Thanksgiving Cranberry Jam Recipe

Cranberry Jam

In continuing with what could be our most successful Thanksgiving ever, this just might be the best cranberry sauce ever. Our cranberry dilemma usually consists of Taylor and I wanting chunky sauce, spiked with...

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

I bet you’ve never seen a pumpkin pie as pretty as this one. I also bet you’ve never been threatened by your own husband and sister, warned that if your pumpkin pie wasn’t perfect,...

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits

One Final Plea: Please take a moment and vote for my Rainbow Cake (entry #8) and help me win a $150 butter gift basket from Kerry Gold. If the contest were based solely on...

Thanksgiving Wrap Up and Malt-Beer-Brined Turkey

Another wonderful Thanksgiving, come and gone. Much like last year, we cooked for 11. And also like last year, the 3 of us stuffed ourselves to oblivion. Needless to say we’ll be putting those...

Rainbow Cake

I think you all know what this time of year is. Yes, I know it’s Thanksgiving, but more importantly, it’s also Robin’s birthday. My little sister. Who loves cake. And every year she chooses...

Italian Adventure Part IV: Finale in Florence

Our trip ended where it started, in Florence. We flew in and out of the tiny airport, which, aside from the delayed luggage (we lived out of our carry-on for 2 days) was much...

Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Puddings

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Sometimes a recipe speaks to you, so loudly it is practically shouting. When you find a recipe like that you have no choice but to drop what you are doing and make the darned...

Italian Adventure Part III: To the Sea

From the country, to the city, to the sea… Our next stop took us to the area known as the Cinque Terre (aka five lands). The Cinque Terre are five villages nestled into the...

Lasagne Bolognese

Lasagne Bolognese

Pop quiz: what are the main ingredients in lasagne? If you said marinara, ricotta, and noodles, you’d be 2/3 wrong. At least in the case of this authentic Bolognese lasagne, where noodles are the...

Italian Adventure Part II: Food & Gelato in Bologna

After leaving Umbria and embarking out on our own, we headed north to Bologna. Smack dab in the middle of a region famous for its cheese, cured meats, and balsamic vinegar, birthplace of lasagne,...

Castiglione del Lago, Italy

Italian Adventure Part I: Cooking in Umbria

I’m having a hard time coming up with the words to describe this trip. It’s hard enough sorting through 1,700 photos to pick just a few that best represent such an amazing experience, but...

17 Days and 18 Gelati Later…

Need I say more? Actually, I do. I have lots to say about food and sights and travel. But right now, my brain (and my stomach) are still on Italian time. I’m afraid if...