Apple Slab Pie

This was the apple slab pie that almost wasn’t.  The other day I saw the most beautiful rhubarb at the market.  Instead of buying it then, I decided to come back the next day.  I hadn’t really thought about making anything with rhubarb, but by morning, all I could think about was a pie.  Actually,…

Friday Things

This picture sums up my week. My son turned our modest living room into a gaming room for his birthday party. I had eight boys playing in three areas for about eight hours.I mean, they weren’t playing video games eight hours straight, but they were over for about eight hours.They had a great time, and…

Toffee Crunch Ice Cream

Ok, so maybe I’m just going through an ice cream phase.  I can’t seem to get enough of my new ice cream maker!  And it’s still a little summery out, so there’s still time for a little batch of toffee crunch ice cream.  I wasn’t really trying to break new boundaries with this flavor, it…

Peach Tarragon Shortcakes

I can’t believe summer is almost over and I haven’t made any summer desserts!  It’s been so hot lately that I’ve been very reluctant to turn on my oven!  My mood changed when I spent the weekend in Philly.  The weather was so nice and comfortable that I was inspired to get back to the…

Thomas Sweet

Do you remember the other day when I talked about my binge-fest at The Diner? Before we even finished eating we knew we wanted a milkshake next. As we waited for our table, I saw a milkshake on a server’s tray and couldn’t get the image out of my head. At the moment, however, we…

Boozy Iced Tea and Lemonade Popsicle

  I was soooooo hot this weekend!  Lately, I’ve been into boozy frozen drinks.  I was never a huge fan of frozen margaritas, but right now, they’ve really been hitting the spot.  There’s also a recipe for a wine slushy that I’m dying to try.  However, all of my other frozen drink ideas faded when…

Friday Things

The first warm weather holiday of the season is finally upon us.  I think it’s officially grilling time! The weather here has been in the mid to high 80s all week, making my 1 1/2 miles trek to the Metro challenging.  I’m trying not to turn into a sweat box by the time I get to…

Texas Beef Brisket

I’ve lived my apartment for four years and never had a bbq. I hated my backyard until I switched from grass to gravel. Now I feel like I have a zen yard and I’m ready to entertain! And I finally put the grill my son bought me to use. I decided to have a few…

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…

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…

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream

My cupboard is full of odds and ends.  Remnants of left over recipe items that I’m never sure if I’m going to use again.  I usually don’t even keep them.  I just toss what I don’t use (yes I know this is wasteful).  That was the old me.  Now I hold onto everything “just in…

Brownie Caramel Ice Cream

  I have a friend that teases me because I keep the insert to my ice cream maker in the freezer at all times. I say it’s because you never know when you’ll be in the mood for ice cream and you want to be prepared! I’m glad that it’s always there because the other…