Mini Peach Pies


As the person in your life who loves to miniaturize your favorite desserts, I should have made these mini pies in muffin cups for y’all sooner.  I apologize for that. This is my new favorite way to eat pie because it cooks in half the time of a regular pie.  There’s plenty of room to [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Grilled peaches with Frangelico sauce.

Most of the time, our first venture into cooking involves following a recipe.  Sometimes it’s our mother’s recipe, sometimes it’s from a cookbook, or other times we’re simply reading the back of a box. I remember the first recipe that called me into the kitchen.  It was a recipe for minestrone soup.  It called for almost [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Hibiscus Sangria

Hibiscus Sangria

When I moved to California, I learned 3 things very quickly: 1)   A whole, steamed artichoke is a complete dinner.  Be sure to dip each leaf in mustard butter between sips of white wine for the full the experience.  My best friend Esther taught me this on day 5 of living in California.  Someday, I’ll share the story about [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Perfect Blondies


How is it possible that I have never tasted a blondie in my entire life until recently?  I’m starting to wonder if it’s because blondies are illegal in Texas.  I have a hankering that Texans might feel that blondies are inferior versions of brownies without chocolate.  Do I have to tell you that Texans don’t stand [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cheesecake Popsicles


I’m a little envious of everyone who will be making festive red, white, and blue desserts this weekend.  I really wish I could get whipped cream all over my fingers while carefully arranging strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on a cake to resemble an American flag.  My 4th of July dessert will not contain such cuteness. [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cherry Pie Milkshake


Let’s face it:  a milkshake is just a way to eat double the amount of ice cream in half the time.  And I’m okay with that.  Now that it’s summer (also known as the time of year I try to avoid using my propane oven as much as possible—life in the country ain’t so grand), we [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Better Than Sex Cake


No, I did not name this recipe.  It’s an old Southern recipe that consists of moist yellow cake soaked in pineapple syrup, topped with whipped cream and coconut.  I updated the recipe to include rum, and I used coconut oil because I think the extra coconut flavor makes this better than better than sex cake.  If you’re [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Multigrain Biscotti


Y’all will never believe it, but I made a healthy dessert…and it serves more than two people.  Scandalous, I know!  I created this healthy biscotti recipe using quinoa flour, oat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, wheat germ and cornmeal for my lovely friend Natalie of Perry’s Plate.  Head on over to her gorgeous site for [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Tin Roof Cheesecake


It seems that certain nuts are getting all the attention these days:  walnuts and almonds, I’m lookin’ at you.  Even pistachios have their own commercials with famous people and cartoon characters!  Don’t get me wrong, I love all nuts.  There are great walnut, almond and pistachio growers in my county and I buy local nuts [ Click to continue Reading! ]