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…

Czech Apricot Cake

The last time I was in Chicago, my step Dad, George, insisted that I learn how to make his favorite dessert from his sister, Despo.  I think he feels like when she’s gone, I’m more likely to make this for him then my Mom.  Plus, he said he can just imagine me making this with…

Aunt Julie’s Pie Crust

Every year that we lived in California when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always spent at my Aunt Julie’s house.  Now Aunt Julie isn’t even actually my Aunt.  She’s my mother’s neighbor growing up who was basically a sister to her.  And now, she’s still considered family to me.  The summer after 3rd grade…

Chocolate Satin Pie

This is an old college recipe back from the days when I lived with 5 roommates.  This was one of our favorite go to desserts because it was easy.  It’s a super rich chocolate pie, so a small slice will do.  We always bought the pre-made graham cracker crusts in tins from the store, but…

Marlborough Apple Pie

Our apple tree is ripening and the apples are beginning to fall off the tree, so I decided it was time to make an apple pie.  I found this fun pre-Civial War American colonial apple pie recipe.  It calls from grated or stewed apples spiced in a sherry-flavored custard for a filling.  The original purpose…

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

In our family these are actually referred to as Newton Traditionals.  So named for one of our favorite law school friends.  This was their traditional treat to make and share or pull out at game night.  Essentially they are a peanut butter rice krispy smeared with melted butterscotch/chocolate chips.  Very addicting.  So good they are…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I have always been intrigued by recipes using actual vanilla beans.  I have always wanted to try making something  with them, but had never been brave enough to try.  One Christmas when my step Sister Christine was staying at my place, she gifted me a bag of real vanilla beans.  I have one of those…

Peach Pie

The crowning event of peach season and our backyard peach tree is fresh peach pie.  I usually take all the last few peaches (some that have often been sampled by the birds) and cut out the bad parts and put the rest of the chunks into pie filling.  It’s another Cooks Illustrated recipe and the…

Refined Strawberry Shortcake

Today, was my birthday!  I’m not a huge fan of cake and even less of a fan of frosting, however, my kids don’t think we have officially celebrated my birthday until candles have been lit, the birthday song sung and some sort of treat enjoyed.   I also wound up with an abundance of strawberries…

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Derek has on multiple occasions attempted to lose weight via weight watchers online.  It always works while he follows it which tends to be a few weeks at a time at the most.  My favorite thing about Derek on weight watchers is my access to their online recipe base.  This is one recipe I found…

Frozen Hot Chocolate

 My first trip to my beloved New York City was when I was about 15.  I went on a girls trip with my Mom, my sister, my sister’s friend Brooke, my Mom’s friend Evelyn and her daughter Nicki.  There are a few various things I remember from the trip, but one memory that stands out…