Spring Stuffed Alfredo Shells

Let’s be honest, spring isn’t here yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find my favorite produce.  The beginning of the seasonal spring offerings are here.  Last week, I found skinny asparagus popping up so as usual I buy what I like.  Then comes the question of what do I cook with what I bought.  Sometimes […]

Raspberry Mahogany: A Luscious Snack Cake

The best thing in the world is having cake delivered to your house.  Take it from us, surprise cake is the best cake.  The one downside is that giving someone cake means having to make an entire cake.  Downsizing a baking recipe is really hard to do well.  Never fear because this raspberry mahogany snack […]

Raspberry Pear Limeade

Let me start off by saying that I LOVE made from scratch lemonade!!  Which is a weird way to start a recipe post about limeade, but my love of lemonade really bleeds over to all ades.  It’s that tart sweet taste that I really love and ades just fit the bill.  So, when I’m looking for […]

Not Your Mama’s White Bread

I’m a recipe tinker-er. If I find a recipe I want to try and it doesn’t work, I’ll tinker with it until it does. So, this recipe comes from a desire for perfect white bread. I’m a huge fan of what King Arthur Flour does, but their recipes don’t always come out quite right. Plus I’m what […]

3 Tricks For Perfect Pierogi

Pierogi seem to be one of those dishes that few people make from scratch.  A little similar to fresh pasta there is technique involved, but with a pasta machine these delicious dumplings are worth the time and effort.  We went with a not so standard savory filling.  Generally you find pierogi with a few simple ingredients for […]

There Is No Pair – Pear Bread

As fruits go, pears tend to be overlooked.  They don’t seem to be as popular as the apple, orange or banana.  Yet, you will find them in many a fruit juice secretly lurking by adding their sweetness.  Apples are the American fruit, but the pear is equally delicious.  Their addition to this bread recipe adds tang […]

My Name Is Alison And I Have A Problem

We’ve had such weird weather this fall, I mean its December 3rd and it’s 50 degrees in Chicago of all places. The land of the crazy wind chill and bad, blustery, cold, snowy winters. We did already have snow once this year, but it just hasn’t felt like winter. That too could be my own […]

In the Kitchen: Fall Recipes 10/6/17

So let’s start something new!!  While I love making my own recipes, there are times when just like everyone else I find a recipe.  I hope that these fall recipes will be what you are looking for too.  When finding recipes, I either make it work for me or just give it a go. This […]

Pure Spoon For Perfect Carrot Cake Muffins

I’m here to tell you about Pure Spoon, a line of organic purees for kids!  Normally I don’t cover food for kids, but this seemed way too perfect to pass up.  My niece and nephew are nearly 2 and 4.   Sometimes I spoil them with toys, but I know that their parents and I […]

Blackberry Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Cooking seasonally can be a challenge, however you might just find what is plentiful pairs best.  You might be thinking blackberries aren’t in season, but we’ve been finding them on sale left and right.  All the stores in our area have gorgeous ripe berries.  Our favorite kind that used to grow wild in our backyard. […]

Egg Drop Soup

First, I must apologize for being lax on posting.  Some sort of cold has hit us and kept us from being normal functional human beings.  However, coming through the other side of some tissue boxes, I can share a great soup for the sick that you can make even if you are suffering. If you […]

Maple Mellows AKA Shortbread Cookies

Coming up with clever names for cookies is a challenge.  I should probably explain the name.  These are maple inspired shortbread cookies.  With maple sugar as the star ingredient adding in that tang that we love.  Combined with our secret ingredients these cookies literally disappear when they hit your tongue.  Perhaps you have had something […]