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Chocolate Mousse Torte

Since I’ve been restricted to laying down most of the day, I’ve had plenty of time to read. I’ve caught up on all of my favorite magazines: O, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, and Cooking Light. As I was paging through the Christmas issue of Martha Stewart, I saw the following recipe in an advertisement for Kraft Foods’ website, I couldn’t resist checking out the site. When I did, I was tempted by a dozen different desserts, all looking as amazing as this one. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake. Easy mousse bites. Triple layer pumpkin spice pie. Peanut butter cup pie. … Read more

Orange Dreamsicle Cake with a Halloween Twist

I had this cake in a restaurant once, and I vowed to figure it out. Figure it out, I did. I love orange flavors, and I especially like them with chocolate. See my chocolate addition (especially for Halloween) below the recipe. Halloween Twist on the Orange Dreamsicle Cake Wouldn’t it be great to use a chocolate ganache similar to the one in this recipe to cover the orange frosting? You could top it with Halloween Oreos, and you have a gorgeous holiday-themed dessert. Sounds like a good excuse to have people over this weekend, doesn’t it? Photo by Sevenmarie on … Read more

Watergate Salad

I just finished a pistachio muffin, and it was amazingly delicious. Almost ten years ago, I found pistachio muffins at my local chain grocery store, and I was smitten. That particular store only bakes them in March (for St. Patrick’s Day), and I pined for them 11 months out of the year. I’m not very good at waiting. Today, Grace and I were in a different grocery store with my mom and my sister, when my sister picked up a package of muffins. The muffins were green. “Hey!” I said, “Are those pistachio? I thought you could only get pistachio … Read more

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie

I love this recipe. Loooooooove it. I am not sure where it came from, but I’ve had it for many years. It is  a perfect early summer recipe, as fresh strawberries makes it sing. Make sure you proof the crust. Proofing means that you use a fork to poke holes in the pie crust before baking. The holes allow any steam that forms under the crust to escape before it can make bubbles. A smooth pie crust does not have big bubbles under it.   Print Recipe Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie Servings Ingredients 1 pie crust (I use Pillsburybut … Read more

Turtle Pumpkin Pie

turtle pumpkin pie

I love doctoring up my recipes. I frequently take something normal, like a chocolate cake mix, and tweak it here and there until it becomes a magnificently rich and glorious creation. That makes everyone who eats it gain fifteen pounds. Instantly. I found this recipe in the Holiday 2008 edition Kraft’s Food & Family Magazine. The original recipe was a tweaked pumpkin pie, and then I tweaked it again. The results have been delicious. Enjoy!   Print Recipe Turtle Pumpkin Pie Servings Ingredients 1 pie crust1 cup caramel ice cream topping plus 2 tablespoons, divided1 cup pecans plus 2 tablespoons, … Read more