Christmas Day in Denver began with snow lightly dusting the city to give us a beautiful white Christmas! Over Christmas Eve and Day we had our traditional pierogis and borscht with apps and then ham with roasted rainbow carrots and garlic mashed potatoes. What is not pictured this year is the pierogies, chocolate torte, gingerbread whoopie pies, and this is of course is because it was all so good I forgot to take a photo.
Christmas is almost here and you might be looking for something different to bake than the usual gingerbread anything or fruitcake. Well the wait is over, I give you cannoli pound cake. It has a rich flavor and it seems like a fancier bread but it has pretty basic ingredients. Once you put this in the oven the house will smell amazing! Enjoy it with your coffee for breakfast or add some whip cream to it for a dessert. You can bring a little bit of Italy to your kitchen this year.
This year I decided to go with a classic flag cake for my 4th of July dessert. This is a Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. (I cut the recipe in half and used a pyrex glass pan instead of a sheet pan.) I am going camping so I hope this cake makes the trip! Happy 4th of July!
We finished our day off with this raspberry and blueberry galette!
I hope everyone had an great Easter! I went to sunrise service with my sister and brother-in-law at Red Rocks and it was beautiful. We left at 5:15 AM and did not get parked till about 6:30 AM; the drive should normally take 25 minuets. We had to park 1.1 miles away because the lots were full but luckily, as you can see from the picture, we were still able to see the sun rising! If you ever go, leave about 45 minutes earlier than you plan.
Moving the borscht from one house to another was an interesting experience.
(Photo Credit: John Tagle)
An Irish cheers for you-
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”
Happy St. Patty’s Day!
Baileys cream cheese frosting – 8 oz Cream cheese, 1 stick room teperature butter, shot of baileys and powder sugar to taste.
Tonight I made paczki‘s for Fat Tuesday tomorrow. Growing up in Michigan the grocery store and bakeries sell these treats like crazy this time of year and I absolutely love them! But out here in Denver its another story—nobody knows what they are!! I decided I won’t go another Fat Tuesday with out them so I made them myself. The process isn’t extremely hard but it is long, but the time was worth it because they turned out fabulous. I just had a raspberry filling with powder sugar, the absolute best variation of paczki, but I also made strawberry and blueberry filling with either a coating of granulated sugar or powder sugar.
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In Madrid now but wanted to give any last minute July 4th planners a good beach/food idea! I made these two summers ago and they were such a hit!
Strawberry cheesecake dessert recipe
Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching…what is your plan?! Here is an easy chip recipe to help out.