American Apple Tart

This recipe is a slight variation from Cooking Light … I omit the sugar (I think the honey and vanilla extract give it it’s real sweetness), and I changed it from “French” to “American” tart 🙂 Ingredients Frozen Pillsbury Pastry Sheet 4 Apples, cored & peeled Cinnamon Vanilla Extract Honey Defrost the  frozen pie dough…

Michigan Apple Crisp

The first time one the DIVAs made this apple crisp, we all were hooked. It is the perfect combination of apples, cinnamon, and the most perfect crisp topping. And you can even get away without measuring each item…. perfect for someone who does not have the patience for baking a pies (like me!). Ingredients Filling:…

Easiest Homemade Turtles

One of the DIVAs made this for the first time for an after party of her sister’s rehearsal dinner. She had them placed beautifully on a tiered Michael Aram tray, and everyone was super impressed! How in the world had she had time to make such an elegant candy amongst all the wedding planning?! And…

Grown-Up Dirt

I’m not much of a baker. Not that I can’t bake, but I’m not very good about following measurements. I’d rather just eye ball amounts. And therefore, I’m always looking for simple desserts that don’t require a ton of measuring. Growing up, I remember making dirt at a day camp. Chocolate pudding, cool whip, Oreos,…

Homemade Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

Our family Christmas’ are usually held at my parent’s home, with the main focus being on Christmas Eve. We invite our family and friends, and have a very merry gathering. There were two Christmas’ though that we went up to northern Michigan. In effort to simplify the packing, we only brought a few ornaments to…

Pear and Brie Quesadillas with Lime-Honey Dipping Sauce

Have you ever had an appetizer that could double as a dessert? Well this recipe, my friend, has been known to be both. It actually was not intended to be a dessert.  I had made them for a friends BBQ as a starter. But when we were done with dinner, our friend asked if he…

Roasted Asparagus Crostini with Parmesan

Rule #1: Don’t rush toasting the crostini! Or you will end up with something that looks like this… Yes, that was a white, french baguette. Burnt to a crisp. Big flames. Stinky kitchen… for a long time. I was trying to get them toasted quickly, and I thought a small blast from the broiler would do…

Light & Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Light & Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients  1 Frozen package spinach 1 can of Artichoke Hearts Fat Free Sour Cream Low Fat Cream Cheese 2 Garlic cloves, minced Dijon Mustard, 1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese, grated & shredded Onion Powder Salt Black Pepper Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Defrost and drain the spinach, set aside….

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

The first time I made this appetizer, there was a giant blizzard moving into southeastern Michigan. I was going to our good family friend’s house for dinner, and I knew that each minute more I spent on making this new dish would equate to several minutes of additional drive time in the snow. And I…

Mexican Fiesta Enchiladas

I was living in my first apartment, sub-terrain unit #8, and a good friend and I decided we were going to tackle a Mexican dinner in my little galley kitchen. It was so little, when you opened the refrigerator, you could not get through as the door touched the opposite counter. None the less, we…

Christmas Eve Cheesy Potatoes

If I had to pick one recipe that was our family specialty, I would have to pick cheesy potatoes. Nothing says comfort food and home like this creamy, cheesy hash brown casserole. It used to be that we would only get them on Christmas… that was until I finally figured out the recipe! I may…

DIVA Potato Salad

When the snow finally melts in Michigan, everyone starts looking forward to thought of summer weekends up north on the lakes. Trips with friends are planned, and everyone loads into the cars on a Friday to fight the traffic on I-75. But it’s all worth it once you hit the northern cities on the water….