Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Yes, Pineapple Upside Down Cake sounds unbelievably dated and cheesy.  But in fact it's quite delicious and addicting. I have yet to make this dessert for someone and they not exclaim how much they enjoy it. The combination of tart pineapple with sweet caramel placed on top of a buttermilk cake…

Shredded Beef Sandwich

Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Shredded Beef Sandwiches Oh how I love these shredded beef sandwiches. Inspired by Ree Drummond's drip beef sandwiches, they are truly one of the easiest and most satisfying meals. You may think that adding an entire jar of pepperonis would make the beef spicy, but it doesn't. The cooking process takes all of the heat…

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake

Creme Fraiche Cheesecake I've got to admit I'm not the biggest fan of cheesecake. Often it's overly sweet and a bit too rich. But after making this cheesecake, I was sold. It's tangy, perfectly sweet, and much smaller than the traditional Cheesecake Factory size piece, making it less of a gut bomb. It's also quite…

Coffee Cake

The Best Coffee Cake

I recently bought Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery cookbook. While it's full of delicious looking treats, the one that caught my eye was the coffee cake. I was intrigued with the use of creme fraiche. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Here's my adapted recipe.  It tastes just as good (if not better) and…

Sausages and Grapes

Sausages and Grapes

Sausages and grapes you ask? Why yes! It may sound like a strange combination but it's 100% completely, unbelievably delicious.  The sweet and salty combo is truly addicting. Finished off with a red wine and balsamic sauce makes it the perfect dish to eat with toasted garlic bread. Another reason I love this dish is…

The Best Tomato Sauce

The Best Tomato Sauce I have officially made the best tomato sauce.  It is ridiculously simple and ridiculously tasty.  I adapted the recipe from Smitten Kitchen by adding a parmesan rind, cayenne, and sugar.  But if you would rather keep it even simpler, the additions are optional. You may question how a dish with such…

The Best Holiday Desserts

The Best Holiday Desserts Here's my list of the best holiday desserts.  Everything from cookies to pie, you will not be disappointed. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Nothing says the holidays more than pumpkin.  These cookies are easy to make, moist, and so tasty it is impossible to eat only one. Apple, Pear, and Dried Cherry…

Almond and Raspberry Thumbprints

Almond and Raspberry Jam Thumbprints

Almond and Raspberry Jam Thumbprints I grew up eating thumbprint cookies and could devour an entire plate in a day.  Being sentimental, I recreated the cookies of my childhood but with a few 'Leslie' changes: the addition of almond flour and almond extract.  The almond flavoring goes beautifully with the fruity jam and is a…