Pumpkin Bread

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. ~Wikipedia The entire year seems to be a waiting game for fall harvest. As leaves turn and the autumn chill settles into mornings, pumpkins are ripening on the vine. … Continue reading Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Apple Cider Doughnuts

The secret to a great doughnut is to use the best ingredients. Use real butter, not margarine and real buttermilk, not powder. This recipe also asks for apple butter. If you aren’t familiar with this delicious concoction, you can generally find a jar at the farmers market, road side stand or your local grocer. We also happen to have an apple butter recipe here in our … Continue reading Cinnamon Apple Cider Doughnuts

Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Finish your holiday feast with the grand finale of all desserts – a moist, pumpkin cake base, studded with chocolate chips and topped with a sticky caramel sauce. It all comes together in your slow cooker, saving time, effort and oven space. Scoop baked cake into individual ramekins and top with whipped cream for a fancy, single-serving of indulgence. This week, McCormick Kitchens sent a … Continue reading Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Celebrate Love with Chef Daniel Billheimer’s Chambord Crème Brulee

Create a tantalizing dessert for a romantic weekend “in”. Manhattan’s Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Billheimer’s Chambord Crème Brulee is on the menu for Valentine’s Day weekend. Chef Daniel will introduce a masterpiece  at Monarch and although we can’t all be in Manhattan for the weekend, we can make this decadent delight at home. Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, which means a full weekend … Continue reading Celebrate Love with Chef Daniel Billheimer’s Chambord Crème Brulee

Gaea’s Olive Oil Cake

Shake up your holiday dessert table this year with zesty, fresh flavors. Christmas dessert tables are filled with a various assortment of sweet delicious pastries. Holiday decorated cookies take center stage while heavily frosted cakes and cinnamon spiced pies wait to be cut. This year we are adding a bit of a zesty twist to our collection. Friends and family will love this decadent fresh, citrusy addition and will … Continue reading Gaea’s Olive Oil Cake

Francois Payard’s Chocolate Pecan Tart

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally the day I bake for the holiday dessert table. The aroma wafting through the kitchen is intoxicating and keeping all foods intact for guests arriving Thursday, is a bit of a chore with two teenagers in the house. Pies, small decorative cookies and cakes are dessert menu staples, and this year Pecan Pie with a twist is new on the list. The addition … Continue reading Francois Payard’s Chocolate Pecan Tart