• Cacio e pepe – Spaghetti with cheese and pepper

    When I was little, I didn’t like spaghetti sauce. I’m not sure why. I do know I hated (and still am not a fan of) large chunks of tomato in my sauce, but for quite a while I wouldn’t do any sauce at all. Instead, I had spaghetti with butter and parmesan cheese. Now I […]

  • Garlicky parmesan broccoli

    I’ve been baking a lot of sugary, chocolatey, marshmallowy things lately. So I figured we could all use something that is green naturally. I feel like this has a lot of ingredients for a side dish, but most of them are things I usually have around anyway. And I made it with some spaghetti with […]

  • Size does matter

    Well, this is potentially problematic. The New York Times reported today that many packaged food have been downsized — but no one told the consumers. Now, I get that food costs are increasing and manufacturers are either going to have to hike prices or decrease quantity. But, the problem is that we don’t KNOW we’re […]

  • Devil dogs

    Depending on where you grew up, devil dogs may be a kind of hot dog, a kind of snack cake (akin to a Twinkie or Ding Dong) or a Marine. I’m in the latter camp — which is why I knew I had to make them. I had been thinking about making these for a […]

  • Lemon ricotta pancakes

    Yes, we are apparently on a pancake kick around here. Don’t judge. And actually, I made these partly because I had a lot of ricotta cheese in the fridge that I didn’t want to go bad. But I do think they might be the best pancakes yet. The combination of the ricotta and whipped egg […]

  • Guinness chocolate cake

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You all know Guinness is good for you, right? Well, Guinness chocolate cake is even better. I tried to drink the leftover beer… that didn’t work out. Maybe I should have let it come to room temperature and poured it into a pint glass? Since I made this as a bundt […]

  • Brown soda bread

    I have a confession to make: When I went to Dublin (in 2000), I ate at Planet Hollywood. Yeah, I know. The first day I was there, I went on a tour of the countryside and ate at a little pub in the middle of nowhere. Later, I tried a boxty (hated it) and even […]

  • Grasshopper pie

    I love reading The Pioneer Woman’s cooking blog and looking at all the fabulous photos. But I don’t actually make a ton of the things she posts, mainly because she likes a lot of things that I don’t like or can’t eat — like mushrooms (gross) and seafood (allergic). HOWEVER. As soon as I saw […]

  • Pimento mac & cheese

    I’ve been thinking about pimento cheese since January, when I saw this post by Camille at Creative Pursuits. So I was really excited when I opened my mailbox and saw the pimento macaroni and cheese on the March cover of Bon Appetit. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I have […]

  • Pancakes

    There are few things better than waking up to a big stack of hot pancakes. Especially when they were made by someone hot. Ryan D’Agostino of Esquire knows the power of pancakes, and has a very simple recipe he carries in his wallet for any time he needs to whip up a batch. We haven’t […]