Quick Feta and Lemon Dip


This recipe comes from Paul Lowe’s cookbook Sweet Paul Eat & Make. I’ve stumbled upon it (courtesy of my grandma) at relish magazine and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I love it for its simplicity and ease. I first ate feta cheese when I was 30 years old and my boyfriend at the time served it on…

Pistachio Cookies {with Bittersweet Chocolate Chips and Sea Salt}


I found a bag of pistachios on my counter this afternoon, leftover from my friend Jen’s birthday cake. I haaaate wasting food items so of course I needed to come up with a recipe to put the pistachios to good use. I browsed Pinterest trying to find the perfect recipe and eventually settled on a…

Salmon Nachos


I found the idea of salmon + nachos at once intriguing and slightly disgusting. The most out-on-a-limb I normally go when eating nachos is subbing chicken for beef. But I had this one lone salmon fillet in my fridge this week and didn’t feel like having salmon and spinach again. So I got a little…

Derby Pie Bars


Anna Thomas Bates does it again (and shares it with all of us, thankfully.) My grandma recently sent me a clipping of several recipes Ms. Bates contributed to the food section of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in honor of the Kentucky Derby. If you’re not familiar with my blog or the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ms. Bates is columnist and…

Old-Fashioned Fluffy Pancakes


I made these pancakes last weekend when I was on the Oregon Coast with my sister. Unfortunately, I was in the midst of a histamine coma from an asthma attack and my taste buds were pretty much non-existent. My sister said the pancakes were great. I’m not sure I would add as much cinnamon next…

Double Chocolate Brownies


What can I say? I’m a sucker for brownies, cookies, cakes, pies or any other sort of dessert that exists. I spotted a recipe for double chocolate brownies from sweetasacookie.com that my sister had pinned. I changed the recipe slightly both on purpose and on accident. I had 5 egg yolks that I needed to…

Bakeds Pistachio Cake with Honey Buttercream


It’s my friend Jennifer’s 30th birthday today and she needed a special cake. Kyna and I decided that since she’d recently snapped a photo of a slice of pistachio cake and sent it to me, pistachio would do the job. I had a hard time choosing between two recipes: Bakeds and one from Smitten Kitchen. In the end, Bakeds won…

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Breakfast Bars


Recently my dad sent me some recipes, including an issue of Outpost Magazine, which had delicious looking recipe for a gluten-free breakfast bar. I don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, so I decided to go another route: whole wheat flour with some protein, fiber and omega-3 additions. I generally detesting using only whole-wheat flour in a…

Spicy Spanish-esque Rice {vegan}


I’ve never been a fan of Spanish Rice until now. But I think that might be because I’m used to eating Spanish Rice from Rice-a-Roni, Taco Bell or Chi-Chi’s. (Do they have Spanish Rice at Taco Bell.) I don’t even know what inspired me to make this recipe other than my dad recently sent it…

German Vanilla Cake {Lazy Daisy Layer Cake}


I was *this* close to making a traditional (southern) coconut cake for Julie’s baby shower this weekend when I decided against experimenting on a new recipe for a crowd and instead went with a cake that I’m starting to call old faithful. Every time I make this cake it gets the ravest of reviews by…

Homemade Cream Cheese


This weekend I helped host my friend Julie’s baby shower (see pictures at the bottom of this blog). First of all, I should say that it was probably the best baby shower I’ve ever been to, in part because of the great ladies invited to the party, in part because of the way in which…