Monthly archives: February, 2014



So the other day I was finally able to take my croissant class!  I’ve been dying to take one for years, but it’s never been the right time.  I love croissants!  They are so buttery and flakey.  When I was in Seattle, I always drooled over Laurie Pfalzer’s croissant and brioche classes at Pastry Craft


KB thinks I’m pretty random.  He definitely thought I was random the other day when I started making potstickers in the middle of the day.  I like to keep him on his toes.  And I like Chinese food!  Win-win. Here’s something random that you probably didn’t know.  When I was in college (at the U.S.

Classic Baked Ziti

Everyone loves Italian food.  I happen to love a good baked ziti.  Especially if it’s easy to make and it means that my picky 4 year old will eat a decent amount.  My 19 month old will eat anything (almost anything) but especially noodles and cheese. All baked ziti requires is some type of pasta,

Easy Tex-Mex Pork Chop Casserole

There’s something about the bold flavors of Mexican food that I love.  I try and cook with them frequently – but since I’m cooking for a 4 year old and a 20 month old, I definitely have to make sure things aren’t as spicy.  So here’s a recipe I threw together incorporating those flavors, but

Guinness Stew with Cheddar Dumplings

I’m not normally a big beer drinker.  I much prefer wine.  But there’s something about a really dark beer though that I think really enhances the flavors when you cook with it.  I like to cook with Guinness.  And it’s an added benefit that KB likes to drink Guinness because 1) there’s always a good supply

Chicken Cacciatore

I’m always in search of new recipes that can break up the monotony of chicken, beef, pork, repeat.  I have my go-to recipes that are always in the rotation.  But I like to find or create recipes that are easy, don’t take a lot of preparation, but the whole family can eat! Chicken cacciatore is


Yesterday was the Superbowl.  And I made pizza from scratch.  Yes, I can use the phone like it’s noone’s business and dial for takeout/delivery, but there’s nothing like homemade pizza.  There’s about a billion different ways to top a pizza.  Creativity can lead to some delicious results!  Of course I had to make a plain

Wings…3 Ways

The big game is tomorrow!  And everyone is getting ready with appetizer recipes.  So I thought I’d celebrate with a trio of wings…wings 3 ways! I do like a good chicken wing.  KB doesn’t like chicken with bones, so I’m on my own eating these wings.  Not that I mind.  Making wings the traditional way is