Asparagus Risotto


Last week I made the best risotto I think I’ve ever made in my life. It was even better than the risotto Jen, Kyna, Rosie and I shared (the night before I made my own) at Portland Prime. The last time I made risotto I failed hard. It turned out gummy and gluey. But this…

Glazed Meyer Lemon Donuts


I was inspired to make donuts after I saw Allison’s post at Main St. Cuisine a few weekends ago. (If you’ve never visited the Main St. Cuisine blog, you should. Allison’s food pictures always makes me drool.) Shortly after reading Allison’s post I ended up buying a donut-cutter from Sur La Table. I found an easy-looking…

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Marshmallow Glaze


This weekend was my coworker’s 26th birthday and to celebrate a bunch of us went out to the Kennedy School for drinks and dinner. There were about 15 of us and we wouldn’t all fit at one table so they divvied us up amongst three. I somehow ended up at the “couples table” (there was…

Pumpkin Gnocchi


Whenever possible my friends and I try to get together to have happy hour, which often includes making food. This past week I hosted Jen, Kyna and Christine for a night of gnocchi making. I found the perfect recipe at simplyrecipes.com.   I was hesitant to make gnocchi again because the last time I did…

Pumpkin Butterscotch Brown Butter Bread Pudding


Last week I roasted four sugar pumpkins and have done relatively little with the puree, other than make some fabulous Pumpkin Gnocchi with my friends. This weekend I unearthed a recipe my grandma sent me a long time ago which would be perfect in order to use the pumpkin puree sitting in my fridge along…

Black Heart Brownies


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
Paired with Buttercream Frosting, these brownies will hit the spot if you’re craving red velvet cake but don’t have a reason or desire to make an entire cake. ingredients. 3/4 c. unsalted butter 2 T. corn syrup 1/3 c. good quality  unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp.…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup


A few weeks ago I was on this broccoli-roasting kick wherein I was roasting broccoli every night for dinner. This was in effort to sneak more vegetables into my life. More recently I’ve been on a smoothie-for-dinner kick. I like the smoothie a lot better than making roasted broccoli for dinner for two reasons: 1)…

Spicy Sage and Brown Butter Bacon Mac and Cheese


Not wanting to have to venture outside this amidst a winter storm that has nearly shut down the city, I decided a comforting mac and cheese dish would be in order for dinner. A few weeks ago my friend Julie (who is mostly vegan) gave me (the remaining amounts of) several pounds of cheese she’d…

Chipotle Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash


With a snow storm hitting Portland hard this weekend, I was mostly stuck in doors. This gave me a lot of time to clean, organize, watch the Olympics and, of course, cook. I’ve had an acorn squash and some sugar pumpkins sitting on my countertop for a few months now. I noticed today that my…

Ramen Burgers


What’s that you say? Ramen burger? Well technically it’s not a burger made out of ramen (only the ramen seasoning) but it’s the bun that’s made out of ramen noodles. I found the recipe for this burger courtesy of the website thought i might suggest … Um. Burger buns made out of ramen noodles? Strange, yes?…

Salt and Vinegar Potato Slices


I found this recipe months ago and never really had an excuse until this week when my friends and I decided to make burgers and fries after work one night. Jennifer, Kyna and I fumbled our way through this recipe as we fumbled our way through the burgers (and a few glasses of wine). Both…

Dad’s Lazy Daisy Birthday Layer Cake


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
After the unexpected success of the Lazy Daisy Cake, I decided to try the layer-cake version my grandma sent me for my dad’s 65th birthday cake. I remember he once mentioned how much he likes the Lazy Daisy Cake. I knew after last year’s flop, any cake would be…

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake


For Julie’s daughter’s 2nd birthday party this past weekend, I volunteered to make a completely vegan cake. Julie and her family are mostly vegan and Julie was thrilled at the offer. For Christmas this year my dad bought me a vegan cookbook (at my request), Sweet & Easy Vegan by Robin Asbell. I had intended…

Artichoke Dip


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
Prior to working at The Chancery, I had never eaten an artichoke much less artichoke dip. The first time I tried artichoke dip, I was hooked. Of course I would probably like any recipe comprised mainly of three different cheeses! This recipe, found on JSOnline, tastes exactly like The…

Best Ever BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich


Tomorrow during the Superbowl I’ll be noshing on artichoke dip and kebabs made by the hostess of the party. If were hosting a party or in charge of bringing the main dish, I would make these sandwiches. I brought them to the studio Tuesday to share with my producers. We planned on doing a short…