Basil Tortellini Soup


This recipe is adapted from a recipe sent to me by my grandma. The original recipe directions did not call for pureeing or blending of any of the ingredients. But both my dad and I agree that a thicker, creamier soup is better than a broth soup any day. This soup was perfect for this…

Cake-Like Red Velvet Brownies


Last weekend when I was making my One-Bowl Brownies, I came across a few bottles of red food coloring in the cabinet at which point it occurred to me that about the only variety of brownies I haven’t tried are red velvet. Until today. ingredients. 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 oz. red food coloring…

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


A mildly cream cheesy frosting fit for frosting your favorite cake, cupcakes, brownies or cookies. I paired mine with red velvet brownies. Omit the salt if you want your frosting super-sweet. ingredients. 8 T. butter 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. chocolate chips 2 to 3 c. powdered sugar 1/2…

One-Bowl Brownies


After my coworker Donn brought in dense, fudgy hazelnut brownies this past Friday, it inspired me to try a new brownie recipe I’ve had in my ‘drafts’ for a while now. This recipe won rave reviews from my coworkers. Cody told me I need to quit my job and go pro with baking. Monique said the…

Mac and Cheese Pizza


This pizza is so full of mac and cheese (and flavor!) you’ll barely even notice you’re eating pizza. ingredients. 1 lb. pizza dough 2 T. butter or bacon grease 3 1/2 T. all-purpose flour 2 c. heavy cream 2 c. milk 4 c. finely shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar, Monterrey jack and parmesan) 1…

Cilantro Pesto


I have been wanting to try this ever since my coworker Colette mentioned she once had cilantro pesto – she and I have a shared obsession with cilantro. This recipe uses almonds (I used almond meal) instead of pine nuts, cilantro instead of basil and omits both the garlic and cheese used in ‘traditional’ pesto….

Chocolate Bark Cake ‘Garnish’


Last week my friend and coworker Colette commissioned me to bake a cake for her for a birthday party she hosted tonight. When I agreed to do it I was at once excited and petrified. Before I even agreed I cautioned Colette that I’m horrible at decorating cakes; to which Colette responded, pshhhhh. As long…

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts


This recipe is courtesy of my friend Leigh who ripped it from Rupena’s Fine Foods (a Milwaukee, Wis. famous grocery store) and made it better. (Leigh, if you’re reading this, happy belated birthday!) I added a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top of the chicken before baking. ingredients. 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (per person) 1 8…

Quinoa and Walnut Pancakes


I have had quinoa exactly once and, I have to say, I wasn’t terribly impressed by it. Despite my indifference, I decided to give this recipe a try because I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad pancake. ingredients. 1/2 c. walnuts 1 1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 1 T. sugar 2 tsp….

Peanut Cookies


I made these cookies as a ‘thank you’ for my vet, who successfully removed a cancerous tumor from my dog’s parathyroid gland this past Tuesday. The few leftovers I had I brought to work and taste-tested them on Monique, who loves any variety of nuts. The original recipe my grandma sent me called for honey-roasted…

Broccoli and White Bean Soup


Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not a huge fan of broccoli – unless it’s hidden super well in a dish that is loaded with cheese. (Think broccoli cheese rice casserole.) With the arrival of my dad in town for the next month, I decided I needed to step it up on the…

Mac and Cheese Pot Pie


This dish was inspired by KFC’s commercial for chicken pot pie. Don’t ask me how I made the leap, but truly it’s where I got the idea for this recipe. I figured pot pie and mac and cheese are two comfort foods – why not combine them? ingredients. 1 recipe of Cream Cheese Pie Dough…