Rocky Mountain Lodge

creamy chopped bananas in a puff pastry shell drizzled with chocolate and garnished with fresh strawberries


Try Some of our Favorite Recipes in Your Own Kitchen

After years of guests asking us for our recipes and if we had a cookbook, Debbie wrote her first cookbook in 2008, and a second version in 2017 since the first one sold out. Our cookbook has 500 recipes in it including Breakfasts, Fruit Dishes, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Breads, Main Dishes, Veggies & Sides, Desserts galore, cookies & candies, and a bit of This & That. It also includes an e-book version so you can download it on your tablet, computer, or smart phone. You can have those recipes with you when you’re at the store and need to figure out what to make for dinner that night, look at the recipes and grab your ingredients on the go. Purchase Rocky Mountain Lodge Cookbooks here.

You can also purchase this cookbook directly from us while staying in our Pikes Peak Guest Cabin near Colorado Springs.

In the meantime, let us tempt you with some of the recipes from our cookbook in our Recipes blog below.

Two clear stemless wine glasses with a white wine with peaches and berries, with a pitcher of the sangria behind the glasses on a table outside with steps and green trees and mountains in the background.

Peach Sangria

This Peach Sangria is refreshing and full of fruity flavor and perfect for a summer beverage on the patio or take to a BBQ. This Peach Sangria recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can also adjust the ingredients to make more or less sweet, or have more or less peach flavor, have just a hint of peach with more wine flavor, or more fruity. If you want it less sweet,…... view full recipe

A wooden board with six large cream puffs filled with pastry cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar

Cream Puffs, Profiteroles

Who doesn't love a good cream puff? I have been making these cream puffs since my kids were young. I make small ones for tea parties, and larger ones for desserts. The pastry is actually really easy to make and only takes about 10 minutes to make (plus bake time). And you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your own pastry cream filling. You can also make a sweetened whipped cream…... view full recipe

A bowl of pastry cream and some in a piping bag being piped onto a white plate, with 2 brown eggs in the background.

Pastry Cream

This recipe for Pastry Cream is one I use often. I use it for tarts, for my tea parties in mini tartlettes, in cream puffs, eclairs, as a base for coconut cream pies and banana cream pies, and one of my granddaughters calls it "pudding" and wants me to make her "pudding" whenever she loses a tooth, so of course she gets her "pudding". Pastry cream is actually slightly different than pudding, or custard. A…... view full recipe

apricot bars sprinkled with white powdered sugar on a blue plate

Apricot Bars

These Apricot Bars are sweet and gooey and oh so good! I made these for our latest Mother-Daughter Tea Party and they were a huge hit, especially with my husband, who always helps himself to the tea party foods when I host tea parties. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. *If you have our…... view full recipe

peanut butter cookies shaped like mice with mini chocolate chips and m&m's, peanut ears, and candy tails on a green and white striped cloth

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Cookies

I have made these cookies with my grandkids and they just love that they are little "mice". Not only are they cute and adorable, but they are delicious as well! *Don't be put off by the time it takes to make these, 1 hour is for chill time. If you can't find black licorice, you can use red pull and peel Twizzlers for the tails. 500 recipes like this one, including our recipe for Champagne…... view full recipe

rich chocolate brownies with sprinkles of sea salt on top.

Salted Toffee Brownies

These Salted Toffee Brownies are rich and decadent, and super chocolatey! If you are a chocolate lover, these will surely appease your chocolate desire. And the toffee pieces are a great little sweet crunch inside. I have actually found that I can’t even eat a whole brownie since they’re so rich, so if you need to cut them into smaller pieces, go right ahead. And if you don't want these "salted" just skip the salt…... view full recipe

a white plate with several round sugar cookies with dollops of white icing and whole spices around them.

Chai Sugar Cookies

These Chai Sugar Cookies are easy to make, and are great either with or without the frosting. I love these for a tea party or a cookie exchange. If you use a small cookie scoop they make a 2" diameter cookie, and you get about 5 dozen cookies! So you can get a lot of cookies out of this one batch of dough. You can use a medium cookie scoop, and you'll get about 2…... view full recipe

layered white cake with a cranberry filling, frosted with a white frosting and topped with more cranberry topping.

White Cake with Cranberry Filling and Orange Buttercream Frosting

Every year we host either Christmas or Thanksgiving and I always make anywhere between 10-15 desserts. I like to make some favorites, but also like to try new recipes. I made this White Cake with Cranberry Filling and Orange Buttercream Frosting a few years ago and it became a family favorite. It's one of our family's top 5 holiday desserts now, so I make it for every holiday that we host now. Don't be put…... view full recipe

chocolate cookies filled with pieces of peppermint candy cookies and sprinkled with red, green and white sprinkles

Peppermint Pattie Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

These Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies are a great holiday cookie. Starting with a boxed chocolate cake mix they are also super easy to make, and can be made in about 30 minutes from start to finish! 500 recipes like this one, including our recipe for Champagne Feta Risotto, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking…... view full recipe

Orange Carrot-Coconut Soup drizzed with a red Thai sauce and garnished with green cilantro leaves in purple soup bowls

Carrot-Coconut Soup

Winter is the perfect time to get our soup on! It's warm and comforting on a cold winter night. This easy to make creamy Carrot-Coconut Soup is creamy and naturally sweet and packed with lots of good stuff for you. Serve it with some homemade Sourdough Bread and you'll be in heaven! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased…... view full recipe

slices of shortbread cookies with ribbons of raspberry jam and drizzled with a white icing.

White Chocolate Raspberry Slices

These melt in our mouth shortbread cookies with a little jam are a special cookie for holidays, tea parties, bridal showers, and more. They are pretty easy to make as well, even though they look pretty fancy. 500 recipes like this one, including our recipe for Champagne Feta Risotto, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking…... view full recipe

Grilled Pineapple Slices with blueberries and mint leaves on a white plate

Grilled Malibu Pineapple

There are so many different types of fruits out there, and we love pretty much all of them. At the Bed and Breakfast we ran for nearly 19 years we served a 3-course breakfast, which always started with a fruit course. This Grilled Malibu Pineapple was always a hit. And it's great year round. We would make it out on the BBQ grill in the summer, and on grill pans indoors in the winter (if…... view full recipe

Ginger Chicken Wraps on a blue plate with carrots and limes

Ginger Chicken Wraps

These Ginger Chicken Wraps are a nice refreshing lunch or dinner entree, You can eat them hot or cold. Wrap them up in foil and take them on a picnic lunch, or in a lunchbox for a delicious meal on the go. You can watch me make these LIVE on our YouTube Channel Here! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can…... view full recipe

round pancake balls filled with red jam, dusted with powdered sugar and tossed with red and blue beries


These Danish jam-filled pancakes, known as Ebelskivers, are a delightful breakfast treat, or even a dessert. They are easy to make, but you need to have an Ebelskiver pan, which can be purchased here on Amazon. This is the Ebelskiver pan you will need... They can be filled with Jam, Nutella, Lemon Curd, Lingonberries, chopped bananas, or anything else you may want in your pancakes when you bite into them. You can fill them with…... view full recipe

layered strawberry dessert with a pretzel crumb crust, cream filling, and red strawberry jello toppiing

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad, also known as Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is a delightful dessert (or salad) during the hot summer months, as well as for a Bridal Shower, Birthday Party, or Holiday Dessert. The sweet and saltiness from the pretzel crust give it a different twist instead of traditional graham cracker crust. It takes a little time to make so make sure you plan ahead. It really doesn't take a lot of "time" preparing, but…... view full recipe

Baked Beans

Easy Baked Beans

These are such easy baked beans! You will never buy the ones in the can again once you make these. You can make them in as little as 30 minutes, or you can slow cook them, either way, they will be a HIT at your summer BBQ. Enjoy! Watch me make these Easy Baked Beans and Sinfully Delicious Cheese Bread on my YouTube Channel Here! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our…... view full recipe

Mini Phyllo Quiches

Mini Phyllo Quiches

These Mini Phyllo Quiches are packed full of tons of flavor. I make these for tea parties and they are always eaten quickly. Even my little grandson Gabe, who is our server at our Mother-Daughter tea parties, loves them and can't get enough of them. They are easy to make and you can make the filling ingredients the day ahead of time to save some time. They also make great little bite sized appetizers and…... view full recipe

Roast Beef Croissant Sandwiches

Mini Roast Beef Croissants

These Mini Roast Beef Sandwiches are perfect for a luncheon or tea party. They are small and dainty and full of flavor. There are a couple of different spreads you can put on them as well to change things up. I make these with a Pimiento Cheese Spread and a Blue Cheese Spread. They are both delicious. The cover photo shows both sandwiches. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky…... view full recipe

Cinnamon Pecan Scones with Honey Cream

Cinnamon Pecan Scones with Honey Cream

These Cinnamon Pecan Scones with Honey Cream are a perfect fall or winter scone. Or enjoy them anytime at your tea parties or as a breakfast treat! Dollop them with a spoonful of the Honey Cream and they are delightful when the weather's cold outside. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. *If you have…... view full recipe

Lemon Coconut Scones on a blue plate

Lemon Coconut Scones

These Lemon Coconut Scones are absolutely delicious! The crunchy toasted coconut and hint of lemon, along with the tender scone itself makes these Lemon-Coconut Scones a delight! Serve with some Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream and they are absolutely delicious and a tea party treat! And check out all of our Tea Party Recipes Here! 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which…... view full recipe

