Pecan Squares (Gluten-Free)

Our friends Kathy H and John W recently invited us to a North Carolina BBQ at their home. John takes his BBQ very seriously – we’ve been told that he sometimes sleeps outside to tend to his brisket overnight. We were asked to bring a dessert so I started looking at menus from BBQ places in North Carolina and saw a lot of banana pudding (also suggested by my NC friend, Cathy R), key lime pie and pecan pie. [Read more…]

Lavender and Lemon Olive Oil-Cornmeal Cake (Gluten-Free)

It’s berry season and for me that means any excuse to serve them. For a recent Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) dinner I was charged with dessert and I wanted to find something to go with local fresh strawberries. Think of this cake as a substitute for the shortcakes in strawberry shortcake. [Read more…]

Strawberries with Ricotta

I was so excited last week when I saw strawberries were going to be at my local farmers market. We were having our friends, Reeve and Rosemary, for dinner that night and I knew that I wanted to make something simple to show off these luscious strawberries. [Read more…]

Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan Cake

Happy 5th birthday to Riegl Palate! In keeping with tradition I’m sharing a chocolate cake recipe with all of you in celebration (the closest I can get to sharing an actual cake). [Read more…]

Red Wine-Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

The theme for this month’s Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) gathering was “red and pink foods” to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. I volunteered for dessert and set about looking for something to satisfy this criteria. [Read more…]

Tiramisu (Gluten-Free)

Tiramisu was a favorite dessert of ours in the 1990s. I’m not sure if it’s because it was prevalent on dessert menus or if it’s because Lorenzo M, our Italian (Venetian) exchange student, was living with us so we naturally gravitated to all things Italian. There are many that claim that this delicious dessert originated in Venice just like Lorenzo. [Read more…]

Salted Caramel Coffee Sauce

It’s always nice at the holidays to have a special recipe that is easy to make but will impress your friends and family. The great thing about this sauce is that you can serve it atop your favorite sweet but also give it as a gift (make sure to tell the recipient that it should be refrigerated). [Read more…]

Bourbon-Pecan Pie with Ginger Snap Crust (Gluten-Free)

When I think Thanksgiving pies, three come to mind – pumpkin, apple and pecan. While I like pumpkin and apple pies, pecan is definitely my favorite. [Read more…]

Pumpkin and 5-Spice Powder Ice Cream

I consider myself quite lucky to have been on the short list that received Winfield’s Wonderful Wumpkins for the second year in a row. Winfield is the elementary school aged son of one of my colleagues and he is already showing his entrepreneurial prowess. [Read more…]

Buckwheat-Brown Butter Blondies

As a non-wheat eater buckwheat is one of the biggest misnomers of all time. There’s absolutely no wheat in buckwheat – it’s entirely wheat/gluten-free. Buckwheat is not a grass (like wheat) but a seed. It is most closely related to greens like sorrel and rhubarb and has many health benefits. [Read more…]