dark chocolate cinnamon brownies March 15

Dark Cocoa & Cinnamon Brownies

I’m sure there are brownie perfectionists out there who think using cocoa powder is a sin, and I’m sure there are some who say cocoa powder is the best part of a brownie recipe, whether it be Dutch-processed or natural. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I don’t think any one of them is “right”. Whereas […]

Cauliflower, Bacon, Sage Pasta March 08

Cauliflower, Bacon, and Sage Pasta

A combination of food I didn’t ever think I might possibly like is the combination of pasta and balsamic vinegar. The only time I ever use balsamic is to make the Asian cabbage and chicken salad. I keep a huge bottle of it in the cupboard, in the event I find another use for it […]

Chili March 03

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Chili is one of my favorite types of soups/stews/whatever you want to classify it as. It comes in so many different textures and flavors. Spicy, mild, thick, light, with beans, without beans, with pretty much any type of meat imaginable (I’m quite the fan of ground beef or turkey, to be honest), lots of veggies […]

Minestrone March 03

Kale & Quinoa Minestrone

When I made the decision to put together a zillion soups for the basement freezer, I knew what a couple of my go-tos would be. I also wanted something chock full of vegetables. No meat. Something that would be hearty and filling, and of course, would withstand 6 months of freezer time. I’ve made minestrone […]

IMG_0256 February 22

Soup Soup Soup

I’ve been determined to make up copious amounts of freezer meals for us so I’m 100% less likely to want to dine out when I’ve had a long day at work, or I just lack all inspiration to cook. I start to make a list of freezable meals – not just the same crappy crock […]

Sweet Beef Stir Fry January 25

Sweet Beef Stir Fry

I love stir fry and basically any sort of meal that combines a meat with vegetables in one cohesive sauce over a starch of some sort. I’m also a big fan of rice and noodles. So it only makes sense that a meal like this is often consumed in our household. Actually, that’s a wee […]

Gluten Free Paleo Bread January 24

Gluten Free Paleo Bread

My mother has a boss who has been put on a restrictive diet as her doctors attempt to figure out what’s causing her to be sick. Right now, she can’t have gluten. I was asked what I know about a gluten free diet, and what products exist on the market that are gluten free, namely […]

Potato Leek Soup January 13

Potato Leek Soup, featuring Chicken & Bacon

Part of my goal for 2014 is to conserve my money and do better budgeting when it came to the grocery bill. It is something I foot almost by myself (we go halfsies on Costco) and with my income being next to nothing, I have to be creative and frugal, without starving us or packing […]

White Bread January 10

The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

This bread. I can’t even begin to tell you how easy and wonderful tasting this bread is. I do enjoy making all sorts of bread. I’ve been quite successful with bread. Nothing beats fresh, warm bread. But this recipe… this is a lifesaver when you’re strapped on time. On New Years Eve, I went to […]

Carbonara January 04

Linguine alla Carbonara

I’ve been addicted to reddit for about 9 months now. For those of you who don’t know about the site, steer clear of it. It’s foul and catty and full of trolls and jerks and gratuitous nudity, swearing, and violence. For those of you who do know about it, isn’t it just wonderful? Talk about […]

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies December 31

Pudding Cookies

I think a very common occurrence during the holidays is the baking of cookies and various types of bread. I know for me, growing up, I spent a long evening or two in the kitchen with my dad playing with his mom’s ancient cookie press, making delicious butter cookies and spritzes. It was great when […]

prosciutto wrapped chicken breast December 28

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast with Sage

One of my favorite cookbooks is Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cookby Aida Mollenkamp. It is a beautiful, well pieced together treasure trove of information and recipes. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to own it. Even after receiving five great cookbooks for Christmas […]

Granola Bars December 19

Granola Bars, two ways

This past year, I got pretty involved with the website, reddit. I’ve submitted various things – usually involving Apollo – and I’ve done a considerable amount of commenting, and even more lurking. Something that I thought was really cool about the reddit community is the plethora of “exchanges” they do throughout the year. Trick or […]

Gingerbread Cake December 15

Gingerbread Cake, with Lemon Whipped Topping

I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of times, my days run together. I lose track of time. I typically have Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off from work. I figure out all sorts of things to do on my days off, to make the most of the free time, and to make […]

Hungarian Red Potato Goulash December 05

Hungarian Red Potato Goulash

I’ve been saying for a long time that my stomach belongs in south-eastern Europe. Or rather, it longs for Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, and Italian cuisine. Well, not only my stomach, but me. I need to be there. I need to live there. I will die by food somewhere there, I imagine. In my internet […]

Buttery Cloverleaf Rolls November 25

Cloverleaf Rolls

A year ago, I was not in a very good place, emotionally. I had a lot of things going on in my life and all I wanted to do was crawl into a deep, dark hole, cry forever, and never see sunlight again. Fortunately, I had a lot of supportive people in my corner who […]

Croutons November 13

Croutons

Yes, you read the title right. This is a post about croutons. I’m going to share with you how to make little crispy bread pieces. The joke used to be, Why do croutons have an expiration date? Aren’t they already stale? And while, yes, you can technically use stale bread to turn into croutons, that’s […]

IMG_7148 November 13

Spinach Pesto and Lemon Pasta

As much as I tell myself I don’t have food allergies, I’m not intolerant to things, and my stomach can handle just about anything (not sure it’d do okay with things like ghost peppers or super rich foods), I do have my fair share of issues. Red sauce on pasta or pizza not sitting well […]

