Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a simple dish, that’s quick to make, and ticks multiple yummy flavor boxes – acid from the wine and lemon, fat from the butter and olive oil, and a tiny hint of heat from the crushed red pepper flakes and the copious use of garlic.  You really have to love garlic to…

Coconut Sugar Scrub

It has been a long looooong while since I have posted a none food related post, heck it’s been a while since I’ve posted a food related one, not that this post is purely none food related as it does involve basic consumable products, but the final product is not a comestible. Hurray! Today I…

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,…