Candy Corn Parfaits


In honor of the third most celebrated holiday, my department held a potluck at work. The potluck was the perfect opportunity to try this recipe, as sent to me by Grandma Mo. ingredients. 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 6 egg yolks 4 1/2 c. milk 6 T. butter 3 tsp….

Pumpkin Waffles


I didn’t follow this recipe exactly and regret the decision profusely. I have read many, many recipes similar to this one and all reviewers rave about similar recipes. I decided to take a short cut and not separate the eggs/beat the egg whites. I wanted to see if there would be any noticeable difference. There…

Cream of Chicken Soup


This weekend I was feeling slightly other the weather. Whenever I’m sick, I make myself a big ‘ole pot of my mom’s chicken soup. The problem with making a big ‘ole pot of soup is that I’m not big on leftovers. Because I only eat chicken soup when I’m sick, I don’t want to eat…

Quick Pumpkin Mousse


The original recipe called for two small boxes of pudding mix, 10 ounces of evaporated milk and 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream (freshly beaten). Out of laziness, I used cool whip instead. I would hardly call this a ‘mousse’ (even if you were using real whipped cream) because it’s both heavy and dense in…

Buckwheat and Blue Cornmeal Bread


This recipe was an experiment gone awry. Based off a no-knead bread recipe I found on the New York Times website, about the only thing this bread is good as is toast. Perhaps it would make an OK crouton. I tried two different variations of this recipe before calling my experiment a bust. The first…

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs


My formative years were spent at a Catholic grade school that offered a hot lunch program for its students every other Friday. Thus, I grew up eating lots of bagged lunches, usually rotating the variety of my sandwiches over days, weeks, months and sometimes stretches of years. (I ate peanut butter and butter sandwiches so…

Chocolate Drop Cookies


My coworker divulged this tasty recipe for a cookie he had this past weekend.  “These rich fudgy cookies were a famous part of the picnic baskets prepared by the hundreds for visitors to Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park celebration each October.  Fifteen minutes start to finish, you won’t find an easier addition for your…

Spinach and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna


My mom first had this dish when a coworker brought it in to work one day. She raved about it and suggested making it for dinner with my dad’s side of the family during my trip home. The very next day she emailed me and said the guy who had made the dish had had…

Mom’s Garlic Bread


My mom has been making this bread for us for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s a huge hit at family parties. Every time I attempt to make it I massively fail. I have a heavy hand when it comes to adding the garlic salt. A word of warning: too much garlic salt will…

Grandma’s Canned Tomato Juice


I’ve never canned tomatoes, but canned tomatoes are essential when making my favorite dish: Slopped-Up Spaghetti. This process was explained to me through a collaborative effort of my mom, grandma and aunt. ingredients. tomatoes from your garden (if you have one, or local farmer’s market if you don’t) – whatever amount is fully ripened (unpeeled)…

Roasted Squash and Curry Soup


This recipe is an approximation as the cook was making it up as she went along. I arrived halfway through the cooking process and wasn’t able to visually document the entire process. ingredients. 2 squash (my friend used one acorn squash and one of another variety with which she was not familiar) 2 T. olive…

Curry Croutons


My ‘vacation’ has been equal parts jetting from social event to social event and eating. Maybe slightly heavier on the eating. I was ecstatic to discover that lunch with two of my best-good-friends from high school involved homemade soup and croutons. Even more excited when the cook agreed to let me blog about it. ingredients….

Grandma’s Beef Roast and Gravy


For my mom’s birthday dinner tonight, my grandma made her favorite meal – roast beef and gravy. This is my grandma’s recipe. My mom has a very different beef roast with gravy recipe and says every time she attempts this one it doesn’t turn out well. The secret? (Shhhhh!!) Start making it a day before…

Italian Sausage Stroganoff


This recipe is based on the Beef Stroganoff recipe found in the cookbook “Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, which I have been wanting to make forever. ingredients. 1 lb. Italian sausage, removed from its casing (I used 4 cheese flavor) 2 T. butter 8 garlic cloves, crushed 3/4 lb….

Oat and Cornmeal Butterscotch Chip Cookies


After the success I felt I had dabbling with cornmeal as an ingredient in cookies when I made the Blue Cornmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, I thought I would try my hand at another cornmeal cookie and see how it turned out. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do with this cookie…

Blue Cornmeal Peanut Butter Cookies


I’m flying home next week (woo hoo!) and will only be at work on Monday (so sad). There have been several hints recently that I haven’t been bringing in any treats, and in truth – I haven’t. I’ve actually been doing other things with my time as of late. Because it’s been a while since…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Brown Butter Cookies


ingredients. 2 1/4 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 c. cocoa 1 c. butter 1 1/4 c. sugar 3/4 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 package Reese’s Peanut Butter chips directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size pan, heat butter…

Apple Torte


I’m always a little bit leery of making dishes involving sliced apples because I find it incredibly hard to slice apples evenly. This recipe was a little vague and didn’t offer me any additional guidance. ingredients. 1/8 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 c. flour, plus 1 T. (divided) 1…

Sour Cream Banana Oatmeal Waffles


I am a terrible waffle batter pourer. No matter how conservatively I distribute the batter there seems to be pouches of batter that spill from the sides; however, the finished product inevitably has pockets of batter that haven’t reached the edges of the iron. I can’t seem to get a full waffle no matter how…