Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies with Toasted Pecan Frosting

In the Tampa Bay area, there is a name that can evoke a response of “Mmmmm!” and “My favorite!” and “Legendary!” and that name is Bern. That’s Bern of Bern’s Steak House, of course, and the outwardly unassuming steak house is a landmark in Tampa Bay because of the unique atmosphere, famed steaks, French onion … Continue reading Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies with Toasted Pecan Frosting


Aunt Helen’s Peanut Candy

Are you in a pinch for a dessert that must please a picky crowd? Say no more, we have the tastiest, and easiest solution for you. Is it just us, or does February instantly make you think chocolate and peanut butter? Chocolate meet peanut butter in this classic (and easy) sweet treat that makes the … Continue reading Aunt Helen’s Peanut Candy

Pumpkin Dip

This recipe is simple and perfect for the holidays.  This recipe can easily be doubled.  I recommend sifting the confectioners’ sugar to make the dip  smoother. Ingredients: 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger Instructions: Combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, confectioners’ … Continue reading Pumpkin Dip


Picadillo: classic Cuban dish featured in Capture the Coast cookbook. Easy to throw together on a busy weeknight for the family with tons of flavor. Serve with a side of black beans and Cuban bread to complete the meal. Ingredients and Recipe 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 1/2 … Continue reading Picadillo