Monday, December 31, 2012

Turkey Stew with Dumplings

This is an easy way to use up leftover turkey.  Just toss the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and that afternoon you'll have a hearty, delicious meal ready.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gingerbread Men

Nothing says Christmas time like cookies, and this is one of the classics.

Yield: 60 cookies (I used a medium-sized cookie cutter)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Berry Tart

If you want to impress your friends with a dessert that looks great, then this is it.  You can mix up the fruit, too, if you have other favorites.

Yield: 12 servings.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Portobello Turkey Bake

A great way to use up some leftover turkey, this dish is both hearty and has great texture from the mushrooms.  And there's very little cleanup since it's just one skillet and one casserole dish.

Yield: 5 servings

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread

There's nothing so tempting as the smell of cinnamon raisin bread while it's baking.  Your mouth with be salivating all day while it bakes and cools.

Yield: 1 large loaf

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Breasts

This recipe was really just an exercise in curiosity.  When I found it I thought it would be a unique texture that I hadn't tried before, and it turned out to be even better than I had expected.  Definitely worth making again.

Yield: 4 servings

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pony Cake

This cake was for the 4-year birthday of my friend's daughter.  Needless to say, the kids all liked it.  It's a lot of cake, though, so bring some adults to help eat it .

Yield: 24 servings.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

I'm not usually a fan of vegetables, but I will occasionally find a dish worth trying.  This one is quite easy to prepare and serves as a good side dish for just about any meal.

Yield: 10 servings

Monday, November 26, 2012

Apple Cranberry Pie

The only acceptable conclusion to a Thanksgiving dinner is a homemade pie.  I've always been partial to apple pie, and I decided to mix it up this time with some cranberries.  The tart flavor of the berries makes this pie delicious.

Yield: 8 servings

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was going through my cabinet trying to think of how to spruce up some plain cookies, and I found some extra sesame seeds laying around.  On a whim, I tried combining them with a classic cookie recipe and it turned out to be great!  You can taste the sesame and they add a unique flavor.

Yield: 4 dozon cookies

Friday, November 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The bribe needed for feeding my chinchillas while I was traveling: peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Yield: 32 cookies

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sesame Bread

I made this on a whim once, and based on positive feedback from a friend I made it a second time to refine the recipe.  This is the improved version.

Yield: 2 loaves

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

These bars have great flavor and the texture turned out much better than I was expecting at the outset.  I'm tempted to try them with other types of fruit.

 Yield: 16 servings

Monday, November 5, 2012

Crispy Roasted Potatos

I've been searching for a while for a potato recipe that is easy, crispy, and doesn't require deep frying.  Finally, I've found it.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chocolate Cake

This cake is pretty damn amazing.  It's got a soft texture and thick creamy frosting.  Truly a memorable cake.

Yield: 12 servings

Monday, October 29, 2012

Balsamic Pot Roast

I've always been a meat and potatoes kinda guy, and it's especially nice when it's this easy.  15 minutes of chopping vegetables and you're done.  Just sit back, relax, and let the slow cooker work it's magic.

Yield: 7 Servings

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Sausage, potato, mustard, and onion.  If this doesn't make you happy then you just aren't human.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, October 22, 2012

Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

This sauce is absolutely fantastic and packs so much flavor.  You'll love the smells in your kitchen as you're making it and will enjoy every bite.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Five Cheese Baked Macaroni

Where I come from in Canada, all macaroni & cheese is referred to as Kraft Dinner (no matter the brand). Well, here's a homemade version that blends five cheeses for a great taste. Perfect on a cold fall evening.

Yield: 10 servings

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nutella Meringue Cookies

I'm a big fan of meringue, even though I don't get around to making it too often.  This ingenious cookie combines meringue with a simple Nutella spread to make a great flavor & texture combination.

Yield: 32 Sandwich Cookies

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chocolate Drizzled Gingerbread Cake

This cake has very strong flavor of gingerbread, made extra potent by the use of blackstrap molasses. The topping counters that just perfectly, though, so you'll have a good balance of sweet and bitter.

Yield: 16 servings

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quick and Hearty Tomato Soup

I've always been partial to tomato soup, but sometimes I just don't have time to make it from scratch. Here's a way that you can turn a couple cans into a home-cooked soup.

