BHG Delish Dish

Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen

Independence Day

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Okay, first things first. Doesn’t Trisha Yearwood look gorgeous on the cover of the July issue of BHG magazine?

I have been a Trisha fan ever since one of her first big hits, “She’s in Love with a Boy“. Remember that one? While I do miss her singing, I am so excited to see her find success in the kitchen. She’s always whipping up something delicious, and it was about time I gave one of her recipes a try.

Since the Fourth of July is just around the corner, I thought her red velvet cupcakes would be perfect! Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with red velvet, and the color is so appropriate for the holiday.

Her recipe is for classic red velvet cupcakes. What really intrigued me about this recipe was what she did with the frosting. A cup of chopped pecans are stirred into a classic cream cheese frosting. They add texture, crunch, AND flavor. In my opinion, making a classic recipe special and new is all about these little details.

To make these cupcakes extra special, I used red, white, and silver cupcake liners. I also added some patriotic sugar candies as a finishing touch. And as much as I appreciate fancy, ornate deserts, what I love even more is keeping things simple and homemade looking.

I think these will do the trick, right? And trust me on this one, they taste as delicious as they look! You can bet I’ll be whipping up another batch to take to my family’s Fourth of July festivities!

You can get the full recipe for these Red Velvet Cupcakes here. You can also check out dozens of other recipes from the pages of BHG magazine here.

Happy baking and Happy Independence Day!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


Memorial Day is on the horizon, and it’s not too early to start planning what you’ll make for friends and family. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m usually the person who volunteers to bring the dessert. It’s my thing. A few years ago I discovered BHG’s recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies. Being red and white, they were perfect for the holiday season so I decided to bake a batch.- I’m always on the hunt for new cookie recipes and I struck gold with this one.

My family adores these cookies and so do I. They have become a new holiday favorite. The cherry and white chocolate combination is a classic flavor pairing. It’s sweet, fruity, and rich. It also has a weird way of instantly reminding me of the holidays, family, and good times.

I realize that some recipes are special because you make them only once a year. However, since my family is always begging me to bake these cookies, I wanted a way to change them up a little for another holiday.

I was in the grocery store the other day when inspiration struck! I stumbled upon these adorable red, white, and blue sprinkles and thought they would be perfect. I also picked up a bottle of blue sugar crystals. Adding just a touch of the red. white, and blue would instantly make these a festive dessert for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or summer in general.

I bought a few other ingredients, mostly pantry staples, and headed home to bake.

Needless to say, the results are adorable! I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures and teasing my family over Instagram. They were so happy to see that they won’t have to wait another six months for one of their favorite treats!

So tell me, what traditionally seasonal items do you serve all year long? What’s your favorite dish served on Memorial Day?

Get the recipe for these White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies here.


Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

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