In the Kitchen

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I love buying gifts for the people in my life. Unfortunately, I’m saddled with people that are really hard to buy for. They either (a) already seem to have everything, (b) have a habit of just going out and buying the things that they want for themselves when Christmas or birthday time rolls around instead […]

2013 Thanksgiving Menu

2013 Thanksgiving Menu

It’s hard to believe that we are just one week away from Thanksgiving (Although, if you have driven around South Philly lately, you’ll see that people have jumped the gun as usual and have already put out their Christmas inflatables. I hate those things.)! I always feel like there is a lot of pressure and […]

Recipes: Breakfast Cookies, Two Ways

Recipes: Breakfast Cookies, Two Ways

Banana oatmeal breakfast cookies (top) and apple oat breakfast cookies As I said a few weeks ago, there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating cookies for breakfast. I don’t see anything wrong with eating any dessert item for breakfast, for that matter. A piece of birthday cake is basically a muffin with icing on it, […]

Recipe: Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe: Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Fall is my favorite time of the year to bake. The cooler weather means that my tiny house doesn’t immediately feel like a sauna as soon as I turn the oven on. Pumpkin and apple are back in season. And, finally, there are lots of occasions to bake for once the holiday season arrives. One […]

Recipe: Cherry Streusel Bars

Recipe: Cherry Streusel Bars

I hope that everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! We didn’t do anything too crazy, mostly because the idea of leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned house was not at all appealing. Watching the fireworks on TV and having an indoor barbecue with my family was good enough for me! Whether you are spending […]

Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you are planning a festive meal for today, I highly recommend whipping up a batch Irish soda bread. The traditional version of this dense, hearty bread features just four ingredients–flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk–but you can doctor it up with just about anything you want to enhance its flavor […]

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the past week or so, avocados have become of my main ET-related cravings. Twice over the weekend, I decided what to order in a restaurant based on the fact that avocado was advertised as an ingredient in certain dishes. So, imagine the meltdowns that almost ensued when the avocados were left out. Both times. […]

The Friday Five: Valentine’s Day Treats

The Friday Five: Valentine’s Day Treats

One of the things that I like about Valentine’s Day is that it gives me an excuse to overdose on chocolate, the color pink and general cuteness. Three of my favorite all time favorite things. I usually make some kind of sweet treat for the ocassion and these are just a few things that have […]

Recipe: Flour’s Sticky Sticky Buns

Recipe: Flour’s Sticky Sticky Buns

You might already know this about me, but I like instant gratification. Especially when it comes to baked goods. That’s why cookies are one of my favorite things to bake. The batter tends to come together fairly quickly and a dozen are in and out of the oven in 15 minutes or less. That aligns […]

The Friday Five: On Resolutions and Sweet Treats

The Friday Five: On Resolutions and Sweet Treats

At some point in grade school, I had a teacher who made us write down our new year’s resolutions and share them with the class. I went to Catholic school, so it was probably just another way to make us feel guilty about our bad habits, but making resolutions is a practice that I have […]

The Friday Five: Christmas Cookies

The Friday Five: Christmas Cookies

Today is my last day of work for the year and I’m looking forward to spending part of my time off next week in the kitchen, making cookies. After consulting multiple sources and changing my mind many times, here’s what’s on my list this year. I don’t know that I’ll actually get to all of […]

The Friday Five: Eggnog

The Friday Five: Eggnog

By the time Thanksgiving dinner was cleared from the table last week, I was already in full on Christmas mode. Our house—including the tree—is all decorated. I’ve been to AC Moore, Michael’s and Paper Source for all kinds of crafty inspiration and I’ve been pinning cookie recipes like crazy. Most importantly, I had my first […]

The Friday Five: Thanksgiving

The Friday Five: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week, friends! My mom and I have been e-mailing back and forth since the end of October to plan our menu. As always, she’s in charge of the turkey and I’ll be helping out with the lower maintenance (i.e. easier) side dishes. There are so many wonderful ingredients available to cook with […]

The Friday Five: Birthday Cake!

