Cajun Roasted Shrimp

Oh snap! This is the second shrimp recipe that I’ve posted in two weeks. This past weekend I didn’t go grocery shopping like I normally do. I was parked on the couch Friday and early Saturday and was in, what Robert and I like to call, full sloth mode. I wandered out to the garage …

Sausage, Mushroom, and Shallot Strata

I love brunch. Especially weekend brunch. I made this strata two weekends ago when Robert’s family was in town. The wonderful thing about this type of breakfast casserole is that you can tailor it to whatever tastes you prefer as long as you have stale bread and eggs. I would have added in some peppers…

Food Memory Friday: Graham Cracker Pudding

This food memory Friday is dedicated to Robert. Graham cracker pudding was one of his favorite desserts growing up. A staple in the Amish community, the pudding tastes like a caramel custard and is combined with a graham cracker crumb mixture and whipped cream. It’s comfort food at its finest. This was my first time…

A Tribute to Chocolate

In retrospect, I should have posted this yesterday… on Fat Tuesday. Oh well. Today kicks off the lenten season for several Christians across the world. Some people, especially Catholics, abstain from certain items of luxury during this time in order to reflect and refocus. My mom grew up Catholic and jokes that she would eagerly…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, so I haven’t done too much cooking or baking. Or much of anything, for that matter- except for maybe envying our dog, Athena’s, life as an indoor dog. 😉 It’s annoying how a simple head cold can really throw off a person’s routine. Okay,…

Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin

I love cheese. Especially the extra sharp and sometimes stinky cheese. There’s so much flavor in just a tiny bite that you don’t need much. While I love most low fat and nonfat dairy products, reduced calorie cheese is something I just can’t do. And I’m okay with that. This scalloped potatoes recipe comes from…

Sauteed Garlic and Lemon Shrimp

Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about fresh seafood. Not the stuff that you get at chain restaurants or the stuff you buy prepackaged at the grocery store. No siree, I am talking about the delicious, succulent seafood that is straight from the ocean with not much else added to it. My parents recently visited one…

Chocolate Ganache Brownies

This past weekend Robert and I made a Valentine’s Day dinner together. On the menu was artisan bread, garlic-roasted gulf shrimp, roasted asparagus, scalloped potatoes au gratin, t-bone steak, and these chocolate ganache brownies with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. It just isn’t Valentine’s day without chocolate and it wasn’t difficult to decide what I’d…

Baked Chicken Fingers

Ah, chicken fingers. The food that is universally loved by all. When I was younger I went through a stage where all I ordered at restaurants were these easy to handle bites of chicken. Now I am older and much wiser (please note the sarcasm) and my tastes have broadened, but that doesn’t mean I…

Egg in a Nest

Egg in the nest is a special treat my mom used to make my siblings and me for breakfast while we were growing up. I always thought this was her own invention until I saw a recipe for it a few years ago. And then I saw it on Pioneer Woman. And then I saw…

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Awww yeah- it’s the week before Valentine’s day and pink and red hearts are flooding my thoughts and dreams. While I don’t consider myself a girlie girl who likes chick flicks  and princessey (I’ve decided to make that a word) stuff, I absolutely adore Valentine’s Day. Mostly because I love chocolate. And baking. And, of…

Homemade Ranch Dressing

What is it with Americans and ranch dressing? People eat it with everything- salad, raw vegetables, baked potatoes, pizza, chips.  I’m starting to think all of these foods are just vehicles for the creamy sauce that us Americans apparently can’t eat enough. I’m not usually a fan of ranch dressing. I prefer blue cheese and…