Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Some (like my husband) say St. Patrick's Day is not a real holiday. Pashaw I say! Not only am I Irish and a lover of beer (in any darkish hue, no green for me please) but I also look excellent in green. So I usually manage to do St. Pat's up in some form. However, this year due to my post SXSWi insanity I don't think I will be doing anything beyond donning a lucky shirt for my friend's potluck. But in my fantasy, perfect wife and mother world, I making these... Chocolate Stout Cupcakes by Dave Lieberman Makes 24 cupcakes; 40 min total time Recipe/pic c/o A Bullseye View What You’ll Need 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, plus more for dusting finished cupcakes 2 cups sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch fine salt 1 bottle stout beer (recommended: Guinness) 1 stick butter, melted 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 large eggs 3/4 cup sour cream 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream 1 … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie and Pie Crust Recipes

So loving Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods. So I got permission to print this recipe for all of you people thinking ahead to Thanksgiving (though why wait?!)   Jennifer Reese's Pumpkin Pie Make it or buy it? Make it. Hassle: Once you have the crust, it’s just stir, pour, bake. Cost comparison: Homemade: $3.68. Sara Lee frozen: $5.99. Safeway in-house bakery: $8.79. 1¼ cups canned pumpkin puree 2 large eggs ⅓ cup granulated sugar ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger 1 cup half-and-half One 9-inch pie crust (page 153), partially baked 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 2. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, eggs, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and half-and-half and beat until smooth. Pour into the crust. 3. Bake for 35 minutes. This is incredible served warm out of the oven, … [Read more...]

Very Favorite Recipes : Italian Chili

There are some recipes that you make and they instantly become classics. One evening I saw a tweet about Italian chili, thought it sounded good, and threw together the following recipe. The rest is history. It's definitely not low fat or "clean eating" but it's so delicious that I have to chew gum while making it to keep from eating the whole pot! … [Read more...]