Traditional German Chocolate Cake


I’ve been dying to make this cake for awhile now, and my coworker’s birthday was the perfect chance  as she actually requested it. Her one request? A traditional German Chocolate Cake. I decided upon the recipe on the back of the Baker’s brand German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar intent on substituting the boiling water for freshly…

Coconut-Pecan Frosting


The classic frosting that accompanies German Chocolate Cake. I tweaked it by adding one teaspoon of salt (otherwise the frosting is extremely sweet) and substituting one cup of brown sugar for one of the cups of granulated sugar. Please note, the following recipe is a double recipe. This is enough to frost a six layer…

Zucchini Banana Bread


Last week my coworker – Cody – who is always willing to try whatever is I’ve been baking, brought me a bag full of veggies he got from a friend who’s a farmhand. The bag full of veggies was comprised mainly of cucumbers – which Cody hates, a few pearl onions, and one large zucchini….

White Cake with Buttercream Frosting


I made this cake at the request of my boss – in honor of her son’s birthday. ingredients. 12 T. butter, softened 1 1/2 c. sugar 2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 6 large egg whites (3/4 cup) 3/4 c. milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 (9-inch) diameter or 9 x…

Bittersweet Chocolate Cream Pie


Every chocolate lover’s favorite pie. And a snap to make. ingredients. 3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. cornstarch 4 egg yolks 1/2 tsp. salt 2 c. whole milk 1 T. unsalted butter 1 tsp. vanilla 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips 1 pre-baked Perfect Homemade Pie Crust sweetened whipped cream chocolate shavings instructions. In a medium heavy…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie


Ever since debuting my Peanut Butter Cream Pie with my friends over a year ago, I’ve been dying to try the chocolate version, as recommended by my friend Manny – another Foodie. ingredients. 1 Perfect Homemade Pie Crust 3 1/2 c. half-and-half 8 T. butter, cut into chunks 2/3 c. sugar 1/4 c. cornstarch 9…

Dessert Bread French Toast


This recipe is useful when you have too much leftover dessert bread and don’t know what to do with all of it. (As I did this morning.) ingredients. three slices of leftover dessert bread such as strawberry, banana or zucchini one egg 1/4 c. heavy cream 1 tsp. sugar directions. In a small bowl whisk…

Sugar Pie


Every time I make this pie I fall in love all over again. Make with or without the coconut, depending on your like for coconut. Simple, sugary and delicious. I’ve made this pie with both white sugar and brown and though I normally prefer brown sugar in any recipe, I prefer white in this one….

Mexican Egg White Omelet


This may be hard to believe but until today I’ve never before had an egg white omelet. Weird, right? I guess I’ve never felt the need to have an omelet without egg yolk. That and I very rarely eat omelets anyway, I suppose. I’m (clearly) not one of those people who thinks egg yolks are…

French Toast Pie


The actual name of this pie is “Chess Pie.” However, I think “French Toast” more aptly describes its taste . With its eggy base and brown sugar topping, if you eat it warm right out of the oven it tastes just like you’re eating French Toast – without the maple syrup. ingredients. 1 Perfect Homemade…

Liverwurst Sandwich


I’m hard pressed to find many people who say yum! when I mention wanting to have a liverwurst (“liver sausage”) sandwich. The woman behind the deli counter at Fred Meyer this afternoon looked at me in a mixture of disgust and confusion when I asked her for a half pound. I grew up eating these…

Strawberry Bread


A few weeks ago my boss asked if I would make a birthday cake for her son’s birthday. His request? White cake with strawberry filling. On my way home from work tonight I decided to stop at Zupan’s in John’s Landing to break up the monotony of the 10 miles of complete gridlock traffic on…

Rich Cocoa Cake with Cocoa Icing


This is but another chocolate cake recipe sent to me by my grandma. She even wrote on the recipe “another choc cake.” Who tires of baking/eating chocolate cake? Not me. Not ever. cake ingredients 3/4 c. cold water 3 T. (heaping) cocoa powder 1 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 1/2 c. sugar 4 1/2 T….

Homemade Buffalo Wings


Buffalo wings have been one of my favorite appetizers for a long time now. When I lived in Huntington Beach, Calif., often times my boyfriend (at the time) and I would make a meal of wings served at the wing bar of our local Albertson’s grocery store or we would bake a pan of frozen…

Blue Cheese Dressing


I never liked blue cheese dressing until I worked at the Cheesecake Factory and tried their homemade version. Since then I’ve been obsessed with any kind of homemade blue cheese dressing (when I can find it). I’m hoping to someday find a recipe comparable to the Cheesecake Factory’s. So of course when I found this…

Quick and Easy Fried Chicken


For this recipe I used drumsticks because it’s what I had in the freezer and I was planning on making jumbo wings to go with my delicious Garlic Buffalo Wing Sauce. However, I’m sure you could use other pieces of chicken and those would fry up just as easily. Ingredients 8 drumsticks milk water cayenne…

Homemade Garlic Buffalo Wing Sauce


There’s a shockingly low amount of recipes floating around the internet for homemade buffalo sauce – that’s what I discovered at a cursory glance that lasted about 10 minutes. Having worked in the restaurant industry for 10 plus years, I had an idea of what goes into the making of a traditional buffalo sauce: butter…

Southwestern Pork and Black Bean Pizza


In my continued quest for the perfect pizza crust and ingredients, I came up with this new pie: Ingredients 1/4 recipe American-Style Hamburger Buns dough olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 to 3/4 c. Southwestern Cream Cheese Sauce 10 to 12 oz. mexican-flavored shredded cheese 5 or 6 strawberry tomatoes 1/2 c. (approximately)…

Bacon Pancakes


After bringing Bacon and Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies into work, I got myself on a bacon kick. A coworker showed me a picture of some bacon waffles he made (apparently I’m not the only person that takes pictures of my food), which inspired me to try this recipe. Bacon pancakes are listed as a variation…

Southwestern Cream Cheese Sauce


I wanted to make a somewhat versatile sauce made with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. However, I was too lazy to stop at a store to buy chipotle peppers (yet another semi-novelty item Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry). Instead I decided to make a sauce based on New Mexico ground chile pepper, of which I had…