Yield: 5 servings

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Black Pepper Chocolate Cookies

Want to try an unusual cookie?  Something with a little more punch than the normal?  Bake up some of these cookies with a combination of several spices -- they smell great and are a fun deviation from the normal.

Yield: 60 cookies

Monday, September 24, 2012

Crunchy Italian Chicken Breasts

Simple, easy, and tasty.  You can make these chicken breasts pretty easily and they pair up with just about any side dish to make a great meal.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

I wanted to mix it up a bit with this cobbler, so I tossed in some berries and extra spices.  It's easy to experiment to get the flavor you like, so get adventurous.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gnocchi, Corn, and Mushrooms in Cream Sauce

This rich dish has great flavor and texture.  I'm not certain if it's a soup or a side-dish, but I am certain that it's tasty.

Yield: 4 servings

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blue Ombre Cake

It's like blue art, but much tastier.   And it's easy enough that if you can frost a cake then you can make it.  If blue isn't your color then you can swap the food coloring for your favorite.

Yield: 16 servings

Monday, September 3, 2012

Caramel Sticky Rolls

What better way to wake up then to some freshly baked caramel rolls?  Cinnamon rolls, maybe?  But this is still pretty damned good.

Yield: 15 rolls

Monday, August 27, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These sandwiches are easy to whip up and taste great.  Treat yourself to a tasty snack on a lazy afternoon.

Yield: 2 Servings

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Peach Blueberry Pie

The spices provide a good counter to the sweetness of the fruit --  a great taste for a warm summer evening.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

This is just as easy to make as regular bread and will give it some extra flavor and texture.

Yield: 2 loaves

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chicken Gnocchi Alfredo Soup

This soup has amazing flavor.  I found it to be better than dinner itself and will definitely make it again.

Yield: 5 servings

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes with Peppers, Onions, & Mushrooms

I had some leftover blue cheese in the fridge and needed to find a use for it.  I started wondering if there was a way to combine it with potatoes.  Turns out there is, and it tastes way better than traditional mashed potatoes.

Yield: 6 servings

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rice Pudding

My father would make this family recipe as a treat for breakfast on the weekends.  In retrospect, it's more of a dessert than breakfast, but maybe that's why it was such a treat.

Yield: 10 servings

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Watermelon Salad

I never would have guessed that watermelon and red onion go together so well.  It's amazing how much the watermelon takes on the onion's flavor.  All around, this is a great summer-time dish.

Yield: 6 servings

Monday, July 23, 2012

Peanut Butter Fudge

I don't know if this technically counts as fudge since there's no chocolate, but it's definitely good.  Try not to eat too much.

Yield: 81 pieces

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sesame Squares

Good candy should be like art.  More than just tasting good, it should look great.  This fits the bill perfectly by looking stylish and tasting even better.

Yield: 81 pieces

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chili Pork Chops

These chops are very moist and tender.  As it is, they aren't too spicy; you can spice them up more if you like a lot of kick in your chili.

Yield: 6 servings

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pepper & Cheese Cornbread

I love cornbread, and sometimes you need to spice it up a bit with something beyond just plain cornmeal.  This has a lot of flavor and texture, making it a great alternative to traditional cornbread.

Yield: 12 servings

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cookies & Cream Cheesecakes

These little cheesecakes are a great single-serving snack.  For when you want full cheesecake flavor in a small snack size.

Yield: 30

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blueberry-Dijon Chicken

This is an easy dish that has good flavor. The sauce combines the right amounts of sweet and tangy to really make it great.

Yield: 8 Servings

Monday, June 25, 2012

Iced Italian Cookies

These cookies are quick and easy to throw together and have a unique shape to them.  After making one batch you'll immediately think about making more.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Monday, June 11, 2012

Baked Beef Burritos

Mexican food is great because it's really impossible to mess up.  Pretty much all Mexican food is good, and this is really good.  So if you want an easy recipe to try then this is for you.

Yield: 6 burritos

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

These rich mashed potatoes are full of cheesey goodness and will be a welcome addition to any meal.

Yield: 4 servings