Arugula Salad {w/lemon vinaigrette}


I’m not very good at eating my greens. I’m sure I’ve said that many times. Part of my problem is I only like vegetables certain ways. For example, broccoli must be cooked and usually eaten with copious amounts of melted cheese. Same for kale and spinach. I also do not like raw brussels sprouts, cauliflower…

Garlicky Lemon Greek Yogurt Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Feta


It was determined after the Saturday night fat bomb late night snack that a lightened up dinner was needed on Sunday. I’ve always shied away from using Greek yogurt in pasta because… Why would I want to eat pasta unless it was full of fat? However, I was persuaded to try Greek yogurt in pasta…

Lemon Raspberry Cream Layer Cake


The story behind this cake goes as follows: Lucas has been waiting since his birthday (early August) for his birthday cake. I flew to L.A. last minute on Lucas’s birthday and was unable to attend the fiesta. No worries, Kyna insisted. Why don’t you make him a cake for the Portland marathon? I happened to…

Lemon Velvet Cake


The first cake to kick off cake week is Lemon Velvet. What is cake week you ask? It’s the week leading up to my birthday. This is the second annual cake week. I learned a few things from the first cake week. Like its hellacious to make five cakes in one week. Especially when you…

Quick Feta and Lemon Dip


This recipe comes from Paul Lowe’s cookbook Sweet Paul Eat & Make. I’ve stumbled upon it (courtesy of my grandma) at relish magazine and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I love it for its simplicity and ease. I first ate feta cheese when I was 30 years old and my boyfriend at the time served it on…

Glazed Meyer Lemon Donuts


I was inspired to make donuts after I saw Allison’s post at Main St. Cuisine a few weekends ago. (If you’ve never visited the Main St. Cuisine blog, you should. Allison’s food pictures always makes me drool.) Shortly after reading Allison’s post I ended up buying a donut-cutter from Sur La Table. I found an easy-looking…

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…

Rosemary Lemon-Pepper Slow Cooker Whole Chicken


I made this chicken last weekend for my dog. Yep, that’s right – for my dog. Having recently been diagnosed with heart failure, I was looking for a low-sodium and tasty meal to serve him. I ground up the white meat chicken along with the shredded carrots in my food processor and he gobbled it…

Lemon and Cream Pie


I got my start making pies with the inspiration of Keri Russell, as Jenna, a pie waitress in the movie, Waitress, and with the help of the recipe book Pie Pie Pie: Easy Homemade Favorites, by John Phillip Carroll. My aunt bought me the recipe book for my birthday in 2007, and that’s when my…

Lemon Cream Pie


I haven’t had a recipe flop in a while so it was bound to happen today, I guess. But I honestly hate when a pie flops. Of all things to flop, why does it have to be a pie?! I take it personally – perhaps because it doesn’t happen often. Or perhaps because of my…

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream


This is the recipe that accompanies the rainbow cake found on Martha Stewart’s website, which I used when making Amelia’s Rainbow Cake! filling/crumb coat ingredients 9 large egg whites 1 3/4 c. sugar 2 c. (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature 2 tsp. pure lemon extract frosting ingredients. 5 large egg…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Berries


updated 4.8.2018 In re-reading this post I realized that I did not attribute the recipe to any particular person or publication. Nor could I seem to find the recipe anywhere on the internet when I looked for it. Instead I decided to recreate the recipe using one at Baker by Nature that looked altogether pretty…

Fresh Blueberry Poundcake with Lemon Glaze


There’s something about the smell of almond that makes me think of my mom. Perhaps it was the Spritz cookies she made every Christmas or the Flag cake she made for birthdays, but the smell of it always makes me think of her and her kitchen. This batter has a strong almond smell but not…

Homestyle Zucchini


The first time I saw the picture accompanying this recipe, I pulled the recipe immediately as I thought the zucchini was drowning in melted cheese. When I looked closer at the picture I saw there was no cheese melted on top, it was just browned zucchini. Still something drew me to this recipe. I used…

Lemon Custard Cake Pie


When I was searching for my last cake recipe, I found an easy lemon pie recipe to try amongst the many recipes in The Electric Company Secrets of Successful Cake Baking pamphlet Grandma Mo sent me. (This recipe is very similar to a Betty Crocker Lemon Sponge Pie recipe she also sent me.) I put…