Game Day Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A day of watching football requires some good game day food like these pulled pork sandwiches, on a sesame seed bun. Yay for sesame seed buns! The layers of flavor packed into this sandwich will quickly make this a crowd pleaser. Make sure to have extra napkins on hands, it’s a messy one, but in a good dripping-down-your-chin kind of way. I love how the pickles and pickled onion give ...

Easy Hummus

There are some recipes that we need in our repertoire and hummus is one of them. A simple food that can host a number of flavors as a dip or spread on just about anything — well, maybe not chocolate cake, but you get the idea. If you look on the supermarket shelves you will see just about every flavor of hummus and probably said to yourself “why bother to ...

Chinese Chicken Salad

I adapted this Chinese Chicken Salad for dinner last night. I had the "original" (minus the noodles) while out with a friend at this popular pizza chain restaurant last week.  As I’m eating, I thought: “Why not make this salad for dinner? … something light after all the sweets we have been eating since Thanksgiving”.  Not that that’s all I have been feeding my brood, but it kinda feels that ...

Poached Pears with Chocolate Ganache for New Year’s Eve

Can you believe we are just days away from 2015? Before I go on about this heavenly dessert I couldn't help but think (sitting here at my kitchen table with my laptop, nibbling on roasted pumpkin seeds) about how the year has quickly flown by. Do you all feel the same way, or is it just me? I'm thinking about how much my twins boys' health has improved, developmentally as well. So ...

Chocolate Peppermint (Brookie) Cookies

In case you have a little more baking muscle in you and not quite tired of sugar just yet (me? never) I have a chocolate peppermint cookie, more like a brookie recipe for it's brownie like center, that I had to share with you before Christmas. I have always admired chocolate peppermint bark at Williams Sonoma from afar, which pushed me to create my peppermint bark marshmallows, but that wasn’t ...

Olive Oil Cake

Oddly enough, and usually the case, I have food on my mind while running. I know, the thought of food meandering in my head while working up a sweat to “Eye of the Tiger” does seem unconventional, and well, odd but I just can’t help but think of food, even on a run. Lately more about sweets than savory. Then again, it is December, the unofficial month of sugar, where ...

Gingerbread Waffles

I love lazy weekend days like today after an intense week of holiday activities … Since dreaming about the flavor of gingerbread for well over a week now, I thought what would be more perfect than gingerbread waffles this morning with a cup of hot chocolate, of course, and topped with homemade marshmallows. As if there was any other way. I saved some from my batch a couple of weeks ...

Peanut and Cashew Brittle

If you are looking to give a homemade food gift this year, but don't have too much time, this is the perfect gift to give. A sweet, slightly salty, buttery nut crunch (yes, all that in one!) that is one of the easiest, and quickest candies to make. Who doesn't love candy, especially when it's homemade? Start to tasty finish is done in about an hour. Really. I packed brittle into cellophane ...

Chanukah Sugar Cookies

This is a sugar cookie recipe I make every Chanukah. It's one my youngest son's favorite cookies, mine too. We both love sugar cookies. I would usually bring cookies to my younger three boys' holiday class parties (they all go to different schools). Since my teenager is now in the eight grade, and would be utterly embarrassed, I don’t bring them to his school anymore, but still do bring cookies to my ...

Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

I will admit proofing dough (twice) then frying for a good long time is not something I look forward to doing after my big batch of latkes earlier in the week, even though it is customary to fry doughnuts for Chanukah. Although, I wouldn't mind eating them (along with the rest of the gang) if a doughnut fairy (or is it donut?) came to make a batch of course ... ...