No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


A few weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip. She had to have emergency hip replacement surgery. After she successfully finished physically therapy it was determined she couldn’t go home. She would need to be placed in an assisted living center. Eight years ago I started this blog. At the time I was…

Peanut Butter Blossom {reboot}


Prior to Thanksgiving I had all this gusto when I thought about all the Christmas cookies I wanted to make this year. I planned to dedicate Black Friday to cookie making. Then Thanksgiving happened. I mean I cooked and cleaned all day long. It was exhausting. So I didn’t much feel like making Christmas cookies…

Perfect Mashed Potatoes {pioneer woman}


If I could chose only one side dish for Thanksgiving it would likely be mashed potatoes. I always pile a large amount on my plate. They are the best thing ever. Truly. Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally about the only time I make them so to me they are an extra special treat. Which naturally…

Smoked Salmon Chowder {Seattle style}


One of the things I loved about living in Portland, Ore., was how close it was to Seattle. I love, love, love Seattle. I love Pike Place Market. I could walk around it for hours and I have before. One of the things I’ve never tried while in Seattle was Smoked Salmon Chowder. Clam Chowder,…

Cake Batter Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’m in the process of making a funfetti cake for my coworker. She just got married and my gift to her is a cake. It’s my gift to everyone else too, I guess. I decided I wanted to pair a “cake batter” frosting with the funfetti cake. And then my mind began wondering to cake…

Mom’s Hot Taco Dip


I grew up in the Midwest where summers were long, hot and humid. Barbecues and outdoor parties were frequent. People (legally) set off their own fireworks. The huge Fourth of July fireworks celebration occurred over the lake front on the night of July 3rd at a massive outdoor music festival and everyone was hung over…

Southwest Chicken Pizza Rolls {low -carb}


I used to be a bit judgmental about people who ate low-carb. I thought they were weird. Sad. Obsessive. Crazy. Crazy because who doesn’t want to stuff themselves full of carbs??? But now that I eat mostly low carb I get it. You lose weight when you turn to a low-carb lifestyle. Your stomach feels…

Fat Head Pepperoni Pizza


I have been wanting to try the recipe for Fathead Pizza for a long time. Basically since I realized you can lose weight eating a high fat diet. I mean who doesn’t want to be able to eat pizza while on a “diet”? While I messed up considerably on the crust by putting too much cream cheese…

Cheesy Garlic “Bread” Sticks {made w/almond flour}


I had an argument with my coworker the other day about low-carb pizza. He oftentimes eats the low-carb lifestyle but doesn’t believe you should bother trying to make pizza low-carb. He’s a pizza purist. I have been intrigued by the recipes and the pictures I’ve seen on the internet. Also I’m more along the lines…

Triple Layer Cheesecake, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie


Even though I gave my dad first dibs at choosing the Thanksgiving menu this year, he allowed me to choose the dessert. Mainly because he knows how much I love dessert but also because I would have to make it. Neither of us overly like pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving unless you…

Smoked Salmon Dip


One of my friends has a house on an island in Alaska. Her family convenes there every summer (at the least) and they fly back to the Pacific Northwest with as much fish as they can carry. Just kidding. I think they have the fish shipped back. When I lived in Portland, she was nice…

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…

Artichoke Blue Cheese Spread


I have been slightly obsessed with blue cheese recently. Lots of people feel strongly about blue cheese, either hating or loving it. I have to admit that I was never overly fond of it until recent years. My first exposure to blue cheese was the dressing. I worked at The Cheesecake Factory for several years…

Crusted Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


I know; I know. I’ve been talking an awful lot about these potatoes recently. I first resurrected these potatoes last Sunday for my friend Thanksgiving. They were so good I made them again for my family Thanksgiving. I can’t say this enough: These are the best, creamiest mashed potatoes ever. And everyone agrees! For round…

Crusted Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
Otherwise known as the best mashed potatoes to ever meet your mouth, these are the potatoes my family looks forward to eating every Christmas Eve (AKA Grandma Mo’s Christmas Mashed Potatoes). I decided to make grandma’s potatoes for me and my Dad on Christmas Day since we wouldn’t be home…

Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting


A few weeks ago I discovered there’s a difference between American buttercream frosting and, seemingly, the rest of the world. After I made my first French buttercream frosting, I knew I couldn’t go back to the powdered sugar-based American kind. Not ever again. That’s good news for my blog. It means I’ll continue to be…

Salmon and Cream Cheese Pizza with Tomato, Red Onion and Dill


I’ve been dreaming of this recipe for a week now. Scanning the internet for recipes I discovered there aren’t that many salmon pizza recipes out there – unless you’re looking for smoked salmon. I found a few people who used either fresh or leftover salmon and stole bits and pieces of the ingredients and directions…

Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Every Christmas Eve when my dad’s side of the family gathers together, my grandma makes the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. The secret? cream cheese. When she sent me this recipe clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, I knew these were the potatoes I wanted to make for my Christmas Eve dinner. ingredients. 5 lbs….

Buttermilk Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins


I found a recipe for Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins in the June 2012 issue of Glamour magazine, which I intended to try. However, I inadvertently made this recipe my own by improvising on ingredients and compensating for mistakes when reading the directions. Luckily they turned out great! ingredients. 14 T. butter 6 T. vegetable…

Gorilla Bread


This morning my mom hosted my dad’s side of the family as well as my grandma (her mom) for breakfast. The kitchen table was laden with waffles, strawberries, pancakes, eggs, sausage, Blender Breakfast and this dessert bread, which my aunt (my mom’s sister) introduced to the family years ago. ingredients. 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3…