Blondie Scotcheroos


Disaster is what happens when you over-commit yourself. Say … you commit yourself to making one six-layer cake for every day of the week of your birthday week. It’s also what happens when you decide to make something “quick” in the eleventh hour. “I rather like having a large brownie for breakfast each morning,” I…

Bacon Blue Cheese Roasted Tomato Grilled Sandwich


For reasons I don’t care to get into in this blog, I found myself needing to use up bacon I had cooked. My first thought was, of course, grilled cheese. I don’t have much cheese in my fridge at this point. Some Dubliner, which doesn’t melt well. Not enough Tillamook Colby-Jack to make a good…

Hibachi Noodles


Begrudgingly I thought about going low carb next week for two reasons. One, my coworker whom I get hot chocolate with every morning at our company’s “Starbucks” announced last week that she’s gaining weight and needs to lay off the daily hot chocolate. Sigh. It’s no fun to drink hot chocolate alone, I tell you….

Pioneer Woman’s Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese


I love the Pioneer Woman’s recipes. Two of my favorites (and worst for you, I’m sure) are her Fettucine Alfredo and Broccoli-Cheese Soup. I have this darn butternut squash that’s been sitting on my cupboard for way too long, and I decided I need to do SOMETHING with it. Prior to glancing at my butternut…

Gail’s Frosted Brownies


My mom sent me this recipe earlier in the week for brownies she’s made and shared with old family friends. This is not the brownie recipe I remember from my youth but apparently they were so popular with one of my parents’ friends that they would make them all the time and they dubbed them…

Cheesy Garlic Rolls


I was challenged to recreate these awesome garlic rolls that are a must when ordering pizza delivery from a local pizza joint, Broadway Pizza. OK. After having a conversation with a coworker about how great they are I basically challenged myself to make them. The rolls really are best if you eat them at the…

Salted Caramel Squares


OMG. OMG. OMG. Why haven’t I tried this recipe sooner? I was sifting through a stack of recipes sent to me by my grandma when I came across this beauty. Let’s face it, salted caramel anything sounds amazing but how about caramel made with golden syrup? I don’t think I’ve seen a recipe outside of…

The Only Pizza Dough Recipe You will ever Need {Penzey’s}


About a year ago I was on a streak of making grilled pizza. I was both making them at home and taking the show on the road to make grilled pizza at other homes as well. My inspiration was a recipe my grandma sent me that she pulled from the Penzey’s Spices catalog. This is…

Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies


For years my Grandma has been clipping recipes from all sorts of sources (the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Parade magazine, Relish magazine, Penzey’s magazine etc.) and sending them to me. I pull out the ones I find immediately interesting and save the ones I don’t with the idea that my tastes are always changing and maybe some…

Banana Bread & PB Chocolate Chip Cookies


Over a week ago I bought a bunch of bananas to make a bunch of banana “ice-cream.” I guess I was overzealous in my thoughts because after a week passed the bananas were still sitting on my counter only by then they were too brown to eat and past the point where I would want…

Garlicky Lemon Greek Yogurt Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Feta


It was determined after the Saturday night fat bomb late night snack that a lightened up dinner was needed on Sunday. I’ve always shied away from using Greek yogurt in pasta because… Why would I want to eat pasta unless it was full of fat? However, I was persuaded to try Greek yogurt in pasta…

Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks


When I moved back to Southern California from a four-year stint in Portland (Oregon, not Maine), I was horrified to find there was nary a Papa Murphy’s near me. The closest one (only one, I believe) is about 30 miles away. One of the things I loved most about Papa Murphy’s was their cheesy bread….

Roasted Tomato and Blackened Andouille Sausage Fettucine Alfredo


A few weeks ago my friend and I had a Fettucine Alfredo showdown. We made and compared two “classic” (read: simple) recipes for Fettucine Alfredo. Though we liked both recipes the winner ended up being the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, which I had made several times before. The recipe is so simple, so basic, and so…