Basic Homemade Crepes (How to make crepes)

Basic French Crepes

Crepes are the foundation of so many wonderful dishes and desserts!  Sweet crepes can be filled with jam, nutella, chocolate, fruit, whipped cream, custard… there are so many variations.  Just roll up or fold the crepe over whatever filling you like, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and top with whipped cream or ice cream.  Voila, dessert! [...]

Homemade Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

Last  year, I visited the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Plantation in Hilo, Hawaii.  We got there about 1 hour before closing – just enough time to wander outside and check out some of the Macadamia Nut trees, buy some vacuum-sealed packs of Macadamia nuts to bring home, and sample some of their awesome Macadamia Nut [...]

Homemade Meat Lasagna from Scratch

Homemade Lasagna

Every now and then, I liked to make a double batch of Lasagna from scratch – one pan to bake for dinner, and one pan to freeze for a busy time in the month ahead.  I buy ground beef at the market when it goes on sale, then freeze the packages and defrost when needed. [...]

Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

There’s something about cherry pie made with fresh cherries… sweet and slightly tart, juicy and bright!  Cherries are in season right now… the perfect time for fresh Cherry Pie!!!  My only problem with making cherry pie at home from scratch – is the time it takes to pit the cherries.  What a chore (and a [...]

Grilled Jalapeño Burgers (Mild or Spicy)

Jalapeño Pepper Jack Burgers

Summer weather is perfect for grilling – in the early evening, there’s a nice warm breeze outside – with still plenty of sunlight.  Now that we have a Big Green Egg (Kamado style grill), it’s easy to light up the grill after work and make dinner without too much hassle! I bought a ton of [...]

Mika’s Chewy and Fudgy Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of talk online (mainly on pinterest) about “2 ingredient nutella brownies“.  In theory, it seems seem easy and great… but in reality… they were just ok (to me).  I made them in the hopes that they were as good as they hype… but I was disappointed in the end [...]

Easy Peach Dump Cake

Easy Peach Dump Cake

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Individual Mini Peach Pies” and promised I would soon post a recipe for “Peach Dump Cake” – which you can use any leftover fruit and juice/syrup (from the can) to make.  Dump cake tastes kind of like a hybrid of cake, cobbler, and pudding.  Texture wise, [...]

Individual Mini Peach Pies

Mini Peach Pies

Last week, I was reading my latest issue of Food Network Magazine, and came across a wonderful idea for individual peach pies: use half of a peach to stuff a pastry lined cupcake pan!  This reminded me of the “Mini Apple Pie” recipe that I posted a few years ago… and I thought why not [...]

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore, or “hunter’s style chicken,” is an Italian meal of meat (such as chicken) braised in a stew of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and red wine.  It often contains other ingredients, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or black olives.  In my version, I prefer to use mushrooms – but if you don’t like mushrooms, you [...]

Homemade Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream (Lactose-free Ice Cream)

Non-dairy Vanilla Ice Cream

Do you need to make ice cream for someone lactose intolerant or someone who is avoiding dairy?  This is a good base recipe for lactose-free vanilla ice cream – just use mocha mix non-dairy creamer instead of cream and milk.  Texture-wise, it isn’t quite as creamy as real dairy vanilla ice cream – it’s a [...]