Savory Tomato-Topped Italian Herb Rolls


Gaaaa! My tomatoes are multiplying in my garden. And, thus, I’m on the hunt for tomato recipes galore. I was looking for a bread made with fresh tomatoes (there is such a thing!) when I stumbled upon this delicious looking recipe for a bread dish made with fresh tomatoes at the website simmer till done….

Best Guacamole


For all intents and purposes today is the last day of summer. Yes, I realize the technical last day of summer is a few weeks out, but September 1 always signifies fall to me, providing the weather cooperates. In September kids go back to school, TV shows premier new episodes, and the weather gets a…

Chocolate Covered Coconut Trail Mix Flapjacks


Back in 1997 I discovered the best snack ever: flapjacks. Unfortunately, my love affair with this snack had to end when I left England. I revisited the love affair in 2001 when I went back to England. Then I plumb forgot about these gems. That is until my grandma sent me a recipe, and it…

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches


In my head I make up awesome recipes all the time from unheard of combinations. Then I turn to the internet and realize a lot of other people had the same awesome idea way before it popped into my head. As my ex used to say, Great minds think like mine. (This is the more…

Grilled Cheese with Sliced Tomato and Chipotle Mayo


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
This sandwich is inspired by a sandwich I used to eat all the time at Alterra at the lake (now, apparently, called Colectivo Coffee). Their version, the Wisco Cheese Sandwich, uses cheddar, provolone, and pepper jack cheese. ingredients. 2 slices of your favorite bread 3 or 4 slices of cheese (I…

Browned Butter Carrot Cake


When I offered to make cake for a pot luck at work this week, I planned on making something simple. It was  my coworker Irma’s birthday earlier in the week and the potluck was in her honor. So I asked another coworker, Tim, to find out her favorite cake flavor.  Honestly I assumed she would…

Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting


A few weeks ago I discovered there’s a difference between American buttercream frosting and, seemingly, the rest of the world. After I made my first French buttercream frosting, I knew I couldn’t go back to the powdered sugar-based American kind. Not ever again. That’s good news for my blog. It means I’ll continue to be…

Fresh Tomato Salsa


I absolutely detest store-bought salsa. You will never find me reaching for it at a party, picnic or potluck. In a pinch, I will buy/use Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, which is made from tomatillos, not tomatoes, and is more of sauce to me than a salsa. I mainly add this sauce to the inside of…

Caprese Pizza


In the last few days I have picked about 10 tomatoes from the various tomato plants growing in my garden. Every few days I pick another handful. In a few days I’ll be ready to pick more. In an effort to use up as many tomatoes as possible (four), I decided to turn the classic…

Double Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberry Buttercream Frosting


{slideshow] It was my coworker Tracy’s last day at work last Monday. In celebration of her moving on to bigger and better things (as well as another friend’s birthday and the birth of another friend’s son), I decided to make a layer cake. This recipe is a simplified version of the Double Chocolate Cake found…

Raspberry Pancakes


It’s been a raspberry weekend in my house. This morning I decided to make some pancakes using leftover raspberry guts. Leftover raspberry guts? Yeah, I know. Sounds gross. I made some raspberry juice to add to buttercream frosting and in order to make raspberry juice you need to cook 2 cups of raspberries with sugar…

Fresh Raspberry Buttercream Frosting


I have plans to open a bakery some day. Well – not concrete plans to be exact. So I guess I should rephrase that. I have hopes to open a bakery some day? I have the name  already picked out. Sorry. Can’t reveal it. Don’t want someone stealing the name. And until I figure out…

Polish Borscht


Last week I brought my leftover Roasted Beet Risotto with Feta Cheese, Thyme and Poppy Seeds to work for lunch and got two very different reactions from two coworkers. When I showed Coleen my lunch, she wanted to dig in, too. We sat facing each other eating the risotto commenting on how amazing it was…

Roasted Beet Risotto with Feta Cheese, Thyme and Poppy Seeds


Last night my friend Julie took me to Caffe Mingo for a belated birthday dinner. Julie doesn’t know this, but I often refer to her to my friends back home as my only friend in the Portland. Not totally true. I actually have a lot of friends here in Portland. OK. A fair amount. I have a LOT of…

Slow-Cooked Whole Chicken


I made this dish with trepidation having pulled a whole chicken from my freezer a week earlier, allowing it to thaw in the fridge. I was a little nervous that because I hadn’t cooked it immediately I would get food poisoning. And though usually I have a stomach of steel, there are times when I…

Salted Caramel Ice Cream


For my birthday this year my sister bought me an ice cream recipe book. It was the perfect gift because I’ve been obsessed with making homemade ice cream recently. But I was a bit skeptical that anything in the book could top the insanely delicious ice cream I’ve already made. The first recipe I decided…

Lemon-Pepper Roasted Kale


  A few weeks ago when my dad was visiting, he bought some kale at the Portland Farmers Market. The absolute easiest way to cook Kale, in my opinion, is to cut it up and roast it until you’ve made crisp chips. ingredients. 1 bunch of kale rinsed, dried, bottom (thickest part) of the stems…

Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake


Shhhhhh. I’m about to share a secret with you. I’ve found the easiest chocolate cake to make. Ever. In the entire world. Even better? It will get you rave reviews. I promise. July was the month of birthdays in my department. Last week Wednesday I smuggled in this chocolate layer cake for my coworker Sarah’s…

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting and Filling


I’ve made chocolate sour cream frostings before. Knowing how well they’ve gone over, I decided to revisit the sour cream frosting when making my most recent chocolate layer cake. This frosting took the cake, so to speak. I dressed the cake with only one layer of this filling (spread it between the middle two layers…