Monthly Archives: March 2015

Shepherd’s Pie

This wasn’t the traditional Shepherds Pie.  Henry and I were looking at what we had in the kitchen and this is what we came up with.  Henry started the project and then abandoned it halfway and I picked up and took over and then Henry added his finishing touch.  It was an interesting group effort that turned out better than…

Vegetable Soup and Chicken

I had way too much produce in the refrigerator and needed to make good use of it before it all went bad so this was the easiest and healthiest solution.  Vegetable soup!  I had a bunch of fresh herbs, too! I decided to throw in everything at once, even the whole stalks of rosemary, thyme and Italian parsley.  I should…

Rice Pudding with Maple Pecan Sauce

Let’s just keep the carbs coming!  I am actually trying to eat less carbs but keep making more.  This was sort of a necessity.  We ordered amazing Indian food from Bhatti Grill here in Manhattan and ate at home instead of going out on my birthday.  The food was great but as we packed up the leftovers into the refrigerator…

Henry’s Raspberry Poptart

Henry came across a package of puff pastry as he was gathering inspiration for the birthday cake he wanted to make me.   After school yesterday he whipped this out of nowhere filling it with half a jar of some very high quality raspberry jam I just bought and used the entire package of high quality puff pastry I bought. …

Soft Boiled Eggs with Toast Soldiers

Our whole family (minus 1) loves these soft boiled eggs.  My oldest daughter got the stomach flu on “Green Eggs and Ham Day” in Kindergarten and hasn’t eaten eggs since!  So sad!  I just got a new egg cooker which now makes 7 soft cooked eggs instead of four.   So here is our first experience with the new appliance! Steaming…

Puffy Pancake

This is a recipe all of our family enjoys that we have been making for a long time!  It is always exciting to see how puffy the pancake is when it comes out of the oven! Melt the butter Mix the batter together. Add the batter when the butter looks like this.  The butter got a little browner than usual…

Henry’s 13th Birthday Cake!

I asked Henry what kind of a cake he wanted for his birthday and he showed me a picture of this Minecraft block cake with all these different cubes of colored cake.  I was really cool but more than I was willing to undertake.  We came up with an idea to use different colors and this is what we got. …

Handmade Vanilla

I stumbled across a recipe to make your own vanilla at Smitten Kitchen which is a beautiful food blog I love to look at for inspiration.  It is not much of a recipe since it has only 2 ingredients: vanilla beans and vodka.  I searched the internet for ratios and where to buy the best beans.  I bought mine at…

Henry’s Winning Sandwich

Henry and I watched Cutthroat Kitchen and had a sandwich competition.  This was his creation.  He took some really fresh french baguette and grilled it with a filling from a mozzarella and salami rolled thing we got at the store.  I don’t know exactly how he cooked it but the cheese was melted perfectly and the bread was crisp and…

Riccioli Pasta with Caramelized Corn

This is the Riccioli pasta I found at Fairway that sat in my kitchen waiting for something interesting to happen with it!   I found this recipe online at Food and Wine.  Their recipe has you making the pasta from scratch and twirling the strands of homemade pasta around a knitting needle which sounds amazing but these store bought ones were…