Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms


Until I get a new lap top/fix my current laptop, my posts will be brief. I do not have the patience to one-finger type a long post on my iPad. My New Year’s Eve food tradition is Brie en Croute. However, after the success of the stuffed mushrooms from Christmas, I decided to add stuffed…

Top Ten of 2013 {a year in review}


Happy New Year, fellow bloggers and readers! Here is a round up of the top 10 blogs viewed on my website this year. (Only one posted in 2013. Hmph.) Easy Dirt Cake. Surprisingly lots of people are searching for a dirt cake recipe without cream cheese. And that’s how they are landing at my blog. My…

Jalapeño, Sausage, Egg and Cheese Christmas Breakfast Braid


In 2010 I lived in the Phoenix area for about two minutes. One minute was spent living with my boyfriend at the time (talked about in my earliest posts). The other minute was spent living with my high school friend, Kiki, and her husband. Kiki and I did a lot of cooking in that short…

Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese


Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorite meals to eat and was the star of the show for my Christmas Eve dinner this year. Of the dozens of mac and cheese recipes in the drafts section of my blog, I decided to go with a recipe my grandma clipped from Parade magazine featuring…

Lemon Sticky Rolls


For “breakfast” on Christmas Eve, I made these lemon rolls. I say “breakfast” because they weren’t ready until about 12 or 1 pm. I know. Stellar planning on my part. My recommendation to you is that you make the rolls ahead of time and be prepared to let them rise and then bake them the…

Brussels Sprouts in Marjoram Cream


My recipe for double-baked Brussels sprouts is modeled after The Union House‘s recipe featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The recipe as described did not work for me. I found that the Brussels sprouts were not cooked enough after 20 minutes. Additionally, the heavy cream never thickened/absorbed. To remedy this, I added about a tablespoon of…

Garlic Aioli


The Garlic Aioli shown above was spread atop the roasted asparagus made for Christmas day dinner. I felt it was important to call out the uses of garlic (other than as a fabulous glaze for roasted asparagus). You can eat it with roasted Brussels sprouts (I’m so trying this next time I make roasted Brussels…

Artichoke Blue Cheese Spread


I have been slightly obsessed with blue cheese recently. Lots of people feel strongly about blue cheese, either hating or loving it. I have to admit that I was never overly fond of it until recent years. My first exposure to blue cheese was the dressing. I worked at The Cheesecake Factory for several years…

Homemade Buttermilk


As a natural result of making your own butter, you also get homemade buttermilk. This recipe yields one cup of buttermilk, enough to make one recipe of Herb Cheddar Biscuits. ingredients. 2 c. heavy cream (not ultra-pasteurized) directions. Ripen cream by placing it in a 1-quart Mason jar and letting it sit, lightly covered, until…

Herb Cheddar Biscuits


I made these biscuits for Christmas Eve dinner. The theme? Comfort food. My dad said these biscuits are restaurant-worthy. I tend to agree with him. The original recipe was clipped from the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel and sent to me by my grandma, in an article featuring do-it-yourself butter. Eat these biscuits with homemade butter or clotted…

Homemade Butter


A few years ago my grandma sent me a recipe for homemade butter (which also yields homemade buttermilk). Since receiving the recipe, I’d found the idea of making homemade butter kind of daunting. Turns out, it’s not at all. Especially when using a stand mixer. I’m not sure if it was my imagination, but I…

White Chocolate Hot Chocolate


I’ve not always been a fan of white chocolate, but I’ve always been a fan of hot chocolate. So when my grandma sent me a recipe for white hot chocolate from Parade Magazine, I thought I would give it a whirl. Top yours with Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows. This recipe serves one but can easily be…

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows


It’s taken me a long time to try my hand at homemade marshmallows. In part, because I’ve been scared to cook with gelatin. (Is it my imagination or does gelatin smell?) The good news for those of you who are also afraid to cook with gelatin is (and I can attest to this) that homemade…

Scalloped Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin


My grandma sent me a recipe for scalloped potatoes, which she clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It was originally featured in Bon Appetit. In the classic bad habit that I tend to have, I did not thoroughly read the directions and only baked the dish half the required time (also failed to cover it in…

Asparagus Roasted in Garlic Aioli


I have a giant stack of recipes that I comb through every once in a while for inspiration or at the holidays when I’m planning a huge feast. Many of the recipes in my stack come are clipped from the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel and sent to me by my grandma. Anna Thomas Bates, of Wisconsin, writes for…

Herbed Monkey Bread


Homemade bread is something I look forward to making and eating each holiday. For Christmas I decided to make Herbed Monkey Bread since my first run at pumpkin flavored bread earlier in the year was so successful. I had a devil of a time getting the bread to brown (meaning it didn’t brown at all…

Stuffed Mushrooms


It’s hard to imagine I’ve never made stuffed mushrooms, but it’s true. There are a lot of appetizers out there that I haven’t made, but mushrooms I love so you’d think they would be at the top of my list. My grandma sent me a recipe for stuffed mushrooms clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Below…

Blue Cheese Crusted Prime Rib


Prime Rib is a staple Christmas meal at the Benedict household. It’s served either for Christmas Eve at my Aunt Mary’s house or at Christmas dinner on my mom’s dinner table. This year my dad bought a four-pound roast for the two of us. After an exhausting 14-hour day in the kitchen the day before,…

Muddy Buddy Cookies


I can say with confidence that I haven’t had puppy chow (AKA muddy buddies) since the early to mid 90s. To be honest, I didn’t like it all that much back then. I hated the name (who wants to eat something that conjures up images of dog food?) and how messy it was with powdered…

Egg-Free Cookie Dough


I’m not sure that you would want to bake this cookie dough (recipe found at cookiesandcups.com), but it works well when making no-bake treats. Such as fudge. Or ice cream. Or truffles. Or brownie bombs. You get the picture. ingredients. 1/2 c. butter, softened 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar 1/4 c. granulated sugar 2…