Amish Sugar Cookies with pastel sprinkles

Amish Sugar Cookies

These crispy, tender, melt in your mouth, Amish Sugar Cookies are a delight, and so easy to make! Depending on the size you make them, this single batch of cookies can make anywhere from 5-9 dozen cookies. I like to use a small cookie scoop, and it makes about 110 cookies! And you can make that many cookies in less than 1 hour! This dough doesn't require chilling, which makes them quick and easy to…... view full recipe

strawberry rhubarb pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Last year I fell in love with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, so much that it's in the running for my favorite pie of all time! There is one secret ingredient that I find make it super delectable, you can find it in the ingredients list. And of course I use my favorite Pie Crust Recipe, which you can use too. If I make my pies out of any pie crust other than Grandma Tillie's Pie Crust…... view full recipe

ground beef burger stuffed with feta cheese, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes on an onion and poppyseed bun

Feta-Stuffed Burgers

Who doesn't love a good burger?! I love burgers that have "stuff" on them... cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, and other good fixins. I try to discover new ways to jazz up the regular burgers and stuffing them has turned out to be a great idea for us. You can change up how you stuff your burger and personalize it to your liking. This particular recipe is for Feta-Stuffed Burgers. But try stuffing them with Swiss cheese…... view full recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and blueberry topping

No Bake Cheesecake

My Mom has been making this cheesecake for as long as I can remember. It's a lighter, fluffier version of a baked cheesecake. It's great to make in the hot summer months, especially when you don't want to heat up your oven for hours to bake a traditional cheesecake. You can use any type of topping you prefer. Our family likes either blueberry or cherry the best, but you can use peach or strawberry, or…... view full recipe

shrimp with lime, green onions, and cilantro

Thai Shrimp

These Thai Shrimp are great for an appetizer or a light refreshing lunch or dinner on a hot summer day. It's easy to make and only takes a couple of minutes to mix everything together, then just refrigerate in the marinade for 30 minutes and enjoy! Put them on skewers for a potluck or along with a BBQ. And serve it over Thai noodles for a Thai dinner. Or over a bed of lettuce for…... view full recipe

chicken salad with pineapple, green onions, celery, and toasted almonds in a creamy dressing on a bed of green lettuce

Polynesian Chicken Salad

This Polynesian Chicken Salad is a refreshing light lunch or dinner, especially during hot summer months. You can also used canned chicken to save time not have to heat up your kitchen at all while cooking. Or buy one of those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store. You can substitute the Greek Yogurt with sour cream as well. This recipe is also good in a salad, especially on some sliced croissants. LEARN TO MAKE THIS…... view full recipe

Lemon Square Cookies with a crumbly crust and cream cheese filling

Cream Cheese Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares are one of those sweet and tart delights that are perfect during the summer months (though I will make them year round). I love them for a tea party as well. These Cream Cheese Lemon Squares add another element to the traditional Lemon Square. They're also easy to make. Using a boxed cake mix for the crust is a great time saver. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook…... view full recipe

Lemon Dip with a lemon slice surrounded by strawberries

Lemon Fruit Dip

This Lemon Fruit Dip is easy to make, and is a great addition to fruit. I like to make it for brunches and for tea parties. And you can use it with Strawberry Shortcake in between your layers to make it extra special. Learn how to make this Lemon Fruit Dip and Strawberry Shortcake on our LIVE YouTube video channel HERE! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge…... view full recipe

Slices of focaccia bread with rosemary and sea salt on a red and white checkered cloth

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia Bread is full of so much flavor and goes with so many things. Serve it as a side to pasta, or with a Caprese Salad. Serve it as an appetizer along with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar as a dipping sauce for it. Use it as the bread for a sandwich. Or top it with some goat cheese or mozzarella, along with some roasted garlic and peppers and bake it for a quick pizza.…... view full recipe

crisply fried flour tortilla wedges sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

These Cinnamon Crisps, as we call them, have been a staple in our family whenever I make Mexican food. I still make then occasionally for my hubby and myself now that the kids are grown. They make a great snack or quick, easy dessert. I used low carb whole wheat tortillas for the picture shown here, but regular flour tortillas are what we normally use. Watch me make Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps these LIVE on my…... view full recipe

red salsa in a colorful bowl with purple tortilla chips on a green plate

Roasted Tomato and Green Chile Salsa

Chips and Salsa are a staple just about anywhere. My husband likes to have chips and salsa several times a week. This salsa (Salsa de Molcajete) is packed full of flavor. Roasting the tomatoes, garlic and peppers bring out so much more flavor. It's easy to make and cheaper than any store bought salsa you can buy. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites…... view full recipe

rectangular fried sopapillas sprinkled with cinammon and sugar and drizzled with honey


Sopapillas are a delightful Mexican treat! These fried biscuit puffs are puffy and pillowy and a perfect dessert after a great Mexican meal. They are easy to make and one batch makes a lot of them. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and a drizzle of honey and they will have your eyes rolling. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can…... view full recipe

pork tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and sour cream

Pork Tacos

We LOVE Mexican Food. And these Pork Tacos are some of the BEST! They take a bit of time to make (most of which is just letting the pork cook), but they're totally worth the time it takes. Good things come to those who wait, right?! Pair these with a Margarita and you're ready for Cinco de Mayo, or a lunch or dinner with great Mexican food! Watch me make these Pork Tacos, along with…... view full recipe

White and blue plate topped with delicious dessert drizzled with brown and white sauce and red strawberries

Creamed Bananas in Puffed Pastry Shells

I invented this Creamed Bananas in Puffed Pastry Shells recipe one day when I was a fairly new innkeeper. I was having an overnight inspection to become part of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado Association. There was a 190 point inspection checklist at the time, including an overnight stay by the inspector. I served a 3-course breakfast every day of the nearly 18 years I was an innkeeper, and that morning the dessert…... view full recipe

Golden round doughnuts with a chocolate glistening glaze on top and white cream oozing from inside

Bavarian Cream Doughnuts

These tender yeast doughnuts will make everyone roll their eyes in decadent delight. They aren't difficult to make, but do take some time for the yeast to rise. If you have a few hours, these doughnuts will be well worth the wait! Enjoy! 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for…... view full recipe

Fettuccini with chicken, zucchini, onions, carrots and a red pepper sauce

Red Pepper Pasta Primavera

I have been making this pasta recipe for many years, and it's one of my husband's favorite pasta dishes (spaghetti with my homemade sauce reigns as #1 for him still). You can skip the chicken if you want it to be a vegetarian pasta dish, and it's just as good It's the red pepper sauce that makes it so good! You can make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until…... view full recipe

Round shortbread cookies with specs of rosemary along with a cup of tea a a jar of honey

Rosemary Honey Shortbread Cookies

These melt in your mouth Rosemary Honey Shortbread Cookies are a sweet and savory delight along with a cup of tea or for a cookie exchange. Shortbread cookies are my absolute favorite, and I love finding many ways of changing up a basic shortbread cookie. My basic Scottish Shortbread Cookie is still my absolute favorite however. But these are a wonderful addition to my shortbread cookie collection, especially when I serve them at a tea…... view full recipe

Dark Chocolate Cookies filled with Gooey Nutella

Chocolate Nutella-Filled Cookies

These rich dark chocolate, Nutella-Filled Cookies are to die for! One will do you as they're really rich. They're gooey on the inside, and melt-in-your mouth on the outside. They're not really easy cookies to make, so be warned in advance, but they're totally worth the extra work they take to make. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased…... view full recipe

Creamy Risotto with Mushrooms garnished with parsley

Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is an Italian rice dish that is savory and creamy and oh so delicious! There are a variety of ways you can change up basic risotto, but the basic risotto is so good just by itself. This recipe is for Mushroom Risotto, but you can change it up. Instead of mushrooms you can add cooked shrimp, peas, or just leave it plain with the creaminess of the risotto itself along with some Parmesan cheese.…... view full recipe

Cheesy Hashbrown casserole with green onions

Creamy Hash Browns

These Creamy Hash Browns are to die for potatoes! I've also heard them called "Funeral Potatoes" as well. I've been making these for years for both my family and at the Bed and Breakfast Inn we had for 17 years. Everyone loves them! My daughter's mother-in-law makes them too, but has a little bit of a different recipe, and hers has a corn flake topping on them. This is an easy recipe and will serve…... view full recipe

jars of caramel sauce with twine and a spoon, along with chunky sea salt

Salted Caramel Sauce

This Salted Caramel Sauce is SO addicting! I use for a variety of of things. I'll put it in cheesecakes, in my apple pies, drizzle it over ice cream, French toast or pancakes, and it's also a great dipping sauce for sliced apples and other fruits. And if you don't want it salted just skip the salt and you have regular Caramel Sauce! It's also super easy to make and takes less than 15 minutes.…... view full recipe

Lamb cake with coconut, raisins, on a bed of Easter grass

Easter Lamb Cake

My Mom made this Lamb Cake every year for Easter, but she made it with Pound Cake and Buttercream Frosting. Carrot Cake is my favorite cake so I changed it up and make mine with Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting. Mom Mom still makes this cake for Easter every year, even though she's now in her 80's! I hope to be like her when I grow up 😉 Feel free to use any of…... view full recipe

Yellow lemon Martini in clear glasses with lemons

Lemon Drop Martini

I don't drink much, especially at home, but when we go to a restaurant I like to have a drink or two. Lemon Drop Martinis are one of my go to drinks. I love the sweet and sour and citrus from this drink. I tried lots of different variations trying to fine my favorite and this is the one that I have come up with. Enjoy! *Note: You will need simple syrup for this martini.…... view full recipe

green milkshake with whipped topping and shamrocks in front of a green background

