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

Francois Payard’s Apple Honey Cake

Setting clocks back an hour for daylight savings time seems to be the official moment each year when the holiday season begins. Grocer coolers are filled to the top with turkeys and foil roasting pans have found their way to the end of every aisle. Candy canes and Christmas themed M&M’s are artfully placed at check-out counters and sweet-themed dessert posts have taken over Instagram. … Continue reading Francois Payard’s Apple Honey Cake

Blackberry Pear Soup

Blackberries are a hardy species that have adapted to nearly all climates and conditions around  the globe. Through the centuries the deep hued berries have been utilized medicinally and as  indigo and purple dye. While the uses are many and have varied from culture to culture, their popularity today is due to the fact they are both commercially cultivated  and grow wild in the great … Continue reading Blackberry Pear Soup

Cool Treats for Hot Days; Ice Cream

Ice cream is the perfect companion to a hot summer day, and with so many flavors and varieties to choose from, the recipe box is full.  We have taken on a grand, and delicious, task of trying each and every one of them through the end of September. Masala Espresso Coffee Ice Cream by Season with Spice. Espresso ice cream has always been a favorite in … Continue reading Cool Treats for Hot Days; Ice Cream

Relax and Indulge in Chocolate

Tax day / week can really take a toll on a body and when it comes to stress, I know that my ultimate relief is chocolate.  The need to create something decadent and delicious  is only outdone by the complete indulgence in it’s decadence.  Here are a few of my favs. Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting by Food Network This first recipe … Continue reading Relax and Indulge in Chocolate

Irish Whiskey, Brandy, Chocolate and Cheesecake

When it comes to the ultimate dessert, cheesecake is in my top three.  There are so many decadent, delicious varieties and flavors.  The most perfect element about cheesecake is that you can whip up a very basic, simple creation and smother it with any topping to meet the theme of your soiree, gathering or dinner party. For this post, I chose a few that are … Continue reading Irish Whiskey, Brandy, Chocolate and Cheesecake

The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cooked apple aromas waft through the neighborhood on the afternoons that apple butter is being prepared and put up.  These autumnal flavors are just one of the gifts Mother Nature gives us this time of year and with all of the choices at my fingertips to whip up for the dessert table, it’s always difficult to choose just one. Apple … Continue reading The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter