Tag: Desserts

Regina Merrick’s Pineapple Dream Cake

Regina Merrick’s Pineapple Dream Cake

See the recipe below for Featured Author Regina Merrick’s Pineapple Dream Cake. Regina Rudd Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed 

Black Currant Tea Biscuits

Black Currant Tea Biscuits

A few years ago I was obsessed with English teas. You see, my daughters and I hosted a Traditional English Tea Bridal Shower for our youngest daughter, and in our quest to find recipes, we baked and tasted lots of tea cookies–including Black Currant Tea 

Susan Miura’s Amaretti Cookies

Susan Miura’s Amaretti Cookies

Susan Miura's Amaretti CookiesSusan Miura’s Amaretti Cookies

Faith, family, and a passion for nature, writing, and photography nurture Featured Author Susan Miura’s soul. She loves to visit the world’s amazing places and has a travel bucket list that includes the Northern Lights, sunsets anywhere, Jamaica’s Luminous Lagoon, and basically anything that glows.

Her background includes several years as a newspaper and television reporter in the Chicago suburbs and Albuquerque before switching to public relations. Susan is the author of three young adult novels: Healer (2018), Shards of Light (just released), and Show Me a Sign (2014). Her poetry and wildlife photos are featured in her children’s book, Pawprints in the Snow: How God Protects Animals from the Cold (2017), and she has short stories published in three anthologies. Susan is president of the American Christian Fiction Writers Chicago Chapter and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Learn more about Susan HERE.

Susan’s Latest Book Release: Shards of Light (Book 2 in the Healer series)

Ice crystalizes around Shilo’s heart, threatening to plunge her into darkness as she’s gripped by evil. And it is only Week Two of her summer-long exile to
Sicily. But Shilo will face the evil, and the torment of missing Kenji, because
the reason she crossed an ocean is worth that and more.  Becoming a Healer has already led to danger and heartache, but it is nothing compared to what lies ahead. High on Mt. Etna, in a centuries-old convent, Shilo will unravel the mysteries of her healing power, discover the horrors of human trafficking, witness heroic feats propelled by courage and faith, and suffer the unbearable pain of another loss.

On a ballet stage halfway around the world, Melody grand jetés into a life-changing moment. But after years of strenuous preparation, something goes terribly wrong. When she regains consciousness, her ballet dreams lie shattered, piercing Melody with shards of hopelessness. What is life without ballet? And how will she survive this ordeal without Shilo? As Melody struggles to piece together the fragments of her broken life, she reflects on the Nigerian-Russian parents she never knew, and a pair of hauntingly familiar ebony eyes. 

Three Ingredients for Susan Miura’s Amaretti Cookies

  • castor sugar (superfine sugar)
  • large egg whites
  • almond paste

Instructions to Make This Recipe

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. This is important, as these cookies will stick to the pan without parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place sugar and almond paste into mixing bowl and crumble together with your fingers, then use a mixer to finish combining. Add egg whites in two batches and continue mixing until batter is smooth: 3 to 4 minutes.

Use a tablespoon or piping bag to mound batter onto cookie sheet, about two inches apart. At this point, you can place them in the oven “as is” or choose to add a little color or texture with sprinkles, colored sugar, sliced or slivered almonds or pecans, or unsweetened coconut.

These cookies are already very sweet, so if you add a sweet topping, do it sparingly. Bake for 13 -15 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing. A metal spatula works best.

Place on rack to finish cooling before storing in an airtight container. 

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Susan Miura's Amaretti Cookies

Susan Miura's Amaretti Cookies

October is Italian Heritage month, and these soft, chewy Italian cookies represent my Sicilian heritage and are among my top favorite desserts. They are also one of the foods mentioned in Shards of Light, which is partly set in Sicily. They may appear plain, but they explode with almond flavor and have a fantastic texture. You’ll be amazed at what can result from just three ingredients.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Almond Paste, Cookies, Egg Whites
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen

Equipment

Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup castor sugar superfine sugar*
  • 2 whole large egg whites
  • 8 oz. can or 7 oz. tube almond paste (DO NOT use almond filling, which is very different.)

Instructions

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. This is important, as these cookies will stick to the pan without parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place sugar and almond paste into mixing bowl and crumble together with your fingers, then use a mixer to finish combining. Add egg whites in two batches and continue mixing until batter is smooth: 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Use a tablespoon or piping bag to mound batter onto cookie sheet, about two inches apart. At this point, you can place them in the oven “as is” or choose to add a little color or texture with sprinkles, colored sugar, sliced or slivered almonds or pecans, or unsweetened coconut. These cookies are already very sweet, so if you add a sweet topping, do it sparingly. Bake for 13 -15 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing. A metal spatula works best. Place on rack to finish cooling before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