Shamrock Shake

We can't forget about those kiddos, or those that don't drink alcoholic beverages on St. Patrick's Day, they shouldn't miss out on all the fun! So here's a Mint Shamrock Shake that everyone will love! These are my Granddaughters enjoying them. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for a Colorado…... view full recipe

Fried chicken on a white plate and blue towel

Southern Fried Chicken

There's nothing more southern than Fried Chicken. My Mom always made fried chicken the day before we were to go out on a boating adventure. We would eat it cold on the shore along with her famous potato salad, along with watermelon. It brings fond memories of those outings. We eat it mostly from the fryer when it's hot now, and sometimes with Waffles (Chicken and Waffles). It's great drizzled with a bit of honey…... view full recipe

Mashed Potatoes with bits of green and butter in the middle

Colcannon Potatoes

I made these Irish Colcannon Potatoes for the first time for St. Patrick's Day in 2021 and they were TO DIE FOR! My hubby is not a fan of kale, and though I'm not a fan of it, I'll eat it in a salad with other greens. However, I heard somewhere that if you cook your kale a little bit it removes the bitterness, and we found this to be quite true. We couldn't detect…... view full recipe

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with bowls of oats and raisins

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I love oatmeal cookies, but my hubby always likes raisins in his oatmeal cookies, so I always add raisins to my oatmeal cookies when I make them, just for him. You can omit the raisins if you don't like raisins in your cookies. These are a staple cookie I make, second to Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies (my hubby's #1 favorite cookie). TIP: If you want to keep your cookies soft, put a piece of bread…... view full recipe

Golden crescent rolls filled with melted marshmallows, cinnamon and sugar

Resurrection Rolls

I made these Resurrection Rolls on Easter morning every year when my kids were growing up. Now my daughters make them for their kids. We also tell the Easter (Resurrection) story as we make them and read the scriptures from the Bible as we prepare them and eat them. Here's the story: 1. Read the following scriptures as you are making the rolls, stating: The crescent rolls represent the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.…... view full recipe

Guinness Beef Pie

Guinness Beef Pie

A friend made us a Steak and Guinness Pie a couple years ago and my husband fell it love with it. I asked her for the recipe so I could make it myself. Here is the recipe with a couple of tweaks. It's perfect for a St. Patrick's Day dinner, or any day of year actually. Enjoy! I made this into 2 smaller pies in this picture instead of 1 regular sized pie. And here…... view full recipe

Green Martini with whipped cream topping and chocolate shavings in a clear martini glass

Bailey’s Mint Martini

What can you drink on St. Patrick's Day if you don't like Guinness or beer? That would be me, I'm not a beer fan. But I do like martinis! So this Bailey's Mint Martini is my drink of choice (either that or some Jameson Whiskey) on St. Patrick's Day. It's easy to whip up and you'll love it! 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE…... view full recipe

Irish Soda Bread with Golden Raisins on a wooden cutting board

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is the perfect accompaniment to Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Irish Guinness Steak Pie, which I'll be making for St. Patrick's Day this year. The raisins in it give it a little sweetness, but not too much. It's not difficult to make, it just takes some time for the bread to rise. *NOTE ABOUT WARM BUTTERMILK: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled. This is normal. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found…... view full recipe

Swedish meatballs in a cream sauce

Swedish Meatballs

My Mom made Swedish Meatballs as an entree with buttered egg noodles when I was growing up and I love them to this day! I've tweaked on the sauce from her recipe just a tad and have come up with our favorite sauce. I often make them as an appetizer and serve them right in the crock pot without the noodles. Great for a holiday or party. And if you don't want to take the…... view full recipe

Chocolate and peanut butter coated rice cereal squares coated with powdered sugar.

Puppy Chow

I have been making this Puppy Chow, aka Muddy Buddies, since my kids were little and it's always devoured. My girls now make it with their kids. It's fun to get the kids to help make it along with you. After mixing everything together in the bowl (part 1) I put it in a paper grocery bag and put the powdered sugar in (part 2) and let the kids "shake it up". They love that…... view full recipe

Chocolate covered peanut clusters on a white plate

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

I love peanut clusters, but the problem is they are addicting. When we used to visit my mother-in-law in Virginia she lived about 20 minutes from the Virginia Peanut Company store. We would always make a trip there and I would get the largest tin of chocolate covered peanuts. I would have to ration them because I could easily be naughty and eat the whole tin at once. They are really easy to make and…... view full recipe

Irish Flag Salad with spinach, pear slices, mandarin oranges, feta cheese and pistachios

Irish Flag Salad

This refreshing Irish Flag Salad, with spinach, pears, oranges, Feta cheese, and pistachios brings together the green, white and orange colors of the flag of Ireland. Not only is it pretty, but tastes delicious too! 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for a Colorado getaway, check out our Cascade Luxury…... view full recipe

Chocolate brownies with a mint green frosting and chocolate ganache with green and white sprinkles

Glazed Mint Brownies

I make these rich, Glazed Mint Brownies for St. Patrick's Day. The green is festive for the holiday, and brownies always make a great dessert all year round! Watch me and a wee Leprechaun helper make these brownies on our YouTube Channel Here! As well as Shamrock Shakes and a Baileys Mint Martini! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be…... view full recipe

Peanut Butter Pie with dollops of whip;ped cream and peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Pie

If you love peanut butter cups you will LOVE this Peanut Butter Pie! It's a family favorite and I sometimes request it for my birthday. It's easy to make, but there is some chill time involved, so make sure you make it ahead of time. Enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if…... view full recipe

Beef and Bean Chili


I love Chili on a cold snowy wintry night. I always have ingredients on hand to make chili. We have had guests in the B&B that have gotten snowed in and I can always whip up a batch of chili and cornbread to serve them. It's my go-to comfort food during the cold Colorado winter months. It's easy to make, and can easily be changed up to personalize it just the way you want it.…... view full recipe

Margaritas with Lime, Chips and Salsa


Who doesn't love Margaritas?! I sure do! But I hate it when you go to a restaurant and order a margarita and it just takes like lime juice or sweet and sour mix. I want some punch in my Margaritas! We go to Mexico frequently and they have the best Margaritas, no matter where we go! I spent a lot of time trying different concoctions of Margarita mixes and Tequila and have learned that you…... view full recipe

Monkey Bread with Blueberries and Lemon Zest

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is one of those easy Sticky Bun type recipes made in a Bundt pan or tube pan. It's super easy to make, and I guarantee it will be devoured! Make these for your family or for a breakfast pot luck and everyone will love you for it! You can also change this recipe up it up by adding 1 cup of blueberries and a bit of lemon zest instead, 1 cup of cranberries…... view full recipe

Mocha Walnut Muffins

Mocha Walnut Muffins

I have been making these Mocha Walnut Muffins for well over 30 years, and they have always been a hit. I used to bake for a coffee shop and would make these into giant muffins and they sold out daily. The buttermilk makes them moist, and the coffee and chocolate make these extra special. If you don't want the walnuts, you can skip them. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook…... view full recipe

Mozzarella balls and cherry tomato kebabs with a balsamic glaze

Mozzarella and Tomato Kebabs with Balsamic Glaze

These easy to make Mozzarella and Tomato Kebabs with Balsamic Glaze are a refreshing snack or appetizer, and always get devoured whenever I bring them to a pot luck. I wait to put the Balsamic Glaze on top until serving time or it can drizzle off. You can also add a basil leaf in between the mozzarella and tomatoes for a Caprese Kebabs. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky…... view full recipe

Mozzarella balls and cherry tomato kebabs with a balsamic glaze

Balsamic Glaze

I love the sweet and sour of this Balsamic Glaze. It's actually more sweet than it is sour. It's super easy to make, and will keep for months in the refrigerator. I keep it in a squeeze bottle and drizzle it on all kinds of things... Italian Eggs Benedict, Mozzarella-Tomato Kebabs, Caprese Salad, Strawberry-Spinach Salad, and more. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites…... view full recipe

Beignets with powdered sugar


Beignets... YUM! I actually ate Navajo Fry Bread, and then Sopapillas before I had Beignets. They are also like a light, fluffy doughnut. They are all fairly similar, but some Beignets, and most doughnuts, use yeast, and Fry Bread and Sopapillas use baking powder, and they are all made just a little differently. But since this post is about Beignets, I'll share the recipe I use for making these pillowy, puffy treats. They are a…... view full recipe

Golden Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins

These Raisin Bran Muffins are the perfect source of fiber when we need an extra boost of fiber, and they're pretty tasty as well. Don't be scared off by the time it takes to make these, 8 hours is refrigeration. My husband and myself have had  numerous surgeries. And if anyone has taken pain meds or had anesthesia you know that it can mess with your bowels. So I try to make lots of high…... view full recipe

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of those decadent pasta dishes that we like to order when we want to spurge on our pasta dinner. It's actually really simple to make and only takes a few ingredients. You can change it up by adding grilled chicken strips, cooked shrimp, peas, zucchini, carrots, roasted red bell peppers, and more. Be creative and jazz it up or keep it simple and traditional. WATCH US MAKE THIS ON OUR LIVE…... view full recipe

Ruby Red Grapefruit with Caramelized Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

I'm not a Grapefruit fan, unless it's cooked this way! When I served grapefruit this way at the Bed and Breakfast Inn we had for nearly 18 years, I was able to make a lot of non-grapefruit eaters fall in love with grapefruit. If you're not a grapefruit fan, try it this way, you will become a believer! The main thing about grapefruit is to use Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit. That's a MUST! That grapefruit…... view full recipe

