How to Make Bread Cones

These handheld treats as fun to make as they are to eat! This is for all my Disneyland fans out there. I was determined to serve bread cones stuffed with mac ‘n’ cheese at Disney Dinners: Cars because the Cozy Cone Motel serves up bread cones at the park. These are so fun to make…

Coconut Muffins

I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, but this is the best muffin recipe on planet earth. I first ate this perfect morsel of coconut goodness at beautiful Montpelier Plantation and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I loved them so much that I begged my friends at Montpelier to give me the recipe,…

Fiori di Sicilia Blueberry Coffeecake

I really could not love fiori di sicilia any more. It’s a magical extract. One splash and bibbidi bobbi boo, you have yourself one fancy coffeecake. You can easily bake this in an 8″ or 9″ square pan if you prefer. When I have company, I usually bake this in a round cake pan and…

Best Ever Banana Bread

I bake this banana bread almost every week. It’s that easy and that delicious. Plus I buy bananas every time I go to the store and, because I live by pirate rules (waste not!), I refuse to throw brown bananas in the trash. Thus weekly banana bread has become a bit of a habit. This quick bread…

Blackcurrant Brie Bites

You may recognize these from my Christmas party, when I made these using homemade cranberry sauce. You could really do so many variations of them using whatever jam you like. They’re so simple, it’s hardly even fair to call it a recipe! You could easily swap out blackberry jam for the blackcurrant. The rosemary adds a…

Cranberry Vanilla Buttermilk Scones

Heaven only knows why our founding fathers didn’t carry Britain’s tea time tradition overseas. I’m not a huge tea person but I’m a tremendous fan of afternoon pastries. On this  particular afternoon I hit a slump and needed a snack. (After all, it had been a whole two hours since lunch.) A craving for scones railroaded me. I…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

There’s just something about pumpkin and orange and chocolate that makes me want to do cartwheels across the living room. I start craving this recipe in July! This pumpkin bread is incredibly moist. The brown sugar gives it a unique depth of flavor, the chocolate chips are a pleasant surprise when you slice into the loaf, and…

Warm Up With Fabulous Focaccia

When it snows (or more accurately, ices) in Dallas-Fort Worth, the metroplex shuts down. We all snuggle up with mugs of hot chocolate and don’t move until the ice melts. What was supposed to be a busy week of holiday cheer quickly became a keep-your-Jammie’s-on-until-3PM snow day. (Well, sort of. I did work, but from…