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…]

Tipsy Cake with Mascarpone Topping

In the summer of 2014 we took a trip to Nashville to visit with family. Knowing how much we love to eat Mark and Peggy J ensured that we tried lots of local fare including the landmark Loveless Cafe. [Read more…]

Pistachio-Cranberry Chocolate Bark

‘Tis the shopping season but also the cooking season. I spend more time baking and cooking for Christmas than I do shopping. Likely because I much prefer being in the kitchen then at the mall. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Surprise Mini-Cheesecakes

I knew that I wanted to make a cupcake dessert for a family pumpkin carving party we were going to last weekend so I went on a search for festive cupcake wrappers.  While looking for the traditional orange and black colors I came across ones that were far brighter and closer to the colors I love. When I looked closer I realized they were for the Day of the Dead. [Read more…]

Roasted Pears with Rosemary and Honey

It wasn’t until relatively recently that I liked pears. I’m not really sure why I didn’t like them nor do I recall why I started eating them. What I do know is that I “betrayed” my brother-in-law, Colin S, as he is not a fan of pears and he liked that he had an ally in the family. So now he’s the only one. [Read more…]