Chocolate Covered Pretzels


Every year when making Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas-time, I have copious amounts of leftover melted chocolate sitting in my double boiler just waiting to be put to good use. Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not one to waste perfectly good chocolate. I get this from my mom who used to pour her leftover…

Chokladboll


  These no-bake Scandinavian cookies have a hint of coffee flavor and pack the perfect chocolate punch. I like them straight out of the freezer. ingredients. 3 1/2 c. quick oats 1 c. sugar 1/2 c. cocoa powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 10 T. butter, room temperature 1/2 c. cold coffee Shredded coconut, for rolling….

Cashew Cookies


My dad calls these chocolate chip-less cookies, which is basically what these are if you take away the sour cream. ingredients. 2 c. sifted flour 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 egg 1/2 c. butter, room temperature 1 c. packed brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 c. sour…

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Caramel Pecan Topping


This cheesecake was borne out of an overabundance of Sweet Potato Pie filling. The topping almost reminds me of German Chocolate Cake frosting minus the coconut. Delicious! ingredients. 1 recipe for Oat Pie Crust, unbaked 1/2 recipe for Sweet Potato and Whiskey Pecan Pie sweet potato filling 3 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature 1/2…

Peanut Butter Blossoms


A few years ago I made these cookies a part of my regular Christmas cookie repertoire. I tend to undercook these cookies in order to get a softer result. ingredients. 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates 1/2 c. shortening 1/2 c. butter, room temperature 1 1/2 c. peanut butter 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 2…

Spritz Cookies


These cookies are a Christmas-time tradition in my house and millions of homes all over the world. This is the recipe my mom always used  – you can find it in any vintage GE Cookbook, if you have one lying around. ingredients. 1 c. butter ½ tsp. almond extract ½ c. plus 1 T. Sugar 2-1/2 c….

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie


After the ho-hum turkey legs I made for my dad on Thanksgiving, I was ecstatic to be able to do something better with the leftovers. ingredients. Cream Cheese Pie Dough 1 c. leftover Corn Risotto 3/4 lb. leftover dark meat turkey 2 c. herb gravy 8 oz. sliced mushrooms 1 shallot, minced 1 T. olive…

Fudgy Bonbons


Déjà vu! While I was molding the cookie dough around the Hershey’s kisses I had the incredible feeling that I’ve made these cookies before. Close! These cookies are a slight variation from the Chocolate Drop Cookies I made recently. ingredients. 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 c. butter 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk 2…

Sweet Potato and Whiskey Pecan Pie


So excited was I when I decided I had the best idea ever in the history of pies: combine sweet potato (which I have a ton of right now) with the traditional pecan pie for a perfect (and seasonal!) layered pie. Then I hit the internet and realized the concept of this sort of pie…

Perfect Homemade Bread Rolls


It used to crack me up when my roommate in Redondo Beach used to say ‘bread buns’ and ‘bread rolls’ because really what other kind of buns or rolls are there? But then I thought about it. I guess there are sweet rolls. And cinnamon rolls. And honey buns. So for posterity sake I am…

Corn Pudding


This recipe was sent to me by my mom, who must be taking cues from my grandma. ingredients. 15 or 16-oz can of corn, drained 2 T. flour 2 T. sugar 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 tsp. salt 2 T. butter, melted and cooled 2 eggs, lightly beaten directions….

Corn Risotto


What makes rice ‘risotto’ rather than plain old rice? Its creamy consistency. Mmm. I could eat a different flavor risotto every day. I chose corn risotto as an accompaniment to turkey legs for tonight’s dinner as it seemed somewhat seasonal and appropriate. If corn is still considered a vegetable, it’s on the top of my…

Crock Pot Turkey Legs and Herb Gravy


For the past few years now (having moved far away from where I was born and raised), it’s been tradition that my dad and I (or a substitute for my dad when he’s not available) have a steak or seafood dinner at an expensive restaurant on Thanksgiving. In 2008 my dad and I ate at…

Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette


I’m not at all a fan of mustard – yellow, Dijon, or any fancy-schmancy kind you can buy at your local market. However, this vinaigrette is definitely fabulous. At least when used to dress up Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad. ingredients. 3/4 c. apple cider or apple juice 2 T. vinegar 2 T. minced…

Oat Pie Crust


This crust recipe came with a recipe for Coconut Cream Pie recipe my grandma sent me. I do intend on making Coconut Cream Pie one of these days. In the mean time, I thought this crust would work well with Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. ingredients. 1 c. rolled oats 1/2 c. flour, sifted 1/2 c….

Cream Cheese Pie Dough


The first time I used this crust was when my coworker Micah had extra pie dough and gave it to me to use. Use I did in my most amazing Sweet Potato Pie, though this recipe (as published in the L.A. Times) is recommended as a savory pie crust, not as a sweet pie crust. This…

Baked Oatmeal


At first I thought this recipe was sorta like one big oatmeal cookie – that’s how the list of ingredients and directions initially read – which is not exactly what I was looking for in an oatmeal dish. I’ve labeled this recipe as ‘healthy eating’ mainly because of the rolled oats. You could make it…

Roasted Rosemary Cashews


Fragrant and slightly spicy, these nuts are perfect to serve guests as an appetizer or snack at your holiday party. And they’re a snap to make. ingredients. 1 1/4 lb. cashews 2 T. coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 tsp. dark brown sugar 2 tsp. kosher salt 1 T. butter, melted…

Roasted Garlic Potato Bread


I wanted to let this dough sit in the fridge for a few days but after eating nothing besides sweets today, I got hungry around 10 p.m. and decided I could not wait a few days. This warm garlicky bread hit the spot. I didn’t even wait for it to cool down – just sliced…