Brown Sugar Bars


This recipe is adapted from a Shaker recipe I found in the Penzeys Spices magazine, Summer 2012 edition. I made it my own by browning the butter. If you haven’t tried using browned butter in your baking yet, now would be a good time to do so. ingredients. 1 c. butter 2 c. firmly packed…

Crusty Mac and Cheese


A lot of the recipes I post on my blog are clipped from newspapers and magazines and sent to me in an envelope by my grandma who lives in Wisconsin. The normal process when I receive one of my grandma’s envelopes is to pull out the recipes I want to make immediately and either enter…

Mexican Tortilla Pizza


I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a ‘nacho’ pizza for a few weeks now. I haven’t been able to nail down exactly what I want to use for the sauce – refried beans? Nacho cheese sauce? But I know it would be topped with the normal nacho ingredients and … nacho chips. As…

Almost Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


So close yet so far away in finding the perfect chocolate cookie recipe. Sigh. These cookies turned out a bit too flat (and spread out) for my liking. But I’m sure that could easily be remedied by adding a bit more flour. But the taste? Oh the taste. Caramel-y, soft and chewy. They melt in…

Double Pepperoni Garlic Pizza


Since the I grew out of my cheese pizza phase (around age 20), pepperoni has by far been my favorite choice of topping. What’s a better way to make a pepperoni pizza? With two kinds of pepperoni and tons of garlic. ingredients. 8 oz. pizza dough salt and pepper olive oil 2 heads of garlic,…

Asparagus and Mushroom Pizza


Last week my sister made asparagus pizza two nights in a row. At first I thought the idea of asparagus pizza was a little weird (even though I love asparagus). After hearing her rave about it (two nights in a row), I decided to make some for everyone for dinner tonight. ingredients. 8 oz. wheat…

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


When I was contemplating baking something to bring to work to snack on this week (since I don’t eat like a normal person/don’t actually eat real meals during the day), I thought back to the recesses of my mind wondering if I had ever blogged the recipe for this cookie. I was convinced I had….

Cherry Tomato Salad


To me this seems like the prefect summer salad or side dish – especially if you love tomatoes like I do. ingredients. 6 c. red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved if large Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Buttermilk-Basil Dressing directions Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper…

Buttermilk-Basil Dressing


Toss cherry tomatoes in this dressing for an easy summer salad. ingredients. 2/3 c. buttermilk 1/4 c. sour cream 3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced directions. Place all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until well blended. I increased the amount of garlic in this recipe…

Tomato, Garlic and Herb Pizza


It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve made pizza, and really, what I’ve been itching to make is Nacho Pizza (hopefully soon to come!). Instead of experimenting with Nacho ingredients to make a Nacho Pizza hybrid; I decided to stick with what I know for tonight’s pizza: tomato, garlic and fresh herbs with loads of…

Dear Abby’s Brownies


It must be good. It’s Ann Lander’s! Is what my mom said when I asked her why she decided to try this recipe for my Grimm debut party. It wasn’t until later that she realized the recipe came from Dear Abby, not Ann Landers. My family has nothing if not a plethora of time-tested recipes…

Buttermilk Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins


I found a recipe for Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins in the June 2012 issue of Glamour magazine, which I intended to try. However, I inadvertently made this recipe my own by improvising on ingredients and compensating for mistakes when reading the directions. Luckily they turned out great! ingredients. 14 T. butter 6 T. vegetable…