Pan-Seared Salmon

I saw an article for the best pan-seared salmon in one of my Cooks Illustrated magazines.  I’ve been wanting to try it.  I’ve put it off because it honestly seemed so simple  (just salt and pepper for flavoring) I didn’t think it could be anything special, but I was wrong.  The brine makes it so…

Molten Chocolate Cakes

When Derek and I lived in Eugene, we were fortunate to befriend the Sarantis family in our ward.  Even though they were all grown up and had real jobs and a real house and kids, they would still on occasion invite us poor struggling graduate students over for dinner.  Jenny always made the best food…

Sugar Cookies

For some reason I got it in my brain that it was a good idea to invite all the girls in Liv’s kindergarten class over for a cookie decorating party. ¬†After we had sent invited to all 10 and all 10 had accepted, I realized that I didn’t really have a sugar cookie recipe that…

Shrimp Scampi

Guilty pleasure, I love buttery shrimp scampi and could eat piles of it on top of noodles.  Derek prefers it over rice.  This recipe is good and quick and easy. SHRIMP SCAMPI Ingredients: I lb raw shrimp, tail on (I usually take them off cuz it’s easier for my kids to eat that way- but…