Pies, Tarts & Cheesecakes

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon and Toasted Walnuts

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon November 25, 2014

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? NO? Me either. How does it always come down to this hectic frenzy right before holidays when I think I’m a planner? Well, for me, it has not helped one tiny bit that a local web host has decided to go out of business and he hosts several of my […]

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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce November 4, 2014

I remember clearly my first introduction to something of the ‘salted’ caramel variety. My daughter was in high school and we had traveled west from our home to a new shopping center closer to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains called Aspen Grove. Of course we had a beautiful shopping center near us but young […]

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Perfect Pie Crust and a Fresh Cherry Pie

Perfect Pie Crust and a Fresh Cherry Pie July 23, 2014

What does that even mean; a Perfect Pie Crust? Until recently I wasn’t sure. I feel like I’ve spent years in search of what would be perfect for me and reminiscent of those my Grandma used to bake and yet they all fell short of expectations; it was that ‘flaky’ factor that remained forever elusive. […]

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Leek and Bacon Quiche and a Collection of Savory Pies

Leek and Bacon Quiche March 2, 2014

I’ve been in love with quiche forever; some say it’s out of fashion but I don’t agree or at least not with me! How could something so good not be loved by everyone? Introduced to me in my 20’s as Quiche Lorraine by Alma, an older woman who lived near me and it was love […]

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Plum Tart with Brown Sugar Mascarpone Cream and Walnuts

Plum Tart with Brown Sugar Mascarpone Cream and Walnuts August 26, 2013

While everyone around the country seems to be shouting FALL from the rooftops, I’m trying as hard as I can to  hang onto summer. Our warm season starts a month later than everyone else so I’m less eager to see it go. I’m OK with a bit cooler temps, sure, but not fall; not yet. […]

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Rustic Peach and Almond Galette

Rustic Peach Gallette August 5, 2013

Peaches are arriving by the bushel-full in our city; though not as well known as the quintessential Georgia peach; Colorado has some terrain and weather on the western side of the Rocky Mountains that has some of the best growing conditions for peaches anywheree and everyone anxiously awaits their arrival in late summer. Sure, we’ve […]

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How to Make Dulce de Leche (Cow Milk) or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel

How to Make Dulce de Leche or Cajeta (Goat Milk) Caramel January 30, 2013

If you recall, I recently tried my hand at making goat cheese. I loved it but with almost 5 gallons of goat milk remaining in the freezer, I had a burning desire to make something else…and it didn’t take a lot of convincing for me to turn to Cajeta. Dulce de Leche (milk candy) is […]

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Maple and Toasted Pecan Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

Maple and Toasted Pecan Pie with Maple Whipped Cream November 26, 2012

I love pecan pie. In my family pumpkin pie is not a necessary part of our Thanksgiving dinner; I’ll often make both pumpkin and pecan pie but if push were to come to shove, I know where everyone’s heart lies. It’s not just for Thanksgiving either…nope; we’re happy to do a repeat just a month […]

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Bacon and Caramelized Onion Tart and the Best of 2011

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Tart January 1, 2012

Hello and goodbye. That time of year when we look at the past 12 months and search for accomplishments and meaning and face toward the new year with both anticipation and maybe some trepidation. Did we accomplish all we wanted to; did we grow, provide, serve enough? Will we make changes to how we manage […]

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Warm Honeyed Brie with Raspberries and Almonds

Honeyed Brie with Raspberries and Slivered Almonds November 21, 2011

I’ve participated with Steven Gilberg and @WineTwits before when I’ve hosted combination wine tastings and tweetups that serve to get the word out about different wines; either by region or type. When I was asked to serve as a host  for a ‘food’ event, how could I say no? I invited friends; made sure they […]

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Lemon Cheesecake – Another Best, Really.

The Best Lemon Cheesecake September 26, 2011

After another week of making what I consider the ‘best of’ something this month I have to wonder what has come over me. I did not set out to do a ‘Best of’ series but it’s happened nonetheless. Maybe it’s the bit of melancholy I feel in the fall that has me thinking of foods […]

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Cherry Pizza Crostata Dolce (Cherry Ricotta Pie) with Port Cherry Sauce

Bing Cherry Pizza Dolce Crostata with Port Cherry Sauce July 11, 2011

The other day was deemed #PieDay on Twitter. I had recently made a Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie and must say that was quite a pie day too! But for me? Any day is pie day! When I was growing up, I had both of my grandmothers close by. It’s funny even now to […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Pie with Frangelico – We’re Baking with Abby Dodge!

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Do you know Abby Dodge? NO? You should. She was the inspiration behind my all time favorite cake, a Chocolate Espresso Cake but I didn’t know Abby then. I got better acquainted with Abby as a recipe developer when I noticed her name again as the force behind this amazing Peppermint Meringue cake and I […]

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Coconut Key Lime Tart with Honey Yogurt Topping

Coconut Key Lime Tart with Graham Cracker Crust April 10, 2011

My friend Abby Dodge posted a recipe recently for Key Lime Tart and I remember thinking…if only we were lucky enough to get Key limes in Denver. It sure seemed prophetic when I walked into Sunflower Market the other day and saw a bunch of those adorable little limes in the produce section. I can […]

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Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie with Ginger Lemon Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie with Ginger Lemon Crust March 24, 2011

When I received an amazing gift of Meyer lemons from my friend Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro a couple of months ago, they were waylaid. Somewhere that we will never be privy to. All I know is that two shipments from California made at the same time saw one get to Indiana a week earlier […]

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