Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Hey...Tis the Season to butter up can't get any sweeter then my "Rustic Chocolate Cake" and AURIfil thread. I for one, need all the help I can get to stay on Santa's good side! This easy to do "Rustic" Chocolate Cake is baked in a large "Cast Iron Pan". Don't ask me why, but when you bake a cake in a cast iron pan they seem to be more moist and tender. With this recipe you actually start out on the stove then transfer it into the oven to continue baking. And what better "gift" for Santa to take back to the North Pole for Mrs. Claus...some "AURIfil thread". She will absolutely love all the wonderful thread choices and hues for all her projects! Oh Santa, if you need more info on AURIfil thread, contact Alex Veronelli, he will be happy to send them to you. Enjoy the cake and Merry Christmas!

"Blessed Cooking from Our Home to Yours"

Prepare Dunkin Himes Triple Chocolate cake mix as directed. On stove, in a large Cast Iron Pan melt one stick of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. (Rub stick of butter around sides of cast iron pan before it melts). Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon while it's cooking, add 1 cup of chopped pecans. Cook and Stir until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from stove (use a oven mitt due to hot handle), add chocolate cake mixture. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350* for about 20-25 minutes (ovens vary and cast iron does cook faster so monitor cake after 20 min.)
Here's the fun...drizzle Nutella over cake once it has cooled (don't be perfect, let it dripped down sides for the rustic appearance...decorate your plates before serving....layer a fork on plate, sprinkle dry cocoa over, remove fork and the magic is done!
Tip: Entertaining casual...serve the cake right in the pan. Just use a hot pad underneath cake before setting on table. Frost as above with Nutella or dust with powdered sugar.


Sunday, December 14, 2014


Hey...."Tis the Season"....we all want those easy & delish recipes for the Holiday's and this one is a sure crowd pleaser. Inexpensive, so easy to do & makes a lot for a large crowd & wonderful to take to a party. If you need a gift for that special someone, these would be wonderful wrapped up in a decorative tin. If bourbon is not on your menu, omit and do the recipe for the kids. When you bite into the center of the brownie, you will be "enlightened by the sweet creamy cherry filling". The 3 in 1 recipe is easy to do with your kids and makes a wonderful gift for their teachers. Enjoy!

"Blessed Cooking from Our Home to Yours"

"Bourbon Brownie Bites"
1 pkg. of Duncan Hines (chewy fudge brownies) mix as directed for "fudgy brownies", (2 eggs, 1/4   cup water & 1/2 cup oil)
3 boxes of "Cordial Cherries (made w/real milk chocolate)
(small tin muffin liners are recommended)
Pre-heat oven to 350*. Spray small tin muffin pan w/cooking spray. "Inject bourbon (to taste) into each Cordial Cherry...set aside. Prepare brownie mix and line each muffin tin w/liners or spray each tin w/cooking spray. Using a cookie scoop sprayed w/cooking spray, add small amount to each muffin tin. Carefully insert a Cordial Cherry allowing the brownie mix to fold over the sides of the cherry. This tip w/ create the cherry to be partially covered once baked. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until brownies are done (ovens vary)...let cool & ENJOY!

"3 in 1 Brownie Bites 4 Kids"
1 pkg. of Duncan Hines (chewy fudge brownies) prepared as above (OMITTING BOURBON) :-)
1 pkg. Hershey's kisses (Cherry Cordial Crème)
Reese's Peanut Butter Chips 4 baking
1 jar of Nutella (hazelnut)

Prepare brownie mix and small muffin tins as above. Bake as above and let cool.
3 different types:
.Insert cordial cherries into each tin using above directions (no-bourbon)...bake and let cool.

or....prepare brownie mix and instead insert a few peanut butter chips...bake and cool.

or... prepare brownie mix and instead insert a pecan...bake and cool...once cooled frost each brownie w/hazelnut Nutella...yummy goodness for any age! Enjoy the Holiday's!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Hey....hope everyone is having  a wonderful week. I wanted to share this easy and delish tart with you, so wonderful for festivities this time of year. The "rustic", simplicity of this tart makes it so perfect edges makes it wonderful, and fast. Due to the smell of the apples and pears while baking, this is a wonderful tart to have baking while entertaining. I bake it on a glass pie pan lined with parchment paper so if I want to freeze it, all I have to do is slide it back onto baking dish & the parchment paper helps with browning. Anyway, it's so pretty it looks like you worked really hard preparing it, we all like that! I hope you are enjoying this time of year with your family and friends!
"Blessed Cooking from Our Home to Yours"

1 frozen pie crust (thawed)
2-3 granny smith apples (peeled and roughly chopped)
3 pears (peeled and roughly chopped)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 cup instant cooking oats
1/2 fresh lemon
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg (egg wash on sides)

Preheat oven to 350*. Line a round glass pie pan with parchment paper. Fold out pie crust onto pan. Mix together chopped apples and pears. (while chopping, drizzle lemon juice/ tablespoon of your white sugar over fruit to prevent browning). Add rest of sugar, brown sugar and cooking oats and mix well. Fold into pie crust and top with butter, cut into small pieces. Fold up sides of pie crust and pinch at random for a "rustic look"....imperfection is best....brush sides of pie crust with egg wash and sprinkle Kosher salt on sides of pie crust if desired. Bake for about 35-45 minutes (ovens vary)
Serve on a decorative platter and top with vanilla ice cream if desired. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 6, 2014


Hey...hope everyone is enjoying the festivities this time of year. Unfortunately, with the excitement of  Christmas, comes the "Holiday Rush". So, this recipe will help you with that late night shopping, or school holiday activities, where you are in a rush for something fast to prepare. This easy, healthy pizza is so fast and easy to make, you will want to make it anytime of the year. Yes, I will be the first to's a wonderful late night snack. My recipe consists of only 4 ingredients, unless you top it off with your family favorites. So, during this wonderful time of year, grab your family and get them involved making their favorite healthy pizza. Enjoy!

"Blessed Cooking from our Home to Yours"

Whole wheat tortillas (carb balance)
Pepperoni slices (low fat)
Mozzarella cheese (grated/low fat or fat free)
Kens Lite Northern Italian w/Basil & Romano dressing

In a non-stick skillet...heat tortilla with single layer of pepperoni slices, drizzle over Italian dressing, top w/ grated cheese and cook until browned and cheese is melted. Remove unto cutting board and cut into pizza slices. Easy, yummy & healthy!