The Friday Five: Birthday Cake!

When my BFF and I were little, we spent quite a bit of time sitting on the front steps, making grand plans for our grown up lives. We always seemed to focus on what it would be like when we were 30. It seemed so old. But, luckily, it also seemed sooooooo far away. The […]

The Friday Five: Halloween Leftovers

The Friday Five: Halloween Leftovers

When we made our trip to the supermarket to stock up on supplies in preparation for the hurricane, Chester brought along a coupon for Halloween candy. Although I love a bargain, I refused to use it. We rarely get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood and I knew that being trapped in the house for two days […]

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast on Monday and Tuesday and I’m relieved to say that–at least in my little corner of South Philly–we came through relatively unscathed. I know that folks in the surrounding areas, including the Philadelphia suburbs, the Jersey Shore and New York were not so lucky. Seeing the photos and […]

How Do You Like Them Apples?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

I hope everyone spent the past couple of days battening down the hatches, because Hurricane Sandy is just about here. I’ve got all of the essentials, including batteries, peanut butter and wine. My office is closed until Wednesday and while I’m looking forward to this unexpected leisure time, I’m also nervous that something will happen […]

The Friday Five: Homemade Halloween Candy

The Friday Five: Homemade Halloween Candy

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is next week. While I pretty much have the same antipathy I’ve always had for the holiday, I can get behind the idea of eating mass quantities of candy. If you haven’t already stocked up on fun-sized candy bars for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters or decided how you are going […]

The Friday Five: Comfort Foods

The Friday Five: Comfort Foods

Writing about the Dandelion earlier this week got me thinking even more about comfort food. There are just certain dishes that are just so satisfying after a long, cold day or that bring back warm memories of childhood. My favorite comfort food continues to be a big bowl of pastina—the little star shaped pasta—topped with […]

The Friday Five: Baking Gadgetry

The Friday Five: Baking Gadgetry

It’s a good thing that I don’t have a lot of storage space in my house or it would resemble the stock room at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’ve professed my love of gadgets before and seem to gravitate towards items that only have one purpose (see also: mini donut maker that I bought a […]

The Friday Five: All Things Peanut Butter

The Friday Five: All Things Peanut Butter

If you’ve been reading along for awhile, you know that peanut butter is my favorite thing in the world. Straight from the jar? Awesome. Mixed with chocolate? Even better. Since I have never, ever been disappointed by peanut butter, I usually pin or bookmark any recipe with it in the title without even reading it. […]

The Friday Five: All Things Apple

The Friday Five: All Things Apple

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is head out to Linvilla Orchards for all things apple—cider, cider donuts, pie and of course the fruit itself. The only problem with bringing home an abundance of apples is that you have to find things to do with them before they rot. There are […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

And, it’s Sunday again. So, here’s what we’ve been cooking up for the last few days: Pasta with Butternut Parmesan Sauce From: Simply Recipes This was the highlight of my week! The prep time is a bit lengthy, because you have to roast the squash for about 40 minutes in the oven, but the results […]

The Friday Five: All Things Pumpkin

The Friday Five: All Things Pumpkin

Friends, I’ve been thinking about pumpkin a lot lately. It doesn’t help that I pass by multiple Starbucks locations on my way to work and I know that the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back. I desperately want one, but it’s just not time yet. Sure, it’s been a bit cooler in the mornings, but the […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Happy Weekend, friends! Since we are already halfway through September (how did that happen?!), I’ve made my first foray into fall baking with a batch of pumpkin spice granola.  I think the recipe I threw together with needs a bit more tweaking, but at least the house smells delicious at the moment! In other news, […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Summer meals were kind of random. There was a period of time where I had 2 to 3 work events per week, which meant I was eating sandwiches from Whole Foods, some sort of food on a stick, and/or mini pastries on a regular basis. There wasn’t too much cooking and eating going on at […]

