Pumpkin Spice Cookies

As weather cools and days get shorter, leaves turn, and pumpkin weather abounds, it’s time for fall comforts in our kitchen, and in our bellies. The fragrance of nutmegs and cinnamon, and all things pumpkin baking in the oven can practically be tasted in the air. My cozy Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a fall treat…

Summertime Peach Bars

Fresh peaches are one of summer’s many delights. From golden sunlit fields of sweet corn to colorful floral blooms, to vine ripened veggies and fresh summer fruits, peaches are right up there on the list of seasonal favorites from summer’s coveted bounty. Peach bars are a fantastic way to enjoy this sweet fruit at its…

Vanilla Cream Cake

My Vanilla Cream Cake makes for a lovely dessert for special occasions or, just because. You will want to serve this cake for holidays, Mother’s Day, and for many other celebrations. The vanilla flavoring makes this a versatile cake. My three favorite ways to frost or top this cake is with a cream cheese vanilla…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can honestly say I’ve never tasted nor made a horrible chocolate chip cookie. And I’ve tasted many a cookies and have made quite a few homemade cookies from scratch. When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, there are so many recipe variations and preferences. I’ve had many that are crispy or crunchy, or more…

Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

The sweet smell of fresh, hot cinnamon rolls is so inviting. Having one of these soft, gooey, sticky buns filled with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting is one of life’s little simple indulgences, like a luxurious scented candle, an afternoon cat nap, or a refreshing shower after a…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Are you ready to take your chocolate chip cookie game to the next level? These little treats are special for a few reasons. The brown butter for one, gives these cookies an aromatic and lovely nutty, toasty flavoring, the cocoa gives them their beautiful golden brown coloring, and instead of chips, we use Hershey Milk…

Crowd Pleasing Flank Steak

Flank steak can be absolutely delicious and worthy of rave reviews. Sure, the classic steak cuts are easier to throw on the grill and to pan sear in no time, but with a little patience and some proper preparation, flank steak can be crowd pleasing with a tender juiciness that’s bursting with flavor. I can’t…

Caprese Pasta Salad

One of my favorite summer salads is a simple caprese salad. A little tomato, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, topped off with EVOO, baslamic vinegar, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, is a refreshing precursor to any main entree. But, why not allow it to accompany the actual entree or main feature? By combining this…

Creamy Bacon Dijon Chicken

Chicken in a creamy bacon, honey Dijon and Parmesan sauce, anyone? I know, sometimes it can feel like we’re running out of ideas for chicken. Look no more. This little sauce combo is savory and delicious. The flavors will melt in your mouth. The kitchen will smell amazing. How could it not with butter, bacon,…

Lemon Pie Bars

If you’re a lemon lover, you’re going to love these lemon pie bars. It’s not your typical cake-like lemon bar, it’s more custard-style, very similar to a key lime pie. It’s made with a graham cracker crust and topped with fresh homemade whipped creme. These little dessert bars are going to go a long way…

Mindi’s Favorite Ravioli

It’s a wonderful feeling when you feed your family food that brings a smile to their face and complete satisfaction to their taste buds and bellies. Homemade ravioli is one of those dishes in our house. This is a great dish to serve all year round. I’m excited to share with you this ravioli recipe….

It All Began With a Simple Bagel

Never did I anticipate a pandemic like COVID-19 in 2020. I started out the year as I always do with optimism and hope. We were fortunate to have taken some great trips mid-winter to sunnier, warmer, and more exotic places compared to cold and wintery, Columbus, Ohio. It was shortly after returning home from India…

Apple Peach Crisp

I love a good apple crisp. It’s one of those desserts that tastes delightful year round. Yet something about using fresh apples from fall apple picking season to make an apple crisp, just feels like tradition. Don’t get me wrong, apple pie is delicious and so good. But apple crisp is faster, easier, and I…

Asian Fusion Noodles

This little entree is a simple, comforting and delicious meal made from an inspired fusion of east, west, Thai, and East Asian influences. To keep things simple, we use boxed linguine noodles as the basis for this dish, and some sweet ground pork and chicken breast. The sauce combines some of my favorite Asian flavors,…