Red Velvet Cake

My instinct when asked to bake a red velvet cake is to immediately head for the boxed cake mix.  Just the thought of balancing vinegar, the “right” type of cocoa powder, and copious amounts of red food coloring into a single cake made my head spin.  Also the overall concept of a red velvet cake…

Strawberry Focaccia Faux Cheese Danish

A strawberry focaccia cheese danish? Where to start?  This idea floated my way via Living magazine, and I though, there’s an idea – a low fat, simplified version of a cheese danish, that doesn’t involve strategically layering a pound of butter into your dough – stellar! I had to try it, at least once and,…

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Because cheesecake and brownies aren’t enough of an indulgence on their own.  I refuse to contemplate the caloric intake of these wonderful beauties, just know that they are worth it – to the very last crumb. There are three different components to this recipe, but don’t let that deter you.  Once you have each of the…

Cinnamon Roll End Bread

I baked 6 dozen cinnamon rolls for a catering order last week, which, I am proud to say, turned out fine.  I’ve baked dozens of cinnamon rolls throughout the years, and have had my fair share of cinnamon roll learning experiences (i.e. flops) and successes.  It comes with a long sigh of relief that I…

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…

Ugly Lime Cheesecake

My sister decided to host an ugly sweater party for her birthday, which happens to fall on Twelfth Night (the 12th day of Christmas, Epiphany, Dia de los Reys, etc.).  I feel a little funny posting a holiday blog several weeks after the holidays, but life got in the way, and I am just now…

Harvest French Toast

A decadent seasonal breakfast – pumpkin brioche drenched in a cinnamon custard, pan fried until golden brown, served with a dulce de leche and cream cheese spread, and garnished with crisp, fall apples.   Ingredients: For each slice of bread: 1/2 tbsp Butter 1 Egg 1 tbsp Cream a dash of Cinnamon 1 tsp Maple Syrup a dash…

Deceptively Creamy Pasta

Deceptively creamy, because, instead of heavy cream, I use 2 oz of low fat cream cheese to round out the creamy portion of this pasta dish.  This creamy, broth based pasta sauce is flavored with plenty of garlic, vodka, and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.  A couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach and…