Eggnog pound cake is so easy and festive! Make two it will go fast!

Eggnog Pound Cake

An eggnog flavored pound cake that is sure to be a hit! I do love me some eggnog.  It's the creamiest, most luxuriously indulgent drink I can think of.  All that rum flavoring and nutmeg swirling around makes me so happy.  But, riddle me this, Batman, why is eggnog ONLY to be had during the holidays?  The same goes for peppermint or gingerbread.  All are wonderful flavors, yet we only seem to appreciate them November through January. I'm … Continue reading →

This S’Mores Martini is made with adult chocolate milk and marshmallow vodka! It is absolutely delicious!

S’mores Martini

This S’mores Martini is an easy and fun cocktail that is fabulous all year long! I was recently asked to review  Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook and I have to say, I love this book (read on to see why).  I am so happy to add a new family cookbook to our rotation.  My love for cookbooks goes way back.  I mean as far as kindergarten.  I remember my kindergarten teacher had all of us write down a recipe from our … Continue reading →

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Hot Bruschetta Dip

This creamy bruschetta dip has three kinds of hot, melted cheese that will be a hit anywhere it is served! This hot bruschetta dip has quickly become my new favorite appetizer.  That is saying quite a bit, since I consider myself a connoisseur of snack foods.  The "dip" (or first course if you are feeling fancy) is my preferred meal to tell you the truth.  I could eat this tex- mex spinach and artichoke dip with reckless abandon on any given … Continue reading →

Homemade marshmallow cream is flavored with peppermint candies and tucked inside a chocolate cup!

Peppermint Marshmallow Cream Cups

Chocolate cups filled with an easy, homemade peppermint marshmallow cream! I was a candy fiend when I was a kid.  We rarely had candy at home, so I had to resort to walking to the nearest convenience store for my candy.  Me and my little gang of friends would gather all the pocket change we could find and walk a quarter-mile to indulge our sweet tooth. I would spend every last cent on Now And Laters, Jolly Ranchers, Dum Dums, Sugar Daddies, … Continue reading →

This simple biscotti recipes is made with Mint Brownie Brittle. It’s crunchy, sweet and perfect for your coffee!

Mint Brownie Brittle Biscotti Recipe

This biscotti recipe is minty, crunchy, sweet and perfect for dunking in your coffee!      The first time I tried biscotti was back in my college coffee shop days.  My friends and I would hang out, night after night in the coffee houses on campus.  The crowd in these houses were always the same.  There was lots of black, from the crowns of our heads down to the tips of our Doc Martens.  The smoke from clove cigarettes hung thickly in the … Continue reading →

Mascarpone cheese and maple syrup come together for the luscious frosting that tops these molasses cookies!

Molasses Cookies with Maple Mascarpone Frosting

Creamy mascarpone and real maple syrup come together to frost these soft molasses cookies. (to skip to recipe, scroll to the bottom) Christmas with the in-laws consists of many things, but the three things that instantly come to mind are: mulled wine, molasses cookies and three-layer Christmas Jello.  Personally I could heave the Jello out the window, but the other two I'll devour with glee!  I know lots of folks love their Jello, however I … Continue reading →

Pecan pie bars filled shredded coconut and semisweet chocolate chips!

Coconut Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie bars enhanced with shredded coconut and chocolate chips!  One Christmas morning when I was about seven years old, I woke up to a stocking full of whole walnuts and clementines.  What kind of sick, cruel joke was that?  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.  I was crushed.  To make things worse, "Santa" didn't even include a nutcracker.  What was I supposed to do with whole walnuts?  I've resented those nuts ever … Continue reading →

Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts are mixed with lettuce and then tossed with bold flavors in this simple salad! #PantryInsider

Brussels Sprout Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts are finely chopped and tossed with bold flavors in this simple salad!  If you were to ask me when I was young what vegetable I hated I'd shout out Brussels sprouts!  My experience as a wee lass led me to believe that they were bitter, bland and taste way to cabbage-y.  I hated them.  That was the one side dish I dreaded the most each Thanksgiving.  Sweet potatoes came in a close second, but I learned early on that a little … Continue reading →

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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Rich chocolate mint cookies hugging a luscious and creamy mint filling! These chocolate mint cookies will pick you up when you are having a bad day.  It’s the mint I think, it seems to be mood enhancing.  I’m sure someone did a study somewhere.  These chocolate mint cookies are exactly what I needed after my last hair cut.  It’s not that I got a bad cut, it’s just that I walked out of the salon a little poorer and much more deflated.  I’ll … Continue reading →