Red Wine Berry Parfaits with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

Red Wine Berry Parfait with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

An easy and elegant dessert that is an excellent ending to a summer dinner party or cookout. Red Wine Berry Parfaits can be made in advance and is easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled to accommodate your growing guest list. After my long days in the kitchen whipping up crazy concoctions for all of you, my lovely internet friends...I like to pop the cork on a bottle of cabernet to celebrate.  This is a daily occurrence and the wine consumption varies depending on how long I've been in the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles

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Tropical, fruity margaritas frozen into cool, refreshing treats.  Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles will be the hit of any summer party and are a fantastic way to beat the heat.  Slightly boozy and made with fresh strawberries, they are a little bit healthy too...I think. A few summers ago, I discovered the Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margarita from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  They are a creamy and addicting concoction with the consistency of a smoothie...a boozy smoothie but less icy. … [Read more...]

S’mores Cannoli

Smore Cannoli

These are not your mama's cannoli! S'mores Cannoli are like no other, with an ethereally light marshmallow cream filling and added crunch with a quick dip in some crushed graham crackers...you'll never want to stand over a raging fire to toast marshmallows again. Here we are again with the cannoli.  I know, I'm obsessed but there are just so many things you can do with those shells.  And I intend to reinvent the cannoli over and over again until some Italian mom comes and whacks me over … [Read more...]

Grilled S’mores Pizza

Grilled S'mores Pizza

Ooey, gooey, s'mores toppings on a crispy, charred crust.  Grilled S'mores Pizza is a classic summer recipe reinvented.  Kids and adults will love biting into the crispy crust with melted chocolate and marshmallows. Day 3 of summer and so far, so good. :-)  We had an insanely hot day yesterday hitting the triple digits for the first time this year and then it ended with a showstopper of a thunderstorm.  Tornado warnings and high winds with a spectacular light show brought with it some … [Read more...]

Ricotta Ice Cream Filled Cannoli

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Creamy, sweet Ricotta Ice Cream Filled Cannoli taste just like regular cannoli but are a chilly treat that's a spectacular summertime dessert.  A surprisingly easy ice cream snack that's great for entertaining. Raise your hand if you like ice cream?  Well, I can't see you but I know your hand is waving frantically in the air...and if it's not, well....I just don't know about you. :-)  I kid...a bit, I just don't know anyone that doesn't like ice cream unless their lactose intolerant but … [Read more...]

Red White and Blue Berry Tiramisu

Berry Tiramisu

Light and creamy tiramisu is given a summer twist!  Strawberries and blueberries replace the traditional flavors making it the perfect dessert for warm weather festivities.  (And there's no baking involved!) Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are able to enjoy the warmer days.  I took a quick drive to the Jersey shore yesterday where I'll stay until Friday while my house is being painted...yet again.  Apparently, my husband and I are terrible at picking paint … [Read more...]

Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake and Planning a Dream Kitchen

Strawberry and Cream Mug Cake

A sweet treat in just a few minutes…this Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake is baked in the microwave and is the perfect dessert for summer.  Fresh berries and vanilla bean topped with sweetened cream are an excellent pairing in this ready-in-a-flash cake.   Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kitchen PLAY on behalf of Frigidaire.  Compensation was provided to The Suburban Soapbox, all opinions are my own…as always.​ I spend hours a day in my kitchen.  Hours.  More than the … [Read more...]

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Simple and loaded with chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Cookies are a country fair blue ribbon winner.  Crispy edges with a soft, chewy center, this cookie will turn any frown upside down. I didn't win...if you're wondering.  The blue ribbon at the country fair, I didn't win.  I HAVE, however, been making these cookies for a couple decades...ever since I snagged the winning recipe from the winner herself.  My ex-mother-in-law (are those hyphens correct???).  And don't worry, I'm sure she … [Read more...]

Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel Sauce

Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake

Celebrate derby day with an impressive Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake.  A slight departure from the original Bourbon Butter Cake, this version is layered with cream cheese frosting and salted caramel sauce. The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner.  I've never been but I really think it would be my thing....if I could ever get myself there.  It's the most excited I get for a sporting event all year and I can't even tell you why.  Maybe it's the gorgeous horses or the brightly clad … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Creme Brûlée Eggs

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Smooth dark chocolate eggs with a sweet surprise inside.  These Chocolate Covered Creme Brûlée Eggs are simple to make and are completely habit forming.  One bite into the luscious, creamy filling and you will want to keep them for yourself. Creme brûlée is one of my favorite things on the entire planet.  I know I say this about a lot of food but really...who doesn't like creme brûlée.  It's creamy and wonderful...and it's fun to bust through that hard, sugary top with your spoon.  Almost … [Read more...]