• Gluten free pumpkin cheesecake bars

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (Gluten Free)

    These gluten free pumpkin cheesecake bars are a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving and fall holiday gatherings. This is a guest post by Diana Girtain. I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which benefits from a gluten free diet. I’d gone gluten free/low gluten years ago because I’d started to notice that I felt remarkable better without it, so it was satisfying to have a doctor’s explanation for my improved quality of life — it wasn’t just all in my head! Since that diagnosis and my dietary adjustments, I’ve been on the search for a good gluten free pie crust for years. Spoiler: they’re not easy…

  • These strawberry lime cheesecake bars are bright with flavor and so easy to make!

    Strawberry Lime Cheesecake Bars

    These strawberry lime cheesecake bars are bright with flavor and so easy to make! At the very beginning of summer, my mom landed a bunch of strawberries from a nearby farm. They were a little bruised and battered, “seconds” as many would call them, but otherwise juicy and delicious. Who cares what they look like if they taste wonderful, right? Anyway, just like with the bushels of corn she gets later in summer, we’re often the lucky recipients of a portion of her produce haul. Fresh strawberries are easy to save to use later in the year; just cut off the tops, spread them out in one layer on a…

  • Gluten-Free Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

    Gluten Free Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

    These gluten free raspberry cheesecake bars taste just as sinful as a classic cheesecake, with half the work (and none of the gluten crust)! For the most part, our family is food-allergy free. And even though my husband is diabetic, the ingredients for my recipes don’t change much. We’ve found that his diabetes is managed quite well through portion control and ensuring meals and desserts aren’t loaded with sugar, and so (aside from his diet cola) I don’t use any of the chemical sugar substitutes like sucralose or aspartame. There are occasions, however, when I’m cooking a meal that involves people who do need a substitution. In the case of these…

  • Apple cinnamon cheesecake bars (with a gooey caramel sauce that develops as it bakes) are a wonderful alternative to a traditional cheesecake, and perfect for feeding a crowd!

    Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars

    Apple cinnamon cheesecake bars (with a gooey caramel sauce that develops as it bakes) are a wonderful alternative to a traditional cheesecake, and perfect for feeding a crowd! There comes a time when you need to make a simple dessert, with seasonal ingredients, large enough to feed a crowd. At least, I find myself in this situation from time to time. HA! In fall, apples are the star in Maryland. Apple orchards are everywhere, and picking your own is almost as fun as finding new recipes in which to use them, or making old favorites like homemade applesauce in the slow cooker. We happen to have a TON of apples here…

  • This caramel cheesecake with pecan crust is creamy and sweet, with a rich caramel taste and a satisfying crunch from the pecans. It's a show stopper!

    Caramel Cheesecake With a Pecan Crust

    This caramel cheesecake with a pecan crust is creamy and sweet, with a rich caramel taste and a satisfying crunch from the pecans. It’s a show stopper! April happens to be National Pecan Month, which like many food holidays, has lent itself to providing inspiration for trying a new recipe. To help with that inspiration, I used a collaborative Pinterest board as a way for people to Pin all the recipes they love using pecans. And suggest they did! People Pinned everything from pecan pie to a pear salad, and one I ended up drooling over the most was Just One Donna’s salted caramel cheesecake. It’s a family favorite in her…

  • This chocolate orange cheesecake is creamy, fragrant and super easy to make!

    Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

    This chocolate orange cheesecake is creamy, fragrant and super easy to make! Cheesecake. Some people I know claim to hate it. Yes, really they do. I often wonder if cheesecake-haters have just yet to try a really good cheesecake. Or, maybe they’ve only tried New York-style cheesecake, and they don’t realize there’s cheesecake life outside of New York. We happen to love cheesecake. And my favorite style is creamy, rich, a-little-sliver’ll-do-ya-right, cheesecake. Making cheesecake is fun too; it’s so forgiving with flavors that you can mix and match all sorts of blends and most of the time it’s amazing. I don’t consider myself a baker even though I will bake,…