Carrot cake is an Easter tradition for my family. My step mom, Cheryl, makes the most beautiful multi layered carrot cake coated with luscious cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts. Years ago, she gave me the recipe and I have been making my version ever since.
Black bean soup is not only delicious and filling but it is a super economical way to easily feed a large crowd. With a little pre planning, you can serve this soup to a wide range of tastes and diets with minimal effort for only pennies per bowl.
A delicious twist on traditional cream pies, the typical pie crust in this chocolate angel pie is replaced with a light, slightly crisp baked meringue version for a naturally gluten free dessert.
Bananas fosters egg rolls are a happy marriage of all the best elements of dessert - crispy, soft, salty and sweet. The warm caramelized banana filled egg roll pairs perfectly with creamy coconut ice cream and sweet rum sauce.
There's something about Valentine's Day that makes me want to indulge in everything. Maybe it's just the season of love causing me to love myself so much that I don't even consider the negative effect of sugar, fats and alcohol on my body. Or, maybe it's still winter and I know that I have a few more months to hide behind large sweaters and flowy tees. Either way, I have most definitely been catching up on all the baking I've been wanting to experiment with.
These delightful cookies make a stunning display and because they are filled with fruit preserves and fresh fruit creme they are as delicious as they are beautiful.
There is no sweeter way to show love to your friends and family than with hand crafted goodies and sweets eats. On a chilly afternoon last weekend we invited friends over to craft valentines and snack on yummy treats. The kids (and adults!) had so much fun and all left with plenty of handmade cards to spread love for days.
A perfect date night out usually consists of my hubs and I going to small restaurants and lounges sampling small bites and cocktails at each one. I rarely order an entree and instead choose lots of appetizers.. even the most simple roasted nuts or olives can be stellar when paired with the right atmosphere and beverage.
When the need for an indulgent night out hits midweek or during a busy weekend when childcare is not an option, I head to the grocery store to create a date night at home. A variety of yummy bites and a good bottle of wine or bubbly is all that is needed. We try to ignore the screaming kids, endless sibling fights and general chaos that is our home and enjoy good food, drink and conversation.. usually hiding on the back porch where it takes a few minutes for them to find us.
This rustic soup featuring the flavors of sweet italian sausage, creamy white beans, hearty kale, savory onion, garlic and spicy red pepper is so delicious and complex it's hard to believe that it can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.