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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Awhile back I read an interesting book written by Deborah Madison titled: What We Eat When We Eat Alone.  In it, she interviews people about what they eat when they cook for themselves.  Salmon cakes, similar to these, were one woman’s answer.  I was intrigued by […]