Chocolate Amaretto Mousse Napoleon

My brother Mike makes chocolate mousse at most family gatherings.  It’s tasty but never lasts very long.   I decided to make some structural changes and then take it up a level by adding some amaretto and turning it into a napoleon for the holidays.  This is a recipe you can make ahead.  You know, if…

Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto/ Arancini

My younger daughter is a fan of running and of risotto, but let’s face it, they’re both at least an hour ordeal.    It took a little research and funny story, I couldn’t find the dang power cord for my pressure cooker for 4 weeks and ended up going old school.  It’s creamy and good…

Dad’s London Broil

 Growing up we had all the lesser cuts of beef because we had a lot of people and not a lot of money.  So we had chuck steak and round steak. I was 25 before I had a fillet or a ribeye.  With that said,  Dad did make a very good London Broil (except he…

Chocolate Hazelnut Snowballs

We always made snowballs growing up with my Mom and Grandma Molly.  I decided that I wanted something other than the old walnut cookie.  I wanted chocolate and thought, “How about hazelnut?”  My friend and frequent collaborator Beth said, “I bet Mexican chocolate would be good.”  Nice call Beth. The star of this recipe was…

Fruit Cake Cookies

Fruitcake is an old English treat.  But no one under 40 believes that.  When you think of fruitcake, you think of the smell of Ben Gay and the visit to Nana at the Villages in Florida.  Now, at the end of the day, it needs an update.  Please don’t send me hate mail (I know…