Recipes


Mixed Berry Cheese Cake
This recipe is one of my favorites from my mom. She was a  fantastic cook, baker and party host. I grew up with her always giving dinner parties and doing all of the cooking and the baking herself. Later she started her own mustard and specialty foods business and was way ahead […]

Mixed Berry Cheese Cake


Catalina Salad Dressing
I was very lucky to have met a great group of women when my eldest was 6 months old.  We got together each week and formed a play group for our little ones and we made friendships that would last for years to come. Not only were these women great […]

Catalina Salad Dressing


This version of a cookie classic is my son Paul’s favorite. Served with a little shot glass of milk makes this the perfect snack or end of meal treat. I use brown sugar which yields a moist cookie with a rich molasses flavor.    1 cup unsalted butter 1 1/3 […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (and Milk)



Valentine's Day Caprese Salad
Here’s a creative idea to bring Valentine’s Day to your dinner table.  I made a traditional mozzarella and tomato salad with a twist.  Easy to make and delicious to eat.     1 package of Bel Gioioso Sliced Fresh Mozzarella 5 equal sized tomatoes 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil 1/2 […]

Valentine’s Day Caprese Salad


Asian Chicken Chili
  I have added Eastern flavors to a popular comfort food dish. This is not your usual chili. This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time.  Enjoy this healthier version of an old family favorite, updated with international ingredients.  Serve with wontons.     1 tablespoon canola oil 3 cloves […]

Asian Chicken Chili


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When I think of Hanukkah one of the first things that comes to mind, besides presents, are latkes. I make them every year for Hanukkah (and other holidays too).  This year I came up with a different version that I am sure will become part of my holiday tradition.  The smoky […]

Chipotle Sweet Potato Latkes (Pancakes)



Carrot Cake
My carrot cake recipe is by far the best I have ever had, if I do say so myself. It is one of my all-time favorite recipes.  Really easy to make, a crowd pleaser and a true show stopper, perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.     Cake Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 […]

Best Ever Carrot Cake Recipe


Chicken with Cashews
  My family loves all kinds of Asian food and this recipe is just as good, if not better, than just about any take out.  This easy dinner staple will please the whole family.     4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, chopped into 1″ cubes (about 3 pounds) 1 cup flour 1 […]

Chicken with Cashews




  This is one of my favorite treats at Passover.  I make it every year. I got this fantastic recipe from my friend Marci Alter years ago, tweaked it a bit and it has become a Passover staple. You can do many variations with semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and nuts. The combinations […]

Marci’s Matzoh Candy


Rice Krispies Easter Egg nest with candy eggs
  Here’s a cute little recipe that’s perfect for Spring!  There are tons of different egg-shaped candies on the market this time of year so all you have to do is pick your favorite.  This treat is yummy and decorative and so easy that the kids can help out.     […]

Rice Krispie Easter Egg Nests with Candy ...


This dough is perfect for making hamentashens which are a favorite treat for the holiday Purim. I am using a 3 inch circle cookie cutter. You can use any filling, from your favorite jam to chocolate chips. My choice is a wonderful mixture of dried fruit and jam just like my […]

Hamentashen Cookies for Purim



These Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats are “magically delicious!”  The perfect sweet treat to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  This recipe is a take on the traditional Rice Krispies Treats.     INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) Marshmallows OR 4 cups Miniature Marshmallows 6 cups General Mills […]

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats


  This dough is just waiting for your collection of cookie cutters. I am using hearts and making little sandwiches with yummy raspberry jam as the filling — the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!  You can use different cookie cutter shapes and have fun decorating with colored sprinkles, sugar or pipe […]

Rolled Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookie Sandwiches


The Chinese New Year begins on Monday, February 8th and what better way to celebrate the Year of the Monkey than with these delicious pork dumplings.     Sauce 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped scallion 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds 1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce […]

Chinese New Year Pork Dumplings



For Valentine’s Day I like to make all kinds of sweet creations.  This one is my son’s favorite!     For Cupcakes: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups of sugar 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs, room temperature 1 1/3 cup […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


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  What you’ll need: plastic wrap sharp knife Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough Black AmeriColor Gourmet Writer     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough using plastic wrap in small rectangle logs, wrap and put in freezer.     After dough is firm and almost frozen use knife to make […]

