Candy Corn Krispie Treats

Halloween, not exactly one of my favorite holidays. It never has been. Well, except for the flood of fun-sized packets of Skittles, Starbursts and Sweetarts. Yes, I have a very real addiction to fruity-flavored confections that begin with an S. There are a couple of other things that I really love about this time of…

honey punch

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and while many of you will be enjoying a green beer, I thought I’d feature a little pot of gold. Golden Honey Punch, that is. As I wrote last week, I’m working my through two delightful jars of Kilker North honey. This punch recipe from Food Network magazine is pretty great….

chocolate-cherry clusters

Three ingredients, fifteen minutes prep time, an amazingly great snack: the Chocolate-Cherry Cluster. From the January/February 2011 issue of Everyday Food Magazine. Melt 10 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, mix in 3 cups of cornflakes that you’ve crushed slightly and half a cup of dried cherries until everything is covered in melted chocolate.  Drop by heaping…

national pie day

It’s National Pie Day in America. How both very exciting and random that it’s celebrated in the middle of winter. I though that I’d honor the day with a look back at one of my favorite pie posts. Click here to read all about the fabulously tart Lemon Pie with Pecan Crumb Crust. So, what…

white chocolate snowflakes

And here we are, the final few days before Christmas. I don’t know about you, but the list of things that I need to do keeps getting longer. These are times when a quick and simple recipe is really important. I ran across this three-ingredient holiday treat on Food52.com. My dear friends, may I introduce…

chocolate peppermint cookies

Oh the snow…the weather around these here parts has been pretty frightful the last couple of days. On Sunday, I decided it would be best to use my shut-in time to bake some cookies for the holidays. I made dad’s ginger cookies that I wrote about previously. I also baked white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies…

5 days of sweets – ricotta orange pound cake

Here we are, day three of “Five Days of Sweets.” I don’t know about you but, but my clothes are feeling a bit tighter. It’s back to Weight Watchers after the holidays… The latest of issue of Food Network Magazine features a section on “Giada’s Perfect Presents.” One of the ideas was to make a…

5 days of sweets – dad’s ginger cookies

What’s the first food-related item that comes to mind when I think of Christmas? My Dad’s ginger cookies. He made them every year along with his sugar cut-out cookies. The scent of these cookies baking in the oven filled the house with the most pleasant spiced aroma. A few notes about the recipe. Depending on…

5 days of sweets – chocolate mousse tart with hazelnuts

Welcome to my 5 Days of Sweets. Also known as, How Mike Will Gain Another 10 Pounds. For the next five days I’ll feature a dessert or cookie that would be just fantastic to serve around the upcoming holidays. To kick it off, we begin with the Chocolate Mousse Tart with Hazelnuts from Everyday Food…

for the geek on your holiday shopping list

And now for something a bit different. Did you know that today is Small Business Saturday? A day to do some shopping to help out the non-Walmarts and non-Targets of the world. My good friend Jason has just opened up his very own t-shirt shop, Sudsy McBones. He’s designed apparel perfect for the geeky gamer…