Recipe #26: Georgian Lamb Kebabs

After about a month in Food 52’s baking club on facebook, I joined its facebook cookbook club. I had such a great time exploring Dorie’s Cookies and Breaking Breads, I thought that cookbook club would be just as fun. For the first month or so I followed along seeing what everyone cooked, but for this…

Recipe #25: Biscuits

It has always been a dream of mine to be able to whip up a batch of homemade biscuits. But with so many recipes calling for a food processor, I thought homemade biscuits would be a recipe that I would need to wait to take on. After many episodes of British Bakeoff, where they are…

Recipe #24: Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies

Every Christmas my Nana’s signature holiday baked goods would find their way to us: white chocolate pretzel peanut clusters and cheese biscuits. After she passed away, my mom continued her tradition of the cheese biscuits: a simple baked mixture of cheddar cheese and flour. I have yet to make these myself (and as I write…

Recipe #23: Dorie’s Newest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once again, I pull out my stand mixer for another recipe. Patrick and I are headed to Colorado with his family, and of course I want to bring along something sweet and turned to Dorie’s Cookies. I wanted a cookie recipe that would not be a huge time commitment and had an ingredient list where…

Recipe #22: Butter

I never thought I would say this sentence: for breakfast I am going to make butter. I always pictured that making butter was a tedious almost impossible task. Then I discovered there were such things as home churners that worked well. And then I learned you could make butter in your stand mixer using the…

Recipe #21: Summer Couscous Salad

I don’t know what I love more when I attend a potluck: eating the food or asking people about their delicious dishes! When I read the recipe for Summer Couscous Salad from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, I immediately related to the story behind the dish. Mel got this recipe from a friend, when that friend had…

Recipe #20: Spicy Sweet Potato Empanadas

I have had this recipe earmarked for awhile. When I was invited to a chili cook-off, I thought it would be an excellent time to try this dish. The recipe is from Ina Garten’s newest cookbook Cooking With Jeffrey. I have loved digging into the cookbook and trying the recipes. I have tried many new…

Recipe #19: Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

Warning: Spaghetti Carbonara was only the beginning of my many pasta posts that will be coming over the new few months. I am running the Chicago Marathon in October, and lean towards eating pasta the night before long runs. I picked this dish because I would also be making sweet potato empanadas (post to come)…

Recipe #18: Espresso Chocolate Sables

Patrick and I got back from our long run a couple of weeks ago to find an Amazon package waiting. I hadn’t ordered anything so I immediately assumed it wasn’t mine. SURPRISE – it was for me….and in it was Dorie’s Cookies! Yep, he knows me well. (Or when I talked about getting it from…

Recipe #17: Shakshouka

Have you heard of shakshouka? I had not until a few months ago when my sister made it for dinner and it looked delicious. The dish is eggs in a tomato sauce, often served with a side of bread for dipping. YUM! The dish has a Tunisian origin and can be found in the Middle…

Recipe #16: Sebastian’s Remarkably Wonderful Brownies

My family has only used one brownie recipe ever: the brownie recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook. This recipe is so well known in my family one of my sisters can make it from memory. The cookbook has even fallen apart at that page. But what’s not to love about, it’s easy, requires few, easy…

Recipe #15: Spaghetti Carbonara

Studying abroad in Florence introduced me to cuisine I would never have thought to try. Pappa al pomodoro. Negroni and Limoncello. Panettone. Neapoltian Pizza. Pasta as a first course followed by an entire meal. Eating and drinking in Italy was an entirely new experience for me – and included my introduction to the classic spaghetti carbonara….