Archive for January, 2009

Pecan Oatmeal Chewies
Pecan Oatmeal Chewies

These cookies came out perfect – so chewy and delicious! But be careful – they disappear quick! Next time I think I’ll double the batch. The oats are such a nice addition, flavor and texture wise, but it does make for a smaller batch of cookies than if using flour alone. Mr. Man announced that [...]

Pecan Cran-Cherry Quick Bread
Pecan Cran-Cherry Quick Bread

I’ve been experimenting with some different ideas in the kitchen recently and threw together this recipe. I wanted something that would have some whole grains in there, but not have that dense whole grain texture. I opted to go for a creaming method quickbread, which turned out pretty well, texture wise. Next time though, I [...]

Broccoli Gratin
Broccoli Gratin

So yesterday, I decided to make some homemade sausage, from Alton Brown’s Breakfast Sausage recipe. It was a lot of fun, and I’ll be posting the recipe and my comments and pictures some other time, but for now the part that inspired this dish was when during the clean up I, following Alton’s advice, used [...]

Guacamole
Guacamole

I think that a nice big bite of a fresh, perfectly ripe avocado has to be one of the best things in the world. Last time I was at Costco, I had picked up some – purposefully picking underripe ones so that they could ripen gradually and be used up gradually as well. Unfortunately, the [...]

36 hour Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunk Cookies
36 hour Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A couple of months back, I read an article on the New York Times about how to make the absolutely best chocolate chip cookies. The secret supposedly, is letting the dough rest for 36 hours before baking.The tl;dr version is that this gives the flour time to absorb the moisture, which means extra yummy flavors [...]

Spicy Pork and Butternut Squash in Coconut Sauce
Spicy Pork and Butternut Squash in Coconut Sauce

I picked up a couple of Butternut squash(es?) about two weeks ago – and had planned to use them over our holidays, but somehow they kept getting overlooked, which is a shame because this dish came out so hearty, warm, and spicy we probably could have turned the heat off for several days and just [...]

Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread
Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

About five months ago, we had a friend of ours come up and stay with us for a few months. We had, of course, just moved in to our house and were hip deep in remodel, but despite that he introduced Mr. Man to the joys of making your own Beer. The first batch was [...]

I thought my little bacon experiment was bad…

So as I continue with my little bacon fascination, I’ve started looking around on the intertubes, seeing what other fun (and crazy) things other people have come up with to do with that crispy porky goodness that is bacon. I saw many things that were clever, and many things that inspired me, but I dare [...]

Bacon Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese
Bacon Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese

The other night Mr. Man and I came across this blog called Brownie Points, where someone had decided to make Bacon infused Vodka. The idea, of course, sparked a whole conversation and then an hour of searching on the interwebs about what else could you do with the smoky porkness of awesome. There were many [...]

Cheese & Sausage Muffins
Cheese & Sausage Muffins

I know – I’ve been on a bit of a Sausage Kick lately – Mr. Man and Miss Thing are both super-huge sausage fans, and it has the benefit of being fairly economical and very versatile. I was in the mood to bake something, but Mr. Man tends to get a little bit grumpy if [...]