Lime-Coconut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was bored at home, waiting h-o-u-r-s for the AT&T technician to come over to work on my Internet. Rather than pacing the floor and getting frustrated, I decided to bake. Because today is the hottest day of the summer so far (100°F), I didn’t want anything heavy. So I created these cookies featuring the…

Best-Ever Double Pie Crust

There is an astronomical difference between a homemade pie crust and a store-bought one. However, for many years I purchased pre-made pie crusts at the grocery store because a) it was faster than making my own, and b) mine didn’t really turn out that well anyway. But, after some experimenting, combining ingredients, and tweaking recipes,…

Coconut-Cream Cheese Pie

The weather’s warming up here in Central Texas, so it’s time for lighter fare. This pie is perfect for warm springs days or your Easter table. Though Coconut-Cream Cheese Pie is a quick fix, it has a rich flavor that betrays its ease of preparation. It’s well-loved by those who like coconut. Don’t serve it…

Czech Apple Strudel

The recipe for this Old World delicacy has been in my family for more than 150 years. Like many dishes our grandmothers prepared, it’s labor intensive but worth every bit of effort. Czech Apple Strudel is a stunning, memorable dessert, made with fresh apples and a stretchable dough. It takes patience to get the dough…