Category Archives: Recipes

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  Traveling gives you the chance to try all kinds of new foods and local favorites. Having friends who travel can give you some of the same opportunities, provided they’re kind enough to pick up some of those local favorites and bring them back to you. Some of my friends brought back a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts from a recent trip to Hawaii ... Read More »

Maple Oat Waffles

I have more than one waffle iron and I like to use the different shapes for different things. Granted, none of them are Disney waffle irons, so a Cinderella breakfast is pretty much out of the question, but the shapes do serve their purposes. The thinner waffles have less surface area and tend to be heartier. The waffles made on the Belgian waffle iron have ... Read More »

Nutella Scrolls

nutella scrolls

The only problem with breakfast pastries is that they tend to take a while to prepare, so “breakfast” will often turn into “brunch” or later if you don’t start your prep well in advance. This is why pancakes and muffins tend to be the fall backs of the home cook, rather than croissants and danishes. It is also why I love having an easy, non-yeast recipe ... Read More »

Cookies n’ Cream Pudding Pops

oreo pudding pop

 I have always been a fan of cookies n’ cream ice cream, where chunks of chocolate, oreo-type cookies are blended into a creamy base. When I have a couple extra cookies on hand and a batch of ice cream or frozen yogurt that needs spicing up, I’ll often chop them up and throw them into the mix. This time I was making a batch of ... Read More »

Dad’s Spice Rub

dad's spice rub

There was no shortage of Father’s Day gift ideas this year, but in the end, I still opted to go the homemade route for my father’s gift. I mixed up a batch of one of his favorite spice rubs, all packed up in a convenient shaker and ready to go to the grill. It’s a pretty versatile combination of salt, pepper and spices, including cumin, ... Read More »

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

fresh from the oven

  Cookies are not exactly health food, especially not if they’re really good cookies, as it is the combination of butter and sugar (and sometimes chocolate) that usually makes a cookie great. Cookies are supposed to be indulgent and, like most indulgent things, the low fat, low cal or otherwise “healthy” versions tend not to live up to the original. But this isn’t true of ... Read More »

Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcake

 Strawberry shortcakes are one of the quintessential summer desserts, largely because fresh strawberries are so incredibly tempting when they are at their peak. The desserts also require minimal prep work, which is nice on a hot day. Taking “minimal prep work” to an extreme, you can even by pre-made “shortcakes” at the grocery store these days, meaning that a bottle of whipped cream and a ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Red Bean Curry

pumpkin curry and naan

Every once in a while, believe it or not, I end up making something that (a) doesn’t require an oven and (b) isn’t a breakfast/dessert item. I certainly wouldn’t mind if everything I cooked fell into one of those two categories, but there are so many other foods out there worth eating that it is a shame to pass on them. Besides, most of them ... Read More »

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