Baileys Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Baileys peppermint chocolate cake

Baileys peppermint chocolate cake
There’s something magical about recipes whose ingredients you always have on hand, so that when cravings strike, you can whip up something to satisfy those cravings without ever having to leave the house. Because having to the leave the house means having to put on real pants, and let’s be honest. There are days when…ain’t nobody got time for that, you know? Continue reading

Aunt Della’s Sugar Cookies

Aunt Della's sugar cookies

Aunt Della's sugar cookies
As much as I enjoy coming up with new recipes in the kitchen, I consider Christmas a time for traditions, and baking these Aunt Della’s cookies is one of my family’s holiday traditions as far back as I can remember. We’re not exactly sure where the recipe originated at this point, but my mom got the recipe from her mom, who we think got it from a friend of hers…who either got the recipe herself from an Aunt Della or from someone else who had an Aunt Della. So basically we have no idea who Aunt Della is, but we certainly love her cookie recipe! Continue reading

Cranberry Apple Crisp

cranberry apple crisp

My mom has been making apple crisp for as long as I can remember. We didn’t have it very often, but enough for it to make an impression on my brother and me as small kids. Once when my mom was baking an apple crisp, my brother (probably no more than four or five) declared, “I love Uncle Chris!” My mom was touched to hear him express his affection for her brother but a little confused about what had prompted his statement, until she realized that he actually meant “I love apple crisp!” Continue reading

Hamburger Helper Copycat Pasta

Hamburger Helper copycat pasta

Hamburger Helper Copycat Pasta

This recipe came about not so much as an accident but as an act of frugality and conservation. A few years ago when I was moving to Michigan, I was trying to ensure that as little as possible went to waste, so after I had packed up everything I could for the movers to take and given away to friends whatever they could use, I was left with a rather random assortment of things and food items. Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Bread

chocolate pumpkin swirl bread chocolate pumpkin swirl bread

I’ve been thinking about this chocolate pumpkin swirl bread for quite some time now, but thanks to our overzealousness at the apple orchard last month, I haven’t been able to bring myself to bake anything that doesn’t involve apples. Last Friday, I baked a cranberry apple crisp (post forthcoming!) and so, with my apple obligation for the day thus fulfilled, I could finally turn my attention to chocolate and pumpkin. Continue reading