Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

I’m back on the wagon of tackling the recipes in the bulging files of recipes that I’ve been collecting and hanging on to for the past thirty years. Many pre-date the internet and were from food magazines (made of paper) that I subscribed to. A surprising number of the savory recipes have the words “adobo” or “chipotle,” and “pork” in the title, so if I ever…

I’m back on the wagon of tackling the recipes in the bulging files of recipes that I’ve been collecting and hanging on to for the past thirty years. Many pre-date the internet and were from food magazines (made of paper) that I subscribed to. A surprising number of the savory recipes have the words “adobo” or “chipotle,” and “pork” in the title, so if I ever want to write a book of well-seasoned pork recipes, I’ve got plenty of inspiration.

This one is from Gourmet magazine way back in 2004, a few years before they ceased publishing. I knew people in the test kitchen at Gourmet and they thoroughly tested their recipes, so you know they’re going to work. Gourmet was “modernized” under its last editor, Ruth Reichl, but the test kitchen remained a constant; she knew the value of a solid recipe and good testers. She also knew the appeal of a great photo and Romulo Yanes, who recently passed away, created many of the great images that Gourmet was known for.

Many questioned why Condé Nast killed Gourmet but not Bon Appétit, but the subscription numbers were more favorable for the latter, which didn’t end well, and is now undergoing another revamp. I, for one, am happy that there hasn’t been that much turnover here at the blog, but I should probably shake things up here at some point, too.

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60 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas

Is anyone else trying to get in a new meal prep routine this fall? Jack and I took some time off last week for an end-of-summer trip to Michigan. It was so fun and relaxing, but when we got back, I realized just how busy the next few months are going t…


Is anyone else trying to get in a new meal prep routine this fall? Jack and I took some time off last week for an end-of-summer trip to Michigan. It was so fun and relaxing, but when we got back, I realized just how busy the next few months are going to be. Thankfully, I have a full arsenal of healthy meal prep ideas to help us get through it. 🙂 In case you’re also having a busy fall, I’m sharing over 60 of my healthy meal prep ideas today. They include meal prep recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, […]

Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s cookie time friends! And these big, beautiful chocolate chip cookies are made even better with Biscoff swimming through them. Everyone’s favorite cookie butter spread is incorporated into the cookie dough and an extra dollop is baked inside, too. These cookies are easy to make and even easier to keep on eating. Okay, let’s get […]

It’s cookie time friends! And these big, beautiful chocolate chip cookies are made even better with Biscoff swimming through them.

Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone’s favorite cookie butter spread is incorporated into the cookie dough and an extra dollop is baked inside, too.

These cookies are easy to make and even easier to keep on eating. Okay, let’s get to it!

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Caramel Almond Pie

After my summer break, I came back to the blog and found out that it still thought it was on vacation…and wasn’t accepting any photos at this time. I was proud of myself for finally tackling a recipe that I’ve had on my radar for a while and spent a day baking it, taking pictures, and writing up the post. The recipe was quite a…

After my summer break, I came back to the blog and found out that it still thought it was on vacation…and wasn’t accepting any photos at this time. I was proud of myself for finally tackling a recipe that I’ve had on my radar for a while and spent a day baking it, taking pictures, and writing up the post. The recipe was quite a doozy, but with a name like Smoky Caramel Almond Pie, how could I not make it? It was a bit of a project but I persevered (in the name of smoky caramel and almonds…) but when I came to upload the photos, my blog wasn’t having any of it and said non.

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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

I’m serving up some coffee cinnamon rolls today. Who’s hungry? Okay, good. I hope you love these sweet rolls of delicious dough because I made them to share.  I mean how cute are these cinnamon roll six-packs?!  I’m obsessed with this container size for snackable, shareable treats. So friends – be prepared for personal-packaged cakes, […]

Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

I’m serving up some coffee cinnamon rolls today. Who’s hungry? Okay, good. I hope you love these sweet rolls of delicious dough because I made them to share. 

Bakerella Cinnamon Roll Six-Pack

I mean how cute are these cinnamon roll six-packs?!  I’m obsessed with this container size for snackable, shareable treats. So friends – be prepared for personal-packaged cakes, fudge and more this holiday season. 

