Magic Cookie Squares

Magic Cookie Squares

Sometimes I like to check out restaurant menus to get ideas for dinner and desserts. The other day I was perusing the menu from Fuego Tortilla Grill in Texas – never been there but would love to visit one day…on the dessert menu I saw Magic Cookies with graham cracker crust, condensed milk, chocolate chips, shaved coconut and chopped pecans…sounded incredibly delicious! Come to find out that the original recipe came from Eagle Brand condensed milk. I’ve made a few adjustments to the original recipe, but they’re truly decadent!    Continue reading

Roasted Rosemary & Smoked Paprika Nuts

ROASTED ROSEMARY & SMOKED PAPRIKA NUTS
If you’re like me, you have several Christmas Parties and Dinners to attend. Yes, a bottle of wine is always the go-to, but here is a little something to give the hostess with your wine. These nuts are so good I’m practicably addicted! The yield is a lot so I also make them in a gift bag for the girls in my hubby’s office with a little round of Brie and a 4 oz jar of my Cranberry & Apricot Chutney. They are always so busy I like to give them something to take to any parties they may have to attend. It’s like a gift for them to keep or share. I also make them a bottle of homemade Kahlua, but that’s for another day… Continue reading

Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto

Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto
Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto

For this Risotto recipe I decided to use the flavors of the season. Pumpkin. Pecans. Nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves. A creamy ode to Thanksgiving! And just like at Thanksgiving, any leftovers warm up delicious. Comfort food at its peak!

Note: Allspice is an easy way to add the flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove – even though it’s actually the dried unripe fruit of the Pimenta Dioica plant. A little bit goes a long way…
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