Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies


The other day I was at Smart n Final and boxed cake mix was on uber sale. I do not make box-mix anything. However, I recently figured out you can add box cake mix to regular recipes to get that “cake batter” flavor that Cold Stone Creamery introduced to us so many years ago. I…

Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon and Brown Butter Asparagus


I found some pre-packaged bacon-wrapped filet at the grocery store this morning at what seemed like an amazing price. So I promptly searched how to cook these babies and found a standard recipe that everyone seems to use with maybe some slight variation. I had some asparagus in the refrigerator that needs to be used…

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


I have tried a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes in my day in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. So when I recently signed up for emails with America’s Test Kitchen and promptly got an email for the Perfect Chocolate Chip cookie, I knew I needed to try it. The recipe is based…

Salted Butterscotch Blondies


Most years on the day after Thanksgiving I will do one of a handful of things: Black Friday shopping (on-line, people -not in the stores!), nab a Christmas tree and decorate the tree and/or my place or spend the entire day baking Christmas cookies. To be honest, it’s been a few years since I spent…

Brown Butter Sour Cream Waffles


It’s that time of the month where I just paid my mortgage and I’m in shock over the lack of money in my checking account. It’s that time of month where I try to eat what’s in my fridge, freezer and cupboards without having to buy any groceries (if humanly possible). I noticed last night…

Brownie Base Red Velvet Cupcakes


Last night at Kyna and Lucas’s Fourth of July party, I launched into an explanation of the inspiration for these cupcakes prefacing it with when I lived in Long Beach, California – not Washington which was followed by strange looks and then comments such as I didn’t know there was a Long Beach in Washington or I wouldn’t have…

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…

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…

Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies


This weekend my eyes happened upon a bag of homemade chocolate marshmallows I made around Christmas. The recipe made a ginormous amount of ‘mallows and I had barely put a dent in the bag by dropping five in each cup of hot chocolate I’ve had since Christmas. In the mood for cookies, I wondered if I could…

Dad’s Lazy Daisy Birthday Layer Cake


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 an improvement. But this layer cake…

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….

Savory French Onion Bread Pudding {vegetarian}


Last weekend I made two batches of rolls both of which turned out slightly overcooked. I was pissed. I hate overcooked baked anything. Plus I don’t like to waste food. Especially when I’m feeling a money crunch. So I threw them in the freezer and decided to deal with them later. Inspired by the upcoming…

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprout Gratin


I have a friend who has been mostly vegetarian/vegan for a while now. Last weekend we went out for dinner and we ended up having a mostly vegetarian meal. We tend to share meals when eating out, and we have no problem finding tasty sharable vegetarian dishes. Vegan choices are a bit more difficult for…

Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff


Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting….

Condensed Cream Soup Substitute


Recently I was making Browned Butter Hamburger Stroganoff and needed condensed soup for the recipe. Instead of adding condensed soup, I wanted to make a homemade substitution. I found an awesome creamed soup substitute recipe at centercutcook.com. My recipe is slightly fattier and uses brown butter. A condensed soup substitute is perfect for people who don’t like…

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…

Brown Butter Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze


Inspired by the delicious Brown Butter Carrot Cake I made recently, I decided to give carrot cookies a whirl. Recently my grandma sent me a recipe for carrot cookies which she clipped from a Penzeys Spices catalog. I was intrigued by the recipe but wanted to make the cookies my own. So I half-ass crossed…

Browned Butter Carrot Cake


When I offered to make cake for a pot luck at work this week, I planned on making something simple. It was  my coworker Irma’s birthday earlier in the week and the potluck was in her honor. So I asked another coworker, Tim, to find out her favorite cake flavor.  Honestly I assumed she would…

Butterscotch Pudding


I have had a lot of egg yolks to use up recently. In an effort to do so I thought I would make myself some homemade pudding. Homemade pudding is sooooooo much better than the box kind sold in the stores! If you’ve never made homemade pudding, you should try it. It’s not that hard,…