Beer and Brown Sugar Crockpot Kielbasa


For Easter breakfast, my dad, sister and I headed to Screen Door in the Kerns neighborhood of Southeast Portland. This is the second weekend in a row I’ve been there for breakfast. Screen Door is perhaps most known for their chicken and sweet potato waffle dish. We saw about 7 to 9 of these dishes…

Pierogies


My German grandmother used to make Pierogies when I was growing up. When I called my mom to ask for the recipe, my mom told me she had never made them. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!! This is a recipe for ‘Pittsburgh’ style pierogies (not quite sure what qualifies them to be from Pittsburgh). Traditional pierogies are made with…

Beefy Chili Mac and Cheese


The best mac and cheese I’ve ever had is served at Comet Cafe, located on Farwell Avenue on the East Side of Milwaukee, (Wis., not Milwaukie, Ore.). For $10 you can get a huge bowl of plain mac and cheese. Add chili for $2, beef for $3 or ham and peas for $2. My preference…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake


This is a Paula Deen Recipe that is actually rather putzy and time-consuming to make with all its fillings, ganaches and frostings. Yet it’s worth the putziness and your time. cake ingredients. 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 c. sugar 3 large eggs 1 3/4 c. cake flour 1 1/4 c. Dutch process cocoa…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Raspberries


These pancakes are so light, thin and delicate you can actually fit more in your mouth and your stomach. I have yet to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. ingredients. 5 eggs, separated 15 oz. c. ricotta cheese 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/2 c. heavy cream 4 T. melted butter 3 T. sugar lemon…

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cakes


Two of my favorite flavors in any type of dessert is chocolate and peanut butter. They’re even better when combined. When my grandma sent me this recipe, I knew I had to try it immediately. How cute are individual cakes served in small bowls? ingredients. 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 c. flour 3/4 c….

Browned Butter and Marsala Wine Mashed Potatoes


With almost an entire bottle of Marsala wine staring at me begging me to be used, I concocted this recipe for mashed potatoes. marsala cream sauce ingredients. 2 T. butter 1 1/2 c. Marsala wine 1/4 c. red table wine (optional) 1/2 c. Heavy Cream 3 sprigs fresh thyme salt and pepper mashed potato ingredients….

Crusted Cracker Mac and Cheese


Last weekend I made a massive amount of mac and cheese that I’ve been eating all week and not sharing. (I generally don’t share any of the food that I make that I don’t find fantastic, thus, unshareable.) I had high hopes for this recipe because a) it’s mac and cheese (all mac and cheese…

Carrot Cake Pancakes


Carrot Cake isn’t my favorite cake flavor, but I thought it might make a pretty good pancake. I haven’t really come across a flavor pancake that I haven’t liked thus far. ingredients. 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. table salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. freshly…

Pots de Crème


This dessert is a pain in the ass to make. I knew this going into it, but it ended up being even worse than I imagined when all was said and done. Perhaps because the first few steps didn’t start out too bad I got a false sense of ease. It was when everything was…

Salisbury Steak


One of the best things about my high school experience (and there were a lot of good things about my high school experience), was the cafeteria food. I’m not kidding! I have heard lots of stories about bad cafeteria food served at schools but Mukwonago High School was not one of them. They had the…

Bacon Mashed Potatoes


This recipe for mashed potatoes seemed like the perfect accompaniment for the Salisbury Steak I was making for dinner. However, with their loaded baked potato taste, they stand alone. No meat or gravy required. ingredients. 1 lb. new or baby potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks 2 slices bacon 1/3 c. buttermilk 1/2 tsp….

Snickerdoodle Muffins


I love the weekends. Sleeping in. (5:30 a.m. is sleeping in, right?) Free time to do whatever you want. And breakfast. (Or brunch. Depending on what time you get up.) I try to make some sort of delicious breakfast new breakfast recipe each weekend. Normally, I like to make a new flavor of pancakes. This…