Chocolate Pancakes

Valentines Day.  It’s my least favorite holiday—probably because I’ve had so many that were disappointments (pre-husband, of course).  But now that I’m a wife and mommy, it’s become more palatable because I can make it special for my little boy and husband.  This year, I decided to start the day on a festive note with…

Grapefruit-Thyme Cocktail

Now that we’re parents, my husband and I don’t go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Instead, I prepare a fancy dinner at home, which always includes a specialty cocktail.  This year, having a grapefruit on hand, I decided to make a drink featuring its tart juice.  Thyme pairs well with citrus, so I infused simple…

Parmesan Crisps

Recently, I hosted a wine and cheese tasting at my house for a mom’s group that my friend, Danielle, and I created.  It was our first get-together.  Everyone brought their favorite wine to share and a cheese to taste.  Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures—I was too busy laughing, eating, and drinking—but I wanted to…

Mango-Green Tea Smash

This refreshing beverage is perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up, or for tailgating during the hot days early in the football season.   4 green tea bags 4 cups boiling water 4 cups mango juice   1. Steep the tea bags in 4 cups boiling water for 10 minutes.  Remove the tea bags and allow the…

Fondue Party

Not long after Christmas was in the books, we attended a party at our friends’ house to celebrate the new year.  We were talking about various traditions, and I mentioned my family’s New Year’s Eve fondue dinner.  My dear friend, Cecilia, commented that she had been craving that very thing and that we had to…

Pomegranate Mule

This is a winter riff on one of my favorite cocktails—The Moscow Mule.  It’s tart, slightly spicy, and extremely refreshing.   1 cup 100% Pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful 2/3 cup vodka 1/3 cup lime juice Ginger Beer, to taste 4 Rosemary sprigs, for garnish, optional Pomegranate seeds, for garnish, optional   1. Combine…

Ham-Wrapped Chicken Bites

I recently came across a recipe on the Gimme Some Oven website while looking for ideas for things to serve with traditional Swiss fondue.  Wanting to go beyond the usual chunks of bread and sliced fruit,  I was thinking it would be fun to do a riff on Chicken Cordon Bleu by wrapping bite-sized pieces of chicken…

Swiss Fondue

Every year, my family has traditional Swiss fondue on New Years Eve as the final hurrah of over-indulgent holiday feasting.  It’s something we look forward to, as we only have it once a year.  Well, to quote my son from one of his recent exhaustion-driven tantrums (it’s t-ball season again, *sigh*), “I want more! More!…

Roasted Baby Potatoes

In case you haven’t noticed, I love roasting things.  Especially potatoes.  When roasted, they get that crunchy exterior, while remaining soft and creamy inside.  Potatoes are wonderful versatile, too—toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and your herb or spice of choice to fit any meal you please.  Want something sophisticated?  Use thyme or…

S’mores Muffins

My husband loves chocolate chip muffins…but he loves these s’mores muffins even more.  My son agrees.  They are so decadent, they could be served as a dessert.   3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp table salt 1 1/2 cups low fat yogurt (Greek,…