Cookie Exchange | Chocolate-Sichuan Pepper Crinkles

It’s not the holidays without at least one cookie exchange. This year I wanted to make a traditional cookie (the ubiquitous crinkle) with just a slight kick.  Enter Sichuan pepper: not related at all to black peppercorns or chili peppers, it’s used most commonly in Chinese and Japanese cooking.  It is a most unusual spice,… Read More Cookie Exchange | Chocolate-Sichuan Pepper Crinkles

Because You’re Only 4 1/2 Once | Chocolate Pudding

Birthdays call for cakes.  Half birthdays, pudding.  Cherub celebrated her four and half years in this world just this past Friday.  We had pudding as a special I-turned-four-and-a-half dessert.  Homemade chocolate pudding is no harder than a box mix, honestly.  Just just need a few ingredients.  Like anything else.  But these few ingredients can make… Read More Because You’re Only 4 1/2 Once | Chocolate Pudding

Aggressively Vegetarian | Cauliflower “Steaks”

After nights of pierogies and mounds of mashed potatoes and roast chicken, I yearn for something light.  Almost ethereal.  This dinner is the lightest of light.   Nary a protein to be found.  Strictly vegetables.  And a bit of white chocolate.  What? Tonight’s dinner took the oh-so-seasonal cauliflower and transformed that single veg into both a… Read More Aggressively Vegetarian | Cauliflower “Steaks”

My New Favorite Dessert | Krema Buckeye Blondies

My sister-in-law can bake. These blondies are her latest creation and chock-full of wonderful, local-to-Columbus ingredients from Krema Nut.  They’re perfect for back to school snack and equally great for the beginning of football season.  These will be devoured almost instantaneously at any tailgate you bring them to, I daresay even a Michigan one. These… Read More My New Favorite Dessert | Krema Buckeye Blondies