Recipe: Classic Banana Bread

Recipe: Classic Banana Bread

I pretty much will only eat bananas that are totally yellow on the outside. Bananas with brown spots are gross. I know that they get sweeter as they ripen, but they also get a mushy texture that I just don’t enjoy. The only sensible thing to do with these kinds of bananas is to turn […]

Date Night at Sur La Table

Date Night at Sur La Table

Has anyone ever seen food poisoning listed on those Hallmark lists of traditional anniversary gifts? I didn’t think so. Which is why, instead of attempting to make Chester a fancy steak dinner at home to celebrate our second anniversary back in June, I signed us up for a steakhouse themed “Date Night” cooking class at […]

Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Cookies

I’ve been watching some of the swimming and gymnastic events during these first few days of the Olympics and there was a brief moment where I felt inspired to take up something sporty. But, then I realized that I can’t swim, so any water-based sports are out of the question. And, since I frequently fall […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Well, hi! Hope that your weekend was just dandy. It was gorgeous here in Philly on Saturday, and I took advantage of the pleasant weather to have lunch outside and run some errands around Center City. Yesterday, I had to work in the morning and upon returning home I plopped on the couch and got […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Hope that everyone had a good weekend! It seems as though the summer is just flying by, but July has been a bit more relaxing than June was. Thank goodness for that. Still looking for some ideas for dinner this week? Well, here you go! Steak Fajitas with Sweet  Potatoes From: Real Simple I’ll get […]

It’s National Ice Cream Month!

It’s National Ice Cream Month!

There’s a food related observance for just about every day, week, and month, but I can really get behind July’s cause: ice cream. Most of you probably know that I love to make ice cream at home (you can take a look here for the short list of flavors I’ve blogged about). Sadly, the only […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

It’s been awhile since I did one of these posts, and that’s because the last half of June was so crazy busy that we didn’t cook too many meals at home. I figured I would wait until I had a collection of things that somehow resembled a week’s worth of meals, you know? So, without […]

Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Granola

Recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Granola

I eat yogurt every. Single. Day. And, from time to time, I get incredibly sick of it. But, it’s the easiest thing to throw in my bag for a mid-morning snack, so I keep buying it. You know what makes yogurt tolerable, though? I mean, aside from it being of the soft-serve, frozen variety and […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Hope that everyone had a great weekend! I spent part of mine in New York with my BFF, our moms and my aunt, for belated birthday/Mother’s Day celebrations. We saw the revival of Evita, which has always been one of my favorite musicals. Evita was one of the first shows I had ever seen way, […]

Recipe: Zoku Lemonade Pops

Recipe: Zoku Lemonade Pops

Summer. Do you remember how much fun it used to be? There was nothing like the feeling of coming home on that last day of school, knowing that you wouldn’t have to wear a uniform for three months or spend the afternoons thinking up sentences for those silly vocabulary words. Depending on your age, blowing […]

The Week for Dinner

The Week for Dinner

Happy Friday, all! Here are a few ideas for you, if you’ll be doing some menu planning or heading to the grocery store over the next couple of days: Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula From: Martha Stewart Cold pasta salads are a good summer dinner staple. This wasn’t my favorite of the recipes […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Well, I survived my first week back in the real world. Luckily, one of the nice things about working in higher ed means that summer is a pretty slow time, so getting caught up and back into the swing of things hasn’t been too difficult. I did have a minor set back today when I […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Happy Saturday, all! It’s pretty dreary here in Philly today, and it’s making me kind of sleepy. Or, perhaps the sleepiness could be attributed to the fact that it I ate my weight in Crème Brulee French Toast at Green Eggs Café this morning. Yes, I ate the entire thing. I am not ashamed. Anyway, […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

While I was out gallivanting (I love that word. Why don’t people use it more often?) in Boston, I’m sure you were missing my weekly recipe round-up. Right? I knew it! Okay, so here it is. Cacio e Pepe Two weeks from today, we’ll be in Italy. I’m looking forward to enjoying cacio e pepe […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

