Copycat Recipe: Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Starbuck's lemon loaf

Do you enjoy copycat recipes?  I love to try and recreate some of my favorite foods from restaurants that I enjoy.  Starbuck’s is a favorite of many for their delicious coffees, but their food is also pretty tasty.  The recipe for a Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf is fresh and super tasty and a pretty good…

Basil Garlic Chicken with a Buttery Tomato Sauce

basil garlic chicken in a buttery tomato sauce

I am always trying new recipes that feature chicken.  We eat it several times a week and get tired of the same recipes, even if we love them the first time I make them.  My latest new creation is this basil garlic chicken.  It has a very flavorful sauce that is really easy to make…

Tips For Making a Perfect Milkshake

Milkshakes

With the warmer weather here, it is time to bring on the cold drinks.  And nothing quite says summer like the perfect milkshake.  But a great milk shake is not just about putting cold milk and ice cream and blending it. There are some cooking tips that will ensure that your milkshake will be the…

How To Use Caramelized Onions

Using caramelized onions in burgers makes them taste amazing

One of my favorite ways to cook onions is to caramelize them to release a lovely sweet flavor and brown color.  It takes time but is so worth the effort.  Now that you have a pile of these tasty morsels, what do you do with them? Here are a few of my favorite ways for…

12 Tips for Making a Great Cocktail

Have you ever made cocktail recipes and wondered why your version doesn’t taste like the one you had at your favorite bar last week?  You are not alone. Most of us have made mistakes that make our cocktail a fairly mediocre one when compared with a great cocktail from someone who knows how to make…

Tips for Making Popsicles at Home

Making popsicles

It doesn’t matter what you call them – Ice Pops, Yogurt Pops, Frozen pops, Paletas, or Popsicles.  These frozen sweet treats are a tasty refreshing way to beat the heat on a hot summer day. Making Popsicles is one of the easier frozen dessert ideas but there are still a few cooking tip basics that…

Sunflower Nut Butter Energy Bites

Dark chocolate energy bites

Looking for a healthy and super tasty treat? These tasty sunflower nut butter energy bites are the perfect after work out pick me up. They are sweetened only with medjool dates and are sinfully delicious. These little balls of chocolatey bliss are crazy delicious and are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. They have a peanut…

Pina Colada Popsicles

Pina Colada pops are a great frozen sweet treat

It’s time for an adult cold dessert!  These amazing Pina Colada Popsicles have a hint of coconut rum and a lot of flavor. Homemade Popsicles are one of the joys of summer.  Making boozy homemade popsicles takes them up a notch or two! The delicious cold treats are creamy, with just a hint of sweetness. They…

How To Caramelize Onions – Tips for Success Every Time

How to Caramelized onions

Learning how to caramelize onions is a kitchen task that any cook should be able to do.  Caramelized onions taste great on so many foods, but can be a little tricky to master. These cooking tips will help you make perfect caramelized onions every time. There is nothing quite like the taste of caramelized onions.  Most…

Summer Dessert Table – Tips for Sweets that Takes 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…

Creamy Broccoli Salad – Great BBQ Side Dish

Creamy broccoli salad

This creamy broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to serve along with BBQ recipes.  It is very easy to make and full of healthy goodness and flavor. The traditional version is loaded with cheese and has extra sugar. I omitted the dairy and added both cranberries, plump raisins and nuts to give it sweetness…

Seven Layer Bars – Magic Bars to Tempt Your Sweet Tooth

Magic bars

Seven Layer Bars are also referred to as Magic Bars. And believe me, the taste IS magic!  These easy to make bars have seven delicious layers that combine graham crackers, nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk into one amazing bar. What I love most about these 7 layer…

Summer BBQ Recipes – Fire up the Grill

Summertime grilling recipes

At our house, we barbecue all year long since the weather is somewhat moderate here in NC. But when summer rolls around, we really give the grill a workout. These Summer BBQ Recipes are some of my favorites.  Many of these choices are 30 minute meals, and will be a hit at any summer time outdoor…

Steak Doneness – Mastering the Heat for Cooking Steak

Cooking Steak to the desired doneness

One of the first questions that a waiter asks us when we order a steak in a restaurant is “how would you like it done? Steak Doneness is simply a gauge of how thoroughly cooked your piece of steak is. Do you know how to determine the doneness of beef? Cooking tips like these will…

Cherry Crumble – Paleo – Dairy Free – Gluten Free

Cherry cobbler

It’s cherry time! I love the summer months when all sorts of fruit is available.  For today’s dessert recipe, we’ll be making this delicious cherry crumble that fits right into a Paleo or gluten free diet plan. Making baked goods when you are trying to follow a clean eating plan can be a challenge.  There…

Crusty Artisan Breads – Perfect for Sandwiches

Crusty Artisan Breads

I love crusty artisan breads. There is nothing quite like them to make great tasting sandwiches or to serve with soup.  Biting into a crusty outside only to discover that oh so soft and flavorful center is a great pleasure in life! Every time I go to Panera, I come home with a loaf of one…

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

PItting cherries with a paper clip

Pitting cherries is right up there with removing pits from mangoes and unripe peaches in those “pulling out your hair” kind of kitchen tasks.  There are special cherry pitters available, but what do you do if you don’t have one?  Never fear, you can pit cherries with a simple household tool with this kitchen tip.…