Demolish me ~

Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene, se non ha mangiato bene. Mrs D has asked for my assistance translating another FANTASTIC recipe!  Wow ~ what a flavor explosion! The only thing I did differently, was add 1/4 c of almond flour to the cake flour… I knew it was already going to…

Scotch-Krispie Cookies

Tis the season of ~ mixing and tasting ~ baking and sharing… Here are today’s offerings… I only wish I could share the yummy smells permeating throughout my entire house. ~ Bath & Body would have a new best seller! Scotch-Krispie Cookies 1 c crisco 1 1/2 c packed brown sugar 3 T buttermilk 1 T vanilla…

Cooking with Val

This summer was full of change, challenges and more importantly, blessings in abundance.  Our daughter graduated from college, our son was an ROTC Field Training selectee, we drove through 4 states (love Arches Nat’l Park in Utah!) to our 11th assignment, we spent some amazing quality time together and with friends and family. We made…

Risotto ~ unravelled

It always amazes me how many lovers of risotto who won’t attempt making the delectable, versatile, creamy dish… I hope you’ll take 20 minutes to make it for your family ~ to make it for yourself! History of Risotto The history of risotto is naturally tied to the history of rice in Italy. While there…

Coconut Carrot Chunk Cupcakes

  Coconut Carrot Chunk Cupcakes ~ how is that for a culinary alliteration? We had a function last night at a friend’s house; an early tailgate for the upcoming BSU v AF game ~ what to make, what to make?  The host needed a salad and dessert, so I made a HUGE bowl of Napa…

A Mouthful of Summer

“Everything in moderation…including moderation.” ~ Julia Child The most requested recipe?  Fruit Pizza!!  Aside from my pizza dough, this tasty gem of a dessert has even the biggest skeptic (what? fruit pizza?) asking for more and eventually asking for the recipe.  For my “gluten-free” friends, using a combination of gluten-free and coconut flours and coconut…

No Soda Today!

My friends know I’m a hater of diet soda [bad aspartame! bad aspartame!]  I say, do natural (real sugar) or do nothing! Every day, I consume about 200 ounces or more of water.  I have been told I was going to drown myself (hyponatremia)… but, I feel parched with less!  Sometimes I’ll add wedges of…

The Bull and Lettuce

“Never mind love, have a cup of tea.” favorite British saying Ok, The Bull and Lettuce may only be what we had for dinner last night (steak salad with horseradish cream), but it would be a GREAT pub name!  If the Brits can have The Butt & Oyster (what?!?), why not the Bull and Lettuce?    …

Summer in a spoonful ~

  Here in good old San Antonio,  it is going to be a sultry 94 degrees today!  (Mind you, it is 18 March; not May, June, July, August; but, March)  Today definitely is NOT soup weather… so, as I drink my HOT coffee in my 83 degree house this morning, I am thinking lemons.  Anything…

hoppy, fluffy, marshmallow

If you have ever received a Christmas platter from me, you’ll have discovered my toasted coconut marshmallows nestled in with the fudge, thumb print cookies and sunflower-pumpkin seed brittle ~  but marshmallows for Easter?!?  I am so excited to give these lemon jewels a try!  I hope you enjoy these variations from Epicurious.com ~ and…

Ricotta Crepes with Bananas and Blueberries

Inspiration 1a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions 2: the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs 3 a : the quality or state of being inspired…