Pumpkin Pancakes October 25

Pumpkin Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? I can’t think of a single person I’ve met who doesn’t like them. There are people who prefer not to use syrup, or not to load up on the butter, or are content to have them smothered and filled with everything under the sun. They’re filling, they can be wholesome and […]

Toffee Cinnamon Softies October 21

Cinnamon Toffee Softies

On a weekly basis, when I’m perusing the aisles of the grocery store, I inevitably end up in the cookie and cracker aisle (because it’s right by the dairy section…), eyeballing all they have to offer. I’m not a huge sweets person (I prefer salty or savory snacks), but there are times when I see […]

Chex Mix October 10

Chex Mix + Bonus Roasted Chickpeas

I think my favorite sort of food crack is Chex Mix. The combination of crispy bits get eaten in the order of my least favorite:  rye chips, twists, wheat chex, and then lastly the corn chex. With any luck, the manufacturers have included many flavor blasted corn chex in the bag. They really are the […]

Coconut Curry Shrimp October 04

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Would you believe me if I told you I have never been able to successfully fry shrimp before tonight? Would you believe me if I told you the reason I was never successful at doing it was because my oil was never hot enough, and that I didn’t realize that until recently? And would you […]

Coconut Noodles October 04

Coconut Noodles

Pasta, pasta, pasta. It’s always about pasta, isn’t it? Or at least it seems that way. Pasta and shrimp are a great combination, too. Especially if done right. However, the mash up I did was quite different, in that the cream sauce found here is actually coconut milk and various spices, versus heavy cream, butter, […]

IMG_9180 September 18

Savory Pot Pie Crust

One of my favorite foods growing up was Banquet brand chicken pot pies. Occasionally, I’d be game for a turkey one, but 99.9% of the time, it had to be chicken. As I got a little older, I sort of drifted away from my love of them; not for any real reason, but I just […]

English Muffin Bread September 11

English Muffin Bread

I’ve mentioned before how recipes jump out at me. If you’re the type of person that scours the internet or cookbooks for all types of recipes like I am, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. Certain things just jump off the page at you. It sounds perfect, it looks perfect, it must be perfect, […]

cinnamon coffee cake September 11

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Did you know that cinnamon dates back as early as 2000BC (if not earlier!), and was once highly prized among ancient nations and regarded as a gift fit for the gods? Or that cinnamon and cinnamon extract is thought to help control blood glucose levels in type II diabetics? In the event you didn’t know […]

amaretti morbidi September 07

Amaretti Morbidi Cookies

I have followed the Love and Olive Oil blog for I don’t know how long. I love everything about her little niche on the internet, though I will admit that a good percentage of what she posts are things I wouldn’t make. Not because they’re not good, good-sounding, or delicious looking, but because they’re things […]

Sopa Azteca August 28

Sopa Azteca

This recipe for sopa azteca is something I found through a blog I’ve been reading since April. The owner of the blog had posted goat cheese and chive biscuits, and while it’s something I haven’t even come close to attempting to make, they sounded fabulous, as well as many other things she has there. Much […]

Naan August 16

Naan

Have I ever mentioned how much I love bread? How I think bread, in many varieties, completes a meal? Yes, it’s all filler and makes it so that your meal stretches further than originally intended, but that doesn’t make it less of a complimentary side dish. But brrrrrread. I love it. It will be the […]

Black Pepper Garlic Biscuits August 13

Black Pepper & Garlic Buttermilk Biscuits

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like a good biscuit. I mean, there are a lot of people out there who won’t eat them because of the carb content or because they can’t demonstrate self control and eat only one or two (dependent on the size of the biscuit, of course), but it doesn’t mean […]

Pesto Potato Soup August 06

Pesto Potato Soup

Our diets waiver back and forth between great and terrible. I desperately want to make dinner every night, with enough leftovers to provide lunch for both of us the next day, and to be healthy when it comes to eating. Alas, after 3 or 4 days of being frugal with my grocery bill and dinner […]

Gruyere Feta Scones August 02

Sweet Dahlia Baking, Bainbridge Island

For quite some time now, I’ve wanted to be a baker. Well, I’ve wanted to get into the culinary world, and baking was one of the branches I was most interested in pursuing. It’s something I’ve excelled at since I was little, and even more so as I got older and actively worked on becoming […]

Lasagna with White Sauce August 02

Lasagna with White Sauce

I do a lot of perusing for recipes on the internet – this is no secret. A good chunk of the posts I make are recipes from other people. I don’t take credit for the things I didn’t come up with, and even if I gain inspiration from someone’s blog, but do something entirely different, […]

Red Bell Pepper & Chèvre Alfredo August 01

Red Bell Pepper & Chèvre Alfredo

I think it’s pretty obvious that when I make a pasta, I really enjoy sausage as my “meat of choice”. But not Italian sausage; oh no. Andouille or kielbasa, but nine times out of ten, we go for the Andouille. I’m in love with it and unfortunately, due to where we live and a slightly […]

Honey Wheat Roll July 09

Honey Wheat Rolls

  I’ve wanted to make sandwich rolls, hamburger buns, and hot dog buns for a long time. I bookmark a recipe I find for something that sounds easy and tasty, and inevitably never get around to it. Now I’m going the distance to actually get it done. I wanted to make barbecue beef sandwiches for […]

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