Mocha Marshmallow Pops

My Valentine-for-life is a funny bird. The man is macho. He loves football, guns, archery, digging ditches in our yard, playing screaming electric guitar, building things, winter camping, and going on speed hikes through the woods. He’s an unapologetic geek. True, he’s an engineer and that’s part of the package, but it’s way more than [Read On]

Inside Out Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Ohmygoodnessgraciousohmygosh. Can we talk about this for a minute? This is so tasty, so easy, so…so…so…  I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s everything you get in S’mores with a smidgen of peanut butter for good measure, flipped inside out, covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with mini-marshmallows. But wait… it’s like that [Read On]

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Layer Cake with Ganache

It’s birthday season around here, as I may have already mentioned once (or twice)… With the exception of the one child who requested shepherd’s pie for his birthday dessert until I informed him he could have it for dinner AND have a proper cake or pie, everyone has asked for something spectacular. Last week was [Read On]

Black Forest Truffle Tart

I’m just going to go ahead and say it now because I’ve been biting my tongue for nearly a month now; I don’t like hot weather. It makes me sweat.  And sweating makes me cranky.  Ergo, heat makes me cranky. I don’t mean the lovely warmth of a kitchen where bread is baking on a [Read On]

Apricots, Almonds and Chocolate: Foodie Gift #23

In rounding up the bits and pieces from all my Christmas Baking (See Foodie Gift #21), I find that I have a couple dozen pretty dried apricots, half a cup of toasted slivered almonds and a half bag of semi-sweet chips. I also have a few minutes, so I’ll do a very quick and easy [Read On]

Homemade Nutella: Foodie Gift #11

Okay…I love hazelnuts, I love chocolate, sugar ain’t so bad, I’m okay with vanilla as well.  Soooooo….I’m loving this recipe for homemade Nutella-like butter which is amazingly close to the original product in texture and in taste. I could not believe it when I found it–Nutella has been a favorite treat for many members of [Read On]

Deep, Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites: Foodie Gift #10

It is only fair to warn you that if you give these as gifts or take these to cookie exchanges that you will most likely be expected to repeat the performance every year thereafter.  I’ve been making these for a couple years now.  I have a friend, who shall remain unnamed, who hosted a cookie [Read On]

Quick Mason Jar Iced Coffee

I love iced coffee.  My iced coffee proclivity is an anomaly because I’m not a daily coffee drinker.  When the mercury climbs, though, there’s something about a frothy, sweet, chocolaty , icy coffee that really rings my chimes.  I started making my own because the ones sold by most restaurants were too sweet for my tastes, [Read On]