Brown Butter Brownies


Ingredients 3/4 c. unsalted butter 2 T. corn syrup 1/3 c. good quality  unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. dark brown sugar, packed 2 large egg yolks 1 large egg 1/2 c. cake flour 1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions Arrange a shelf in the center of…

Caramel Brownies


These brownies were somewhat experimental and didn’t turn out as planned; however, one of my coworkers ate one and said, “OMG. That was the best brownie I ever had.” Just sayin’! Ingredients 3/4 c. unsalted butter 2 T. corn syrup 1/3 c. good quality  unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract…

Veggie Marinara Sauce


Ingredients 1/4 c. olive oil 1 white onion, chopped 5 garlic cloves, chopped 2 red bell peppers, chopped 2 yellow squash, grated 3 carrots, grated 1 acorn squash, peeled and chopped 2 T. dried thyme 2 T. dried oregano 4 28-oz. cans chopped tomatoes salt and pepper to taste 1 T. crushed red chili flakes…

Oatmeal-Pecan Pancakes


I believe this recipe was cut out of Penzey’s Spices magazine or pamphlet – whatever they publish their recipes in – and sent to me by Grandma Mo. I wanted to try these when Dad was here because I figured it was one pancake he couldn’t turn around (oatmeal=healthy) and because both he and I…

Vidalia Onion Bacon Pie


Something drew me to this recipe and I can’t quite explain what it was. I like onions. I like them a lot. But I don’t love them. Still this recipe looked intriguing. Plus, I’ve been obsessed with making savory pies recently (AKA Quiche). I needed to make this dish before Dad left because I was…

Cornmeal and Egg Pie Crust


This is my second cornmeal pie crust recipe of recent weeks.  The first was my own recipe which was basically a cross of this one and my Perfect Homemade Pie Crust recipe. Instead of winging it, I thought I should try following actual recipe directions. This recipe is courtesy of Grandma Mo and comes from…

Turkey-Feta Meatballs


Dad eats a lot different when he’s at home in Wisconsin versus when he’s visiting me and Sis. Part of the reason is that we tend to eat out more when we’re together than we otherwise do. The other part of the reason is that I cook so much. I’ve been digging through the hundreds…

Veggie Tomato Sauce


I would be interested in knowing how long it takes the author of this recipe to make this sauce. This information is inconspicuously missing from the recipe and I’m pretty sure it’s on purpose. It took me forever to prep for this sauce. The most labor-intensive task was chopping the acorn squash. I’ve only chopped…

Caramel Sauce


Dad’s major food weakness is caramel. He loves it. I think possibly that he would drink caramel sauce if it was even the slightest bit healthy for you. Though caramel is his weakness, he’s trying not to eat stuff that’s bad for you. Like caramel. So why in the heck would I make caramel sauce?…

Pumpkin Cobbler


This recipe was a massive fail the first time I tried it and a slightly less massive fail the second time I tried it (tonight) because I massively failed at reading the directions correctly (both times!). I realized my massive fail the first time I tried this dish when the dish was already in the…

Cream of Tomato Soup


I’ve never been all that fond of tomato soup. This is probably because my first experience was Campbell’s. (No offense, Campbell’s.) It could also be because I didn’t eat a lot of tomatoes or vegetables in general when I was growing up. I find my taste buds have changed as I grew up and I…

Fudge Brownies


The new winner of the best-brownie-I’ve-ever-tasted award goes to … (This recipe is courtesy of Grandma Mo. ) ingredients. 3/4 c. unsalted butter 2 T. corn syrup 1/3 c. good quality  unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. dark brown sugar, packed 2 large egg yolks 1 large egg…

Creamy Pesto Pasta


This pasta dish combines my two favorite sauces: pesto and cream (alfredo). It’s very rich (and fattening – if you’re counting calories) so a little bit goes a long way, which is why I feel it makes an excellent side dish. Ingredients 16 oz of pasta cooked according to directions 1 recipe Pistachio Basil Pesto…

Salt Lick Salmon


About a year or so ago my dad was visiting me in Long Beach, Calif., when he stumbled upon a restaurant that sold Himilayan salt plates. Having recently heard rave reviews from friends who had learned to cook using these salt plates, Dad was intrigued. But not intrigued enough to buy one to lug home…

Cilantro-Lime Crème Fraîche


If you’re even slightly sheltered when it comes to food, you may never have even heard of Crème Fraîche. I think the first time I was introduced to the name was when I moved to California. When I was 30. And the only reason I ever stumbled upon it was because a recipe I was using…

Wheat Bran-Enriched Pie Crust


Here’s fair warning: this recipe is somewhat experimental and may need some adjusting. The texture of the crust did not turn out to be what I had hoped. I was unable to roll the dough out like you would a normal pie crust. So like my last savory pie crust (Cornmeal Pie Crust), I had…

Pistachio Pesto Pasta


I love pesto pasta because it’s a) so simple to make your own fresh pesto and b) just so damn great tasting. I swear I could eat it every night. All you need for a delicious bowl of pesto pasta is your favorite shape of noodles and a tasty homemade pesto sauce. (Like the one…

Pistachio Basil Pesto Sauce


This is the second time I’ve made this sauce – unfortunately the first time I made it last weekend when we were at the coast I forgot my camera and, thus, was not able to blog this recipe. I love this as an alternative to traditional pesto (made with pine nuts) because pistachios don’t change…

Salted and Malted Milk Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


This recipe is inspired by the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies recipe Grandma Mo sent me. After that unfortunate flop, I decided a malted milk cookie is a wonderful concept that needs to be further tested. So I took one of my favorite chocolate cookie recipes and crossed it with the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Cookie recipe…

Veggie Pie


When I told Sis what I was making last night, she asked me if I was trying to be healthier after my Porky Pie from last Sunday. On the contrary, I had leftover spinach and cherry tomatoes to use up and couldn’t think of a better idea. Ingredients 1 Wheat Bran-Enriched Pie Crust 1 16…