*Caster, or superfine sugar, is just smaller granules of regular sugar. You can buy it at most grocery stores or easily make it by pulsing regular granulated sugar in your blender or Magic Bullet. Be careful not to go too long or you’ll have powdered sugar.
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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Every fall my dad picks apples to make cider in his fruit press. He loves doing this, and he also loves to share the cider that he makes. Which means I’m always looking for new ways to use the cider! These Baked Apple Cider Donuts 

English Tea Bridal Shower

English Tea Bridal Shower

A few years ago, our daughters and I hosted an English Tea Bridal Shower for our youngest daughter. It was such a fun experience, we still smile and giggle about it to this day. For months, we studied traditional English Teas, decorations, and recipes and 

Comfort Food Menu Ideas

Comfort Food Menu Ideas

January can sometimes be a hard month to get through. The holidays are over, it’s usually cold, there’s sickness in the air, etc. Below are some Comfort Food Menu Ideas sure to comfort you when you need it most. 

Comfort food means many things to many people. When asked what a person’s favorite comfort food is, he might respond with spaghetti and meatballs, Mexican food, or maybe even hamburgers.

For me, comfort food means a dish that simmers on the stove for many hours, or a recipe that includes mashed potatoes and gravy. Something that is warm, creamy, and possibly that involves egg noodles.

But it also includes hearty breads and delicious desserts–maybe those that are chocolate.

 

My Favorite Comfort Food Menu Ideas – Main Dishes

Beef Dishes

Lets begin with my favorite beef dishes. This might be a beef roast or simply ground beef, but always slow cooked or roasted. Simple, savory, and so good.

 

Roast Beef and Noodles is a favorite dish I like to make in the fall and winter. There are few things better than to walk in from the cold to the savory scent of roast beef cooking on the stove.

Roast Beef and Noodles
There are few things better than to walk in from the cold to the savory scent of Roast Beef and Noodles cooking on the stove. I love Dutch Oven Cooking, and this is Comfort Food Deluxe. From the tender roast beef to the toothy, flavorful egg noodles and gravy poured over mashed potatoes.
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Recipe for Roast Beef and Noodles

 

 

You can’t get more down-home cooking than Chicken Fried Steak. Perfect for hearty, Meat-and-Potato food lovers. Comfort food deluxe!

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy
Here's a down-home recipe for all you hearty eaters. Comfort food deluxe!
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Recipe for Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

 

 

Here’s my take on Ragu Bolognese with Homemade Pappardelle. This dish simmers on the stove for hours, cooking down to a dense, flavor intense sauce, that’s simply wonderful. Comfort Food, Italian-style.

Ragu Bolognese with Homemade Pappardelle
I love trying new recipes especially classic Italian and French dishes. Here's my take on Ragu Bolognese with Homemade Pappardelle. This dish simmers on the stove for hours, cooking down to a dense, flavor-intense sauce, that's simply wonderful. Comfort Food, Italian-style.
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The secret to making a Savory Pot Roast with Vegetables is searing in the juices at the very beginning. Once that’s done, let is simmer slowly on the stove. Then use the yummy juices to season the vegetables for roasting in the oven. So good.

Savory Pot Roast with Vegetables
The secret to making a Savory Pot Roast is searing in the juices at the very beginning. Once that's done, let is simmer slowly on the stove. Then use the yummy juices to season the vegetables for roasting in the oven. So good. 
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Recipe for Savory Pot Roast with Vegetables - Comfort Food Menu Ideas

 

 

This easy Salisbury Steak and Gravy recipe is a wonderful meal to serve your family when you’re in need of some quick comfort food.

Salisbury Steak and Gravy
Make your own easy steaks with ground burger and cover it in a delicious mushroom gravy.
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Recipe for Salisbury Steak and Gravy

 

 

Here’s a good old-fashioned recipe for Sunday Meatloaf, with saltine crackers to make it moist and a catsup glaze that is probably my favorite part.

Sunday Meatloaf
Here's a good old-fashioned recipe for Sunday Meatloaf, with saltine crackers to make it moist and a catsup glaze that is probably my favorite part. I've been making this recipe for years. Ever since my husband and I married, which is now over 30 years.
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Recipe for Sunday Meatloaf

 

I made Swiss Steak for the first time in my first year of marriage. As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. So, as a new bride, I was always looking for recipes to make him smile.

Swiss Steak
Here's an old-fashioned recipe that will have your taste buds tingling.
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Recipe for Swiss Steak

 

Chicken Dishes

Next we’ll turn to some of my favorite chicken dishes. This could be a whole chicken, chicken thighs or maybe chicken breasts. Again, these are slow cooked and served with potatoes or other vegetables. Yum!

 

I enjoy making Chicken Pot Pie during cooler weather. Our family loves it. Perfect Comfort Food. Tender, flaky crust. Juicy chunks of chicken. Potatoes, carrots, and peas in a succulent gravy. So good.