French Onion Soup with Crispy Baguette and melted cheese

French Onion Soup

Who doesn't love a good French Onion Soup? Especially on a cold day? I am one that doesn't like raw onions, but I love cooked onions in so many ways, and French Onion Soup when it's done right is SO good! This is one of my favorite soups, and is really easy to make. This particular recipe I got from my husband's Grandma Martha, and it's still a family favorite with my kids as well…... view full recipe

Layeres of Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, sprinkled with Chopped Nuts

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm not really a cake person, I'd rather have pies or cheesecakes, but there are a few cakes I do like; and Carrot Cake is one of them. This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a version of my Mom's recipe that I tweaked a bit. It's moist and flavorful and will become a favorite, I assure you! You can also make them into cupcakes or muffins. My husband prefers his Carrot Cake as…... view full recipe

Dipping Sauces

Fondue Dipping Sauces

My husband and I have a tradition of having Fondue at home on Valentine's Day instead of going out to dinner. It's crowded at restaurants, hard to get a reservation if you don't plan way ahead, and expensive! So instead, we have a romantic dinner at home. We start with a Cheese Fondue, then move on to the main entree with Filet Mignon cut into cubes, and sometimes include chicken cubes, shrimp and scallops. Then…... view full recipe

Decaent Bernaise Sauce over Meat and Asparagus

Bernaise Sauce

Bernaise Sauce is similar to Hollandaise Sauce but has a couple extra ingredients making it more flavorful and elevated. It's a great accompaniment on a good steak, and vegetables, and as a dipping sauce for Fondue. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for a Colorado getaway, check out our Cascade…... view full recipe

Honey Mustard Sauce and Dressing

Honey Mustard Sauce and Dressing

Honey Mustard has become very popular over the past decade or so. It's a perfect salad dressing and dip for chicken. It's easy to make and much cheaper than buying it in the, and better than those "packets" you get at the fast food restaurants. You can also tweak on the ingredients to change it up. Enjoy! 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites…... view full recipe

Horseradish Mayonnaise

Horseradish Mayonnaise

This Horseradish Mayonnaise is an easy sauce to make, and so good as an accompaniment to prime rib, roast beef, fondue, or tuna. Use it to make chicken salad, egg salad, salmon salads, and as a spread on wraps and sandwiches, and more. Once you have it you will never want to eat your meat plain, or just put plain ole mayo on your sandwiches. And you can substitute the mayonnaise with sour cream or…... view full recipe

Cocktail Sauce with Golden Fried Shrimp

Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail Sauce is a must with shrimp. I like to not only use it for Shrimp Cocktail, or Golden Fried Shrimp, but also as an accompaniment when we make shrimp with our Fondue or or Kabobs. It's easy to make and a lot cheaper than buying it at the store. 500 recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our…... view full recipe

Creamy Garlic Aioli Sauce

Garlic Aioli

Garlic Aioli is such a versatile sauce, and really easy to make. Spread it on the bun of your burgers, bread for sandwiches, use as a dipping sauce for meats and fondues, on fish, and a myriad of other foods. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for a Colorado getaway,…... view full recipe

Hollowed out potato skins filled with melted cheddar cheese, crisp bacon pieces, sour cream and chives

Potato Skins

These Potato Skins are easy to make, and even easier to eat! They disappear so fast whenever I make them as an appetizer. They are always a sure bet to never have any leftovers. I often use small baby potatoes for these and they're "popper" size. But you can use full sized potatoes as well for larger ones. Typically with the larger ones I'll cut each half into 2 or 3 wedges to make them…... view full recipe

Rich chocolate pudding cakes

Chocolate Sundae Pudding Cakes

These decadent Chocolate Sundae Pudding Cakes are similar to a chocolate lava cake, but easier and more forgiving to make, and just as rich and decadent. You can make them in a single pan, or in individual ramekins for personal servings. I made these all the time at the Bed and Breakfast Inn we had and they were always a hit. Top them a scoop of vanilla ice cream and let the ice cream melt…... view full recipe

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict are by far my favorite breakfast food. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all the time. They're actually pretty easy to make, and there are many variations to them.The thing that makes them so decadent is the Hollandaise Sauce. Here is my recipe on how to make Hollandaise Sauce. Making poached eggs can be a challenge until you know some of the tricks of the trade. Here are some tips…... view full recipe

Hollandaise Sauce with butter, lemons, eggs and pepper

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise Sauce is something I could just spoon into my mouth when I make it. It's the thing I love best about Eggs Benedict. It's also the perfect sauce for asparagus. Try it on a good steak or salmon and you'll always be making Hollandaise sauce to put on top your steak and salmon. Hollandaise Sauce can be intimidating, and it can "break" easily if you don't pay attention to it. So let's take some…... view full recipe

Vanilla Creme Brulee Custard with a caramelized sugar topping in white ramekins

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is one of those special desserts that you can order at a restaurant. But did you know that Crème Brûlée is actually pretty easy to make? I make many types of Crème Brûlée, but Vanilla Crème Brûlée is a standard pretty much anywhere. I'll make more in the future of some of the other varieties, but we'll start with this. You will be making it more often now that you know how! And…... view full recipe

Garlic Croutons

Garlic Croutons

Croutons are a given on a salad, but there are lots of other things you can use croutons for. Sprinkle them on top of soup, chili or chowder. Crush them up and sprinkle them on a savory casserole you're making when you put it in the oven. Use them for stuffing. Put them in your Green Bean Casserole, and crush them up slightly and add them to the fried onion you put on top. And…... view full recipe

Buffalo Chicken Wings on a bed of lettuce with blue cheese dressing

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings, they are a MUST for a Super Bowl Party, or New Year's Eve Party! I ALWAYS make Buffalo Wings when we host parties for those events. I also make them sometimes when we host a BBQ, they always disappear fast! My hubby is pretty picky about his wings. I have found the best way to have crispy wings with a spicy sauce, and I'll share that with you. Tips for making the BEST…... view full recipe

Split Pea Soup with ham, carrots, onions, and celery

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup... that's one of those soups that are so good, whether you like peas or not. My hubby has hated peas all of his life and he still won't eat them to this today. However, I make 2 things that have peas in them that he absolutely loves, and this Split Pea Soup is one of them. I think the reason is because there's so much ham in it, and it's not a…... view full recipe

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers filled with cheese and sprinkled with brown sugar and chili powder

Jalapeno Poppers

These Jalapeno Poppers are super popular in my family. When I host a party, I ALWAYS have to have these Jalapeno Poppers or I will be chastised. They aren't hard to make, and are always a hit. I have to make at least double what I would think I need because they go fast, and they are also great as leftovers. I also try to get jalapeno peppers that are more hot, as those are…... view full recipe

Bacon Wrapped Sausage Roll Ups with a Mustard Dipping Sauce

Sausage Roll Ups with Mustard Dipping Sauce

I make these Sausage Roll Ups for a holiday appetizer. My oldest daughter loves these, so I often assign the task of making them to her. They are always a hit, but how can you go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon, right?! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for…... view full recipe

Sliced Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread, YUM! There's nothing better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven, and sourdough bread is just one of the best! In order to make sourdough bread you have to have a good sourdough starter. Here is the link for my SOURDOUGH STARTER RECIPE. If you don't have a sourdough starter going, you'll want to plan ahead and make the starter a week before you want to make bread to get…... view full recipe

White bubbly fermenting liquid commonly known as sourdough starter

Sourdough Starter (Traditional)

Sourdough Bread, YUM, right?! A good sourdough bread starts with a good starter. I have had my sourdough starters (this traditional Sourdough Starter, and Sweet Sourdough Starter) going for many years. The biggest reason people don't make sourdough starter is because they feel it's too much work to keep going. However, sourdough starter is actually pretty easy to keep going, and very forgiving if you forget about it. There are ways to "bring it back…... view full recipe

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Tortilla Chips

Buffalo Chicken Dip

My daughter shared this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip with me several years ago. She makes it all the time for her family as appetizers, they all love spicy foods. This is more of a "medium" heat. If you want it spicier, add more wing sauce. If you want it more mild, add less. You can also change it up and make it a BBQ Chicken Dip by substituting BBQ sauce for the wing sauce.…... view full recipe

squares of white chocolate fudge with red cranberries and green pistachios on a red plate with white snowflakes

White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge

This White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge is super quick and easy to make, and it's red, white and green colors and perfect for the holidays. You can change it up and substitute dried cherries and dried blueberries in the summer for a 4th of July version, and try other nuts like cashews. 500 recipes similar to these cookies can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be…... view full recipe

White chocolate coated cookies with dark chocolate stripes, looking like birch logs, with green pine branches, yellow aspen leaves, and a brown pine cone

Chai Birch Log Cookies

These Chai Birch Log Cookies are spicy shortbread cookies and are not only super cute, but they are just as delicious to eat as they are beautiful. They're easy to make yet everyone will be so impressed! And you can make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice too! CLICK HERE for the easy recipe and keep it on hand in a spice jar. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain…... view full recipe

Cone shaped golden cookies in a martini glass and on a plate with the edges dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Gilded Danish Sugar Cones

These delicate, buttery cookies are quite decadent. They do take a little bit of skill to quickly form them into cones before they cool and harden, but they sure look fancy once you've got them done. You can also roll them into a tube shape and dip both of the ends as well. 500 recipes similar to these cookies can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can…... view full recipe

