Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Jul 10, 2014

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter.  I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own.  Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread. If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie.  Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can … Continue reading

Jul 6, 2014

GMA Best Breakfast Winner Makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

A few years back it was the buzz around town.  One of our local restaurants, the White Gull Inn, was a finalist in the Good Morning America (GMA) Best Breakfast contest.  Their breakfasts are amazing and the Inn is totally cute, so I can’t say any of the regular patrons were surprised when they took first place.  Plus it’s tough … Continue reading

Granola on Yogurt

Jun 12, 2014

Maple Vanilla Granola

Have you learned any good food (or health) lessons lately?  I recently learned not to step on the scale first thing on a holiday morning.  Yup, that got Mother’s Day brunch scratched right off my list.  But instead I made Maple Vanilla Granola.  So maybe do step on the scale–it could lead to something tasty! The granola I make is … Continue reading

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

May 9, 2014

Green Your Mother’s Day & Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Mother’s Day is coming up–do you have special plans?  Now that spring is finally here (we sat out on the patio for Margaritas last weekend!!), I am especially keen on making my celebration green.  So I whipped up a “test” batch of a planned appetizer, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, and started to think about some things I could do for  my … Continue reading

Strawberry Meringue Dessert

May 6, 2014

Strawberry Meringue Dessert

Last weekend I practiced making a Strawberry Meringue Dessert that my mother is famous for.  With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted a special dessert.  Wouldn’t this look nice on a brunch table?  It is a special treat that my mother often brings to holiday dinners–and has always been a family favorite.  I had never tried making it however, intimidated … Continue reading

Crepes with lemon curd and mascarpone, served

Mar 4, 2014

Crepes with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone

This recipe was a complete afterthought.  I woke up this morning to the news that it was National Pancake Day (aka Fat Tuesday) and was taken aback. Right now it looks more like Christmas!  But didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to miss it again?  So I pulled myself together and at the last minute, made Crepes … Continue reading

Coconut Orange Tart

Jan 21, 2014

Easy Coconut Orange Tart

It was summer when I bookmarked the recipe that inspired my Orange Coconut Tart.  I figured I would try it when the oranges came in this winter.    My version is simpler to make than the original and uses a coconut “custard” instead of vanilla.  Paired with sliced oranges, the coconut had a tropical feeling that almost transported us away … Continue reading

Orange Scones with Tea

Jan 18, 2014

Sunshine Orange Scones

When I posted my recipe for Candied Orange Peels, I promised recipes for using them. With my scone-making daughter headed back to school next week, I decided I’d better make hay (or scones) while the sun shines.  This is a variation on an old currant scone recipe from daughter #1, so I set her to work on these.  It was … Continue reading

Strawberries on whole wheat waffles

Jan 1, 2014

Start the New Year Right with Whole Wheat Waffles

After my last post, I got a comment from fellow blogger Tammy (a.k.a. Agrigirl) that made me chuckle.  She said that while she liked my blog and recipes, she wouldn’t be making my Chocolate Dipped Oreos.  In truth, after a month of toffee and salted caramels and pies and cookies, I already knew that my treat-making days were numbered!  So … Continue reading

Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls in Pan

Dec 5, 2013

Easiest Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

What’s better for a special breakfast than homemade sticky rolls?  Of course yeast baking can be intimidating, not to mention time consuming. But if you are baking challenged or simply busy, this recipe for Easy Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Rolls is for you.  By starting with prepared pizza dough (I get mine at Trader Joe’s), and ready-made cranberry sauce (or other … Continue reading