No-Bake Pina Colada Cheesecake Bites

Creamy no-bake coconut cheesecake in a crisp, flaky mini fillo shell topped with a sweet pineapple topping and garnished with fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry. A dessert twist on the popular Pina Colada drink. I’ve teamed up with Athens Foods this month to share four delicious recipes. I posted the first recipe, Phyllo, Parmesan, Bacon Asparagus Bundles, earlier… 

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Soft Gingersnap Cookies

Soft gingersnap cookies made with molasses and the warm winter spices ginger and cinnamon. A family favorite that my family loves especially when cold weather’s here.  We’ve been making this gingersnap cookie recipe for years. My husband was craving them, so he pulled up Barbara Bakes on his iPad and searched for them. They weren’t… 

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Cranberry Pecan Pie Recipe

This Cranberry Pecan Pie is an easy-to-make pie made from fresh cranberries, crunchy pecans, and a sweet pie dough. I was recently sent a beautiful cookbook, Nick Malgieri’s Pastry: Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook. Nick is a best selling author of 12 cookbooks. His newest cookbook is filled with luscious, creative pastry recipes, along with great step by step… 

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Broccoli Slaw Salad

A broccoli slaw salad made from fresh broccoli, sweet carrots, red onions, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds coated with a wonderful, creamy lemon dressing. The Kitchn shared a link to their Light & Easy Broccoli Salad recipe on Facebook and I was intrigued because it used both the flower and the stalk of fresh broccoli.


White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Bars from Christmas Desserts – Sweets of the Season Cookbook

A sweet blondie bar cookie loaded with white chocolate chips and tart dried cranberries topped with a creamy orange cream cheese icing, more dried cranberries and a drizzle of white chocolate. This recipe is from Laura’s, Real Mom Kitchen, third cookbook Christmas Desserts: Sweets of the Season. It’s a cute little cookbook filled with fun, easy to… 

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Less Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a classic Indian dish. This lightened up, less butter version is made with only 1 tablespoon of butter. The recipe uses a water based cream sauce to give the sauce it’s rich, butter flavor.   Today’s recipe is from a fun new cookbook from Cooking Light, Mad Delicious: The Science of Making… 

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Lightened Up Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Gougeres made with a chunky chicken salad with grapes, celery, and pecans in a creamy sauce lightened up by using reduced fat sour cream and mayonnaise.  Earlier in the week I posted my Gougere recipe and promised to post the chicken salad filling recipe. I served these chicken salad gougeres at a bridal shower I… 

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Gougeres – Savory Cream Puffs

Gougeres are light as air French cheese puffs. Similar to cream puffs but savory instead of sweet. Perfect served instead of a roll or popover with a meal. Or, serve them as an appetizer or sandwich filled with your favorite savory filling.  If you read Saturday’s post, you know I’ve written a cookbook, Dream Puffs, all… 

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Dream Puffs Cookbook Announcement

Today I’m super excited to officially announce that I’ve written a cookbook! It’s called Dream Puffs and will be available to purchase in October 2015. It’s all about cream puffs, eclairs, and profiteroles. I’ve been baking puffs in my kitchen for over 30 years. These luscious desserts are easy to make at home for a fraction of the… 

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Simply Caramel and Chocolate Turnovers

A simple, easy to make dessert perfect for a party. Layers of crisp, golden, flaky phyllo surrounding luscious caramel and chocolate.  This month for Progressive Eats, our virtual progressive dinner, instead of dinner we’re having a virtual cocktail party. I signed up to bring dessert of course. When you’re eating dessert at a cocktail party, you… 

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