Festive Fourth of July Recipes

The Fourth of July is the perfect reason to bring together friends and family for a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue.  Celebrating our independence is a pretty good reason to gather 'round the picnic table, too!  Today I'm going to give you eleven recipes {or how-to's} that are as delicious as they are beautiful.Let's start with a few beautiful appetizers./1/ Patriotic Dip - Turn your ordinary dip dish into a festive masterpiece with just a few simple steps./2/ Summer Fruit Wands - While your guests wait on their juicy cheeseburger to come off of the grill serve them these super fun Fruit Wands!/3/ Cheesy Star Chips - These are easy and cute! Add a dish of salsa for dipping to complete this appetizer. Moving on to the main course, shall we?/4/ Aloha Burgers - … [Read more...]

Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies

Now that Summer has passed and you are in full-on Halloween and Thanksgiving mode, the infamous pumpkin pie is here! I made this pie for the first time last year and it was the belle of the ball. Even my grandmother who is the greatest baker I know was stumped at what this pie was made of. Needless to say, it had her in a trance...a pumpkin pie trance. I promise, you'll have your family and friends all dying for this recipe. And as my husband says, 'It's the perfect combination of textures. My favorite pie you've made thus far.'Also, the great thing about this pie is that it can easily be made in one big pie too, if you'd prefer that over miniature pies.Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Essential EquipmentNon-Stick Four Cup Pie … [Read more...]

S’mores Pie

Have you ever seen such a sight? The ultimate s'mores dessert.It's like the best combination of a pie, brownie, and of course, a s'more!The crust is pure graham cracker deliciousness. The chocolate filling is like a brownie collided with a pecan pie...without the pecans, of course. Then, the topping, is just good old toasted marshmallows!The dream team made into a pie.So, before you hesitate any longer, go make this s'mores pie. You won't regret it!Happy National S'mores Day!S'mores PieIngredientscrust14 sheets low fat graham crackers1 stick unsalted butterfillingadapted from A Little Bit Crunchy1 stick unsalted butter1 ounce dark chocolate (I used 85% Indigo chocolate)2 eggs1 cup sugar1 tablespoon vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon salttopping1 cup mini marshmallowsHow-ToPreheat the oven … [Read more...]