Chocolate Toffee Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?  I mean, seriously, what’s not to like about them?  And don’t get me started on my undying love for the raw dough…all I’m saying is it may be the very best part of making them. One of the great things about chocolate chip cookies is that you can add…

Tropical Mimosas

This past week, I invited a couple of my “mommy” friends over so our kids could have a play date.  In reality, it was a play date for us as well.  We have been trying to get together for a girls’ night out, but our evening schedules haven’t aligned…this was the next best thing. One…

Amish Country Breakfast Casserole

This hearty casserole is perfect for holiday mornings, lazy weekends, busy weekdays, teacher appreciation breakfasts, play dates, Mom’s Group get-togethers, tailgates, “breakfast for dinner,” or any other occasion in which you want to serve breakfast food.  It is incredibly easy to make, can be prepared in advance, and can feed a crowd.  It also reheats…

Filet Mignon with Creamy Mustard-Gorgonzola Sauce

I don’t make Filet Mignon often.  First, it’s pricy; second, I usually screw it up.  But when Father’s Day rolled around, I wanted to make something special for my husband.  To quote him, “Father’s Day means meat,” so I decided to take on my Filet Mignon anxiety and make it the centerpiece of our celebratory…

Triple Crown Race Days

The world of horse racing has many different events throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but the world at large only seems to pay attention to the Triple Crown races: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  While races such as the Traverse or the Breeders Cup boast more talented fields, one…

Pastrami Sandwich

My husband’s parents are from New York City, so he grew up enjoying pastrami sandwiches—a fixture of the Jewish delis found throughout the Big Apple.  I decided to try my hand at making them for my New York-themed Belmont Stakes watch party.  According to my husband, they were perfect!   Sandwiches 8 slices rye bread…

Big Batch Black Eyed Susans

The Black Eyed Susan is a lovely little flower with golden petals and a black center, somewhat reminiscent of a miniature sunflower.  It happens to be the state flower of Maryland, recalling the black and yellow portion of the state flag, which represents the Calvert family’s heraldry.  For a brief Maryland history lesson, George Calvert,…

BLT with Roasted Garlic & Basil Aioli

I detest Wonder Bread and pretty much every other kind of loaf found in the pre-packaged bread aisle of the grocery store—unless we are talking about grilled cheese, but that’s a story for another day.  My aversion is primarily to the smell.  It turns my stomach.  Unsurprisingly, I have the same reaction when passing the…

Roasted Garlic & Basil Aioli

Using a flavored aioli is such a great way to add dimension to sandwiches.  It can also be drizzled over flatbreads or used as a dipping sauce for veggies, fries, or chips.  This particular aioli is particularly good on a BLT in place of plain old mayonnaise, but that’s just my opinion.   2 heads Roasted…

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

  Summer vacation is upon us!  That calls for a cocktail—be it celebratory or for your sanity (for me, it’s the latter).  This light and refreshing concoction is a twist on the classic gin and tonic.  In lieu of adding a lime wedge, I like to add a splash of St. Germaine, which is an…