Rose Braid Challah Bread: Recipes That Impress Everyone

You know we bake.  You probably know baking is not all that great in the summer heat.  Especially when we had 90°F days with a heat index of 100°F.  Turning on the oven is basically irresponsible in such heat waves, you don’t want to be heating up your house when trying to cool it down.  […]

No More Pie, Serve Rhubarb Cake

My Rhubarb Jungle Gardening may not be your hobby. However, at our house we seem to have endless rhubarb.  This stuff is hearty and gigantic.  Truly you might think we were growing pumpkins if it were the season. So what is a lady to do with endless stalks of vibrant rhubarb? Bake cakes of course.  […]

Forget Sugar Cookies, Frost Ube Cookies

Not Just A Purple Cookie Sugar cookies are great.  We especially love those super soft pillowy ones with the colorful thick frosted tops.  Well, we are here to tell you that softness can be found with sweet potatoes.  A softness we found from ube treats at Warm Belly. This recipe is partly inspired by their ube […]

Not Your Mama’s White Bread

Creating The Ultimate 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 […]

There Is No Pair – Pear Bread

Don’t Forget The Pear 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 […]

My Name Is Alison And I Have A Problem

Confession Time 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 […]

In the Kitchen: Fall Recipes 10/6/17

Perfect Fall Recipes 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 […]

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

Blackberry Season 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 […]

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 […]

Raspberry Lime Sweet Rolls

Raspberry season has not quite come to an end.  Until the first frost you can still pick at farms like Heider’s Berry Farm in Woodstock. A place where raspberries taste so good you would swear off candy.  We ended up picking there a few times this summer.  So of course there was an abundance of […]

Blue Velvet Cake

You may already know that I am a huge fan of red velvet.  The combination of a light chocolate with a cream cheese frosting is what I crave.  I am not a giant chocoholic like my sister.  So, I prefer the more subtle flavors of red velvet.  Yet, I haven’t made much in the way […]