Chocolate Pecan Cake: Queen of Hearts

 

Chocolate Pecan Cake

With Valentine’s Day coming up,  it’s time to follow through on my promise to share the recipe for this scrumptious chocolate pecan cake.  I found the recipe that inspired this cake in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, a 2013 James Beard award-winner.   Last October I met both authors at the LDEI Conference in Charleston, SC.  and have been enjoying their book ever since.

The truly exciting part about this cake is the shape.  I love that the hearts come together to form a star in the middle!   The name of this pan Continue reading

Blood Orange Banana Bread

blood orange banana bread

This  Blood Orange Banana Bread smells divine!   Well, all banana bread smells great, but THIS banana bread has blood orange olive oil in it and the aroma of the citrus is heavenly!   I’m going to share the recipe for this easy quick bread with you, and I want you to know right up front that it was inspired by a recipe I found in a new cookbook,  Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie DuPree and Cynthia Graubert. Continue reading

Nutmeg Mushrooms Baked Into Quiche and a Mushroom Farm Tour

Nutmeg Mushroom Quiche

Mushrooms are the perfect addition to a quiche. Today I made Nutmeg Mushrooms and layered them on top of a quiche with caramelized onions,  diced ham, and Cabot Alpine Cheddar Cheese.  I’ll be sharing the recipe for both the Nutmeg Mushrooms and the quiche, but first let me tell you about the latest adventure touring a mushroom farm! Continue reading

Quiche with Roasted Cipolline Onions

Roasted Onion QuicheHave you tried cooking with Cipolline onions?  These cute little onions are perfect for roasting,  caramelizing to become beautiful little orbs that add homemade flavor to stews, sauces, or salads.  Yesterday  I put together  a Roasted Onion Quiche with bacon, cheddar, sautéed mushrooms, and some sliced roasted Baby Gold potatoes.  Aren’t those little onions pretty on top?  They’re full of sweet onion flavor too. I’ll share how to make them, and the recipe for this gorgeous quiche with you now. Continue reading

Pie Crust Challenge: Taking Back My Homemade Pie Crust Mojo!

 

pie crust

Today is Day 3 of my personal pie crust challenge. It has been years since I  made a homemade pie crust  and I was beginning to accept that pie crust was something that I “used to do”.  It just seemed like too much trouble and too messy to do myself. But all of that has changed now!  Today I’ll share some of my pie crust discoveries! Continue reading

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