Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am. And you know what? I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year. I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to. The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table. Read more...(850 words, 15 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
A few weeks ago, I was using my hand mixer while baking up something in the kitchen, and I mentioned to my husband that it seemed that the mixer I’d received as a wedding gift, nineteen years ago, was finally reaching the age of retirement. It just didn’t have much get-up-and-go anymore, and it sounded pretty pitiful. It was kind of sad, and bittersweet…mainly because I’m realizing that I’m old enough to send reliable appliances into retirement. Not too long after the old mixer was put out to pasture, I heard from my friends at OXO, and they asked if I’d like to try out their new OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer! Do they have perfect timing, or what? Read more...(1205 words, 12 images, estimated 4:49 mins reading time)
It’s July! And almost the 4th, which means it’s time to get your 4th of July plans in order! This deceptively simple dessert is sure to knock your family’s socks off. All you need are a few simple ingredients, and a little bit of time. It’s fresh, light, and really tasty.
Have you ever had a pavlova? Traditionally, a pavlova is a disk of fresh-baked meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit. The meringue is crisp and crunchy on the outside, and chewy-soft on the inside. Paired with fruit and cream, the texture of a pavlova dessert is unlike anything you’ve ever had, and truly special. They are beautiful desserts, and always elicit oooohs and aaaaahs, but believe me when I say, this recipe is so easy to put together. Read more...(921 words, 11 images, estimated 3:41 mins reading time)
Tres Leches Cake is one of those recipes that I feel has been haunting me for a while. I’d never made it before this, but I kept seeing it…everywhere. The idea intrigued me, a simple vanilla cake soaked in a creamy concoction of Tres Leches (Three milks, if I remember correctly from high school Spanish). It seemed more like a pudding than a cake, but more cake-like than a bread pudding. I wanted to make one, but none of the recipes jumped out at me. Read more...(1138 words, 10 images, estimated 4:33 mins reading time)
Years of living down south taught me a lot of things. One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season! Read more...(648 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
My mom has been telling me about this recipe for years now, about how amazing it is, and how it’s her and my father’s favorite salmon dish EVER. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews for this recipe. Last week, a wonderful, dear friend of mine from Seattle decided to grace my doorstep with a beautiful side of salmon straight from Pike Place Market. When I told my mom that I had this amazing piece of fish on my hands, she copied the recipe (along with a couple more) and sent my father over to my house to hand deliver them. No joke. This recipe is serious business. Read more...(1254 words, 10 images, estimated 5:01 mins reading time)
Every once in a while, I get an urge to make Cornish Hens for dinner. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I’m always surprised with how easy they are to work with. I really should make them more often. They are wonderful for entertaining with, (I always get a lot of “Oooh! Aren’t they cute?” when I entertain with them.) but recipes like this one, are simple enough to whip up on a busy weeknight for dinner. Read more...(897 words, 10 images, estimated 3:35 mins reading time)
I’ve already confessed to you all in the past that my cookbook collection is out of control. Well, it’s time for another confession. If the thought of finding cookbooks in four rooms of my house gives you the heebie jeebies and makes you think that calling the producers of “Hoarders” might be the next step, then whatever you do, DON’T think about my collection of cooking magazine back issues.
I’ve kept every back issue of (almost) every cooking magazine I’ve subscribed to over the past eight years. That’s a lot of magazines, and a lot of closet space taken up. Read more...(1069 words, 7 images, estimated 4:17 mins reading time)
See this recipe? I’ve wanted to share this with you all week. Over the past year, I’ve figured out that this is what happens when you’re a food blogger. You get excited about silly things like “sharing pie”, but have to think about timing. Friday seemed like a fun day, and a good day for a fun pie, so here we are.
We had my friend over on Sunday night for a little birthday celebration dinner, and this was our dessert. It’s one of those desserts that had all of us so busy “Mmmming” and “Ooooh, wowing” at the table that we didn’t have time for meaningful conversation. Read more...(1338 words, 10 images, estimated 5:21 mins reading time)