Lentils are budget-friendly, and good for you – they are packed with protein, fiber and provide many other health benefits. My grandmother made lentil soup for us growing up all the time. She makes hers simply with lentils, onion, carrots, celery, garlic and tomato, but it is always hearty, comforting, and filling. My sister and [...]
Much to my disappointment, we haven’t had a lot of snow here this winter. So when I woke up to five inches of snow, I loaded Aida into the car, picked up some coffee, and went to a nearby park to enjoy the calm and quiet.
Orange and chocolate are one of [...]
Happy New Years everyone! Hopefully you spent yours cocktail in hand, celebrating with friends or family. I was hoping to share some festive, bourbon related cocktail we’d be drinking to ring in the new year, but Mike and I have both down and out with wretched head colds, so our evening was mundane at best.
I only make these around Christmas, but they’re delicious any time of year. Growing up my mom made them as part of her annual cookie tray during the holidays and filled them with the homemade strawberry, peach and black raspberry jams we made that year.
The original recipe actually has you filling [...]
These chocolate sour cream drop cookies are soft, cakey, and become irresistible when topped with buttercream. They have been a family staple for the holidays as long as I can remember. My sister always reached for one of these before anything else on my mom’s Christmas cookie trays.
We always make these [...]
I have accumulated lot of different bakeware over the years, but for some reason I’ve never bought or received a tart pan. I finally decided to get one this weekend, braving the holiday crowd madness.
Pumpkin and cream cheese is a perfect combination, and the gingersnap crust is an easy and delicious touch. This is [...]
This savory soup is silky smooth, and luxuriously thick, like a cream soup. I served this soup before our main Thanksgiving diner this year, as the turkey rested, and thought it was a nice addition to the meal. Even Mike approve, and he’s not typically a fan of soup.
The soup can be [...]
This vegetable stock is part one of a two-part post; I’m making Thomas Keller’s Butternut Squash Soup for Thanksgiving this year. I made and froze the stock last weekend.
I really like the simple combination of vegetables in this stock. I hate celery in vegetable stock, since I think it quickly becomes [...]
Ahh, the patty melt – a thin beef patty, melty cheese, caramelized onions and crispy bread. Not quite a burger, more than a grilled cheese, completely delicious. These are grilled up with mayo instead of butter. Sounds a little strange, I know, but it makes a killer crust, that won’t burn as easily as butter, [...]
We’ll get to the delicious Apple Pie bars in a second, but first Iceland! It was absolutely incredible. Words cannot describe how beautifully unique it was; we would definitely go again in a heartbeat. We were there for a little over a week, and drove about two-thirds of the ring road, stopping to hike and [...]