Category Archives: Recipes

Good eating makes for a happy family. Mangia!

St. Patrick’s Potpie

St. Patrick's Pot Pie (with broccoli on the side)

I have a little bit of Irish in my background, but I’ve never done a very good job celebrating St. Patrick’s Day aside from wearing a bit o’ green. But after years of experimenting, I’ve finally landed on a winner: a truly delicious and mishmashed celebration of Irish food. Continue Reading →

Trick or Treat Ice Cream

A bowl of Trick or Treat Ice Cream.

Are you just sitting there with all that leftover Halloween candy? Here’s a way to put it to good use. Continue Reading →

The best crunchy granola bars

Granola Bars

May I share with you the best crunchy granola bar recipe ever? Continue Reading →

Finding rest in everyday chores (and a watermelon salad recipe)

This past Sunday, I gave a short reflection at our church about the ways I find spiritual rest in everyday chores…and I made a watermelon salad at the same time. It was fun and I succeeded in not slicing my finger while talking to my church family. Continue Reading →

Ice cream therapy

Honey Vin Santo Almond Cake Ice Cream

Everyone is healthy around here now — and I am so grateful! — but I cannot let this season of illness pass without letting you in on the secret of my sanity in times of trouble. Continue Reading →

Cheater’s ratatouille

Lucy's ratatouille

One of the only really good things about the chilly Chicago spring we are experiencing is that I can keep on making this fabulous roasted vegetable dish. Continue Reading →

The memorable poultry of Thanksgiving 2013

“Do you remember Thanksgiving 2013?” we’ll ask in a few years. “Oh yeah! Wasn’t that the time we butterflied the turkey and caught a rooster?” Continue Reading →

Candy bar bars

Candy bar bars.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been frantically trying to find a way to get rid of the Halloween candy before Thanksgiving hits. May we share our latest strategy on this front? Continue Reading →

The most disgusting cookie I’ve ever baked

Witch finger cookies.

I usually pride myself on whipping up appetizing concoctions in the kitchen. But this time, we’re trying out something different. Something really gnarly. Continue Reading →

Meet My Teacher: Jeni Britton Bauer

Tuscan Sundae.

A few weeks ago, I finally got to meet the woman who taught me everything I know about making awesome ice cream. Continue Reading →

The great cream pie project

Slice of coconut cream pie.

I set out to make a cream pie every month for a year, and by jove, I did it. And if you want to know our “cream-of-the-crop” favorite picks, read on! Continue Reading →

Valentine Fairy Cookies

We tried out a new cookie recipe this year for Valentine’s Day, and we think humans and fairies will enjoy them. Continue Reading →

Peppermint Cream Pie

Would you like a splendid Christmas dessert? Well, we can’t deliver this, ready-made, to you — but have we got a recipe for you! Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cheese Croissants

Lucy had a special request for her sixth birthday party: her favorite homemade cheese croissants. But wait, it gets better: they’ve got chocolate in them. Continue Reading →

Peter Rabbit’s Currant Buns

We couldn’t find a local bakery to help us sample the currant buns Peter Rabbit’s mother buys, so we made our own. Continue Reading →