Voila! Birthday Celebration Cake

Here’s the celebration I told you about earlier this week … a monster cake with retro flare (I kind of love that the freeze frame in the video looks like the cake is my face!): Here are a few close ups of the cake and that cake box from the ’70s…. and now a close…

Vegetarian (Video) Update

It’s been nine days now and we’re going strong! One Year Ago: Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake | Butternut Squash and Polenta Bake | Cocoa Brownies | Baked Oatmeal | Beef Stroganoff | Maple Oatmeal Scones Two Years Ago: Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake | Spicy Eggplant Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Bittersweet Chocolate…

Coconut Cake

Happy Christmakkah everyone! James and I hosted our third annual Kotecki Christmakkah shindig this weekend and had a marvelous time seeing our friends from different parts of our lives, meet, mingle and eat. In honor of the party and in an effort to expand my cake repertoire, I made this layered coconut cake. It. Was….

Homemade Matzo

Who knew that anyone beyond the Manischewitz company could make matzo?! Now we know it can be done. It’s not like what you get in the box. It actually tastes totally different, but in a completely great way. Ingredients Source: New York Times 2 cups flour 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup…

Best Birthday Cake

Happy 2nd Birthday Voila! Two years of great recipes, failed recipes, new cooking gadgets, new foods, good food photos, bad food photos, lots of laughs and really, really fun times. It’s time to celebrate with some birthday cake! I usually bypass yellow birthday cake at the store since it’s often too sugary and fake tasting….

Baked Oatmeal

It’s really like an oatmeal souffle with maple syrup and applesauce and fruit and it’s so, so delicious. One thing the video does not show is that we — and by we, I mean mostly James — ate the entire thing. That 8×8 dish was empty by the time we got through with it. Did…

Matzo Brei

Matzo what? Say it with me: Maht-ZAH BRY. It’s matzo scrambled eggs that can include just the matzo, eggs and salt and pepper, or it can be dressed up with onions, peppers or mushrooms. Your choice! If you go simple, it’s best dipped in some fruit jam. Yes, say that with me too: FRUIT JAM….

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The 200th post!! Nothing more to say than watch the video below and be surprised! amazed! bedazzled! Ingredients Source: Me! 1 package spaghetti 1 jar tomato sauce 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 tsp. basil 1/2 tsp. oregano dash of red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp. thyme salt and pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2-3/4 cup bread…

Grandma G’s Applesauce

The video says it all: Ingredients Source: Grandma G 18-20 apples (I used stayman and empire. Grandma G recommends jonagold. It’s up to you.) 1/4-1/2 cup sugar 1 rounded tsp. cinnamon NOTES FROM GRANDMA G: – “The ideal apple, I think, is the Jonagold (from Cornell Orchard) I usually do use at least two kinds…

Blueberry Maple Pie

Have I ever told you I love blueberries? They are, and have been, my all time favorite fruit for as long as I can remember. I’d turn my tongue blue eating frozen ones when I was younger; they were my after school snack through high school and even now when I go home my mom…