peppermint patties

Coconut Peppermint Patties

I love Girl Scout cookies (my favorites are Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints) and have ever since my days as a Girl Scout. This year, I didn’t buy any of the cookies on sale (can you believe it?), mostly because my coworker didn’t have any available. Usually, he sells some on behalf of his daughter,…

turkey soup

Turkey Soup for the Soul

I thought I was going to make it through this winter without getting sick, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. On Thursday, I woke up with a scratchy throat, which – despite my best efforts – developed into a sore throat, headache, and stuffy nose by Saturday. When I get sick, I’m pretty strict…

chicken pot pies

Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch

Some dishes I make because I come across them in cookbooks or online while I’m searching for ways to cook a certain ingredient. Other dishes are made upon request, and this was one of them. A few weeks ago, the boyfriend mentioned that he wanted chicken pot pie, something I have never made before. It…

Pie sideview

Lamb and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

You know those days when you know at least one ingredient you want to use for a meal, but aren’t at all intrigued by dishes you usually make with it? That is exactly what happened to me yesterday, and is what led me to make this dish. The ingredient in question was ground lamb. Now,…

crab cakes

Jumbo Lumb Crab Cakes

I love crab cakes and they’re my preferred method of eating crab. While eating a whole crab can be fun, sometimes it’s just too much work and somehow I always end up crunching on a piece of shell, which isn’t so fun. Crab cakes also remind me of the summers I used to join my…

Individual cranberry shortbread

Cranberry Shortbread

Thanksgiving is almost here, only one more day to get through until we can give thanks and break bread with family and friends. Usually, I celebrate at my mom’s. She always pulls together a wonderful feast based on delicious bon appetit recipes from multiple years. But, this year she’s traveling and while I won’t be…

Spicy oven-fried chicken

Oven-Fried Chicken

Football season is here! Yes, I am excited. Go Eagles! I will admit that I haven’t always been a football fan, but in the past two years I have developed a love for the game. It all started with Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, then I learned a little more about the…