Chocolate Chip Banana Bread {paleo, GF}


I was nervous about making this bread because previous attempts at paleo banana bread turned out dry and undercooked at the same time. How does that happen you ask? The middle was undercooked (but moist) while the edges were dry. Like dust. The recipe used coconut flour. I am not bowled over by coconut flour,…

Classic Sage and Sausage Dressing


Do you know the difference between dressing and stuffing? There’s very little. It depends on how you cook it but people use the term interchangeably unless you are in the South. Then apparently it’s “dressing” no matter how you cook it. Stuffing is dressing that’s “stuffed” into the turkey and cooked. Dressing is cooked in…

Roasted Garlic and Brie Pull-Apart Bread


A few weeks ago I bought some Brie cheese to re-make a pie I made a few years ago. For some random reason, I bought two triangles of cheese and only needed one for the pie. So when my Thanksgiving day meal planning was in its dawn, I contemplated what type of appetizer I could…

The Perfect Grilled Cheese


I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate and practice making grilled cheese sandwiches this week. I stayed home sick from work all week and mainly ate toast and grilled cheese. I had no taste so I didn’t want to waste my food/meals/calories on something new or super tasty. Plus I had zero energy to…

Bread Bowl Brie Onion Dip


In between Thanksgiving breakfast and dinner, I knew I needed something for my dad and I to munch on. I have a cascade of “appetizer” recipes located in my appetizer file I keep. That’s right. I keep an appetizer file. I keep a “bread” file and a “pizza” file and a “cake” file and a…

Bacon, Cheese and Poppy Seed Biscuits with Sage


In the Thanksgiving edition of Food Network Magazine there was a Mix & Match Biscuit recipe which is where I created the biscuit for this year’s Thanksgiving. It was rolls versus biscuits and my dad chose biscuits and the recipe. He dictated that the biscuits must have bacon and cheese and said that I could…

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…

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…

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….

Red Velvet Banana Bread {from scratch}


  I was positive that SOMEONE before me had made red velvet banana bread, and I was right. I found a whole slew of recipes for red velvet banana bread … made with a red velvet box cake mix. Gross! If you know anything about me you know that in most instances I detest shortcuts…

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread


I saw amazing pictures for double chocolate banana bread on Pinterest the other day but when I tried to go to the website linked to the picture, Pinterest had blocked me. I got an error messaging letting me know that the site was reported as spam. Damnit! So I searched high and low clicking on…

Cheese {and herb} Bagels


      Asiago Cheese bagels are my favorite flavor. Every time someone brings bagels to work, I immediately reach for the Asiago cheese variety, and I’m severely disappointed 0n those rare occasions when I find all the Asiago cheese bagels have been picked over before I arrive. This morning I decided to try my very…

Homemade Bagels


A few weekends ago I met with two ladies who are co-planning my friend’s baby shower with me. I agreed to attempt to make homemade bagels for the party (May 3rd), so of course I need to do a dry-run or two before the big day. I found what looked to be a good recipe on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pumpkin Gorilla Bread


My cousin sent me this recipe found at the blog sunny side up. I knew immediately when I saw the recipe that I wanted to try it. If you haven’t seen Jessica’s blog before, you should check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Jessica’s recipe reminded me a lot of the gorilla bread my mom made…