Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chocolate Tortoni

I made this for a Christmas staff party that I was hosting.  I bought some of the chocolate dessert cups from Walmart and used a cookie scoop to fill them.  It was delicious!!

Source: Taste of Home (but not sure)


  • 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup (I used light)
  • 2 cups whipping cream (divided)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate wafers (Nabisco chocolate wafers are best)
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • grated chocolate, chopped notes, whipped cream and maraschino cherries for garnish (Optional)


In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the regular chocolate chips and corn syrup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and stir.  Microwave additional 10-20 second intervals, stirring until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup cream and stir until smooth.  Chill for 25 minutes or until cool.  In the meantime, crush cookie crumbs, lightly toast pecans in oven (350- watch closely!), chop nuts, and whip remaining cream until soft peaks.  Mix nuts and crumbs into the chocolate mix.  Fold in half of the whipped cream to the chocolate.  Fold in remaining cream and mini chocolate chips.  Use a cookie scoop to fill foil liners or chocolate dessert cups.  Freeze 4-6 hours, up to a 2 weeks in advance.  Let stand at room temperature for several minutes before serving.  Garnish as desired.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Potato Crusted Quiche

I made this for a worship gathering this morning and it was yummy!!  Would make it again for sure!

Potato Crusted Quiche
recipe by me :)


  • 6-8 med. sized potatoes (russet or red)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp butter and some oil
  • 8 oz shredded cheese (your choice) plus 3-4 oz for top
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or half and half

Peel potatoes and  rinse.  Preheat oven to 400.  Grease 2 pie plates.  With mandolin or wide peeler, slice potatoes lengthwise very thin.  Line both pie plates with potato slices until completely covered in an even layer.  Spray with canola oil or brush lightly with oil.  Sprinkle with salt and a little pepper if you wish.  Bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.  While crust is baking, dice onion and pepper,  sauté in butter and a little oil.  Season as cooking.  Cook over medium high heat until slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.  While that is cooking, crack eggs in a large bowl.  Whisk in sour cream, milk, cooked onion mixture, 8 oz. cheese and spices.  Pour over  evenly over both crusts when finished, top with a sprinkle of cheese and place back into the oven.  Reduce heat to 350 and bake another 40-50 minutes, until knife comes out clean when put in center.  Let cool 10 minutes lightly covered before serving.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

These are super tasty!  Moist and great gingerbread flavor.  Will make these again!

adapted from:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup+ 2TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 3 TSBP plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Streusel Topping:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 TBSP Turbinado (coarse) sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP melted butter

Preheat oven to 350.   Lightly spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour, or grease and flour each one, or line with muffin liners; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the sugars.  Add the pumpkin and oil and stir.  Add eggs, vanilla, yogurt and water and stir. Sprinkle about half of the flour mixture over the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture, and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Place three tablespoons batter into each muffin mold and set aside while you mix the streusel topping.
To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, flour, and cinnamon together, whisking until thoroughly combined. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and stir with a spoon until you have a mixture that resembles lumpy wet sand. Do not break up the clumps too much.
Divide the streusel evenly between the pans, sprinkling it over the top of the batter.
Bake mini muffins 13-15, regular muffin 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan (they come out easy).  Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Snickerdoodle Bread

Loved this bread!  It was fantastic!  I will make this again.

 adapted from barbarabakes

2 1/2 cups flour (high-altitude add 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2.5 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup butter softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream (next time I’m going to substitute a bit of cream cheese)
1 pkg. Hershey’s cinnamon chips
3 Tbsp sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 TBSP flour
1 TBSP butter

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs
Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix well.
Mix flour and with the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to wet ingredients and mix until all combined.
Add cinnamon chips and stir into batter.
Spoon batter into mini loaf pans or cupcake tins until about 2/3 full.
Mix 3 T. sugar and 3 t. cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle over the batter in each loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I loved these cookies!  They were as good as my mom's recipe to me with less butter.  They tasted great and were fluffy and soft.  I will definitely make these again.

Cut-Out Sour Cream Sugar Cookies    By Monica              Servings: 5 dozen
  • 5-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • FOR FROSTING (makes 1 cup of frosting):
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons canned evaporated milk
  • food coloring (optional)
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, & salt; set aside. In second large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the sour cream and butter at low speed; add sugar, eggs, and vanilla & mix until combined. (It's okay if it's a little lumpy as long as no butter chunks are visible.) Gradually add the flour mixture to the sour cream mixture, mixing until well combined. Dough will be sticky. (If cookie dough is too thick for your mixture to handle, you can stir it by hand with a wooden spoon.) Divide dough onto two pieces of plastic wrap; flatten dough, wrap tightly, and refrigerate until chilled, 1-2 hours. (Make ahead tip: Dough may be made to this point and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.  Generously flour your counter or work surface to prevent dough from sticking. Rub flour on the rolling pin. Put one of the chilled pieces of dough on top of the floured surface and sprinkle the top of the dough with more flour. Starting at the center, roll the dough out to one edge; return to the center and roll to the opposite edge. Continue rolling until dough is an even 1/4" thick all over, sprinkling with additional flour, if needed, to avoid sticking. Dip cookie cutter in flour and cut out dough shapes. Transfer dough shapes to baking sheets. Continue rolling dough, cutting shapes, and adding to baking sheets until they are filled.  Bake 2 sheets at a time for 8-10 minutes, rotating and switching pans half way through cooking time. Bake them just until they are baked all the way through but haven't started browning on the bottom. If a soft textured cookie is desired, it's very important not to over bake them.  Transfer hot cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

Make-ahead tip: Cooled, unfrosted cookies may be stacked in a sealed container and stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks; although the fresher, the better. Freezing them is recommended to maintain their freshness. Unfrosted cookies may be frozen up to a month.

Combine powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla, and half of the evaporated milk in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine ingredients on a low speed until its' a thick paste consistency and all of the lumps are gone. Gradually add remaining milk and continue mixing on medium speed until frosting is a smooth, silky, spreadable consistency. If it's still too thick, add more milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time until it's desired consistency. Mix in food coloring, if desired.

Frost each cookie and decorate with sprinkles while frosting is still wet. Leave out to dry for several hours until dry to touch before storing in an airtight container. If stacking frosted cookies, put waxed or parchment paper between layers.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION per cookie: 125 calories, 4.5g fat, 70mg sodium, 19.6g carbs, 10.7g sugars, 1.5g protein, 0g fiber; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 3

Lemon Yogurt Pancakes

These pancakes were light and fluffy and lemony.  This made about 12 large pancakes and my family finished every last one.  No leftovers.  I love that they have a little boost of protein from the Greek yogurt. This recipe has a far amount of sugar for a pancakes, but that is to counteract the tang and tartness from the lemon, yogurt and buttermilk.  You could cut it if you desired.  We loved these pancakes!


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, and salt.  Separate eggs into two bowls.  Whisk egg yolks with sugar.  Add lemon zest, juice and extract.  Whisk.  Add buttermilk and whisk.  Here is a good point to preheat your griddle. Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Mix buttermilk mixture and dry ingredients, until somewhat smooth.  Fold in half the egg whites, then the other half. Butter griddle and ladle on batter to make pancakes.  Turn when bubbling and underside is golden.  Serve with warm syrup, fresh berries and whipped cream, if desired.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mango Lassi

A classic Indian dessert drink.   We love it!

Mango Lassi


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Champagne mango or 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet stevia
  • few cubes of ice


Poor into blender or smoothie machine and blend.  Thin with almond milk to desired consistency.