Showing posts from December, 2013

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

I love Red Velvet cakes, cupcakes, and cheese cake, anything red velvet.  So I said why not take one make these delicious Red Velvet Cookies and top them with a Hershey's kiss.  My Red Velvet Kiss Cookies was born! So good, so festive for your holiday cookie tray.  Did I mention easy too!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, I like Ghirardelli
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 3/4 cup flour

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with a electric mixture on medium speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder.  Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla then red food coloring until combined.  Stir in flour mixing until flour is all mixed in and batter is red.  Chill for about 1 hours to make dough is easy to handle.

Preheat over to 350.  Shape dough into one inch balls.  Place …

Savory Mediterranean Cheesecake

Everyone loves Cheesecake!  Instead of a sweet cheesecake I made this savory dish for a book group meeting and it was a big hit.  This cheesecake is extra savory with 10 cloves garlic and fresh herbs. (You can use dried too!)  Oh did I mention tangy feta cheese? Cheesecake savory or sweet is very, very rich so just eat a small slice with this deliciously creamy texture so satisfying.  And you can change up the ingredients very easily to match the season. For Christmas try I'll use sun dried tomatoes or in the summer use sauteed vegetables

Savory Mediterranean Cheese Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare Parmigiana crust.
Parmigiana Crust: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese 1 cup toasted Panko bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
Mix cheese, bread crumbs, rosemary and butter in a small bowl.  Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the spring form pan.  Chill.

Prepare Cheesecake Filling
Savory Filling: 10 cloves garlic, un…