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

chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing

chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing

It’s been hard adjusting to life back in Houston after spending such a wonderful week with our families in Alabama.  I always try to pump myself up for coming back to Houston thinking of all the things I want to do (aka things I want to cook) and how nice it will be to get … more

peanut butter pie

peanut butter pie

Of course it wouldn’t take me very long to mention this pie on this blog.  My mom has been making it for years (mostly as per my request).  Family lore has it that this recipe is originally from The Barbecue House in Auburn.  My mom supposedly got it when she was in college from her … more