Better Than A Sugar Cookie! -Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

I participate in a cookie exchange with a group from work and this particular year I wanted to make something simple instead of over-the-top.  I’ve been busy and needed something what was easy and that would taste good.  This little gem came to me from my Twitter friend @brandiego and i thought that it sounded…

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Raisin Mini-Muffins

It was 11 o’clock at night and I could not sleep so what does one do?  Bake, of course!  I had two extremely ripe, black bananas that haven’t gotten mold and were begging, no, screaming, to be used that I have watched age counter for the past week.  I remembered this recipe from cooking light…

Split Pea Soup from Bon Apetit

I have to admit, I love a good left-over ham bone.  Why? Because it lends so much flavor into the broth of the next recipe you put it into, plus the added meat is a bonus!  One of my favorite things to make with a left-over ham bone is split pea soup and normally I…

Quick Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

What to do with left-over roast chicken carcass?  Make chicken noodle soup!  This recipe relies heavily on the fresh thyme, and earthy parsnips but is simple in its deliciousness. You can have a more rustic meal by pulling off all the meat from the left over carcass of a roast chicken in place of the…

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Bring meat to a Super Bowl party and everyone will love you for it.  Bring good pulled pork and you won’t have to worry about brining leftovers home because it will gone before the 3rd quarter!  This dish served as a nice break from all the chips, dip, bad interceptions, turnovers and snack foods. Side…

Guava Infused Maple Syrup

This syrup was a surprising hit!  I was unsure how the guava flavor would be received by our friends, but I took a chance and it paid off.  It was a nice fruity addition to the waffles and pulled pork that was served as a Spanish take on chicken and waffles.  This syrup is also…

Crispy Cornmeal Waffles by Williams Sonoma

These waffles are light and crispy and tastes so good!  This was on our brunch menu as my take on classic southern chicken and waffles- Pulled Pork Pernil and waffles with Guava Infused Maple Syrup. This would also be delicious as a sweet treat topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. For the waffles: 4 Tbs. (1/2…

Columbian Arepas with Chives

I love arepas, but the only ones i’ve encountered are the ones you find at the fair or rock festival with a slice of swiss in the middle. Large and filling, the arepas found at such places are more fluff than substance.  These are more of a cheesey corn cake, the added chives gives it a…

Cincinnati Chili

I’ve been craving chili; warm, spicy, chili that is filling to the belly and soul.  I think I found this chili. This recipe is a warm and full of bold flavors reminiscent of it’s Macedonian and Mediterranean roots.  The true Cincinnati chili recipe requires that the sauce is more watery than I made here, but…