Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla soup
Winter is definitely not at the top of my “favorite season” list. I’ll admit that I enjoy a great snow day once in a while but the gloomy days can carve away at my generally cheerful outlook. I was always taught to count my blessings and oh my goodness there are many. One of the blessings of winter is that soup is always welcome at the dinner table. Most soups are easy enough to prepare and for some reason they cure winter time blues and warm the soul. I like to use this season to add new soups to the recipe box. That is the beauty of soup……there are literally hundreds to try. [Keep reading...]

Pear and Walnut Crisp

Pear and Walnut Crisp photo

Pears are one of my current food passions. Cold and busy days mean it is time for comforting food and this Pear and Walnut Crisp is perfect. [Keep reading...]

Cappuccino Cake

Cappuccino Cke
By this time of year the guilt of over indulging during the holidays has subsided and we have almost 3 weeks of making healthier food choices under our belt. At our house we are definitely ready for a treat.

Macarons are my latest guilty pleasure and I was touched beyond words on my birthday this year when Kathy surprised me with macarons from my favorite pastry guru, au bon macaron. These were perfection and are a wonderful way to celebrate any special occasion. My thoughts turn to years and years ago when my birthday treat always consisted of a slice of Cappuccino Cake from Houlihan’s. It was the perfect duo of chocolate cake and coffee flavored icing, always served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. [Keep reading...]

Garlic Shrimp Risotto

Garlic Shrimp Risotto

Warm and comforting.

Winter finally hit with gusto last weekend. To me, that means it is time to take to the kitchen and make warm and comforting foods.

We each have a different definition of comfort food—a dish that reminds you of Mom or Grandma. Or a rich and creamy flavor that just seems to calm your nerves and warm your soul.

To me, this last weekend, rich and creamy hit the mark! I was craving risotto. [Keep reading...]

Queso Dip

Queso Dip

Mexican cheese dip, queso, Rotel® dip or queso fresco dip….call it what you want, this time of year as we gather around the television to cheer on our favorite football team, you will want to have a great recipe for Mexican cheese dip in your back … [Keep reading...]

Gorgonzola Appetizer Cheesecake! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We wish you a new year filled with all things wonderful. For us, that means lots of family dinners, spending time with those you love, fun times with friends, laughter, love, happy memories and of course, good food. … [Keep reading...]

Merry Christmas Cinnamon Bread

Christmas Bread

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS Call me sentimental, call me silly but I am proud of family traditions and adore recreating warm holiday memories each year. That said, our Christmas Day breakfast has been the same for decades. The beauty … [Keep reading...]

Chocolate Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate filled thumbprint cookies

'Tis the season, and last week, Roxanne declared that the baking frenzy had begun. I agree. Holiday dinners and parties mean I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But no matter how crazy the days are, baking Christmas cookies is very special. It is … [Keep reading...]

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcake

Happy Holidays! It’s official, let the baking frenzy begin. I hope you enjoy your time in the kitchen this time of year as much as I do. I have such fun making lists and baking plans for the celebrations. Of course my list is always much bigger … [Keep reading...]