14 Bean Soup

Winter just won’t quit! Just when you think spring is about to spring, a cold front moves through and puts a (literal) damper on things. But don’t let that bring you down — instead, use it as an opportunity to try those final soup recipes before cleaning the grill and making trips to ‘pick your…

Date Nut Bread (i.e. first post-Max post!)

This is my first blog post since having a baby! At this point, Max sleeps a lot so that gives me some time to work on a few other, minimal commitment, side projects like this blog. Other side projects include reading and big sky idea brainstorming. (Also napping. Does that count as a side project?)…

Linzer Torte

I was making this recipe and everything was going great. The shortbread base came out of the oven looking good. I spread the jam evenly and easily. Then came the lattice. I don’t know if I didn’t use enough butter (I cobbled together what I thought made up the full amount) or if I didn’t…

Sour Cream Fudge Layer Cake

A colleague of mine posted a link the other day about “National Chocolate Cake Day,” which included five delicious looking cake recipes. Several of us commented on her link and what started as a facetious “this is happening” type of post, became reality. A few days later, we celebrated this illustrious national holiday at the…

Artichoke Soup

Recently, temperatures here are dropping into the single digits as a result of a polar vortex. It’s gotten so cold even my dog wants to go on short walks and get inside as soon as possible. However, cold is relative. The other day, family friends from Minnesota were in town and told us that their…

Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other night I made lasagna. James loved it. Then I told him it was made with gluten free pasta. He said in the future he wants regular pasta. I still doubt he could really tell the difference, but he swears he prefers one over the other. That story aside, it led to a discussion…

2014 Here I Come!

It seems as though I took an unintentional two-month hiatus. At the end of November we moved and then the holidays hit and we didn’t have an oven (which is getting replaced next week). All that to say, I’m back! The next few months will be equally busy as work kicks back into full gear…

S’more Brownies

Let’s all welcome the beautiful fall weather with these gooey chewy s’more brownies. I don’t really know where to go from here or what else to say. These are delicious; you’ll want to eat them all; Ingredients Source: Bakerella 1 cup unsalted butter 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed light…

Cream Biscuits

After making quiche last week I had half a bottle of cream left over. Combine that with a recent craving for biscuits and I hoped that cream would make a suitable substitute for buttermilk. Little did I know there was a whole category of cream biscuits. From one of my favorite food blogs to Paula…

Spinach Mushroom + Onion Quiche

Nine days ago our nephew Noah was born! He is the first nephew/grandchild in the family and we are so in love and excited. My brother Jeremy and his wife returned from the hospital after two nights and are settling into their new life with their baby boy. As aunt and sister to the growing…

30-Minute Soft Pretzels

THIS IS VOILA’S 400TH POST! I was as skeptical as you are about pretzels that only take (about) 30 minutes from start to finish. I’ve made pretzels before. They are a labor of love! They take time! You have to use lots of flour and then they rise and then you boil water and baking…

Pear Cake

The great thing about grocery stores is the abundance and availability of produce year round — even if it’s not technically in season. However, there are two sides to every coin and with this availability also brings with it a level of disappointment. Case in point: it’s August and there are at least two types…