Chocolate and Golden crispy Pizzelle cookies, cream filled canoli and cones


These light and crispy Italian cookies are not only beautiful but taste delicious as well. My Mom has been making these ever since I can remember. She makes dozens of these for family gatherings and they are gone in a flash. You can also mold them into other shapes when you first take them off the Pizzelle Iron. You can make them into cone shapes for ice cream cones, or roll them into large rolls…... view full recipe

creamy peanut butter balls dipped in dark chocolate on a white plate

Peanut Butter Balls

Do you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? I sure do! These Peanut Butter Balls are even better than the famous candy, and fun to make. I will warn you though, they are addicting! You can make Buckeyes the same way, just dip the balls about 3/4 of the way up in the melted chocolate and set to dry with exposed peanut butter on top. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook…... view full recipe

Golden round cookies coated with cinnamon and sugar, stacked and wrapped witjh a red and white snowflake ribbon


These easy to make cookies are an easy favorite for just about anyone! And if you can't have nuts, these are a great cookie for you to try! The cream of tartar give them a little tang, and the cinnamon and sugar they are rolled in before baking ends up looking like crackle after the cookies have spread and baked. And if you can eat them warm, without eating the whole batch, you absolutely must,…... view full recipe

Golden Oat cookies filled with a sweet date filling, garnished with additional dates

Date Bars

My Mom used to make these Date Bars when I was a kid and I loved them then, and love them even more now as an adult! The sweet date filling inside an oat crust and topping is what makes these cookies so good! Cutting up the dates can be a little bit of a sticky process, but other than that, these are pretty easy to make, and worth the effort. This recipe, and 499…... view full recipe

Golden brown cowboy cookies with oats and hocolate chips on a wooden cutting board with a pink bandana, brown cowboy hat, and orange leaves

Cowboy Cookies

These are BIG cookies, so be careful not to eat a whole lot of them at once, if you can resist! They have a lot of different ingredients in them, which is what makes them so delicious, but you can always change them up with other ingredients if you don't like any of these, but really, they are just downright delicious. And big enough for a cowboy, or cowgirl! Enjoy! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE…... view full recipe

white candy with crispy chow mein noodles, salted peanuts and green, white and red sprinkles on a red and black checkered plate

White Ting-A-Lings

This easy no-bake White Ting-A-Lings candy, sometimes known as white haystacks, is a hit with kids and adults alike over the holidays (or year round). It only uses 3 ingredients (4 if you add sprinkles). They literally take about 15 minutes to make, so easy! And you can change up the ingredients if you want too. Try adding dried cranberries and chopped pistachios instead of the peanuts for a festive color. You can find recipes…... view full recipe

white plate with square brown brownies topped with white whipped cream and sprinkled with shaved chocolate, and glasses of white eggnog and golden bourbon

Spiked Eggnog Brownies

We can all agree that brownies are a go-to bar cookie that we all love. I have a few different brownie recipes, and the eggnog and bourbon in these Spiked Eggnog Brownies make these a great festive treat for the holidays. These brownies are made in a jelly roll pan and are a bit thinner than traditional brownies. If you want them thicker, just make them in a 9"x13" pan instead, reduce the baking temperature…... view full recipe

Strawberry Pecan Twist Cookies

Strawberry Pecan Twist Cookies

These Strawberry Pecan Twist Cookies are one of my personal favorite cookies! They are tender and flaky and just melt in your mouth when you take a bite of them. You start with a box of pre-mixed pie crust dough, which is what makes them so delicious, or you can also make your own dough, without the wet ingredients, just weigh it to make sure you have the right amount. You can also change the…... view full recipe

Golden shortbread cookie balls with chopped pecans rolled in white powdered sugar on a black and red checkered plate

Russian Teacakes

These Russian Teacake Cookies, also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes, are arguably one of my favorite cookies (though I like so many cookies it's hard to choose just one to be my favorite, I'd have to settle for a top 10). When I begin my Christmas Cookie baking (which goes on for weeks), these are always the first cookie I make every year, it just gets me started on my holiday cookie baking. I have…... view full recipe

Deep red cranberry sauce with purple blackberries

Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is a must with that Thanksgiving Turkey. But why not take it a step further and add a little more flavor? This Blackberry Cranberry Sauce is just the thing to take basic cranberry sauce to the next level. It's just as easy as plain cranberry sauce, but it has a bit more flavor. Everyone will be so impressed when you make your own homemade cranberry sauce with some extra special flavors in it.…... view full recipe

toasted bread stuffing with raisins, celery, onions, carrots, and apples


I know there's a few debates about stuffing... Is it stuffing, or is it dressing? Do you cook it inside the turkey, or in the oven? Do you use bread or cornbread? These are just a few of the many debates about "stuffing". As for me, I am old school and use bread stuffing inside the turkey the way my Momma always made it. Everyone loves it and if I don't stuff my turkey I'm…... view full recipe

Log of white butter with flecks of herbs in the butter with fresh rosemary, sage leaves, and thyme

Herb Butter

I make this herb butter for a number of things. I'll put it under the skin in my turkey or chicken before I roast them. I spread it on bread for sandwiches, especially turkey sandwiches. It's also great on toast with eggs. And you can melt it and brush it on your pizza dough, especially the edges, before you bake pizza. If at all possible, use fresh herbs, their flavor is more robust than dried…... view full recipe

Brie en Croute; golden puff pastry filled with Brie cheese and surrounded by yellpear and red apple slices

Brie en Croute

  I make this Brie en Croute every time I host a holiday as an appetizer. It's always one of the favorites and goes quickly. It's surprisingly easier to make than you would think.You can top the Brie with some Pecan Praline Sauce (pictured here), Pear and Cranberry Chutney, Fig jam, or any other topping before wrapping to make it extra special, or just leave it plain, either way is delicious. Serve it with some…... view full recipe

orange mashed sweet potatoes with a crispy pecan and brown sugar topping

Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole has a crunchy pecan topping that makes it extra special and I always have to double the recipe when I have large family gatherings. I make it every time I make our Thanksgiving Turkey and at Christmas as well. Make this for your holiday gatherings and you will be the hit of the dinner party! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins'…... view full recipe

Orange pumpkin cheesecake with a brown gingerbread crust and dolloped with whipped cream on and brown plate and pumpkins as decorations

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin and Cheesecake, need I say more? Two of my favorite things in one dessert, it's a dream come true! And if you think it couldn't get any better, let's make the crust out of crispy gingersnap cookies, YUM! Here are a few tips about cooking cheesecakes: Don't overmix, or "whip" your cheesecake batter or you'll have too much air in it and it will crack, especially after adding eggs. When adding eggs, mix on…... view full recipe

cooked red deer meat with a charred crust

Grilled Venison Backstrap

My hubby went deer hunting for the first time last weekend and got a deer. I know, he killed Bambi. But, it's not for sport (well, maybe a little bit), it's for food. I have personally  never been a fan of gamey tasting meat, but have really enjoyed some game meat when it's cooked well, especially wild boar. He needs to go boar hunting next time. Anyway, now that we have venison, I need to…... view full recipe

Toasted Crostini topped with melted white Gorgonzola cheese, golden caramelized onions, and sweet fig jam

Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Fig Jam

I love appetizers, almost as much as desserts! Every holiday we have about a dozen appetizers before the main meal. These Crostini with Gorgonzola cheese, Caramelized onions, and sweet fig jam are one of my favorites. I have to confess, I actually have several favorites, this is just one of them. You can make the jam and onions ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to assemble. Just pull…... view full recipe

Chunku Pears, Bright red cranberries, in a red cranberry and pear sauce

Pear and Cranberry Chutney

This chutney is delicious on so many things, and so easy to make! Pour it over a block of softened cream cheese or ice cream, and serve it with crackers, spread it on toast, add it to yogurt, on top of of pancakes and waffles, or on Brie in Brie en Croute. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased…... view full recipe

a pear half on white vanilla yogurt with a garnish of mint and raspberry on top, served on a china plate with grapes and leaves

Maple Poached Pears on Vanilla Yogurt

These Maple Poached Pears on a Bed of Vanilla Yogurt are so comforting on a cold day. I served them at the Bed and Breakfast we had often, and were always gone in a flash! They are easy to make and so delicious. The maple flavor in the poaching water infuses into the pears as they simmer and become tender. They are perfect as an accompaniment to any breakfast dish, and as an easy dessert.…... view full recipe

Golden Yellow Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Corn

I have been making this Caramel Corn since my children were little. We didn't celebrate Halloween when they were growing up (I know, horrors! yes, that was a pun, and I don't do them that often! haha!), but didn't want them to think it was a punishment, so we always had yummy snacks that I would make, including this Caramel Popcorn, and we would have movie night (no scary movies though, I still don't like…... view full recipe

Golden brown buttery sauce with chopped pecans

Pecan Praline Sauce

This Pecan Praline Sauce is SOOOO good., and really easy to make! I have to be careful to not eat the whole .thing by myself! I often double or triple the recipe and put them in jars and give them away as gifts during the holidays. I put it on brie in Brie en Croute, and pour it over softened cream cheese and serve with cinnamon graham crackers. Warm it up and pour it over…... view full recipe

Pecan Muffins with a crumbly streusel topping

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

I LOVE fall baking, and especially anything pumpkin and spice! I have been making these Pumpkin Streusel Muffins for about 30 years and they are truly the BEST Pumpkin Muffins you will ever have! I got so many requests for the recipe at the Bed and Breakfast when I served them, and they are always gobbled up in no time! MAKE AHEAD TTP: You can make the dry mix ahead of time and keep it…... view full recipe

