Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

In a few short weeks, we’ll be leaving home for the summer to escape the Florida heat, humidity, and hurricane season, so I was taking inventory of perishables in the refrigerator and pantry to use up before we leave.   The refrigerator cheese drawer held a pound and a half of cream cheese that provided the perfect excuse to make cheesecake, but in the Tampa/St Pete area we’ve already been having record-shattering temps in the high 90s, therefore I had no desire to turn on the oven.  I decided that making rich and easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake  Continue reading “Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake”

Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake

We love bananas at our house, but it seems like there are always one or two (or three) that are forgotten behind a loaf of bread or a bag of tortilla chips and they end up all brown and squishy.  When I found two large ones in that sad state I thought about making strawberry banana walnut bread, Continue reading “Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake”

Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

On the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I just got home on Wednesday from my bucket-list trip to France and it was fabulous!  I went with our three youngest daughters (Joe and our oldest daughter couldn’t make it).  I’ve wanted to visit France since I was nine years old and–except for the rain and 50°F temps–the trip was everything I hoped it would be. Continue reading “Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!”

Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This year we’re having Easter dinner at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, and my brother asked me to bring dessert.  After considering several possibilities, I decided to make a coconut cake. Continue reading “Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting”

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Crunchy Toffee Crust

My family will tell you that I’ll find any excuse to bake.  They may also tell you that I’m a little bit nerdy.  My nerdiness shows up in a variety of ways.  Remember π in geometry in high school; you know, Pi, 3.14, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.   Continue reading “Chocolate Pudding Pie with Crunchy Toffee Crust”

Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I make cakes.  Lots of cakes for various occasions; last month I made three birthday cakes in eight days.  I regularly make yellow cake, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, orange and walnut cake, Louisiana crunch cake, almond cake, brown sugar crumb cake, chiffon cake, apple walnut cake, Caribbean rum cake, red velvet cake, etc. etc. etc.  Notice anything missing here?  Yep, no white cake.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I made a white cake.  Weird, huh? Continue reading “Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting”

Louisiana Crunch Cake with Pecans and Coconut

As I mentioned in a previous post, I love to research and make regional recipes, but I have to admit that I also have a thing for New Orleans and Mardi Gras.  That led me to start making King Cakes (possible future post) a number of years ago and to host Mardi Gras parties for as many as eighteen people for several years.   Continue reading “Louisiana Crunch Cake with Pecans and Coconut”

Food Processor Birthday Carrot Cake

Homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is really good and it’s a favorite for birthdays in our family.  But frankly, I used to inwardly groan when anyone asked for carrot cake because it meant I had to hand shred a pound of carrots.  I will never again mind it, however, because now I make food processor birthday carrot cake. Continue reading “Food Processor Birthday Carrot Cake”

Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread

It’s February, and February not only means Valentine’s Day, but it also means that the Florida strawberry season–which runs from December through April–is in full swing.  We live about 50 miles from Plant City, “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”, but this time of year you’ll find Florida strawberries in grocery stores nearly everywhere in the USA under different brand names. Continue reading “Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread”

Easy Beach Pie

I love discovering regional and/or vintage recipes so when I recently read about a pie that was once served at many restaurants along North Carolina’s Atlantic coast, I started researching its history. If you’re dreaming of hot sun, blue water, white sandy beaches, and palm trees, this recipe for easy beach pie is just what you need—without packing a suitcase or waiting in a line at the airport. Continue reading “Easy Beach Pie”