Gravel Cake


Anyone who sees this post is probably wondering WTH is Gravel Cake? Valid question. Gravel Cake is my creation. The cousin to Dirt Cake, made with oreos, is Gravel Cake, made with round Nutter Butters. You could call it Sand Cake, I suppose. Or Beach Cake. Or Sandy Beach Cake. But doesn’t Gravel Cake roll…

Fruit and Greek Yogurt Fluff Parfaits


I have always been a bit ambivalent toward Greek yogurt. I love how much protein is in it but it basically just tastes like sour nothing to me. If you add fruit to Greek yogurt, it slightly sweetens it up to make it a bit more palatable but there’s still room for improvement. You can…

Gouda Corn Pudding


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hopefully this will be the first of many posts. I have quite a day of food planned out. For weeks I’ve been dreaming about my Thanksgiving menu. Sometime in September I began sifting through recipes trying to piece together the perfect turkey day menu. When my dad arrived in town two weeks…

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…

Egg Yolk Chocolate Pudding


Whenever I have huge amounts of leftover milk (let’s face it – not often), I am compelled to use it before I lose it. I recently discovered I had almost two quarts of milk that was about to go bad (from buying a gallon of milk set to expire the first part of January right…

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…

Salted Caramel Custard


I have some exciting news. Soon I’ll have my own radio show where I’ll talk about food. Well, it won’t be my quite my own. I’ll be co-hosting a show with fellow co-worker, foodie and friend, Matthew. He and I have been talking about food for going on three years now, since we first met…

Black Onyx and Sea Salt Pudding


Browsing my neighborhood spice shop I found a cocoa I’ve never heard of or seen before: black onyx. It’s color immediately intrigued me and of course I had to buy some! The sales clerk suggested some recipes found on the company website – her favorite was a chocolate pudding and she suggested adding some sea…

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,…

Pots de Crème


This dessert is a pain in the ass to make. I knew this going into it, but it ended up being even worse than I imagined when all was said and done. Perhaps because the first few steps didn’t start out too bad I got a false sense of ease. It was when everything was…

No-Bake Boston Cream Pie Torte


This recipe was sent to me by my grandma, ripped from the pages of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I knew I would want to make it immediately when I saw the words ‘Boston Cream Pie’ in the title of the recipe. Love Boston Cream Pie anything. (The Cheesecake Factory used to have an awesome Boston Cream…

Raw Chocolate Mousse


I’m not exactly sure why this is consistently referred to as ‘mousse’ as the term ‘mousse’ conjures images in my head of lightly whipped, airy textures and this recipe is nothing of the sort. Therefore, this seems more like a vegan chocolate pudding. If you were to ask me. But because this recipe is largely…

Corn Pudding


This recipe was sent to me by my mom, who must be taking cues from my grandma. ingredients. 15 or 16-oz can of corn, drained 2 T. flour 2 T. sugar 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 tsp. salt 2 T. butter, melted and cooled 2 eggs, lightly beaten directions….

Limoncello Tiramisu


Here’s something I just learned about Oregon (after a year of living here): you can’t buy hard liquor at the grocery store. For real. You can’t. I learned this after locating all the ingredients for this recipe save for the Limoncello. This is a slightly expensive recipe to make with one pound of mascarpone cheese…

Candy Corn Parfaits


In honor of the third most celebrated holiday, my department held a potluck at work. The potluck was the perfect opportunity to try this recipe, as sent to me by Grandma Mo. ingredients. 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 6 egg yolks 4 1/2 c. milk 6 T. butter 3 tsp….

Quick Pumpkin Mousse


The original recipe called for two small boxes of pudding mix, 10 ounces of evaporated milk and 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream (freshly beaten). Out of laziness, I used cool whip instead. I would hardly call this a ‘mousse’ (even if you were using real whipped cream) because it’s both heavy and dense in…

Quick Chocolate Mousse


This recipe is super easy to make! ingredients. 4 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate pieces, chopped 1 c. heavy whipping cream 2 T. granulated sugar 2 T. your favorite flavored liqueur (optional) or 1 tsp. vanilla extract directions. Chop chocolate into small pieces with a serrated knife and transfer to a medium-sized heat-proof bowl. In…

Chocolate Crème Brûlée


Dad loves crème brûlée. (Note: since my original posting he now denies this.) Aside from anything caramel, it’s his favorite dessert. (I swear it’s the only dessert I’ve ever seen him consistently order when out to eat.) So when grandma sent me a recipe for chocolate crème brûlée, I suggested testing the recipe which peaked…