Sophisticated S’Mores

“I THINK EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE A BLOWTORCH.”  Julia Child

Sophisticated S'Mores | From My Sweet Heart

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!

This is an exciting day for 2 reasons.  The first is that my son, Jeff, left this morning as part of a group of meteorologists, who will be storm chasing in the midwest.  I am not sure where he will be over the next couple of weeks yet, but I pray that he will stay safe while having the experience of a lifetime.  The second is that I got to use my new kitchen blowtorch!  Very cool.  And much easier than trying to put something under the broiler while watching it carefully!

THESE S’MORES ARE YUMMLY!!!  You really do get all your favorite, familiar flavors from a S’more…the buttery graham cracker crust, a very decadent, creamy, chocolate center, and a light, sweet, marshmallowy top.  It’s just a little more sophisticated.   Oh, and let me tell you about the booze…… [Read more...]

Boston Creme Cupcakes

“DON’T BE DISMAYED AT GOOD-BYES.  A FAREWELL IS NECESSARY BEFORE YOU CAN MEET AGAIN.  AND MEETING AGAIN, AFTER MOMENTS OR LIFETIMES, IS CERTAIN FOR THOSE WHO ARE FRIENDS.”  Richard Bach

Boston Creme Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY BiRtHdAy MiKe!!!

I have an amazing story to tell you.  At least it’s amazing and special to me.  I recently had the occasion to have cocktails with my high school sweetheart.  What’s so amazing you ask?  It’s just that we have not seen each other in nearly 35 years!!!

I truly believe that nothing in life is random.  And that everything happens for a reason.  And I am trying to understand why I am given this second chance at friendship.  For me, I think I know.  I struggle to understand how some can take friendship for granted; or worse, can let go so easily after investing much time and emotion.  But second chances of this magnitude don’t come along every day.  And so it is that I know, despite what time has passed, that this is a friendship I will treasure and nurture for all the days of my life.  Mike recently suggested that I get back to our roots and make a Boston Creme Pie.  So here’s  to prom pictures and pansies and Boston Creme Cupcakes and many more birthday celebrations to come…..and to many, many more years of friendship! [Read more...]

Petit Fours

“THERE IS AN ENDURING TENDERNESS IN THE LOVE OF A MOTHER TO A SON THAT TRANSCENDS ALL OTHER AFFECTIONS OF THE HEART.”  Washington Irving

Petit Fours | From My Sweet Heart

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

I’m sitting here with my lower lip out because this day just isn’t the same without Jeff and Matt here.  I think Mother’s Day should be moved to the summer, when my guys will be back from school.  I’m not sure if I am really missing them, or if I am just missing the opportunity to have yard work done or my car cleaned inside and out!  (I am usually good for milking whatever work I can from them on this day!)  So to make myself feel better, I made some little cakes!  These are sweet and simple.  But let me tell you what I learned about working with the fondant icing….. [Read more...]

Blueberry-Vanilla Cream Cheese Hand Pies

“THE FIRST LAW OF PIES:  NO PASTRY, NO PIE.”  Janet Clarkson

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Cheese Hand PIes | From My Sweet Heart

Truthfully, I’m not sure what constitutes pie anymore.  What used to be so identifiable as sweet slices of fruit between two golden crusts has changed so much!  Pies are fried, frozen, served in a jar or stuck on a stick!  And when pastry is involved, is it a pie or is it a turnover?  I’ll call this blueberry cream cheese hand pie, a portable pocket of perfection!

I originally made this about a year ago, but it is such an easy and amazing weekend recipe, that I wanted to make it again.  The pictures and my text are updated but this post is not new.  

This recipe is simple and  delicious!  The pies are incredibly light given the buttery, flaky crust and the amount of blueberries and cream cheese packed inside of them.  They come together quickly, but the end result is something pretty special.  I hope you will give them a try and feel free to mix and match berries and liqueur.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Risotto

“PUT ‘EAT MORE CHOCOLATE’ AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST OF THINGS TO DO TODAY.  THAT WAY, AT LEAST YOU’LL GET ONE THING DONE.”  Author Unknown

Chocolate Risotto | From My Sweet Heart

Today, I awoke, literally with this recipe on my mind! I have never attempted risotto before because I have always imagined it to be a complicated process.  But I first saw this chocolate risotto recipe made on one of the cooking shows featuring David Rocco.  And he actually had 2 young kids helping him make it.  So I thought, how difficult could this be?  Let me tell you…..it was a cinch!  Tender rice covered with sweet, rich chocolate and topped with toasted walnuts.  I’ve been wanting to share it with everyone for some time.  And so today, it just seemed like  ‘it’s now or never’! [Read more...]