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Chicken Pot Pie, Meals to Freeze, Home Cooking, Chino House

Chicken Pot Pie

So I have had a little extra time this morning for cooking since I am home with a sick child.  I’ve been making apple pies all morning and I am realizing that cooking makes me generous.  As soon as I start chopping, my heart begins to just pour out of me into whatever I’m making.  …

Summer Berry Tart

  Summer Berry Tarts: Sweet Crust + Berries = Delightful! Here’s a recipe for the most delicious summer berry tarts! I bought new tiny little tart pans this year so everyone can have their own! Win!   Summer Berry Tarts (makes twelve four inch tarts) Sweet Tart Dough 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room …

Rhubarb Berry Pie

I fell in absolute LOVE with rhubarb last summer in Vancouver BC, so when I heard through the grapevine that they had some at the store, I added it to my list.  Taido went to the store for me after returning from his adventures in Canada.  Perhaps he was feeling a little guilty about being …

Granola Goodness

Granola Whitney took these gorgeous photos of my granola for our soon-to-be-published church anniversary cookbook that I just had to share with you. Here are the recipes one more time, because don’t these pictures make you want some!  For more Whitney food photo fun, check out our sushi on her blog! Original Chino House Granola …

simple spring greens

Simple Spring Greens

Several different bunches of spring greens have found their way into my kitchen in the past week or so and I have now twice made this very simple dinner that with a slice of cornbread will fill your tummy for very little money.  Especially if your greens are from a friend’s garden.  We got Swiss …

Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Chocolate Pecan Cookies made with Dark Chocolate and Whole Wheat Flour Chocolate Pecan Cookies are not your after school snack cookie.  This cookie is for book club, for your valentine, for your late night trip to the cookie jar.  In other words, this cookie is for adults.  Or mature children, mature being defined here as …

12 Homemade Treats, Christmas Cookies, Holiday Baking

Snowball Cookies

For our New Community dinner this month, I signed up to bring a soup and salad.  I landed on my newest creation, sweet potato coconut soup.  And then I also brought these snowball cookies.  They are a family recipe that we make every year at Christmas.  There are several variations around this cookie that is …

Raspberry Rugelach

An Easy Recipe for Raspberry Rugelach That You Can Freeze For Later Raspberry Rugelach Ingredients: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 cups sifted bleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup raspberry or apricot preserves Make dough:  place cream …

coconut sweet potato soup, what's for dinner

Coconut Sweet Potato Soup

Taido and I had this wonderful coconut sweet potato soup in a restaurant on a date recently that we loved.  It was so dreamy that we sat at the table a long time and tried to figure out everything that was in it.  We made a list so later I could try to duplicate it. …

Fresh Ginger Dressing

Fresh Ginger Dressing

I love the fresh ginger dressing that comes on top of some lettuce and shredded carrots at the beginning of your meal at sushi bars and Japanese steakhouses. I don’t get to get out and eat sushi as often as I would like, but I can now at least have the salad because I have …

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup I saw Slumdog Millionaire this weekend.  Everyone should see this movie.  I would love to see it sweep the academy awards. However, two days after seeing it, my thoughts are a little too raw to be coherent so instead of talking about this film, I am giving you a recipe …

Ina Garten’s Cheddar Dill Scones

Ina Garten’s Cheddar Dill Scones I made Ina Garten’s cheddar dill scones this week, and I have grounded myself from making them again because I ate them all.  They are so flaky, cheesy yummy that I just couldn’t resist.  Even the next day after a minute or two in the toaster oven I was burning …

Cinnamon Muffins

  I made these muffins for Taido to take to work this week and I have had several requests for the recipe, so here it is!  You probably have everything you need to make these for breakfast tomorrow!  Enjoy! Cinnamon Muffins 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon …

Gingered Carrot Cookies

Gingered Carrot Cookies I made these gingered carrot cookies a few weeks ago, and I think they just look like autumn.  Plus they remind me of carrot cake, which I like a lot.  They are from Dorie Greenspan’s monstrous cookbook on baking, which has proved to be a very delectable purchase.  My love for ginger …

apple pancake

Apple Pancake

We are having a pretty low key Thanksgiving this year as opposed to the super crazy years we go to Chicago and pile like 40 of us in my sister’s house, cooking and eating until we all explode.  I will miss the greater gathering, but the relative calm of this year allows me the time …

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Here’s some skillet cornbread to go with the soup your serving tonight! This hearty, made from stone ground cornmeal, not jiffy cornbread, is browned to the perfect state of crispy-edge-ness in a cast iron skillet. There is a secret to making this cornbread even tastier than it usually is. It’s not the …

Upstate Minestrone Soup

Upstate Minestrone Soup

I made this wonderfully hearty soup last week for two different events at our house and though I have no pictures, I am giving you the recipe because I’ve had several requests for it.  I was introduced to this soup by my dear friend Karen Smith who I haven’t seen in oh, so long, but …

Roasted Vegetable Soup

  Roasted Vegetable Soup This roasted vegetable soup is a variation on Late Harvest Soup, a wonderful fall soup full of those delicious orange vegetables that match the leaves this time of year.  The small but distinct difference between last fall’s harvest pot and this year’s is the roasting of the vegetables.  Roasting brings out …

Let Them Eat Cake: Three Cake Recipes

Three Cake Recipes for Three Birthday Cakes My husband is feeling mighty loved right about now.  Mighty loved and maybe a weensy bit sick.  As he eats his sixteenth piece of birthday cake. That’s because I made him not just one but THREE BIRTHDAY CAKES this year. The spread for Taido’s birthday, greatly enhanced by …