Monthly Archives November 2013

Lemon Breakfast Cake

This recipe is very similar to a sponge cake except it doesn’t get the airy light fluff that sponge cake does. It is slightly thicker like cake. You can add poppy seeds and it would taste just like lemon poppy seed muffins. To make this more light and fluffy, I believe I will need to lower the oven to 325 and possibly add in baking powder. My next goal is to master a sponge cake or angel food cake.
Read More

Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge

My Grandma had this recipe in her recipe box more than 5 times so I knew it would be good. The best part is that it is super easy and it does taste just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. These would be perfect to have out for the holidays. I took cold slices of it to the neighbors last night so they had a surprise dessert after dinner. It is basically peanut butter chocolate fudge...
Read More

Potato Wedges

Crispy on the outside, and tender in the inside. Oven-roasted potato wedges are easy to make, and a great alternative to French fries. Some restaurants often call these steak fries. You can marinade in advance to save time.

Makes 8 portions
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed, rinsed, and cut into wedges
3 tablespoons oliv...
Read More

Thousand Island Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I love French fries dipped in thousand island dressing. You can also put it on burgers or salad. Basically a blend of mayo, ketchup, and relish.


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 pinch of kosher salt
1 pinch of white pepper or black course pepper
Optional: 1 teaspoon or more of hot pepper sauce, Tapatio or Tabasco


Combine al...

Read More

Maple Glazed Salmon

My husband does not like salmon but I sure do. The best part about this recipe is that it is quick and you can baste your salmon and through it in the oven while you prep other food. This came out lightly sweetened with just the right about of seasoning. You could still taste the fish but if gave a since of Hawaiian flare. It just needed some grilled pineapple. Next time!
4 skin-on salmon fillet...
Read More

Filet Mignon & Peppercorn Sauce

4 thick filet mignon steaks, fat trimmed off optional
Olive Oil
Salt & crushed peppercorns
1 tablespoon of butter
1/3 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic cloves
¼ cup Cognac or Brandy
2 cups of brown stock, canned beef broth or use 2 beef bouillon cubes in 2 cups of hot water
2 tablespoons black peppercorn coarsely crushed with rolling pin in a baggy or hopefully you have a pep...
Read More

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 clove garlic, minced
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of dried basil leaves or dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray baking dish with cooking spray.
In one bowl, blend the garlic and olive oil...
Read More

Spicy Shrimp Scampi

We were having our dear friend Jeff over for dinner and I wanted to make something I haven’t made before. I knew he liked shrimp and I knew he liked chicken. I bought a fresh sourdough baguette from Trader Joe’s and the Trader Joe’s olive tapenade for the boys to enjoy as an appetizer...

Read More

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

My grandmother passed away this year and I was beyond blessed to get her recipe boxes. In one of the boxes I found this recipe from a dear friend of hers. I love lemon and so does my husband so I had to try these. They came out wonderful!
Shortbread cookie Ingredients:
¾ cup butter or margarine at room temperature
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon of grated lemon rind
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ c...
Read More