Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Cheers, friends! Christmas is hands down my favorite time of the year. For some reason, when the temperature drops I suddenly get the urge to start baking cookies for the holidays. My family has many holiday cookie requests but Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing are one of their favorites. Always first on my…

Cranberry Sauce Chocolate Marbled Coffee Cake

Hello, Friends! Thanksgiving was just last week, but the only post-Thanksgiving item I have left in my refrigerator is lots of cranberry sauce. I can get crazy with the amounts of fresh cranberry sauce I make each year.  The flavors of orange, nuts, raisins, and tangy cranberries have, in my eyes, more uses than just…

Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Hello Friends! One of my favorite family traditions would be baking cookies and giving them as gifts! We hand out batches of treats to everyone – the neighbors, the mailman, friends, and family. Buttery Lemon Shortbread cookies are my perfect go-to holiday gift.  These easy to make cookies are crisp, buttery, and slightly sweet.  A light…

Perfect Pumpkin Flan

Hello, Friends! Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this easy, delicious, light, silky smooth, no-fail Perfect Pumpkin Flan! This time of the year is one of the busiest baking seasons with long hours spent in the kitchen, my make-ahead Perfect Pumpkin Flan is quick and easy!  It will get you in and out of the…

Pumpkin Cake with Ginger-Pecan Topping

Hello, Friends! Ahh, all the sweetness of Fall comes with anything pumpkin! This pumpkin cake bakes up into a sweet,  spiced cake with a tender crumb that my lovely daughter Erin just loves!  Over the years, this pumpkin cake has been the most requested cake from her and her friends. I would always hear her say:…

Pumpkin Maple Biscotti

Hello, Friends! It’s finally the time of the year to go pumpkin crazy! I can go crazy thinking of the many delicious things I could make with pumpkin. Dare I say there’s probably no such thing as pumpkin overload? What could satisfy my pumpkin cravings?  How about baking pumpkin biscotti?  The thought was intriguing, so…

Pear-Walnut Cream Cheese Cake

Hello, Sunday! It’s time to say goodbye to the summertime fruity favorites: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and plums.  While saying hello to cranberries, apples, pumpkins, and pears. Fall is pear season and produce markets have an abundance of them. There’s no better way to celebrate this fruit than to make this easy, moist, and simple pear cake….

Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts

Hello, Sunday! Autumn has arrived! Leaves are changing colors, cool weather is approaching, and it is the beginning of a bountiful apple season. Families are visiting farmers markets every weekend for all things Fall. Farmers markets make use the season’s apple bounty by brewing apple cider and baking apple cider donuts.  My local farmers market makes…

Moist and Easy Cornbread

Happy Sunday! Cornbread is as American as apple pie! It’s served on every Southern table. Do you like it sweet or savory?  Do you add sugar or molasses?  You could have a debate on your hands as everyone has a preference.  Cornbread comes in two basic breeds: Northern and Southern.  The differences in the types…

Cider-Honey Apple Dumplings

Hello, Sunday! A Christmas morning tradition in our home is always having fresh, tender, homemade cinnamon rolls on the breakfast table.  Christmas morning may be very busy, but it is a must while opening up the gifts to be teased by the heavenly, sweet-smelling cinnamon buns baking in the oven to occasionally distract or lure…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Hello, Sunday! No matter the season, no matter the reason, there’s always time for an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie for your pleasing! For me, oatmeal cookies certainly have all the comforting ingredients for any time of the year enjoyment.  A warming mixture of oatmeal, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter with a tossing of juicy, crisp apple…

Balsamic Fig Jam with Star Anise

  This easy, sweet and savory jam is made from fresh figs, along with a mild and fragrant licorice flavor from star anise. Star anise has a mild and fragrant licorice flavor, it adds another dimension to the fig jam, it works especially well with traditional fall and winter recipes. All of the ingredients are combined…