Pan Roasted Broccoli with Chickpeas, Garlic and Anchovies

Pan Roasted Broccoli with text

 This week my family and I are getting ready for a 2 week long road trip. We’re flying to Denver, then renting a car and travelling through the Southwest to Las Vegas where my sister will be getting married. I’m super excited, since I’ve never been to that part of the country before. But anyone who’s ever traveled before knows what prep week can be like, food-wise. It’s pretty dismal here in my kitchen right now. First of all, I don’t want to buy groceries, so I’m forced to use up what’s left, which is getting to be not much. Second, … Read more…

German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

  I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve had a real thing for breakfast food. Almost everything on my “recipes to try” list, that I’ve actually been making anyway, has been breakfast related. And okay, it might not just be recently. I’ve been known to eat breakfast food for any meal of the day. What can I say? I just really like it. Seems like I’m passing this love on to my Peanut, as she has also requested “breakfast food” for lunch or supper on more than one or two occasions lately.  This German Apple Pancake is just one of those … Read more…

Good Old Fashioned Meatloaf

sliced meatloaf with text

 Never mind New Years resolutions (I never make them anyway). This time of year needs comfort food. Then again, who said the two need to be mutually exclusive. Sometimes, we can eat our favorite old standbys, like this Old Fashioned Meatloaf, but “healthify” them, at least a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means low calorie, low fat or low sodium. But it is a bit of an improvement over your typical meatloaf recipe. By using extra lean instead of lean ground beef (mine was a little freezer burnt, oops!), and switching part of the meat to … Read more…

Savory Sausage and Cheese Waffles

Sausage and cheese waffles with text

 So here’s something you may or may not know about me. I always, always have some kind of breakfast food on hand in the freezer, at all times. Since we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (cliche #1) and variety is the spice of life (cliche #2), I like to change my breakfast up all the time. And since I’m mostly concerned with a) getting coffee into my mouth and b) getting food into my Hangry toddler’s stomach ASAP, I don’t like to spend more than 2 minutes making our breakfasts. Insert freezer meals. I’ve got … Read more…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract with Text

 Well, the Holidays have officially come and gone. While I’m sure many of you are eager to pack away the decorations and forget about all the hubbub until next December, I say now is the perfect time to get a head start on your gifts for next year. Or your Christmas baking (don’t worry, you won’t actually be baking anything yet). There’s a reason you need to think ahead sometimes with gifts, at least if you’re making them. Sometimes it takes a really, really long time to make something good. As is the case with Homemade Vanilla Extract. Don’t worry – even … Read more…

Domestic Dreamboat – The First Year Review

2014 collage

Since 2014 is officially about to come to an end, I figured it’s time to do a bit of an annual review. It’s now been a whole year since I started up the old blog. I have learned a lot since starting – about the technical aspects of running a website to food photography to writing to recipe development. And trust me, I still have a ton to learn.  And, thanks to the power of statistics, I learned which posts people liked, and which ones they didn’t. So, here are your favorites. Overall top recipe: Homemade Hamburger Buns Top Entree Recipe: … Read more…

Cranberry Hazelnut Crackers

Cranberry Hazlenut Crackers

 Another year and another Christmas come and gone. Hopefully you had a great Christmas. I did. It was the first year my daughter really understood (I think) what was going on. She had been asking for a “dolly” for months, and of course she got it. Funny thing is, it is the present she has played with the least. Of course,  I can’t forget the food. I cooked for my husband, his Mom and sister and my finicky toddler. I made ham, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and Brussels Sprouts. Yummy! Leftovers went pretty fast.  With all the hubbub that is … Read more…

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Gingerbread pudding cake with text

 If you hadn’t already noticed, Christmas is officially upon us. My baking is finally done, grocery shopping for the big day is done and I am slowly starting to get things ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals. I am cooking for 5 this year, which – I know – is much less than some people cook for at the Holidays. But it is also much more for me than last year when we spent Christmas alone. Traditionally, my family eats Ukrainian food on Christmas Eve and a standard “holiday” meal of turkey or ham, stuffing and sides on Christmas … Read more…

Cornflake Squares

Cornflake squares 2 with text

  When it comes to Christmas baking, there are generally two categories of goodies I make. There are the new recipes I try, either because I saw the recipe and just needed to try it, or because I’ve tried it somewhere and loved it. These treats may or may not make the cut for next year. This year I tried three new goody recipes, probably only one of which will survive to next year. Not that the others were bad, just not good enough to make the Christmas cut.  The other category of treats I make are the tried and … Read more…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple cinnamon oatmeal with text

  I’m back again with another healthy breakfast option to enjoy during the holidays. It’s no secret that this time of the year often means indulging in more high calorie foods and/or beverages than one might be used to. But instead of forgoing healthy eating all together, or worse yet, skipping breakfast to “save up” for those indulgences that you know will come later in the day, breakfast is often a good time to keep some semblance of a healthy diet up during the holidays. As a bonus, a nice high fiber breakfast like this may help fill you up … Read more…