Pumpkin Spice Seasonings

Pumpkin Spice Seasoning

It seems everyone loves a good Pumpkin Spice anything come fall. You can buy pumpkin spice seasoning to put in your pies, cakes, and coffee, but you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost and keep it in a spice jar to use year round. Here is a quick and easy recipe to make your own pumpkin spice seasoning. You're welcome! More recipes like this can be found in our cookbook “Rocky…... view full recipe

Golden thick French Toast with a a purple Lingonerry topping, whipped cream, sausage, and garnished with fruit and parsley

Lingonberry French Toast

This Lingonberry French Toast is a quick and easy breakfast dish that I made all the time at the Bed and Breakfast Inn. Guests always raved about it, and it's one of my daughter's favorite breakfast dishes. Now that she's an adult, married with 8 children, I try to make it for her on her birthday. It's convenient since she lives right next door, I just have to make enough for a crowd, which is…... view full recipe

Zucchini Bread with specs of zucchini, grated zucchini, and fresh whole zucchini

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread is one of those late summer staples, but it's not always easy to find a good recipe. I have been making this recipe since I was a teenager. I had a girlfriend that lived with her Grandma and they would grow their own vegetables, including zucchini, and this was her Grandma's recipe, which I've tweaked on just a tad. Enjoy! CLICK HERE TO SEE US MAKE THIS ZUCCHINI BREAD LIVE! This recipe, and…... view full recipe

Flaky crab meat in a breaded crust

Crab Cakes

I am not one to like fishy tasting food, but I love pretty much any seafood you put in front of me. Crab is delicious! And these Crab Cakes are fantastic! Especially if you serve them with an accompanying Cucumber-Dill Sauce (which can be found in my cookbook, link below). Here is a great recipe for Crab Cakes with Cucumber-Dill Sauce. CLICK HERE TO SEE A COOKING DEMONSTRATION ON HOW TO MAKE THESE LIVE! This…... view full recipe

Juicy oranges peaches with a golden topping and white vanilla bean ice cream

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler is one of those late summertime favorites. I get bushes of Colorado Palisade peaches directly from the orchard and they are SO good. Not to be biased, but I have had Georgia peaches as well, and Colorado Palisade peaches are just the best, and anyone that tries them agrees. This peach cobbler is a must have with peaches. I can peaches when I get them so I make make peach dishes all year…... view full recipe

cubes of watermelon with a white coconut cream and golden brown coconut pieces, and a slice of lime

Watermelon with Coconut Cream and Toasted Coconut

Summertime is ripe with lots of mouthwatering fruit. Watermelon is one of those sweet, juicy summer fruits that all of us can't seem to get enough of. Here is a recipe for Watermelon with Coconut Cream and Toasted Coconut I made at the B&B during summer months that's easy and delicious! The combination of coconut, lime juice, and crispy toasted coconut makes it for a delicious refreshing fruit dish. Enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others,…... view full recipe

Gooey chocolate bar cookies with an oatmeal cookie crust

Chocolate Revel Bars

Gooey chocolate meets oatmeal with these decadent, rich, oatmeal, chocolatey cookies are SO good, and being a bar cookie, are easy to make! They will be devoured quickly, enjoy! And if you are staying in our Cascade Luxury Suite, you just may get these in your cookie jar 😋 CLICK HERE to watch a cooking demonstration on how to make these LIVE! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain…... view full recipe

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

I have been making these cinnamon rolls for over 30 years, and my family and friends can't get enough of them. I used to bake for a coffee shop and these would fly off the shelf, and get devoured when I made them for the B&B.Enjoy! A time saver if you want them freshly baked but don't want to get up at 3:00am to make them is to make them up to the part they…... view full recipe

Crispy Golden Fried Coconut Shrimp with a yellow pina colada dipping sauce

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp is one of those amazing seafood recipes that you just can't get enough of. Part of it is the crunchy sweet breading and and meaty shrimp, and part is the dipping sauce. I just can't get enough of either one when I have coconut shrimp. I have found just the right breading mix and not just one, but two dipping sauces to enjoy while eating this shrimp. Try either our Orange Marmalade Dipping…... view full recipe

a fresh salad with green spinach leaves, sliced red strawberries, slivers of monterey jack cheese, and sugar-cinnamon coated pecans.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is perfect for those summer BBQs if you want something a little more healthy, or as a light, cool, refreshing lunch or dinner on hot summer days or nights. The Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing and Cinnamon Glazed Pecans really makes this an extra special salad. CLICK HERE to find the recipe for the Cinnamon Glazed Pecans. LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD ON OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION HERE (along with the Raspberry…... view full recipe

Pecan Pie with flaky crust

Pecan Pie

I love Pecan Pie! And this recipe is one I've been making for many years, and is a keeper! And it's a really easy pie to make. I make it along with Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie (and a few others 😀 ) over the holidays. But Pecan Pie is one of my personal favorites and I make it mostly for me (but I share 😉 ). Enjoy! CLICK HERE for the Pie Crust Recipe.…... view full recipe

Chocolate crepes with cherry pie filling and cream in between and on top, garnished with shaved chocolate curls

Chocolate Crepes

Traditional Crepes are delicious, but add some chocolate and they go up to a whole new level! These chocolate crepes are fantastic with some jam spread in the middle, or some light pillowy cream, or some fresh fruit, just try them and you will be in heaven! Enjoy! CLICK HERE to see me make these crepes LIVE! 500 more recipes like this one can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE…... view full recipe

Fluted Crepes filled with a poached egg and runny yolk and cheese with herbs and a sliced tomato

Herbed Asiago Eggs in Fluted Crepe Cups

I LOVE crepes in any way, shape or form! When we had the Bed and Breakfast I would make this egg dish for our guests. Not only does it look pretty, but they taste SO good! A few tips about this dish: Here is the recipe for the Crepes, which can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. Just take them out and bring them to room temperature before assembling. Crack your…... view full recipe

Crepes with berries, a butter flower, and garnished with mint.


Who doesn't love crepes?! These thin, light French pancakes are so versatile. They can be made into a savory dish by filling them with eggs or veggies and topped with a sauce; or they can be sweet and topped with berries or filled with jam or cream; and can made plain or with chocolate. I will share other crepe recipes in other blog posts in the future, so check back here for links to those…... view full recipe

Cabbage salad with green cabbage, orange carrots, and spices in a white creamy sauce

Brian’s Coleslaw

My husband LOVES coleslaw, and he has become quite the food critic over the years. I guess I've spoiled him! He says often times coleslaw can be either too sweet, not wet enough, mush, no flavor, or whatever he can find to come up with. So we scoured recipes in cookbooks and over the internet and tried out many of them. He found one that was "ok, but not quite there yet", so after a…... view full recipe

Glasses of red watermelon and lemon slush with lemons, watermelon and lemons, with green and white striped straws

Lemon Watermelon Cooler

Summer months are hot! And it's so nice to have something cool and refreshing to drink. Lemonade and Watermelon are two summer staples, so why not combine them? Here's a super easy recipe to combine the two for a delicious summertime refresher. And if you want, you can add some sparkling water, seltzer water, or even spike it up a bit for the adults and add some white rum. We have gone to Manitou Springs…... view full recipe

Creamy Lemon Pie with cookie crumb curst and toppings with a lemon twist

Lemon Crunch Pie

I have been making this pie as a dessert for breakfast at the Bed and Breakfast Inn we owned for 17+ years. It was always a hit! And the best thing is it's SO easy to make! And you don't have to bake it and heat up your house during hot summer months. Just make it the day before, or at least 2 hours before you want to serve it, put it in the freezer,…... view full recipe

red sauce with specs of pepper and other spices on ribs, chicken and in a blue and white bowl

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

I have tried SO many different ways and spices and tweaking and have finally come up with this BBQ Sauce recipe, which we have found to be our favorite. It can also be adjusted to make it sweeter or spicier, whichever your taste buds direct you. It's easy and you can store it in the fridge for many weeks. I put mine in a squeeze bottle and the rest in a jar to have on…... view full recipe

Chicken Salad with sliced applies

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad is one of those great dishes that becomes a staple for a summer salad or sandwich. There is such a variety of ways you can serve this salad. Serve it over a bed of bib lettuce as a refreshing summer salad, or even a fairly healthy main entree, serve it in some whole grain bread for a sandwich, or serve it on mini croissants for a fancier sandwich and served at a tea…... view full recipe

Light and Fluffy Cream with fresh red strawberries with green leaves

Devonshire Cream

This is really a "Mock" Devonsire Cream since the cream itself doesn't come from Devon, England. But it's just as delicious, and much easier and quicker to make than Clotted Cream. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to make. I serve it with scones, and I'll use it just as I do whipped cream sometimes, try it with apple pie, you'll be hooked! The tang from the sour cream gives it a special flavor…... view full recipe

Flaky golden scones with lemon curdc devonshire cream, and fresh strawberries

Cream Scones

I went to a tea house one day with my girls when they were young and they served scones that I absolutely fell in love with. They gave every customer an index card with the recipe, and I've been making this basic scone recipe ever since. It can be easily modified by adding different ingredients such as currants, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and so much more, just be creative and add ingredients you may…... view full recipe

