Sweet red pears blend perfectly with pungent Gorgonzola and aromatic sage in this flavorful, comforting risotto. Dispensing with the constant stirring typically associated with risotto preparation, this red pear risotto with Gorgonzola and sage recipe comes together easily and efficiently.
Homemade graham cracker cups filled with sweet, tangy lime curd come together in adorable little lime tarts. Simple to serve, these eat-by-hand treats make a perfect party dessert.
We also look forward to seeing bright splashes of color, too, from lemons, mandarins, tangelos, and grapefruits as they ripen on our trees. While the limes may blend in with all the green leaves, they won’t lack in bright, tangy flavor….
Start your day right with a quick and easy single serving breakfast crisp. Top your favorite fruit with a quick mix oat-cinnamon streusel topping and enjoy warm, delicious crisp in less than 10 minutes!
Last week Eliza asked if she could have some leftover berry crisp for breakfast. Since it’s packed with fruit and topped with oats, we didn’t have any objections.
She ate more breakfast that day than she does on a regular basis, which prompted my husband to suggest that we just start making crisp to eat every morning….
Give decadent chocolate brownies an elegant flair by swapping out a traditional square pan for a fluted tart pan. Top wedges of brownie tart with vanilla ice cream, homemade caramel sauce, and cinnamon pecans to create a sophisticated brownie sundae.
If you’re looking for a way to transform a casual sweet treat into something elegant, bake it in a fluted tart pan.
Take chocolate brownies. They’re awesome baked in a square pan and served as finger food. They’re also great dressed up with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.
Here’s the thing: if you’re already dressing up a simple batch of brownies with ice cream and toppings, why not swap the square pan for a tart pan and bake a brownie tart instead?…
Sweet, nutty cake layers interspersed with a decadent ganache come together in this peanut butter cake with chocolate ganache. Indulgent and flavorful, this cake is a peanut butter lover’s dream.
My kids both love to bake, which should surprise no one at all. When special occasions come up, my older daughter — who’s really come into her own in the kitchen — jumps at the opportunity to create unique celebratory desserts. She always has an elaborately detailed baking plan, not unlike her baking-obsessed mama.
For my husband’s recent birthday, she and a friend set out to bake mini chocolate bundt cakes topped with raspberry glaze and homemade chocolate spoons. The girls even tested making chocolate spoons the week before his birthday.
I like to think they’ve learned something from all the testing that happens in my kitchen, but I’m guessing their practice run had more to do with a desire to eat little chocolate spoons….
Ladled over spaghetti, these classic meatballs with simple tomato sauce epitomize hearty comfort food. Serve a crowd with this generous recipe or hoard the leftovers for easy meal planning.
When I told my kids I’d prepared spaghetti and meatballs for dinner last week, they couldn’t contain their excitement. They actually cheered with sheer joy! For meatballs!
There’s nothing like a little cheering in the kitchen to make you feel like a supermom.
At dinnertime, my older daughter served herself second and third helpings. By the end of the meal, she’d scarfed down at least 10 meatballs….
Packed with diced apple, sweetened with maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon, these maple-oat apple muffins get extra sweetness and texture from a lightly spiced streusel topping. Oven warm and slathered with maple-cinnamon mascarpone, they’re a perfect fall treat.
The opportunity to spend a day picking apples on an idyllic island in the Pacific Northwest seemed too perfect to pass up.
Then I remembered the flight, drive, and ferry trip required to get there. Unless you own a plane, there’s really no such thing as a quick trip to Friday Harbor, WA. With school and work, not to mention all the kids’ activities that consume our free time these days, pulling off a spontaneous trip to the San Juan Islands is about as likely as winning the lottery….
Sweet, tangy barbecue sauce provides a flavorful, fun twist to homemade pizza. Topped with cooked chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, red onion, and Gruyere cheese, this simple barbecue pizza tastes totally gourmet!
Pizza recipes feel more like suggestions than absolutes to me. This is probably because I treat pizza as a way to use up ingredients in my fridge.
Over time, this strategy has led to some awesome combinations that we come back to again and again. For example, we often have leftover grilled chicken and veggies, which work out great on pizza. At some point, I tried using barbecue rather than tomato sauce with these grilled leftovers and was amazed how well it broke our pizza night routine….
Simple and elegant, this raspberry chocolate layer cake blends rich, decadent chocolate with tart, sweet raspberries. Raspberry liqueur adds a fruity backdrop to the chocolate cake layers, while raspberry jam and raspberry buttercream add bright sweetness.
My sweet, lovely grandmother turned 102 this month. 102! We celebrated with a raspberry chocolate layer cake almost as sweet and pretty as she is.
My grandma doesn’t always know me anymore, and she sometimes thinks my dad is her husband rather than her son. The other day she talked at length about a “recent” conversation she had with her parents. And always, always, she repeats the very same questions again and again while we visit.
The loss of her short-term memory sometimes makes conversation challenging, but we all still love to visit her….
Simple yet stunning, this tomato galette turns juicy, ripe tomatoes into a satisfying, delicious meal. Gouda and smoked mozzarella provide a rich, slightly smoky backdrop to the bright tomato flavor.
This simple recipe provides an easy way to turn up the flavor of summer tomatoes. Not only that, it produces a stunning, colorful galette that is almost too pretty to eat.
Minced shallots and fresh thyme round out the bright tomato flavor, while Gouda and smoked mozzarella provide a rich, slightly smoky backdrop….