Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Bourbon Cream

Every year at work, we have a Thanksgiving potluck lunch. Don’t think to yourself, “eh, it’s probably a wimpy potluck”. Nope! It’s a full on, Thanksgiving dinner. We order a turkey and ham, and everyone brings a side dish. This year we had: cornbread stuffing, broccoli, corn pudding, sweet potatoes with pecan praline, mac n…

Piggyback Tavern

Not sure how long they’ve been there but sometime this year I noticed Piggyback Tavern just off Madison St in the west Chicago suburb of Forest Park. A coworker who lives in the area has previously mentioned the place so I figured why not go for a late lunch?? Or is 4PM considered an early…

Pumpkin Scones

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I though nothing would be better than starting it off with pumpkin scones. The pumpkin scones from Starbuck’s, is Miles’ favorite, but I’m hoping he might like my homemade ones a little better! The original recipe called for shredding the butter with a box grater, but I didn’t have one (on…

Spinach and Feta Quiche

Mid-week is a challenging time in my house. That when Miles’ karate class ends late leaving us with very little time for a “formal” dinner. Usually pizza is involved!! Or if I had time the weekend before, I’m able to pull a portioned meal from the freezer that I put together and we nuke our…

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we still have Halloween candy in the house. My son likes to horde the candy like Gollum and the ring (shameless Lord of the Rings reference), saying that he’s going to eat it all, reluctantly sharing a left over laffy taffy. Yet fall turns to winter and turns to spring and…

Chicken Marsala

Every time my son goes away to spend the summer with his dad, he comes like with a new favorite food. This summer is was mushrooms. More specifically a cheeseburger with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms. We have lots of chicken dinners in our house and one day I asked if he would mind if…

Double Crust Apple Pie

I couldn’t apple season go on any longer without making a double crust apple pie. I tried being a little adventurous with the apple bread pudding and apple pie biscuits, but sometimes, it’s nice sticking with the classics. My goal in life (one of many), is to make a flakey, buttery crust using a food…

Saturday Morning Coffee and Links

Last week I started Favorite Links Friday, and I’ve decided to change it already!  It’s really all about the Saturday.  I wake up early on Saturday mornings and have a little quiet time.  I make a little coffee and think about all the things I want to bake for the next week.  I also like…

Pancake Cake with Maple Cream Frosting

  My son and I finally had a free morning where we didn’t have to run off to karate or swim class. Well, actually, we decided to play hooky. We were feeling a little lazy, and wanted a morning where we didn’t have to get up and run around. Pancakes were requested for breakfast, and…

Apple Bread Pudding

Ah, the beauty of having friends that go apple picking is the left overs that come my way!   I was all set to make an apple pie when I saw this recipe from Food and Wine for apple bread pudding.  It sounded really interesting to me and I wanted to try it. Surprisingly finding brioche…