Posted at 6:22 PM , on March 20, 2019
Happy first day of spring!
I really do appreciate all of the seasons here in Virginia, and could tell you my favorite things about each one, but man if this hasn’t been the longest, rainiest winter. I love snow, and we just didn’t get enough of it this year. So, see ya next year, winter! Thanks for nothin’. I’m so ready to welcome warm, long evenings, buds and blossoms, the sweet serenade of spring peepers (which I’ve already started to hear!), all the beautiful shades of green we are so lucky to have here in Virginia, and of course, I’m ready for the lighter fare that we all instinctually crave when cold and gray turns to warm and sunny. Continue reading
Posted at 1:10 PM , on February 24, 2019
If you think, like I did, that white chocolate is kind of boring, one dimensional, and too sweet, make this recipe and prepare to find a new appreciation for the white stuff. A couple of hours at a low temp and several stirs later, white chocolate is totally transformed. It becomes toasty and nutty with distinct caramel flavor. It turns from white to golden. Use it in place of dark or white chocolate in cookie, brownie, or blondie recipes, or just nibble on it whenever the craving strikes. It’s so good. Let’s make some. Continue reading
Posted at 10:00 AM , on February 7, 2019
As a food blogger, I can’t ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Instagram is flooded with pink, red, and purple. Chocolate, heart-shaped everything and sprinkles galore. But what if your sweetheart doesn’t have a sweet tooth? In my quest to always be a bit untraditional, and to cater to those who don’t love sweets, I got the idea for a savory Valentine’s treat—something to satisfy the salt-toothed sweetheart in your life. Yes, a salt tooth is actually a thing. Like, a real, genetic thing. And these Savory Cheddar, Bacon, and Chive Shortbreads are just the answer. Continue reading
Posted at 5:01 PM , on February 1, 2019
We are on the 3rd day of polar vortex school cancellation and we’ve been busy. Busy making delicious things and staying warm, that is. On the 1st day we made homemade strawberry pop-tarts; They were so fun—more on that in another post. On the 2nd day (yesterday) we made these beautiful doughnuts. And today, the 3rd day, as I’m typing this at the kitchen island, my darling husband is making his beer crust pizza dough and his famous peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. Sigh. Read on for the recipe for these pillowy, gorgeous Brioche beauties. Continue reading
Posted at 2:00 PM , on January 21, 2019
I didn’t realize how great cinnamon rolls could be until I made these—or how easy. I think I’ve always liked cinnamon rolls, but I L.O.V.E these, and so does everyone else in the house. In fact, these cinnamon rolls were the cause of “The Great Cinnamon Roll Incident of 2018.” More on that later. With the irresistible flavors of brown butter, dark brown sugar, and vanilla echoing through the dough, filling, and frosting, I’m not sure how anyone could resist them. Just make them and you’ll see why these Frosted Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Rolls have become a constant around here. Continue reading
Posted at 3:15 PM , on January 25, 2016
This cake came to me in a snow-covered dream. I woke up Sunday knowing I had to do three things: shovel my driveway, take my kids sledding, and bake something. It’s no secret I love to be snowed in; I view it as nature’s permission to let everything go — I don’t stress about it, I don’t complain about it, I just let it all go. Northern Virginia was in the epicenter of the recent “snowzilla” storm. We had historic snowfall and the world shut down for a few days. It was pretty wonderful. I’ll be back at work tomorrow, so while I’m enjoying my last day of snowed in freedom, I thought I’d hop back on the blogging wagon and share this wonderful, easy recipe. No mixer required, and I bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Give this Salted, Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake a try. Continue reading
Posted at 12:15 PM , on February 17, 2015
I get a lot of slow cooker recipe requests, so here is a new one to add to the list!
I had a hard time calling this just “white” chicken chili, because I used my favorite “verde” (green) enchilada sauce ingredients. The “white” in white chicken chili, to me, simply denotes the fact that there are no tomatoes or red chiles, and obviously chicken is whiter than beef. But I use thighs in this which are dark meat. Anyway, technicalities aside, this is so delicious and easy! Continue reading
Posted at 8:40 AM , on January 23, 2015
Thanks to the lovely and talented Selma of Selma’s Table, a beautiful and delicious blog that I implore you to visit, I am participating in my very first blog party in celebration of Fiesta Friday’s first anniversary. Very exciting. There is such a wonderful community of bloggers, and I love meeting new friends who are so gracious and welcoming. I’m looking forward to meeting many more at the fiesta!
To get the party started, today’s theme is “happy hour,” and since happy hour isn’t complete without drinks and little bites I am sharing a few wine recommendations and my delicious recipe for slow roasted tomatoes, which I love to serve over goat cheese-topped, crispy baguette slices. Such an easy and beautiful appetizer. I hope you love it! Continue reading
Posted at 5:20 PM , on January 10, 2015
This is a recipe I have made countless times since I started my blog. I’m not sure why I’ve never written about it, but I think my reasons are that 1.) It is very personal, and 2.) It is never quite the same each time. I just make it from memory and vary certain ingredients depending on my mood or my pantry/fridge. It is personal because my dad made Shepherd’s Pie a lot when I was a kid, and it’s one of those recipes I make when I’m really missing him (he spends most of his time in far-away lands). It’s reliable, inexpensive, I love making it, the leftovers are the best, and it is a real crowd-pleaser—everyone in my family loves it. To me, Shepherd’s Pie is the essence of comfort food and true comfort cooking. Continue reading
Posted at 4:20 PM , on January 5, 2015
Happy New Year to you all! I decided to start the new year off doing my favorite things: cooking, eating, and writing. It only seemed natural to use one of my favorite flavors and ingredients: vanilla bean. Sigh. I can’t get enough of the flavor and those gorgeous little flecks. They just make everything so special, including these Vanilla Bean Scones with a Vanilla Bean Glaze. Let’s make some. Continue reading