Cranberry Orange Marmalade

We got some oranges in our grocery bin this week so I decided to use them to make marmalade. It’s always been one of my favorite jams, but I’ve never actually made it before. Many of the recipes I’ve seen take a couple of days to make, as the oranges either have to soak overnight,Read more

Chai Spice

There’s been a lot of talk around the blogosphere lately about trying to avoid the February blahs. While I usually suffer from this seasonal affliction, I’ve been surprisingly chipper lately. Today was an exception though. The weather has been drizzly for the past few days and everyone here is fighting a cold; combine those twoRead more

Swedish Chocolate Balls

A very good friend of mine came to town recently for a visit (they’ve left the city, but still come here occasionally for dentist appointments, etc.). She’s Swedish and therefore had to do the mandatory Ikea trip while she was here, so I agreed to meet her there for lunch. I managed to spend theRead more

Biscuits in the Oven, Gonna Watch ‘Em Rise

I can’t make biscuits without singing a song by our favorite children’s singer (Raffi) called Biscuits in the Oven. It’s a catchy tune that makes biscuit making a lot more fun. I’ve got lots of recipes for scones and fancy biscuits, but sometimes simpler is better. This recipe is for plain old baking powder biscuits,Read more

Apple Dip

If you have kids, you need this recipe. Actually, scratch that, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t love this stuff, it’s a hit with kids and adults alike.Apple dip is a cream cheese based concoction that tastes just like caramel sauce. It’s so creamy and delicious that you feel like you’re being reallyRead more

My Favorite Cheese Ball

Normally I would say it was my husband (sorry honey), but around the holidays my favorite cheese ball is this yummy concoction I came up with a few years ago. I set out looking for a good one, but none of the recipes I found were exactly what I was looking for, so I startedRead more

Holiday Cheer

Buying fancy drinks to accompany holiday festivities can put a real dent in your wallet, but there are many that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and they make wonderful gifts as well!The added bonus to making your own liqueurs is that they can be made with local and organic ingredients.Read more

Holiday Chocolate Fix

The pace of the pre-holiday busyness (visiting friends, gathering food for the feast) slowed down momentarily this morning and I took the chance to make some more goodies. First on the agenda was one of Rachel Ray’s Five Minute Fudge Wreaths. I’m not really a fan of fudge, but I decided to give this aRead more

Cheese Coins

December is a big birthday month around here (my brother, father-in-law, and husband all have their birthdays within a 10 day period). Now that the celebrations are more or less over (aside from a small get together on Saturday night), and the kids’ various activities have come to an end for the holidays, it’s timeRead more

Kitchen Sink Cookies

I copied this recipe out of a Martha Stewart magazine years ago, and it’s probably the cookie recipe I turn to most often when I get the urge to do a little baking. They’ve got almost everything you can imagine in them (hence the name), so they make a very hearty and satisfying addition toRead more