roasted brussels sprouts

roasted brussels sprouts

Despite them being the most notorious mom-please-don’t-make-me-eat-that food, I had never actually had Brussels sprouts until a few nights ago.  Although it is entirely possible that I am blocking a horrific encounter from my memory.  But, this being a blog of food adventuring, I thought that I should attempt to conquer one of the most … more

brioche bread

brioche bread

How many times will I have to learn the same cooking lesson? (I suspect many more).  I was all ready to make brioche bread on Friday afternoon, and so on Thursday night I said to Gerrit, “I better read this recipe to see what I need to do ahead of time.”  And when I said … more

classic risotto

classic risotto

I really don’t think I had ever had risotto until last year when Gerrit and I went on our little honeymoon to Asheville, North Carolina (seriously the best city I have ever eaten in–if you ever visit, go to the Tupelo Honey Cafe at least two or three times, maybe even every day–and oh my … more

chocolate chip blondies

chocolate chip blondies

This past weekend Gerrit and I ventured to the bustling metropolis of Boerne, Texas to visit some of his extended family.  It was a quiet weekend of relaxing and reading and sitting on the front porch in the almost cool mornings.  It was nice to be without our computers.  Although that part was an accident, … more

oven fried chicken

oven fried chicken

[Edit 11/13/14: This seems to be one of my most popular posts, and I always worry that it is misleading when people see the title (and hence why it has gone somewhat viral on pinterest).  This chicken is not solely baked though.  There is no magic trick to create a perfect replica of fried chicken … more