Herbed Compound Butter

compound butter

Compound butters are one of the easiest, fastest, no-brainiest ways to fancify your life. Just take soft butter, add some fresh or dried herbs, some spices, some salt, some citrus zest, some onion relatives, some garlic, some ginger, some mustard, some miso, really just about any flavors you can imagine, and mash it all up […]

Maple Coconut Granola

maple coconut granola

I first shared a version of this homemade granola recipe in the newsletter several months ago (and lezbehonest, that was 2014 and I haven’t sent out another one. Babies take up lots of time…) and since then I’ve been tweaking it weekly — I eat a lot of granola — to see just how low I […]

Sweet Potato Gingerbread

sweet potato gingerbread

I came up with this sweet potato gingerbread recipe because I had a bunch of sweet potatoes around because I’m trying to eat healthier, but I also wanted cake because I’m not the best when it comes to eating healthier. This is my grandma’s gingerbread recipe, but I swapped out half of the butter for sweet, caramel-y, […]

Best Smoothie Recipes – The Ultimate Guide

peach-smoothie

Smoothies are great way to ingest all the food groups that your diet is lacking in one big gulp. Dairy group, vegetable group, fruit group, protein group, fat group, even whole grains — any and all can be crammed into a smoothie to make your body (and your cardiologist) happier. I must point out the distinction […]

Spicy Black-eyed Pea Salad

blackeye pea salad

With the new baby sucking up all my time, I have just about zero hours a day to cook, so things that can be made in advance are the tops, as are things that can be begun and then halted for 2-48 hours until I get a chance to get back in the kitchen and finish them. […]

Biscuits and Gravy

biscuits and gravy

Last year when Chris and I were at “YouTube Camp“, we stumbled upon Pann’s Restaurant. From the outside, it looked exactly marvelous and once we were inside, we knew we were destined to find it. Besides a giant plate of cheese eggs and chicken and waffles, we also shared an order of biscuits and gravy. […]

Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

I love cookies with lots of stuff in them. These deluxe chocolate chip cookies have lots and lots of stuff in them: chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut, pecans, almonds, walnuts. If you’re more of a mind to make simple chocolate chip cookies, you can omit the coconut and nuts and just use more chocolate chips. If […]

Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese

Mac and cheese with three cheeses! That’s thrice the cheesy flavor for thrice the mac and cheese goodness. For this recipe, I’ve used sharp Cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan. Cheddar for the bite (and the classic color) with Gouda for extra creaminess and some Parmesan for extra saltiness. Swap out Parmesan for blue cheese if you […]

Carne Guisada – Slow Cooker

carne guisada slow cooker

The first time I had carne guisada I was in third grade. A classmate’s mom brought a big pot of homemade carne guisada along with a stack of flour tortillas. I have no idea why — this was not a regular occurrence — but we ate it, in class, on flimsy paper plates and I […]