Bad Baby Smoked Salmon and Brie Pie


Updated 10/22/2017 Shh! I’m inventing a new pie in my head. Tomorrow’s blue plate special. I’m calling it: I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie. I don’t think we can write that on the menu board, hon. Then I’ll just call it Bad Baby Pie. What’s in it, honey? It’s a Quiche of egg and Brie…

Elvis Impersonator Pancakes


I’ve read up on the topic of Elvis and his fondness for peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches and apparently it isn’t conclusive whether his favorite sandwich involved bacon or not. But it definitely involved peanut butter and banana. (A sandwich I lived on as kid!) That being said, I named these pancakes Elvis Impersonator…

Maple Cream Sauce


Have you ever wondered how to make maple syrup fattier? No? Me neither. Turns out the way to do so, however, is to add butter and heavy whipping cream. I’ve never been a huge fan of maple syrup. As far as syrups go it’s my least favorite flavor. However, I needed a maple syrup something…

Peanut Butter Whip Cream


It’s my philosophy that peanut butter (along with cheese, bacon and butter) makes everything better. So what better way than to brighten up boring old whip cream than to make it super-duper delicious? Peanut butter, of course. ingredients. 8 oz heavy whipping cream 1 T. creamy peanut butter 1 T. sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla directions….

Butterscotch Pudding


I have had a lot of egg yolks to use up recently. In an effort to do so I thought I would make myself some homemade pudding. Homemade pudding is sooooooo much better than the box kind sold in the stores! If you’ve never made homemade pudding, you should try it. It’s not that hard,…

Funfetti Pancakes


I got the idea for Funfetti Pancakes after making Amelia’s Rainbow Cake and having tons of leftover rainbow sprinkles (jimmies – if you’re from the Midwest). I thought I was genius for thinking up this pancake flavor until I realized, I am certainly not the first person to *think* of Funfetti Pancakes. Recipes adorn the…

Peanut Butter Cream Pie


I have never made a true peanut butter cream pie. I was talking about this with my coworker on Friday when she asked me if I’ll make a cake for her for her birthday (in July) and mentioned making peanut butter cream pie instead of cake. My normal peanut butter cream pie is the Amish…

Lemon Cream Pie


I haven’t had a recipe flop in a while so it was bound to happen today, I guess. But I honestly hate when a pie flops. Of all things to flop, why does it have to be a pie?! I take it personally – perhaps because it doesn’t happen often. Or perhaps because of my…

Peanut Butter Ice Cream


I grew up in a town of approximately 4,000 people. It was the 1980’s. Our ice cream choices were limited to two ice cream shops: Charlie’s Shake Shop, which was a cool place to hang out and play video games – it eventually turned into a video store – and then there was a smaller…

Amelia’s Rainbow Cake!


When my friend Julie asked me if I would help her make this cake for her daughter’s fifth birthday (aka make the cake for her while we talk and drink martinis, she clarified), I couldn’t say no. I was asked how long it took me to make this cake. The truth is, the cake making…

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream


This is the recipe that accompanies the rainbow cake found on Martha Stewart’s website, which I used when making Amelia’s Rainbow Cake! filling/crumb coat ingredients 9 large egg whites 1 3/4 c. sugar 2 c. (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature 2 tsp. pure lemon extract frosting ingredients. 5 large egg…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes


It’s the weekend! And with 22 egg yolks hanging out in my fridge I decided I needed to make some pancakes to use up some (two!) of those egg yolks. Last weekend when I was on the coast, we went to Wanda’s Cafe in Nehalem for Mother’s Day breakfast. I had a delicious Cinnamon Oat…

Mom’s Hash Browns


Hash browns sold in your local grocery store or served at a diner might be cubed pieces of potato. In my family (and at Denny’s), hash browns are shredded or grated. Hash browns are one of the first things I remember making on my own for dinner (along with pancakes) while my mom was gone…

Dark Chocolate Brownies


In honor of my friend Jennifer’s birthday potluck celebration today, I made a new version of fudge brownies (by adding some dark chocolate to my go-to brownie recipe and fudging with ingredient quantities). This is some of the feedback I got: the birthday girl (who ate one before the potluck began) told me they were…

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops


I never used to like scallops. I think this is in part because I first tried them in a seafood pasta dish, and the scallops were small, overcooked and rubbery. Then I tried the large scallops. Huge ones you can buy fresh at Pike Place Market. And when I tried those delicious large scallops fresh…

Chili Lime Mayo


Growing up I hated mayonnaise. Which means I hated anything mayonnaise-based – like any sort of creamy dressing. The first time I ever tried ranch dressing, I was nearly 20 years old. I tried it while I was working as server in a restaurant after watching fellow servers down piles of waffle-cut French fries into…

Puffy Brown Butter Sugar Cookies


Tomorrow morning one of my friends joins my department as a team lead. To welcome him, I decided I should bring some cookies. A friend shared an incredibly delicious Brown Butter Snicker Doodle Cookie recipe with me a few months ago. Since then I’ve tried my hand at just about every variation of flavor, except plain…

Warm Chicken, Bacon and Cheese Wrap


I have some leftover breaded chicken in the fridge that needs to be used and not a lot of other ingredients to go with it. During the brief time that I lived in the Phoenix area in 2010, my friend Kiki and I used to make sandwiches similar like this for lunch on nearly a…

Moist White Cake


This recipe will be your new go-to recipe if you want a super-moist white cake. It’s so moist, you can eat it without frosting. Which is what I did with one of the ‘domes’ on one of my layers. Ate the entire thing while spreading frosting between the layers! Amazing how fast cake can disappear…

Savory Beef Sandwiches


I love crock pot recipes for their ease. This one is especially easy! Slap some seasoning on a roast, cook for a few hours, shred and voilà – tender meat for sandwiches you can bring to a barbecue picnic (or to work all week long if you find you can’t make it to the picnic). I…