Desserts

CHOCOLATE FREAKIN CAKE!

Do I feel guilty when I indulge in the most scrumptious bite of Chocolate Cake ever? Nope! Not when I make them into tiny little, harmless size, petite ‘cakettes’! “What harm could one, oh… say, two delicate little bites be”? My thoughts, exactly! Just standing over the slight sized iron […]

FAMILY REMNANTS

My niece, Lauren Upton, prepared this table. It’s her birthday party. Turning 29 on the 29th of the last days of 2019. She chose the theme for her birthday party, Middle Eastern. Why? because we are a proud remnant family of Safita Syria and everything we do and cook, when […]

WINTER FRUIT PIE

A winter pie calls for something dark, heavy in flavor and of course, a splash of booze! I have just the pie for you. It has only a touch of guilt in it while the rest is lots of dried fruits, nuts and apples, Yum! While you can use a […]

CHRISTMAS CAKE: A WINTER WONDERLAND CENTERPIECE

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Snow, Horse-drawn carriage fairytales bring a special magic to the holiday season. It brings out the little kid in all of us. And so, I couldn’t let the magic of this season pass without creating my very own Winter Wonderland Cakes, which are now the centerpiece for […]

ORANGE BLOSSOM OAT COOKIES

Cookies! Summer or Winter they are always a welcome dessert or afternoon treat with tea, coffee, or milk. What makes theseĀ cookies extra special is that they are light, airy, crisp. Yes, and they are gluten-free. Oat flour and powdered pecans are the unique ingredients here. Flavor? Ahhhhh my most favored […]

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES

POPSICLES!!! Oh My Gosh I have newly discovered them! Growing up, there was nothing like an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day. They made your lips freeze, your tongue turn colors (lots of dye:( and summer seem all the sweeter because of them. Then, the 21st century hit […]

BLUEBERRY-LAVENDER POPSICLES

If you know me, you know I am a late-in-life rookie gardener. This year I wanted to try my hand at an ‘Herb de Provence’ field, in an area the deer usually beat me to. It worked! I am so excited to see and smell the intoxicating aromas of lavender, […]

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

What type of chocolate cake do YOU like? There are a gazillion recipes for chocolate cake. So the real determination as to what recipe you will love is to determine what you want out of the flavor of chocolate. There are those that prefer milk chocolate anything, which is less […]

HONEY CAKES

Oh, how we take for granted the gift offering of the Honey Bee. Growing up in a Syrian American home, nearly all our desserts were made with honey; sweet, sticky, golden, yummy HONEY! For me, there are only two flavors that enhance the flavor of honey like nothing else: Lemons […]

ORANGE CAKE

ORANGES. Can you imagine a cake using Whole Oranges and only 5 ingredients! Spring is in the air and I wanted something bright and refreshing in flavor, gluten-free (without using any of those gluten-free flours), and healthy-ish. This cake is simply all the above andĀ amazing! Ingredients 10 inch cake Oranges […]