Tortilla Mini Quiches

Tortilla Mini Quiches

Extra flour tortillas? Here’s some ideas! First, try this quiche. Quick, tasty and a great presentation for the holidays ahead. Make these tortilla bowls separately, too. Perfect for serving chopped avocados, sliced green onions, and work for sour cream and salsa if plated first. Or use them to serve a side salad with your favorite Enchiladas. How festive is that! (Check out our Mexican Food Category. We love love love Mexican Cuisine.)

Try this Easy Delicious Dessert too, Fruit Burritos. Perfectly Vegan!

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Topping

Apple Spice CakeLate Summer and Fall is Birthday Season here, one birthday after another. My guys definitely have favorite cake or pie requests. My daughter, not so much. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes that just might satisfy everyone. One birthday celebration and one birthday cake might work for all. They’re aging nicely <smile> and sharing is now a really good thing. Everyone agrees my apple pie is pretty hard to beat for any occasion. So, an Apple Spice Birthday Cake sounded like an excellent substitution. I’ve been saving this Bake From Scratch Fall 2015 Issue. Yep, the cake on the cover became my choice! Let me tell you a bit about this recipe. It’s simple, few ingredients … Great presentation … Great spice and apple taste! The downside … The cake is a bit heavy. I’ve only baked this recipe once and I must admit I was a bit distracted by a sweet little 3 year old. So, were the measurements right on? Hmm. As for the frosting it’s tasty and rich. For two 9 inch layers it’s much more than enough. This Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Topping is definitely worth a try!

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Halloween Spider Treats

Halloween Spider TreatsMax and I had such fun making these. If legs are missing, well, it’s Max’s fault. <wink>  This knock off (Cupcakes by Anne Byrn, “Spiders”) treat is very cute … But tasty? The Rice Krispies go tame and the semi-sweet chocolate is just a lil too semi-sweet for the kids. I’ve traded out the chow mein noodle legs for pretzels for that salty sweet taste. Changing up the semi-sweet to milk chocolate is certainly an option. But it seems to me this might be better with melted marshmallows to help form the body and melted chocolate chips poured over the top to give the dark spider look. Since I haven’t tried the marshmallow version I’ll stick to the more chocolate version. If nothing else, this is great fun and so Halloween!

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Pumpkin

pumpkinPumpkin Recipes … Breads, Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, Pies, Panettone, French Toast, Popcorn Balls. You see the trend, don’t you? Sweets! Yes, search PUMPKIN  and you’ll find endless deliciously sweet pumpkin recipes. But this fall I’m into savory Pumpkin Main Dishes. Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs is first on the menu.

Try these Main Dishes while waiting!

Pumpkin Parmesan Cream Pasta SaucePumpkin Parmesan Cream SoupStuffed Baby Pumpkins

 


Chocolate Chips

Chocolate ChipsSometimes the recipe has an outcome you hadn’t expected. Good or bad! This time it’s somewhere in-between. The cookie flavor is lacking ‘though a tablespoon of vanilla is used, and all the nuts and chocolate chips can’t help. So … rather than sharing a recipe I doubt I will ever try again I’d like to share some of my favorite chocolate chip recipes.

Thanks neighbors for being my taste testers.

Old Fashioned Chocolate ChippersChocolate Chip Cookies Quick MixChocolate Nut Toffee BarsChocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

 


Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake

devils-food-pound-cakeChocolate is still my favorite dessert flavor. I can go days without it. But then thoughts of chocolate begin to circle and are relentless until I meet the craving. My recipe for this rich and moist chocolate pound cake does the trick. One must, the chocolate (for me) must be very very good if not the best. This recipe uses an entire cup of cocoa and it will drive the taste of this cake. You want the best available cocoa. If you haven’t an idea about what’s the best unsweetened cocoa ingredient to use check out Cook’s Illustrated’s ratings here.

Devil’s Food Chocolate Pound Cake, a great treat for those Halloween visitors!

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Fig Bars

Fig BarsSo if you like Fig Newtons you’ll love these! Are these a knock off? Nope! But the texture and flavor are similar. These are just better. I’m not just saying … I’m guaranteeing! My little fig tree only gave up enough for this recipe, and a few extra for a wine accompaniment. Use a cup … to a cup and a half for those who want a fully packed fig bar. Just amazing!

 

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Chai Meltaways

Chia MeltawaysChai Meltaways says it all! Doesn’t that sound like the perfect cookie! It’s worth purchasing chai spice (rather than putting it together yourself) simply because the proportion and combination of spices is done for you & it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing all the spices you need separately. I’ve found King Arthur Flour is pretty reasonable with pricing and I trust their products. This has a 5-star rating. Check it out here. This cookie just has an amazing flavor and texture. I can’t wait to move on to cakes and muffins with this spice combination.

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Old Time Versatile Summertime Dessert

Fruit Crisp

Fruit Crisp

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about this for dessert tonight! Really simple. Really Delicious. Just about the fruit. This one is Blueberry. My fav berry! One of my favorites (Thanks Will!) made this with his favorite go-to recipe guru. That’s a lot of favorites!!

Check out the simple recipe here.

And Happy Fourth!

Yes, I’m busy today. How’s Fried Sweet Pickles sound!