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…