Browsing Category

Dessert

There’s nothing like a good dessert to add a sweet finish to a wonderful meal.

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hands down my favorite dessert recipe of all time is carrot cake.  The wonderful combination of slightly sweet and savory with the delicious butter and cream cheese frosting is the most magnificent flavors of all time.  I know you may think I’m crazy for thinking carrot cake is the best, but to me it’s the cream of the crop in the dessert world.  The carrot cake I remember was when I was a line cook at a country club back in St. Louis where it was cooked in a deep sheet tray, iced and then served as a square.  Now…

Continue Reading
No Comments

Irish Apple Cake Recipe with Vanilla Custard Sauce

While some are having the time of their life, I’ll always remember St. Patrick’s Day as the day I moved to Chicago.  I was so excited as I began to approach the beautiful skyline of the city and then skuuuurt.  Dead. Stop. Traffic.  I didn’t realize it was St. Paddy’s Day weekend because I was too focused on moving up to Chicago, but dang did I get a rude awakening when I realized everyone was gathered down town drinking Guinness and taking in all of the local green river festivities.  Now that I’ve been settled in for 9 years I…

Continue Reading
No Comments

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

My wife comes from a long line of sweet tooth fanatics so when I whipped up this Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries I knew she’d be obsessed.  Making cheese cake in general is actually very easy, it’s suffering through the cooling down process that can be so agonizing.  Of course, there are those super cool down tricks one can do like popping it into the freezer so that one can consume it quicker, but hey this is a chef’s kitchen and I want to show you how to properly make a chocolate cheese cake, so no cheating.  However, I…

Continue Reading
No Comments

Lemon Curd Recipe with Almond Crust and Winter Fruit

Always Always Always buy fresh produce in season… Unless of course you have a 4-year old who is screaming bloody murder for watermelon in the month of February.  I love to eat seasonal, but when you’ve got kids, especially younger ones, you can throw that concept right out the window.  However, when I made this Lemon Curd Recipe with Almond Crust and Winter Fruit, I made sure to use fruit that is in peak season during these winter months.  Sure I would have loved to use fresh berries, but honestly fresh berries taste terrible right now.  The long winter season…

Continue Reading
No Comments

Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe with Dried Cherries and Oatmeal Crumble

This week I get to head to Orlando, Florida for an awesome show, KBIS.  To break that down, it stands for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.  It’s a trade show that is loaded with all of the latest and greatest products you need for your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room projects.  I’ll be there on behalf of Franke products doings some fun chef demos where I’ll be walking through the process on how to make 3 different recipes, including this Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe with Dried Cherries.  The main inspiration for making this recipe is to give you…

Continue Reading
No Comments

Ice Box Cake with Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and Banana Cream

“This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten” are the exact word that came out of my wife’s mouth after she tasted this insanely delicious Ice Box Cake with Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and Banana Cream.  Sure Ice Box cakes have been around for a minute and yup I’m late to the party as usual, sorry busy chasing around a 4-year old, but dang did I come back in with a home run .  I’m trying to stay humble here, but if I had a restaurant I would figure out how to get this thing on the dessert menu it’s…

Continue Reading
No Comments

How to Make a Pecan Pie Recipe with Bourbon and Chocolate

One of the things I love about pecan pie is listening to how people pronounce it.  I know, weird, but it’s so interesting to see how people say it just by where they are from.  The northeast says PEE-can pie while a majority of the US says pee-KAHN pie, fascinating I know.  Well regardless of how you say it one things for sure, it’s dang delicious!  Of course, simply because of how my mind works, I’m trying to take this pecan pie to another level by adding in some bourbon and chocolate.  Of course, not-too-mention making my own crust, with…

Continue Reading
2 Comments

Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Flax Seed and Walnuts

I know I always say it but man does the month of October just make me want to make pumpkin everything, and the same goes with this Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Flax Seed and Walnuts.  I’ve already made Chicken with Pumpkin Butter, and I plan on racking it up this month with as much pumpkin as I can incorporate into food J.  Whether it be canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin, we are using it in a big way at our house.  My wife is a super huge fan of making homemade pumpkin seeds as well, which I plan on doing…

Continue Reading
2 Comments