Holidays

Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread In One Delicious Bar Cookie

Cookbooks, Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By July 21, 2020

Thank you, Carole Bloom. These Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars are one of my all-time favorite bar cookies. The recipe is from Bloom’s book, “Caramels” (Gibbs Smith, $24.99). These delicate, very full-flavored bars bring together all my favorites. The dark brown sugar used to make the shortbread provides a richer taste than traditional shortbread that is made with white sugar. But it…

July 4th Upside-Down Treats: Blueberries, Plums, Nectarines and Apples

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By June 28, 2012

These Fourth of July treats showcase fresh plums and nectarines, blueberries and apples in holiday finales that are as delicious as well as beautiful. Forget canned pineapple rings. These upside-down beauties showcase fresh fruit in eye-popping holiday sweets. Don’t get the idea that I have anything against a good pineapple upside-down cake. My grandmother made a luscious version. She nested…

Delicious-But-Easy Easter Fare

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By April 5, 2012

An easy Easter brunch. Ahhhh, sounds good. To my way of thinking, eggs are an essential part of any Easter brunch or breakfast. A symbol of new beginnings, eggs make delicious, no-hassle entrees. For years I’ve been tinkering with one strata recipe after the next, cooking up different versions of the ubiquitous egg-based casserole. I love the strata-in-a-skillet devised by…