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This Mardi Gras tradition takes the (king) cake

This Mardi Gras tradition takes the (king) cake

    It’s almost time for Mardi Gras! This calls for a celebration and in true New Orleans fashion – everyone’s invited.   Mardi Gras is a celebration of food, music, creativity, festivity and joy. Celebrating Mardi Gras is celebrating the love of life.         …read more

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Valentine’s Day Treat

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Valentine’s Day Treat

  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!   The holiday dedicated to love, or as my single friends call it – Independence Day.     While the skeptical among us may think it’s a holiday created by mass marketers to sell cards, chocolate and flowers (and there …read more

Get a Leg Up for Game Day

Get a Leg Up for Game Day

      Super Bowl is synonymous with food.  And football, but I don’t write about football.   Granted, some foods are just traditional; like pizza, chili and Buffalo chicken wings. But I’m going to be bold and suggest we ditch the chicken wings this …read more

How to Throw the Ultimate Frugal and Fabulous Super Bowl Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Frugal and Fabulous Super Bowl Party

    If you’re like the 111.9 million other people who watched last year’s Super Bowl, this Sunday will find you gathering with friends and family for this Super Bowl and that means a party!   Here’s how to keep your party under budget but …read more

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

I’ve done something terribly wonderful. Or wonderfully terrible. You pick.   Imagine homemade apple pie filling with crisp fresh apple, that’s been dotted with gooey caramel, and wrapped inside flakey sugary fried wontons, and immediately dipped in creamy salted caramel sauce.   A luscious little …read more

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

    OMG! Is this crazy or what? I’m so ready for fall I plotzed face first into apple season with this gorgeous Apple Rose Tart. This is what I call a “Franken-recipe” where I take several things I love and mash them together. Back …read more

The Magic and Mayhem of Making Meringue

The Magic and Mayhem of Making Meringue

    Meringue is a light, airy and beautifully sweet dessert, originally from France, made from stiffly whipped egg whites and sugar. It’s actually really simple to make, yet people seem to think it’s very a difficult and temperamental technique.   When you see how …read more

How to Make the Perfect Summer Dessert – Mixed Berry Pavlova

How to Make the Perfect Summer Dessert – Mixed Berry Pavlova

  Just look at this dessert!  It’s made of melt-in-your-mouth meringue blanketed with lightly sweetened whipped cream and topped with luscious ripe berries.   It’s a Pavlova, named after the legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It’s like a fluffy cloud of happiness. I kinda want …read more

Melon, Cucumber, Feta and Mint Salad

Melon, Cucumber, Feta and Mint Salad

    When melons are in peak season, the sun ripened sweetness and the rock bottom price make them irresistible. This is a sweet and savory salad that gives a fresh spin on this summer staple is equally irresistible.   It’s so simple and yet …read more

Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Two Ingredient Ice Cream

      DIY premium ice cream at half the price.    Never have only two ingredients made so many people so happy. This is premium ice cream at half the cost of name brands.   So easy to make – no ice cream maker …read more

Strawberry Rose Tart – Spectacular tart is surprisingly easy!

Strawberry Rose Tart – Spectacular tart is surprisingly easy!

    This summertime dessert will make you look like a rock star with minimal effort or expense. Now, that’s the stuff we live for. Right?   We’re making a luscious tart with a sugar cookie crust filled with creamy vanilla custard topped with ripe …read more

Homemade Sugar-Free Limoncello

Homemade Sugar-Free Limoncello

    The first time I had Limoncello was many years ago during my cruise ship days. To this day with each sip, the flavor takes me right back.   We were in Italy on the Isle of Capri in the Gulf of Naples. An …read more