Rocky Road Fudge

This is Mom’s recipe and one of my favorite holiday treats to make because it is so so so easy and addictively delicious.  Today my 5 year old twins helped me mix this up and then, after their sister came home from school we spent the evening caroling and delivering it to family and friends….

Two-Bowl Chocolate Cake

I am by no means a baker, and cake decorating…FORGET IT!  I always pawn that job off on my mother in law.  But if I ever find myself needing to make a birthday cake, (like today on my husband’s birthday) this is my go to cake, and it always gets great reviews.  I first had…

Levain Bakery Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The last time I went to New York, my friend Bonnie told me I had to go to Levain Bakery and get one of each of their 4 cookies.  I am so glad I listened.  Levain Bakery is rumored to bake the best cookies in the world and they were soooo good.  I actually went…

Molten Chocolate Cakes

When Derek and I lived in Eugene, we were fortunate to befriend the Sarantis family in our ward.  Even though they were all grown up and had real jobs and a real house and kids, they would still on occasion invite us poor struggling graduate students over for dinner.  Jenny always made the best food…

Sugar Cookies

For some reason I got it in my brain that it was a good idea to invite all the girls in Liv’s kindergarten class over for a cookie decorating party.  After we had sent invited to all 10 and all 10 had accepted, I realized that I didn’t really have a sugar cookie recipe that…

Czech Apricot Cake

The last time I was in Chicago, my step Dad, George, insisted that I learn how to make his favorite dessert from his sister, Despo.  I think he feels like when she’s gone, I’m more likely to make this for him then my Mom.  Plus, he said he can just imagine me making this with…

Aunt Julie’s Pie Crust

Every year that we lived in California when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always spent at my Aunt Julie’s house.  Now Aunt Julie isn’t even actually my Aunt.  She’s my mother’s neighbor growing up who was basically a sister to her.  And now, she’s still considered family to me.  The summer after 3rd grade…

Chocolate Satin Pie

This is an old college recipe back from the days when I lived with 5 roommates.  This was one of our favorite go to desserts because it was easy.  It’s a super rich chocolate pie, so a small slice will do.  We always bought the pre-made graham cracker crusts in tins from the store, but…

Marlborough Apple Pie

Our apple tree is ripening and the apples are beginning to fall off the tree, so I decided it was time to make an apple pie.  I found this fun pre-Civial War American colonial apple pie recipe.  It calls from grated or stewed apples spiced in a sherry-flavored custard for a filling.  The original purpose…

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

In our family these are actually referred to as Newton Traditionals.  So named for one of our favorite law school friends.  This was their traditional treat to make and share or pull out at game night.  Essentially they are a peanut butter rice krispy smeared with melted butterscotch/chocolate chips.  Very addicting.  So good they are…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I have always been intrigued by recipes using actual vanilla beans.  I have always wanted to try making something  with them, but had never been brave enough to try.  One Christmas when my step Sister Christine was staying at my place, she gifted me a bag of real vanilla beans.  I have one of those…

Peach Pie

The crowning event of peach season and our backyard peach tree is fresh peach pie.  I usually take all the last few peaches (some that have often been sampled by the birds) and cut out the bad parts and put the rest of the chunks into pie filling.  It’s another Cooks Illustrated recipe and the…