Happy belated Thanksgiving, y'all! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and the subsequent food coma. I spent several days at home, visiting with my family and my adorable pups (see below). There was a bit of shopping, a bit more football and a whole lot of food. After the holiday weekend I had, I'll definitely be turning to some lighter fare this week to recover. If you're on the same page, definitely give these lentil meatballs a try. Technically, they're not 'meatballs' as they're vegetarian, but I'm going to go ahead and call them that anyway, as lentillballs doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Happy Halloween, friends! I hope everyone has some fun plans and great costumes in store. Pat and I dressed up as Pam and Jim from The Office (alternatively, a three-hole punch and a cat, if you're not an Office fan) this past weekend, but I'm still waiting for an inspired idea to come to me for the real deal on Thursday.
Anyhow, in honor of Halloween, I bring you my first pumpkin treat of the season (drum roll, please)... pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I've always enjoyed this variety of cookies, but have never gotten around to making a batch myself (Editor's note: this is false. Discovered a recipe for pumpkin pecan chocolate chip cookies w/ frosting in my archives. Oops). Let me say, if you're looking for a low effort goodie for Halloween or for fall in general, these cookies are an excellent option. They couldn't be easier.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It was a brief summer here in Chicago and a busy one at that, but I still managed to fit in a few trips to Pat's family's lake house in Michigan. The house is in Union Pier, a little over an hour's drive from the city, which makes for an easy weekend escape. Union Pier is a cute little town with a great muffin spot and a solid farmers' market within walking distance from the house. I always try and hit up the farmers' market while I'm there. They have high-quality fresh produce and some homemade jams that are to die for.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Let me start by saying, I've never been a big fan of poppy seed muffins. With the myriad of muffin varieties out there, poppy seed has just never been my first choice...or my second...or third, fourth or fifth. But when you're baking for others, you make things that aren't your favorite and sometimes you discover new favorites along the way.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
One thing you should know about me is I love coffee. Almost as much as I love chocolate (emphasis on the almost). I drink it at all times of the day, but I'm particularly fond of the afternoon coffee pick-me-up, and no such experience is truly complete without a crunchy biscotti to dunk in your caffeinated beverage. I am partial to almond, or sometimes a chocolate variation, if I'm feeling indulgent.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I know it's slightly ridiculous, but I feel like I should finish my Four Weeks of Cookies series, albeit three months late. So here it is, the fourth and final cookie recipe of the series (not like I won't have a million more posts about cookies in the future, but whatever…) — oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Could you make this cookie during the holiday season for a party or cookie swap? Sure. But you can also make it at any other time during the year, because it is a classic. A cookie for all seasons.
This is my all-time favorite cookie recipe, my go-to, my signature. So it's kind of a big deal that I'm sharing it with you guys. It's originally adapted from the recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies printed inside the top of every container of Quaker Oats. Personally, I believe that some of the world's most tried and true baking recipes come from various ingredient packages, boxes, and bags. These recipes are simple, but they work.