Archive | November, 2011

“Vintage” Lollipops

30 Nov

I came across these gorgeous old-fashioned lollipops on Etsy and had to share them! Wouldn’t they make a great party favor or stocking stuffer? I’m also imagining a colorful candy buffet at a holiday party. You could display them upright by pressing the sticks into a block of foam…
Click on each photo to visit the Vintage Confections Etsy shop for purchase.

All photos by Vintage Confections on Etsy.


Homemade Granola Day!

28 Nov

Making granola has become a monthly happening in this house. It’s gone from something I made just for myself, to something that everyone gobbles up. It’s the perfect snack to have sitting around. If you’ve never made granola before, I implore you to try it. It’s so easy and SO MUCH better than the stuff you buy in the store. My recipe is based on one Mark Bittman did for the New York Times awhile back. It’s a great basic recipe, and over time yours, like mine, will become uniquely your own. Continue reading

Marmalade-Bourbon Cheesecake Tart

23 Nov

Here’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert–easy, yet unexpected, but familiar enough that it will fit right in with any menu. I admit that I’m usually not the biggest fan of cheesecake. I mean it’s fine, but I’d rather have just cheese, or just cake–not necessarily a combination of the two! This tart works well even for me, though. There’s a thick chocolate-cookie crust with only a thin layer of rich, not-too-sweet cheesecake filling. The glaze on top is made from prepared orange marmalade and a nice dose of bourbon, which is reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, but much, much subtler. In fact, if you serve drinks after your Thanksgiving meal, a little glass of neat bourbon or an Old Fashioned would be perfect with this. Sure to impress! Did I mention it’s super easy, too? Read on for the recipe: Continue reading

Milk-Chocolate Pudding Pie with Pretzel Crust

19 Nov

Yes, those are pretzels on top of that pie–and the crust is made from crushed pretzels, too! The filling is milk-chocolate pudding, which is super-luscious and easy to make. Salty and sweet–well, you know how good that combo is….

Recipe: Milk-Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Just a note–be sure not to let the pretzel pieces sit on top of your pie for too long. They’ll get soggy. Also, please use high-quality milk chocolate, not chocolate chips or Hershey’s bars!

I developed this recipe for

Fish Tacos with Kiwi-Avocado-Jicama Salsa

17 Nov

Wow! It’s been a long while since I posted anything. The funny thing is, I’m always cooking and always taking photos, but never seem to get the stuff up on here. In October, I finished a big batch of recipes for iVillage and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. The first is this awesomely easy take on fish tacos. The trio of ingredients for the salsa–kiwi, avocado, and jicama–provide just the right amount of sweet/tart/crunch, with a bit of creaminess from the avocado. Perfect for a healthy, weeknight dinner–and surprisingly kid friendly (at least in this house!).
You can find the recipe on the iVillage site, but I’ve also posted it below.
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