At Home with Vicki Bensinger

In-Home Culinary Classes

Pumpkin Spiced Candied Almonds

I’m so excited that the weather here in the Midwest has finally started to change and hope it stays that way.  This morning the temps were in the low 50s with highs in the 60s vs. 90s! Even Trek my sick pup has more energy, and wanted to go on longer walks.  It’s amazing how weather plays such a large role on our moods.  


Tri-Squash Zoodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce & Chicken

Have you ever had one of those days where because of frustration you find yourself eating all the wrong foods?  Monday was that day for me……………..


Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples

It’s getting to be that time of year again when apples are in abundance.  Once fall hits I’m all about eating caramel apples.  Dip them in caramel or chocolate and cover them with nuts, m&m’s, sprinkles, coconut, you name it and I pretty much love it! 


BBQ Chicken Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

Do you have any idea how much I don’t like cauliflower?  Probably not, but I’m just not a fan.  I think it’s bland and the smell alone when it’s cooking is hard for me to stomach.  That said, when I learned I could make a pizza crust using cauliflower rather than a high carb and gluten pizza dough crust I decided I had to give it a shot. 

At Home with Vicki Bensinger

Updates PLUS a Fun Quick Video making an Avocado Rose!


It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging since 2009. It started as a way to stay in front of my clients when I wasn’t in the kitchen with them, sharing recipes, videos, and culinary tips.  Little did I know when I began this journey in the blogosphere that I’d soon have the world following and watching me.  It’s been so much fun and quite the learning experience – never ending, as many of you other bloggers out there are well aware of. 

Healthy SuperFood Buddha Bowl

Healthy SuperFood Buddha Bowl

Sunday was one of those days, you know when you wake up and all you feel like eating is garbage?  I always start my day regardless of how I end it, eating a bowl of oatmeal, loaded with fresh berries and cinnamon.  Somehow I can’t seem to get revved up for my day without a bowl of oats.  However, after that bowl on Sunday it was all downhill. 

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Orchard Sangria

I’ve never been much into drinking alcohol but I do have an occasional beer, glass of wine, prosecco, and only in the past few years fell in love with white sangria.

While having dinner one evening at California Pizza Kitchen I noticed on their menu they had a white sangria they called, “Orchard Sangria” so I decided to try it.  OMG it was so delicious I could barely put it down to eat my dinner.

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Leaning Tower Chocolate Avalanche Cake

One of the things I always teach in my classes is if a dish doesn’t turn out exactly how you planned then call it something else.

I actually hesitated to post this cake but my kids – my daugher who turned 27 on August 1st and my son who turns 30 today, insisted I post this!

My daughter called it the Leaning Tower Cake and since it’s my Chocolate Avalanche Cake I’m calling it the Leaning Tower Chocolate Avalanche Cake.  It definitely had an avalanche! It may look awful, lumpy, and tilted to say the least, but OMG it was outrageously delicious!