Mini Bourbon Pumpkin Praline Cheesecakes

Creamy, pumpkin cheesecake spiked with bourbon and smothered with buttery pecan praline, the perfect ending to any holiday meal.  Mini Bourbon Pumpkin Praline Cheesecakes will soon become an annual tradition.   I don't usually cave to trendiness....but sometimes I have to bend my own rules a bit.  Especially, when it comes to sharing some of my favorite recipes.  One of the ways I learned to cook was through my tendency to be a people pleaser.....or a people impresser.  Whenever a … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

A creamy, sweet dessert studded with apples and walnuts then drenched in a caramel sauce that will knock your socks off.  Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is the most incredible dessert for fall, easy to make and great for entertaining.   Who else is sweating out an Indian summer right now?  I can hardly believe it, we had a few crisp days where I was thrilled to pull out my jeans and long-sleeved tee's....then, without warning, it's 90 degrees again.  It's the time of year when you don't … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Creme Brûlée Eggs

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...]

Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham

Brighten up your holiday spread with this Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham.  Just four ingredients are used to create the fruity glaze and is a great twist on the traditional holiday ham. Ham is a staple in my life.  I've been making an entire spiral ham at least twice a month now since before Christmas.  I like to eat it right off the bone, still in the roasting pan, dripping fat and juices down the front of my shirt.  I'm super classy like that.  By the time dinner rolls around I've eaten like … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Arancini

Crispy, creamy lobster risotto stuffed with buttery lobster tail and peas make the most incredibly unforgettable appetizer ever.  Easy to assemble and make ahead, these are worthy of any celebration....big or small. I ate a little too much during the holidays.  I may have mentioned that before.  The cookies, the mouthwatering Chocolate Turtle Biscotti, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon sauce....I ate it all.  And now....I have to pay the price.  So, today....I registered for a … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Cranberry Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

A game day favorite, Jalapeño Poppers are all dolled up for the holidays with a little cranberry thrown into the mix and a big piece of bacon wrapped around them for good measure.  Make a batch of these as festive appetizers for Christmas Day or whip them up to munch on during your favorite bowl game this week. I really wanted to hate jalapeño poppers.  I tried my hardest...I just didn't think they sounded very good but my friends ordered them at a bar and once they put that big bowl of … [Read more...]

Create the Ultimate Cheese Board on a Budget

Wow your holiday guests with a beautiful and inexpensive cheese display this year.  Combining a variety of flavors and textures is easy and a fantastic way to kick off any party. Creating the perfect cheese display doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.  With a few quick tips, you can keep more money in your wallet this year and still have a palate pleasing display to share with your guests.  You don't even have to make a special trip to a cheese specialty shop, most well-stocked … [Read more...]

Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]