Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting


I nabbed this recipe from a blog I follow: CookiesCakesPiesOhMy. Oh my. I’m glad I nabbed this recipe! I made this cake last weekend to bring to work on Monday for a few friends who had a birthday the week before (but were absent from work on their birthdays – whaaaaat?), as well as for a…

Roasted Cauliflower


I’ve now made roasted cauliflower twice. OK. The first time someone made it for me. So let me rephrase that. I’ve now eaten roasted cauliflower twice. (That’s twice the amount of cauliflower in the span of one week that I’ve had in my entire life.) I’ve had it roasted with crushed red chili flakes as…

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers


My grandma and I have good taste. We both clipped this recipe from the Penzeys Spices magazine! I made these turkey burgers when my dad was in town (in an effort to eat “healthier” with him). I ate mine on Brioche Buns bought at the Portland Farmers Market (the buns were the BOMB) and topped…

Tres Leches Cake


I had my first encounter with Tres Leches Cake in 2009 when I was working and living in the L.A. area. My coworker, Charley, brought in a Tres Leches cake much different from the recipes I’ve run across – it was smothered in frosting and looked like a normal cake. For Charley’s birthday, I made…

Chicken Cauliflower Maglobeh


One of the best things about blogging about what you eat is reading about (and drooling over) what fellow bloggers eat. The other day Procrastinator Cook posted her recipe for Cauliflower Chicken Maglobeh. It was perfect timing for me to read the blog as I had just purchased cauliflower and had just pulled a whole chicken from my freezer to…

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze


This past weekend I tricked my dad into eating beets as my friend did to me the weekend before. He wasn’t as easily swayed as I was. I think he was slightly intrigued but probably would never ask me to make this (or any beet recipe) again. I kind of like roasted beets a lot….

Black-Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie


I made this pie in triplicate for my coworker’s birthday, keeping one of the pies at home for a test pie to share with my dad, who is visiting, and my neighbors. The resulting texture of this pie was less mousse-y than what I was hoping for, but packed a good peanut butter punch –…

Roasted Broccoli


Recently I’ve been having people question my eating habits. I guess when someone goes from eating brownies for breakfast and Cheetos for lunch to beans and rice for lunch and veggie burgers and roasted vegetables for dinner, there has to be some sort of life-altering moment behind the healthy food decisions. Like a too-high results of…

Quinoa Cashew Burgers


Last week I had a friend in town, and we went to Deschutes Brewery Saturday for lunch where we sampled some beer and split both a burger and Quinoa and Cashew Burger. Prior to biting into the “veggie” burger, I was intrigued. Post bite, I was in love. I decided I must recreate the burger at…

Arroz Congri (Beans and Rice)


Having my dad in town is a good excuse not only to cook but to try recipes I might not normally make. Like a vegetarian or vegan side dish. I love black beans and knew when I came across this recipe that I would most likely love the flavor of the dish. It ended up…

Best Red Velvet Cake


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
For as long as I can remember, this was the cake my mom made for my birthday. Then one year it became tradition for her to make two of these cakes on my birthday (it goes over so well that there was never any leftover), and so one cake…

Accidental Giant Ding Dong Cake


As my birthday week wears on, I’m glad that my birthday is finally tomorrow. So I can stop making cakes. To make a cake every day of my birthday week was a way bigger undertaking than I imagined. Especially after two of the five cakes flopped and I had to either make a replacement cake…

Chocolate Pound Cake


Day 3 of my birthday week was celebrated with a chocolate pound cake with chocolate glaze and chocolate chip garnish. It was take two on the pound cake. Take one – a recipe I would never share with anyone – turned out so dry the inside was like saw dust. Despite the fact that I…

Blueberry Tiramisu


Day 2 of my birthday I planned on bringing a chocolate pound cake to work. I told everyone about it, in fact. Let’s not talk about what happened to the chocolate pound cake. We’ll save that for later. Instead I moved up Day 3 dessert to Day 2. Below is the recipe my grandma clipped…

Vegan Chocolate Cake


Something weird happened to me this weekend at the grocery store. I found myself in the bulk foods aisle stuffing my basket with such items as: quinoa, red and green lentils, flax-seed and varieties of dried beans. Is it possible to crave dried foods sold in bulk? Even my friend Julie asked me if I…

German Apple Pancake


This recipe is courtesy of Karl Ratzsch’s Chef (or one-time Chef, I suppose), Michael Dreazy, clipped from the newspaper and sent to me by my grandma. Karl Ratzsch’s is a Milwaukee-famous German-American restaurant I’ve actually never been to – even though I spent the first 29 years of my life living in the Milwaukee, Wis. area….

Pesto Chicken Parmesan


I love Chicken Parmesan. It used to be my favorite dish to order at Family’s Restaurant in Mukwonago, Wis., where I grew up. We seemed to eat there almost weekly. So I ordered the dish almost weekly. I think I finally stopped ordering this dish when I once almost choked on a piece of cheese…

Parsley Pecan Pesto Sauce


Before planting my garden, I should have taken stock of what already existed. I got a small Italian parsley plant (amongst other herbs and vegetables) and when I brought it home, I discovered that one of the raised beds (one I wasn’t planning on using) was overtaken by an out of control Italian parsley plant….

Baked Dutch Baby


Last night my coworker came over for wine, guacamole and gossip. When I showed her a picture of what I’d made for breakfast, she immediately exclaimed, “You made a Baked Dutch Baby this morning?! I love those!” And instantly I felt like I was in the culinary slow group for people who aren’t very worldly…

Giant Baked Pancake Puff for One


Almost exactly two years ago when my mom was in town visiting I made a Finnish Pancake, which was less of a pancake and more like custard pie to me. I wasn’t overly thrilled by it. Rooting through my overflow of clipped out recipes sent to me by my grandma, I found a recipe for…