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Family Favorite Chocolate Cake

This is the cake recipe (jump to bottom to skip all the photos) that serves as the foundation for many other cakes we have at our family gatherings. I am not a great cake decorator but when a kiddo needs a birthday cake, at least it tastes good! Cupcakes? Family […]

English Muffins – Basic Recipe

I tend to stress-cook. I try not to stress-eat, but there is something therapeutic about taking control in the kitchen, experimenting, sharing the fruit of my labor with my family (and neighbors)…..  And these English muffins are a favorite because there’s something calming to me about the sameness of each […]

Bosch Universal Plus and a few accessories

Some of my favorite mixer and mill options! Create a “customize your own bundle” with Nutrimill and Bosch products at Nutrimill’s website! Or check out the Mother’s Day special sales! (Limited time offer; while supplies last. ) Sale on     Artiste    OR    Bosch Universal Plus  while supplies last. […]

The new cookbook is here!

When I ran out of cookbooks last time, I figured it was a good time for a revision/update. Not only did I add more recipes that have become staples in our house (going from 199 to 224 pages), I also tweaked a few oldies to make them clearer and added […]

How I Store My Silicone Baking Mats

In an ideal world, I’d have a big drawer where I could lay my silicone baking mats — Silpat, for example —  out flat (like my friend Laura does — she has an AMAZING kitchen!). I am happy with my kitchen and the drawers aren’t going to get any bigger, […]

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Some days I’m hungry for that chicken pot pie flavor but may not want the crust for one reason or another (mostly because my husband is not a pie crust fan)….and this is a simple, one pot meal! It also makes enough to feed about eight people, so it’s a […]

Chocolate-Filled Paratha

My friend Stephanie over at is always on a food adventure of some sort and inspired me to try paratha, a layered Indian flatbread. You can find the original recipe I used  here: and see my original flatbread post here: Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha) This was super with […]

Layered Flatbread

Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha)

Paratha, or a layered Indian flatbread. I was inspired by my beautiful friend Stephanie over at to try a layered Indian flatbread. Since I’ve never actually had it before, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be like, but I liked it. (You can find the original recipe here: […]

Quick Scalloped Potatoes – Pressure Cooker Style

30 minutes from “chicken in the freezer” and potatoes in the bag, to chicken, scalloped potatoes, and Brussels sprouts on the table!      I got a hankering for scalloped potatoes. Well, I was hoping to cook them sliced, in sauce, in the IP – pot in pot — but […]

Orange-Cinnamon Danish Rolls

We like the Pillsbury “whomp biscuits” version of Orange Danish Rolls. Yep, the store-bought, heaven-knows-what’s-in-them version. That little can is a special treat. I’ve tried to replicate them with various recipes from the internet, but they are usually just cinnamon rolls made orange — in other words, too bread-y to […]