Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Because cheesecake and brownies aren’t enough of an indulgence on their own.  I refuse to contemplate the caloric intake of these wonderful beauties, just know that they are worth it – to the very last crumb. There are three different components to this recipe, but don’t let that deter you.  Once you have each of the…

Homemade Butter

One of my projects lately has been learning how to make homemade butter.  You may be thinking why bother when commercial butter is so readily available?  What it has come down to for me, what really makes it worth it, has been the underlying sweet cream flavor that is often lost in large commercial batches…

White Chocolate Buttercream Hearts

Chocolate chip studded and cognac swirled sugar cookies topped in a white chocolate buttercream.  I made these cookies for Valentines Day this year, but because I have become the ultimate blog slacker lately, they are just now making it onto the web.  I’m not even sure that I can blame the latest tiff with my…

Mom’s Italian Pot Roast

My Mom’s Italian pot roast is one of my favorite winter meals – beef slowly stewed in tomatoes, red wine, bayleaves, rosemary, and cloves served on a base of broiled polenta.  The only reason it has yet to make the blog is that I, personally, have only made it a couple of times, the creation…

Stout Braised Pork Tacos

Pork short ribs rubbed in spices, braised in a broth of stout beer, honey, and garlic, and served up on a tortilla with fresh salsa and sliced avocado – what’s not to love?  Typically I would consider pork ribs to be summer fare, perfect for outdoor grilling weather.  Tacos also have an element of sunny,…

Ugly Sweater Cake

It’s time again for my sister’s annual Ugly Sweater party!  Last year I made her an Ugly Lime Cheesecake. Trust me, it was ugly.  This year I decided to go the more traditional birthday cake route, and decorate it as an ugly sweater.  My sister’s loves funfetti cake. I’ve posted a funfetti recipe in the past,…

Bolognese

This is a repost of an older blog entry that I feel did not get as fair of a shake as it deserved due to the poor quality of my photos. While not the most visually attractive of sauces, this hearty sauce satisfies through its warm, rich, and comfortingly familiar flavors.  I make this sauce…

Mini Holiday Cupcakes

One of the upsides of holiday baking is the revisiting of old recipes.  Recipes you hoard, covet, and savor during this celebratory time of year.  Recipes I posted a year ago, and am now revisiting for the first time since the original post.  Recipes that leave me second guessing myself, and wondering “wait? really?” “that…