Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m [Read On]

Apple Cider and Beer Braised Pot Roast

It’s finally Fall.  I wait all year for this; pumpkins, scarlet maple leaves, blustery wind, butternut squash, grey clouds with bits of brilliant blue peeking through, hay bales, mega-bags of miniature chocolate bars (the best size for stashing in my apron pockets to cover ‘mommy-emergencies’), weather that justifies hours-long baking sessions, wool sock and scarf [Read On]

Homemade V-7 (not 8) Garden Vegetable Juice Blend

A few weeks ago, my mom made the trek out to Michigan to visit her sisters (my aunties) and my Grandma. One night while Mom and my baby sister were out there, the Shaffer girls (because that’s what they become when they’re all together again) and Grandma gathered around the kitchen table to talk food [Read On]

Boston Coolers

Boston Coolers are an iconic Michigan dessert.  Yes.  I am aware it’s called a Boston cooler but its origins and popularity have nothing whatsoever to do with Boston, Massachusetts.  This perfect combination of Vernor’s Ginger Ale and vanilla ice cream hails from the Boston Boulevard area of Detroit, Michigan; another Michigan icon.  And since that [Read On]

Gorgonzola Grape Burgers

We don’t live in one of those mystical, magical places that can grow tomatoes all the live-long year.  We have about a month, maybe two in exceptional weather conditions, where local tomatoes are worth eating.  I tell you this not to make you feel sorry enough for me that you’ll send me crates of tomatoes [Read On]

Are the humans coming? How ’bout now?

This is sweet Leif.  He likes to be where I am.  Or where his Dad is.  If I step backward without checking, there’s a better than average chance that I’ll step on him. He’s my right elbow guy (because that’s his preferred location.) We were confabbing at the grill while I whipped up some hamburgers [Read On]

Baby Grand Marnier Cheesecakes: A tutorial and some trade secrets…

I have to tell you all something  (which might surprise some but not all of you.)  I make cheesecakes professionally.  Yep.  I bake and sell cheesecakes.  Caramel Apple cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake topped with Raspberry Coulis, Dark Chocolate with Crystallized Ginger and Rum Sauce, Plain, New York and Homestyle; I make them all. And they’re [Read On]

Blueberry Butter Tarts with Mascarpone Ice Cream

We have a winner!  And I have my power back!  Yes.  I was without power for nearly two days.  With two stinky dogs, sixteen stinky chicks, five stinky chickens, five stinky kids and two marginally less stinky adults, our power came back none too soon.  No power translated to no pump for the well, no [Read On]