How is it Sunday night already? The past week at work was pretty crazy, and I don’t feel like I got as much of an opportunity to relax as I would have liked this weekend. Luckily, part of next week’s plans involve some quality time with my BFF, including a spa trip! I just need […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Happy Easter, Peeps (see what I did there? Just a little holiday humor!). I hope that everyone got their fill of Cadbury Crème Eggs and other assorted goodies. I’ll be at the CVS tomorrow looking to stock up on chocolate at 50 percent off. I just hope I make it there before they start packing […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

How is it Sunday night already? Probably because I pretty much packed this weekend as full as I possibly could with all kinds of fun stuff, like dinner and a show with Chester last night and fun times crafting all kinds of adorable stuff with my blog buddies, including Bethany, Kate and Shannon, today. I’ll […]

This Week for Dinner

This Week for Dinner

Back when Chester and I first moved in together, we used to go to the grocery store almost every day after work to pick up ingredients for dinner. That was a pain. Now, we’ve gotten a lot better about planning out a week’s worth of dinners so we can just make one trip a week. […]

Recipe: French Silk Pie

Recipe: French Silk Pie

For our Valentine’s dinner at home, we decided to keep things simple and make macaroni and cheese. It’s not fancy, but Chester makes the best mac-and-cheese ever. And, I was even able to leverage my limited cooking skills to assist. I’m pretty awesome with a Microplane and grated four kinds of cheese (and only part […]

Recipe: Toblerone Muffins

Recipe: Toblerone Muffins

I always associate Toblerone with traveling, since they sell the big bars of it at the Duty Free shops in many airports. I recall one occasion where I bought one, promising myself that I would just have one piece on the plane and save the rest for later. But, inevitably, one piece turned into two […]

Recipe: Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Recipe: Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Pinterest has kind of changed my life. I used to cut and paste the links to recipes I wanted to try into Word documents or e-mail messages to myself, which I would then lose or forget about. But, now, I just click “Pin it” when I’m surfing the Internets and Pinterest keeps everything organized for […]

Recipe: Cranberry Orange Scones

Recipe: Cranberry Orange Scones

We had some leftover dried cranberries hanging around from a salad we made a couple of week’s ago, so I decided to try making scones for the first time. I used an America’s Test Kitchen recipe for cream scones, which was super easy. In fact, I had a harder time figuring out how to assemble […]

Federal Donuts Comes to Cook

Federal Donuts Comes to Cook

Federal Donuts, located in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia specializes in just three things—donuts (obviously), coffee, and fried chicken—and was probably one of the most talked about restaurants of 2011. A limited amount of donuts and chicken are available each day and it has been pretty common for everything to be sold out by […]

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Hello and Happy New Year, friends! I hope that 2012 is off to a great start for everyone and that you will be able to keep up with all of your resolutions for at least for the next week or so. I actually did pretty well with the goals I set for 2011 (get new […]

Recipe: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Recipe: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year. No matter how old I get there’s still something special about Christmas Eve and that sense of anticipation that it brings. We always have cookies as part of our Christmas Eve dessert, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to look […]

Recipes: Lemony Slice-and-Bakes and Black and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Recipes: Lemony Slice-and-Bakes and Black and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Although I’ve enjoyed the quiet of my own house for the past couple of days (did I mention my last day of work was Monday and I don’t have to do back until January 3rd? That’s right. I have two weeks off. It’s been awesome.), it’s really a lot more fun to bake with someone […]

Recipe: Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Recipe: Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Christmas preparations are in full swing around here. The house is all decorated, presents are wrapped, and cookie baking has started. Cutout sugar cookies were on the agenda today. The dough was super easy to make and to work with after it had chilled in the refrigerator overnight. The finished cookies are crisp at the […]

Recipe: Chocolate Espresso Sugar Cookies

As I’ve mentioned before, Chester’s preferences for desserts are not as wide ranging as mine. But, he’ll never turn down a cookie. So, instead of a birthday cake, I offered to make cookies instead. He browsed through some of my cookbooks and came across a recipe for mocha shortbread cookies. They sounded great, but as […]

