Improv Challenge

Lemon Lime Meringue S’mores

May 15, 2014
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S’mores are a summertime staple. Growing up I can vividly remember camping with my father and brother. We would spend our evenings fireside, long sticks in hand with a puffy marshmallow on the ends. We twirled them over the open flame until they were toasted golden brown then quickly easing those soft, warm marshmallows off […]

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Black & White Angel Food Cake

April 17, 2014
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You all know me well enough by now to know that when it comes to dessert, I always go for the good stuff. The decadent and the spectacular. Sure, I eat pretty healthy in my day-to-day life but that’s really just so I can have dessert. Then came along this black and white angel food […]

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Stuffed Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms

March 20, 2014
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What you’re feasting your eyes on at this very moment is a combination of nearly all my favorite savory flavors in one outstanding meal! Meaty balsamic kissed portobello mushrooms filled with sausage, goat cheese, fragrant rosemary and more. These stuffed balsamic portobello mushrooms make a filling dinner or fill up large white mushrooms for an […]

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Pineapple Coconut Fans

February 20, 2014
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Around these parts, the talk for months now has been all about snow. It’s been an exceptionally brutal winter with subzero temperatures and a massive number of snow storms that continue to drop feet of snow on us. We’ve had one major snow storm this week and two smaller but still significant storms. For New […]

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Fromage Fort

January 16, 2014
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Waste not, want not. Words of wisdom. Not that I would EVER waste good cheese but I think the French may be evil geniuses. Fromage fort is the perfect way to use up those nubby little leftover pieces of cheese from your cheese board after a party or when you just have a few smaller […]

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Cardamom Pear Crumble

November 21, 2013
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Crisps, crumbles, cobblers, buckles. Each one of these type of desserts are ones that immediately bring to mind thoughts of warmth and comfort. There’s something about digging a spoon into a baking dish fresh from the oven filled with warm fruit, fragrant spices and topped with a sprinkle of streusel, oats or biscuits. Here cardamom […]

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Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

October 17, 2013
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Today it’s all about melding the classic autumn flavor of pumpkin with a not so traditional version of tres leches cake. This Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting is dangerously addictive and an incredible creation of autumn flavors. This tender cake soaks up 3 different milks, pumpkin and warm autumn spices. […]

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Caramel Apple Noodle Kugel

September 19, 2013
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The first time I ever tasted noodle kugel was in elementary school. We were all supposed to bring in a holiday dish to share with our classmates. I recall thinking the noodle kugel seemed like a strange mixture. Cottage cheese? Noodles? But the idea of the feast was that everyone try new things so down […]

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S’mores Caramel Corn

June 20, 2013
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In our house, we are big snackers so I’m always looking for new treats to whip up to satisfy our snack attacks. The girls love when I make Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Leather. Fresh fruit made into a classic snack and that never lasts long in our house. When we’re looking for something with a little […]

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Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies with Maple Glaze

April 18, 2013
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When I hear the ingredients “bacon and eggs,” immediately breakfast comes to mind. Quiche, scrambled eggs, frittatas, omelets, breakfast bakes are all dishes where bacon and eggs are natural partners. So this month when Kristin assigned us bacon and eggs as our ingredients for Improv Challenge I could shake the breakfast brainstorm. It’s totally where […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – Improv Challenge

February 21, 2013
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Oh how I truly wish that the Improv Challenge reveal day could have been just a bit earlier this month, about a week earlier to be exact. How perfect would these cupcakes have been for your valentine?? Our two ingredients for Improv Challenge this month were Hearts & Flours. Kristen has such a sense of […]

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Nutella & Caramelized Banana Crepes – Improv Challenge

January 17, 2013
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When it comes to breakfast some of my favorites end up look more like dessert. This is one of those times. Now, don’t get me wrong 99.9% of the time I’m eating oatmeal or Kashi GoLean Crunch for breakfast but now and then, you just gotta live a little. This was one of those times. […]

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Marshmallow Peppermint Bark Ice Cream – Improv Challenge

December 20, 2012
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As if the peppermint bark I just made wasn’t good enough all by itself, I took it one step further. Oh yes, I upped the ante big time. This month for Improv Challenge our ingredients were marshmallows and chocolate. I immediately found myself thinking along the lines of hot chocolate because for me that is […]

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Cinnamon Crusted Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Honey Glaze ~ Improv Challenge

November 15, 2012
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Guess what today is? Today is National Bundt Cake Day! Who knew? Not me, until about two weeks ago when the BundtaMonth crew mentioned it and said, “Hey, let’s do double bundts this month. Who’s in?” Given my newfound love of bundts are all flavors and combinations, I was totally in. Shortly thereafter, I remembered […]

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ Improv Challenge

September 20, 2012
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Normally, my breakfast looks something like this… A fritatta with feta, spinach and mushrooms or scrambled eggs with goat cheese, spinach and red peppers, oatmeal or on those rare days when I don’t have time to cook, then I go with a bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch. (Side note: LOVE that cereal! Even Mike likes it […]

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