Desserts

Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread

Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread

Crunchy toasted pecans and Angostura Orange Bitters complement tangy cranberries in this easy, yummy holiday quick bread.  My Orange-Laced Frosting here makes a fancier quick bread.  For holiday gifts, I’m going to try this recipe using two smaller, 3 x 5-3/4″ loaf pans (perhaps three smaller pans – tbd).  Of […]

Stuffing, Cranberries, and Pie

Stuffing, Cranberries, and Pie

It’s time to revisit some of our Thanksgiving favs. For me, there are so many different dishes at Thanksgiving that I tend not to re-invent the food wheel. Rather, I use tried-and-true seasonal recipes that get four-star raves from around the table. So first here, is my Artichoke Mushroom “dressing” that I […]

Apple Crisp with a Twist

Apple Crisp with a Twist

It’s apple season! That, and the cooler autumn air lure me into the kitchen, nudging my creativity. So what’s the twist with my apple delight? A crispy oatmeal topping laced with Angostura bitters adds richness and depth to this traditional autumn dessert. Rosie asks “Bitters […]

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles Active Prep Time: about 30 minutes Plus Chill Time: 30 minutes Makes about 16 truffles. 2 pints peppermint ice cream or favorite flavor- look for Dreyer’s Limited Edition Peppermint 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup (6 ounces) white […]

Carrot Cake — Redux

Carrot Cake — Redux

  Carrot Cake — Redux Prep time 20 minutes  Makes 8 servings 5            eggs 1-1/2      cups (lightly filled) all-purpose flour (180 grams/6.25 oz.), or gluten free flour, see note* 1-1/2      cups ground almonds-see note* (120 grams/4.25 oz.) 1-1/2 […]

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans Prep & Cook time:  23-25 minutes total      Makes 4 servings with about 1/3 cup sauce 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Ground cardamom 2  Tbsp. milk 2  Tbsp. dark rum Grated peel of one lemon 3  Tbsp. butter 3  […]

Go Nuts for New Years!

Go Nuts for New Years!

Sweet-Salty-Bitter Glazed Nuts Prep time 30-35 minutes       Makes 3 cups 2          Tbsp. butter 2          Tbsp. Angostura aromatic bitters 6          Tbsp. sugar 1-1/2    tsp. kosher salt 1/2       tsp. cinnamon 3          cups raw nuts – pecan or walnut halves, whole almonds or cashews, 12-14 oz total (Pre-roasted cashews […]

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops

Halloween Spider Cookie Pops Makes about 32 cookies     Prep time: 15 minutes      Bake time: 24 minutes    Plus decorating time. 1        cup butter or margarine, softened 1-1/2   cups firmly packed brown sugar 2        eggs 2        teaspoons vanilla 6        ounces (1 […]

Breakfast Date Cake for Mom

Breakfast Date Cake for Mom

Breakfast Date Cake Serves:  9-12      Prep Time:  20 minutes 3/4 cup  chopped dried dates* 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar 1/2 cup  chopped walnuts 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 cups  all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon  baking soda 1/4 teaspoon  salt 3/4 cup  granulated […]

Merry Pepperminty Espressos

Merry Pepperminty Espressos

Peppermint ice cream makes a festive dessert or afternoon treat in a hurry.  Just brew hot coffee, even instant espresso will do just fine, and top with a scoop of sweet peppermint ice cream. Peppermint ice cream is usually available seasonally, so look for it […]