Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

"Dear Self, this going to be your year. So dust off your sh*tkickers and let's get started" ~ All my love, Me We are not big fans of the New Year's Eve hype and I don't know about you, but I certainly don't feel renewed on the first of January.  Still January 1 is the … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

Mascarpone Tart with honey, oranges and pistachios

Our Supper Club gathered recently to enjoy a good meal, friendship, plenty of laughter, and of course, good wine.  We are a diverse group of friends with varying backgrounds that move across the personal, religious and, political spectrum which makes for spirited conversations, while breaking bread.  If only we could all solve our differences while … Continue reading Mascarpone Tart with honey, oranges and pistachios

All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

"To be outstanding get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ~ UnknownIf you have been to North Carolina there is no disagreement, its a beautiful state from its bustling cities, expansive farmland, to the mountain landscape of southern Appalachia.Getting off the beaten path and taking the road a little less traveled results in the adventure, more often … Continue reading All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

The doors of peach season are on the brink of being thrown wide open.  Florida peaches have already made their debut but the Georgia and South Carolina peaches in May will be when the party really starts.There is no better way to showcase summer peaches than to prepare this absolutely delightfulpanna cotta- literally translated is … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

I would have probably raised my eyebrow had it been mentioned that black beans would be a healthy alternative ingredient to flour in brownies. It would have been difficult to imagine.  Obviously I am behind in the baking times…Not anymore. I am a believer. With the rise in sensitivity to gluten it has become known … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Blueberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar-Whipped Cream

 One of my very favorite things in the world to eat is fruit cobblers.Did you know that cobblers are a distinctly American deep-dish dessert ?  Early American settlers did not consider fruit cobblers dessert? Cobblers were often served for breakfast, and it was not uncommon to serve them as a main course.  It was not … Continue reading Blueberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar-Whipped Cream

Lemony Frozen-Yogurt Terrine with Blueberries and Mango

This is a genius idea...Why not take homemade frozen yogurt with fresh lemon juice, and layer it in a loaf pan with summer fruits like mangoes and blueberries....then take it to another level and add a handful of pistachios.What you have is a creative and beautifully presented dessert that is light, healthy and fabulous.Lemony Frozen-Yogurt … Continue reading Lemony Frozen-Yogurt Terrine with Blueberries and Mango

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My intentions are always good when it comes to using overripe bananas. Rarely do I manage to actually follow through on my romantic baking notions and I end-up discarding my bananas. This time I was on my game, and produced an absolutely delicious banana cake with a cream cheese frosting.Old-Fashioned Banana CakeServes 8Recipe from Ina … Continue reading Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting