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August 18, 2017

This is a wonderful French dessert that is traditionally made during the holidays.  If you love almond paste, you will love this tart.  It is a bit involved because of the crust, but the accomplishment you'll feel when you have a beautiful plum tart is reward enough to put in the effort.  If you are not a fan of plums, you can use a different or favorite fruit as substitute.  I like to serve this elegant dessert with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.  Coffee also goes splendidly with this tart.  The original recipe is from  The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book and is called the 'Plum Frangipane Tart'.  The tart pastry is also in the book.  I hope you give this fantastic dessert a try!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you so desire, you can make the crust in a food processor.  I find that the crust comes out really well this way. 

  • Pulse the flour and salt to mix.

  • Evenly distribute the butter and shortening on top of flour mixture; pulse until mixt...

January 19, 2017

These bars are great!  They are the kind of bars that you can throw together with whatever ingredients you have in your pantry.  For example, if you do not have maple syrup but have honey, you can use the honey as a substitute.  You can use whatever dried fruit you have at home, whether that's raisins, cranberries, apricots, or something else!  You can also replace pecans with a different nut.  I use Bob's Red Mill brand for the hot cereal, but you can find other options in the cereal aisle of your local grocery store.  For those who have issues with lactose or cows milk, I have made these bars with almond milk, and they turned out great.  I have also made them with peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Just make sure to cool the mixture before you add the chocolate chips.  My favorite nut butter to use is almond, because it is readily available and does not overwhelm the other ingredients' flavors.  These bars are packed full of nutritional value!  Why not give them a try?...

January 12, 2017

I love smoothies! My family and I enjoy all sorts of smoothies, but these two recipes are family favorites. The first (shown in the picture to the right) is my Mango Tango Smoothie. The second is my Peachy Peach Smoothie. And yes, I made the names up myself! Aren't they awesome?

I have been throwing together smoothies for several years now and somewhat recently found the secret to making a thick creamy smoothie.  The secret is simple enough - avocados!  I know that some of you might be skeptical, but I can say with certainty that you will definitely taste the depth and richness that an avocado lends to the smoothie.  I prefer having a thick smoothie, so I tend to make sure that they are very thick (I usually eat it with a spoon, but you can drink it too).  If you prefer a thinner smoothie, just add more liquid to the recipe.  You can use coconut water, filtered water, or any juice on hand.  Just be careful with how much juice you add as it may overpower the natural flavor of the smoothi...

July 29, 2016

Here are some useful tips for peeling peaches!  This goes along with our featured July pie, but if you make any sort of peach dessert, this tip will come in handy.

Directions:

Place peaches in boiling water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Remove carefully, and place in a large bowl of ice and water.

The skins should easily peal off with the help of a paring knife! 

Hope this pealing tip was helpful!  Bon Appetit.

(edited by Anna Weicht)

July 29, 2016

There is just something about pie.  A good pie can do wonders for a bad day.  I have been making pie for twenty something years, and it truly is one of my favorite desserts to create.

As a young bride, I was determined to master the "art of pie"!  It is my husbands favorite dessert, and being an over-the-top-in-love newlywed, I  wanted to please my man with pie!

I have tried many  pastry recipes over the years, and I have found two that work perfectly for my needs.  I have not included them in my pie recipes, because I have found that most people have their own favorite pastry dough recipes.  Or they prefer to get their pastry shells at a grocery store.  If you are interested in a blog post on pastry dough or even a video demonstration on how I do my pie crusts, let me know in the comment section or through our other social media.

I thought it would be fun to feature a new pie every month (since I tend to make so many of them).  As an added bon...

July 22, 2016

This recipe is simple but so good!  You can eat it for breakfast or as just a light easy snack. It is perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day.  This recipe is also good for you.  Isn't it great when a delicious snack can taste good and be healthy at the same time?

Directions:

I start off with seasonal berries.  My favorite mix is strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  You can also throw in some banana slices too. (The bananas will make it even sweeter). 

I place the berries in the bowl and add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt - the nice thick creamy stuff!  I then top it with a drizzle of raw local honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Stir that glorious mess with a spoon!  I add another drizzle of honey and another sprinkle of cinnamon!  After that, it is ready to eat!  You can also add some granola, for the crunch factor, if you so desire.

Bon Apetit!

(edited by Anna Weicht)

July 17, 2016

I thought I would share with you how I do my berries.  This is a great breakfast side dish that can be assembled easily.  You can serve along with plain Greek yogurt, raw local honey, cinnamon, and if desired granola (homemade is yummy).  Your guests can make their own yogurt bowls!

Adding the bowl of berries to a buffet style breakfast helps add color and diversity too.  I usually serve them with my banana chocolate chip muffins and an overnight breakfast casserole.  I usually make my overnight breakfast egg pie for an easy morning.  As a hostess, you want to enjoy your guests and not spend it away from them cooking in the kitchen! 

If you are interested in my overnight breakfast egg pie or my homemade granola let me know and I will include it in a future update.

Ingredients: Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries

Recipe Directions:


 

Start by washing your berries.  I use a veggie/fruit spray sold in most grocery store produce sections.

I plac...

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