Southern Hoecakes

I bought a bag of corn flour the other day for a recipe and started to think about uses for it other than cornbread.  I almost immediately thought of hoecakes. Ok, so I didn’t exactly think of a use for the flour, but it is a corn-based recipe.  I’ve never had a hoecake before and…

Fanny Farmer Cookbook

I’m making hoe cakes this weekend and I’ve been having trouble finding an authentic recipe. Hoe cakes go by many names and depending on the region, different recipes.  I was having this discussion with my 89 year old BFF coworker.  She’s from Texas and has never heard of hoe cakes, johnny cakes, hot water cornbread…

Payday Cake

Last week I made a Kentucky Bourbon Cake that I loved so much, I wanted to adapt it to a layer cake recipe.  I sat for a few minutes and thought about the filling and frosting.  I wasn’t really in the mood for chocolate or pastel colored frosting, so I started thumbing through my older…

Race Car Peeps

This is happening in my office.  Right.  Now.  If we’re playing with food at 8am, I can only imagine what the office is going to be like at noon.

Chocolate Covered Brownie Peeps

  Last week during our Friday Social at work, we were joking about peeps.  Everyone thinks they’re cute, but no one likes to eat them.  We were trying to think of things we could do with them.  We all thought peep s’mores might be tasty.   Then they challenged me to come up with something for…

Grapefruit Sweet Rolls

In the past couple of months I’ve made dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. The roll recipe was my mother’s and the cinnamon was one that we wrote together. I love them both, but I was very curious to know how making cinnamon rolls with the dinner roll recipe would turn out. I didn’t want to…

Dacha and Garden District Beer Gardens

It’s Monday night, 70 degrees and I’m hitting the beer gardens with a friend.  Is there a bad night to go beer gardening in the spring?  We went to Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw and Garden District in Logan Circle.  I think I like both of them equally, but for different reasons. Dacha Beer Garden:…

Detroit Seasoned Shrimp Tacos

I love to cook but rarely ever have time in the evenings. Tonight I made some super quick and easy shrimp tacos with a raw kale salad on the side. I sautéed the shrimp in olive oil, country crock and Detroit Spice Co Mexicantown Seasoning. The taco shells were Ortega (the cheapest hard shell at…

Whole Foods Find #2: Chocolate Milk

This is hands down the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had in my life.  It’s not cheap (about $7), but it’s worth every. single. penny.  It’s like drinking cold, creamy, rich, chocolate ice cream.  I tried adding Bailey’s Irish Cream to it, but it was too rich.  I’m researching milk based cocktails now. If you…

Salmon Candy – Whole Foods

  Salmon candy is back at Whole Foods!!!!   At least it’s back at my Whole Foods. Not all stores carry it, and it seems to just rear it’s head in the seafood section once a year or so like Punxsutawney Phil.  I hate lox, but I love this stuff.  It’s dry smoked with brown sugar…

Eating & Drinking in Annapolis, MD

Yesterday was the nicest day we’ve had this spring so far and I wanted to spend the day outside of the district. The plan was to check out the Decanter Wine Event at Pimlico and then head over to Annapolis for a day on the waterfront. Pimlico:  The coolest thing about the wine event was that it…

My Kitsch-en

I’m not sure if I should start with an apology for the pictures, or to say that this is my ode to Julia Child (definitely pictures, you’ll see when you scroll down).  I recently transferred all of my photos to Google +, or as I say, “Google + or: How I  Learned to Stop Worrying…