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Kourabiedes Greek Sugar Walnut Cookies

Kourabiedes are a Greek baked cookie with a walnut and cinnamon filling that is completely covered in powdered sugar. It wouldn’t be a holiday without some traditional Greek pastries.  I always look forward to my family gatherings, for me it’s a time to consume lots of desserts.  One of my favorites Greek pastries is a cookie called a Kourabiedes.  It’s a […]

Blue Velvet Crinkle Cookies are the Perfect Winter Treat

Celebrate winter with blue velvet crinkle cookies. Is the cold weather keeping you indoors?  Then why not turn on the oven and let a batch of my blue velvet crinkle cookies warm you both inside and out.  I know, the cool, blue color may remind you of this season’s snowflakes and snowmen.  But don’t let it fool […]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Cookies from Scratch

Cranberry orange pecan cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the season. And why not?  My recipe features some of the best flavors of fall merged into one mouth-watering cookie.  Cranberry orange pecan cookies have delicious dried cranberries, orange zest, and chopped pecans.  What’s not to love? What I love the most about these cookies […]

Chocolate Gummy Eyeball Cookies

Chocolate gummy eyeball cookies for Halloween Ready for some chocolaty fun for the holidays?  I have a cookie that you will enjoy eating… just forget that it’s starring back at you.  Chocolate gummy eyeball cookies are a tasty treat.  And easy to make when you need something sweet.  It combines a great recipe for chocolate cookies with a gummy eyeball.  Tis […]

S’mores Cookies with Chocolate, Graham, and Marshmallows

S’mores Cookies served warm with melting gooey chocolate and marshmallows It’s just like being at a campfire.  Just take two graham crackers and squeeze melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows between them… Yum!  Only this is less messy, chocolate chunks and crushed graham crackers are baked into the cookie crust.  Then I topped each cookie with more chocolate chunks […]

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Scratch

Homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies are a sweet treat. And why not indulge in something sweet once in a while?  Chocolate chip walnut cookies are easy to make… and with a glass of milk are a joy to eat!  This makes me feel like a kid again.  Every household should have a simple chocolate chip […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

St. Patrick’s Day Shortbread Cookies

The luck of the Irish is here with St. Patrick’s Day Shortbread Cookies. And what could be luckier than Shamrocks and a pot of gold?  Maybe lots of Shamrocks and pots of gold.  St. Patrick’s Day shortbread cookies are a tasty treat for your holiday.  Like any shortbread cookie, they have a wonderful buttery taste.  I added […]

Mini Irish Soda Breads with Orange Zest

Mini Irish soda breads with orange zest are perfect for indulging and gift giving this holiday season. Mini Irish soda breads are a great way to bake when you don’t want to bother with baking with yeast.  Everyone knows that baking with yeast is time consuming; dough needs to rise a couple times in a warm area.  So, […]

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect holiday treat. If you love the idea of red velvet cake then why not try it in a cookie?  My red velvet white chocolate chip cookies are chewy and bursting with a richness of flavor.  The red and white colors are perfect for the season.  Simply […]

Spinach Spanakopita Triangles with Feta Cheese

Spinach spanakopita triangles Here’s a delicious appetizer that’s bursting with flavor!  My Greek spinach spanakopita triangles are the perfect indulgence when you are in the mood for a small bite.  These little pockets are made of Filo dough wrapped around a spinach and feta cheese filling.  Filo dough is light, flakey, and crispy and melt-in-your […]

Pecan Pie Flavored with Orange Zest

Pecan Pie has the flavor of orange. I love a great pie for dessert, and this is certainly the best time of year for making pies.  Traditionally we bake apple pies, one of my favorite pies to make.  But why not try something different?  Pecan pie with orange zest is a nice change and I’ll show you how to do […]

Halloween Shortbread Cookies with Orange

Halloween shortbread cookies with fresh orange juice and orange sugar sprinkles. Want something sweet for the holiday?  This is not about the candy… you’ll get enough of that at the end of the month.  I’m talking cookies… Halloween shortbread cookies that is!  Shortbread cookies are delicious; they are made with lots of butter and tend […]

Pecan Tarts with Orange Zest

Pecan tarts with orange zest are a great indulgence to satisfy your fall cravings. Is it in the air?  Maybe… but something about the fall inspires me to bake.  Although my favorite thing to bake during this season is apple pie, a pecan pie offers a decadence that fits perfectly with this season.  Can you think […]

Grilled Greek Pizza with Lamb, Olives, and Feta

Grilled Greek pizza is a fun weeknight dinner meal. And let’s not forget tasty too!  Lamb is combined with feta cheese and Kalamata olives on a pizza crust.  This best thing… your pizza crust is already made.  Cooking your grilled Greek pizza on the grill makes for a better, crispier crust; something an oven has a more […]

Baked S’mores with Cookie Dough

Baked s’mores are an easy treat to make in your oven. Are you ready for some summertime fun?  Try my baked s’mores with cookie dough; they’re a tasty treat you can whip up in no time.  Take all the traditional flavors of s’mores: chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers.  Then just nest them between cookie crusts… sounds good?   You don’t even […]

Spanakopita Mini Bites with Puff Pastry

Spanakopita mini bites are a great appetizer for indulging your Greek cravings. And don’t they look delicious too?!  They’re certainly not your typical appetizer.  The spinach and feta filling is a tasty combination of vegetable and cheese.  Puff pastry dough adds a rustic, homemade appearance that will help your guests feel warm and welcomed. This dough […]

Baklava Turnovers

Baklava turnovers are an easy alternative to making the real thing. Are you looking for a decadent dessert, without all of the fuss?  It’s something familiar, but with a clever twist?  Try my Baklava turnovers for a delicious change.  These little nuggets are sweet, sticky and bursting with the rich flavors of traditional Baklava without all of the […]

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Rosemary

Baked brie is a wonderful combination of cheese, cranberry, honey, pecans, and rosemary. New Year’s Day…a time for reflecting on the past; contemplating new objectives; resolving to accomplish those things we deem to be most important in our lives.  There is a lot to think about at the dawn of a new year, but one […]

Spanakopita

This is not your ordinary spanakopita…but its close! Although Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish, my family recipe now has a unique twist…I never use FILO dough. You might find that to be a little unusual, but if you knew my family, I think you would understand.  I remember as a child, the process of […]

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie from scratch is an all-time favorite when it comes to comfort food. Making homemade apple pies from scratch has become a wonderful tradition that I share with my friends.   “Pie Day,” as we’ve coined it, happens every fall when our ever-growing group of good friends gather together to make our all-time favorite comfort […]

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