Queso Cheesesteak Sliders

Beef and cheese is such a great combination.  Hello, Philly cheesesteaks!  But if you don’t live in the central northeast (think Pennsylvania and New Jersey),  they are hard to come by…at least if you’re talking about a proper cheesesteak (I’m a “whiz with” kind of girl—translation: steak with cheese whiz and sautéed onions).  But I…

Herbs de Provence Roast Turkey

I first started hosting family Thanksgivings back in 2006.  My parents were coming to visit me in my little apartment outside of Bel Air, Maryland, where I worked as a teacher.  I really wanted to impress them with my cooking prowess, but as a rookie, I was nervous about tackling the turkey.  After spending hours…

The Best Damn Cranberry Sauce

Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving side dish.  Mine is cranberry sauce.   More specifically, my Mum’s cranberry sauce.  It’s so freaking good, I dream about it year round.  This is not an exaggeration.  Anytime I serve it, my friends beg me for the recipe.  It’s super simple to make and can be prepared days in…

Chipped Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

  Chipped ham barbecue sandwiches are a Pittsburgh classic.  The key ingredient is Isaly’s chipped-chopped ham, which is cut so thin you might describe it as shaved instead of sliced.  If you don’t live in Western Pennsylvania or Eastern Ohio, chances are good that Isaly’s isn’t an option.  In that case, buy whatever smoked ham…

Pear Mimosas

When planning my Thanksgiving menu, one of the first things I do is choose a signature cocktail to serve with hors d’oeuvres.  This year, I’m turning to an old standby: Pear Mimosas.  This happens to be one of my favorite holiday libations, and I make them frequently for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities.  It’s a refreshing…

Mississippi Pot Roast

A few years ago, Mississippi Pot Roast became all the rage.  There are thousands of recipes out there and I have tried many.  The standard components for this delectable, slow-cooked meat are a beef pot roast (duh!), a jar of pepperoncini peppers, a stick of butter, and a packet of ranch dressing mix.   Somewhere,…

Brown Butter Spiced Crispy Treats

We were invited to a get-together this past weekend at the home of one of my husband’s colleagues.  While I love to cook, I was excited at the prospect of not having to prepare any food.   Then, around 10:00 the night before, my husband informed me that this was a potluck occasion and we…

Halloween 2018

Halloween evening five years ago, I was on my way to one of my graduate school classes.  Small children clad in costumes were just beginning to emerge with their parents to participate in the annual tradition of trick-or-treating.  Seeing them brought back so many fond memories.  While Halloween as an adult is fun, nothing beats…

Buffalo Wing Humus

  When we were first married, my husband and I were living on his pitiful resident’s salary.  In order to make ends meat, he told me that I had to cut back significantly on the cost of food, going so far as to say I wasn’t even allowed to buy white wine vinegar and Dijon…

Deviled Eggs

I’m not going to lie—peeling hard boiled eggs is the most loathsome of tasks.  I’ve tried every method out there to no avail.  The conclusion has been reached that anyone who touts a “foolproof” way to peel eggs is full of shit.  With that said, deviled eggs are totally worth the misery.  In my opinion,…