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Dutch Baby aka German Pancake

Dutch Baby aka German Pancake

This one is an old family favorite. With the ingredients pretty much always on hand, we’ve had it for many a regular breakfast, to the point that some of our kids moaned and groaned when they heard the morning menu. So we’ve laid off a […]

Costco Bread Pudding

Costco Bread Pudding

I rarely buy Costco Muffins. My grandma used to keep them in her freezer cut in 1/2, frozen in ziploc’s for snacks. One sad day I read the nutritional information…My kids love them too, but pretty much the only time I will buy them is […]

Aebleskivers

Aebleskivers

This recipe is something we’ve made in the past, but only recently added to our regular rotation, primarily because you have to have special pans. We finally borrowed the pans (permanently) from Spencer’s dad and invited him over for aebleskivers anytime he’s in the mood.

They are sort of spherical puff pancakes from Scandinavia. We have Danish and Swedish ancestry and feel connected to our ancestors when we imagine them eating these yummy golden balls that we have come to love so much.

You can make them plain and eat them with all kinds of toppings or stuff them while partially cooked with fruit, meat, or cheese.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve been tinkering with this recipe for awhile and this is my favorite version. I’m happy that it uses the entire can of pumpkin because I don’t love having can leftovers lingering in the fridge. I’m also pleased that I was able to cut back […]

Ancho Chili Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ancho Chili Chocolate Pecan Pie

This is our go-to pie.  No.  It isn’t sugar-free or dairy-free or wheat-free, but we still eat it guilt-free once a year and it is pretty much the only pie we crave.  The ancho chili brings out the flavor of the chocolate, kind of like […]

Brasas Street Tacos

Brasas Street Tacos

Sometimes you just need an easy, inexpensive place to go out.  For those times, and anytime you want delicious, authentic grilled Mexican food, there is Brasas.  You can’t go wrong with their tacos, which are only $2.04 each!  (Hard to find a meal this tasty for six bucks.)

Get them on corn tortillas and they are gluten-free!  If you’re off grains, dump the fixings on to a bed of greens (either get take-out or, once, I actually snuck a bowl of spinach in with me.)  Note: they have happy hour from 4-5pm on weekdays, when four kinds of tacos are half price.  If you time it right, you can get a screaming deal, making it the best take out dinner in town.

Put them over the top by loading up on roasted green chilies, caramelized onions, lime, turnips, and five fresh salsas at the bar!  There are plenty of tables to spread out and talk.  It is a fun, cheap date.

We highly recommend:

  • The street tacos – three is about right for an average adult, adjust up or down to your appetite.  All the meats (Carne Asada, Carnitas, Chorizo sausage, etc.) are super-delish, but Al Pastor (spiced pork with grilled pineapple, see picture above) is the fav.
  • The Mulita is also really good.  Kind of like a thick quesadilla, with lots of yummy meat and melted cheese.  It is a little bigger than two tacos.

One note: there are two locations.  One is where Hire’s used to be, tucked in the parking lot by Movies 8. The other is south of Center St downtown.  The biggest noticeable difference is downtown is outdoor seating and Uni Pkwy is mostly indoors.  We usually hit whichever one is closest.  They also have a food truck and cater parties.

Levain Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Scones

Levain Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Scones

It was Spencer’s birthday last week, and I made these scones for his birthday breakfast. We first had them in NYC when we stopped by Levain Bakery on our way out to see the unicorn tapestries. Such a delicious breakfast. Of course we bought some […]

Lemon Caper Chicken

Lemon Caper Chicken

My whole family loves this dish.  They ask for it all year long, but now that we have so many people (which means pounding a lot of chicken) I make it most often as a birthday request. This last time we made it I invited […]

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Mmmm…

This is my go to rich chocolate dessert for special occasions. It makes me so happy that it’s gluten free, but not pretending to be something else. Just dense, wonderful, chocolate love. 

We like to decorate the top with fresh raspberries and I personally love even more raspberries on the side so I can have one with every bite. When we make it for people who can’t have cream, I just substitute it out for coconut cream. It’s delicious either way. 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

There is a pizza I love at Pizzeria 712 which involves house-made ricotta and mushrooms. I like it even more with a slice of their hot pink pizza to go along with it. Sadly, I can’t be popping over to 712 every time I need […]