An Attempt at Grilling: Salt and Vinegar Potatoes and Lemon-Basil Carrots and Orange Peppers

Hamburgers are wonderful. But they are not the only things that you can grill.  My family also grills hot dogs (which I hate) and occasionally bratwursts (which I love), but that is all.  This year, I decided we needed to branch out a little.  Being a little healthier also sounded like a good idea, since… Continue reading An Attempt at Grilling: Salt and Vinegar Potatoes and Lemon-Basil Carrots and Orange Peppers

Recipe in Progress: Homemade Rosemary Wheat Crackers

Why is it so exciting to make everyday items from scratch? I’m talking about things that people buy at the store without even thinking about it.  Bread.  Crackers.  Cereal and granola.  Hummus.  Salad dressing.  My guess is that people are so used to buying these items that they do not think about or maybe even… Continue reading Recipe in Progress: Homemade Rosemary Wheat Crackers

Recipe in Progress: Peach Souffle with Wild Raspberries

The idea of this recipe is perfect. After making lovely banana souffles, peach sounded like another great idea.  However, the result was not perfect.  I believe I know what changes I need to make for next time. Peel the peach.  I know, I know, most people probably would have done this in the first place,… Continue reading Recipe in Progress: Peach Souffle with Wild Raspberries

Recipe in Progress: Cranberry Tilapia Quinoa

Almost. This dish almost was a masterpiece.  Despite roasted, salted pistachios, plumped cranberries, juicy tilapia, ginger, and tarragon…this recipe fell a bit flat.  Bland.  Blah.  There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but it needs some help.  Maybe I was too conservative with the spices?  Or maybe I need some other spices?  I was at… Continue reading Recipe in Progress: Cranberry Tilapia Quinoa

Recipe in Progress: Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

I have been craving chocolate even more than usual lately. My mom and brother seem to be suffering from the same disease lately, so I am starting to wonder if it is a highly contagious communicable disease.  Fortunately, a cure was not too hard to find! After rummaging around the freezer and pantry to scope… Continue reading Recipe in Progress: Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Disaster/Recipe in Progress: Lemon Bundt Cake

Disaster or Recipe in Progress? Both!  My first attempt at this cake definitely had some disastrous results, but I believe there is some hope.  First, I will tell you why the cake can be classified as a disaster: I should have known better. No sensibly sized recipe includes two full cans of sweetened condensed milk.… Continue reading Disaster/Recipe in Progress: Lemon Bundt Cake

Recipe in Progress: Nutella Frosting

Silly me, I thought Nutella was already pretty much the proper consistency to use as frosting. According to Pinterest, no. My brother requested a butter pecan cake with Nutella frosting for his birthday.  Interesting combination. So the Pinterest search began.  I found several variations.  One used cream cheese, which intrigued me.  I am not a… Continue reading Recipe in Progress: Nutella Frosting