I’m Down With RPP – Roasted Pepita Pesto

There is a store-bought Cajun snack-mix the bearded one and I like to purchase, usually to bring on road trips. Some of the crunchy components include almonds, peanuts, sesame sticks, etc. While the sesame sticks are my personal favorite, I find myself fishing around for an elusive element scattered throughout the entire mix. It takes…

To(mato) Do List

Make this soup. Eat this soup. Feel good. Creamy Tomato Soup ¼ LARGE Yellow Onion, Diced (or ½ a Medium, or 1 Small Onion…we all come in different shapes and sizes) ½ Red Bell Pepper, Diced 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced 1 Can (28 oz.) Crushed Tomatoes, No Salt Added if possible 2 Cans (14.5 oz….

Cinderella Sauce

Not everyone enjoys pumpkin flavored foods, and that is their complete and utter prerogative. For this reason. I must refer to this recipe not as pumpkin flavored, but instead, as pumpkin enhanced. Cinderella arrived at the ball in a carriage created from a pumpkin from the garden, and this element of the story worked to…

Fall-ow the Path of the Pumpkin

Pumpkins are en vogue again and few can resist this gourd-geous craze. Balk at yet another recipe that integrates this fad if you wish, or just recognize that the bellyaching comments stem from hunger which can easily be remedied with this delightfully tasty muffin. Hard Cider Pumpkin Muffins 1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature 2 ¼…

CocoMond Cookies

My Bearded Man Boy Husband lacks one highly sophisticated component to perfect a palette capable of fully appreciating the finer things in life, at least from a gourmet perspective. He was born without a sweet tooth. It is not so much that he does not LIKE sweets, he just does not crave them and would…

Butternut Squash out the Hunger

Butternut squash is a delicious jigsaw puzzle that, once cracked, unlocks an ochre flesh of buttery nutrition. Make it the star in a production of soup that features a strong supporting cast of mung beans and kale. The result is a flavorful pot of bubbly performance that is well-deserving of a standing ovation (in the…

Chai Touched the Bundt

When reflecting on the potential circumstances that led the earliest humans to create dishes that are now commonplace, like cake, it is hard to wrap my mind around that proclivity to innovation. Through osmosis and experience (#inaforanhour) I know that butter, sugar, flour, eggs, etc. when combined and forced towards stimulation via heat results in…

Baking Up a Storm

Cooped up in a warm and cozy brick home, the wind blowing 35 mph sending sheets of sideways rain, we wait out the storm. A weekend family visit turns listless as cabin fever sets in and UNO games fail to entertain. The cure to boredom? Enlist the stirring skills of a 9-year-old to whip up…

Up Late for a Cupcake

In case you were wondering… Butter + Milk ≠ Buttermilk The word buttermilk is formed by fusing together the words butter and milk, but the THING buttermilk cannot be obtained by the same equation. This understanding leads to further thoughts on the matter which results in the illuminating realization that nothing is ever as it…

Smarter Than The Average Bun

Start with something soft and simple. Plunge into a boiling ocean. Send to vehement depths. Allow to emerge victorious with the self-assertive crust that every hero needs to succeed. This is the journey that pretzels are made of. Overcomplicate the path to grilled fish sandwich heaven by opting to make these homemade pretzel buns. Totally…

Penne from the Block

Every once in a while, we all want to hit the reset button and treat our bodies to a light, cleansing meal that will detoxify our insides and leave us feeling nourished, good, healthy … and probably still hungry. That time is not now. Now is the time for pasta. Now is the time for…

Nut Your Average Brownie

Elevate a standard fudgy brownie to a level of class and elegance beyond imagination. What flavor elements might I speak of that enrich these brownies with bourgeois sophistication and raise them to the epitome of luxury? Edible gold dust? Truffle butter? Russian caviar? Saffron? Nothing so pitiful. I speak of a sumptuous combination far more…