Best Cocktails for Celebrations – Readers Choice

Best Cocktails for New Year's Celebrations December 31, 2014

A lot of people in the blogging world do year end ‘Best of” lists; most often culminated from posts they have done that garnered a lot of traffic in the previous year. So I’m thinking there have been plenty of suggestions for good eats that have passed by in the last couple of days or […]


Spinach, Prosciutto and Pomegranate Salad

Spinach, Prosciutto and Pomegranate Salad December 30, 2014

I don’t publish many salads on my blog but right now, like many of you I’m sure, I’m over the sweetsfest that are the holidays. When it was time to select the type of dish I wanted to make from the Mediterranean Feast options offered by our hostess Megan from Stetted for this month’s Progressive […]


Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler

Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler for New Years Eve December 26, 2014

I could wax poetic about how much I love celebrating New Years but the truth is I’m more like my neighbor Sam. When mentioning  another neighborly get together for New Years we thought a French celebration would be nice and by that I mean on France’s time zone so we can be done by 4pm! […]


Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Rum Sauce and Sugared Cranberries

Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Sauce and Sugared Cranberries December 22, 2014

Still looking for that perfect Christmas dessert? I think I may be able to help! I have so many old recipes in the archives of pages I’ve saved from when this blog was just a simple website; I keep thinking one day I will get them all included but truthfully that gargantuan task will most […]


Blackberry Collins with St. Germain Liqueur

Blackberry Collins with St. Germain Liqueur December 19, 2014

When my birthday rolls around two weeks before Christmas, I have become accustomed to not making a big deal out of it. It’s smack dab in the middle of celebrating the biggest birthday of the year and as anyone born in December knows; good luck with yours mattering. Why I had a child on the […]


Last Minute Fruitcake – So Easy. So Good.

Last Minute Fruitcake December 17, 2014

This recipe for Wayback Wednesday not only goes back it time to when I first posted it in December of 2009 but even farther back to when I first started making it. A VERY long time ago. I just went and found the cookbook my inspiration came from which was a holiday book put out […]


Babkallah – When Babka and Challah Got Married

Challah filled with Chocolate strands like Babka December 15, 2014

Blame it on Bon Appetit. I’m still not caught up with my myriad magazine subscriptions that I got behind on after moving. While the rest of the world is peeking at new recipes for Christmas; I’m still reading about fall dishes. So call it prophetic that the other day I grabbed the latest issue for […]


The Merry Friar

The Merry Friar December 12, 2014

I love eggnog; always have. I can remember the combination of eggnog and my Grandma’s pecan butter ball cookies as a Christmas Eve tradition when I was a young girl so it’s been a longstanding love affair and a tradition I’ve kept alive my entire adult life. I’ve also been pouring a bit in my […]


Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars

Date, Nut and Coconut Bars December 10, 2014

Today is my birthday and while I do love German Chocolate Cake; that’s a big dessert to make without a party planned (check out my friend Brooks recipe that I’m DYING to make!).  So I decided to make myself a whole bunch of these Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars that I’ve loved since I was a […]


Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart December 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I was working with my rote ‘background noise’ of the Food Network on the family room television. I’m not sure how long it will play that role in my world as it seems to be quickly turning in the Food Contest Network but for the time being I still prefer it […]


Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz December 5, 2014

This cocktail simply says Christmas. The gorgeous colors are the first cue and perfect for my color wheel. If you know me I’m so not into yellow, orange or the orangish red that is so often used for holiday decor. Color me burgundy or not at all! I might have mentioned this to a friend […]


The Best Sugar Cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies December 3, 2014

It’s a great time for Wayback Wednesday; I have so many of my favorite holiday recipes that were first published on my site before people I know were even using the Internet. No, I am not kidding! These might not have been that long ago but I first put them online in 2004 and added […]


Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans December 1, 2014

I agree with you. They sound sort of weird and maybe a bit intriguing but overall certainly nothing extraordinary. Wait…I take that back. I might HAVE agreed with you. The truth is I’ve made plain old potato chip cookies off and on for years and while I love the salty crunch the chips added, it […]


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 […]


Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast November 24, 2014

Really all I want to share is that you need to have this Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Or Christmas morning. Or any holiday morning. Or birthday. Or…well you get my drift right? We not only love this immensely for the great breakfast dish it is but that love […]