Cream Cheese Pinwheels

One of my fondest Christmas season memories growing up was our family "open house" which we held the Sunday between Christmas and New Year.  My siblings and I would help mom bake for a week leading up to this much anticipated day.  The house was filled with tantalizing smells and the party always ended too soon. These pinwheels were always one of the favorite cookies we served.  I hope you … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is a family and friends favorite!  I can't even remember exactly when I first whipped this salad up but it's been a party staple as it's easy to make, doesn't take a lot of time and is always a crowd pleaser.  I use a bow-tie pasta for this salad -- it's fun and I find it allows all the flavors to blend well.  The secret to the signature bold flavor of this pasta salad is the … [Read more...]

Crazy for Cinnamon!

As I walked into the grocery store yesterday, I was greeted by the delicious aroma of cinnamon!  Cinnamon is one of those spices that whisks me back to wonderful moments in my childhood... Whether it's with mom sitting at the kitchen table savoring a wonderful cup of hot cocoa infused with cinnamon, twirling a cinnamon stick in a warm cup of milk before bed time, taking in the delicious aroma … [Read more...]

Would You Feed Genetically Engineered Apples to Your Children?

A friend of mine recently went apple picking with a group of friends.  She shared her experience with a glimmer in her eyes... bushels upon bushels of fragrant apples, ripened on the tree and freshly picked, waiting to be enjoyed.   After a lovely pick-nick in the orchard they sampled many varieties -- Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gala, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Jazz...  each with it's distinct flavor and … [Read more...]

Spiced Apple Pancakes

  There's something about apples that is oh so comforting... Is it the sweet aroma?  The fresh crisp taste?  The way an apple just feels like home? These apple pancakes are nice and fluffy and will delight young and old alike. Spiced Apple Pancakes   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Valerie Remy-Milora Recipe type: … [Read more...]

Fall Favorite SuperFood – The Mighty Pumpkin

During a recent trip to Trader Joe's I found myself surrounded by dozens of pumpkin based products.  There was pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin granola, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin chai tea and even pumpkin coffee!  And of course I was greeted by those golden beauties on my way in, each one of them vying for my attention in the hopes of becoming my Jack-O-Lantern... Yes I … [Read more...]

Crockpot Chicken And Dumplings

by Alyson Lex Fall has started to arrive here on the East Coast, so when Valerie asked if I had a special recipe to share, this one is the first one I thought of.  I love cooking this recipe in my crockpot because it doesn’t heat my entire kitchen (and undo all the wonderful cool air coming in through my windows!) but it produces a delicious, filling, and fallstyle meal that my husband and I … [Read more...]

Honey Sesame Bars

If you love sesame seeds then you are going to love these sweet and crunchy bars. My husband has fallen in love with these delicious snacks.  He goes on two to three hour bike ride several times a week and has found that they provide him with the best energy.  In his words: "these are the bomb!" Personally I just love the way they taste! Proper fuel before a workout is essential so that you … [Read more...]

Turkey and Veggie Delight

This recipe was inspired by a simple dish my mom used to make for us as children  It became one of those "comfort foods" for us that we always relished. My girls love this just as much.  I often make this or a variation of it for dinner and they enjoy left-overs in their lunch box the next day. serves 6 preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 20 to 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Mousse

There's something about dark chocolate that is simply irresistible.  This mousse is simple, delicious and a fabulous treat to bring to a party and wow your friends with.  It's a favorite dessert in our family, which my 16 year old has absolutely mastered. Make sure to choose a good quality chocolate as it has everything to do with how your mousse will turn out. 5.0 from 1 reviews Dark … [Read more...]