Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

These Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts are a quick and easy classic!

These Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts are a quick and easy breakfast classic!I have a history with doughnuts.  More specifically, I have a history with powdered sugar doughnuts.  So I’ve always enjoyed waking up early…even as a kid.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s just in my blood, I guess.  For some reason, my parents didn’t really enjoy the fact that I woke up at 5:15am on weekends.  I can’t imagine why not.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I would sneak downstairs and stare at them until they woke up.  Continue Reading »

Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew

This Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew is a comfort food classic…
warm up with a bowl tonight!

This Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew is a comfort food classic...warm up with a bowl tonight!So a brewery opened up recently right around the corner from us.  Well, to be fair, Shmaltz Brewing opened their tasting room about a year ago, but we didn’t make it in to visit until the end of the summer.  But now that we’ve discovered it, we’ve become regulars…not unlike Norm and Carla in Cheers.  (If you ever come across Shmaltz in your area, they have one heck of a tasty IPA!)  What’s not to love about a craft brewery less than 2 miles from your house?  Add in the comfy leather couches, and you can see why we’re hooked.Continue Reading »

Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes

These Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes are a year-round favorite side dish!

Perfectly golden and lightly crispy on the outside.  Fully cooked on the inside.  These Rosemary and Garlic Grilled Red Potatoes are a year-round favorite side dish!Perfectly golden and lightly crispy on the outside.  Fully cooked on the inside.  And seasoned with just the right amount of garlic and herbs.  Cooking potatoes on the grill (or indoors on a grill pan) can be a bit of a challenge, but the result is completely worth the effort!  And here’s the thing: grilling potatoes isn’t that difficult at all…as long as you know a few key tips and tricks.Continue Reading »

Homemade Italian Bread

Been thinking about learning to bake bread at home?
Then give this classic Homemade Italian Bread a shot!

Been thinking about learning to bake bread at home?   Then give this classic Homemade Italian Bread a shot! Flour.  Salt.  Yeast.  Water.  That’s it.  Homemade bread only requires 4 ingredients. It’s really pretty darned simple.  Sure, it takes time to make just because you have to let the yeast do it’s thing…but there’s not all that much actual work required to make homemade bread.  Now that the new year has begun, what new skills would you like to learn in the coming months?  If you have any interest in cooking and baking (and you probably do, or else you wouldn’t be reading this, right?), then may I suggest polishing up on your homemade bread making skills?  This Homemade Italian Bread is one of the most basic bread recipes…which makes it a great one to start with.  (Italian bread also just so happens to be one of the most delicious breads ever in my opinion!)Continue Reading »