• 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…

  • Galentine’s Day Recipes: Potato Leek Soup adapted from Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier

    I promised to post the recipes from the Galentine’s Day party last week because this soup and the cookies I served were both big hits. The original Julia Child recipe is from the Art of French Cooking and calls it Potage Parmentier, so if you’re serving it for a party I suggest going with that title and impressing les pantalons off of everyone. Serving the same recipe by the name Potato Leek soup keeps it down to earth for an easy Sunday supper. Though an easy recipe, this was a soup 26 months in the making. I originally made it for  Christmas party two years ago, got great reviews, but then promptly forgot about…

  • REPEAT Pizza Rolls

    The Seahawks have done it again! With the help of a whole lot of 12s the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl for the second year in a row. I will be the first to admit I am not a huge football fan. When the rest of Seattle spends Sunday Funday on the couch watching their beloved Hawks, Farmer Ross and I are usually catching up on farm chores. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love to jump on the bandwagon every now and again and support the team that has brought so much spirit to our area. Last year, in preparation for the Super Bowl feast I turned…

  • 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…

  • 12th Man in a Blanket Recipe

    Nothing says family bonding to my mom’s side of the family like football, lil’ smokies and nanny rolls. Whether it be Christmas or a family reunion, these three items are usually a part of the festivities. Of course, being from Seattle, when it comes to football the Seattle Seahawks are a big deal in our family. I have to admit though, while I love the excitement of watching the family yell at the TV, drink beer and cheer on their favorite team, I usually don’t know much about the players, standings or scores. This year it’s a bit different. The Seahawks are in the Superbowl. The streets of Seattle are…

  • 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…

  • Ross’ Homemade Butter

    One of the best things about living off the beaten path is the access to real food. I love the fact that I never have to put eggs on my grocery list and that rather than having frozen pizza as our fall back plan we have delicious egg scramble with sausage, garlic, eggs and cheese on those lazy days when grocery shopping just isn’t worth it. And even if I don’t have something available on my farm it is likely that one of my neighbors do. This past week,  I was gathering ingredients for my Christmas recipes (lasagna, cookies, whip cream, pie) and finishing up my last minute Christmas shopping,…

  • Tom Douglas’ Tomato Soup

    If you don’t know who he is, you probably are not from around here. Tom Douglas is a restaurant mogul here in Seattle. A few of his restaurants I adore, a couple I don’t care for, and his cookbook has gone mainly unused on my shelf. The reasons are many: too busy at work, too many good episodes on my hulu queue after work, and quite honestly, too much work in some of these recipes for me. I don’t want to go on a special shopping trip for almond meal and three kinds of flours, and I don’t have the patience for most of the pastry in the Dahlia Bakery…