Food Memory Friday: Wedding Sugar Cookies

There are lots of sugar cookie recipes out there, but this one is very special for me. This is the cookie recipe I used to make favors for my sister’s wedding. My sister was married in June 2008 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on Lake Erie, a place that is very near and dear to…

Fresh Corn Chowder

I know what you’re thinking. Why would I make soup in the middle of July in Ohio? I asked myself that as well when I was thinking of making this recipe, but then I thought about all the delicious fresh corn that is in abundance this time of year and I decided to dive right…

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Today is my friend, Jamie’s, 25th birthday!  I’ve known Jamie since grade school and she is and always will be one of the most special people in my life. She is one of those rare friends that, even if you haven’t seen each other in months, you can instantly pick up right where you last…

A Wedding Shower

This past Friday two of my girlfriends (Chelsea and Jess R) and I threw a shower for Jess N, who is getting married this October. The event was held at my house and it was a nice, small affair with 8 guests. We decided on a black and white theme and had simple decorations with…

Food Memory Friday: Wilted Lettuce

This recipe isn’t particularly exciting to most- it’s a salad with a homemade hot bacon vinaigrette. But for me, and I’m sure for my mom and dad, my siblings, and many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, it means so much more.  We called it Wilted Lettuce; and it was a salad that my maternal…

Crème Brûlée

I never used to get that excited about creme brulee, or crème brûlée (if I want to pretend that I understand French punctuation and didn’t just copy that directly from Wikipedia). However, my indifference completely changed when Robert and I had it for dessert during our anniversary dinner at The Refectory. We actually ordered a…

Cooking with Jess

While I was creating this blog, I was thinking of ways I could “sass it up” and incorporate more of my wonderful friends and family into it. One of my very close friends, Jessica, is an excellent baker and cook. She is a superstar with fondant icing and she was notorious for bringing my PT…

Grilled Peaches

With peach season well under way, my mom gave me about two dozen of these tasty fruits over the July 4th weekend. I love eating peaches by themselves or cut up in my cereal in the morning, but they weren’t disappearing at a fast enough rate with this method alone. I saw a very simple…

Food Memory Friday: Sunday Morning Pancakes

Since we have been married, Robert and I have been making Sunday morning breakfasts together on a fairly regular basis. With our busy schedules, it’s one of the best parts of my week. What we make depends on what we’re in the mood for. It varies between some type of egg dish, bacon or sausage,…

Harry Potter Special: Butterbeer Cupcakes

**Warning: Harry Potter Nerd Alert** Angie, one of my best friends from high school, introduced me to “the boy who lived” almost 10 years ago and I’m so glad she did. I don’t think there will ever be a series more captivating and loved as Harry Potter. The time has finally come for the end…

Artisan Bread

A few months ago my mom told me about this recipe that was “the easiest and most delicious bread I’d ever make.” I didn’t believe it until I tasted a piece of it when Robert and I went home for Easter weekend. It tasted like La Brea bread-it was that good! My mom got the…

Berry Crostata

One of the best things about summer is the delicious fresh produce that accompanies it. Berries are my favorite type of fruit and, since they take center stage during this time of year, I love making any type of recipe that calls for them. So when my grandmother Barb visited us for dinner this past…