• Galentine’s day recipes: Monster Cookies My Way, aka Coconut, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    These cookies were the other hit from Galentine’s Day. I have a terrible habit of trying new recipes before parties which has frequently led to much swearing and boxed Trader Joe’s scones being served (and now the secret is out- if you have scones at my gatherings, it may because I can’t serve f-bombs for dessert and that delectable looking pin was very very deceiving.) Here was such a case, except my gamble led to a big pay out this time. I am in love with these cookies. They are basically my dream cookie: dense, chewy, lacey, filled with coconut and accented by dark chocolate. They are not a traditional monster cookie, but…

  • BEAST brownies a la MODE: brown butter, toffee and peanut butter swirl brownies | a Superbowl dessert for Seahwaks fans

    We’re back at the Superbowl, and that means we’re back with another Seahawks Superbowl recipe! Last year we brought you something savory with 12th Man in a Blanket. We’ll have a re-Pete of those soon but first, we’re going for a sweet Superbowl recipe sure to please the 12th man on game day. These brownies are not just here so they don’t get fined, these brownies are here to blow your mind. Any brownie recipe you like, these brownies are probably awesomer. In celebration of our Hawks and the upcoming superbowl, these are brownies in beast mode. Beast Mode: A state of or doing anything excessively and or aggressively; wildin’…

  • Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and a bittersweet “See You Later”

    I have no idea how to hold it together while writing a post about goodbyes, however temporary, so let’s just call this a cake recipe post. Today, my very best friend since the age of 15 is finally, after years of waiting, off to begin officer training in Alabama with the United State Air Force. I show my love in layers, so his going away party cake was my biggest creation yet. I am happy for him to begin this adventure, since adventure has after all been the common thread in our stitching, tugging us along in life in varied directions, states, relationships and careers. I’m proud that he made…

  • Waldorf Red (aka Red Velvet) Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Here it is, February 15th- the day when men in the USA collectively sigh with relief, thankful that they remembered to pick up the flowers or make the fancy dinner reservation. It is a day that, for me, is beginning with ice cream and deceit. I made this ice cream for my husband for his Valentine’s Day present, so I know it is wrong to be opening up the handwritten “happy Valentine’s Day love!” container and eating a few bites, but I simply cannot help it. This stuff is that good. We have a Valentine’s Day tradition of experiences over gifts. Neither of us enjoys a big crowd in a…

  • Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels

    Signatures can be a double edged sword. For sake of example: While Stairway to Heaven brought Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin a great hit, it also brought an endless deluge of requests for the song, so much so that years after its release, Plant refused to play the song in concert. And a more personal example: our Grandma Nancy wears Clinique perfume. It is so completely entrenched in my brain’s idea of her that I cannot walk through an airport or mall without smelling it on someone else and immediately craning my neck for a sight of her. She has worn it as long as I can remember and she…

  • Avalanche Cupcakes

    We’re a multicultural family around here, probably like most families in the US, with a few countries of origin represented around our table and a litany of hyphenated titles to describe our relationships, including but not limited to “step-,” “half-,” “ex-,”  and even “ex-half.” This means our holidays are a mass of traditions, special foods and cultures coming together in one great smorgasbord of love and celebrating. Eggrolls for thanksgiving? Done it. Hanukkah/ thanksgiving combo? Yup, that’s happening this year. The challenge of trying to accommodate gluten-free kosher vegetarians all in one meal? Every time we get together. If you can relate, I invite you to try these cupcakes for your next family gathering.…

  • Goat Milk Ice Cream

    Tonight my husband is in Boise, ID buying a new truck so I took the opportunity to skip dinner and get right to cooking the best meal of the day: dessert! The first time I tried goat milk ice cream was last year at the King County Fair when our 4H leader tried to raise moral in the hot and sticky barn with an afternoon treat. It was so sweet and creamy that I knew goat milk ice cream would probably become my next addiction. I have been hoarding my milk after my first three days of milking ( my husband drinks it faster than I can milk it) and…

  • It’s Almost Summer- Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

    As part of my annual “omigosh it’s almost summer!” freak out, I have been snatching up berries whenever they are on sale. I can’t wait until August when I will be able to pick the deep red, incredibly sweet little strawberries that grow here, so I made these cheesecake parfaits with strawberries that probably have a bigger carbon footprint than my husband’s big Ford truck. This summer, I will serve these at a party or family dinner on a hot day when turning on the oven turns our kitchen into hell. We will eat them on the deck after a meal of bbq chicken, vinegar coleslaw, and crockpot baked beans. For now, I made them one…