Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Hope everyone is going to ring in the new year with lots of fun, food, friends, and family-the best way to spend any holiday in my book!
As for me, it is my last day at home with the parents in the great state of Washington. Tomorrow my husband and I go back to the Bay Area and the real world (aka work!) so we have to live it up one last night. At my house we have a NYE tradition of frying a turkey and I can’t wait! I love the taste and texture of a fried turkey. Plus, my mom cut up about 500 potatoes so we are going to have a killer late night snack of double fried french fries-mmmm can’t wait till midnight! The rest of the day we are spending watching football, playing games, making appetizers, and drinking this delicious champagne cocktail!
I first made this cocktail about 4 years ago when my roommate at the time, Christina, and I were having a party. Both being graduate students on a budget we wanted something to wow our guests and stretch our party budget as far as we could. This cocktail is not only delicious but safe on the pocketbook. You can make a big batch and use the on-sale champagne and because it is in a pitcher, no one will ever know! Continue reading →
If you are looking for the prefect appetizer for your New Years Eve party, here it is! This is a quick, easy, and delicious app that you can make in minutes but is still special enough for even the glitziest NYE bash.
What turns this bruschetta from ho hum to WOW! is taking the extra time to roast the tomatoes. The flavor of the oven roasted tomatoes is so much more intense then just cutting up raw tomatoes. Plus, they get all blistered and gooey which is a perfect compliment to the crunchy crostini. Continue reading →
The Christmas Season isn’t over in my house yet! I love the time between Christmas and New Years because the family is still together but a lot of the hustle and bustle has died down so there is more time to play games, cook, eat, and drink! My 4 favorite things to do!
Yesterday, my mom and I whipped up a batch of these Iced Almonds. My mom has been making these during the holidays pretty much since I can remember – they are definitely a holiday staple in our house. The main problem with these little guys is that they are extremely addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! But I figure, you are eating almonds. Almonds are healthy. So it is only logical that these gems are healthy, right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Continue reading →
This time of year it seems like Persimmons are all over the place. Grocery stores, farmers markets, even my parents’ fridge! Yesterday when I was looking for a snack, I found 4 beautiful persimmons just begging to be cooked. As I was pondering them on the counter, my husband and brother said almost in unison, “Ew, aren’t those things gross?” No! I nearly shouted! I think persimmons are great. I cut them up and toss them in salads and even eat them raw, butI actually can’t say I have ever really cooked with them. So I decided to bake these persimmons up into something even the most skeptical persimmon eaters would love. What I ended up with was one of the most delicious, moist, flavorful loaves of bread I have ever baked! Continue reading →
Happy day after Christmas! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday – I sure did! Today as members of my family lazily wandered out of bed at what can only be considered as early afternoon we decided to have some day-after-christmas brunch. My dad was in charge of eggs, and by that I mean he walked over to our neighbors who gave him a dozen fresh-out-of-the-chicken-eggs. There is nothing like farm fresh eggs. The store bought version doesn’t even compare to these babies.
So they might have a little dirt and hay on them – it’s totally worth it.
My mom was in charge of sausage, both kinds. One was beer boiled (after all it was brunch!) the other was spicy sausage patties. It is all about choices people.
I was in charge of the pancakes. I decided to try and make a moderately healthy version since for the past two days I have been stuffing myself full with every kind of Christmas treat imaginable and I stumbled upon this recipe… Continue reading →
These little gems are like Christmas in one bite! From the cookie baking extravaganza that brought about these bites of heaven also came these delicious (and low calorie!) peppermint meringues. I’ve heard people say meringues seem intimidating, but they are so easy to make! AND you just need a few ingredients : Egg whites, sugar, powdered sugar, salt, and peppermint extract Continue reading →
Seriously? Just the name of these babies makes my sweet tooth perk up and believe me, the cookies don’t disappoint! While down at my in-law’s for the holidays I was struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. Being a Northwestern girl from Washington State, Christmas time = snow and cold weather. Even though I’ve been in California for almost 10 years, it is still hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit when you can go outside with flip flops on. So, in an effort to bring a little Christmas cheer into my life, I decided to embark on a marathon cookie baking extravaganza with my mother in law. We looked at tons of recipes and when I asked for my husband’s input he saw these and said, “Make those ones right now!” He is a sucker for sweet and salty combinations and these cookies hit the spot Continue reading →
My name is Tara and I love to cook, bake, and just generally spend time in the kitchen. I decided to start a blog to share my cooking adventures with friends, family, and anyone else that is interested. I love trying new recipes and putting my own spin on recipes to make them my own. Hope you enjoy the recipes you find here- let me know how they work for you!