Mermaid Barbie Cake

My daughter was home for a week of Spring break, and we had a pang of nostalgia.  She wouldn’t be home for her birthday, so we had to make a Barbie cake while she was here for break.  The inspiration for this year’s cake was the sea, and our Mermaid Barbie Cake was the result….

Chocolate Walnut Cookie

This is perhaps my favorite drop cookie.  It’s just the right balance of cocoa, butter, sweet, and crunch.  I love it for an afternoon treat with coffee. The base recipe is the same as in my Soft Homemade Oreo, but the addition of lots of walnuts creates a very different cookie.  This is a straight…

Green Garbanzo & Asparagus Salad

My local produce market sells plump little green garbanzos each spring, which is when I have spearmint and chives growing beautifully in my garden.   These two green herbs are bright accompaniments to a tangy yogurt dressing that lightly dresses blanched asparagus and green garbanzos. Green garbanzos come one or two to a pod, and…

Shrimp & Avocado Caesar Salad

Plump shrimp combine with smooth avocado and a classic caesar dressing for a one dish meal that combines strong nutrition with fabulous flavor. The dressing recipe goes together in a minute, and uses anchovy paste for an umami boost.  One tip for pretty salads is to dress the greens separately from the other ingredients.  Then,…

Chicken, Potatoes & Carrots – One Pan Meal

This One Pan Meal takes little prep time, and in 45 minutes bakes together in the oven, the juices from the chicken flavoring the potatoes. In less than an hour from start to finish, you have a full meal ready to go, and tasty leftovers if you double up on ingredients.  Getting it to all…

Soft Homemade Oreos

Soft cocoa cookies are put together with a thick layer of fluffy vanilla frosting. Here is an updated version of my Chocolate Sandwich Cookie recipe — but with a sweeter, super-easy-to-make, All-American frosting instead of Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  These are sweet, scrumptious, and I think all together better than anything you can buy. When you…