Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

I have a confession to make. I have a sweet tooth, and it is a really big sweet tooth. As the seasons change, so do the cookies, cakes, pies and quick breads I bake to satisfy my sugary addiction. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes combine two favorite sweets of mine – pie and donuts. And the mini size makes them the perfect poppable treat. A basic cake batter of flour, sugar, butter and eggs is the basis for the bite-sized spheres. The addition of tart diced apples cooked in homemade caramel sauce and warm...

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The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

I rarely make claims that a recipe is “the best ever.” Many recipes can benefit from a little tweaking. Add an additional one-half cup of dark chocolate chips to make the ultimate chocolate chip cookies. Marinara sauce simmered with fresh basil is leaps and bounds superior to one with dried basil. There is always room for improvement in a recipe. Mini Texas Sheet Cakes are the exception to this rule. Everything is bigger in Texas and so is this larger than life cake. It is without a doubt The Best Chocolate...

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Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

I write a food column twice a month for the New Jersey Herald. I showcase everyday recipes that are a little out of the ordinary but, easy to prepare.  My article this week featured an updated version of a family favorite banana bread recipe.  I hope you enjoy my article. An infatuation with food began early in my life. Anything culinary intrigued me. My free time was spent whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies with my sisters, grilling hotdogs for lunch with my best friend, watching Julia Child on The...

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Sugared Shortbread

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Sugared Shortbread

Sugared Shortbread

The following recipe was featured in the New York Times. Check out Melissa Clark’s article and its 5 star reviews here. Cookies are an important time of my day. With coffee for breakfast. As a pick me up in the late afternoon. And a couple with a shot of milk before bed make for a good night’s sleep. I was introduced to Sugared Shortbread by my neighbor and good friend Kathleen. She can brew a pot of coffee and have a tasty baked good ready at a moment’s notice. Even if I stop by unannounced....

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Great Aunt Rose’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Great Aunt Rose’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Great Aunt Rose’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

This is the absolutely best pound cake ever! While growing up, my Mom always had a homemade cake or plate of cookies sitting on our kitchen counter. Even after my parents were empty nesters, you could always count on a sweet treat when you unexpectedly dropped by for a visit. One of my favorite dessert recipes was courtesy of my great Aunt Rose. This pound cake was a frequent visitor to the cake stand on the counter. After my Mom passed away about 22 years ago, I wanted  to try my hand at making this family...

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

While growing up, my mom always had a sweet treat on our kitchen counter.  Whether it was Great Aunt Rose’s pound cake, apple pie bars, or sour cream blueberry coffee cake, you could always count on a homemade baked good in our kitchen.  I have continued this baking tradition in my home. Stop by my kitchen and there is rarely a time when I don’t have a muffin, cookie or brownie waiting to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee or icy cold glass of milk.  One frequently baked and family favorite sweet is...

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