Turkey Day 2011

Turkey Day 2011

In recent years, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. The older I get, the more I appreciate the time out to be grateful for all of the good things in life, and the opportunity to spend time with the people that matter most. This probably sounds cheesy, but it just seems that life […]

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Along with blonde hair, a boatload of allergies, and a strange sense of humor, my mom also passed a dislike of Halloween down to me. She was never a fan of the holiday, and put an end to trick-or-treating when I was maybe seven or so. Instead, my brother and I got to pick out […]

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

The only time I really like blueberries is when they are in muffins. More specifically, I enjoy the big, fat 5 million calorie blueberry muffins with the crumb topping that they sell at Starbucks. Fact: The Starbucks in the LAX airport has the best blueberry muffins. 5 a.m. flights back to Philly were always a […]

Coffee Ice Cream. And, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Too.

It’s hot. Really hot. We’ve been trapped under an enormous “heat dome” (where do they come up with these ridiculous terms? Sounds like the plot of a disaster movie.). The city feels dirtier than usual. People are cranky and annoying. My hair looks terrible, and my brain is fried (hence the lame title for this […]

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Strawberries are one of my favorite things about summer. Oh, and fireworks. I like those too. (Speaking of, I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend). Last year, it seemed like we had a bad crop. The one that I purchased were a sickly shade of pale red; and even those that had a […]

Pasta with Mascarpone, Chicken, Tomatoes, and Spinach

Today, I had a major kitchen fail, involving strawberry shortcake cookies. So, today I’ll share something that I made before we went on vacation that was a bit more successful. I’ll be trying again with the cookies next week, hopefully with better results. I’m not writing them off yet, especially because the strawberries I’ve been […]

Not Made from Scratch

I didn’t have time to make anything from scratch this weekend, what with getting ready for the apocalypse. Turns out, I needn’t have bothered. What a disappointment that turned out to be. Anyway, I cheated and made some brownies from a box. If you have to go with a boxed brownie, you can’t go wrong […]

Gadgetry: Ice Cream Storage

In spite of my questionable culinary skills, I absolutely adore kitchen gadgets. I could peruse the floor-to-ceiling displays of gadgetry at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for hours. The myriad of options to choose from for can openers, garlic presses, and spatulas makes me giddy. It’s too bad that I don’t like shrimp, because now I […]

Lemon Ice Cream and Madeleine Cookies

It seems like Easter was ages ago, but I haven’t gotten around to writing a post about the fabulous dessert that I made. So, here it is. By now, you should know that I love ice cream. My favorite kitchen appliance is my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which was a housewarming gift from my fabulous […]

Deconstructed Lasagna

When I was younger, my family’s Saturday night routine consisted of going to 5 p.m. Mass and then out to dinner. Over the years, we became regulars at certain restaurants in the city. My brother, as I’ve mentioned, was kind of a picky eater (trust me, that’s the understatement of the year) and my grandfather […]

I Cooked Dinner and No One Died

I know how to make exactly three meals: Chile Lasagna Grilled Chicken, which I usually serve pesto sauce, made from one of those Knorr packets, and a side of pasta, which I usually serve with a Parma Rosa sauce from one of those Knorr packets. I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy baking, but cooking […]

Love and Cupcakes

If you couldn’t already tell from my first two posts, I love dessert. Along with the bad habits of nail biting, procrastination, and worrying, I inherited a major sweet tooth from my dad. The man could polish off a bag of Oreos or a pint of Haagan Dazs in one sitting. When we went out […]

Just Desserts

So, in my last post, I discussed my love of ice cream, but I should probably clarify and say that I do not discriminate against any dessert. Cakes, cookies, pies, crème brulee, chocolate mousse, cannolis, and whatever else I can get that’s laden with sugar and butter are all fine by me as well—and if […]