christmas bonus: bourbon pecan fruitcake bites

Like many folks, I have never been a fan of the traditional fruitcake.  Ridiculed for its brick-like appearance and studded with unnatural glossy green and red “fruits,” it never really tasted any better than it looked. Why does fruitcake have such a bum rap? Generally speaking, fruitcake is just a mixture of brandied fruits and nuts…

not your grandmother’s rice pudding

You either love rice pudding or you hate it. I L-O-V-E it, and my grandmother’s recipe was actually pretty darn good. It’s so simple to make, and really may be my most favorite food. I loved when my Gram would make it for me when I was a little girl, it was her favorite too…

mexican hot chocolate mug cake

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Let’s celebrate with a little chocolate cake made in a mug! Mexican hot chocolate is a slightly spicier version of regular old cocoa, thanks to the addition of cinnamon. For this recipe, you’ll need a store-bought Mexican hot chocolate such as Abuelita (look at that sweet little grannie). You’ll be using…

It’s chess pie…

Are you familiar with Chess Pie? I had only heard about it for the first time a few weeks ago, and was very curious. It is a pie or tart with a filling made of eggs, butter, and sugar, according to Merriam-Webster. This one is technically a lemon chess pie because it includes lemon juice and…

caramel coconut cookie bars

Aka, Girl Scout Samoas copycats. If you’re like me, you’ve already eaten through your stash of Girl Scout cookies… and you need a fix! It’s pretty easy to clone the tasty confections from our fine little friends in green vests– especially in bar form– you’ll be eating these up in no time. Just a few…