Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Ever since I discovered vanilla bean ice cream – and I have this faint recollection that my friend Heather introduced me to it in high school – I’ve become a bit of a vanilla ice cream snob. As in: I don’t like regular vanilla ice cream anymore. It’s got to be vanilla bean. I don’t…

Fresh Raspberry Pie


I love my friend Julie. She’s one of the healthiest people I know. She knows all the substitutions to make turn something fatty into some healthy. (I know what you’re thinking – we don’t make the likeliest of friends. But I actually think our friendship works well for that very reason. I can get her…

Penne Cacio e Pepe


According to my thermometer it’s 90 degrees outside and 83 degrees inside. And we are not even close to the hottest part of the day. We have at least four or five more hours until the temperature will top out. I’m not into baking or cooking when it’s this hot. That really puts a damper…

Overnight Oats


It just so happens that a lot of the fellow foodies I follow in the blogging community are vegetarian, vegan or some other form of very healthy. This is rather hilarious because I’m not vegetarian, vegan or any sort of healthy. But the way that WordPress.com suggests blogs to follow has allowed me to cultivate…

Thin Mint Ice Cream


It’s summer. (Yay.) It’s 90 plus degrees out. (Boo.) I’m craving ice cream. We are having a heat wave here in Portland, Ore. It’s my third summer here and I’m pretty sure the summers are getting hotter and hotter, earlier and earlier. The first summer I was here I don’t remember it being particularly hot…

Multigrain Granola Panakes


Lately I’ve been into eating granola with almond milk. I had that yesterday for breakfast instead of my normal weekend pancakes. And to be honest, although I do like me some granola, I felt a little jipped. I love having pancakes on the weekend! Still wanting granola again this morning, yet not wanting to forego…

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies


I promised my friend Paul I would make Snicker Doodle Cookies for him this weekend. OK. Maybe I didn’t promise it, but I definitely suggested very heavily that I might. I’m not a huge fan of making cookies I’ve previously blogged about because I see it as wasted chance at blogging. Admittedly, Snicker Doodle Cookies…

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting


If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a peanut butter kick recently. Peanut butter has always been one of my favorite flavors – especially when mixed with chocolate. But when I churned out the best Peanut Butter Ice Cream I’ve ever had in my life, my love for peanut butter turned into,…

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes


When I lived in Los Angeles, I was obsessed with cupcakes. This was due, in part, to having access to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills and Frosted (Cupcakery) in Long Beach, amongst others. Don’t get me wrong, Portland is no slouch when it comes to selling cupcakes (or other baked goods!). Between Saint Cupcake and Cupcake Jones in…

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream


I was so sad when I finished off my last half-pint of Peanut Butter Ice Cream, I promptly decided I needed to make more. After conferring with a friend, we decided the only way to improve upon the already perfect ice cream would be to add some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. After all, don’t peanut…

Pork Ragu with Semolina Gnocchi


I started my very first grease fire Sunday night while making this recipe. Let me tell you, when you see an empty pot erupt into flames on your stove (while you’re frantically waving a hot pad at your fire alarm 10 feet away), your life flashes before your eyes. Just kidding. But it’s effing scary,…

Semolina Gnocchi


I spent all night eating for the sake of my faithful readers. Yep. That’s right. Strictly for the sake of my faithful readers (my dad and maybe one or two other people out there), I spent all night eating. Why did I spend all night eating, you might ask? Because I wanted to get this…

Crumb Pie Crust


For anyone who is intimidated by making pies because of the complexity of the crust, the crumb pie crust is good place to start. This crust is so easy! The recipe I have calls for “crumbs” and gives the following approximation depending on the cookies you’re using: 30 gingersnaps, 50 vanilla wafers, 35 chocolate wafers…

Lemon and Cream Pie


I got my start making pies with the inspiration of Keri Russell, as Jenna, a pie waitress in the movie, Waitress, and with the help of the recipe book Pie Pie Pie: Easy Homemade Favorites, by John Phillip Carroll. My aunt bought me the recipe book for my birthday in 2007, and that’s when my…

Yeasted Pancakes


It always shocks me when I’m out for breakfast and see that the menu does not offer any sort of pancake option. There’s this really popular diner right up the street from my house (it almost always has a line on Saturday and Sunday mornings) that does not offer any pancake option. Quite frustrating for…

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


Ugh. It’s the worst when you try a new recipe and it fails. Especially when it’s such a good combination of chocolate and peanut butter. When my grandma forwarded me this recipe, I thought it looked amazing and wanted to try it immediately. Reading the ingredients list made me pause. I wasn’t sure I would…