Jam Bars

These have to be one of my most requested cookies — and one of my healthiest dessert recipes. Made from our homemade jam, oats and whole wheat pastry flour, they boast protein and fruit and not so much sugar. But my kids don’t care about that. They like them for their buttery, naturally sweet taste.Continue reading “Jam Bars”

Snow Cream

  I didn’t grow up in a particularly snowy place and I had never tasted snow cream until I had kids of my own. But now I won’t let a winter storm go by without making a batch. It’s decadent, yet so simple. And let me tell you, there is nothing easier than harvesting snow! BeContinue reading “Snow Cream”

Hot Chocolate

  Yes, it’s super easy to heat up some water, open a packet and there you have it: hot chocolate. But, typically, it’s not very good hot chocolate and who knows what’s in those foil-lined envelopes. When the temperature drops and you’re jones-ing for a sweet pick-me-up, try these two recipes: one for a singleContinue reading “Hot Chocolate”

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe pairs moist chocolate cake with ever-so-tasty cream cheese frosting. Barely a birthday goes by that I don’t make these for someone. Whether it’s birthday or holiday or any excuse I can dream up (after school snack?), these are not to be missed. recipe inspired by www.bettycrocker.com Makes 24  Cupcake Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1Continue reading “Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

No Frills Vanilla Cupcakes

  As you might have sensed, I typically opt for simple rather than over-the-top, basic instead of bells-and-whistles. My cooking mantra is to use the very best ingredients, letting their very best flavors shine. So here, find a standard vanilla cupcake that can be frosted with ganache, buttercream, cream cheese icing — or, if you’re my non-sweets-loving son,Continue reading “No Frills Vanilla Cupcakes”

Pizzelle

  I had never seen nor heard of these light-as-air cookies before meeting my Italian-American mother-in-law. Now my family makes them at least once a year, typically around Christmastime or sometimes to celebrate the first snowfall. Their thin circle shapes and the dusting of powdered sugar make them look like delicate snowflakes. But as beautiful as they are,Continue reading “Pizzelle”

Warm Raspberry Sauce

Our berry patch surprised us this June, providing bowls and bowls of juicy berries. After eating our fill, we heated some into this just-a-touch-of-sweet sauce, the perfect topping for mini cheesecakes or ice cream. Drizzle it over waffles or pancakes instead of maple syrup. Or, best of all on a hot summer’s day, stir 2 tablespoons ofContinue reading “Warm Raspberry Sauce”

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season can’t go by without my making at least one batch of strawberry shortcake. There’s just something magical about the perfect combination of sweet-ish biscuit, homemade cream and the natural deliciousness of strawberries at their peak. Over the years I’ve used a patchwork of recipes to pull together this dish. My favorite whipped creamContinue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”