Peanut Butter Pie

A friend at work recently requested a peanut butter pie for his birthday (We both work at the company that just happens to make Jif peanut butter). I borrowed inspiration from the original Jif recipe, and added some premium upgrades. The original recipe calls for a pre-made chocolate pie crust and frozen whipped topping. I made a crust with chocolate graham crackers and made real … Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie

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Grandma’s Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

You never know exactly what the outcome will be when you grab an old recipe card and just go with it. I have mentioned in previous posts that older recipes often leave out many specific details. This is usually for one of two reasons: a) they were just jotting down notes for themselves and they only captured enough details to remember key ingredients/steps because they … Continue reading Grandma’s Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Scratch Brownies with Grandma’s Milky Way Frosting

While working my way through grandma’s recipe box I found not one, but two copies of a recipe for Milky Way frosting. They are nearly identical, the only difference being one called for milk while the other called for evaporated milk. When I find two copies of a recipe I have to believe she liked it. It sounded really good (it has a melted candy bar in it), I just needed to come up with something to frost.

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Marshmallow Madness Crispy Rice Treats

It is hard to improve on a classic family treat, but this recipe is even better than the ones you had as a kid. How, you might ask, is that possible? More marshmallows. Freeze dried mini marshmallows (like you find in some breakfast cereals) add a fun pop of color and a little more deliciousness to this recipe. Store any uneaten treats in an airtight … Continue reading Marshmallow Madness Crispy Rice Treats

Saturday Morning Stuffed Strawberry Waffles

Many recipes are good, some are great and a precious few are epic. I put this recipe on the epic list for several reasons: it is out of this world good, it is easier to make than it looks and the fruit sauce alone is a recipe every cook should have as a secret weapon in the kitchen. The filling is a good recipe to … Continue reading Saturday Morning Stuffed Strawberry Waffles

Stress Free Italian Inspired Dinner Party

I am not Martha Stewart, and if you are reading this I’m guessing neither are you (Martha, if it is you, I love what you do but I don’t have the time, energy or budget to be you). For those of us lesser humans, the thought of throwing a dinner party can be stressful. I want a casual evening surrounded by great friends, good food … Continue reading Stress Free Italian Inspired Dinner Party

Mascarpone Budino with Marsala & Berries

The name is certainly impressive, and the flavor is amazing, but there is no actual cooking required for this recipe. An excellent dessert for any meal, or a nice snack for a summer party. If you are not familiar with mascarpone cheese, you are missing out. It is a soft, mildly sweet Italian cheese frequently used in pastries and desserts. **Note – you really need … Continue reading Mascarpone Budino with Marsala & Berries

Grandma Harp’s No Bake “Cheesecake”

OK, this is not a traditional cheesecake. If you are a purist, just keep on scrolling and move past this one. If however, you want to try something unique that will be the hit of any special occasion, keep reading. This is light, sweet, fluffy, and well – delicious. I endeavor to post recipes that don’t require any special equipment or impossible to find ingredients. … Continue reading Grandma Harp’s No Bake “Cheesecake”