Cocoa-Espresso-Cardamom Almonds

This little piggy went to market and brought home these wonderful roasted almonds. Perhaps that’s the second verse of this nursery rhyme? This is the perfect simple treat to make during the busiest time of the year. [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…]

Bichon Frisé Cocktail

A few years ago our friend, Chris H, introduced me to the Greyhound cocktail. It was a perfectly refreshing summer drink for me especially since I love grapefruit juice. I always assumed it was named for the dog but I recently learned that it was named for bus company (a bit of drink trivia for you). [Read more…]

Beer Cheese

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Whether Ben Franklin actually said this or not (there’s debate out there) I think he’d be even happier with this beer and cheese combination. What better time for beer and cheese than the Super Bowl?  [Read more…]

Bourbon Sugar Chocolate Fudge

Fudge usually reminds me of summers – boardwalks at the beach or your town’s fair. Think of this fudge as a more cosmopolitan version.  It’s full of chocolate, not overly sweet, plus it contains bourbon. [Read more…]

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I first had this wonderfully simple combination at Restaurant Alba in Malvern, PA and knew that it was something that I wanted to make at home. With only four ingredients you’ll want to focus on finding the best quality as each part plays an important role. [Read more…]

Pomegranate Margarita

It’s that time of year when red and green are the colors of choice (normally it’s pink and green in my book but I can adjust). I was inspired by a story that my friend Sydney L just told me about the first time she met her husband’s family. It was over the Christmas holidays and she was offered their family’s special holiday drink – special because it was red and green. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Gingerbread

My paternal grandmother used to love to bake, especially during the holidays. I have fond memories of receiving a box of her baked goods each Christmas mailed to me from Florida. There were always brownies, Springerle cookies (I plan to attempt these at later date) and gingerbread men.  [Read more…]

Chicken Cashew Chili

It’s cold outside so why not make a big pot of chili inside? Looking to expand your chili repertoire? Add some chocolate and cashews to it for a new twist. Think of it as mole sauce meets chili. [Read more…]

Cranberry-Thyme Gin and Tonic

Thanksgiving Dinner wouldn’t be the same without homemade cranberry sauce. However, there are many other ways to enjoy cranberries during Thanksgiving. Here they’re featured in a slightly savory syrup that adds great flavors to a traditional Gin and Tonic cocktail (which also works for those December holidays, too). And for those traditionalists – I’m so over the fact that G&T’s are only served from Memorial Day to Labor Day. [Read more…]