White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie with Apricots is brought to you by my friend Tracy from San Diego, CA – she’s originally from Hawaii, thus the love for cookies with macadamia nuts at the holidays. WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIE 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1…

Cream Cheese Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a Cream Cheese Cookie comes from my mother who got it from her grandmother. When my mom was little they would visit her grandparents in Pompton Lakes, NJ for the holidays and my great grandmother Albigese would make these Italian cookies for my mom and her siblings. I have since turned it…

Wholesome Gingerbread Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a wholesome gingerbread cookie comes from my cousin-in-law Ella down in San Diego. She makes these Wholesome Gingerbread cookies for her family every year. These gingerbread cookies are made with carrot juice, whole wheat flour, and ground flax. Not only do they look yummy, but they taste good too. I hope you…

Holiday Baking Flashback

HOLIDAY BAKING FLASHBACK This holiday baking flash back brings you back to my days as a caterer with 24/7 access to a commercial kitchen. I just can’t explain the joy of being able to bake off all my gingerbread cookies at once. This is the first year in 7 years I won’t have access to…

Peparkaker Cookies: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This is a recipe for Peparkaker Cookies (from my cousin Win). He believes it came from our Nana (out fathers’ mother) – and I wouldn’t be surprised. She had a habit of making certain recipes for different family groups. I have no memories of her making this for my family, but probably because we were…

Microwave Brittle

This is one of my favorite recipes and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about it yet. This microwave brittle is amazingly easy to make. Happily I can still eat it because I tested positive to only tree nuts! Happy little peanut legumes. I can’t even remember where this recipe came from. I’ve had it…

India Inspired Punch

Many years ago we discovered this recipe for India Inspired Punch. As fall weather is a time to think about warming up it’s a natural fit with the combination of cinnamon and clove. You could easily serve this warm on a cold day. This drink is inspired by the flavors of chai tea. You change…

Holiday Spritz Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

Holiday Spritz Cookie! Need I say more?? This recipe is brought to you by me, courtesy of the original Betty Crocker Cookie Book (I have my mom’s copy from the 1960’s, I’ve posted a link on my cookbook page if you want to buy your very own copy on Amazon). Ever since I was a…

Warm Molasses Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

Of course since this is my blog I’m greedy and always list my own cookies as the 1st one in my virtual cookie swap. This recipe for a Warm Molasses Cookie came from my mother – she’s been using it since before I was born. It makes the tastiest gingerbread. Happy Baking, I hope you…

Cookie Swap Time: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This is the time of the year that has me aching for a cookie swap party – it’s “cookie swap time” my mind yells with joy. I used to host a physical cookie swap party, but with my still new to me food allergies I go virtual now and can’t wait to bring you along…

How to Host a Cookie Exchange

It’s that time of year… Cookie Exchange time.  As a special treat I thought I’d pass along instructions on how to host a cookie exchange. While I’m no longer hosting a physical cookie exchange, I figure it’s just too challenging with my food allergy concerns, I do host my online cookie exchange. This year marks…

Cold Lithuanian Borscht

My maternal grandfather was Lithuanian and this recipe for Cold Lithuanian borscht (beet soup) came from his mother when he was a little boy. My mom grew up eating this and while I’m not a big fan of red beets, I prefer roasted gold, everyone that has had this soup adores it. My mother and…

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day, free of cooking incidents and drama! And while you’re enjoying time with your family, take a moment to think about those that are less fortunate and consider making a donation to help those in need. As today is a day revolving around food I like to recommend contributing to…

Heather’s Chicken Soup

When the weather changes, cold weather makes my family crave Heather’s chicken soup. I also adore curling up under a heavy blanket with a cup of hot tea, especially when it’s raining out. The only things that would make rainy weather better is if we 1) had a working fireplace and 2) had a tin…

How to Cook a Turkey

The other day I posted up some very helpful phone numbers and websites where you can get help should you need it on Thanksgiving Day, but what you really need to know is how to cook a turkey. Cooking a turkey isn’t very hard. In fact, I’ve watched my husband cook it every year since…