Jar with lemon curd next to whole and cut lemons on a blue and white tea towel

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd is a wonderfully delicious, sweet and tart treat that has a myriad of uses. I use it primarily to go with Scones. But I also use it fill in tart shells, as a layer in between layers of cake, on top of Strawberry Shortcake, in mini puff pastry shells topped with a dollop of Devonshire Cream, and so much more. Just be creative. Whatever might sound good with a sweet and sour lemon…... view full recipe

baked eggs in a white dish with tomatoes, onions, bacon and cheese

Layered Scrambled Eggs

This easy recipe is a great way to elevate and fancy up plain scrambled eggs. It can be made in individual dishes, or in one casserole dish. It can even be made ahead of time and baked in the morning. It is very versatile. You can put whatever ingredients you like over the eggs in the casserole dish to personalize it. Try different toppings such as peppers, mushroom, onions, green chilies, asparagus, tomatoes, artichoke hearts,…... view full recipe

Golden brown slices of fresh bread

Beer Bread

This super easy recipe is a perfect bread to serve as a side dish to any savory meal such as beef stew, chicken dishes, fish, and more. It only has a few ingredients, takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, bake it, and it is SO delicious! It's also a great bread to use as toast as well. Once you taste this bread you will be hooked! And don't be afraid of the amount of…... view full recipe

Golden brown glistening rolls

Sourdough Rolls

These sourdough rolls are melt in your mouth delicious. They are easy to make and everyone will devour them. It makes a lot too. You can either feed a crows with them, or cut the recipe down to what you need, or make them in the ball form and freeze them. Here is the sourdough recipe. If you don't have the sourdough going already and need to make the sourdough from scratch, make sure to…... view full recipe

Creamy White Cheesecake with a red raspberry sauce topped with fresh strawberries, under a dark brown chocolate crust

Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake

This decadent cheesecake is a family favorite that I have been making for years, and now my daughter makes it as well, it's one of her favorite cheesecake recipes. I make this recipe every Easter, and here and there throughout the year as well. Don't be intimidated by making your own cheesecake, they're not as hard as you might think. Just follow the recipe and take each step one at a time, and the tips,…... view full recipe

orange baby carrots with sprig of basil

Basil Baby Carrots

Carrots are rich in nutrients, and here is another way to eat those carrots that everyone will love! The addition of a little butter, brown sugar and basil make these extra special, and they're SO easy to make! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our Cookbook, "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorite Recipes" and can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you need a romantic getaway, check out our…... view full recipe

Baked Ham studded with cloves, drizzed with a cranberry glaze, and granished with rosemary

Cranberry Burgundy Glazed Ham

The thing that makes this ham so delicious is the cranberry burgundy glaze that you put over the ham during the last 30 minutes, and serve along side the ham in a gravy dish. SO delicious! Everyone will want your recipe for this glaze. I make this ham for all my holidays, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It's always a hit! Enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others can be found in our Cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge…... view full recipe

Banana bread with sourdough starter and sliced bananas

Sourdough Banana Bread

Who doesn't have those bananas leftover that you don't eat before they start turning brown. This is an excellent way to use up those bananas. And adding the Sourdough Starter gives them an extra special flavor that makes this Banana Bread extra delicious! The recipe for the SOURDOUGH STARTER (click for recipe) is also found in our recipes. Enjoy!' Both of these recipes, and 498 others, can be found in our cookbook, Rocky Mountain Lodge…... view full recipe

White bubbly fermenting liquid commonly known as sourdough starter

Sourdough Starter (Sweet)

There are a few different varieties of sourdough starter. I have made two of them, the original sourdough starter, used for basic sourdough breads, and a sweet sourdough starter, which I use for making friendship bread, banana bread, pancakes, rolls, and many more goodies. I'll share the basic sweet sourdough starter recipe here, and will add links to sourdough recipes once I get those added in the future. Here's a couple things to know about…... view full recipe

A cast iron pan with beef stew and vetetables

Burgundy Beef Stew

Who doesn't love a good Beef Stew during cold wintry nights? This is our favorite beef stew recipe. You can change it up by adding pretty much any kind of veggies you want, such as peas, green beans, corn, etc. Enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our Cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorite Recipes", which can be purchased in our Gift Shop. And if you want a getaway, don't…... view full recipe

Melted dark chocolate with strawberries, bananas and oranges slices dipped in it.

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue, a decadent, rich melted chocolate, with bits of fruit, cake, and other delicious morsels dipped in it make for a fabulous dessert or treat. Here's a little bit of history about Chocolate fondue. It actually didn't even come to be invented until the late 1960's at a New York restaurant in the United States by a Swiss immigrant named Konrad Egli "Konni". This was the first time someone intruded a sweet fondue, and…... view full recipe

Black fondue pot with melted cheese and dipped bread with wine and more bread and cheese in the background

Cheese Fondue

Who doesn't love Fondue?! We do! I have tried numerous fondue recipes over the years and this by far has been our favorite cheese fondue recipe. And there is so much more to dip in this rich cheese sauce other than a good bread. Try veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and carrot slices, for example. Freshly sliced apples and pears, along with some grapes are also an excellent accompaniment to this delicious cheese sauce.…... view full recipe

Round dark brown dough balls coated with chopped pecans and a bottle of bourbon whiskey in the background

Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Spiked candy balls are an easy to make festive holiday treat. And not just for holidays, but any time of year! These rich treats are so easy to make, require no cooking, and you can make them from start to finish in about 30 minutes. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook, "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins MORE Favorite Recipes", which can be purchased at our GIFT SHOP. The cookbook also…... view full recipe

moist layered cookies with a graham cracker crust, an Irish cream layer, coconut and pecans

Bailey’s Magic Cookie Bars

These one pan Bailey's Magic Cookie Bars, also known as Irish Cream Magic Cookie Bars, are easy to make and are rich and delicious. They're great for an adult party and sure to be a hit! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins MORE Favorite Recipes" and can be purchased at our GIFT SHOP.... view full recipe

Snowflake shaped thick sugar cookies with white frosting, blue sprinkles, and blue candies

Sugar Cookies

I have been on the hunt for a few years now for a good, thick sugar cookie, and this is the best recipe I have found. They are tender and delicious and hold up to royal icing and this buttercream frosting, which is what I used to frost these snowflake cookies. Having 15 grandchildren, and running my own business, I don't have lots of time anymore for decorating cookies with royal icing, and buttercream frosting…... view full recipe

Bowl of white frosting with butter and vanilla extracts, and some butter

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting is a staple for any baker. It's used to frost cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and to decorate the same items as well. I have been making this buttercream frosting for more than 30 years. Every time I make a cake I get the best compliments on how delicious the frosting is! The trick is in using the right ingredients. This truly is THE BEST Buttercream Frosting you will ever come across! I'm sorry these…... view full recipe

Round orange cookies cracked with a cracked cinnamon topping

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

If you love snickerdoodles, and pumpkin, you will be in heaven with these cookies as it combines both of those two favorites! These are perfect for fall, or winter, as pumpkin is a seasonal stable throughout the holidays, and year round. Enjoy! And if you are staying in our Cascade Luxury Suite at Rocky Mountain Lodge during the fall or winter, you just may get these in your cookie jar! This recipe, and 499 others,…... view full recipe

Round golden disc of buttery cookies cut into wedges with criss-cross edges

Scottish Shortbread

These buttery melt in your mouth cookies are a traditional cookie that I make every time I host a tea party. I have also made them for cookie exchanges as well. They are easy to make, only use a few ingredients, and are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy! And CLICK HERE to watch our LIVE cooking demonstration on how to make these delicious Scottish Shortbread Cookies! This recipe, and…... view full recipe

Round nutty cookies with cut out in the middle filled with a reddish purple jam, sprinkled with powdered sugar

Linzer Cookies

These Austrian delicacies are a treat anytime of the year, but especially during the holidays. They are a nutty sandwich cookie filled with jam and absolutely delightful. Not only are they a beautiful cookie, but delicious as well! Enjoy! And if you are staying with us in our Cascade Luxury Suite at Rocky Mountain Lodge you just may get these in your cookie jar 😃 This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our…... view full recipe

Square bar cookies with golden crumble crust and red filling adorned with cranberries and oranges

Cranberry-Orange Bars

These seasonal bars are perfect during the holidays. They're not just a beautiful cookie, but have great flavor and will be a hit every time you make them. Plus, being a bar cookie makes them easier to make a lot all at once. Enjoy! And if you are staying in our Cascade Luxury Suite at the Lodge you just may get these in your cookie jar during the holiday season! This recipe, and 499 others,…... view full recipe

Flaky layers of thin, golden dough with finely chopped nuts and a shimmering sauce


Baklava is one of those desserts that are a special treat. They are rich and decadent, and full of ooey gooey goodness. I've been making these for several years, and they are a great gift at Christmas time. They are tedious and time consuming to make, which makes them even more special. But if you are brave enough to take on the challenge, it will be totally worth it, and you will be the envy…... view full recipe

a bowl of cinnamon and sugar coated pecans

Cinnamon Glazed Pecans

I have been making these sugared pecans since my kids were little. They were a favorite with everyone, especially my son. I would have to ration them and put out just a small bowl at a time or they would all be gone in less than an hour if I didn't. They are still a favorite, and so easy to make! I always make them over the Christmas holiday and put them in this cute…... view full recipe

Gooey Cookie Bars with white frosting and crushed peppermint on top

Peppermint Cookie Bars

These cookies are more of a cross between a cookie and a chewy candy, and are so delicious. Not only are they easy to make and delicious, but they are also a very pretty cookie with the crushed peppermint candies on top, making them quite festive! Enjoy! And if you are staying in our Cascade Luxury Suite during the holidays you may just get these in your cookie jar! This recipe, and 499 others, can…... view full recipe

