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Shoo Fly Pie

Shoo Fly Pie is a vintage molasses pie recipe that is absolutely delicious! There’s an old 1940’s song that goes: Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy Makes your eye light up, Your tummy say “Howdy.” Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pandowdy I never get enough of that wonderful stuff. A very nice gentleman who follows […]

Christmas Pudding with Hard Sauce

Our recipe for Christmas Pudding with Hard Sauce is a quicker, easier version of the classic British dessert, but with all of the spicy delicious flavor! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! My husband Jack is sharing the story behind today’s recipe for Christmas Pudding with Hard Sauce. Here is Jack in his own words: First…a word […]

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

I’m a huge fan of Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins. Actually…let me rephrase that. I’m a huge fan of any variety of English muffin – but especially the cinnamon raisin variety! There’s something about a crispy, toasted English muffin with nooks and crannies filled with melted butter. And then…the sweet surprise of raisins throughout a soft, […]

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

These easy Apple Cider Doughnut Holes take only minutes to make – and it will have your kitchen smelling like a doughnut shop! I’m definitely a purist when it comes to doughnuts – no heavy frostings or fillings for me!  Any day of the week, I’ll choose a classic doughnut that’s crunchy on the outside […]

Apple Streusel Bread

We developed this Apple Streusel Bread recipe as part of our ongoing Ambassadorship with Peapod.  All opinions are 100% mine. Hooray for apple season – especially when it means that it’s the most perfect time of the year to bake this amazing Apple Streusel Bread! Just look at this bread…and I challenge you not to […]


Last month, during our daughter’s April vacation from school, we visited New York City for the weekend with some friends.  (We talked  a little more about our trip here!)  On one of our days in the city, we ate lunch at a fantastic Mexican food truck, not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition […]

Cinnamon Chip Biscotti

Every few months or so, my husband Jack and I make a conscious effort to cook with what we have on hand in our freezer and pantry cabinets.  (If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that Jack calls these recipes “A.I.” – short for Available Ingredients!) Cooking with already available ingredients – or […]

Polish Babka

Yesterday, we shared a fancier, dessert-suitable version of a babka – but today’s Polish Babka is more in line with the kind that I remember eating on holidays at my grandmother’s house. Babka – a soft, dense cross between a cake and a bread – is traditionally baked for Easter Sunday in Poland. It has […]

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Babka

Earlier this year, I read somewhere that 2016 is ‘the year of the babka’ so we’re jumping on the bandwagon! Babka is a sweet yeast cake similar in texture to a brioche, but there are actually many different versions of babka around! Today’s recipe – a Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Babka – is more akin to […]

Lemon Almond Tea Cookies

As much as I love gooey chocolate desserts – more often than not, I tend to gravitate more towards lighter, sweet treats such as these Lemon Almond Tea Cookies. This easy recipe was another discovery we found in my mother’s old recipe box. On the recipe card, my mother wrote “1897” next to the Lemon […]

Chai Spice Mix

Yesterday, we shared a fantastic Chai Tea Smoothie recipe – made with this delicious, easy chai spice mix. Sure – you could easily buy a chai spice mix at most supermarkets these days. But chances are, you have most (if not all) of these spices already in your cabinet at home! A spice blend like […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This post was originally published on A Family Feast in November 2012.  The photos have been updated plus a few edits made to the post and recipe. PIN THIS RECIPE! Over the last few years, I’ve made this pumpkin cheesecake for our family’s Thanksgiving celebration.  It’s so delicious – I’ve actually started doubling the recipe […]

Jack’s Apple Pudding

Back when my husband Jack worked for a food service management company (quite a few years ago), his boss challenged everyone on his team to develop a recipe using leftover bread or rolls. In food service, nothing should go to waste, so the motivation behind this contest was to figure out ways to cook with […]

Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake

As much as I love apple and pumpkin recipes at this time of the year – sometimes, a simple and classic Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake is REALLY what I want baking in the oven on a cool Fall morning! Put on a pot of coffee to brew… because there really is nothing better than the […]

Blueberry Buckle

Early in my career in the Boston area, I worked with a lovely woman named Jane. One day, Jane announced that she would be bringing in some of her Blueberry Buckle the following morning. The Blueberry Buckle was originally Jane’s grandmother’s recipe, and I soon learned from my co-workers that this was considered a Very […]

Oatmeal Snickerdoodles

A few weekends ago we rented the movie, The Sound of Music, for my eight-year-old daughter. Emma had been singing the song, Do-Re-Mi around the house, and after telling her how much I had loved watching The Sound of Music as a child – I discovered that she had never seen it! So while Emma […]

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

We first made this Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread last summer when our crop of zucchini was exploding out in our garden! But thanks to the year-round availability of zucchini at the supermarket – this hearty and delicious bread can be made any time inspiration strikes! This whole wheat zucchini bread is wonderfully dense – but […]

