques through the years have helped me get this cake just right. So I name it in her honor.
A light, delicate, and airy meringue cookie with pecans and chocolate chips. I bake these cookies every Christmas. They are beautiful and a nice change from the more dense and heavy holiday desserts.
An authentic New York City hot dog is made with an all-beef frank and topped with mustard and an onion-tomato sauce.
This wonderful creamy pumpkin soup, seasoned with onion, garlic, and peppers, is a nice start to a hearty fall dinner and also goes great with a lunchtime grilled cheese sandwich.
I made these adorable candy baby pacifiers for my sister-in-law Lori’s baby shower (she is expecting a boy). They turned out so cute and weren’t difficult to make.
Rich dark chocolate and espresso combine for a bewitchingly scrumptious, very adult cookie.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Chow Mien Noodles together make these bird nests a scrumptious treat.
Latkes are a jewish potato pancake. In this recipe, a mix of grated and shredded potatoes gives these latkes a crunchy crust with a softer center. To avoid getting soggy latkes, be sure the oil is hot enough and do not crowd the pan.
This is the perfect snack mix to chase away the munchies. It’s salty, sweet, peanut buttery, and chocolately to boot!
Start this wonderful fiesta flan very early in the day, or even the day before serving, so the flan has plenty of time to cool and settle, and the flavors time to meld.
The pearl onion is a tree onion and much sweeter than its bulb counterpart.
A delicious hot and spicy salsa recipe that my son’s good friend shared with me.
This layered white cake is perfect for any Sweet 16 party. You can never go wrong baking a homemade cake with perfect icing.
These scrumptious savory rabbits are a hit at any get together. They are as cute as they are delicious. Serve them in a top hat at your next magic party!
If you’re in the mood for a very special, not too sweet Margarita, then don’t scrimp on the tequila or orange liqueur. The therapeutic effects are simply amazing.
I love light and airy meringue cookies. This is a fun and yummy recipe to prepare for your Halloween or dog theme party.
Bunuelos are flat fried sugar cinnamon sweets found in most Mexican bakeries. Bunuelos are also very addictive!
An elegant patriotic dessert made in a tart pan and topped with vanilla glaze, strawberries, blueberries and mint.
This pumpkin pie cake uses cake mix in the crust as well as the topping. The crust is lighter than a typical pumpkin pie, but all the flavor and then some is there. This would be the perfect dessert to top off a Thanksgiving meal.
These mini cheesecakes topped with whipped cream, blueberries and raspberries are perfect for your Fourth of July party.
Using the Rolos for these caramel apples gives you the caramel and chocolate in one step. The red apple in the back is an experiment (not really a successful one) I tried with gummy worms.
A wonderful blend of sausage, apples and walnuts make this bread dressing recipe extraodinary.
If you were looking for a cheery snowman cake, this one isn’t it. In Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman, the lovable frosty snowman takes on an eery quality. I used this quote as inspiration for the cake decorations: “the grin was not formed by the mouth, which was sewn up with coarse hemplike thread zigzagging in and out of the lips. The grin traversed the chin and arced up to the cheeks and was drawn with a line of black nails that could have only been hammered in.”