With strawberry season in full swing, this cake is a great way to use some of them in a delicious dessert that everyone will love.  It’s filled with naturally strawberry flavored buttercream frosting and chunks of fresh strawberries. It sure does make a pretty addition to the table at summer barbecues and picnics. I’ve used a chocolate sponge cake in...

This Coca Cola barbecue sauce has a distinctive flavor that comes from concentrating the cola flavor in the simmering process. I first had something similar a few years back in a couple of versions. One was a glaze that I thought was just too intensely flavored. I tried a Coca Cola BBQ sauce at a diner during a southern road trip and liked that much, much better....

I have to admit that I am mostly a burger purist. I do not like a burger with a lot of filler like bread or cracker crumbs. I’ve always preferred a simply seasoned, lean, grilled, pure beef burger that leaves the natural flavor of the beef front and center. I like to vary the condiments and toppings to that natural burger to create different flavor combinations...

I first heard of blueberry buckle in a restaurant in Maine many years ago while on vacation. Acting like a typical tourist, I asked where the name originated but the server seemed to have no idea. “That’s what we’ve always called it”, was her only response. It’s hard to argue with that especially when references to “buckle”...

Doesn’t this No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Tart just say summer barbecue dessert?  Summertime desserts can be a challenge because , let’s face it, in the blistering heat of a summer day folks are pretty reluctant to turn on the oven. The solution, a creamy no bake white chocolate cheesecake tart that you can serve with whatever the best of the summertime...

Asian Spice Brined Roast Chicken – Sunday dinner is still a big deal in our family and what better for the occasion than a perfectly roasted chicken? Isn’t this one a beauty? To tell the truth, besides the fact that brining poultry adds deep seasoned flavor and ensures succulent , juicy meat, I also love the way that it allows for an evenly cooked skin....

Mini Black Forest Cheesecakes – Eating well is not all about sacrifice. Indulgence is not a bad thing; it’s overindulgence that gets you into trouble. At only about 200 calories each, these beautifully enticing little Black Forest Cheesecakes are the perfect balance of portion control and luscious indulgence. The entire batch of 12 uses only a single...

Warm Kale Salad with Lemon & Honey – I don’t think our family is much different than many when it comes to getting all the green veggies we could; okay, that mostly applies to me. I do actually like most green vegetables when they are raw especially, but I cannot bear them if they are overcooked. Overcooking anything green brings out the natural...

Cherry muffins for brunch today? I’m always excited to see fresh, dark, sweet cherries in the produce section at the supermarket, especially when they are on sale; bonus! It’s hard to grow good cherries this far in the northeast but a couple of friends have  supplied me with some small sweet cherries from their ever fruitful trees on occasion. I usually...

My sister was visiting from Alberta last week  with her two boys and was coming for dinner so I decided an appetizer was in order for the occasion and these Italian sausage rolls were just the ticket. I have been working on some new sausage recipes; it has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately, especially with the summer weather allowing me to use the backyard...