Recipes

Croquembouche – Henry’s 15th Birthday

Henry always appreciates an ambitious project for his birthday.  His 13th birthday had 4 colors of cake in a tower.  14th birthday was a decadent Snickers cake.  15th birthday needed to be equally special so I decided on a croquembouche.  It was pretty cool and Henry was impressed. I read so many recipes from the internet.  I can’t remember exactly…

French Lentil Salad with Feta, Cranberries and Walnuts

        I made this for the first time for breakfast!  I found it on the back of a fancy bag of French lentils from Gelson’s. It doesn’t seem very breakfasty but it was so delicious!  And salads for breakfast are trendy now.  I put two over easy eggs on top which was amazing!  Roger said, “You should…

Lemon Curd Cream Cheese Sticky Rolls – Contestant #3

Aaagh!!  It looks like I will be making yet another batch of lemon buns!  Overcooked and under salted!  So much potential unfulfilled!  The pendulum swung too far the other way this time.  Contestant #3 seemed like it was going to top them both but fell short.  These were good but overcooking them definitely took away from what they could have…

Lemon Sticky Buns with Lemony Cream Cheese Glaze – Contestant #1

I am obsessed with citrus and sticky buns now!  I like lemon sweet things and lemon savory things.  But my two daughters don’t like lemon things.  I thought this was weird until I remembered back to making lemon bars when they were young and one of my daughters said, “It tastes like dishwasher detergent.”  What?!  Then I realized I used…

Glazed Orange Sweet Rolls – Contestant #2

I came across two recipes online that took hold of me and wouldn’t let go!  They both sounded so good but couldn’t decide which to make and which would taste better.  My husband Roger has been out of town and it is January, so I decided I would have a Sweet Roll Competition in my kitchen. Meet contestant #2 This…

Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork

When I was looking for a cauliflower rice recipe I came across the Food Charlatan blog.  She had this recipe at one of her top 10 recipes.  The pictures looked great so I wanted to try it.  She got this recipe from People magazine’s article about the recipe for the Cubano Sandwiches from the movie Chef.  Which Henry and I…

Indian Style Cauliflower Rice

I had cauliflower rice for the first time at this new Indian restaurant in my neighborhood called Inday.  They are trying to be like a hipster Indian version of Chipotle.  One of the choices for rice is this “not rice” made with shredded cauliflower and brussel sprouts.  It intrigued me so I tried it and it was really good.  Turns…

Green Wet Pork Burritos – Mexican Grill style

My dad took us to The Mexican Grill on Main Street in Santa Ana, California after church on Sundays.  I remember the sound of our car driving into the gravelly back parking lot.  The restaurant was laid out sort of 50s style with a white formica counter with the band of ridged metal on the edge with fixed barstools and…

Not Your Typical Egg Burrito!

This was a first for me!  Henry and I have been eating a lot of tacos with all the taco meat I have.  That smoked Spanish paprika was so good I had to make more of it.   But I ran out of the corn tortillas even though I had everything else.  We were snowed in for the weekend so…