For as long as I remember I've had a thing for herbs; their history, flavor and symbolism. In my parent's backyard I had a sunny little triangular plot of dirt beside the woodpile which was mine and mine alone, and dedicated exclusively to herbs. Inevitably, I started looking for non culinary . . .
The other day I had some friends over for a potluck/crafting get-together and to watch the premiere of Downton Abbey. The company was great and so was the food. Here's the recipe for the Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake that I made. It would make a delicious dessert for Valentine's Day too. Print . . .
With loads of family in town for the holidays I decided to make these scones from frozen berries we had on hand. These have a soft cake like quality and and get their sweet flavor from the berries without using much sugar. Print Blueberry Cranberry Scones SERVINGS: 6 or 12 . . .
Since yesterday was Father's Day my husband decided to treat himself by making homemade doughnut holes, something that has been on his to-make list for awhile. We didn't have two circle cookie cutters of the right size to make the traditional doughnut shape so instead he just made them into doughnut . . .
When I saw the recipe for these chocolate chip shortcakes filled with berries and dark chocolate sauce from Sunset magazine, I knew I'd have to make a variation. I'm sure the chocolate would be great, but we had homemade strawberry ice cream in the freezer. This was so good. Print Recipe: . . .
I've already professed my love for quinoa in another recipe post here. Not only is it good for you because of it's high levels of iron and fiber, it is also gluten free. That's not an issue for us but I know for a lot of people it is. I like this recipe because I can quickly make it with frozen peas . . .
It has been a fun challenge for me to try to shoot food photos from meals we've made at home and post them here every Monday. I really love tabletop and food photography and I'd like to refine my skills. Though these photos are not off the cuff snippets of our daily meals as they happen, they do . . .
Some (usually weekend) mornings our daughter decides that 5:30am is a good time to wake up. Often on those occasions, despite our best efforts to convince her otherwise, she is wide awake and raring to go. It is on these days that we (well actually, my husband) gets up with her and makes something . . .
Who doesn't fall prey to mall pretzels? I can't resist their (probably fake) buttery aroma wafting down the halls and luring me in. A few weekends ago we made our own version at home which turned out to be surprisingly similar to the ones at the mall but most likely with a shorter ingredient . . .
I think you're either a chickpea fan or you're not. I am, and won my husband over a few years ago. Lucky for us, our toddler daughter also loves any type of beans too. So when we make this healthy, quick snack it doesn't last long before it's eaten all up. Print Roasted Chickpeas Recipe . . .
This healthy carrot orzo recipe is one of my favorites to bring to a potluck. Because it's vegetarian, (though it is made with chicken broth - vegetable can be substituted easily) it has mass appeal for those with different diets. It's extremely easy to make and tastes so good. Print Carrot . . .
Quiche is what we make in our house when we are feeling lazy but still want a home cooked meal and have lots of ingredients in the fridge. It's impressive appearance belies it's simplicity and you can have it in the oven in less than ten minutes if you use a store bought pie crust. Once you have the . . .