You Can Never Have Enough Pickles

I’ve always loved pickles – by themselves straight out of the jar, sliced on sandwiches, diced on hoagies, and diced in egg salad. Most of my life, I enjoyed the Claussen brand of pickles. You can find them in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. In 2017, I came across Food in Jars, and decided…

Garden Planning 2019

Winter has definitely arrived in Philly. January 21 will be the coldest day yet (this year) with a scheduled high of 17 degrees Celsius!!! The ground will be frozen and it seems like it has been forever since I’ve been able to harvest my own vegetables and herbs. But, in a couple months, temperatures will…

Chocolate cake

Wine, Chocolate, and Blackberries

I’m happy to say that my final baking projects of 2016 all included something I had not used or made before. One of my favorite things about cooking and baking is trying something new and finding out the recipe worked. Chocolate Cake with a Red Wine Chocolate Glaze Another recipe I got from Bon Appetit.…

Dulce de Leche Brownies

When I made the dulce de leche for the mocha caramel cookies, I ended up having quite a bit left over. The recipe I used says dulce de leche will keep for a month in the fridge, but I didn’t like the idea of just having it sit around for that long (especially when it’s…

Giving Thanks in 2016

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the entire year because it is all about coming together with those you love and enjoying delicious food. I traveled down to DC again this year to cook this wonderful feast with my mom. We spend two to three days prepping and cooking to get ready for…

Lemon Thyme and Mocha Caramel Cookies

This past Saturday, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I finally started baking season. Epicurious has a wonderful Holiday Handbook out this year and both of these cookies are twists on the classic sugar cookie. Lemon Thyme Cookies with a Lemon Glaze   For the glaze, I recommend going ahead and using 1 cup of powdered sugar…