Orange Vanilla Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecakes

My childhood tasted great. It tasted like homemade pizza, tacos, lumpia, big green salads, sourdough pretzels, Jell-o Pudding Pops (swirl was my favorite), sun tea, grilled hamburgers, Necco wafers and cookies. It tasted like summer. Raised on the grounds of the summer camp and retreat center that my father managed, summer was a blur of [Read On]

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

I’d like to observe a moment of silence for my waistline. *Silence punctuated by the sound of chewing. Munch, munch, mmmmmmm… It’s moments like these that I wonder what I’m doing to you folks: you kind, sweet people who come read my recipes, laugh with me, send me wonderful notes and leave flattering and/or hilarious [Read On]

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

There are a lot of things I’m good at in my kitchen. Making hot breakfasts for seven people (or more if we or the boys have overnight guests) before a whole pot of seriously caffeine fortified tea isn’t one of them. I’m just not enough of a breakfast person to warrant the effort most times. [Read On]

2 Minute Garlic Anchovy Mayonnaise

Stinky is good. When it comes to food, that is. Some of the best food in the world is the stinkiest. In fact, I’d hazard to say that within reason*, the stankier it is, the better it ends up tasting. *Exceptions: Durian and, um, durian. Stinky is one of the identifying characteristics in many foods [Read On]

Bourbon and Vanilla Infused Sugar

My friend Pamela is a good person to know. She knits the most amazing things. She sews like an angel and can sing your pants off*. *Make that sings like an angel and can sew your pants on. Really. She could probably sing while sewing on your pants and knitting you a sweater. She’s good [Read On]

Shortbread Cookie Spoons (Spookies)

You know how sometimes everything just comes together at the right time? Those moments where inspiration strikes at the same time that you have all the supplies to make it happen? This is one of those moments. I had just made some velvety, luscious chocolate custard and one of my friends started talking about the [Read On]

Hot TexMess

We had ten inches of snow last night. On the twenty second-slash-twenty third of March. I vacillated between bitter and grateful. Bitter because it’s MARCH TWENTY THIRD and I have ten inches of snow when yesterday there was green and chirping and peeping and warm breezes and sunshine. I opted to park myself on grateful [Read On]

Spicy Sweet and Sour Tofu

From a smarty-pants, web-savvy point of view, I ‘m doing this strangely. I should be posting this later this week so you can think of it for Friday (say for instance, if you’re observing Lent) and I should not mention that I know that… But I was lucky enough to see some pretty spectacular thunderstorms [Read On]