Apple Fritters

I’ve been so into donuts lately.  Every time I go out of town, I have to go to the new donut shop and try something.  I tend to buy at least 3 or 4, take a bite and share them with my friends.  I go through phases of making them at home too although I…

Tom’s Tavern

While in visiting Detroit recently, my girlfriends and I went on a historic bar tour.  Our first stop was Tom’s Tavern.  It’s literally a few miles from where I grew up and had no idea it was still in business.  This place is a gem of a  dive bar. The drinks are cheap, the staff is…

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I bought bananas a couple of days ago that were perfect, but with the incredible heat and humidity that settled into the city, they quickly turned brown.  I was a little disappointed because I was actually going to eat them, but I’m always looking for new banana recipes to try, so it wasn’t total loss. …

Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies

This recipe has been on my “to do” list for a while now. I first saw it on Buns In My Oven’s blog and thought it was such an original and creative idea for a cookie. I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I love baking and the process of baking and cooking…

Banoffee Pie

I first had banoffee pie last summer at Duke’s Grocery in DC. I really went to try their Brunchie burger, which was fantastic and my friend and I decided to split dessert. I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of bananas. I love banana breads, cakes etc., but not desserts that have chunks…

Friday Things

  This weekend I will be heading to the Midwest making stops in Detroit and Chicago!  Looking forward to seeing old friends and eating lots of good food.  I’ve posted some of my favorite things from this week to get me motivated.   I’ve been thinking about this biscuit and gravy recipe all week from…

Melt Shop

I have a friend at work that I have lunch with every week.  Even though he’s worked at the company longer than I have, I’ve be able to introduce him to more places in the past month than he’s experienced in the 4 years he’s been here!  Today, I took him to Melt Shop, a…

Pancakes with Wheat Flour and Cornmeal

I’ve recently discovered that I like to torture Miles with new recipes.  If he wants biscuits, I never make the same recipe twice.  That would apply for most breakfast foods and almost all desserts.  This weekend was no different.  We had one more night together before he left for his grandparents, and we decided to…

Hylian Shield Birthday Cake

    It’s that time of year again.  But this is a special year.  My little guy will be 13 and we’re having two celebrations in two different cities! An early birthday here with his school friends and one in Chicago for his actual birthday. Of course, each year comes with a birthday cake challenge…

Friday Things

It’s been another big week for me. I had my second tested recipe appear in The Washington Post, which was very exciting! I’m also getting ready for my son’s birthday party this weekend. Each year he asks for a themed cake and by now I think each year he secretly tries to make them slightly…

Tri-Pepper Burger

This week I had the honor for testing a recipe for Dorie Greenspan who writes a column called Everyday Dorie for The Washington Post. The tri-pepper burger is her kick off recipe for the start of burger season. Just reading the list of ingredients made my mouth water. While testing recipes, my job is to…

Crab Cake Grilled Cheese

My department had a baseball outing a couple of weeks ago.  It was a lot of fun. I was in the mood for ballpark food which for me meant nachos with lots of yellow cheese-like goodness.  When they made it in front of me, the women was squeezing cheese from a large silver pouch.  Sounds…