Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed “No Nuts Nutella”

Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed “No Nuts Nutella”
Might I tear you away from Pinterest for a few moments so you can read this post?  I know you are getting ready to french braid your hair (sideways) and need to go to the grocery store to buy ingredients for those bacon and cinnamon roll muffins and are in the middle of building that new wrapping paper...

Garlic Scape Pesto with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Garlic Scape Pesto with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Garlic Scapes.  Who knew they even existed?  They are not the kind of thing you generally see on a grocery store shelf and people very rarely know what they are unless they garden or belong to a CSA.  I will be completely honest that I had never seen them before joining our farm share — and...

Crispy Calamari Chopped Salad

Crispy Calamari Chopped Salad
Mark Bittman has me thinking again.  He has a way of doing that.  After reading his latest NYT piece, “Chop, Fry, Boil:  Eating for One, or 6 Billion,” I once again realize that people who like to cook have a way of making things way too complicated for those who don’t (Bittman is...

Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce with Sage

Orange Marsala Cranberry Sauce with Sage
I make it no secret that I am a little particular about what kind of food I generally serve.  I wouldn’t call myself a total food snob, because I still enjoy a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as much as the next person.  It’s just that when I cook, I rarely use processed or convenience...

Whole Grain Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Ganache

Whole Grain Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Ganache
I often say that my first born daughter made me realize I was destined to be a mother — but my second born son made me delight in the role.  As with most women, I suppose, I had a hard time adjusting to motherhood.  You know the drill — the nursing, the lack of sleep, the caring, the balancing...

Slow Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce

Slow Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce
As much as I love to cook, there are some kitchen tasks that I find absolutely awful.  Emptying the dishwasher is one.  It is one of those tasks that I simply hate.  It probably has something to do with the fact that all of my cabinets and drawers are overflowing with various cooking tools, serving...

Honey Strawberry Freezer Jam

Honey Strawberry Freezer Jam
I’ll start this by blaming the alcohol and the heat.  And my family.  Last week we were on vacation with my parents, siblings/spouses, and kids/cousins in Orlando.  And it was hot.  Like 100 degrees hot with stifling humidity.  We went to Sea World and I nearly melted.  Don’t believe...

Rhubarb Applesauce

Rhubarb Applesauce
When I picked up our CSA share yesterday, I got another bunch of rhubarb to join two others in my fridge. We like rhubarb, so there is no good reason why we haven’t used it. I guess between weekend travel and having no time to make a dessert (which is how we prefer it, obviously), it has just...

Cuizoo’s Famous Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cuizoo’s Famous Balsamic Vinaigrette
This is one of my most requested recipes — which always strikes me as very odd because it is the most simple vinaigrette you can make.  And whenever I try to give someone the recipe, I never have any idea about amounts because I always mix it in the same bowl and add the ingredients until “they...