A Stroke of Grilliance! #BEEF

fiery beef satay skewers

I haven’t been able to eat meat for a while for various reasons and now because I have high cholesterol, I really can’t eat anything but lean stuff. So when I was asked to host a Beef grilling party I almost said no, until I saw that the entire party is a challenge, basically, for me to try one of the many MANY lean beef recipes included in my party pack but also available on www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com. I thought hey, I {Read More}

Pain Perdu with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream


Pain Perdu…seems like a fancy term, huh? Pain Perdu in french means “Lost Bread”. It is basically french toast but made with older bread. If you have some staling bread no matter the kind, you have Pain Perdu on your hands! It is pronounced “pan per-do” , there is no pain involved. There are variations that call for adding flour and butter (roux) to the eggs to make a more custard like dip for the bread but I am pretty {Read More}

Vegetarian Pita Pizza with Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven


I have used many different kinds of cooking methods from gas to induction and more. The last one to try for me was convection. This is actually one of the smartest ways to cook because it lessens cooking time by blowing the hot air in the oven over the surface of the food, cooking both the inside and outside at the same time. That sounded culinary school-ish, huh? Sorry about that, I just finished culinary classes but remember that being {Read More}

Banana Split Cake


From now until April 22nd, Del Monte is sponsoring a recipe contest called Crown the Cook on Facebook and the prizes are amazing.. If your recipe is selected as one of the top three finalists, not only will you win a year’s supply of Del Monte® products*, but Del Monte will send you and a guest on a four day trip to San Francisco to compete in a cook-off against two other fans! The grand prize winner will take home {Read More}

Mama’s Mississippi Mud with COOL WHIP


I don’t really need to mention how busy I am with being a student, working, and being a mom of three busy kids. I try to make dessert for them as often as I can because that is when my daughter, without fail, tells me I am the most awesome mom ever. Plus it helps me connect with them. Having dessert everyday doesn’t happen but I go out of my way to make it special when I whip up treats {Read More}

Baked Ziti

baked ziti2

It’s extremely hard to find real fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter, like right now. I like to buy organic tomatoes but even then they aren’t always picked at the right time, they get picked early and are ripened artificially. I LOVE my fresh tomatoes but when push comes to shove and the good tomatoes are gone, I turn to canned tomatoes for my sauces and in this case, Red Gold. Did you know that {Read More}

Arrivederci Italiano Gastronomico! Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore

To say I enjoyed my Gourmet Italian cooking course would be an understatement. To say I regret not having had the chance to work more with the chef that taught the 8 week course would be right on. I only had this one chance to work with Chef Nick. This guy is an ACF certified chef that not only graduated from Johnson and Wales but also teaches at the Art Institute down by Detroit, one of {Read More}

Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers Cupcakes

Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers Cupcakes

One of my favorite candy to eat is whoppers and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the strawberry ones. Artificial flavoring, sure but I love them. I decided to try and make some cupcakes that taste like them. I knew it would be hard I just needed to add malted milk powder to get that malt taste. I would have added even more powder than i did but I think it would have buried the strawberry flavor because {Read More}