Category Archives: Recipes

Vanilla Caramel Popcorn

I am not going to go on about how great a theme caramel is for this month’s Sugar High Friday, hosted by Debbie at Words to Eat By. Instead, I will just cut to the chase: I made vanilla caramel popcorn. The inspiration for this recipe was twofold. First, I felt like having some popcorn. Second, I’ve had caramel on the brain while thinking of ... Read More »

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

The first time I really ate pumpkin (or any non-summer-squash, since I tend to use the terms interchangeably) in something other than pie, I was in Australia. Who roasts pumpkin, I thought. Haven’t you heard of pie? Of course, I tried it and loved it. I’ve been hooked ever since. Pie, soup, side dish, main dish – if you can make it, I’ll eat it. ... Read More »

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Cookies

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

I know a good thing when I see one, so when I saw Molly’s post on Pistachio-Apricot Oatmeal Cookies I just had to make them. I did use dried cherries instead of the apricots, but only because I ate the apricots as I was mixing up the batter. The cookies were buttery and delicious, as Anne can attest since she beat me to the punch ... Read More »

Honey Buttermilk Bread

I have decided that buttermilk is a great thing to have around the house now. I like using it for breads and things. It gives everything a really good flavor, adding a buttery richness and the tang of sour cream or yogurt. I was inspired to make bread in a loaf pan by Kelli at Culinary Epiphanies. I rarely use a loaf pan for bread, ... Read More »

Basic Banana Bread and a Banana Bread Fluffernutter

Sometimes banana bread isn’t satisfying enough on its own. I never ate fluffernutters when I was growing up, but that didn’t stop me from realising that marshmallow and peanut butter would be a great combination with the banana bread I baked this morning. It doesn’t hurt that marshmallows are one of my absolute favorite things, either. The key to the sandwich is to use marshmallow ... Read More »

Japanese Chicken Scallion Rice Bowl

I really hate touching raw chicken. I don’t mind cooking it and I certainly don’t mind eating it, but I would much rather handle just about any other kind of meat. Forgive me, but it just looks icky. Nevertheless, I had to touch it to cook tonight’s dinner. I used a recipe from this month’s EatingWell magazine for the Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl. Luckily for ... Read More »

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake slice

  Cheesecake can be made in so many different ways, and yet it seems that most recipes gravitate towards ultra-rich, dense, heavy versions of the dessert. I was flipping through a cookbook – the gigantic and exceptionally well illustrated Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook, which I acquired some time ago at a used bookshop – when I was struck by the gorgeous photo of this dessert. ... Read More »

Mocha Rounds

Mocha Rounds

If my father sees me baking a batch of cookies, he’ll usually ask how long he has to wait before I’ll let him eat one. Then, he’ll ask if he can take some in to work. Usually the answers are “when they’re cool enough to touch” and “No, I’m sending them to someone/giving them to someone/eating them myself”. He just has bad timing when he ... Read More »

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