Four-Meat Deep Dish Pizza


This is possibly the best pizza I’ve ever had. Ever. And I say this with the admission that I prefer thin-crust to thick crust any time at all. It could be the almost two pounds of meat stuffed inside or the near equal amounts of cheese. (How could that much meat and cheese taste bad…

Red Velvet Fudge


I love red velvet anything. Which means the people in my life are subject to eating red velvet anything, too. So far, I haven’t had any objections. (Who doesn’t love red velvet?) So when I realized that someone stumbled across my blog trying to find a recipe for red velvet fudge, I knew I had…

Pumpkin Banana Bread


One time when I was in Seattle with my friend Diana and her husband Rob, Diana introduced me to bananas as a breakfast food. I’d never really thought of a banana as breakfast without something like pancakes, cereal or oatmeal beneath it. As a traveling saleswoman, bananas were the breakfast she dined on often when…

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese


I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin though I do tend to indulge in it quite a bit around the holidays – this despite the fact that I HATE pumpkin pie and refuse to eat it (even if it’s the only dessert being offered). My grandma sent me a recipe for pumpkin macaroni and cheese….

Semolina Pizza Dough


This is a good recipe if you want to make a thick, chewy pizza crust. Makes enough dough for two medium-sized pizza crusts. I used it to make my first ever deep-dish pizza using a 10-inch deep-dish pizza stone. A half recipe sufficed. iNgReDiEnTs. 1 3/4 cup warm water 2 tsp active dry yeast 1…

Custard Brunch Pie


The original name of this pie is “Impossible Blender Pie.” I opted to change it to Custard Brunch Pie because I think it would be best suited to serve at brunch. It’s not a traditional pie, as it doesn’t have a traditional crust and has a strong egg/custard flavor. Thus, (I believe) it should be…

Spicy Roasted Almonds


The holidays always seem like a good time to roast some nuts. (Or is it just me?) When my dad my left my house to fly back home, he left me with a large package of raw almonds from Trader Joe’s. I like nuts of any kind and I especially like them when they’re roasted,…

Red Velvet Pancakes with Chocolate Chips


One of the things I look forward to most on the weekends is brunch – either something made in my kitchen, someone else’s or at a restaurant. My sister tipped me off to this recipe (because she knows I’m obsessed with red velvet anything). I made these for Saturday brunch this weekend. ingredients. 2 c….

Best Happiness Cookies


This recipe is adapted from a recipe that my grandma clipped from the Croatian newspaper. No, this is not a traditional Croatian cookie. I’m sure it’s American. At best, Croatian-American. But any cookie that has coconut in it is OK in my book. Plus I liked the name of the cookie. Who doesn’t want a…

Drunken Raisin, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies


I’ve never been a fan of any kind of raisin dessert or dish. And until today I’ve never really been able to figure out why, though the answer is simple: it’s a texture thing. There are certain textures I can’t stomach: stringy celery (yuck), cold lettuce on warm sandwiches, overcooked asparagus and shriveled raisins. Then…

Banana Oat Bran Pancakes


I spent my Saturday morning and afternoon cleaning out my kitchen cupboards, which meant throwing out expired goods and taking stock of my ingredients. I found I had an inordinate amount of almond extract along with more oat bran than I know what to do with. (I can’t imagine why I ever would have bought…