Deconstructed Hasselback Potatoes

We’ve all seen those perfectly fanned out potato recipes by now, right? They are not named for the TV host or the football player either. The name is derived from the restaurant where they were first introduced in the 1940s, Hasselbacken in Stockholm, Sweden which opened in that city in 1748 and where they are…

When a Vegan Comes to Visit

I have a lot of respect for a person who has the fortitude to live a vegan lifestyle. I mean, I buy cheap boots and crack jokes that they are “Vegan Leather”, but that’s not what this is. This shit is real and it’s a conscious decision. My long time girlfriend was passing through and…

Quiche Two Ways

I LOVE eggs. Scrambled, boiled, poached, fried… It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think I’ve ever met an egg I didn’t like. As a result of this love, I and extremely fond of frittatas, strattas and the mother of them all, quiche. That cheesy eggy fluffiness all baked into the perfect crust… Yaaaaassss, b!@ch!…

My Beef With Meat Labeling

It’s hard to decipher the grocery code these days. “Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Organic, Free Range, Cage Free, All Natural, Fat Free, Hormone Free… The list goes on and on. Buzz words for days! You can rest assured that whatever becomes the hip new food trend will be coming soon to a label near you….

The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

If I am going to call anything “The Ultimate”, I’d better bring that shit. I mean seriously, it’s put up or shut up time with that, right? Right. The Rockstar is a fiend for this combo and he’s not ashamed to admit it! This confection was ALL him. One cupcake is way more than enough,…

The Whole Garden Spaghetti

I’ve mentioned before that my family and I have committed to eating the majority of our meals meatless. It’s started with water. When my oldest son and I found out how much water it takes to get a single portion of beef to the table, we were astounded. That pretty much crosses the board with…

Orange Blackberry Bourbon Smash

I swear I’m not a drunk! I have great potential to be a drunk but alas, I am not. I realized right about the time I became pregnant with my oldest that I am not my best when drinking regularly. So, I stopped. I still enjoy a cocktail or two on the weekends and I’ll…

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Ok, yesterday’s post was all about the lemon curd and it’s tangy buttery goodness. That was the warm up for today’s post! I tested (and re-tested) multiple vanilla cupcake recipes and this is THE one. Light and spongy and ultra vanilla-y! We are gathering for Easter with friends and I wanted to bring something sweet…

Meyer Lemon Curd

The Meyer Lemon is by far my favorite. A bit sweeter and richer in flavor… They remind me of my childhood and lemonade at my gramma’s house. Since its that time of year, I’m making lemon curd with them. This curd will serve as the filling for an over the top Easter cupcake… Recipe soon!…

Pink Pickled Eggs

This isn’t a “new” recipe, not even for me. I make a special deviled egg that I call pink eggs and ham. The pink is due to the beet pickling process of the boiled eggs and the ham is, of course, BACON. You can find the DEVILED part of the recipe right here, but today I want to…

Irish Tacos

Like many of you, I made a corned beef brisket to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I didn’t blog it because it’s basic and I wouldn’t be telling you anything new. Cook it slow and low with some vinegar, cabbage, carrots and potatoes and serve it with an Irish beer. Guinness is a favorite but not…

Butter Chicken

I really love Butter Chicken. I have had it made rich and creamy where the sauce is thick like gravy and I’ve had it where the sauce is thinner and lighter and more lemony. Both ways are delicious, but today I am talking about the former. This was a pretty straight forward sauce and the…