Chocolate Cookies with a Kiss

I found some cupcake flavored Kisses on sale after Valentine’s Day and decided they would be perfect on top of a soft chocolate cookie. They taste like frosting!     Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract…

Best Buttercream Frosting Ever

This makes about 4 cups of the very best sweet and fluffy frosting. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening 1/4 tsp salt 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3-4 Tbsp milk Directions: In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and salt. Add the sugar…

Rich Chocolate Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Love chocolate and caramel? Then this is for you! Ingredients: 4 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder 1¼ cups boiling water (I boiled 2 cups and then measured out the 1 1/4, to account for evaporation) ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour ¾ cup cake flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp…

Mini Chocolate Cookie Cups

Super quick and easy mini chocolate cookie cups filled with vanilla buttercream frosting. I was doing a Valentine’s Day treat, but you could use this for any occasion by changing the muffin liners and colored sprinkles. Ingredients: 1 Box of Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food Cake) 1 Stick of unsalted butter, softened 1 egg, lightly…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are my favorite cookies and they are super easy and quick to make, especially if you keep some chopped walnuts on hand (I buy a large bag of walnuts and grind them in batches in a nut chopper and store them in a plastic container). Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup whole wheat flour…

The Best Veggie Soup

This is a favorite meal in our family and is sure to warm up a cold winter night. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup) 1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 tsp pepper 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped small 1 cup…

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread

This banana bread is not quite as moist as my normal “go-to banana bread,” so it is prefect to pop in the toaster in the morning for a quick breakfast. Plus it has the added health benefits of whole wheat and oats. Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/3 cup…

Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are tender, sweet, and bursting with blueberries; they might just make you look forward to waking up. 🙂 Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used nonfat because that’s what I had) 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%) 4 Tbsp…

Best Ever Cornbread

If you like dry crumbly cornbread, this recipe is not for you. This cornbread is just the right amount of sweet, perfectly moist, and super delicious. Try it with my Meaty Chili, and it will warm your soul…or at least your belly. Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 1/4 cup milk 1/4…

Meaty Chili

This makes a very large batch of chili so it is perfect for parties, potlucks, or freeze leftovers in freezer bags for another time. The length of the ingredient list might look daunting, but most of it is spices, and it really is quite easy especially if you measure out all the spices into a…

Grown-up Hot Chocolate

We are having a nor’easter (which has nothing to do with Easter) here in NH today, and what could be more perfect after an afternoon of sledding, than a warm cup of creamy hot chocolate. This recipe is not your typical hot chocolate that you get using the box with the big eared rabbit, this…

Chicken with Cashews

If you’re craving Chinese take-out try this easy and delicious dish that you can whip up at home instead. Serve over some fluffy white rice for a meal your whole family will love. Ingredients: 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp light brown sugar 2 Tbsp…