Raw Chocolate Mousse


I’m not exactly sure why this is consistently referred to as ‘mousse’ as the term ‘mousse’ conjures images in my head of lightly whipped, airy textures and this recipe is nothing of the sort. Therefore, this seems more like a vegan chocolate pudding. If you were to ask me. But because this recipe is largely…

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta


My sister made something similar to this before – I had no idea it was considered bruschetta. ingredients. 1 small loaf of your favorite artisan bread 1 or 2 heads of garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise – roasted extra-virgin olive oil* Kosher salt and pepper Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated  directions. Roast the head of…

Prime Rib and Mashed Potato Panini


I’ve found one of the best ways to use leftover ingredients after a holiday is to make a pot pie, a stew, or a sandwich. ingredients. your favorite artisan bread, sliced (I bought Como Loaf from Grand Central Bakery) mayonnaise sliced cheese (I used Beecher’s Flagship cheese) leftover Prime Rib Roast, sliced very thin leftover Crusted Cream…

Salted Caramel Fudge Drops


Right before the holidays my coworker Cassie and I were talking about the merits of fudge made with condensed milk versus marshmallow fluff. We both agree that the condensed milk variety seems to harden quickly. After attempting to make some fudge filled cookie cutters using a condensed milk-based fudge recipe – and having to pass…

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


After trying my hand at Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, I conferred with my coworker/fellow foodie, Micah, and came up with a few ideas to improve the recipe and make them more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-like. Our main improvements included the kind of peanut butter (natural instead of processed) and a darker (and smaller amount of)…

Buttermilk Bars


This recipe reminds me a bit of lemon bars, without the big lemon punch. It was sent to me recently by my grandma and caught my eye because I had buttermilk in the fridge that I needed to use! crust ingredients. 6 T. butter or margarine, room temperature 1/4 c. sugar 2/3 c. all-purpose flour…

Molten Chocolate Cakes


This recipe was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel circa Valentine’s Day of 2011, I’m assuming (there’s no date on the clipped page that my grandma sent me). I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a long time but haven’t had the circumstances to do so – the recipe yields only two cakes and…

Mom’s Christmas Day Turn-off-the-Oven Prime Rib Roast


Every year for Christmas my mom makes Prime Rib Roast. This is the recipe she uses and she swears it turns out perfect every time. I haven’t had it in a few years because it’s been awhile since I’ve flown ‘home’ for Christmas. This year Dad and I decided to make our own. ingredients. Standing…

Crusted Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


Otherwise known as the best mashed potatoes to ever meet your mouth, these are the potatoes my family looks forward to eating every Christmas Eve (AKA Grandma Mo’s Christmas Mashed Potatoes). I decided to make grandma’s potatoes for me and my Dad on Christmas Day since we wouldn’t be home to enjoy hers. I played around…

Creamy Baked Brussels Sprouts


I was super stoked to make this recipe after the last time I made cheesy Brussels sprouts. I would definitely make this dish again but would change a few things. ingredients. 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels sprouts 1 8-oz. package of cream cheese 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. sour cream 3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese 2…

Holiday Strata


Ever since the first time I saw the movie The Family Stone (which, incidentally, I now watch every Christmas), I’ve wanted to make a Strata for Christmas. My grandma sent me this recipe months ago. But nothing less than Christmas seemed like the right holiday to test this recipe. ingredients. 8 oz. medium cheddar cheese,…

Beecher’s Mac and Cheese


Living three hours from Seattle has its benefits. Like being three-hours away from Pike Place Market and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese where you can watch employees as they make fresh cheese curds. This recipe is adapted from one sent to me by my grandma, who probably didn’t even know that I’ve actually been to Beecher’s. sauce…

Blue Cheese and Bacon Filled Gougères


When I made gougères a few weeks ago, upon first bite I immediately wished I had been more elaborate with the recipe. I liked the idea of the savory cream puff but an unfilled gougèr is basically equivalent to eating an unfilled Wisconsin State Fair cream puff. Who does that? I saved the leftover gougères in a Ziploc bag…

Salted Caramel Frosting


A simultaneously savory and sweet frosting with a bit of a grainy texture. Pair it with Salted Caramel Cake for a very rich treat or your favorite chocolate cake recipe. ingredients. 1 c. butter 2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar 1/2 c. whipping cream 1/2 c. vegetable shortening 4 c. powdered sugar, sifted 1 T. kosher or sea…

Spicy-Honey Glazed Nuts


These didn’t go over all that well at work today – they got mixed reviews. But my dad and I love them! I think they’d make a great homemade gift if you’re into that sort of thing. ingredients. 4 T. honey 4 T. Baker’s sugar 4 T. lime juice 2 T. vegetable oil 2 tsp….

Salted Caramel Cake


Weeks ago my dad put in his ‘order’ for his birthday cake – Butter Cake with Caramel Icing. As I started in on the baking this morning, my dad asked if I was going to blog about the cake. Generally I do not re-post old posts, which I explained to my dad. I have to…

Eggnog Sugar Cookies


I’m not a fan of eggnog but I’m certainly a fan of eggnog cookies now that I’ve discovered this recipe. My grandma clipped it from a Croatian newsletter, though I’m not sure these cookies are traditionally Croatian. ingredients. 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. margarine 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. lemon rind 1 tsp. nutmeg 2…

Brown Butter Seven-Layer Bars


The only way to improve upon a classic (and favorite!) family Christmas cookie? Use brown butter in place of melted (regular) butter. ingredients. 1 1/2 c. butter, browned 1 box graham crackers, crushed with a rolling-pin 2 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk 3 c. butterscotch flavored chips 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 c. flaked…

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


This recipe is adapted from brown eyed baker’s recipe for Homemade  Peanut Butter Cups. Good find! Thanks brown-eyed baker! ingredients. 2 c. creamy peanut butter 1/2 c. salted butter 2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. dark brown sugar 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar 7 c. milk chocolate chips 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 c. vegetable shortening directions. Line a mini-muffin…

Christmas Caramels


After seeing a recipe for Gingerbread Caramels on the back of a recipe that my grandma sent me, I decided to give homemade caramels a try. Unfortunately thr recipe my grandma sent me wasn’t one she intended for me to try as part of the directions were cut off. I found a similar recipe by…