Bourbon Brownies


These brownies are dense, almost fudge-like. The consistency reminds me a bit of flourless chocolate cake. The bourbon in the brownies cooks out, which is why I felt OK with topping them with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting. ingredients. 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate 8 T. butter, softened 1 1/2 c. sugar 5 eggs 3 T. brewed espresso,…

Bourbon Buttercream Frosting


Hmm. I realized today I’m not a huge fan of bourbon (neither in food nor in a snifter). If you’re not a fan of bourbon either, you may want to stay away from this recipe or cut the amount of bourbon in half. ingredients. 1 c. butter 1 to 1 1/2 lb. powdered sugar 3…

Balsamic Vinaigrette


I couldn’t believe it when I realized I had never written a blog on balsamic vinaigrette. I thought balsamic vinaigrette was one of few dressings I’ve ever made. (Turns out I’ve made Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette.) I made this recipe specifically for a Spinach and Strawberry Salad but it will be a good dressing to have…

Turkey Leftovers Bowl


My refrigerator is bulging full with leftovers. Pizza, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, creamed spinach, spinach and egg bake, pie and pancake batter. There are so many leftovers stuffed inside my fridge it’s actually a bit daunting. I’ve never been a huge fan of leftovers. Mainly because I think that food doesn’t taste quite as…

Andes Candies Cookies


Let’s discuss cookies. Namely, we’re going to talk about all-butter cookie recipes. They suck. They don’t work. Don’t even bother. I’m serious. Don’t try them. Every time I try an all-butter recipe I get pissed off because they turn out flat. No matter how much extra flour I stuff into the bowl, the cookies still…

Peanut Butter Fudge Pie


Holy mother of God. It is way too late and I am way too full to be eating pie right now. (Yes, I am eating pie while my dad, as normal people are doing right now, snoozes on the couch). Alas, the food blogger must persevere. A year or two ago one of my coworkers…

Flakey Chocolate Pie Crust


Weeks ago I googled ‘chocolate+butter+pie+crust+recipe’ to find a chocolate crust recipe to pair with a peanut butter pie but came up with very few results. Instead of going with one of the sketchy recipes I found on the internet, I decided to make up my own. Though this pie crust was completely experimental, I’m really glad…

Christmas Day Roast Turkey


Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make a large Thanksgiving dinner this year (as I have the past few years). Because I missed my chance on Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Christmas. (Thanks, Mom, for the nice new Calphalon roasting pan!) I’ve never roasted a turkey before so of course I…

Homemade Turkey Gravy


I was surprised to learn there are lots of fancy turkey gravy recipes floating around the internet. All I was looking for was a simple recipe similar to the one my mom always used when I was growing up. I believe this is about as close as it can get to my mom’s homemade turkey…

Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Slow Cooker Stuffing


Stuffing (or dressing) is one of my favorite parts of a traditional turkey dinner. This recipe was scammed from Outpost Magazine. Outpost is a natural food store (local chain) in Milwaukee, Wis. (They have the best ‘granola bars’ I’ve ever had. Every time I’m home I make sure to stop there to bring some back…

Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Every Christmas Eve when my dad’s side of the family gathers together, my grandma makes the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. The secret? cream cheese. When she sent me this recipe clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, I knew these were the potatoes I wanted to make for my Christmas Eve dinner. ingredients. 5 lbs….

Spinach Gratin


This is basically a creamed spinach dish (incidentally one of my favorite things to order a la carte at a steakhouse). Even though this dish is a creamy dish, I considered it the healthy side for my Christmas Day turkey dinner. It has three pounds of spinach in it – that has to counteract some…

Brined Turkey


I read somewhere that the way to ensure that you do not dry out your turkey when roasting is to brine the turkey beforehand. I also liked the idea of a brine because a brine (in theory) is rather simple. What I learned when making my first brined turkey is that brine needs to be…

Spinach and Egg Breakfast Bake


Every once in a while I gravitate toward a recipe slightly healthier than what I normally cook/eat. This is usually when my dad is in town. Because we would be eating such a heavy Christmas dinner, I wanted to make something light for breakfast. My dad loved it! You could make this dish for a…

Sausage and Mushroom Deep Dish Pizza


Food is a big thing for my family on the holidays. If I were back home right now (in Wisconsin), I would be at my aunt and uncle’s house and there would be a huge spread of food. (Ham and turkey and my grandma’s famous mashed potatoes, amongst other things.) Then after dinner and present-opening,…

English Toffee


Every year right before Christmas (well – for the past two years that I can remember) the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel posts the results of their holiday cookie contest. The top recipes are listed in a couple-page spread along with pictures of the winning treats. My grandma always sends me these recipes. I can usually scam a…

Snickerdoodle Pancakes


My obsession with pancakes continues. I got the idea for these pancakes when my coworker sent me a link for a recipe for brown butter snickerdoodle cookies (which I also plan to try soon!). These pancakes may be the best pancakes I’ve ever made – and I’m not even a huge fan of snickerdoodle. Might…

Warm Vanilla Sauce


Use this sauce in place of syrup on pancakes, waffles or French toast. ingredients. 3 T. sugar 1 T. cornstarch 1 1/4 c. half-and-half 1 T. butter 1 tsp. vanilla directions. In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and the cornstarch. Stir in half-and-half and butter until smooth. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly….

Spinach and Strawberry Salad


I picked this salad recipe for my dad who does his best to eat healthy, (I must be the mail man’s daughter?) and because the other day I realized I have very few salad recipes on my blog (when a coworker asked me to recommend my favorite salad from my blog, which was met with…

Caramel Buttercream Cake


In honor of my dad’s birthday (64 on Thursday! Happy birthday, Dad!), I decided to try this recipe (caramel is his favorite). I had high hopes for this rather complicated cake. But knew almost immediately it would be a flop. ingredients. Brown Butter Genoise Caramel Sauce 1 1/4 c. (2 1/2 sticks) salted butter, room…