Chicken Tortilla Soup


This recipe was sent to me courtesy of Kiki. This time last year she and I were cooking up a storm in her kitchen and let’s face it: I kind miss those times. Kiki made this earlier in the week and sent me a picture text. It looked so good I had to run out…

Easy ‘Homemade’ Tortilla Strips


This past week Kiki sent me a picture text of Chicken Tortilla Soup she made with homemade tortilla strips. There’s a fine line between homemade and made from scratch and when Kiki said she made homemade tortillas, I pictured made from scratch using corn masa (which I have previously used to make homemade tamales). Here’s…

Cheddar-Jalapeño Spoon Bread


In case (like I was) you’re under the illusion that Spoon Bread is actual bread, let me shatter that illusion for you. It’s not. It’s more like a soufflé. In fact, there’s no flour in it all and it contains just a pinch of cornmeal. A pinch! Despite knowing these things going into making this…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


After seeing my friend Nicole’s Facebook post regarding her joy over her decision to make pumpkin bread, I decided it was about that time of year to follow suit. A few weeks ago my coworker Cassie brought in pumpkin bread she had made. Before allowing me to try some she had to taste test it…

Blue Cornmeal Pie Dough


Blue cornmeal tastes great in pancakes and can be used to make a savory pie crust as well. ingredients. 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. blue cornmeal 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. butter, chilled and cut into small pieces 5 T. half-and-half Directions In a medium bowl combine the flour, cornmeal and a salt…

Tomato Jalapeño Mini Quiche


When I purchased jalapeños from Trader Joe’s earlier this week, I had no option but to buy an entire container. Annoying. Three days later three-fourths of the jalapeños were already turning red. Even more annoying. I salvaged two jalapeños from the container and used them for this recipe (one large-sized, one medium-sized), which I made up as I…

Ground Beef Dip


I got this recipe from my friend and coworker Cassie who suggested I make it for today’s potluck. Cassie describes it as crack in a crockpot. It has a lot of different flavors that are not easy to identify once melded together. ingredients. 2 lb. lean ground beef 1 c. chopped onion 1 jalapeno pepper,…

Salmon Chowder


Some of the best clam chowder I’ve ever had can be found at The Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos, Calif. When I’m nostalgic for my former California life, a lot of times it’s the food I crave. Though I haven’t come across a great recipe for Clam Chowder as of yet, my grandma sent…

Chocolate Truffle Cookies


If you love chocolate, you’ll love these cookies. Be warned: the dough is massively hard to work with! Loads of work but definitely worth it. ingredients. 4 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate, chopped 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided 6 T. butter 3 eggs 1 c. granulated sugar 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2…

Blue Cornmeal Pancakes


I first ate these pancakes (and promptly fell in love) while at Byways Cafe on NW Glisan Street in Portland circa Christmas 2009. I’ve been wanting to make my own ever since. The other week I spotted some blue cornmeal when shopping for nutritional yeast at New Seasons. I couldn’t resist slipping a package into…

Quick Chocolate Mousse


This recipe is super easy to make! ingredients. 4 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate pieces, chopped 1 c. heavy whipping cream 2 T. granulated sugar 2 T. your favorite flavored liqueur (optional) or 1 tsp. vanilla extract directions. Chop chocolate into small pieces with a serrated knife and transfer to a medium-sized heat-proof bowl. In…

Melt in Your Mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies


My absolute favorite chocolate chip cookies can be found in Cannon Beach, Ore., at a bakery/cafe called Waves of Grain. Every time I’m near Cannon Beach I need to stop there for a cookie (and let’s face it, a macaroon, too). So after a weekend on the coast, I brought an extra cookie in to…

Oreo Bars


Saw a picture of these treats on pinterest.com and couldn’t resist testing them out. These are sickly sweet, even for the biggest Oreo lover of them all. ingredients. 1 package Oreo cookies, crushed 5 cups marshmallows 4 T. butter or margarine Oreos to garnish directions. Line an 8×8 or 9×9-inch square cake pan or baking…

Chocolate Crème Brûlée


Dad loves crème brûlée. (Note: since my original posting he now denies this.) Aside from anything caramel, it’s his favorite dessert. (I swear it’s the only dessert I’ve ever seen him consistently order when out to eat.) So when grandma sent me a recipe for chocolate crème brûlée, I suggested testing the recipe which peaked…

Individual Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche


After falling in love with my Individual Egg White Cheese Quiche, I decided to make a meatier version using tons of bacon and blue cheese. It turns out I’m not all that fond of blue cheese. If you are, you’ll love this recipe. ingredients. 1 recipe White Cornmeal Pie Crust (but substitute blue cornmeal, if…

Black Bean Burgers


A hearty alternative to a hamburger, if you’re vegetarian or health conscious this ‘burger’ will knock your socks off. ingredients. 1 can (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped 1/2 c. minced onion 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. Worcestershire…

Parmesan Spinach Cakes


This recipe was sent to me by Dad – it was in a newsletter he subscribes to for healthy recipes. Both Dad and Sis loved it. I found the cakes a little watery or rubbery – like they could have been baked longer, perhaps. The flavor, however, was good. ingredients. 12 ounces fresh spinach, 1/2…

Fresh Blueberry Poundcake with Lemon Glaze


There’s something about the smell of almond that makes me think of my mom. Perhaps it was the Spritz cookies she made every Christmas or the Flag cake she made for birthdays, but the smell of it always makes me think of her and her kitchen. This batter has a strong almond smell but not…

Individual Egg White Cheese Quiche


With eight egg whites in the fridge leftover from making the coconut-pecan frosting on Wednesday, I needed a recipe that would incorporate all my leftovers. Over the last 10 or so years I’ve become very much anything but a breakfast person, which sucks because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. During the week coffee…

Barbecued Buffalo Chicken


The other day Dad brought home six chicken legs he bought on sale at New Seasons. As he wasn’t here when I made my Garlic Buffalo Wing Sauce, he agreed to having me whip up a batch of sauce to baste on the legs when grilling the chicken legs. This recipe is basically barbecued chicken…