“Without Cream” Song Parody

There could be other things I should be doing. But you know what’s fun? Writing a parody of Eminem’s first verse of Without Me: I’ve been baking a monster ‘cause nobody wants to Eat marg’rin no more they want butter I’m much better Well if you want butter, this is what I’ll give ya A…

Braised Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon

We love this stew. It has truly become a staple in our house. I know that I’ve talked about different dishes becoming staple foods. Sometimes that’s true and other times I go back and read an old recipe where I tout the deliciousness of the dish and exclaim that “this is a staple!”…when in fact…it…

Veggie Burger Supreme

Now this is what I call a veggie burger. It’s loaded with rice, beans, vegetables, and spices and then topped with our favorite burger ingredients: avocado, fried egg, grilled onions and the usual lettuce and tomato. We made it on our panini press but it’s also durable enough for an outdoor grill for all your…

Basil Ricotta Muffins

I’m hooked on the Great British Baking Show. If you haven’t seen it, there’s something so wonderfully British and quaint about it, but still an amazing show of skill and technique by amateur bakers. It’s almost like an anti-reality show. There is a competitive element – each week someone is dismissed and one baker will…

Saturday Sandwiches

What is a Saturday sandwich? At the most basic level, it’s a veggie sandwich. But it’s also a sandwich that takes time to construct and therefore represents the leisurely way we try to spend our time on the weekends. Saturday’s are a time to hang out, run errands, play outside and enjoy lunch all together…

Rugelach

I always thought rugelach was reserved for deli’s and bakeries. It seemed like a complicated cookie that I’d rather have someone else make than try to do it myself. But this year I was invited to a cookie swap party and as I wondered which recipe I was going to bake, Deb Perleman from Smitten…

Thanksgiving Wonder Sandwich

Mmmm, Thanksgiving. Mmmm, Thanksgiving leftovers. Today’s creation is what we started calling the Thanksgiving Wonder Sandwich because it is truly a wonder. Biscuit, green bean casserole, turkey, cranberry sauce, fried egg, all topped with gravy. It doesn’t get much easier and delicious than that. So be thankful, dig in and enjoy! Ingredients Biscuit Green bean…

Chicken Cacciatore

Even though it’s hot as hades outside, this slow cooked, one pot, perfect for a cold winter night meal, hit the spot. Sometimes a meal is perfect for a certain season, and sometimes a meal is perfect for a certain time your life. James and I recently made a couple big life decisions and I…

Crustless Vegetarian Quiche

Every other month a group of friends and I get together for brunch. In the alternate months we get drinks. So we have a good system in place to get together, talk, eat and drink. But when we get together for brunch, we bring our A Game. Look at this spread: fresh peaches, carrot quick…

Avocado Toast with Chile Oil and Sea Salt

As simple and delicious as it sounds. I had this for dinner one night, then lunch the next day and I would eat it for breakfast on day three, if need be!   Ingredients 1 slice wheat bread Avocado Chile oil (I got mine as a gift from my mother-in-law after she visited Spain, but…

Banana Cream Pie

My dad loved banana cream pie. He loved Capital Creations Pizza. So, today, to celebrate what would have been his 59th birthday, we ordered pizza and I made this pie. I miss him every day. Happy Birthday, Dad. Ingredients Source: Baking Illustrated 1/2 cup plus 2 T. sugar 1/4 cup corn starch 1/8 tsp. salt…

Macaroon Fudge Bars

Passover is great for chocolate desserts. No leavening means more chocolate! – James Kotecki Keeping Passover isn’t all that bad. Especially, as James said, when it means an increase in your weekly chocolate consumption. Since you can’t use flour or other leavening agents during Passover, desserts can range from sponge cake to macaroons to decadent…