But until then, let’s get rolling and I’ll show you how to make some sweet rolls.

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Reese’s Brownie Bites

Look at these bite-size delights! Peanut butter candy cups hugged by a delicious chocolate brownie. They are so good and a smaller version of these Brownie Candy Cups that I love so much. The cups are a fun treat to take to parties, but the foil liners they bake in are super hard to find […]

Reese's Brownie Bites

Look at these bite-size delights! Peanut butter candy cups hugged by a delicious chocolate brownie. They are so good and a smaller version of these Brownie Candy Cups that I love so much. The cups are a fun treat to take to parties, but the foil liners they bake in are super hard to find these days, so I made this 13 X 9 version that you can take to friends and family or just enjoy right at home.

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Blacker Berry Galette

My Netflix queue has gotten out of control and is entirely too long. And to make matters worse, I keep adding to it. Being out of the U.S. for so long, I missed watching binge-worthy, must-watch classics like The Wire and Breaking Bad when they came out, and I’d love to sit down on the sofa for another few months and watch them now that…

My Netflix queue has gotten out of control and is entirely too long. And to make matters worse, I keep adding to it. Being out of the U.S. for so long, I missed watching binge-worthy, must-watch classics like The Wire and Breaking Bad when they came out, and I’d love to sit down on the sofa for another few months and watch them now that they are streaming, as well as rewatch all five seasons of Six Feet Under, which was one of the best shows that’s even been on television. How they managed to make a show about death so human is beyond me, with a finale that’s lauded as the best ending for a television series ever. Which also made me wonder how they could have left the end of The Sopranos, another incredible show, land with such a thud?

The pandemic and confinements were certainly good for whittling down those “Watch Lists” but one show that jumped to the top of the queue was High on the Hog. It’s an eye-opening, unnerving, and emotionally difficult look at the role that African-Americans, who were brought to America as slaves, had in shaping American cooking. The subtitle of the show is “How African-American Cuisine Transformed America” which sounds like a big bill for fill, but the four-episode show traces how that happened.

And lest anyone doubt the rich contribution African-Americans have made to our cooking, author and Cook’s Country editor Toni Tipton-Martin pointed out in the program that Black Americans have been used by food brands for decades in America to denote quality, by brands like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, which gave host Stephen Satterfield pause as well, flipping the narrative about those culinary characters (or caricatures) that many of us grew up with.

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Yay for PB & J Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf bread for cake. Want to go from lovable lunchable to a delish dessert? Let’s get to it!

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Butterscotch Bars

It’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it? I’ve been on a bit of a bender lately, getting rid of (or at least, reducing) paperwork that’s been piling up and holds little interest for me. I have so much that I had to buy more paper (as in, paper file folders) to store all that paperwork in which seems redundant, but living in a place where paper…

It’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it? I’ve been on a bit of a bender lately, getting rid of (or at least, reducing) paperwork that’s been piling up and holds little interest for me. I have so much that I had to buy more paper (as in, paper file folders) to store all that paperwork in which seems redundant, but living in a place where paper still rules supreme, and digitizing takes as long as filing, I’m stuck filing and storing.

One change in the world of paper has been food blogs, which started out for many as being places where you could “store” and share your favorite recipes. But I’ve noticed over the last few years that food blogs have become a lot slicker, more polished, and often “aspirational.” While I’m jealous of those who have the talent, and patience, for writing for search engines, and arranging flowers on top of multi-layer cakes, I really just enjoy cooking and baking.

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S’more cookies, please

Campfire in a cookie sums up these summer fun treats with chocolate ganache, buttecream, graham cracker crumbs and toasted meringue. You’ll be saying gimme s’more with every bite. Bonus: you don’t need a fire pit to make them. Just a handy little kitchen torch and you’ll be ready to go. Let me show you. Okay, […]

Campfire in a cookie sums up these summer fun treats with chocolate ganache, buttecream, graham cracker crumbs and toasted meringue.

S'more Cookie

You’ll be saying gimme s’more with every bite.

S'mores Cookies

Bonus: you don’t need a fire pit to make them. Just a handy little kitchen torch and you’ll be ready to go. Let me show you.

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