Chocolate Peppermint Bars

Everybody loves a good cookie bar! These chocolate peppermint bars are sure to please any peppermint and chocolate fanatic. The bars are great for cookie exchanges and as homemade holiday gifts, that’s assuming you don’t gobble them up right away. … Continue reading

Coffee Ice Cream & Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

I never thought I would like coffee ice cream because I don’t like the taste of coffee but a few years ago I finally broke down and had a spoonful. There has been no going back. I love coffee ice … Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson’s Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Statesman, politician, writer and gourmand are just a few words to describe Thomas Jefferson. The dinners created and served at Monticello were a re-imagining of several fantastic delicacies that Jefferson encountered while abroad. It is assumed that Jefferson first encountered … Continue reading

Decadent Salted Chocolate Chip Brownies

These are not the brownies your grandma baked for you as a little kid. These are not sickly sweet, barely chocolatey brownies. These brownies taste like a delicious chocolate bar and are flavored with espresso powder and Sel Gris. These … Continue reading

Snickerdoodles

Stephen’s favorite Christmas cookies are snickerdoodles. I had never heard of these cookies when we started dating so I learned to bake them and made them for our first Valentine’s day. I didn’t know that making them with cookie cutters … Continue reading

Julia Child: Queen of Sheba Cake (Chocolate Rum Almond Cake with Chocolate Rum Glaze)

I love watching Julia Child and one of my favorite episodes is where she bakes the “Queen of Sheba Cake”. The cake is a chocolate cake with rum, almonds and of course, butter! Since I love all of those ingredients … Continue reading

Grandma Charlene’s Pink Applesauce

Every fall growing up my grandma would make apple sauce and that bowl of delicious, pink fruit would delight my soul. Maybe it was the pink color, maybe it was watching her work her old-fashioned apple peeler but for me … Continue reading

Cut Out Cookies

Sometimes I need a lot of cookies in short order so I use this cut out cookie recipe. They are infinitely adaptable with frosting and flavorings so they can be used for any occasion. Cut Out Cookies Makes 6 dozen … Continue reading

Grandma Anna’s Soft Sugar Cookies

These cookies have been passed down through Stephen’s family from generation to generation. They are the easiest, quickest cookies. If you need a fool proof recipe to feed company or just want something to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking … Continue reading

Ginger Snaps: The Smell of Christmas in Your Kitchen

I’ll admit it: I don’t like ginger but I love the smell of gingersnaps. The smell of fresh baked gingersnaps just puts me in the mood to hang some Christmas lights and stockings. Stephen loves to eat gingersnaps so he … Continue reading