Granola for a Cold Winter Day

I love making granola. It’s one of those really easy things to do that people seem to find really impressive. Not only that, but when you’re baking it, your house smells AMAZING – especially if you go a little heavy on the cinnamon, like I do. I mentioned this granola in a previous post about…

And Then it Was 2011

Can you believe it? Seriously??? Can you believe that it’s 2011? I just had to get that out there. It’s been 10 years since I moved out of home and went to college. It’s the first year in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s the year of… I don’t know. It just seems…

Ginger Pumpkin Tart

This was the Christmas for cooking. Admittedly, I was probably a little ambitious with my menu selection. But first, let me back up before diving into that…. This was the first Christmas I spent without seeing my parents. It was hard, and I definitely had my share of emotional moments (Kirk can vouch for that)….

Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Tonight  I had a revelation in baking. While I was browsing through one of my newly acquired vintage cookbooks (well, more like a magazine), I came across a recipe for pudding cookies. Essentially, a cookie recipe that includes a package of pudding mix for added gooey deliciousness. It was good timing, too, since Kirk came…

Marriage License… and Bagels!

Kirk and I did something big on Thursday morning… we went downtown and got our marriage license! About a week ago we planned that we would each take a work-from-home day this past Thursday so that we could go downtown to the Daley center and stand in line to get our marriage license. So, Thursday…

Amazingly Delicious Tomato Sauce (ADTS)

I’ve been spending a lot of time the past couple of months trying to find the right recipe  for homemade tomato sauce. Up until a couple of years ago I was always a “sauce in a jar from the grocery store” person. I used to keep a standby jar of whatever sauce happened to be…

Out of the flames of disaster… Cherry Almond Granola

(Please Note: This entry will eventually get to Cherry Almond Granola… the title of the entry is not a misnomer). This weekend the results of several recipe tests were somewhat unsuccessful (largely due to my own mistakes – there was nothing inherently flawed in the recipes I was trying). Friday night Kirk and I got…

Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers

A couple of nights ago I was stumped – – – what the heck should I make for dinner? This is the perennial question that I seem to face at least a couple of times a week. Sometimes I get adventurous and try something new (and sometimes it works out… sometimes it doesn’t…), and other…

Boot Camp!

It’s official. I’m taking the plunge into the land of cakes, doughes, custards, fillings, icings, sauces, desert plating, garnishing, cookies, and cake decorating. That’s right… I’ve signed myself up for a Baking Boot Camp! It’s a 3-day intensive baking course offered by The Chopping Block, a cooking school here in Chicago that caters to (haha……

Tiramisu

As promised in one of my last posts, I wanted to share the recipe for the Tiramisu I made as dessert for the “meeting of the parents” a couple of weeks ago. The “meeting of the parents”, and my parent’s visit more generally, went really well. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts,…