Category Dessert

Grilled Watermelon

I wandered by the break room and the chef from the Food Network was pulling these watermelon slices out of a grill pan. It got my attention because I typically think of watermelon as cold and sweet.  Ingredients /2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt (specialty salt is great […]

Fresh Strawberry Granita

I’ve been hitting the Iowa City Farmer’s Markets on the weekends. Half of my money goes to food to cook later while the other half goes to food I eat on the spot. Thankfully this recipe requires a little time. But once the berries hit the market this moves to the top of my list.  […]

Maylasian Sweet Potato Doughnut

I guess if sweet potatoes are the main ingredient that makes these healthy doughnuts? Even if they are deep-fried? Yield : 6 medium doughnuts Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of steamed, completely cooled and mashed sweet potatoes ( I used slightly more than 1 1/2) About 3/4 cup of plain flour or less 1/2 tsp salt […]

Brown Sugar Bacon

I kick off my first post in a while with an entry from Paula Deen. Instead of butter we’re worshiping at the altar of Paula’s other favorite ingredient…bacon. What I like the most about this recipe is the chili powder. A touch of salt with a wallop. I can’t wait to pop this into the […]

Chocolate-Glazed Cupcakes

O.k….one more cupcake recipe tonight. And once again from the folks at The Food Network. They included this recipe as part of their Easter dessert idea email. I like this recipe for just about any season, event or dinner. Plus if you don’t want to make a big birthday cake this will do. Ingredients 1 […]

Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes

I have to admit I’m not a fan of making cupcakes. I can never seem to get them right. If it wasn’t for baking cups I would burn every attempt at cupcakes to the bottom of my pan.   However, the picture the Food Network provided with this recipe has me tempted to try one […]

Spiced Coffee

The recipe below is for those days where you might want the flavor of a latte or mocha without all of the heavy milk or cream. It also works well if you have some plain robust beans that are unflavored and you are in the mood for some flavored coffee.  Be careful as the chocolate […]

Rusty’s Peppermint Patty Brownies

Rusty Banker was our church’s patron Saint of Good Eating. He would throw a tea party in the park every year to honor the Queen’s birthday. He played St. Nicholas at the church’s annual Cocoa and Carols event a week or two before Christmas. When the Youth Group went caroling the last stop was the […]

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

I tried to impress my wife by telling her about the divine treat I had planned for dessert.  My coolness quickly faded when I learned that my French is horrible and I was mispronouncing the name of this decadence. Serves 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup whole milk 2 large egg yolks 1/2 cup […]

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

This not only screams Valentine’s Day it also yelps a little on the decadence front. I went through several recipes and found that both recipes for the cakes and the toppings didn’t always appeal to me. So in this post I’ve combined two recipes. You’ll find links at the bottom to both and a third. […]