Easy, Soft and Delicious Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins

When I saw this recipe at Averie Cooks, I knew I had to try it.  I doubled it so Joe could bring some to his morning workout group and I could give a plate to my parents and it worked out great.  The doubled recipe is below.   I liked that these didn’t require buttermilk or oil, only a stick of melted butter for the whole batch. The … Continue reading Easy, Soft and Delicious Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins

Easy & Delicious Christmas Cookies

Happy Holidays to you! These are some of my favorite go-to cookie recipes, click the title for the full recipe.  Happy baking! My Grandma Maxine’s Gingersnaps  My Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies (perfect for rolling dough and cutting with cookie cutters) Softest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Perfectly Soft Peanut Butter Cookies  Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches Sugar Cookies (customize icing and sprinkles for the season!) Continue reading Easy & Delicious Christmas Cookies

Easy Pumpkin Pecan Cake for Thanksgiving

   Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I’ve been trying out some recipes in advance to see what will make the cut for our holiday feasting.  I made a few versions of this cake this week and this one is the winner!  It’s super easy,  with a lovely pumpkin pie layer on the bottom and a cake layer on top with pecans for some texture.  It … Continue reading Easy Pumpkin Pecan Cake for Thanksgiving

Herb Salt

I’ve been trying to take advantage of summer’s bounty before it’s gone, making and freezing roasted tomato sauce and loads of herb salt.  On Sunday I made four kinds of herb salt straight from the pots on my deck including cilantro, rosemary, parsley and basil.  I was inspired by the recipe here at Bon Appetit but used fresh herbs as in this recipe from The Splendid Table.Infusing herbs into salt … Continue reading Herb Salt

Crazy Feta

One of our favorite restaurant chains in DC and Arlington, VA is Cava.  They have the best grilled cheese, souvlaki, meatballs and crazy feta, an appetizer served with warm pita bread that inspired my recipe today.  It’s super simple and so delicious you’ll make it again and again.  If you’re short on time you can skip the roasting steps for the pepper and garlic and puree them raw.  Roasting … Continue reading Crazy Feta

Easy Baked Brie and Cranberry Dip

Who doesn’t love baked brie in all its bubbling glory? This simple way to make it without bothering with a pastry wrapping is my go-to for easy entertaining or a fancy afternoon snack. The tartness of the cranberries pair perfectly with the rich, gooey brie. It’s festive and simple, good for the holidays or anytime. If you don’t like cranberries you could sub in any … Continue reading Easy Baked Brie and Cranberry Dip

Baked Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

This is a delicious recipe for creamy risotto studded with delicious roasted butternut squash and sweet dried cranberries. Roasting squash is simple; just cube, toss with olive oil, spread evenly on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and cook until it’s reached your desired consistency.  Roasting sweetens the squash’s flavor, making it perfect to eat on its own or to pair with risotto.  Baking the risotto in … Continue reading Baked Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes

When I saw this recipe from Food & Wine I knew I had to try it and I was not disappointed! This is my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes and is as simple as can be.  My picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t quite see the specks of vanilla bean (just like in real vanilla ice cream.) They’re sweet but not too sweet … Continue reading Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes

My Favorite Way to Cook Bacon

I tried all kinds of methods for cooking bacon before I settled on this easy way that leaves you with perfectly crispy bacon every time. All you do is preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with 2 layers of aluminum foil  (one layer won’t protect your pan from grease.) Next, place a metal cooling rack over the foiled baking sheet … Continue reading My Favorite Way to Cook Bacon

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Happy Halloween!! Soon we’re heading out to trick or treat in the neighborhood with my cousins and their three year old pirate.  William is going to be snug in the stroller in his koala bear costume.  In addition to it being my first Halloween as a mom, this is also the first year I’ve lived somewhere that kids trick or treat!  I’m stocked with candy and ready for the … Continue reading Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies