Pumpkin Tiramisu

This past weekend was Thanksgiving, which means a lot of baking and cooking for me.  I had every intention of making two of these, but after making one for my mom, I decided I would just make myself and my family a pumpkin cheesecake. I had spent a few days trying to figure out if…

Black Pepper Parmesan Grissini Italian Breadsticks

Around here I usually make my parmesan breadsticks, which are big, fluffy, dunk in your pasta sauce breadsticks.  But every once in a while I make these, which are thin, crispy and well, super easy to make (takes less than 2 hours from start to finish!). I had always made these plain, with just a…

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Well, the weather is definitely turning to winter here.  No fall or autumn.  We’re forecast to have snow tomorrow.  It still amazes me how we can go from hot summer weather with the air conditioner on one day, and then the next day the furnace is turning on to heat up the house because it’s…

Minute Burgers

Okay, it takes longer than a minute to mix these up, but they are so quick and easy to whip up and only take one minute per side to fry up. Simply mix everything up in a bowl, making sure the spices are evenly mixed through. The. Using a scoop, which ensures all burgers are…

Bar-B-Que Sauce

I’m sure most people just buy their BBQ sauce, us included. Every once in a while though it’s nice to make things yourself, especially if you can make it just the way everyone likes it, instead of two or three different bottles in the fridge, so everyone gets what they want. This sauce is slightly…

Chocolate Mud Cake

Sorry I’ve been a little absent lately, we’ve been working in our yard, and well, life happens. Kitchen faucet broke and needed replacement. We also put in slide out drawers in our lower cabinets in the kitchen which has made our lives so much more functional. I’m finally using all the lower cabinets. We’ve lived…

Make Ahead Macaroni & Cheese

I think we all grew up eating the mac and cheese out of the blue box right?  It was one of the only things my mom knew how to make really well.  (My Oma did most of the cooking, but mom was a master at the KD!). My older son eats mac and cheese at…

Black Pepper Olive Oil Crackers (Updated)

My husband has an obsession with crackers.  Especially the Triscuit crackers.  Now I can’t make Triscuits, but I can try to make crackers.  I’ve made plain crackers before, which is actually extremely easy, no special equipment needed. Recently I decided to purchase a pasta machine, so I figured I would make my husband some crackers and…

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Today my oldest son turns 21.  I’m still in denial about this.  I’m sure he should still be 2 or 3. His absolute favorite dessert is cheesecake.  I actually go to the German bakery and buy him a whole cheesecake every year at Christmas.  occasionally I have a piece or two, but otherwise he eats…

Bagels

Every couple of months I try and make bagels, the ones we get at the grocery store just aren’t the same as authentic bagels I used to be able to get at this wonderful bagel shop downtown (it’s not there anymore which is really upsetting as they had the most amazing Pumpernickel bagels!).  The bagels…

Spaghettini Pie

Okay, so yesterday (March 14 or 3.14) was Pi Day.  Well, the first thing I saw when I opened up my Instagram page was a photo of a spaghetti pie.  It was glorious.  Seriously.  All I thought was I need to have that tonight for dinner.  So I went straight to Smitten Kitchen’s website and…

Shortbread Cookies

I think everyone has a love for shortbread cookies right?  They sell them everywhere, usually covered in a thick layer of Royal icing at all the coffee shops (yes, I mean Starbucks). I like a simple, pure, all butter shortbread.  This essentially has 3 ingredients (not counting the vanilla and salt – those are staples…