Cranberry Shortbread Bars


My parents work so hard each year to host Thanksgiving dinner. The planning begins weeks in advance. My mom starts cooking a few days early in order to prepare her famous cornbread dressing.   My dad stays up all night slowly smoking the turkeys in the backyard.  He takes quick naps on the couch and gets [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Tart


Wow.  That’s all I can say about the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival last weekend in San Francisco.  It has taken me a full week to recover.  I shared a room with the talented and very beautiful Natalie from Perrys’ Plate.  We were quick to learn that we are true foodie soul mates— we skipped the final dinner of the festival in [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Apple Cheesecake Crumb Pie

My favorite thing to do this time of year is to go apple picking with my girlfriends.  However, our version of apple picking involves eating every single apple dessert on the menu of a small road-side stand and buying bags of already-picked apples.  This is to ensure that we have plenty of time to stop at the [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Honey Caramel Corn


Here’s a little something to enjoy on Halloween and keep your hands out of the candy bowl.  My mom frequently made this recipe when I was growing up with honey she bought from our neighbor.  As a kid, I used to pick out the nuts, but now they’re my favorite part.  Before I share the recipe [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies

I’ve been baking a lot lately and have seen quite a few recipes that use pumpkin puree in place of butter or oil.  The creaminess of pumpkin makes a delicious quick bread or muffin that contains relatively little fat.  I wanted to create a recipe that balanced velvety pumpkin with rich butter.  This shortbread cookie does [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Apple Crisp

The ingredients of an apple crisp are very simple, yet this was one of the hardest recipes for me to scale down to two servings.  The problem lies with the apples:  a single apple does not give off much juice.  The only reason a typical apple crisp is juicy is because it’s filled with 6 to [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Molten Chocolate Cakes

These luscious chocolate cakes are the perfect ending to a romantic dinner for two.  For an extra special touch, sometimes I omit the espresso powder and sprinkle liquor over the cakes right after unmolding.  Whiskey, Cointreau, Frangelico, and Amaretto are all welcome here. In my experience, the fluted Pyrex cupsunmold easier than straight-sided ramekins.  5.0 [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

I grew up on a steady diet of old black and white TV show re-runs.  No, I’m not that old—I’m in my mid 20s.  My mom and I used to watch episodes of I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and Perry Mason nightly.  I’d rather watch old re-runs than today’s TV shows.  In fact, [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Banana Puddin’


Does this recipe really need an introduction?  Southerners are born and raised on this stuff.  There’s a distinct rule when it comes to banana pudding: the first version you eat will be your favorite.  So, if your momma tops it with meringue, you will always prefer that to whipped cream.  If your grandma makes it [ Click to continue Reading! ]