Carrot Cake Bars

Everyone knows that I love to make holidays special.  I do like to make a big deal of them and I don’t mind a little extra fuss for my family…I want them to have special memories of each and every holiday.  I also want to be able to enjoy the day with them though, and Continue Reading…

Pineapple Flower Brownies

I love to create pretty spring desserts that taste as sunny as the changing weather.  Something that’s perfect to set down on the Easter table that’s a little unexpected and new. My Pineapple flower brownies are a fitting dessert for spring because they literally look as if they are blooming.  The bright, tropical flavors next Continue Reading…

Easy Easter Sunday Cakes

Believe it or not, these cute as a button cakes are made from Little Debbie’s Cocoa Creme Snack Cakes! They took home a runner up prize this month in the Little Debbie “Dessert for the Kid in All of Us” contest sponsored by Food Network!   This contest had a ton of good entries, so it Continue Reading…

Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole

PrintLoaded Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients2 40 ounce cans sweet potatoes in light syrup 8-16 ounces thick cut bacon 6 Tablespoons salted butter 1 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 Cup heavy cream 1 1/4 Cup sharp cheddar, grated 8 scallions Instructions1, Preheat oven Continue Reading…

Cranberry Micheladas

I love cocktails!  In a lot of ways cocktail recipes are more fun to prepare than food because they generally don’t require as much effort, yet the flavor combinations are virtually endless.  They are always pretty, perfectly refreshing, and they make any day feel like a celebration. My love of cocktails is apparent if you take Continue Reading…

Have Yourself a Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is coming up this Tuesday and even if you’re not in New Orleans, it’s certainly a reason to celebrate. This time of year can be a little dull, so don’t let the fact that the holidays are long over get you down when the biggest party of the year is about to begin! I’m not Continue Reading…

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband asked me if I would like to go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day this year.  I thought, “Sure, why not.  It will be nice to have a great meal that someone else has prepared for me”.    I pictured a quiet corner table at our favorite bistro, the lights dimmed, conversation about bills, Continue Reading…

Cheesecake Lemon Drops

All of my chocolate-loving girlfriends have one thing in common, when they are tired of chocolate desserts, they reach for lemon flavored confections instead.  Lemon is bright, refreshing, and just the thing to chase away the winter blues. My cheesecake lemon drops made with Athens Mini Fillo Shells, are not only the perfect treat to Continue Reading…

Confetti Corn Fritters

It’s always exciting to create a dish that exceeds expectations, and that is certainly true for my Confetti Corn Fritters. These pretty little festive appetizers were made using a product my readers know as one of my all-time favorites: Athens Foods Mini Fillo Shells. If you haven’t tried these elegant little pastries yet, please take Continue Reading…

Jalapeno Orange Cranberry Sauce

Continuing on with my line up of not-so-traditional holiday sides, I thought I’d bring you a pretty little bowl that just bursts with color and flavor. The great thing about side dishes like this, is that they’re not so off the beaten path that no one recognizes them, they are just amped up a little.  Continue Reading…