Blog Birthday Cookbook (and t-shirt) Giveaway!

My blog had its first birthday, and to celebrate, I'm giving away cookbooks to you, the readers, the ones that keep me coming back. It all started with a post on carrot cake, and 219 posts later, here I am, one year into this not-as-new venture and a crash behind me even! As I was writing this post (the first time) my host updated a few things … more

Ganache-Topped Mint Brownies with the Kids

I enjoy cooking with my kids. I believe that teaching them how to cook and bake and feed themselves is an important part of the child rearing process. So, I set out to do that this week. First, we made brownies, but not just any brownies. We made brownies with a mint cheesecake layer, and then we topped them off with a simple ganache. I mean, … more

The Weekly Dinner Menu: 3/15/10

Today's post is brought to you by my personal cookie monster. One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also … more

How to Make a Seedling Tray Out of Recycled Products

Here in the Midwest, there is still snow on the ground, but temperatures are on the rise, and it's time to start thinking about gardens and, more importantly, getting seedlings started. We'll be starting our seedlings indoors because the temperatures still drop below freezing at night, and to do this, we'll need to build a box to grow them in. … more

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Bread Pudding in a Jar #recipe via

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Bread Pudding

What to do when you have food that needs to be used in short order? In this case, the obvious solution was to whip up a bread pudding with a few extra lemons, ricotta, blueberries I'd planned on feeding the kids but then forgot about and a loaf of bread with a forgotten purpose. (I loved this recipe so much, I ended up including it in my … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/8/10

Can you guess what we're doing? If you guessed that we're starting seedlings, you're right! Our yard may be completely covered with snow still, but we're getting our plants going so they'll be ready when the thaw comes. We'll be going through the process here, so be sure to check back to watch our garden grow! One of the things we strive for … more

Leek and Potato Gratin as We Bid Farewell to Winter

Today, the sun is shining. The icicles that adorned my house have all melted. The snow that covered my backyard? Well, it's still there, but the forecast says it won't be there forever, which is how I felt about it last week at this time. Yet the nights still dip below freezing, and I find myself curled up under an afghan my mom crocheted 13 … more