Bourbon Butterscotch Peach Cakes

I have really been slacking on my blog posts lately.  There is just something about these lazy summer days that keeps me out, about, and away from my computer.  The garden, the lake, even laying out on a blanket in the grass seems to be a better draw to me then the kitchen these days….

Banana Nut Muffins

This week I wanted to share my favorite banana muffin recipe with you.  It is adapted from the Bread Bible.  It seems like not too long ago I was posting my banana bread recipe, but with this summer’s heat my bananas have been ripening quickly, before I can keep up with them.  A dilemma that…

Leek & Ricotta Tart

I was thinning out my garden leeks this week, and I didn’t want to throw out the extra ones, even though they were tiny, so I decided to use them in a tart with a velvety ricotta base, some caramelized onions, and a puff pastry shell.  This was my first attempt at a rough puff…

Mocha Ice-Cream Cake

My Mother put in a request for a Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream cake for her birthday this year, and while I love the ice-cream and cake combo, I have found that most commercial ice-cream cakes fail dismally when it comes to the cake side of the equation.  If I wanted ice-cream in the shape of…

Baba Ghanoush

For the longest time I thought that Baba Ghanoush was bland, drab eggplant mush with the consistency of baby food, but last summer I encountered a stupendous rendition of the dish that made me rethink everything I had ever known about baba ghanoush.  It is that baba ghanoush that I have been striving to recreate…

Pita

It has been way too hot for bread baking lately so I have been searching for grill friendly alternatives.  I finally settled on making pita.  I have made pita once before, and remember them turning out pretty well and the recipe being fairly easy.  Time to give it another go. A bread or pizza stone…

Guacamole

Guacamole is all about enhancing the creamy, smooth flavor of the avocado.  A little salt, a little spice, and a little tartness, and you have it made.  Everyone has their favorite guacamole combination.  Some people like it with hunks of vegetables, others with salsa, some with sour cream, and yet others like to use olive…

No-Bake Fruit Tarts

It has been ridiculously hot these past few days.  Hot enough to prevent me from going anywhere near the stove or oven.  I did try grilling once, but that was excruciatingly miserable.  I have been making due with cold food, and just waiting, fingers crossed, for the weather to turn.  This is probably the first…