What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting is a dessert just a wonderful as it sounds, and a perfect addition to your holiday party menu. I have spent the past few weeks writing about desserts to bring to a holiday party, I covered my favorite store bought chocolate treats, halfway homemade desserts, and I shared […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

It’s that time of year when everyone’s calendars are sprinkled with holiday parties. To get in a festive spirit, I have been sharing a collection of desserts to bring to – or serve at – at holiday party. We started off simple with some store-bought favorites, and then moved along to halfway homemade desserts that utilize […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party, My Favorite Store Bought Treats

Today I am kicking off a series on what to bring to holiday parties. I’m a food blogger that realizes that not everyone who loves food knows how to make it. With that in mind, today I am talking about my favorite store bought treats to bring to a party. The What to Bring to a […]

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel Frosting

These Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel Frosting sound like lots of different flavors, but they just work. The cupcakes are made with boxed cupcake mix with the additional of smashed banana. Then the cupcakes are topped with a whiskey caramel frosting. It is a simple recipe, and one that has received rave reviews from […]

S’mores Brownies

  I have a thing for S’mores. The crunchy Graham Cracker, the gooey melted marshmallow, and the rich melted chocolate- it is something that I can’t say no to. There is something nostalgic about s’mores. They remind me of summertime campfires. These brownies are a fun less messy way to enjoy the treat from my childhood. I recently […]

Grilled Peach Ice Cream Sundaes with Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Fresh ripe peaches are finally available in Chicago supermarkets, which means it is time for grilled peach ice cream sundaes with whiskey caramel. This knock your socks off dessert is easy to prepare and will certainly impress all your guests at a barbecue. I had been dying to share this recipe with you, and even […]

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Shortcake

This vanilla bean strawberry shortcake is my take on the New England style strawberry shortcake that my mother makes. This shortcake has a dense biscuit-like consistency and lots of vanilla flavor. The biscuit is cut in half, the juice from the strawberries is drizzled over, then a large dollop of vanilla whipped cream goes on […]

Boxed Brownies 3 Ways

Everyone loves brownies. I think it is a scientific fact. Over the weekend I had a few parties to attend so I decided to experiment with different types of brownies. I bought Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix, and then added ingredients to the middle of the brownies to make Andes Candies Brownies, Milk Chocolate Marshmallow, and […]

500th Post! A look back at my favorite posts

I just can’t believe that this is post 500. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my favorite posts: My favorite breakfast: Chilaquiles Benedict with Crispy Potatoes. I love a breakfast with a little kick of spice. This is my take on chilaquiles which are a traditional Mexican breakfast that […]

S’mores Pie

This S’mores Pie recipe comes from my Mom. S’mores are my favorite food from childhood, so I was very excited to try this recipe. What sets this S’mores Pie apart is that the chocolate middle layer is my Mom’s truffle recipe and it’s velvety richness is perfect. S’mores Pie has all the elements of Smore’s: Graham […]

A Guest Post from ASquared: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bread Puddings for Two

Hello there! It’s Anne from over at A Squared. My friend Kit and I have been talking forever about writing guest posts on each other’s blogs for months now and finally, here I am!  Kit and I have a few big things in common– we are both newlyweds, we both love to cook, and we […]

Pecan Pie with a Shortbread Crust

Sweet Pecan Pie in a crisp buttery shortbread crust is one of my favorite wintertime treats. When my friend Molly mentioned that pecan pie is her favorite, I promised to bring one to Sunday Night Dinner. The timing was perfect since I happened to have pecans at home. A few months ago I entered my […]

Chocolate Silk Pie

This is my favorite pie. By far. Trust me on this one. This smooth chocolatey pie has been a staple at Graham family gatherings for at least 15 years. I was reluctant to make it because I was afraid it would lose that special only-on-special-occassions feeling. I finally caved in and made it for a […]

Chocolate Cake with Whiskey and Espresso Whipped Cream Frostings

It was a tradition in my family that you got to pick out your birthday cake.  Sometimes we would choose a cake from bakery but most of the time we would choose a cake made by my mother.  I have since continued this tradition with my friends making them cakes on their birthdays.  Not to […]

Strawberry Pie – a step by step photo gallery

You will need: 1 quart hulled fresh strawberries 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp corn starch 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup water 9 or 10 inch cooked pie crust – I buy the Pillsbury frozen pie crusts – no assembly required Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips Whipped Cream Small carton of Heavy […]


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