Buttery Shortbread Cookies with a filling of red raspberry jam and drizzled with white cing

Raspberry-Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

This melt in your mouth cookie is one of our entire family's favorite cookies. I always make them during the holidays and they disappear within a day. I also make them for tea parties as they are pretty cookies and look great on a platter! You can substitute the raspberry jam with any flavor jam you like. And if you don't like the almond flavoring, substitute vanilla extract instead. These are versatile and extremely easy…... view full recipe

Deep yellow pumpkin cinnamon rolls with brown spicy icing

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

Everyone in my family, and many of my friends, absolutely love my cinnamon rolls. But these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting are my personal favorite. Firstly, I love anything Pumpkin, though I think the pumpkin craze has gone a bit too far, like Pumpkin Spice Spam, really? That just does not sound appetizing to me, at all. Or pumpkin dog chow? Are dogs really into pumpkin like us humans are? Or how about a…... view full recipe

Fresh pineapple cut into slices and wedges

Pineapple Casserole

I received this recipe from a fellow innkeeper a number of years ago when they brought it to a potluck I was hosting at the Lodge. It was such a huge hit that several of us asked for the recipe. It is an excellent accompaniment to ham and I have been making it every time I make ham ever since, and several of my family members have also asked for the recipe. From the ingredients…... view full recipe

Peppermint Tea Cakes

Peppermint Tea Cakes

The first cookie I typically make when I start my Christmas cookie baking for the season has been Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes). This year I decided to try a little bit of a twist on the traditional cookie by adding some crushed peppermint to the cookie dough, and then rolling them in crushed peppermint again. The peppermint is a perfect variation to this favorite cookie, making them a festive holiday treat! The…... view full recipe

Snow-Capped Gingersnaps

Snow-Capped Gingersnap Cookies

This recipe for my Snow-Capped Gingersnap Cookies is my most requested and popular recipe I make for the holidays. Our home was featured as one of 5 homes to be toured over the holiday season on a Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour a few years ago and I made several hundred of these cookies for the tour and I ran out after the 1st day of the tour they were such a hit. Everyone that…... view full recipe

Pumpkin Roulade

Pumpkin Roulade

This Pumpkin Roulade Recipe (also knows as a Pumpkin Roll) has been a favorite around our house and the Bed and Breakfast Inn for awhile now. Don't be afraid of a cake roll, it's actually really easy. The whole thing only takes about 30 minutes of prep time, and it bakes in 10 minutes! It's a great dessert to make a day ahead of time and the presentation is beautiful! This recipe, and 499 others,…... view full recipe

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze

As with my previous recipe posts, I am a huge pumpkin fan! So I will share a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes over the fall season. These Pumpkin Scones with not just one, but two glazes, included a spiced glaze, are so moist and tender. If you're a pumpkin fan, these will be your go to scone recipe! And as with any of my scone recipes, you can make these ahead of time to…... view full recipe

Square orange pumpkin bars with a crust and a dollop of whipped cream

Pumpkin Pie Bars

I make lots of pumpkin recipes from September through December, and Pumpkin Pie is always a stable over the holidays. However, there are other ways, maybe even BETTER ways, to eat pumpkin pie. These Pumpkin Pie Bars are the BEST! Whenever I make them they are gone in a flash. They can even be made ahead of time and frozen and taken out later. I also serve them as a breakfast dessert at the B&B…... view full recipe

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Fall is the perfect time for everything pumpkin. It seems you can find pumpkin spike everything these days, from pumpkin coffee, cereal, oatmeal, soup, yogurt, cookies, muffins, beer, and so much more. I happen to love most things pumpkin, and this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread is one of my favorites. I've been making this recipe for years, long before pumpkin was a craze. It's the moistest pumpkin bread you'll every try! One bite and you will…... view full recipe

Peaches Supreme

Peaches Supreme

I absolutely LOVE peaches! And I get several bushels of them from White Orchards in Palisade, Colorado every summer and go to town eating tons of them, sharing them with friends and family, serving them to guests at our Bed and Breakfast Lodge, and canning them. This is a favorite fruit dish I serve at the B&B. Enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE…... view full recipe

Peach Cheesecake

Peach Cheesecake

Late summer brings us lots of Palisade peaches from the western slope of Colorado, and they are THE BEST peaches we have ever had! We get several bushels of them each summer. We eat as much as we can, serve them lots of ways to our guests at our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Inn, and can them. I try to find new ways to serve them each year. We serve a 3-course gourmet breakfast for…... view full recipe

Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa

Around the middle of August every year we start getting shipments of peaches from a Colorado Orchard in Palisade, and it's one of my favorite times of year. I just LOVE the fresh peaches that come from the orchard, they are absolutely the best. Not to bash the peach state of Georgia, and I've had Georgia peaches a few times when I've been out there visiting family, and though Georgia peaches are good, these are…... view full recipe

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

What's more American than Apple Pie? I typically make Apple Pie for 4th of July and always for holidays as it's a family favorite. I have numerous Apple Pie recipes, but this is the recipe for Traditional Apple Pie. And you can find the Pie Crust recipe on our recipe pages as well. [caption id="attachment_2800" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Apple Pie[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2798" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Apple Pie[/caption] This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our…... view full recipe

Flaky Baked Pie Crust

Grandma Tillie’s Pie Crust

There is nothing more melt in your mouth than a homemade Pie Crust. I had a love-hate relationship with homemade pie crust for years until I got my husband's Grandma Tillie's Pie Crust recipe. We  went to visit her one time and she taught me how to make her pie crust, and my hubby's favorite pie, her signature Elderberry Pie (recipe can be found in our cookbook Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins MORE Favorite Recipes).…... view full recipe

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

This decadent chocolate fudge cake is for serious chocolate lovers only! The rich chocolate cake and dark chocolate ganache is nearly sinful! Enjoy!  This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And if you're looking for a Colorado getaway, check out our Cascade Luxury Suite at Rocky Mountain Lodge in the mountain community of Cascade, at…... view full recipe

Golden cheesy soup with chunks of potatoes, carrots, onions and celery

Potato Cheese Soup

I have been making this soup for my family since the kids were little and of all the soups I make, this is the family's favorite. It's a nice hearty soup, and wonderful during these cold winter months. It's wonderful served with our Beer Bread. The recipe for this golden cream soup and the Beer Bread can be found in our cookbook, Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins MORE Favorite Recipes. The recipe is called "Golden…... view full recipe

orange pumpkin ravioli with a creamy butter sage sauce

Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce

Who doesn't love pasta and pumpkin? This recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce is a delicious recipe that will have everyone wanting seconds. My husband is typically not a "saucy" guy, but he can't seem to get enough of this sauce, he says it's what makes this ravioli one of his favorites, enjoy! This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which…... view full recipe

Frog Eye Salad with mini pasta rounds, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and whipped cream

Frog Eye Salad

My aunt used to make this Frog Eye Salad all the time for family gatherings and it became a family favorite and we make it all the time for our large family gatherings. It makes a LOT so it's perfect for pot lucks or BBQ's or other get-togethers where there will be a lot of people. When my kids were younger they thought it was actual "Frog's Eyes" and were afraid to try it. So…... view full recipe

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade Punch

Summertime is the best time for a cold refreshing beverage. And nothing is more refreshing that lemonade. But it's fun to change it up and adding the raspberry makes it a really pretty punch as well. I also make an ice ring for this Raspberry Lemonade Punch.  This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our Gift Shop. And…... view full recipe

Scrambled Eggs Benedict in Puff Pastry Shells

Scrambled Eggs Benedict in Puff Pastry Shells

Not everyone likes a soft yolk egg, so I came up with this recipe using Scrambled Eggs in the Eggs Benedict and the guests at the Bed and Breakfast Inn have loved it! It's easy and quick and can be made in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. This recipe, and 499 others, can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' MORE Favorites Recipes" which can be purchased at our…... view full recipe

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Early summer brings a harvest of strawberries galore! There's nothing more comforting than old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake. I'm not talking about the sponge cakes you get at the grocery store, I'm talking about the biscuit-type shortbread with juicy flavorful strawberries, and freshly whipped cream. I've been making this strawberry shortbread recipe for over 30 years and everyone loves it, and now my daughter makes it for her family as well. If you haven't had the traditional…... view full recipe

Blueberry Strata with Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry Strata

This Blueberry Strata is a great, hearty dish, also known as Blueberry Cheese Strata, is perfect for cold mornings, and it's a make ahead dish that can be made the night before, refrigerated overnight, and baked in the morning, a great time saver!  Here's what the dish looks like when it comes out of the oven... The blueberries in the strata, and the syrup, can be changed to any fruit you would like, such as…... view full recipe

Mango Melon Soup

Mango Melon Soup

I found this recipe in a Bed and Breakfast cookbook a number of years ago and have been making it for our guests for several years now and it's always a huge hit. I call it "Mango Melon Soup" as I serve it as a fruit course, one of 3 courses we serve for breakfast each morning at the B&B, but is also a Mango Melon Smoothie as well. This is one of my hubby's…... view full recipe

Buttery cookies with chocolate chips and a cookie jar in the background

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?! When I got married I made chocolate chip cookies for my new husband after finding out chocolate chip cookies were his favorite cookie. I used the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag and his response was "they're not my Mom's chocolate chip cookie". Of course, my feelings were hurt and I didn't make him chocolate chip cookies for a while. I eventually asked his Mom for…... view full recipe

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