Orange-Vanilla Meringue Swirls

A little sweet, a little crispy and a little chewy. These Orange-Vanilla Meringue Swirls are a perfect little treat. It’s amazing what a few great ingredients can become when combined with simple techniques.They taste almost like one of those delightful orange creamsicles. Featured in a past issue of Martha Stewart Living, I’ve been looking forward to…

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…

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I have a special place in my foodie heart for anything snickerdoodle. The cookie, amazing. Snickerdoodle blondies, always a great hit. Snickerdoodle Krispie Treats, who knew? In fact, when we adopted Ted last December, the rescue had named him Snickerdoodle. We briefly considered keeping the name, but…

Dill Pickles

  Year two of making my own dill pickles and entering them in the Downtown Akron Partnership Pickle Contest. Last year, I won second place in the dill pickle category. This year, I’m going for the gold, or is it the green? I’m sticking with the adapted recipe from Martha Stewart that I used last…

Beef Bourguignon

Today marks Julia Child’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve gone back in my archives to February 2010 to reintroduce you to the Everyday Food magazine version of her classic Beef Bourguignon. I’ve wanted to make this since seeing Julie & Julia. A pretty easy version was recently featured on the PBS series Everyday Food and…

Rocky Road Brownies

News flash! While celebrating Marshmallow Week, I think I’ve found the perfect brownie recipe. The brownie layer at the base of these Rocky Road Brownies is amazing. It’s a from-scratch-recipe that only used one bowl to come together. That fact alone, would make these brownies great. They’re a dense, rich and fudgy brownie. Baked for…

Crisp Wontons with Strawberries and Yogurt

A visit back in time to July of last year for a simple and elegant dessert. Saturday night we were invited by our friend Jim to enjoy an evening of classical music provided by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at the beautiful Blossom Music Center. Unlike every other concert at Blossom, for the Orchestra you are…

Gluten Free Lunch with Friends

Last Wednesday, I spent the most delightful day with two of my favorite friends from High School. Stephanie and Jennifer drove up from our hometown for an afternoon in my kitchen. It’s part of a new series here on my blog, “In the Kitchen with Friends.” Jennifer and her family eat a gluten-free diet. So…

Strawberry Freezer Jam – Way Back Wednesday

It seems as though there might be some sort of Strawberry theme this week. Earlier in the week, I told you all about Roasted Strawberry Lemonade. Today, we go way back to last August, when I learned the fun skill of making freezer jam. It changed my life forever. Ok, that might be a bit…

Peach Buckle – Way Back Wednesday

A peachy delight from way back in September 2010. Rustic and elegant. That’s how I’d describe this incredible Peach Buckle from issue #14 of Everyday Food Magazine. First, it’s almost the perfect time of year to be using the sensationally seasonal peach. I have to say, this recipe made for a divinely moist cake. And the…