1 Dozen Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Y’all know that Tex-Mex food is a cuisine in a league all its own, right?  It’s not some fusion of half Texas food and half Mexican food stirred together.  Tex-Mex food includes favorites like tortilla soup, carne guisada, refried beans, crispy tacos, cheese enchiladas with chili gravy, migas and more.  Are you hungry yet? It [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Lemon Meringue Tart

I feel certain that a whole cookbook could be written on Southern lemon desserts.  There’s lemon chess pie, lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, lemon curd, lemon cream pie, lemon icebox cookies, lemon poppyseed cake, lemon squares, lemon pound cake, and lemon this and lemon that! It seems that Southerners love lemon in more things than just sweet [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Banana Nutella Chimichangas

Breakfast tacos are a decidedly Texan way to start the day.  My Mom makes the best potato, bacon and egg breakfast tacos with roasted tomato salsa on the side for dipping.  As I was devouring her spicy tacos the other morning before catching my flight home, I started to think about how delicious a sweet [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Coconut Macaroons

Hello again! I hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  In case you’re wondering, my surprise destination for Valentine’s Day weekend was Half Moon Bay—a sleepy little beach town in the heart of artichoke country.  We had a fantastic time!  Can you say ‘private jacuzzi’?  Anyway, would y’all like to know what I made for [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Lemon Bars


I’m going on 5 years here in northern California, and I’m gettin’ pretty used to the California lifestyle.  I love how every town has a weekly farmer’s market.  If you miss market day, there’s always a roadside stand that sells local fruit, vegetables, honey, olives and nuts daily.  I love that when the rest of [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Valentine’s Day Desserts

I’ve put together a list of delicious options for Valentine’s Day dessert for two.  Please choose something, make it with love, and let me know how you and your sweetie like it.  If you have any questions while you are baking, feel free to email me (dessertfortwo [at] gmail [dot] com).  My sweetie is taking [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Chocolate Creme Brulee

If y’all still haven’t decided what to make for Valentine’s Day, this dessert is what you’ve been waiting for.  Creamy, luscious chocolate underneath a crunchy caramelized sugar crust is probably the most romantic thing I’ve ever baked.  And so easy, too!  There’s only 4 ingredients here, so it’s really important for the chocolate that you [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Strawberry Muffins

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, I think we should celebrate the entire weekend before the big day.  A leisurely breakfast in bed with a plate full of these sweet and tender muffins sounds just lovely to me.  Tiny bites of fresh strawberries tucked in a buttermilk batter scented with cinnamon and [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pears in Mulled Wine

Are you and your Valentine the health-conscious type?  I think that’s fantastic, but I hope y’all know that on Valentine’s Day dessert is mandatory.  Pears poached in a spiced mulled wine is the perfect light dessert.  Enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkling of crystallized ginger.  After you enjoy [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Are y’all ready for another Valentine’s Day dessert?  I sure hope so.  Please, let us not go into the fact that I’m makin’ whoopie pies for the day on which most couples will be makin’ whoopie.  Please.  I beg you.  If you must make such a joke, please direct it at the lovely ladies over [ Click to continue Reading! ]