Pumpkin Cake

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time with me, our conversation is likely to include some talk of food. I love to hear about family holiday traditions, favorite restaurants, new spices, gardening, late night snacks, cooking techniques, party ideas, and my all time favorite topic…recipe sharing. Continue reading “Pumpkin Cake”

Super Bowl Sliders

As a kid, eating out was a rare occasion. In addition to being too expensive, piling eight of us into the wood-panel station wagon was enough to spoil all of our appetites. Even a trip to a drive-through was reserved for special occasions.
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Spicy Minestrone and a New Year Revolution

How is that juice cleanse going? Have you made it through day 15 of your Whole 30 challenge? Are you still convinced Paleo is the way to go in 2017? A diet hasn’t been on my New Year’s resolution list for a long time. I usually stick to audacious goals like last year’s where I vowed to enjoy my Sundays more (which I’m happy to report I stuck with the entire year). But over the Holidays I ate enough food to sustain me for a month on “Naked &  Afraid” and drank so much wine I’m only now starting to stop oozing alcohol from my pores. Let’s just say I have some catching up, or rather, taking off to do.

But my holiday overindulgence isn’t the only reason for me to make sure I eat my veggies. Continue reading “Spicy Minestrone and a New Year Revolution”

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup With Lemon

I feel as though I’ve phoned it in for Christmas this year. I didn’t get as many decorations up as I’d like, I didn’t get as many cookies made as I should have, and I haven’t finished my shopping yet. I blame the Hallmark channel and all those damn Christmas movies – I’ve logged more hours than I care to admit. Continue reading “Creamy Chicken Rice Soup With Lemon”

Doodle-Pop

I remember sitting in the family room as a kid with my mom while she watched Dynasty and Falcon Crest. My Dad would affectionately refer to the evening soaps as “The Jerk Shows”. Hardly age appropriate programming for me but I always looked forward to those nights. Not because I wanted to find out what Krystle and Alexis were up to, but rather, for the big bowl of homemade popcorn my mom would make. Right before the shows would begin, she’d pop-up a batch of kernels on the stove and then drizzle the crunchy bits with melted butter, and finish it with a generous sprinkling of salt. Next she’d flip the cap off of a bottle of Diet Rite and pour it over ice and we’d head to the TV. To this day when I smell diet pop jumping off of ice cubes, and homemade popcorn cooking on the stove, I think of those evenings.

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Prosciutto, Parmesan & Pine Nut Stuffing

My mom, like so many mothers, is a wonderful cook and always willing to share a recipe with me. Sometimes we’ll talk about a party menu like two giddy teenage girls rehashing a homecoming dance. “Do you know what were a huge hit? The stuffed mushrooms! They were so easy to make that I was embarrassed to take the complement”. So, it’s no surprise this came from my mom as she has years of experience and an ocean of food loving friends that like to share their ideas, tips, and recipes with one another. She isn’t sure of the exact origin but thinks it came from a Minneapolis newspaper…”I think I got it from Janet Miller, she got it out of a newspaper.” Continue reading “Prosciutto, Parmesan & Pine Nut Stuffing”

Simple Crispy Cookies

CrispyCookies

I’m a simple person and I enjoy simple things, especially simple recipes. It occurred to me that some of the best food has the fewest ingredients. Fresh whipped cream sweetened every so slightly with a bit of sugar. A summer garden tomato sliced thick with a dash of salt. A piece of fresh-baked bread with a pat of butter.

 This recipe is as simple as simple can be, and very delicious. I made these cookies several times over the holidays and have been finding excuses to make them ever since. Even if you don’t like to bake give these a try.
I found the original recipe on Food 52 and modified slightly making them even easier. White chocolate is incredibly sensitive to heat therefore proceed with caution when melting to avoid scorching the chocolate. By using a white chocolate chip  rather than plain white chocolate, the cookies setup faster and they don’t get “gooey” at room temperature. Not having to chop the chocolate is a bonus too. Don’t skimp on the brand of white chocolate chips, use the best you can find to insure great flavor.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
2 bags (22 oz.)  Ghirardelli White Chocolate chips (or other quality brand)
1 1/2 cup salted, roasted party peanuts
3 1/4 cup Rice Crispy cereal
  • Using a double boiler gently melt the white chocolate chips
  • Remove from the heat and fold in the peanuts
  • Mix in the cereal until combined
  • Using a tablespoon drop the cookies on a lined baking sheet
  • Refrigerate or freeze until set
  • store on the counter in an airtight container
Double Boiler
Double Boiler
 
Melted White Chocolate
Melted White Chocolate