call your mother – park view

I made the mistake of going here opening weekend. I don’t know why I thought I would be able to just walk in.  There was a line down the block.  Oh well, I would go another day.  That day came about a month later when I was in the neighborhood on a weekday morning. The…

spanakopita pie

  What I made:  Spanakopita Pie    Original Recipe or did I make it myself?  Found it on Bon Appetit and followed it to the letter.  Most of the time I enjoy being a recipe tester.  You didn’t want to try to make it yourself?  I made spanakopita quite a bit when my son was little,…

Classic Meatballs

  What I made: Classic Meatballs Original Recipe or did I make it myself? This is a recipe from Tyler Florence that I’ve had for years.  The original recipe is for spaghetti and meatballs with a homemade sauce (delish!) but I only used the meatball portion of this recipe.  You can see the entire recipe…

Parmesan Thyme Scone

What I made: Parmesan Thyme Scone Original recipe or did I make it myself? I made it myself!  I adapted it from another scone recipe I already had. A savory scone for breakfast? Why not?  I was inspired by a scone from Wydown, a great little coffee shop near my house.  My bf/fiancé and I like…

Drunken Cheesy Bread

What I made: Drunken Cheesy Bread Original Recipe or did I make it myself? I adapted the recipe slightly from Real Simple.  I’ve had the recipe in my binder for years. Am I going to get drunk from this recipe? No!  The alcohol cooks out, but you are left with a nice delicate wine flavor. …

DBGB – City Center

Where did you go? DBGB – City Center Breakfast? Brunch? Lunch? Happy Hour? Dinner? Happy hour.   My friend and I were on our way to a play and were in the mood for apps that could pass for light dinner. Do I have to dress up? Nope.  It’s pretty casual. Cuisine? French bistro fare What…

I can’t live without (_______)

  This boozy syrup form Runamok!  My parents gave me this trio of syrup for Christmas and I finally tried it last week. I actually tried a tiny spoonful first and they were great!  I received rum, rye and bourbon.  The syrup is stored in aged rum, rye and bourbon barrels, so you get the…

Apple Pie Ice Cream

What I made: Apple Pie Ice Cream Original Recipe or did I make it myself? Well…I started with a vanilla base recipe from Bon Appetit, and added sliced apple pie from Costco. Did you say apple pie from Costco? Yes! It’s my weakness. For $9.99 you get an oversized, double crust apple pie, that satisfies…

I can’t live without (_______)

These hazelnut chocolate cookies from Trader Joe’s! This was truly a last minute impulse buy while looking for Pepper Joe Joe’s.  I had to stop myself from eating the entire box in one sitting.  The cookies are light and crispy without being hard and crunchy and the filling was nice a creamy.  I felt so…

Coconut Cake with Blueberry Frosting

Welcome to 2018!! It’s my first post of the year, and I’ve been through a lot of changes.  Two of the biggest and most impactful were that I received a promotion at work last fall, and got engaged between Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Both have had an impact on the future of this blog.  My new…

Friday Things

Ok, so I’m starting something new for Friday.  I’ve discovered so many fun foods and gadgets lately that I didn’t know where else to share them, so here we go! I will fully admit to making a purchase based on packaging first.  This was definitely the case with Tony’s Chocolonely.  The bonus is when the product…

Summer of Service to Seniors℠

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