Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Fudgiest Flourless Chocolate Cake


This recipe calls itself a cake.  It thinks it's a cake, I mean - it has eggs!  But let's be real.  It's oven-fudge.  Whatever it is, it's the most decadent thing you can make for a chocolate lover.  A few bites and you'll probably be set, so it makes a great little treat when you don't want to eat a lot of dessert.  And pairing it with some tart berries, a glob of ice cream, or a very big glass of milk will balance the richness.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

White Lasagna with Mushrooms and Chicken Sausage


I love mushrooms with a hobbit-like intensity.  One of the first things on my "when I win the lottery which will totally obviously happen even though I never play it" list is to eat a truffle.  I could probably give up meat if I could always have a delicious portobello (portabella? whatever) cap instead.  So when I saw this recipe for Super Creamy Mushroom Lasagna on Divine Cuisine I was instantly intrigued.  I also love "white" versions of Italian dishes (yummmm white pizza) so that convinced me I had to give it a whirl.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Slow-cooked Sausage and Onions with a Cider, Beer and Mustard Sauce



This Halloween I decided to try to recreate something Jay made for our Halloween party two years ago.  He cooks everything by just throwing things together until it tastes good, which often works out well but is not so helpful when it comes to recreating the recipe.  With a little trial and error I took a stab at it, and was pretty happy with the result, although there's one thing I'll definitely change next time.  After some initial stovetop cooking, you can finish this recipe in a slow cooker or continue to simmer it on low on the stove.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

One Pot White Bean, Escarole and Bacon Soup


 

Two years ago my friend Jo brought me this soup, and I never stopped thinking about it!  It's perfect for fall- it has the smoky bacon, hearty starchiness from the beans, a light broth with fresh herbs and escarole, and it would be awesome for dipping some fresh crusty bread in.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I have some problems with Doctor Who. Presented in gifs.



Um, hi.  So.  I fail at blog!!  I should say, I fail at blog and job simultaneously.  I'm going to work on that, I really am.  With recipes.  And stuff.  And maybe we'll actually get some spring and summer next year instead of two years of fall and winter...?

But first.


Regarding Doctor Who.  It should go without saying,



SPOILER SPOILERS HOLY CRAP SO MANY SPOILERS.  You've been warned.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marinated Greek Chicken Kebabs

 

Well I promised something springy, but this recipe, from The Complete Book of Greek Cooking by Rena Salaman and Jan Cutler, is more of a head start on summer barbecueing.  However, even if it's still chilly where you are, if you have access to a grill, you should get these delicious kebabs cooking asap.  You won't be sorry!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Storm of Feels

Friends, let's talk nerdy.



SPOILERS FORTHCOMING for recent Doctor Who, old Game of Thrones, and mild teasers for A Storm of Swords / upcoming Game of Thrones (assuming they follow the book.)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Irish Raisin Soda Bread



YOU GUYS!  I'm sorry I've abandoned this blog!  I had no intentions of doing so, but I've been extremely busy doing this whole baking thing professionally!  I've been working at an awesome French bakery and learning lots of fancy bread baking skills that I will someday be able to share with you, when I have time to breathe a little bit.  Baking all day is tons of fun, but also tons of hard work!

Monday, January 21, 2013

To match your nature with Nature

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."  - Henry David Thoreau 


Monday, January 7, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls


This wildly addictive recipe has been made by various members of my family for Christmas for as long as I can remember (and I'm packing some up tonight to ship out as very belated holiday gifts!)  I've always wanted to think of a name for it that wasn't so Schweddy Balls, but nothing else really stuck.  I think there is a similar recipe called buckeyes.  Whatever you want to call them, the point is they are delicious and put Reese's cups to shame.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

In the Bleak Midwinter

all pictures taken by my dad at/around our old house in upstate New York

The holidays have passed for me, as they usually do, in a wild blur.  Every year as I think about the Yuletide season approaching, I imagine it being a collage of every perfect moment I experienced in my childhood.  I think there will be snow- I swear there was always snow, at least until I was 9- and I'll get to make snowmen and igloos and go tobogganing (in some imaginary yard, since I don't have one,) and come in and drink hot cocoa in front of the wood stove, while the ice melts from my hair and my cold hands sting from the heat.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Eggnog French Toast

I made some challah earlier this week, so today was perfect timing for a french toast brunch.  I usually make my batter with buttermilk, but since it's December, I decided to make it with eggnog this time.  It was a good choice.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Peppermint Bark

Ah, peppermint bark.  A blessing and a curse.  So beautiful, so delicious, so seemingly simple.  I mean, look at this stuff.  It's no wonder as soon as people know you can make it, they want it every year for Christmas!

thanks to my friend Hana for taking this awesome picture at my holiday party :D

Monday, December 3, 2012

Candied Vanilla-Masala Orange Peels


I've been trying to find more goodies to make this year that are good for packing up in a little cello bag or jar.  Holiday cookies are a great gift, but they don't always arrive in the best (or freshest) shape when your friends and family are scattered across the country (or across the globe!)  So when I saw this beautiful recipe for spiced candied orange peels on Savory Simple, I knew I had to give it a try!