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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…

Thank you King Arthur Flour for this recipe without any…flour!  ( I actually do like their flour, but the Double Dutch Cocoa Powder is what really does it for me.)

 

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 […]

Quick ‘n Easy Mac ‘n Cheesey

Quick ‘n Easy Mac ‘n Cheesey

This from-scratch mac ‘n cheese is great when I don’t know what to make the kiddies for lunch.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand and some of my older offspring can even make this crowd-pleaser by themselves!

Lemon Caper Tartar Sauce

Lemon Caper Tartar Sauce

Kitchen Shears

Kitchen Shears

After being married a short time, I realized how incomplete my pre-married life had been.  No.  Not because Spencer was half of me that was ‘missing’…because I discovered decent kitchen shears!  Spencer came with a nice pair from Cutco and my life hasn’t been the […]


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After being married a short time, I realized how incomplete my pre-married life had been.  No.  Not because Spencer was half of me that was ‘missing’…because I discovered decent kitchen shears!  Spencer came with a nice pair from Cutco and my life hasn’t been the same since.