St. Patrick’s Day Desserts: Dark Chocolate & Jameson Caramel Tarts

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, we’ll be serving up a big pot of Irish stew, cabbage, soda bread, and some creative Irish desserts.  While this may not be a traditional Irish dessert, we’ve infused it with plenty of good ole Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and of course, Guinness. Print Yum St. Patrick’s DayContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Desserts: Dark Chocolate & Jameson Caramel Tarts”

How to Make the Best Chocolate Cake: Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Cake

For years, I struggled to find a chocolate cake recipe that was dark enough for me.  I love dark chocolate and for some reason, no cake recipe ever came out dark.  They were all weak and more milk chocolatey than dark chocolatey, so I did a lot of research and came up with my go-toContinue reading “How to Make the Best Chocolate Cake: Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Cake”

Toasted Pecan Tea Cakes

Like many chefs and home cooks, I learned from the best cooks in our family, and one of the best was Aunt Lizzie.  Technically, Aunt Lizzie was my great-great aunt since she was my great grandmother’s younger sister, and like many of the women in our family, she was a phenomenal cook.  Unfortunately, when sheContinue reading “Toasted Pecan Tea Cakes”

Easiest & BEST Key Lime Pie EVER

So yeah…I won the National Pie Championship in 2013 with this Key Lime Pie, and while I’m still super proud of that pie, it didn’t take me long before I realized that there was an easier way to make the same pie in half the time. The original pie, “Sittin’ on a Sandbar Key LimeContinue reading “Easiest & BEST Key Lime Pie EVER”

German Chocolate Cream Pie

One of the most popular pies I made this spring has to be my German Chocolate Cream Pie, which is kind of like a German Chocolate Cake and  Chocolate Cream Pie had a baby.  The pie combines the chocolatey richness of a smooth chocolate cream pie with the decadent coconut-pecan frosting covering the perennial GermanContinue reading “German Chocolate Cream Pie”

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cream Pie with Amaretto Cherries

Since World Food Championships 2020 in Dallas had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, this year’s WFC is completely virtual.  Instead of the usual categories in which we compete, this year’s format allows us to compete in multiple categories and enter multiple recipes (and pictures). For this year’s Holiday Sweets with Hershey’s and Pyure Organics,Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Espresso Cream Pie with Amaretto Cherries”

Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce de Leche Frosting

With a hurricane brewing just off the coast, I’ve got plenty of time on my hands today, so I’m bringing back an oldie, but goodie.  This chocolate cake is the epitome of chocolate indulgence. My chocolate cakes always have a bit of coffee, just to add a bit of depth of flavor, but this cakeContinue reading “Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce de Leche Frosting”

A Coconut Cake for Granny

Every week, we go over and have dinner with my granny, and every week,  I try to create a menu of things she likes or things she may not have had in a while. I have a firm belief that Granny should get anything she wants, and since she turns 92 this week, I’m planningContinue reading “A Coconut Cake for Granny”

No Bake Summer Desserts: Lemon-Cherry Trifles

On this summer’s line up, it’s all about cool, comfort food, with little effort. And, a no-bake dessert fits the bill…Sweet tart lemon cake from the supermarket bakery, layered with sweet cherry pie filling, and a custard that whips up in less than 2 minutes.

Summer Snacks: Cherry-Chocolate Chip Dessert Nachos

The Twin Dragon Asian Wrapper Blogger Challenge required just that…creative, innovative, and adventurous recipes using their Twin Dragon Wonton, Egg Roll, and Gyoza Wrappers.

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