Monday, January 18, 2016

Banana chocolate chip cake {Secret Recipe Club}

I'm super excited because this is my first time participating in the Secret Recipe Club! It's something I've seen other blogger friends doing for a while and always thought would be fun, so I finally joined! I was assigned to Join Us, Pull Up a Chair for this month. This blog was new to me so I was excited to check it out! I was originally planning to make a savory main dish recipe, but kept finding myself going back to her desserts... Since I didn't get a chance to make holiday treats this year with our move, I think I've been missing having homemade sweets around lately. I was going back and forth between this Banana Chocolate Chip Cake and this Cranberry Upside Down Cake (next time!) among others. I decided on the banana cake and I'm glad I did - it turned out delicious! The cake is so moist and the sugar topping gives it a nice crunch. We definitely enjoyed this cake and I enjoyed browsing around a new blog!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pretzel crust pizza

We are slowly but surely getting settled into our new house. One of the best things is that I now have a much larger kitchen with more storage and counter space which makes cooking so much easier! I'm trying to get everything organized in a way that works best for me. One thing that has been difficult for me is that our new house has an electric stove! I've never used an electric stove before we moved in here. It's taking some getting used to. We may switch it over to gas in the future, but for now we are using what's here since the stove cam with the house.

Now on to this pizza. Not just any ordinary pizza, a pizza crust made of soft pretzel dough! It's an amazing thing that I only wish I had discovered earlier! I think everyone knows that we love pizza around here, including different crusts from pan to pumpkin. Homemade pizza is a weekend standard around here. You can make it in so many different ways and it's impossible for it to get old. This pizza dough is definitely worth mixing into your routine because it's a fun and delicious twist on pizza. This recipe is slightly adapted from here.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A look back at 2015

2015 has been a great year for us overall. It's the year my husband got a terrific new job and the year we bought our first house. It's been the year where I've attempted to perfect my pie making skills. I still haven't run out of recipes to make and create, which is a great thing because it's what keeps this blog going. As always, I'm so happy to be part of the terrific food blogging community. I love learning from all of you, reading your posts, reading your comments, and sharing in our love of cooking. I hope all of you had a wonderful year and wish you all the best in 2016!

Now, let's take a look back at my favorite recipe from each month of the year and then my husband will do his picks! I always like to see if we pick the same favorites or not.

Happy New Year!
Chinese Kabocha Squash & Sesame Pancakes: These little kabocha squash pancake appetizers were a favorite of mine. Not only were they delicious, they were something completely new for me to make.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

25 Pies in 2015 - A Review

If you saw my last pie post, you saw that I was lamenting a bit about not completing my 25 Pies in 2015 Challenge that I set for myself. But, I've accepted that 25 pies in one year was perhaps a little too much for both my baking time and our waistlines! (I do usually try to reserve sweet pies for when we are having company.) That all being said, I still managed to make and post 15 pies this year - both sweet and savory. Let's take a look at them!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peppermint white hot chocolate

My posts have been a little sparse this month, and also very short on the usual Christmas cookies and other holiday treats! That's because we are in the process of moving! So, the majority of the kitchen stuff except for what we absolutely need has been packed away. I expect it will be a couple weeks before we get into our new house and settled and I get back into a normal cooking routine. We are moving from a rental into our first house, so we are super happy! But, not having all of my kitchen stuff and props at hand has been a little difficult for me.... Plus, we have NO Christmas tree or any Christmas decorations out. We are really missing our tree this year. Between that and the warm weather, it's not feeling like the holidays at all to me! But, we are so excited to move into our new house. So, after a long day of packing I whipped us up some of this white hot chocolate with a bit of peppermint flavor to help get us into the Christmas spirit. This recipe will make two servings. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Eggnog pudding pie

I think this will be my last pie post of 2015.... meaning that I only made it to 15 pies, not my goal of 25. It was a lofty goal to be sure, but for whatever reason I thought I'd be able to do it! But, 15 is still a respectable amount and I'll be continuing to post pies in the future, of course. My pie making (and crust making) skills have definitely improved through the year. Eggnog pie was high on my list for the holidyas. We always enjoy eggnog, and putting it in a pie seemed like a great idea to me! This pie is super easy because I cheated and used pudding mix in the filling. While I'd usually make the filling all from scratch, this time of year I'm a big fan of some help and shortcuts in the kitchen. So if you and your family enjoy eggnog, this is a nice holiday dessert for you!