Balsamic Beets with Toasted Pepitas

  This year, I have organic beets growing in my garden. They are still far too small to pick, but the next best thing is buying organic beets at my local and favorite outdoor garden market.  The health benefits are numerous: Beetroot Nutrition Facts. In addition, you can still enjoy them in the summer without feeling

Italianized Cinnamon Spiced Pear Cake

My friend celebrated her 60th birthday and asked me to bake a cake. My vision was to bake a birthday cake a great as she is, so this cake fits the bill. I included my home-made pear sauce made with the harvest from our pear tree. To make her feel extra special, I decorated the

Dairy Free Chiffon Party Cupcakes

Summer is a great time to celebrate and take advantage of the fantastic weather outdoors. Birthdays, backyard barbeques, weddings and graduations take place outdoors with friends, family and plenty of food. After all the festivities, the dessert table with all your favorite assorted sweet confections is set up, and this completes the party. In honor

Stir Fried Cabbage & Thai Peanut Sauce

The first day of summer means quicker, easier recipes. I usually make all of my salad toppings from scratch, but this jar of pre-made sauce was too irresistable to pass up. It is Watcharee’s® Thai Peanut Sauce and the flavor is fresh, tangy and gourmet style. It’s also Gluten Free and Vegan!  

Cherry Jubilee Cake for Father’s Day

We had an unusually rainy spring this year and the result was a phenomimal cherry harvest. What’s even better is that they are completely organic, we never sprayed the tree for 35 years.  The cake I made is a chiffon cake recipe that I use for all special occasions. I cooked the cherries into a

Sicilian Blood Orange Frosting & Candied Blood Orange Slices

If you aren’t used to the sight of a sliced Blood Orange, you may be a little apprehensive. Growing up in the Northeast, it was uncommon to find Blood Oranges in the Produce Department. Back then, we drank all of our orange juice ‘orange’ and that was that. The first time I saw blood orange…… Continue reading Sicilian Blood Orange Frosting & Candied Blood Orange Slices