The earliest I can remember being interested in trying a recipe was back when I was middle school age and I came across a recipe for Marble Squares in a magazine. For some reason I think it was in the TV Guide and it may have been an ad for Philly cream cheese featuring the … More Marble Squares
It’s good to be green, as long as it’s not with envy! I just recently discovered stretch silicone covers. Love, love, love them. So practical and useful as a substitute for plastic wrap or aluminum foil. And seriously, the silicone covers do play double-duty both as covers for your refrigerated items as well as oven-friendly … More A little greener
It’s a drinkable dessert. The yummiest hot chocolate I ever had. I can’t take credit for it. Just sharing the yummylicious goodness. Whoever came up with this must have been inspired by the patron saint of hot beverages! I found it posted on Pinterest by Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee fame, who in … More Hot Chocolate Heaven
Pretty much everyone is familiar with and most likely has tried at least one or two whole grains such as wild rice, brown rice, barley, oats, wheat berries and quinoa. But not too many of us have heard of sorghum, let alone tried it. It is one of the ancient grains. Historically it first popped … More What’s that grain?
I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories
Barbecue season is here and the fourth of July weekend is upon us. And since America is a melting pot, how about celebrating her birthday with something different? Along with traditional burgers and hot dogs try grilling up some spicy chicken. This is one of my favorite recipes for grilled chicken, or frango grelhado. Pleasingly … More Portuguese Grilled Chicken
Like cream cheese? Like variety? Like saving money? Here’s a super simple, frugal way to enjoy flavored cream cheese: Take an 8 ounce bar of cream cheese (at room temperature). Cream it for 30 seconds with electric beater. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite jam or fruit preserves. Whip for 20 more seconds. Voilà! You … More Homemade Flavored Cream Cheese
Sometimes I crave a homemade yummy treat. Sometimes nothing store-bought will do. Sometimes I’m feeling too lazy to make it. In Holland, there must be a lot of people like me. Those Hollanders came up with Boterkoek, Dutch for “Butter Cake”. It’s a satisfying cross between a moist cake and a buttery shortbread cookie. It’s also ridiculously … More Decadent Dutch Butter Cake
I had leftover cream of coconut to use up from a coconut cake I made for my book club meeting. We read The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and the cake was featured in the story with the recipe included at the end. I looked up uses for coconut cream other than desserts. I hit upon lots … More Coconut Cream Coffee Cocktail
Yes, you can do that, if it’s Salame de Chocolate that is! A simple and unique dessert that can be enjoyed any time, but for me I associate it with Christmas. Perhaps because it reminds me of fudge, though it is somewhat different or perhaps because for special holidays I like to bring in elements … More Salami for Dessert?