Several people in my family really REALLY like vanilla cake with whipped cream and strawberries.. not SHORTCAKE .. true shortcake is an entirely different thing.. more like a biscuit. I made this one for my niece Madeleine’s birthday this year. I will say this.. I used some brown sugar in it as I was short on white… (half white half brown…) and it did lend a bit of a caramely taste, but it’s prettier if you use all white. Continue reading
This is totally a cheater post… It’s my same cookie recipe, but this time I put in a combination of 90% dark chocolate bar… Marc Thomas bought one at the store and didn’t care for it so I put it to good use… .then some milk chocolate chips and some caramel pieces… about 2 cups of chips/caramel in total… the sweet caramel and milk chocolate balance out the bitterness of the 90% chocolate… Continue reading
When Marc Thomas and I began dating, he spent a bunch of time in Seattle for work. He would bring me back lovely presents… like pickled asparagus from Pike’s Market. We both LOVE pickled asparagus, especially in Caesars.
So it was asparagus season, so we bought a TON on sale at the market to try our hand at pickling. By WE I mean ME. The recipe calls for 30 spears, however, we bought the thin ones, so there were more asparagus spears in each jar. Continue reading
Well hello there Blueberry pie….
We bought a lot of blueberries, so I made some pie….
Blueberry pie has always been one of my favourites since I was a kid. I think because it wasn’t a frequent type of pie that we had… my mother made a lot of apple pies…
Anyway.. made some pie. I had to kind of fool around with this… last time I made a berry pie it was a wee bit runny… my rule of thumb is basically 1 tbsp cornstarch for each cup of berries.. seems to do the trick. It was delicious. Just saying. Continue reading
For those of you who don’t know, there was a point in my life that I refer to as “when I used to be Martha Stewart…”. Meaning, I was a stay at home mom, so I often canned – salsa, pickles, different jams, and a kick ass marmalade. I used to love to can things to give as gifts. I also sewed clothes and costumes for the kids and made the nieces and nephews teddy bears and pajamas at Christmas time. Oh, and Christmas stockings for the whole family.
Eventually, I got over this and haven’t busted the sewing machine out for years. (Oh, I quilted too.) The most “Martha” I get is crafting occasionally (used to be a nearly daily occurrence. I’m in crafting rehab.) Continue reading
This year I asked Josh what he’d like for his birthday dinner. He said he didn’t care as long as I made Sweet Red Pepper soup.
Several years ago the kids and I started doing a Christmas Eve dinner with various friends who for whatever reason either had nothing better to do or didn’t want to see their own families, or couldn’t or whatever. Long story short, Christmas Eve generally ends up with us and close friends drinking wine and playing Win, Lose or Draw and Cards Against Humanity (a newer tradition…) after having a lovely meal. Continue reading
The only OTHER thing Josh asked me to make for his birthday was Firecracker Shrimp BowTies. Years ago, it was my go to on the East Side Mario’s menu. Then, they took it off, replaced the BowTies with Penne and it was never the same.. just didn’t taste as good.
I looked online at one point to find a “copycat” recipe… and they I just made up my own. And Josh and I both LOVE it.. I just love farfalle pasta.. it’s a texture thing… and snow peas and garlic and shrimp … delish!
One part of starting a cooking blog was to share some of my recipes that I kind of just “threw together” so that my kids would have them… so here ya go Joshie! Now you can make it when you’re away at school. 🙂
For some bizarre reason I feel compelled to perfect a cookie recipe. The bizarre part is that I don’t really eat cookies very often (except Ginger Snaps.. see that post for details…)
Long story short, I like baking stuff and taking it to my friends (this is how I buy all your love, obviously…) And cookies are delicious. Seriously delicious. Continue reading
People like cookies. It’s a fact. Even those with gluten issues. This is a variation of the easiest recipes EVER… the regular recipe has only 3 ingredients, but I decided to chocolate this up a bit… My ex husband has celiac disease and he was coming over to visit the kids and so I made some gluten free cookies AS I AM THE NICEST EX WIFE IN THE WORLD. Continue reading
I have a real thing for Ginger cookies. In fact, I made a whole bunch of cookies recently and then couldn’t get to sleep because I ate about 6 Ginger cookies and the sugar kept me up. So, yeah, parents who say that sugar doesn’t wire a kid up… YOU ARE WRONG. Continue reading