Maple Pumpkin Granola

If you’re a long-time follower of the blog, you know that I have a thing for granola. Well, homemade granola, that is. To be honest, I don’t know why people buy it in the store. It’s insanely easy to make, I think even Greg could rock a batch. Remember his guest post? The other benefit….

Dill Pickles

  Year two of making my own dill pickles and entering them in the Downtown Akron Partnership Pickle Contest. Last year, I won second place in the dill pickle category. This year, I’m going for the gold, or is it the green? I’m sticking with the adapted recipe from Martha Stewart that I used last…

Beef Bourguignon

Today marks Julia Child’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve gone back in my archives to February 2010 to reintroduce you to the Everyday Food magazine version of her classic Beef Bourguignon. I’ve wanted to make this since seeing Julie & Julia. A pretty easy version was recently featured on the PBS series Everyday Food and…

Gluten Free Lunch with Friends

Last Wednesday, I spent the most delightful day with two of my favorite friends from High School. Stephanie and Jennifer drove up from our hometown for an afternoon in my kitchen. It’s part of a new series here on my blog, “In the Kitchen with Friends.” Jennifer and her family eat a gluten-free diet. So…

Toasted Cheese and Tomato Soup Cupcakes

I hear your collective yuck, but these are seriously good. I bet that if I didn’t tell you there was tomato soup in the cupcake batter, you’d have no idea. But there is, and it makes the most moist cake you’ve ever had. Combined with a few spices, you’ve got a great little cupcake. It’s…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

I realized this week that I’ve never featured a basic chocolate chip cookie.  There have been many cookies, usually with other mix-ins like dried cherries, nuts or espresso powder. But a good-old fashioned chocolate chip cookie, nope. A co-worker approached me earlier in the week. Many years ago, I made a batch of Martha Stewart…

Bacon Jam – Way Back Wednesday

And now, for something a little different. This week’s Way Back Wednesday features my most popular post from back in November 2010, Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam: I have an important introduction to make. That, up there in the photo, is slow-cooker bacon jam. Intrigued? I was. You see, I love all things bacon. Well except for…

Blueberry Crumb Cake

As you may know, I’ve been baking, or is it drooling, through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours. Last week I made these Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies. In an effort to bring you something other than a cookie (I know, there have been a lot of cookies lately) I present you with Dorie’s…

vanilla-sugar palmiers with chocolate drizzle

Who’s up for baking a very simple cookie? You know, a cookie where you don’t even need to make the dough! Well, here it is,  the Vanilla-Sugar Palmier with Chocolate Drizzle. The recipe is based on one from Everyday Food magazine (of course it is). Their version uses cinnamon and sugar. Well, I’ve been going…

orange-vanilla meringue swirls

A little sweet, a little crispy and a little chewy. These Orange-Vanilla Meringue Swirls are a perfect little treat. It’s amazing what a few great ingredients can become when combined with simple techniques.They taste almost like one of those delightful orange creamsicles. Featured in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, I’ve been looking forward…