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]

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]

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]

Campfire Home Fries

I come from a camping obsessed family.  My Dad is, by trade, a camp manager.  My Mom likes to take her blanket outside and sleep under the stars (she also wants an outdoor bath tub, but I digress.)  My sister, Jess, and her family are certifiable trail and tent nuts.  My brother, Luke, digs the [Read On]

Watermelon Mojito Slushies: Think Pink!

Yesterday, I mentioned that we’d been experiencing some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of those less pleasant moments was a biggie, folks.  As in a life changing biggie… *Fair warning:  I am about to use the following words; breast, cancer, breasts, self-exam and self-check.  If any of those words bother you, tune out until [Read On]

Jalapeno Mojito Syrup

I need to remember that no matter how weird things get around here they can always, and probably will, get weirder.  Unfortunately, the last couple weeks have been peppered with some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of them, I will share with you in a future post.* The other two things I’m going to [Read On]

Crispy Seared Mushroom and Asiago Puffs

We’ve been spring cleaning like crazy around here lately.  It’s so invigorating to be able to open the windows after having them firmly shut since November.  And even though I hate doing laundry, there is something incredibly peaceful about hanging the first couple loads of clothes and sheets and towels on the line.  Everything is [Read On]