Anita’s Kitchen

Anita’s Kitchen has been around forever.  I’ve driven past it at least 1,000 times, but never went in.  One of my good friends has an office nearby and suggested that we go there for lunch.  I’m so glad she did! I started off with a glass of Rocket Fuel, a blend of carrot, celery, beet…

Friday Things

My mind is still at sea. It’s been a week of ups and downs. High heat and humidity. Busy, busy time at work. A time when I could really go for a little comfort food and I found four recipes that would be perfect! I think these crispy bacon waffles with bourbon butter and blueberry…

Tomato Cupcakes with Balsamic Frosting

Don’t let the title of the post put you off reading any further.  When I saw this recipe for tomato cupcakes with balsamic frosting on How to Philosophize with Cake’s blog, it took me a few minutes to comprehend what I read.  Savory dessert is so in right now and when I saw this recipe…

Cherry Hand Pies

When I think of hand pies, I think of my mother’s peach fried pies.  She would buy a bag of dehydrated peaches, let them soak for a while and cook them gently on low heat with sugar and a few spices.  Then she would shape and fry the pies to golden perfection.  The filling would…

Grilled Lemon Saffron Pound Cake

When I was visiting friends in Chicago last month I stopped by The Spice House, my favorite place in the city to buy spices.  Actually it’s still my favorite place to buy spices.  They have a mail order service, so when I do my corporate baking for holidays, I order from them. While I was…

Eating and Road-Tripping to Maine

Last weekend, my friend and I went on our first trip to Maine.  I’ve always wanted to go and now that I’m back on the East Coast, there’s so much for me to take advantage of. Most of my trip revolved around eating.  I’m going to have to work out twice as much now that…

Public House

  I met up with an old friend who suggested Public House, a relatively new bar in Ferndale.   The menu was  mostly only  appetizers and sliders.         It was a nice airy yet cozy bar with a great beer and spirit selection, and interesting cocktails.  As soon as I saw someone get a…

Peach Tart with Olive Oil Crust

I made a promise to myself this summer that I would make more desserts with fruit.  Now that peach season is upon us, I thought I’d try another peach dessert.  This time a tart.  I found a great recipe from food52 that makes a shortbread crust with olive oil and almond extract.  I loved the…

Sister Pie

  I’ve heard a lot about Sister Pie and wanted to take advantage while I was in town.  It’s a really cute pie shop tucked away in the middle on Indian Village.  We arrived only 15 minutes before the shop closed so our selection of buying pie by the slice was limited. Our options were…

Peach Crisp

I’ve been so obsessed with my cast iron skillet lately! I’ve had it for a few months now, but whenever I see a recipe for a dessert that uses an iron skillet, I want to try it. The other day I came across a recipe for a peach crisp on Bon Appetit. Peach desserts are…

Friday Things

  I’m getting so excited for the 4th of July!  I love going to see the fireworks and going to bbq’s.  As I was looking for recipes this week, I was especially inspired by the ones below.  Maybe I will make one for the holiday.  Happy 4th of July!!!   The pomegranate molasses bbq ribs…

Blue Cheese and Pear Ice Cream

Blue cheese and pear ice cream.  When I first heard of it, I couldn’t decide if it sounded good or not.  I love blue cheese and pears in salads, but for ice cream?  Maybe? When I saw a picture of the ice cream, it was served with a croissant and salami and it looked delicious,…