Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

Renae’s favorite cookie recipe is here!   Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies 1 1/2 cups room temperature unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups white sugar 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 1 tbs vanilla extract 2 large eggs 4 cups unbleached sifted all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 14  chopped Ghirardelli DARK CHOCOLATE… Continue reading Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies


Lemon Blueberry French Toast Casserole

It's the weekend of Mother's Day. The gifts are prepared for my mother and mother in law. My daughters are not coming home. I won't be spending time with them . I do have a date tonight with their father, so all is not lost. Love and family will still be celebrated. I decided it's… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry French Toast Casserole

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Through The Ivy Covered Window‘s Garden Salsa

Lots of herbs and ripe tomatoes mean it’s time to make fresh garden salsa. I love summer cooking recipes and this one is great spooned over grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, nachos, hot dogs, or almost anything . Here is the recipe I came up with based on what I had in my garden. Lucky for me… Continue reading Through The Ivy Covered Window‘s Garden Salsa


Recipe Ready Basil Pesto

The Basil harvest is wonderful for me this summer. This is the second “big” harvest of this fresh herb from my small container garden. I expect to make two more batches of basil pesto for my freezer through September. I’ve also had fresh basil to add to dinner salads, dressings and pasta since June. It… Continue reading Recipe Ready Basil Pesto


Baked Brie with Strawberry Jam, Pistachio, and fresh picked Strawberries

I’m imagining a bubbling Prosecco pouring into my glass as I write this recipe. I think that would be a perfect start to a summer weekend. Of course after you hear what I made you may have a better wine recommendation for me. Maybe something red chilled and delicious to go with Baked Brie and… Continue reading Baked Brie with Strawberry Jam, Pistachio, and fresh picked Strawberries


Scone Butter

We had a summer brunch the other weekend and I made scones and scone butter. We had a great time with several friends who play and enjoy watching tennis. The occasion was our second annual Wimbledon brunch. I selected Wimbledon inspired foods for the brunch table. Here is the recipe. Scone Butter 1/2 cup unsalted… Continue reading Scone Butter

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Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pie

If you like easy recipes then try this one. It couldn’t be easier. I had to think back to a Fourth of July in the 1970’s .  Maybe 1975 or 1976, would have been my first introduction to a cream cheese pie decorated with strawberries and blueberries for the holiday. From that summer on, I… Continue reading Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pie

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Blueberry Lime Preserves

Cultivated berries are a thing of beauty. Something to savor and enjoy during winter months. I’m lucky to live in the state of Michigan where orchard agriculture is a focal point in the summer months, at least it is for me. I have been preserving food for the last 25 years. It’s a joy to… Continue reading Blueberry Lime Preserves


Eggs Baked in Avocados

Sunday morning breakfast starts with two avocados ripened on my counter. I gathered four eggs, about a half cup of shredded white cheddar, pepper, salt, and a half cup crumbled bacon. Pre heat oven to 450 degrees.Split avocados in half remove pit. Lightly oil cooking vessel and place avocados split side up .White cheddar, eggs,… Continue reading Eggs Baked in Avocados