Almost Homemade Scrabble Cookies


This is the perfect holiday treat and so easy to make!  There are many versions of this dessert but this one’s foolproof.     16 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, roughly chopped 1 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 to 12) 1/2 cup chocolate wafer cookies, lightly crushed 6 oz white chocolate […]

Candy Cane Bark



  Serves about 8 cups 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 large garlic clove, chopped 2 tablespoons flour 3 cups of lower-sodium chicken broth 28 ounce can of whole peeled plum tomatoes with liquid 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 sprig of fresh […]

Classic Tomato Soup


  Great cocktails are a must at any cocktail party. While you can wait a bit to serve food you should have drinks ready when your first guest walks through the door. People are immediately occupied and start mingling. My favorite way to serve drinks at a party is to offer […]

A Signature Drink Holiday Cocktail Bar


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Nothing says Hanukkah like the smell of latkes frying in the kitchen.  I like to make them all year round but it is a must for Hanukkah.   4 cups grated raw potatoes (about 8 medium sized potatoes, I like yukon gold) 4 tablespoons grated onion 1 medium grated carrot 1 […]

Potato Pancakes (Latkes)



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This Thanksgiving Feast dessert is so easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser!     Chocolate Pastry Crust 1 cup flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa 1/2 cup cold butter 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Pecan Tart Filling 3 eggs 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 […]

Chocolate Pecan Tart


This is my husband’s favorite soup. I love to make it this time of year. Perfect for entertaining, serving as a starter course for Thanksgiving, or to just have wearing your pjs on a cold, rainy Fall afternoon. My Ginger Squash Soup is full of Fall flavor and the colors […]

Ginger Squash Soup


As soon as September begins this is my go-to dessert. I love to serve it for family gatherings and holidays. The perfect Fall dessert that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Easy and delicious and looks like you purchased it at a French pastry shop!!     Crust   […]

Apple Tart



  I have 2 apple trees in my yard that I planted to honor my beloved first chocolate lab, Ralph.   Ralph loved to eat apples — core and all.     We invited friends over for a apple picking party and filled many baskets with the delicious fruit. I […]

Apple Butter


  At this point in the summer I recommend you get your hands on all the wonderful fruits you can like blueberries, strawberries and peaches. With them you can start to make different recipes that you may store away like jams or freeze for another time like pies, and popsicles. […]

Summer Fruit Popsicles


  During a visit to a local orchard I picked some delicious peaches not to mention some other seasonal goodies. This year in Connecticut the peaches have been a little smaller than usual because of little rain but they’re still so delicious, especially in this easy crowd pleasing crumble.   […]

Peach Crumble



  Nothing like enjoying the sweet fruits of the summer season.  I have combined my two favorite desserts into one: cheesecake and frozen yogurt. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese 2 cups mangoes cut into cubes 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/3 cup milk 1/4 […]

Mango Cheesecake Popsicles


  I am always trying to find a simple dish to make during the busy school week that my kids will eat and won’t break the bank. This easy recipe takes little time and pleases everyone in the family. meatballs                      […]

Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs


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  2 cups pitted kalamata olives 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped 1 tablespoon Honeycup® Mustard salt and pepper to taste cream cheese (optional)     In food processor blend olives until chopped up. Add garlic, parsley, butter, onion […]

Black Olive Spread



  3 cups all purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1 cup peanut butter 1 1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream 1 cup favorite jam     Preheat oven to 350 […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches


  This salsa reminds me of summer. I make it all the time. It’s perfect with grilled chicken or salmon or you can just eat it with some great chips. You can switch out the mangos for pineapple for another yummy sweet taste of summer.     2 fresh mangos 1/2 jalapeño pepper, […]

Mango Salsa


  When my eldest son was little I was part of a fantastic play group. I am not sure if the play group was for the kids or the mommies but it was a great way to spend time with friends, both young and young-at-heart. Each week a different person would host […]

Mimi’s Poppy Seed Dressing



  2 to 3 lbs. flank steak 1/3 cup Honeycup® Mustard 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped 1 cup teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup rice cooking wine or red wine, or red wine vinegar freshly ground black pepper     Put flank steak in pyrex dish. Spread […]

Flank Steak with Asian Flavors


  This recipe combines some of my favorite things, Oreo cookies and cookie dough. The dough will work with almost anything from chocolate chips, peanut butter cups or m&m’s but you have to first try Oreos! 2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 1 […]

Oreo Chunk Cookies


  1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 salt 2 cups m&m’s     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, […]

M&M Bars