Chocolate Layer Cake with Raspberry Ganache

It’s birthday time…bring on the candles, cake, balloons and everyone to our house!!!  Oh, it’s not my birthday, but that kind of makes it more special because it’s time to make a cake!  And not just any cake, but a piece of chocolate heaven, layered with more chocolate and then topped with…you guessed it…chocolate.  Oh,…

Garlic Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

What would your Thanksgiving be like without a biscuit?!   On second thought, let’s not think about that right now and let’s think of how wonderful your meal will be with one of these tasty biscuits on your plate. This biscuit was originally discovered when invited to a soup and bread dinner where it was bring…

Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My big Thanksgiving feast last year only added to my inspiration for creating the website.  The table looked wonderful, my cooking skills had improved enough to conquer a big meal and somewhere in the back of my mind, I think I knew these recipes would make it out for the for the rest of the world…

Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup

It seems like just instinct…the weather starts getting a little cooler…or you look up and realize it is time to switch the calendar to October…and it’s when you realize – it has become fall. Your weekends are filled with enjoying every last day that might be above freezing. Usually at apple orchards or vineyards watching…

Cider Brined & Glazed Turkey

I had the pleasure of enjoying two Thanksgivings last year.  One in the Twin Cities and one in my hometown.  The one in the Twin Cities was a large pot luck with many people and LOTS of food.  The one in my home town involved me creating the menu and really getting to try some…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Lazy weekend morning breakfasts always make me happy.  They involve no rush because you generally have no where to go and you can really take you time in the kitchen and sipping your coffee and letting the younger ones help with mixing, pouring and stirring.  Those mornings are perfect…they involve great, light conversation and lots…

Halloween Treats

The desire to decorate around each holiday is growing by the year for me and that desire is not limited to decor around the house.  I wanted some thing tasty to eat that brings out the fun of Halloween and dressing up.  I ended up taking to stand bys and creating a fun holiday plate that…

Apricot & Salami Scones

It doesn’t happen very often lately, but one afternoon this summer (while taking a well deserved personal day from work), I was home alone and free to do what ever I wanted. That consisted of a little cleaning, I lot of the job hunting and watching a few cooking shows that I normally don’t see…

Fried Green Tomatoes

Say the words ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and I know that many people of my age and demographic will think of only the movie from the 90’s bringing up thoughts of warm southern summer nights (even if you aren’t from the South) and late night laughter in the kitchen. Also, a dish that can be tricky…

7- Layer Salad (Claudia Style)

It would be pretty safe to say that everyone has either had or at least heard of 7-Layer Salad. It is also probably safe to say that there are so many variations of this out there that everyone has their own idea of what the salad contains. Even amongst my family, there is the frequent…