Homemade Samoa

    One of my favorite Girl Scout cookies was the Samoa.  Ok actually, I really loved the shortbread (they reminded me of Lorna Doone’s, unfortunately over the years they’ve changed the recipe), but Samoa’s were a very, very close second.  I’ve always wanted to try to make them myself, but laziness always got the better of…

The Samoa (Homemade)

One of my favorite Girl Scout cookies was the Samoa.  Ok actually, I really loved the shortbread (they reminded me of Lorna Doone’s, unfortunately over the years they’ve changed the recipe), but Samoa’s were a very, very close second.  I’ve always wanted to try to make them myself, but laziness always got the better of me.  …

Lamb Kofte

I tried this recipe in an effort to expand my son’s palette.   He loved it–said it tasted like taco meat.  Yay. One point for mom.  Eh,  I’ll take it.  I’m just happy that I won’t have to make two meals on “Kofte Night”.  It’s now in our rotation, and on a lazy Saturday (I…

Homemade Vanilla

I started making vanilla myself by accident.  Years ago, I was struggling for Mother’s Day gift ideas.  I need something that said “I love you mom”, for less than $20.  I was flipping through a Martha Stewart Living mag, and came across a recipe for making your own vanilla extract.  Genius!  It was pretty cheap and easy…

Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  Last year I saw a ton of “ombre” cakes on Pinterest and I was smitten.  I loved the look, but it seemed like a lot of work, and I’m kinda lazy, so it took a while for me to get the motivation to try it myself.  After I spent weeks on the boy’s (how…

Ombre

Last year I saw a ton of “ombre” cakes on Pinterest and I was smitten.  I loved the look, but it seemed like a lot of work, and I’m kinda lazy, so it took a while for me to get the motivation to try it myself.  After I spent weeks on the boy’s (how I…

Grilled Gruyere with Black Forest Bacon

My son and I were trying to think of what to have for lunch.  I knew we had to go to Whole Foods to get our new favorite bacon, and we had rye bread at home, so I suggested a grilled cheese with black forest bacon.  I wanted something sharp like cheddar, but knew that…

Grilled Cheese & Bacon

My son and I were trying to think of what to have for lunch.  I knew we had to go to Whole Foods to get our new favorite bacon and we had rye bread at home, so I suggested a grilled cheese and bacon.  I wanted something sharp like cheddar, but knew that cheddar wouldn’t melt…

Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones are the perfect breakfast item to bake in large batches and keep them individually wrapped in the freezer.

Pecan Pie

I was the only one in my family who never made a pecan pie.  It was always dad’s specialty.  He would make the filling and my mother would make the pie crust.  (By the way, my  mother is a master pie crust maker and I hope to one day come close to being half as good.)    I…

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

I was intrigued when I saw “olive oil” in the title.    I tried it.  It was good.  I might make it again.  I was a pretty uneventful process.

Liege Waffle

I usually make traditional waffles in the Toastmaster and freeze them for my family.  My son likes to boast that he has homemade Eggo waffles for breakfast every morning.  While visiting a girlfriend, we made waffles with bacon and Gruyere (I’ll post that one at some point) and they were decadent!  Anyway, one day at the market, my…