Everything Bagels


Bagels are one of the final frontiers of baking I have yet to dabble in. We love a good bagel, but they’re hard to come by in the DC area. Whenever we go to New York we bring empty containers and fill them with bagels from our favorite shops and gift them to relatives and co-workers.

Recently the Washington Post charted a path to homemade bagels that made it seem more approachable. Sadly, the bagels just didn’t have the right chew or flavor, even when doused in everything seasoning. I’m going to blame my amateur bagel skills rather than the recipe, as many did receive good results with their recipe. I think the key is to develop the gluten more by rolling them more consistently. In the meantime, I have my eye on the more tricky looking ChefSteps version.

Grab the recipe from Washington Post’s RecipeFinder here →

Yummyholic Totoro Cookies

Totoro Cookies

Last month my friend Stephanie came down from Pittsburgh with a delicious surprise -- these custom cookies from local artist Jasmine (Yummyholic). Not only were these Totoro cookies spot on in terms of appearance, when I finally was able to bring

A New Addition to the Family

Bringing Rémy home

Yep, I am going to completely blame this un-intentional hiatus on the fact that in the past few months we've not only fostered and re-habilitated a tortie from the streets of Baltimore but adopted another cat of our own. After losing Leopold, we

Earl Grey Madelines


For this month's Secret Recipe Club I spent a long time perusing Susan's Australia-based blog, My Whole Food Family, bookmarking recipes such as Cappuccino Brownie Bites,  Palmiers, Pear Tea Cake,  Christmas Cake, and Caramel Cheesecake. I had my

Romesco Sauce


Back in August of last year our cat Leopold had a scary incident where he couldn't walk. After a visit with the neurologist and a MRI we decided that he was having a feline vestibular episode. While we were monitoring him for the week while he was

Remembering Leopold


Leopold passed away this morning. He chose us at a local pet shelter and we fell in love immediately. Over my birthday dinner we decided we would adopt him permanently. He was our first pet and he was in our lives a little over 5 years. Through

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows


Anything involving a candy thermometer is intimidating. I dipped my toe into the pool of candy-making with toffee, which I've now made several times. This holiday season wasn't looking promising -- I had planned on trying my hand at marshmallows for

Maple-vinegar Marinated Frenched Venison Racks


Venison is one of those common, yet rare meats to find. Deer are plentiful throughout the northeastern woodlands and has been an important food since pre-colonial times. But somewhere during the history of America, it became a less common meat and

Salted Caramel Blondies


I've been on a chocolate and caramel kick recently so I jumped at the opportunity to make Emily's, of Life on Food, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal. I had a huge block of chocolate and an extra jar