Homemade Pizza

Now that we finally got a pizza stone-something we’ve wanted for a while- we obviously had to make pizza on it, and so we did it as soon as possible. We were really, really happy with our first homemade pizza attempt involving a pizza stone! We’ve made homemade pizzas before but (with the exception of…

Lavender Lemon Cake

As we mentioned in our last post, Wednesday was our birthday, and we decided to make this cake. Our mom said she felt bad having us make our own cake, but we enjoy making cakes! After a lot of deliberating, we decided on this lavender lemon cake. For those who have never tried lavender in…

Brown Butter Crispy Treats

Our birthday was on Wednesday- we are 17 now! It’s pretty exciting, even though we don’t have our driver’s licenses yet. However, what we do have now is the awesome and brand-new Smitten Kitchen Cookbook  plus a pizza stone (is that weird for teenagers?). With Thanksgiving being yesterday, we wanted to give the new cookbook…

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Parmesan

On every Thanksgiving table there deserves to be a spot for a slightly healthier and lighter vegetable dish (because realistically, green bean casserole is covered with cream sauce and fried onions and therefore is not a super healthy choice) to help offset the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie. For some people, this means some sort…

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin roll is something that we’ve enjoyed for many years. Our grandparents used to own a home in Central Pennsylvania, and our Grandmom used to buy pumpkin rolls from an Amish farmer’s market that was located nearby. Also, a good family friend of ours who babysat for us when we were little often brought a…

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Growing up, grilled cheese was never one of our favorite things. Plain cheese (usually American cheese) and bread was not usually an option that we picked. Now that we’re older, of course, we have realized that there’s a whole word of flavorful and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches that don’t involve processed cheese product and nothing…

Ultimate Banana Bread

I (Leah) am obsessed with banana bread- I could eat it every day. Plain, with nuts, with chocolate chips- as long as it’s banana bread, I like it. Celine doesn’t always love banana bread because she doesn’t really like bananas, but even she loves this banana bread. It is the perfect basic banana bread because…

Gougeres

Gougeres are a delightful type of pastry from the Burgundy region of France. Every bite is cheesy, rich, and airy with a hint of crispness. People are sometimes afraid of Pate a Choux, which is the type of dough used in cream puffs/eclairs and is also the base here, for fear that it’s complex or…

Basic Chili

Everyone needs a good, basic chili recipe before winter starts.  While this chili does have to simmer for several hours, it’s still pretty easy because there is not too much hands-on time. Generally, we’re not huge fans of chili with kidney beans, but this chili has plenty of thick sauce and meat to even out…

Caramel Brownies

Whatever your feelings were about the election, these brownies are a perfect response. They will surely cheer you up if you are unhappy about the results (chocolate always improves things!), and serve as a tasty victory dessert if you are happy about the results. We look forward to voting in the next election! Politics aside,…

Apple Puff Pancake

One of the first things that we tried to cook was a savory puff pancake with mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cheddar cheese. It was our own creation, and, needless to say, it was pretty bad (and we even served it with ketchup…yuck). However, another recipe that we started making shortly after was this apple…

Roasted Chicken Wraps with Black Bean Salsa and Guacamole

After having Halloween last week and way more candy around than usual, we were ready for something healthy and light! This dinner fit the bill quite nicely. The flavors from the black bean salsa perfectly accompany the guacamole. Bonus, they say the more colorful a meal is, the healthier, and this wrap has plenty of…