Pumpkin Ice Cream and more…

Cyrus and I are in the middle of closing on our first house in Evergreen, CO–a mountain home!  I thought it would be nice to make a special dinner to celebrate.  We made it to the next step in the process–time for the appraisal next week (crossing our fingers!). Last night I prepared the pumpkin custard…

Mardi Gras Means King Cake

Sadly folks I won’t be making Mardi Gras this year, so no fun pictures in the weeks to follow.  I decided I don’t have to completely miss out on all the perks of going to New Orleans for this crazy event and made my own King Cake!  It was a complete success, so I brought…

Dinner and Dessert

Caramel Apple Muffins 10-12 apples 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided Peel and finely chop apples to equal a heaping 3.5 cups….

North African Egg Dish

Green Shakshuka 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1 large celery stalk, sliced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 bunch of Swiss chard, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons 1 cup spinach (tightly packed) 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 4 large eggs Salt and…

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan with Nitro

Make sure to saute some onions and garlic to incorporate into the homemade tomato sauce!  I like a thicker sauce, so this doesn’t get watery.  Finished the dish with cherry tomatoes and arugula to get in some fresh greens and juicy tomatoes  Nitro with “The Mustache”

Mini fall pies and golfing in fall weather 

These are two of my favorite things: baking and doing activities outside in crisp fall weather.  “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -Great Gatsby I used the same fillings as I used in my “Rustic Apple Pie” and my “Homemade Pumpkin Pop-tarts“ I fell for the fresh donuts…up just…

Creamy Lobster Mac n Cheese

My first time preparing lobster was a complete success!  I cut the top of the shell to release the meat and broiled this guy with a little butter and crushed garlic for about 4-6 minutes. Then I added it to my homemade white mac n cheese.  I love these Cavatappi noodles as they make the…

Rustic Browned Butter Apple Pie

This time of year reminds me of my love for fall recipes.  Lately my time in the kitchen has been spent creating new fall treats.  Here is one I came up with for my guest all the way from Sweden for her last night in town.  We were in the kitchen over 4 hours (she pointed…

Browned Butter Banana Bread

Browned butter makes everything better!  I made this as a Labor Day treat, and it turned out deliciously.  I have been wanting to make banana bread and thought why not incorporate my browned butter technique and bake it in a bundt!  It was a lovely addition, and for hours the nutty aroma filled the room followed…

S’mores Cookie Cups and Pumpkin Pop-tarts 

When I think about fall, I think about pumpkins, changing leaves, camping weather…and S’mores!!  I also anticipate autumn festivals: first Tulsa State Fair followed by Oktober Fest.  Last year I went to the fair once but visited 3 different Oktober Fests (two in one day!) while driving around Lake Tahoe.  Oktober Fest is celebrated early October…