Ghostly Brownies and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! To celebrate I made a Pinterest Halloween classic: fudgey brownies topped with ghost and pumpkin Peeps. As you can see, the ghosts’  eyes melted under the heat of the broiler so I tried to add some back with melted chocolate. From my extensive online research I’ve learned that you can pop some miniature chocolate chips on the eyes and mouth for an easier … Continue reading Ghostly Brownies and Happy Halloween!

Triple Mustard Roasted Beef Tenderloin

This recipe uses three kinds of mustard: dijon, yellow mustard, and course-ground seeded mustard, to create a flavorful rub for beef tenderloin. This is a recipe where having a thermometer really comes in handy so you can check the internal temperature without having to cut into the center.  Try to resist the urge to slice the tenderloin as soon as you take it out and … Continue reading Triple Mustard Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Green Pea Pesto with Shells and Sausage

If your basil plants have quit producing or you’re like me and aren’t lucky enough to have basil plants yet, I have a pesto recipe for you that substitutes peas for basil leaves.  It is bright, delicious and would be great with grilled chicken, sausage or on its own as a vegetarian dish. Do you have any variations on the traditional basil+parmesan+pinenuts+olive oil pesto? What to buy … Continue reading Green Pea Pesto with Shells and Sausage

Savory Cherry Chicken {in your Crockpot}

Today I’m continuing the theme of easing back into the kitchen with a slow cooker recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner. But before we get to the recipe starring cherry preserves, here are two picture from the honeymoon that was, because part of me is refusing to admit that it is Monday, October 28, and our honeymoon is over. Joe and Catfish #1 (he caught … Continue reading Savory Cherry Chicken {in your Crockpot}

Chicken Caesar Salad

When we got home from the honeymoon I decided to ease back into the kitchen with a simple chicken salad recipe with one of my favorite flavors: the bright and salty Caesar.  Ready for some culinary history? The original recipe is attributed to an Italian, Caesar Cardini, who immigrated to the US and opened a restaurant.  According to his daughter, her father came up with … Continue reading Chicken Caesar Salad

Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies

I did it! My freezer is now stocked with batches of Maxine’s Gingersnaps, Peanut Butter Cookies, McHoward Cookies, and today’s recipe: Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies. As you might have guessed from the name, the recipe for Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies was passed down from my maternal grandmother (and namesake) Sally, a wonderful woman who passed away before I was born.   Everyone says she was a great cook and a … Continue reading Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies

McHoward Cookies: Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

I’ve been baking up a storm this week,  making cookies for the wedding weekend. First up was Maxine’s Gingersnaps,  a recipe from my paternal Grandmother. For the second batch, I made Peanut Butter Cookies, one of Joe’s late father’s favorites. The third cookie creation of this week is the McHoward, a combination of my favorite, chocolate chip and Joe’s favorite, white chocolate macadamia nut.  Yes, I am being oh … Continue reading McHoward Cookies: Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese

Today I’m breaking up the cookie posts with an easy recipe featuring a delicious combination of a spicy and acidic sauce with sharp and salty blue cheese and creamy avocado.  I love buffalo style everything (well except actual buffalo wings, which I realize is weird; it’s a texture thing.)  Cooking the jalapenos gives them a mellow flavor that perfectly pairs with blue cheese.   For me, frozen shrimp worked … Continue reading Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese

Peanut Butter Cookies

As I shared yesterday, I always planned to make my own wedding cake(s) but my family strongly encouraged me not to and after thinking through the logistics, I agreed that it wasn’t the best idea.  Instead, until we leave for NC later this week I’m baking cookies for a couple of events during the  wedding weekend.  First up was Maxine’s Gingersnaps,  a recipe from my paternal Grandmother, and … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cookies

Maxine’s Gingersnaps

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes and comes from my paternal Grandmother, Maxine who I was lucky to get to know for 26 years.  Despite living far away in Minnesota, she always made time to see us; she loved to fly south in the cold winter months.  She passed down to me her love of cooking, vacuuming (truly) and my blonde hair.  I’ve … Continue reading Maxine’s Gingersnaps