Smashed Cauliflower and Broccoli

The past few weeks in the Owl’s Nest (our house) have been even crazier than usual.  The end of grad school for my second master’s degree, the other one’s extended trip out of town, extreme reorganization of the garage including the construction of three L-shaped shelves, yoga, running (in my new minimalist shoes), birthday parties, … [Follow your taste buds…]

Baked Broccoli? (and Asparagus)

This week has been absolutely nuts–the last class of grad school for my second master’s, the waiting game to hear about my dream job, my favorite person in the universe out of town, meetings meetings and many many more meetings, and the extreme house reorganizing–among many other things–has led to very little time in the … [Follow your taste buds…]

Restaurant Worthy Salmon Cakes with Wasabi Vinegar Sauce

I have made plenty of things that are restaurant worthy throughout my time in the kitchen.  A few are appetizers or meals, but almost all of these items are baked goods; most recently the bunny cake, but also the prima donna brownies, the highly versatile and kid-friendly sugar cookiecake bars, any variation of the fruit pie, and of course … [Follow your taste buds…]

Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Chips

Banana bread is delicious–really delicious.  Chocolate banana bread with peanut butter chips is downright heavenly.  Moist, dense, and full of flavor, this stuff certainly doesn’t disappoint.  It is quick and easy to make, and is fantastic to give as a gift or to share with coworkers.  I bet these would be great as muffins too. … [Follow your taste buds…]

Guinness and Cheddar Dip

Cheese, wine, and chocolate are the best ways to a woman’s heart.  Men, however, just need beer.  Cheese is a bonus, and beer and cheese together is more than they can handle.  For that reason, I made Guinness and Cheddar Dip to take to our final sledding party of the year.  Sledding party you ask?  … [Follow your taste buds…]