Giant Cheesy Goldfish Crackers

These are the Goldfish of your dreams. Cheesy, buttery, smiling giant goldfish crackers.  Perfect for a special snack, as they are rich and addictively delicious for the cheese lover. The key to getting the goldfish shape is to augment a diamond ring cookie cutter by elongating the round portion, and adding a dent in the…

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Warmly spiced, moist, sweet pumpkin cake is a natural choice for a Fall treat. This cake is fabulous on its own, or paired with whipped cream or buttercream.  This recipe works equally well using wheat flour or gluten free baking flour, and is dairy free, using creamy avocado oil instead of butter.  Enjoy! Pumpkin Spice…

Vanilla Cake – Gluten and Dairy Free

This cake is tender, moist, sweet and deliciously vanilla.  Just what any cake should be.  But what makes it special is that it is completely gluten and dairy free. For folks with celiac and dairy allergies, there really aren’t too many homemade cake options that taste like a traditional layer cake — but I think…

4th of July Vanilla Frosted Cupcake

A frosted cupcake is a classic American dessert. Here is my go-to recipe for an easy buttercream frosting, made with powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla.  It’s sweeter and less silky than a classic European buttercream, but so easy to make.  Some of my friends prefer this version for its sweeter taste.  There are just…

Rose Drop

For me, the garden is a place of beauty, prayer, and deep inspiration for my cooking.  I have a beautiful rose bush* — right now in full bloom with deep pink, fragrant blossoms.  A few years ago, while weeding alongside this righteous proclamation of Spring, I envisioned a cocktail — the Rose Drop. I imagined…

Vanilla Butter Cookies

This tasty rolled and cut cookie is just the perfect thing to frost and decorate.  What makes this my go-to recipe for cut-out cookies is that this dough tastes great and is easy to work with. The secret?  There isn’t much sugar in this dough, yielding a very easy to roll dough that cuts cleanly…