Pecan Pleasure

Today our humble ingredient is the pecan.  Ironically, “Pecan” is from an Algonquian word meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.  Today’s recipes are mostly dessert ones, but there are a few for lunch too!

Baked brie with pecans

Pecan crusted catfish

Pecan risoto

Wild rice with pecans and cherries

Pecan stuffed chicken breast

Organic whole wheat sandwich bread with oats and pecans

Butter pecan toaster cakes

Pecan wheat bread

Baked banana pecan oatmeal

Honey pecan granola

Pecan pie muffins

Banana bread with pecans

Lyles golden pecan mini pies

Old fashioned apple cake with brown sugar frosting

Caramel crunch blondies

Caramel pecan cheesecake

Caramel pecan fudge tarts

Chocolate chunk pecan pie

Pecan and salted caramel candies

Butter pecan kringle

Butter pecan biscotti

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies with pecans

Oat and pecan caramel sandwiches

Spiced maple-glazed pecans

Brown sugar and pecan shortbreads

Upside-down pecan cake

Sticky buns

Pecan squares

Salted caramel pecan shake

What do you like to cook or bake with pecans?

Bananas Beyond Breakfast

Bananas have been eaten since back in Egyptian times so it’s about time we made some banana recipes!

Muffins and Breads:

Banana bread

Banana muffins

Banana chocolate chip muffins

Whole wheat banana bread

Banana pina colada muffins


Broiled brown sugar-vanilla bananas atop ricotta

Bananas in brown sugar and rum

Banana apple pudding with toasted almonds

Chocolate covered bananas

Baked bananas

Banana bread pudding

Banana and chocolate triangles

Memphis banana bites


Banana, strawberry and peach daiquiri

Pineapple banana smoothie

Banana nutmeg smoothie

What are your favorite banana recipes?

Green Gardening

With Earth Day this week today I’ve got some garden thoughts and projects for you.  This week there’s a little more reading than usual, but lots of projects as well.

Garden stools

Garden bucket organizer

Rubberizing garden tools

Gardeners apron

Summer straw hat

Garden tools

Garden raised beds

Quick garden hoop

Waterfall fountain

Hydroponic gardening

Organic gardening

DIY outdoor projects

What outdoor projects are you planning this spring?

Crazy for Carmel

Ah caramel, the sweet, the savory, the sticky!

Caramel delights:


Apple cider

Salted vanilla bean sauce

Pumpkin spice

Mixed nut and thyme

Chocolate coconut

Sesame ginger

Maple walnut spice

Orange espresso

Dark and salty


Sticky buns

Pecan and salted caramel candies

Butter pecan kringle

Caramel nut cinnamon buns

Coconut caramel bars

Caramel apple mini cakes

Seven layer bars

Caramel corn

Peach caramel blondie bars

Caramel crunch bars

Chocolate, caramel and pecan tart

Salted caramel cupcake

Salty panna cotta

What are your favorite ways to eat caramel?

Savory Sourdough

Today I’m sharing some delicious sourdough recipes.  Did you know that you don’t have to just make sourdough bread in the traditional manner? It’s delicious in a whole grain loaf as well!

Rustic sourdough bread

Multi-grain sourdough sandwich bread

Sourdough rye bread

Pesto sourdough bread

Cinnamon raisin sourdough bread

Sourdough buns

Sourdough french toast with orange bourbon butter and spiced pecans

Sourdough crackers

Gluten-free sourdough flatbread

Sourdough popovers

Sourdough pizza crust

Sourdough chocolate cake

What are your favorite sourdough recipes?