Recipe :: Mango Rhubarb Cobbler


Rhubarb and mangos are both at their peak, so I combined them to make this sweet and tart cobbler.  Serve it for dessert at a backyard BBQ.  It's easy to transport if you make the biscuits ahead of time, prep the fruit, and bake it at your destination while dinner is cooking. The recipe for the biscuit topping is inspired by Mesa Grill's … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies


I have several cookie recipes in my holiday-recipe arsenal that never disappoint and Martha Stewart's Molasses-Spice Cookies are near the top of the list.  They are moist and chewy and have tons of flavor.  I like to make them into mini cookies (makes 64 mini cookies) using a small spring loaded scoop.    Click here for the recipe:  … [Read more...]

Stylish Secret :: Dress Up Your Chairs for Christmas

Holiday Table

Who says you have to be at a formal event to have a beautifully decorated table?  This holiday season, dress up your tablescape with inexpensive slip covers and festive ribbon sashes for your chairs.  Using a 4" thick satin ribbon, some clippings from your tree and a pine cone (faux snow frosting spray paint optional), you can make your own chairs … [Read more...]

DIY :: Mini Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece


Creating a centerpiece for a fall dinner is as easy as picking up a bag of mini pumpkins at the grocery store or farmer's market. These adorable miniature pumpkins - the most common are Jack-Be-Little or Baby Boo - are inexpensive and hearty enough to last for weeks. Place the pumpkins on a simple cake stand or platter and pile them high. Tuck … [Read more...]

Friday Find :: Autumn Mini Pastry/ Cookie Cutters {Crate & Barrel}


Fall is the time for all-American pie.  Even if you aren't crazy about pastry and weaving crusts, you can still make beautiful pies by using mini autumn pastry/cookie cutters to adorn your crust.  This set, Autumn Mini Cutters from Crate and Barrel (currently on sale for $3.95), includes three leaf shapes, an acorn, a pumpkin, a turkey and an … [Read more...]

Menu :: Make-ahead Spring Brunch


Check out my April 2010 column on The Family Groove for a make-ahead spring brunch menu. … [Read more...]