Taking a break!

Jack and Remy

Hello Readers!  I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe or how-to… but if you guys haven’t figured it out yet, I’m taking a break! I started this blog with the intention of posting some recipes now and then, as a step-by-step “how to guide” for people who are learning to [...]

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

There are many  versions of “Buffalo Chicken” dip… and if you’ve ever had it… it can be quite addicting!  This is my version of that dip… which I like to make with ranch dressing (because I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese). Because you can use pantry ingredients (including a can of Costco/Kirkland cooked [...]

Glühwein (Austrian mulled wine)

Austrian Glühwein

Glühwein is a traditional beverage (served hot) during the Christmas holidays in Austria and Germany.  It is typically made with red wine, spices, and sugar… and heated gently to avoid cooking out the alcohol. This is my father’s recipe for Glühwein.  He’s never written it down, but I’ve been watching him make it every Christmas [...]

Metallic Dinosaur Christmas Ornaments & Dinosaur Wreath

Dinosaur Christmas Ornaments

Ok.  I know this isn’t cooking or food… but instead a little DIY craft project for a change!  Sometimes you need a little “change” from the ordinary… so I decided to make a dinosaur Christmas theme.  I made a bunch of dinosaur ornaments for the Xmas tree, and a dinosaur wreath for the door… out [...]

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Yeast Bread

This week I had some leftover pumpkin puree in the refrigerator that I needed to use up before it went bad… so I decided to make a Japanese style pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread.  This is not a cake-like sweet loaf like pumpkin bread…. instead, it’s a yeasty bread that you can slice to make toast [...]

Spicy Tangerine Margerita

Spicy Tangerine Margarita

There’s a restaurant nearby that we go to sometimes that has a wonderful margarita called the “spicy tangerine”.   It has a lovely sweetness, with a mild kick of spice and heat. This is my homemade version of that drink – use fresh limes & tangerines to make the juice for the best flavor! Enjoy! [...]

Japanese Fried Rice

Japanese Fried Rice

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.  I know, fried rice seems like a weird thing to serve with Thanksgiving… but it’s a family tradition for us!  It all started one year… after my dad spent all day making the Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings, my teenaged brother [...]

Caramelized Apple & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

Caramelized Apple & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

So I guess it’s now autumn and we have to say goodbye to summer (although you wouldn’t know it from today’s 91 degree weather)!  With autumn comes some really great things… Pumpkin spice lattes, warm apple pies, spiced cider, Halloween candy… but I would say the fall flavors that I most look forward to are [...]

La Paloma (Tequila and Grapefruit Cocktail)

Paloma (Grapefruit & Tequila Cocktail)

What is “La Paloma“?  This is a Mexican cocktail – commonly prepared by mixing tequila with grapefruit flavored soda.  In other versions, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and topped with sparkling soda water. According to many sources, the first published recipe for La Paloma was in a [...]

Triple chocolate chip cookies

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lately, I’ve been making a bunch of chocolate chip cookie variations.  The latest, are my triple chocolate chip cookies.  It’s “triple chocolate” because it has dark cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips.  If you don’t have (or want to buy) two different kinds of chocolate chips, you can just use all one [...]