Everything is better with sugar

Puff Pastry Lemon Rolls

By |2016-05-01T20:12:57-07:00January 24, 2016|

When I cook with citrus, there are three essential kitchen tools that I use to take recipes from average to professional: a reamer, a microplane and a strainer. Most citrus [...]

Root Beer Rum Horchata Float

By |2018-07-15T15:29:07-07:00August 6, 2015|

Root beer is one of my favorite sodas because it’s so smooth and spicy. Each sip has a buttery note with accents of cloves, cinnamon, ginger and other sassafras brewer specific combinations.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies

By |2015-06-25T20:23:36-07:00June 17, 2015|

Looking for a new way to keep your kids entertained this summer? My friend over at Peanut Butter and Julie has just the solution. She’s launching a new video series [...]

Lemon Monkey Bread

By |2015-01-24T09:46:09-08:00January 17, 2015|

Every winter, my friends in the Southwest come to me with the same question: “What should I do with all of these lemons?” Lemon trees grow great in Las Vegas, [...]

Pina Colada Ooey Gooey Cake

By |2014-11-21T17:15:09-08:00August 7, 2014|

I have a weakness for ooey gooey cake, sometimes called butter cake or chess squares. I first learned about this sinful dessert when living in Jackson, Mississippi. The cake is [...]

Bacon Apple Fritters

By |2015-07-13T08:52:36-07:00June 21, 2014|

These velvety, crispy Bacon Apple Fritters are sinfully covered with Bacon Glaze (with or without bourbon). I promise breakfast will never be the same. Apple fritters have long been my [...]

Pineapple Caramel Sauce

By |2016-01-23T09:08:46-08:00May 19, 2014|

Pineapple Caramel Sauce is rich and buttery with a hint of island sweetness. It’s easy to prepare and is delicious on desserts or fresh fruit. I’ve been competing in a [...]

Bacon Wrapped Cinnamon Rolls

By |2015-01-02T16:57:47-08:00May 2, 2014|

Yep. You read that right. Bacon Wrapped Cinnamon Rolls. Why let the fried eggs and toast have all the fun? Salty, crispy bacon goes quite nicely with soft, sweet cinnamon [...]

Caramelized Banana Butter Pecan Cake

By |2014-02-27T08:09:55-08:00February 27, 2014|

Don’t let the multiple layers of vanilla sour cream, caramelized bananas, homemade caramel and candied pecans intimidate you. This Caramelized Banana Butter Pecan Cake recipe starts with boxed cake mix [...]

Pumpkin Chess Pie

By |2015-12-30T10:03:16-08:00November 20, 2013|

I love chess bars. I was introduced to them when I lived in Mississippi. Lately, I’ve been adding the sweet, gooey chess bar topping to lots of different desserts. It’s [...]

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

By |2014-01-12T20:39:08-08:00September 13, 2013|

I like my chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy. Thanks to a trick I found online years ago, cornstarch is the magic ingredient that makes chewy cookieness possible. That and [...]

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Bread

By |2014-01-12T20:39:51-08:00August 11, 2013|

I love when Zesties (Zestuous fans) request recipes. You all inspire me to try so many new things. Friday, I posted a comment on facebook, asking for suggestions. Emily, a [...]

Cookalong with Chef Ben Vaughn and Zestuous

By |2014-03-04T20:26:27-08:00July 27, 2013|

Zestuous and Chef Ben Vaughn are hosting a live cookalong, and you’re invited. We’ll be preparing Riesling Poached Pears atop Pecan Baklava. The full recipe from Chef Ben’s restaurant and [...]