Condensed Cream Soup Substitute


Recently I was making Browned Butter Hamburger Stroganoff and needed condensed soup for the recipe. Instead of adding condensed soup, I wanted to make a homemade substitution. I found an awesome creamed soup substitute recipe at centercutcook.com. My recipe is slightly fattier and uses brown butter. A condensed soup substitute is perfect for people who don’t like…

Pumpkin Gorilla Bread


My cousin sent me this recipe found at the blog sunny side up. I knew immediately when I saw the recipe that I wanted to try it. If you haven’t seen Jessica’s blog before, you should check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Jessica’s recipe reminded me a lot of the gorilla bread my mom made…

Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro


My grandma sent me this recipe! She clipped it from some magazine that offers healthy choices. I’ve been eyeing this recipe up for a while and recently bought a mango and cucumber so I could try it. I found most of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s, including the Israeli couscous. I didn’t use quite the…

Crock Pot Chicken Stock


It seems like I have a lot of recipes that call for chicken stock. And I never have any on hand. So I end up using chicken broth, which works fine, but I always think a recipe is probably just that much better when using stock. This recipe allows you to have homemade chicken stock…

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Icing


Last week my coworker Christine gave me two ginormous zucchini. Perfect! I have a ton of recipes or recipes in mind that use zucchini. The first one that popped into my mind was my mom’s family-famous chocolate zucchini cake. I made it my own by topping it with a chocolate icing. ingredients. ½ c. oil…

Rosemary Lemon-Pepper Slow Cooker Whole Chicken


I made this chicken last weekend for my dog. Yep, that’s right – for my dog. Having recently been diagnosed with heart failure, I was looking for a low-sodium and tasty meal to serve him. I ground up the white meat chicken along with the shredded carrots in my food processor and he gobbled it…

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup


Today is the last real day of summer and autumn weather is taking over here in Portland. Clouds kept the sun away most the day and finally in the afternoon the sky opened up and dumped rain. This probably annoys most people, but I was glad for it. I’ve been dying for an autumn-like day…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake


Every time I bring a cake into work for various occasions (birthdays, celebrations, potlucks), my boss says: This is my new favorite cake. Reading between the lines, she likes everything I bake. Still it was a challenge coming up with her birthday cake this year. (Last year I made her birthday bars and she ended…

Peanut Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting


Some people don’t like Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Gasp! How is that possible? The complaint is that the frosting tastes too much like butter. In all fairness, it should. It tends to be the most substantial ingredient in the recipe. To cut down on the “butter” taste you can add other flavors to it. Like cream…

Peanut Butter Lavender Dog Biscuits


My grandma sent me this recipe she slipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. As I try to figure out my dog’s diet and tastes post heart failure diagnosis, it’s important for me to find nutritional and tasty foods for him to eat. He’s officially boycotted his dry food. This morning he stopped eating eggs. But these…

Bigos (Polish Hunter’s Stew)


It seems like a long time ago that I last cooked and blogged. Reality? I cooked and blogged last weekend. I had a long, stressful, emotional week punctuated with a mid-week jaunt to the vet emergency room after my little elderly dachshund suffered from such a severely bloated belly he couldn’t fit through his little doggy…

Brown Butter Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze


Inspired by the delicious Brown Butter Carrot Cake I made recently, I decided to give carrot cookies a whirl. Recently my grandma sent me a recipe for carrot cookies which she clipped from a Penzeys Spices catalog. I was intrigued by the recipe but wanted to make the cookies my own. So I half-ass crossed…

Brown Sugar-Chipotle Salmon with Honey-Berry Glaze


My grandma clipped a chipotle salmon recipe from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I’m a sucker for anything chipotle so I, of course, thought the recipe looked amazing. My adapted version of the recipe is below. ingredients. 1 c. blackberries 2 T. honey 2 T. butter, melted and cooled fresh lime juice of two slices of lime…

Savory Tomato Bread Pudding


You may have noticed a lot of my posts recently center on tomatoes. So you probably remember me lamenting over the overabundance of tomatoes in my garden. Even one of my neighbors commented on the overabundance of tomatoes in my garden, which led to a conversation about whatthehelltodo with all those tomatoes. She suggested freezing…

Chocolate Covered Banana Nut Flapjacks


I think I’ve been eating too many flapjacks recently. Or maybe eating too much in general. It seems that I’ve gained four pounds in four weeks. Add that to the four pounds I gained in April (what is it with me gaining weight in months that begin with “A”?) and that puts me up eight…