Christmas Rock Candy

  224, 000+ views since first publish in 2013! I've been making rock candy since I was 15 years old. One summer, I taught myself how to bake out of boredom, using one cookbook and trying everything. I'd always loved Christmas Rock Candy, with its yummy layer of powdered sugar, such a great confection to indulge in as a teen. These days I still make it the same exact way I did then, with just … [Read more...]

A Stroke of Grilliance! #BEEF

I haven't been able to eat meat for a while for various reasons and now because I have high cholesterol, I really can't eat anything but lean stuff. So when I was asked to host a Beef grilling party I almost said no, until I saw that the entire party is a challenge, basically, for me to try one of the many MANY lean beef recipes included in my party pack but also available on … [Read more...]

Pain Perdu with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream

Pain Perdu...seems like a fancy term, huh? Pain Perdu in french means "Lost Bread". It is basically french toast but made with older bread. If you have some staling bread no matter the kind, you have Pain Perdu on your hands! It is pronounced "pan per-do" , there is no pain involved. There are variations that call for adding flour and butter (roux) to the eggs to make a more custard like dip for … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Pita Pizza with Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven

I have used many different kinds of cooking methods from gas to induction and more. The last one to try for me was convection. This is actually one of the smartest ways to cook because it lessens cooking time by blowing the hot air in the oven over the surface of the food, cooking both the inside and outside at the same time. That sounded culinary school-ish, huh? Sorry about that, I just finished … [Read more...]

Banana Split Cake

From now until April 22nd, Del Monte is sponsoring a recipe contest called Crown the Cook on Facebook and the prizes are amazing.. If your recipe is selected as one of the top three finalists, not only will you win a year’s supply of Del Monte® products*, but Del Monte will send you and a guest on a four day trip to San Francisco to compete in a cook-off against two other fans! The grand … [Read more...]

Mama’s Mississippi Mud with COOL WHIP

I don't really need to mention how busy I am with being a student, working, and being a mom of three busy kids. I try to make dessert for them as often as I can because that is when my daughter, without fail, tells me I am the most awesome mom ever. Plus it helps me connect with them. Having dessert everyday doesn't happen but I go out of my way to make it special when I whip up treats for them. I … [Read more...]