Barefoot Contessa’s Shortbread Cookies

Click photo to enlarge I heart the Barefoot Contessa. She is fabulous. So are her shortbread cookies, which I made today. Ingredients 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt chocolate chips with a little milk/cream… Continue reading Barefoot Contessa’s Shortbread Cookies


Summer Berry Pound Cake

Click photo to enlarge Made some goodies this morning for my family. We were at Harborview all day waiting for news on my Papa (grandpa) who was in surgery. Luckily, his surgery went great. Pound cake is my Nanny’s (grandma’s) very favorite dessert, so that’s what I made, and I spruced it up with some… Continue reading Summer Berry Pound Cake

Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Black Bottom Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Click photo to enlarge I’m having dinner with my high school girlfriends tonight, and I’m bringing dessert! This is the first time I have made these cupcakes, and they are soooo good. Chocolate cake meets cheesecake filling with a delicious fudge topping… Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature 1 egg 1/3 cup… Continue reading Black Bottom Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click photo to enlarge I’m in a baking frenzy, making some goodies for my neighbor who just had a beautiful baby boy. 🙂 I started to make my standard best cookie (peanut butter oatmeal) when I remembered she is allergic to peanuts! Luckily, the butter and sugar mixture was easily saved and turned into these… Continue reading Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Sugared Jam Tea Cookies

Click photo to enlarge These cookies are perfect for a tea party, if you have tea parties, and my English family has lots of tea parties. I was skeptical of a cookie recipe without a leavening agent or eggs, but these turned out buttery and delicious. They reminded me of scones, if you turned a… Continue reading Sugared Jam Tea Cookies

Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

Click photo to enlarge Tonight, we had some friends over for dinner. I made this classic NY cheesecake to go with coffee after dinner. There’s nothing better than dining al fresco in the backyard, and topping it off with the 4 C’s: coffee, citronella candles, conversation, and cheesecake. This is my favorite cheesecake recipe. INGREDIENTS:… Continue reading Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

cookies · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving)

Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Raisins and Walnuts

Click photo to enlarge I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe for a pumpkin cookie that my mom used to make for my dad all the time. They were a drop cookie, which is a cake like cookie that bakes in a little mound. They tasted like a pumpkin pie, but had raisins and walnuts… Continue reading Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Raisins and Walnuts