Valentine’s Sweetheart Bark

  Sweetheart Bark is the ideal candy for anyone who has experienced the gamut of emotions on Valentine's Day. Maybe your most intense memories date all the way back to grade school when you exchanged those cheesy VDay cards in those makeshift paper bag mailboxes. Or, maybe it was a Valentine's Day you spent broken-hearted, alone, cursing the Hallmark holiday. Or, perhaps it was a Valentine's Day with your loved one, in a romantic place, sharing an unforgettable moment. Or, maybe your most meaningful Valentine's Day has been … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Today I wish I could curl up with my mom in bed, close my eyes and just breathe, calmly. However, I'll settle for the next best thing: making a big vat of Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding to nourish and comfort my soul. For a dish that tastes so decadent and creamy, it’s hard to believe how easy Rice Pudding is to make.  Using staple ingredients that can be found in any stocked pantry and refrigerator, you don’t need any culinary skills to whip up the best batch of pudding.  Honestly, this recipe only requires stirring the rice on the stove top … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cake Truffles

I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather or the fact that I have A LOT of idle time with my kids this winter vacation week but, we’ve loved making “No Bake” sweets in the kitchen.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been cooking a bit but, it's more enjoyable constructing delectable treats that are simple to make. Today it's Chocolate Cake Truffles. Mom was celebrated for her seemingly complicated desserts, save the Earthquake Cookies and Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf.  She'd whip out the three-layer tortes or the hazelnut roles, but I don’t remember her … [Read more...]

Holiday Compost Cookies

Today I decided to recreate a COMPOST COOKIE recipe that was inspired by Christina Tosi, head pastry chef from celebrated Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. I love Compost Cookies because no two cookies will ever taste the same.  As the baker, you can get as creative as you want with the ingredients. That’s right, you can literally use whatever you have on hand to develop your recipe.  I decided to make batches of the cookie using our favorite favorite snacks from the cupboard. As I started combining ingredients, I kept throwing in more – hence … [Read more...]