Cooking with Jess: September

When I started Lolly’s Sweet Treats in July, I had the intention of doing a special Cooking with Jess feature every month where my friend Jess and I and cook new food together. Unfortunately, August was insanely busy for the both of us so Jess and I had to skip a month. Now that school’s…

Popovers

I dedicate these popovers to my Aunt Khaki. When she visited this past August, she planted the bug in my ear to bake a batch of these magical rolls. I finally got around to doing it last week and I am very glad I did. Popovers are best described as light, hollow, fluffy muffins that…

Sweet and Spicy Chili

Soup season is here and nothing welcomes fall quite like a steamy bowl of chili. When we got home from sunny Florida two weekends ago, we were greeted with rainy and cloudy Ohio weather. It was a little depressing to say the least. So, in an effort to help lift our spirits, I made a…

Food Memory Friday: Carol’s Famous Sleepover Peanut Butter Bars

There was a period of time in my life from the time I was 10 to the time I was about 14 that involved slumber parties with my girlfriends at least once a month. Andrea, Angie, Kelly, Nicole, Jamie, and Sarah and I were pretty inseparable. At these sleepovers we entertained ourselves by dressing up…

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

I’ve been making this cornbread for a few years now. I first discovered the beauty of jalapeno cornbread when Robert ordered it at a local restaurant. I did some research online and found that the beloved Ina Garten has her own recipe.  It’s not a traditional cornbread in the sense that it’s a bit more…

Baked Garlic “Fries”

These garlic “fries” were a wonderful surprise.  The recipe is directly from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook, The Food You Crave. Ellie’s recipes are flavorful, delicious, and good for you. Her philosophy on food is a balanced one and she advises people to not mention health when preparing food, but rather to cook fantastic meals with high…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

After a week of fun in the Florida sun, Robert and I are back home and back to reality. We had a wonderful time with Jess and Greg and we both commented that it was one of the most relaxing vacations we’d ever been on. In addition to the rejuvenation that we experienced, it was…

Food Memory Friday: Cinnamon Apple Crunch

During my visit back home last week, my mom and I went to the neighborhood orchard and picked up some  apples. When I got home I reserved some of the apples for eating and the rest of them for baking this cinnamon apple crunch. This is a very special recipe to me because it was…

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The weather in Ohio has been unseasonably cool the past couple of days and with the Labor Day weekend officially over, it’s safe to say Autumn is on its way. Every year I always look forward to the pumpkin spice lattes that pop at local coffee shops. Unfortunately, they can be a bit pricey. So…

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Last year my tomato plants were quite, how do I put it… crappy. It may have had something to do with the fact that Robert was gone for extended periods of time with his job and I may have forgotten to water the garden more than once (or twice). This year I was determined to…

How to Peel Tomatoes in a Snap!

1) Start with a massive pile of tomatoes. 2.) With a paring knife, slit a superficial cross into the vine end of the tomato. (You can also cut off the top of the tomato if you prefer that method instead). 3.) With a slotted spoon or ladle, carefully place 5-6 tomatoes in a boiling water…

Buckeye Cupcakes

updated picture 9/8/12 Continuing with the buckeye theme this week, I made these buckeye cupcakes for my childhood friend, Angie’s, birthday. Angie’s birthday is tomorrow and I was back in my hometown this past week for a day, so I was able to deliver these to her in person. It was great to catch up….