Garlic Aioli


The Garlic Aioli shown above was spread atop the roasted asparagus made for Christmas day dinner. I felt it was important to call out the uses of garlic (other than as a fabulous glaze for roasted asparagus). You can eat it with roasted Brussels sprouts (I’m so trying this next time I make roasted Brussels…

Peanut Butter Whip Cream


It’s my philosophy that peanut butter (along with cheese, bacon and butter) makes everything better. So what better way than to brighten up boring old whip cream than to make it super-duper delicious? Peanut butter, of course. ingredients. 8 oz heavy whipping cream 1 T. creamy peanut butter 1 T. sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla directions….

Chocolate Bark Cake ‘Garnish’


Last week my friend and coworker Colette commissioned me to bake a cake for her for a birthday party she hosted tonight. When I agreed to do it I was at once excited and petrified. Before I even agreed I cautioned Colette that I’m horrible at decorating cakes; to which Colette responded, pshhhhh. As long…

Drunken Caramelized Onions


I had the onion discussion with my coworker the other day and it goes like this: you’re either a raw onion fan or a cooked onion fan. You may like both but you’ll gravitate toward one or the other. In my case, I hate raw onions. I won’t touch them unless they’re in salsa. My…

Vanilla Sugar


I’d never heard of vanilla sugar until I needed it in a Vanilla Wafers recipe. Actually, when I saw it listed in the ingredients, I thought it was misprint at first! Until I googled ‘vanilla+sugar’ and, sure enough, found this recipe: ingredients. 1 vanilla bean, whole or scraped 2 cups granulated sugar directions. If vanilla…

Curry Croutons


My ‘vacation’ has been equal parts jetting from social event to social event and eating. Maybe slightly heavier on the eating. I was ecstatic to discover that lunch with two of my best-good-friends from high school involved homemade soup and croutons. Even more excited when the cook agreed to let me blog about it. ingredients….

Easy ‘Homemade’ Tortilla Strips


This past week Kiki sent me a picture text of Chicken Tortilla Soup she made with homemade tortilla strips. There’s a fine line between homemade and made from scratch and when Kiki said she made homemade tortillas, I pictured made from scratch using corn masa (which I have previously used to make homemade tamales). Here’s…

Basic Oat Crumble Topping


Sis uses recipes similar to this both as a fruit crumble dessert and to top dessert breads (banana, pumpkin, etc.). This recipe was clipped from the Wednesday, June 22, 2011 food section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and sent to me by Grandma Mo, who even though has been busy packing up her home for a…

Homemade Dumplings


My mom always made these when she made her famous chicken soup. However, when she was a kid she used to eat a steaming bowl full with butter. They’re pretty much my favorite part of chicken and dumpling soup, so a heaping bowl of these dumplings with butter would make a great meal!

Tomato Relish


Once I mustered up the nerve to try Tomato Relish, I began to eat it on everything!