Mexican Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

One of the most popular recipes on our site is a Hot Fudge Pudding Cake recipe that we shared after a family vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania. The recipe – with its warm gooey center and distinctively crunchy sugar top – is a long-standing classic dessert recipe originally shared by Hershey’s Kitchen. So many of our […]

Rookie Cookies

This recipe for Rookie Cookies is from my mother’s old recipe box – and like all of the older recipes we’ve been recreating from her collection – we try to research the origin or background of these old classic recipes whenever we can! So what a surprise…after doing a Google search on “Rookie Cookies,” we […]

No-Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream

After we made (and photographed) yesterday’s recipe for Mexican Bread Pudding – I got to thinking…Our No-Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream would be a perfect complement to serve alongside that fantastic bread pudding! No-Churn ice creams – like today’s cinnamon version – are super easy to make and they come out creamy and delicious and you […]

Mexican Bread Pudding

We’re finishing up the week with a perfect dessert for your Cinco de Mayo celebration – Mexican Bread Pudding! This simple-to-make recipe has incredible flavor and it’s so good, we’ll be making it year round at our house! This Mexican Bread Pudding is different from most in that it is not a custard based bread […]

Italian Zucchini Bread

Hey there… Do you mind if we share ANOTHER zucchini recipe with you this week? (I promise, it won’t be all zucchini, all the time moving forward – and this is a really good one!) If you are like us, you’ve got a ton of zucchini growing in the garden so you might be looking […]

Saigon Cinnamon Ginger Cookies

It’s not often that my husband Jack sets out to bake some cookies!  I’m usually the one that makes the desserts and other baked goods (except for breads – that is one of Jack’s specialties!).  So I was pleasantly surprised when Jack told me that he wanted to bake these Saigon Cinnamon Ginger Cookies! These […]

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

School vacation week is winding down for us today (boo!) – but we’ve had a great ‘staycation’ at home this week! Actually, my husband Jack worked all week, but my seven-year-old and I had more time to relax… sleeping in every morning, seeing a Disney on Ice show with her Daisy Girl Scout troop, as […]

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner tradition, dating all the way back to the Pilgrims who took advantage of the abundance of local, fresh cranberries in Plymouth, Massachusetts where they originally settled.  It’s a great sweet-tart complement to the other traditional foods served during Thanksgiving dinner – and a Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without […]

Apple Crisp

PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! This amazingly delicious, classic Apple Crisp recipe had been my go-to apple crisp recipe for years.  Every fall during apple-picking season, I’d pull this recipe out of a binder that I keep of old tried-and-true recipes I’ve collected, and I would bake this perfect apple crisp. And then…I lost the recipe. […]

Apple Topped Cake

  I’ll share a little secret with all of you today…up until about two weeks ago, Jack and I had been without a fully-functioning oven in our kitchen since the beginning of May! Our almost-10-year-old gas range starting acting up a few months ago – so we knew it was time to buy a new […]

Waldorf Salad

As teenagers, my sister Regina and I both tried out for our high school play – the classic musical “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter. We had to learn a number of songs and dances and, to this day, I still remember many of the lyrics from that show! One song we learned, “You’re The Top,” […]

Portuguese Rice Pudding

This recipe for Portuguese Rice Pudding is a popular dish that my husband Jack has served many, many times over the years.  It’s a sweet and creamy, vanilla-infused rice pudding and a wonderfully comforting dessert!  There’s a hint of orange in this rice pudding, as well as warm cinnamon sprinkled on top.  It’s so good! […]

Spiced Pecans

I’ve created a bit of a problem with these Spiced Pecans…my husband Jack can’t stop eating them!  These spiced pecans are so addictively delicious, he keeps snacking on them and says that they are the best pecans he’s ever had! A few months ago, we made some of these awesome Chinese fried walnuts, and since […]

Apple Pear Compote

This recipe for Apple Pear Compote is a delicious way to add some fresh fruit flavors to any meal. Our compote uses Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears and golden raisins that have been cooked in a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, vanilla and a blend of spices.  We’ve also added Calvados, a French apple brandy, […]

Grapenut Pudding with Fig Sauce

Our recipe for Grapenut Pudding with Fig Sauce is an updated version of a classic dessert that has been served at restaurants throughout New England for decades.  Many New Englanders are familiar with grapenut pudding – a rich, egg custard spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, and a soft bottom layer of grapenut ‘crust’ that forms as the custard […]

Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins

This recipe for Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins is a really delicious option for a special holiday breakfast or brunch.  A filling of sweet brown sugar, cinnamon and bourbon-soaked raisins is rolled between a light and delicious pastry.  Then, a sweet and light confectioner’s sugar glaze is poured on top of the rolls soon after […]