Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

Monday is here again. By Sunday night, I tend to start to get that dreaded feeling of facing the week ahead. No more sleeping in or going about as I please. It’s back to the daily grind and Friday seems so far away. Mondays don’t get a lot of love, but it’s time to change…

Food Memory Friday: Nana’s Chocolate Chip and Whipped Cream Frosting

  Updated pictures 3.6.15 Nana’s chocolate chip and whipped cream frosting is the food memory of all food memories. This delicious treat has been a staple in my mom’s side of the family for a long time. Nana was my mother’s paternal grandmother and my great grandmother. I never had the opportunity of meeting her…

Angel Food Cake

Making angel food cake from scratch has been a bit of a personal quest for me. My first attempt ended in dismal failure. I was so young and foolish back then; a young 21 year-old newlywed of barely two months trying to make a dessert to bring to dinner at my in-laws. I was feeling…

How to Beat Perfect Egg Whites

Oh egg whites. I never realized there was such an art to beating these protein-packed puppies until I started baking a lot of things from scratch. Cream of tartar, soft peaks, stiff peaks… what did it all mean!?! My lack of knowledge for beating egg whites has caused me to ruin a number of cookies,…

Crab Cakes and Lemon Aioli

Crab cakes are something that I love to order at restaurants, even if we are smack dab in the middle of Ohio. They’re a deliciously delicate savory treat that I had only made once before. That is, until I found this recipe. I was surfing the Food & Wine website and stumbled across Mrs. Duvall’s…

Snow Skiing and Ho Ho Cake

This past weekend, Robert and I went skiing with a group of friends in Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania. We stayed in a house on the resort and spent 2 days skiing and enjoying being snowed in. The weather was cold. And since we have had a freakishly warm winter thus far, it took a little getting…

Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Robert and I, along with a group of friends are heading to Pennsylvania this weekend for a snow skiing getaway. Things always seem to get really busy right before leaving town. Bert’s been traveling for work and I’ve been working longer hours so I can get done with work early before our mini vacation begins….

Puppy Chow

My brother-in-law, Kenny, was sick this past weekend. If there’s one thing I know about Kenny, besides the fact that he likes to purposely push my buttons, it’s that the lad loves puppy chow. Puppy chow, or sometimes called Muddy Buddies (?), is a chocolate and peanut butter Chex mix delight. It takes less than…

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

The weather in Ohio has been unseasonably warm the past week. The sun is shining. People are out walking and running around our neighborhood. You really can’t tell it’s January. I could get used to this. All the sunshine makes me excited for summertime, even if it is five months away. During the summer my…

Chocolate Orange Sable Cookies

Chocolate and orange has become one of my favorite flavor combinations. So, when I saw the recipe for these orange sable (French for “sandy”) cookies, I thought a chocolate orange drizzle would make these cookies a citrus-lovers dream. With zest in the cookie and in the chocolate glaze, people needing an orange fix won’t be…

Meatless Stuffed Shells

Oh Giada de Laurentiis. You and your intensely-Italian pronunciations and extremely low-cut shirts. I have to say I get suckered in to her show on the Food Network whenever I’m flipping through the channels. I love to hear how she peppers in the words ricotta (REEEECOTAH) or mascarpone (MAHHHHHSCAPONAY) into her perfectly American conversations. It…

Grapefruit Brulee

Hello citrus! One of the bright spots of winter is the delicious grapefruit. I love starting my day off with this tart and tangy fruit. I usually sprinkle a little sugar on top and dig in; but when I saw the idea for grapefruit brulee in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine, I couldn’t wait to…