Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.
This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.
Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. 😀 While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.
Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
Hello everyone and hello summer! Okay while it isn’t technically summer yet, the weather would indicate otherwise. It has been glorious outside. This time of year always reminds me of making strawberry jam with my mom. The smell of the jam wafting through the house. She would even let me lick the spoon when everything was done. Serious I could have licked the mixing bowl clean. Homemade jam is amazing! Just thinking about it really triggers a craving for strawberries. So I decided to delve into my recipe stash, and I came up with a recipe for strawberry bread.
This sweet bread is a delightful dessert or a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Using frozen strawberries and a longer baking time, you get bursts of strawberry flavor. The sweet cinnamon throughout the rest of the bread is the perfect pairing to this yummy loaf. This is definitely a dessert everyone will everyone and it’s wonderful to have on hand for hungry kids.
Happy April everyone! I wish I could say it was spring, but here in Minnesota it still looks like winter. Rain showers have turned to snow and ice. I am quite fed up with this weather. But it is an excuse to make something hearty and delicious. Because you definitely need something comforting in a spring blizzard. As there was a general craving for pizza at my house, I made a delicious recipe for pizza rustica.
Not only is it absolutely delicious; it looks fantastic too. This pizza loaf is filled with delightful meats and fresh mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Whether you make it into the loaf or go for a traditional pizza pie, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
Good chilly morning everyone! Winter weather has been especially cold and unpredictable this year. The only thing for it is to bundle up on the couch with some ice cream… Okay so that does seem strange, but studies have shown that Americans eat more ice cream in winter than in the summer. Perhaps it’s an unusual nostalgia for summer. Well if you are going to be snuggling with your loved ones, why not treat them to a delicious s’more sundae.
An easy graham cracker ice cream with a gooey brownie make this s’more sundae something to savor. The warm chocolate and the cold sweet ice cream are the perfect combination. Whether you are in love with s’mores or need a divine dessert for Valentine’s day, you will love it.
Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. 😀 This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she did have her own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazing and so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.
This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.
Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?
Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.
This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.
Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.
With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum. Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.
Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.
These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