Happy Halloween – bloody cupcakes with edible glass

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest and our office is having a Halloween contest at work and as soon as I saw these I knew I would take a stab at it. The recipe is from Martha Stewart.com. I decided to forgo making the cupcakes from scratch, but I made the frosting from scratch…

Pearl barley breakfast stir fry

I’ve made this breakfast every day this week and it’s been amazing. Very filling and a great way to get veggies in right off the bat. I forgot how much I like Pearl Barley. I wrote a post about it last year if you’ve never had it before. The best part about pearl barley? It’s…

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

First off, let me start out by saying this is NOT my original recipe – but that of Recipe Girl.com. I recently jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon and I saw these pancakes pop up a few times, so I had to check it out. CLICK HERE FOR HER RECIPE AND TIPS After reading the recipe…

Caramel Corn – from The Joy of Cooking Cookbook

Last weekend I spent Sunday afternoon at my mother-in-law Margaret’s condominium with my husbands family preparing her place to be sold. She passed away a few years ago, but its time to start passing out things from a lifetime to everyone in the family. My mother-in-law had 11 children – my husband is the youngest….

Ham-mac-n-cheese with roasted broccoli

I make macaroni and cheese a lot you would say. One reason is because I love it so much, the other reason is you can always switch it up. Change the pasta type, change the cheeses, add meat, no meat, make it spicy – you get the idea. The funny thing is you don’t even…

Chicken Brunswick Stew – my 30 minute weeknight version

Earlier this week I made this stew. It’s one of my favorite things my dad made when I was growing up. Today would have been his 74th birthday – he passed away 14 years ago. He was an avid chef in our house, and I miss his food dearly! Today is also a sad day…

Chicago Gourmet 2012

I had the most amazing day volunteering at Chicago Gourmet this year. This was my third year volunteering – and each year I’ve had an amazing time and I think that the next year can’t top the last – but I was so wrong – this year was by far the most spectacular! I took…