Strawberry Hand Tarts

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Is it time for strawberry shortcake? Or strawberry pie? Or just eating strawberries fresh, one after another? Yes to all of these, but one mark of the strawberry season for me is a batch of strawberry hand tarts.

Crescent pastry

Coffee Cake

It happens! Some days I cave and go straight to the easy way out. No, I am not always proud but hey, I am human. Yes, I went to pastry school and yes, I travelled to Paris with Julia Child and have attended more pastry school presentations than I can count. The trip to France [...]

Fresh Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Summertime conjures up so many fond memories both of activities and food. You can’t recall past summers and not remember peaches. The rosy, ripe jewels and that juice that drips from your chin to your toes. Awh, yes, when peaches are ripe and at their peak their is no better memory. My peach memory from [...]

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Merinque Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie Yes! The sun is shining and there is a brightness with the lingering daylight that definitely feeds my soul. Think Spring and think eggs, don’t you agree? Check out the facts on the difference between white shell and brown shell eggs at my article on the Kansas City Star’s Chow Town Blog. [...]

Banana Cream Pie

banana cream pie #1

Easy as pie! How many times have you heard this expression? Pie really can be very easy, very comforting, very tasty and very affordable. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If the thought of a homemade crust is more than you can bare, simply use one of the pie crusts that are premade and in the [...]

Strawberry Fields Forever


It has been a strawberry filled summer and summer hasn’t even arrived. Every year I promise myself that I will find a luscious strawberry patch, pick berries and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Sadly, years have raced by and either I couldn’t locate a strawberry picking farm or I was out of town during [...]

Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake Slice Photo

“Surviving the Holidays.” Do you ever feel that is your mantra this time of year? Too many years that is my thought—and each year I try so hard to change it to “Enjoying the Holidays!” I actually cherish holidays—and really do love the baking, decorating, cooking, family time with laughter, gift giving, worshiping, and partying—it [...]

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

  You had to see this coming….surely you read the writing on the wall. Crisp fall air, first signs of autumn, football games, and that twinge of excitement for the unfolding of all the days to come that lead to so many traditions. Yes, that’s right it was apple pie time at our home this [...]

Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

Strawberry Cobbler photo

Cobblers, simmering jewel toned fruit and syrup topped with golden brown crusts, mean comfort to me. I grew up with master peach cobbler bakers, yet thanks to a trip to New Orleans and a food find with Roxanne, I now make a strawberry cobbler each spring. It is so easy and tastes so very good. [...]

Lemon Merinque Pie


  We recently attended the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference in New York City. This is always a stellar conference jam packed with information about food and trends. Not to mention, we get to meet so many food professionals, famous and not so famous. We went in a day early to participate in [...]