Brownies for a Bum Day

Since we were basically home-bound again this weekend due to sickness (omg, this winter needs to end and everyone needs to get healthy- NOW), I figured I would do some baking to make everyone smile – or at least so I could stuff my face with brownies and drown my sorrows. I wanted to use…

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

If you’re confused by that title, so was I. I had no idea that it was even possible to make sweetened condensed milk at home. But this stuff admittedly does taste better than the canned stuff. I found the recipe in a recent issue of Fine Cooking and I was intrigued. I am a big…

Candied Jalapenos & Jalapeno Poppers

This year’s garden harvest wasn’t our best mostly because we had a beautiful baby at the end of June and the garden didn’t quite get the attention it needed. However, the jalapeno plants seemed to do really, really well. All the sudden, I found myself with all sorts of jalapeno peppers and more waiting to…

NY Strip Steak – @ home, on a weeknight

I’d been wanting to use the Joule sous vide to make some steaks at home. Making steaks at home is not something we usually do. I can probably count one one hand the number of times I’ve cooked a steak in the last 3 years. Up till now, steak has always been one of those…

Chicken Tikka in the Pressure Cooker

While I was preparing tonight’s dinner I found myself using not one but TWO pressure cookers at the same time! Why does one need two pressure cookers? Well that’s the life of a KitchenGadgetJunkie. I’ve had my Fagor Rapid Express cooker for a while now and I use it pretty frequently. Then I learned of…

Sous Vide Eggs

Obviously, by the name of this site, I really like kitchen gadgets! I got quite a few for Christmas and I wanted to get a good handle on how I like them before I start posting about them here. One of the gadgets I got was a Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps. This is a…

Chicken Tinga

Recently I renewed my subscription to one of my favorite cooking magazines, “Cooks Illustrated”. But, this time, I only subscribed to the iPad version rather than getting the paper magazines mailed. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but the iPad version has all sorts of extra features and videos which make it very cool. While…

Presto! Pesto Chicken Packets

There is nothing I love more than a really quick weeknight dinner that seems like food for company. This recipe is simple, takes about 15 minutes to prep and ends up really “fancy”. (By “fancy” I mean, looks way more complicated than it really is). This is perfect for a BBQ with friends or any…

Peach Jam

In the same theme with the past few posts, I spent this evening making a batch of peach jam with my Mom and sister. Recently I heard about this truck that comes from Georgia to Ohio to sell peaches. Luckily I learned about it right before the very last stop in my area for the…

Sour Cherry Jam: A Sweet Treat

As I told you in my last post, I picked a bunch of sour cherries recently. So for my day off 4th of July project, I made jam! The cherries I picked were light in color and very tart. Perfect for pie and jam as they do well with the added sugar. The final product,…

Brandied Cherries

I had a day off in the middle of the week this week and I used it to pick cherries! A friend of mine had posted pictures of her cherry picking adventure on Facebook and I was a bit jealous so I had to go myself. I have been cherry picking before, but this year,…

shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, and pesto pasta

For Christmas last year I got a subscription to “fine cooking” magazine. So far, I love it. My husband and I try to do one new recipe each week and this magazine has been really useful so far! They have so many great recipes in each that I am backlogged for trying the new things…