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…

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…