Without a Stout

Green. A symbol of envy as well as inexperience. Both apply when assessing my cupcake skills, so it makes sense that a raucous holiday rich with clover colored elements would act as a Merrily Baked cupcake moment. A bottle of Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout has been floating around the back of the fridge…

Breakfast Pizza

Starting as early as elementary school, I requested eggs in a basket as my breakfast of choice on standardized test taking days. My dedicated mom used a glass to remove a perfect circle from the middle of white bread, cracked a gorgeous egg in the center, and served up this dish seasoned simply with salt…

Vindaloo-se Yourself in the Moment

This dish is far from mom’s spaghetti and it proves to be incredibly satisfying. A bed of roasted spaghetti squash is blanketed by rich vindaloo curry sauce that is peppered by… peppers (go figure) and fresh Florida shrimp. The crowd eating this – whether two people or twelve – will go so loud when they…

Cocoatmeal Cookies

When oatmeal is present in a cookie or other sweet treat, do not mistake its presence as a means to force health onto unsuspecting confection ingesting participants who simply want to satisfy a sweet tooth. While, yes it might stand as a comforting mental trick to quell feelings of guilt that might accompany the consumption…

Roux the Day

Much in the vein of the cliché that prompts us to turn lemons into lemonade, I say that when a day feels ruined, just make roux. But don’t stop there! The process is much simpler than a word with a silent ‘x’ would indicate. Plus, once this process is mastered it opens the door to…

Pajama Soup

Imagine sitting on the couch in your favorite pajamas and fuzzy socks with a mermaid pattern (or what have you). Now drape a cozy blanket around your shoulders. That, in an analogous nutshell, is this soup. Chickpeas and spinach are ensconced in silken pajamas of creamy roux and a fresh loaf of honey beer bread…

Presenting, The Almond Butters

Friends, I was born a blondie fan. Tryin’ to bake some blondies, and doin’ the best I can. And when it’s time for eatin’, I hope you’ll understand, that I was born a blondie fan. Forgive the musical parody. Just swirl up these Almond Butter Blondies. It is worth it! 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Room…

Oat Couture

Take advantage of one truly great aspect of cookies by tailor making them based on preference or curiosity. A great base for oatmeal cookies can be transformed by the addition of raisins, white chocolate chips, apricots (Ooo that would be good!), a swirl of peanut butter, or any possible combination that is limited only by…

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…