2013 has been a rough year so far. One filled with doctor’s appointments and medical procedures, as we try to figure out why I feel so sick all the time. One with anxious waiting for test results and calls from doctors and next steps. New medicines that do nothing but give me terrible insomnia, and [...]
In the past few years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. I love cooking for my family and friends, and what better way to do so than with one big turkey-based feast on a holiday entirely centered on food and the Little Things? This year, we’re extending the celebration by a day, with a Use [...]
Dan is a pro at the whole “drive across the country in the middle of the night” thing. As long as he has some Mountain Dew, Red Vines or something else snacky, he can keep his focus and attention on the road. He’s been known to make the 13 hour drive from Madison to Ithaca [...]
Can somebody please explain to me why I haven’t made hash since August? I loved my smoky summer version and then I just kind of forgot about it. That was a mistake. What’s not to love? There’s the crispy bits of meat, sweet caramelized onions, and tender pan-roasted potatoes and vegetables. Plus, the ingredients list [...]
My favorite stadium or fair special treat is candied nuts, especially the pecans or walnuts.* They are covered in a crunchy sugary coating, and are typically served in paper cones slicked with oil from the roasted nuts. As you bite in to one, the sweet outer layer cracks to give way to a perfectly roasted [...]
‘Tis the season for colds and flus. The season for sniffly noses, coughs and fevers. Dan stayed home sick with a fever yesterday, and I feel like I’m starting to come down with something. In a desperate attempt to get (Dan)/stay (me) well for the holidays, we’ve both been downing orange juice, clementines and lots [...]
Serves 24 Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 45 minutes For the bottom layer: 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 2/3 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 cups light brown sugar 3 eggs 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking soda For the middle layer: 4 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 ounces (1 1/2 shots) creme de menthe 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract For the top layer: 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil For the bottom layer: Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9×13″ baking pan. … Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the pan.
With all the cookies and sweets coming out of my kitchen this month, it’s a wonder that Dan and I haven’t gone into diabetic shock. So my new goal for the month is to come up with some light, healthy and protein-packed meals to balance it all out. Eggs scrambled with diced tomatoes and Swiss [...]