Banh Mi Bites

Could there possibly be a better sandwich than the Banh Mi? Crispy pickled vegetables, spiced pork or chicken, chili sauce, cilantro, maybe pate or sriracha, all on a baguette roll; the list of ingredients is somewhat debatable but always delicious.  Such strong and fresh flavors are also perfect for an appetizer.  Here is a recipe for some cute little bites which pack a lot of flavor and will look festive on your platter.  They do have a few steps, so start them ahead of time, but none of it is complicated, and making the won ton cups couldn’t be easier or more satisfying! If you haven’t made them before, you will want to use them for all kinds of other fun little treats. Read More



Apple Praline Bundt Cake

This delicious cake is moist with apples and pecans and redolent with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  It has a delicious cinnamon cream cheese filling and is topped with a rich and smooth praline frosting.  It keeps well, freezes well, and will be a welcome and much requested addition to your brunch table. Read More


Not your mom’s meatloaf…

… unless she was ultra stealthy and determined to sneak fruit into your diet! This outlier of a meatloaf contains dried and diced fruit, mustard, sage and apricot preserves, as well as ground turkey instead of the typical red meat.  But despite the odd ingredient list, it is actually very tasty, not too sweet, not dry, and bonus– the calorie and fat count is low!  If you form the meat mixture into small or even individual loaves, it saves you cooking time. Read More


Sugar cookie bars

One bite of this retro style cookie bar and you will be transported back to those days after school with cookies and milk at the kitchen counter!  This soft but sturdy cookie is buttery, full of vanilla flavor, and covered with a rich but not–too-sweet vanilla buttercream frosting.  The bar cookie style saves time, and also means that if you cut your bars really big, you are still just having one delicious indulgence.  Tint and bedazzle the frosting as you see fit–  Read More


Blueberry and lime swirl coffee cake

This is more than the run-of-the-mill coffee cake– it features fresh blueberries, lime zest and juice,  a rich swirl of cream cheese, and a crunchy brown sugar crumble topping.  It also freezes well, tastes better the next day and looks quite pretty when dusted with powdered sugar and some additional berries.  You can also substitute raspberry, blackberries, strawberries or any combination of berries for more yumminess. Read More