Hearty Guinness Beef Stew

Several nights ago, while watching a Chopped competitor attempt beef stew in 30 minutes, my usually-apathetic husband turned to me and asked if I would make “a better beef stew than that” for dinner this week. So I dug up a recipe I’d previously used for St. Patrick’s Day and modified it. Despite not being huge beer…

Apple crisp cookie cups

It’s officially autumn, which means it’s baking season around here! ((squeal of delight)) I knew I wanted to make something with apples. Since my husband loves apple crisp and cookies, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this Pinterest recipe. The base cookie is slightly different than the oatmeal cookies I’m accustomed to, but that’s not…

Fall is in the air

Autumn is slowly creeping up on Seattle, which means it’s slowly making its appearance throughout our house. Decorating for fall is one of my favorite pastimes, mostly because it means it’s only a few more months until Christmas!

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Salad

I’ve never been a huge fan of rosemary, but the photos of the original post were just so mouthwatering, I had to try it. I’m so glad I did, because this is delicious! I’ll be adding not just the full salad recipe to my regular rotation, but also the vinaigrette and most especially, the method…

Tomato Basil Parmesan Bisque

One of my husband’s favorite meals is – and always will be – simple, classic grilled cheese and tomato soup. It was one of the first meals I wanted to master when we began cutting out preservatives. I found a base tomato soup recipe years ago and have been tweaking it ever since. This is…

Summer berries

Happy food-prep Sunday to my fellow cooks, foodies, and homemakers. Food really can be beautiful…

Copycat Denny’s Super Birds

I grew up with many trips to the American diner, Denny’s. Their grilled turkey and bacon sandwich called the Super Bird was one of my favorite late night meals throughout high school. While I haven’t frequented a Denny’s in quite some time, I found an excellent copycat recipe for those nights I’m madly craving diner…

Favorite travel souvenirs

My husband and I don’t ever spend much on cheesy souvenirs, but we’ve been known to bring home less traditional momentos. The newspapers from the days we were there. Travel magazines in the local language. Art we can frame and display in our home. Practical items we can use everyday, like paper notepads or reusable…

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery concerts

Most native Seattleites know one of the best places to catch a outdoor summer concert is at local winery, Chateau Ste Michelle, in Woodinville. This year, my mother in law grabbed third row seats to Diana Krall, an excellent show filled with exceptional musicianship. When no one sat in the two rows in front of…