dark cocoa brownies

Recipe from Alton Brown. They are amazing! If you like dark chocolate you MUST make these! I made them for our SB50 party and then again for Easter.  Comments include “they are sooo dark” (they look almost blue!), “you can only eat just one” (they are so rich) and my personal fav “those brownies are insane!”…

vodka penne 

It seems that when I’m really craving vodka penne I have to make it, as I can never seem to find it on any restaurant menu anymore. I needed to bone up on how to make it (I made it I think 4 years ago last time and it was amazing!), so I referred to…

let a bundt cake do the talkin’

Recipe inspiration came from “Two Peas and Their Pod” when researching homemade chocolate bundt cake and yes the commercial jingle I’ve know since childhood inspired me as well (“a bundt cake says nice going and I’ve been thinking of you, but more than any other thing, a bundt cake says I love you!”). I adapted my…

bone stock does your body good

I’d been hearing the raves of the benefits of bone broth lately (google it there’s a lot out there on the topic!) and since my NY16 focus is to do my best to eat more healthy and fresh, I thought this was a good way to get that commitment into reality. Not hard at all-…

orange liqueur olive oil pound cake with pomegranate glaze

The main inspiration on this one was a special gift for a dear friend’s birthday- the ideas started flowing remembering  a rum cake the previous week at another good friend’s party (could I do it without a bundt cake pan and with another liqueur and get similar results?), having access to a very old bottle…

It’s raining, it’s pouring… so let’s get our soup on

So my mom, after a car accident in January, sent me this basket with a totally adorable soup kit. Soups are definitely my thing and I usually make them from scratch. But today it’s raining and I don’t want to go to the store, and I have some chicken, so I thought, let’s get that…

Lemon sour cream almond pancakes/waffles

I woke up this morning thinking it’s a rainy day, perfect reason to cook. Craving something sweet and hearty. Going through in my mind what was in the kitchen, I started googling ideas, was my idea possible. Lemons (lots of them) sourcream and almonds. I’d made lemon cottage cheese pancakes before (will post later). So…