Chicken Pot Pie
I enjoy making Chicken Pot Pie when days turn cold. Our family loves it. Perfect Comfort Food. Tender, flaky crust. Juicy chunks of chicken. Potatoes, carrots, and peas in a succulent gravy. So good.
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Recipe for Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

Serve Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes when you’re in need of comfort. Serious. Comfort. Food.

Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes
Serve Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes when you're in need of comfort. Serious. Comfort. Food. Stewed Chicken in a Pot of Soothing Homemade Broth. Carrots. Celery. Onion. Herbs and Seasonings. Thickened with Tender Egg Noodles. Butter and Milk. Ladled over Mounds of Creamy Potatoes.
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Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

 

 

Some nights I just want something creamy and easy for supper. This Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe hits the spot with butter, garlic, and heavy cream, plus Parmesan cheese. So, yummy. And perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Creamy Garlic Chicken
Some nights I just want something creamy and easy for supper. This Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe hits the spot with butter, garlic, and heavy cream, plus Parmesan cheese. So, yummy.
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Recipe for Creamy Garlic Chicken

 

Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken with Vegetables is a delicious recipe to make for your family for Sunday dinner or special occasion. Prepare the chicken the night before, then bake for a juicy, rich, and oh so yummy dinner! The seasoned root vegetables are roasted to tenderness and are the perfect accompaniment to the molasses-brined chicken.

Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken with Vegetables
Here's a delicious recipe to make when you have company or for special occasions.
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Recipe for Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

 

 

Comfort Food – Bread

Harvest Grain Sandwich Loaf uses Harvest Grains Blend which I love to add to whole wheat bread recipes. It stays soft and makes perfect breakfast toast or sandwich bread.

Harvest Grain Sandwich Loaf
This Harvest Grain Sandwich Loaf uses King Arthur's Harvest Grains Blend which I love to add to my whole wheat bread recipes. It stays soft and makes perfect breakfast toast or sandwich bread.
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Recipe for Harvest Grain Loaf

 

Ranch Loaves are a favorite at our house. They are incredibly tasty and a perfect fit for chicken, beef, or pork dinners. Even sliced with a piece of cheese or slathered with butter makes a great snack.

Ranch Loaves
This recipe is one of our favorite breads. It won a purple ribbon at the county fair.
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Recipe for Ranch Loaves

 

Oat Rolls are one of our family favorites! They are easy to make and so delicious. Soft, tender, with oatmeal goodness that turns it into a slightly sweet, hearty bread.

Oat Rolls
Oat Rolls are one of our family favorites! They are easy to make and so delicious. Soft, tender, with oatmeal goodness that turns it into a slightly sweet, hearty bread.
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Recipe for Oat Rolls

 

Once you try this recipe for Country Biscuits, you may never go back to store bought canned or frozen. All three of our daughters have made these biscuits for the county fair and received purple ribbons.

Country Biscuits
Once you try this recipe, you may never go back to canned biscuits. All three of my daughters have made these biscuits for the county fair and received purple ribbons.
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Country Biscuits

 

We love this Tangy Sourdough Bread and make it every week! It makes two loaves, so I’ll either freeze one for later in the week or take it to our weekly potluck at church, or give a loaf to family or friends.

Tangy Sourdough Bread
Here's a sourdough recipe we adore and make every week. This bread is delicious with butter, makes wonderful Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or use it to make your own Sourdough Croutons.
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Sourdough Recipes - Tangy Sourdough Bread

 

These Cinnamon Rolls are so delightful, I’m sure you will enjoy them and make them time-and-time again. Pillowy-soft dough that practically melts in your mouth. Cream Cheese Icing. Filled with buttery brown sugar and cinnamon. Pecans and Raisins.

Cinnamon Rolls
Here's a delicious recipe that makes the most delightful dough.
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Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls - Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

 

Comfort Food – Desserts

 

Coconut Cream Pie is my husband’s favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue. I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes.

 

Coconut Cream Pie
Here's a delightful recipe for my husband's favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue. I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes.
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Recipe for Coconut Cream Pie

 

This Chocolate Applesauce Cake recipe comes from my Grandma Swiler, and is a family favorite.

Chocolate Applesauce Cake
This recipe comes from my Grandma Swiler, and is a family favorite. Enjoy!
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Every now and then, I get a hankering for a Moist Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Here’s one you can make homemade from scratch. And homemade is always better!

Moist Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Every now and then, I get a hankering for a moist buttery cake. Here's one you can make from scratch!
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Recipe for Moist Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting

 

Make this delicious Vanilla Pound Cake recipe this winter. The sugar topping sends this cake right over the top!

Vanilla Pound Cake
Make this delicious Vanilla Pound Cake recipe during this year’s Holiday Season--or any time, really. The sugar topping sends this cake right over the top! 
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Recipe for Vanilla Pound Cake - Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan

 

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