Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bundt Cake

Look at the layers of this Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bundt Cake

This chocolate cherry cheesecake bundt cake has a rich cherry and cheesecake center surrounded by dark chocolate cake and topped with a rich chocolate and icing glaze. It is the best of worlds – cheesecake and chocolate cake – made in one pan. I love to bake during the holidays and I love cheesecake recipes.  I…

Skinny Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with a Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Skinny Dark Chocolate cupcake

These skinny dark chocolate cupcakes have a rich chocolate taste that will thrill any chocoholic. They have only 139 calories and even have a dark chocolate frosting! When you are trying to cut calories, rich dessert recipes may seem like a thing of the past, but think again! With this healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe, you…

Roasted Beet Salsa with Tangerines and Red Onion

If you are looking for a switch from the normal pico de gallo, try this Roasted Beet Salsa with tangerines and red onion. It is hearty with a hint of sweetness and very low in fat. One of my favorite things to do each week is make a trip to my local Farmer’s market. The…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars – Easy No Bake Recipe

Milk and oatmeal bars

These delicious chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars have a thick layer of peanut butter goodness between two layers of hearty rolled oats, all drizzled in deep, dark chocolate. These yummy no bake bars mean that they are super easy to make and there is no need to turn on the oven. The bars are the…

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

Mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes

It’s a long way away from the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  That won’t happen until June 30 next year. But this recipe for mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes is a dessert that I love year round.   I have recently discovered that one of my favorite fruits in cherries.  I don’t know what took me so long…

Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail

Witches Brew Halloween Drink Recipe

Looking for a cocktail recipe that will be the hit of your Halloween Party? Try this Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail.  It will set the mood beautifully. The color of this drink has a spooky look to it and the black sanding sugar on the outside is so eerie looking but also adds a sweet finish…

Fresh Pumpkin Puree – How to Make this Fall Staple

Fresh pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is a staple in Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking. From pancakes to smoothies, to fudge and cookies, this creamy part of the pumpkin adds an earthy flavor to all your fall recipes.  You can buy it at the supermarket, of course, but here is one of my latest cooking tips – make your own fresh…

One Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe – Easy Hearty Ground Beef Italian Soup

Best lasagna soup

This one pot lasagna soup recipe is a meal in a bowl brimming over with bite sized lasagna noodles, and rich marinara sauce smothered with cheesy goodness. Onions, garlic and fresh Italian herbs give this mouth watering soup a delicious aroma and taste.  Once you have had this soup, you may never ask for normal lasagna…

Box Mix Brownies with M&M add ins – Easy and Fun Dessert

M & M box mix brownies

Turn ordinary fudge brownies into a kid’s special treat dessert with these M&M box mix brownies.  The secret is adding MM mini baking bits over the top of the brownies for the last few minutes. This is another in my series of brownie add in recipes.  No long list of ingredients or hard to find…

Microwave Oatmeal Bars with Butterfinger Topping

Butterfinger oatmeal bar

These microwave oatmeal bars could not be easier to make. They have just 6 ingredients and are made in the microwave in just minutes. If you need a quick and easy dessert that needs to be made in a hurry, these easy oatmeal bars are for you! The cooking takes less than 10 minutes! Summer…

Fig Crumble with Fresh Blueberries and Rolled Oats

Serving fig crumble

This fig crumble is both tart and sweet with a crunchy oat topping. Serve it with some whipped cream or ice cream for a delightful summer dessert. One of the true beauties of this rich dessert is that the figs that I used were very ripe. This made for a wonderful syrup like filling that…

Summer Dessert Table – Tips for Sweets that Take the Heat

Serve desserts in individual sized portions to combat heat problems in the summer

Outdoor entertaining is a fun way to gather with friends during the summer months.  And no party would be complete without a dessert table with all your favorite sweet treats. But how do you make sure that the desserts on the summer dessert table are those that melt IN your mouth and not on the…

Light Seafood Chowder – Healthy Fish Stew for Summer

creamy New England seafood chowder

This light seafood chowder is brimming over with the flavors of white fish, succulent seafood and healthy vegetables for a summer time soup that reminds me of days on the coast of Maine. I spent my summers in Maine doing things that Mainers do when the temperatures get hot, even though it is only for…

Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake Recipe with a Lemon Glaze Icing

lemon pudding bundt cake

This lemon pudding bundt cake recipe is made from scratch and has a light, bright taste.  The pudding gives the taste an extra richness and the light lemon glaze is sweet but not overly so. Summer is the time when I love to make desserts with lemonade or lemons.  They are so plentiful and fresh and…