Crusted Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


I know; I know. I’ve been talking an awful lot about these potatoes recently. I first resurrected these potatoes last Sunday for my friend Thanksgiving. They were so good I made them again for my family Thanksgiving. I can’t say this enough: These are the best, creamiest mashed potatoes ever. And everyone agrees! For round…

Dry-Brined Thanksgiving Day Roast Turkey


After much research, deliberation and conversation over how to prepare a Kosher turkey, I decided upon a recipe published in the New York Times for my first ever roast turkey. What was all the to-do for? Supposedly, you shouldn’t brine a Kosher turkey the traditional way (liquid brine) as it will make your turkey too…

Cornbread Sausage Stuffing


A few days before Thanksgiving my grandma sent me a delicious sounding cornbread based stuffing recipe clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (you can find the recipe online). She also sent me a recipe for a non-cornbread based stuffing recipe that sounded just as good. What to do, what to do. After consulting with my friend…

Auntie Clare’s Mac and Cheese


When I asked my friend Monica what would be on her Thanksgiving table, one of the items she rattled off was mac and cheese. Ding-ding-ding-ding! What a marvelous idea to add mac and cheese as a side dish to my Thanksgiving repertoire. This recipe was sent to me by my grandma. I added a sprinkling…

Candied Walnuts


I had a bit of a struggle with this recipe in that I couldn’t get an even distribution of sauce on the nuts. I used an additional tablespoon of butter, which may or may not have thrown the recipe all out of whack. Either way, the walnuts were not coated all that well before I…

Pumpkin Pie


My radio talk show co-host convinced me that I needed to try making pumpkin pie made from real pumpkin this Thanksgiving. I had read that real pumpkin makes a much better pie than the canned variety but hadn’t spoken with anyone who had actually tried it. When Matthew told me both his friend and his…

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Rolls


What’s Thanksgiving without some rolls? Not Thanksgiving, right? That’s what I thought, too. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great recipe on hand for dinner rolls. So I found what appeared to be one at the foodnetwork.com. I liked this recipe because the rolls were big enough to make substantial sandwiches with your leftover turkey. ingredients….

Chile-Cheese Corn Bread


When it comes to holiday meals, I’m normally meticulously planning the meal weeks before. Comparing and gathering recipes. Stocking up on ingredients. Stretching out my stomach. Etc. This year I’m a little bit behind the eight-ball in my planning. I found myself scrambling for recipes the week of Thanksgiving, which means I’ll be doing some…

Crusted Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
Otherwise known as the best mashed potatoes to ever meet your mouth, these are the potatoes my family looks forward to eating every Christmas Eve (AKA Grandma Mo’s Christmas Mashed Potatoes). I decided to make grandma’s potatoes for me and my Dad on Christmas Day since we wouldn’t be home…

Savory French Onion Bread Pudding {vegetarian}


Last weekend I made two batches of rolls both of which turned out slightly overcooked. I was pissed. I hate overcooked baked anything. Plus I don’t like to waste food. Especially when I’m feeling a money crunch. So I threw them in the freezer and decided to deal with them later. Inspired by the upcoming…

Puffy Vegan Pancakes


My dad’s in town through Thanksgiving-ish, which means I automatically kick up the frequency of my cooking. Impressed with the vegan Oat and Quinoa Pancakes I made last weekend, we decided to try plain vegan pancakes this weekend. I found these pancakes on Alicia Silverstone’s website, The Kind Life. This is the easiest pancake recipe…

Chicken Fricassee


Chicken Fricassee, better known by Julia Child as Chicken Ragout, is something between a saute and a stew. It’s a classic French comfort food dish made with simple ingredients, often made in a single pot. (This one isn’t.) ingredients. 2 to 3 lbs. frying chicken parts (I used boneless, skinless chicken) 3 1/2 T. butter…

Drop Dumplings


I first had drop dumplings served in beef and gravy and haven’t had these since. I prefer these dumplings to egg-based dumplings because these remind me of a biscuit or bread. I served them in Chicken Fricassee. They go well in any meat served in gravy as you could probably cook them right in the…

Sour Cream Rolls


I realized this past September that the yeast I’ve had for God knows how long was no longer active when the bread I was attempting to allow rise never did. Instead of buying a normal amount of yeast (for someone who rarely makes bread or rolls), I opted to buy a pound fully intending on…

Oat and Quinoa Pancakes {vegan}


The other day my mostly vegan friend Julie asked me if I had ever made an eggless oatmeal pancake. The answer was no. I’m never really prompted to eat vegan food on my own. I normally need to be inspired by Julie or vegan food bloggers before I take the plunge into a vegan meal….

Herb Marinated Flank Steak {and poached eggs}


This week is obviously not going to be my week of vegetarian eats. Thanks to yesterday’s breakfast, I’ve got flank steak to eat all week long and some pulled pork for lunch tomorrow. The funny thing about having a food blog, provided it’s semi-decent, is that it gives the impression to others that you have…

Salted Caramel Custard


I have some exciting news. Soon I’ll have my own radio show where I’ll talk about food. Well, it won’t be my quite my own. I’ll be co-hosting a show with fellow co-worker, foodie and friend, Matthew. He and I have been talking about food for going on three years now, since we first met…