Cranberry Custard Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Each year my man & I undertake an epic 12 hours of feasting.  The day starts at my parent’s. Here, we cheers with hefty glasses of pale pink rose over the sounds of kickoff.  My siblings and I rotate in and out of the kitchen, helping with what we can & making sure all of…

Bake: Spiced Apple Cider Donuts

Okay, It’s Officially Fall.  It took the steel city a hot second to make it here, but man… was it worth the wait.  It’s been speckled with weeks of glorious autumn afternoons, and then some gloomy stretches that dragged on.  These kinda days, necessitate comfort food.   On the menu: Spiced Apple Cider Donuts.  I used the…

Bake: Fluffy Pumpkin Cookies with Praline Crumble

It’s that wonderful time of year again, where baking & feasting reign supreme.  I kicked off my cooking spree with these Fluffy pumpkin cookies.   They are so easy & incredibly satisfying. These treats are topped with my go-to easy icing, which is really just a 3:1 ratio of powdered sugar and your preferred coffee creamer….

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes with Peach Jalapeño Salad

For the first time in years, My man & I found ourselves bound to the north in the heat of July.  Traditionally, we travel to Georgia, but had opted cooler trip in early May. It was glorious, but, now July was missing that southern spark.    I was daydreaming of peach pie, pimento cheese &…

Recipe: Green Detox Drink

This is the ultimate juice blend & St. Patty’s Day Remedy. Balance out the pregames & parades with something a little healing.  Get right & start with a hearty pour of this before you dive into the Irish Coffees to stay authentically energized. Why you ask? Cucumber‘s will provide magnesium & Potassium which effectively “pretox”…

Cinnamon-Apple Crisp with Honey Almond Crumble

Here’s What you’ll need: For the Cake 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 tbsp ground grahm crackers ¼ tsp baking powder 1 tbsp dark brown sugar 3 tbsp milk ½ tbsp vegetable oil ¼ tsp ground ginger ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tbsp honey Pinch of salt For the Apples: 2 cups of largely diced apples 2…

Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing

I have learned the season’s true worth, and appreciated every drop of our Indian summer.  The temperatures are growing steadily cooler & comforts are around every corner.  I am magnetized to flavors like cinnamon, chai caramel, and pumpkin, and I have been indulging in every last one. About mid-morning, one grey skied-day my man &…

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Valentine’s day is a great occasion to break out this brew. It’s just right for the season– warm and cozy on a cool evening and more unique than any pink cocktail.  A warm cinnamon embrace, velvety chocolate, and an infusion of cayenne give Mayan hot chocolate the perfect balance of sweet and sensual flavors.  This…

Banana + Maple Bread Pudding Bites

Here’s What You’ll Need: 1/4 cup cinnamon 5 cups cubed white bread Custard: 5 eggs + 1 extra yolk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pinch ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon local honey 1 over-ripe banana Topping: 1/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/4…

Simple Immune Brew

In my book, winter’s ultimate comfort comes from a silent moment & a good cup of tea. Curled up in bed, buried under covers is a heavenly place to be, but not when you’re down with the sickness. I dodge any bugs or flu’s with my reliable immunity stimulating-elixir. This recipe makes 1 pot (6…

Lemon Cloud Pie

Here’s what you’ll need: 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 1/2 cup white sugar lemon pudding mix 2 1/4 cups water 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese 2 eggs 1/4 cup white sugar Here’s how to make it: With the flame off, Prepare water, and egg yolks in a saucepan,Whisk well….