Crock-Pot Beef Roast


The last time I had a crock pot roast was circa 2005 or 2006, when my mom did all the legwork for her Lipton Onion Mix roast recipe in my crock pot, and I reaped the benefits. I’ve always been more of an avid cook than the regular Joe, but at that time I wasn’t…

Toffee, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Bars


I am a quite a fan of any recipe for a bar that involves peanut butter and chocolate. Though I’ve never been a huge toffee fan, I recently tried making English Toffee and found that I actually quite like it! That being said, I was pretty sure this recipe was going to be a keeper….

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


I was so inspired by the Brown Butter Snicker Doodle Cookies I recently made that I decided to take the basic dough recipe and branch out to make a chocolate chip cookie. They turned out pretty dang good. I baked them slightly longer than the snicker doodles because they didn’t look quite done on the outside….

Brown Butter Snicker Doodle Cookies


A few weeks ago my coworker sent me this recipe. (She knows I’m obsessed with brown butter anything!) I don’t really need an excuse to make cookies but I do like to have reasons and I found three: a) another coworker’s upcoming birthday (Tuesday) b) I was asked to bake c) I needed something to…

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Topping


There are several things I love about the weekend: sleeping in, not having to work, being with my dog 24/7, not having to shower (if I don’t want to!) and pancakes (or, on a larger scale, brunch). My grandma sent me this recipe this past week, and I planned on making it next weekend. But…

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash


The only time I ever heard of this dish prior to seeing the recipe in the most recent Penzey’s spices magazine, was in the movie When Harry Met Sally when Harry was leading up to asking Sally on a date (Harry: Repeat after me: Waiter, there is too much pepper in my paprikash. Sally: (laughing) Waiter, there…

Soft Egg Noodles


These ‘noodles’ are what we refer to in my family as ‘dumplings’ and go well in soup (like chicken soup) or with a beef roast. These specific ‘noodles’ were made to accompany Chicken Paprikash. Very easy and fast to make! ingredients. 4 eggs 1 to 1 1/2 c. flour (enough to make a thick paste…

Turkey Pesto Meatballs in Pesto Cream Sauce


Last weekend I made Herbed Meatloaf and ate all three pounds of it (with the help of a few coworkers and my boss) all week long, in preparation for the American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday. Traditionally I’m rejected 50% of the time I attempt to donate due to  my blood iron level. I…

Whipping Cream Pancakes


  Updated 7.23.2017 Here’s what I said about this recipe back in 2013: I have thoroughly searched the internet and discovered there is no recipe for sweet cream pancakes. Why not? Restaurants (especially breakfast chains) commonly serve sweet cream pancakes. The first time I ever saw them advertised was at Black Bear Diner. How many…

Walnut Triple Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Cookies


My friend Monique is off work for the next two weeks. Lucky her! Except for the fact that she’s off work because she just had eye surgery (don’t worry – she’s A-OK). She texted me yesterday and said she would pay me to make her homemade chocolate chip cookies, to which I laughed. I wouldn’t…

Extra-Creamy Scalloped Potatoes


I didn’t have very high of expectations for these potatoes. I liked the recipe because it was simple and something I’ve never made before. I was a bit skeptical, however. I really felt like there should have been some cheese somewhere in the recipe! As it turns out, the recipe doesn’t need cheese. (I know….

Herbed Meatloaf


It almost seems impossible that I’ve never before made meatloaf, but no – it’s not. It’s true. The lasting impression I have of meatloaf is the kind my mom made while I was growing up – I’m sure it’s the same kind every mom’s made – with a layer of ketchup on top. I’m somewhat…

Garlic Sauce


This sauce is made to be slathered on a hot meatloaf right out of the oven, but I imagine garlic lovers could find other delicious uses for it as well. ingredients. 3/4 c. good olive oil 10 garlic cloves, peeled 2 c. chicken stock 3 T. butter, at room temperature Kosher salt and freshly ground…

Drippings Gravy


I used this recipe when I made meatloaf, but you can use it for any kind of meat you roast. ingredients. 2 T. reserved roast drippings, plus additional 2 T. flour water, milk, stock, broth or cream directions. Remove the roast or meat from the pan. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings…

Made from Scratch Brie En Croute


This may be the best appetizer in the world as evidenced by the fact that I could eat the entire thing myself in one sitting if I allowed myself to. My old roommate Miranda first introduced me to this appetizer a few New Year’s Eves’s ago. I was in love with the crescent roll-wrapped Brie…