Chocolate red wine bundt cake.

Sure, you could purchase something for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. (Hurry: Time’s running out!) Or you could make something from scratch and from the heart. Which isn’t to say that you have to fuss, or extend yourself or buy any fancy ingredients. I’ve a hunch you have everything you need for this simple, one-bowl Chocolate Red Wine Bundt Cake right in your kitchen. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Salty chocolate shortbread cookies.

Everyone — everyone! — is making these: Alison Roman’s recipe for Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread cookies. Like everything on the interwebs these days, comments vary, from “amazing” to “meh” to “disaster.” I had to find out what the fuss is all about. And I have to say: these cookies are pretty amazing — but there are some little tricks to make them a bit easier to deal with. Get my version of the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: Orange butter cookies, two ways.

So here you go: The last installment of 2017’s edition of Christmas Cooke Palooza: Grandma’s Frosted Lemon Cookie recipe reimagined with orange flavoring and chocolate. Make ’em either way: Orange Kiss Cookies or Glazed Orange Cookies. Happy holidays, folks! As a thank-you for your friendship, here’s a bonus for you: Between now and midnight, December 1, hop over to writes4food.com, comment on one of the Christmas Cookie Palooza recipes, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Findlay Market Cookbook. Cheers! Bryn Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: 7 layer bars.

In this holiday season, can we share a bit of honesty, friends? Let’s acknowledge that Seven Layer Bar Cookies are not, in fact, cookies. They’re more like candy bars. Which is totally fine, of course. Calling them by their true name recognizes their utter decadence, their chocolatey, butterscotchy deliciousness. Get my grandma’s handwritten recipe for Seven Layer Bars over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas cookie palooza: Salty Marcona almond cookies.

These easy almond cookies are big on flavor, thanks to a salty Marcona almond decorating each one. This is one of my Grandma Dorothy’s old recipes, and its light texture and buttery-almond flavor is perfect for your Christmas cookie assortment. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas cookie-palooza: Hazelnut jam thumbprints.

raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookie recipe | writes4food.com

To start off this year’s Christmas Cookie-Palooza lineup of recipes for your baking pleasure, here’s a simple butter cookie dressed with fancy hazelnuts and jam. These Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints are super easy, and they look so pretty on a platter of assorted Christmas cookies. Add these to your baking lineup this year! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Awesome appetizers for your Thanksgiving feast.

black pepper taralli

If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of absurd to even consider appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. But let’s not stop and think about it, shall we? Because all the while the turkey’s in the oven roasting, it’s emanating the most delicious smells from the kitchen. Tummies will invariably rumble. So, yeah: appetizers are a good thing. But you’ll want simple nibbles that aren’t too fussy or difficult to make. Like these. Get my favorite Thanksgiving appetizer recipes over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Overnight coffee cake.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe | writes4food.com

Two things strike me about this recipe that I found in my grandma Dorothy’s old recipe file: one, the beautiful penmanship, and two, this line: “Can be made 2 days before, providing you have good refrigeration.” Good refrigeration. This Overnight … Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Arizona Mountain Soup.

Arizona Mountain Soup recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe for Arizona Mountain Soup was tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old-fashioned recipes. With hearty beans and rice, this almost chili-like soup is super easy to put together and hearty enough for these first cold nights of the season. Do as the recipe’s originator, Arizona mountain resident Bennie Bennet, does and serve it with cornbread. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Truck stop corn chowder.

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I mean, c’mon: Who wouldn’t love a recipe called Truck Stop Corn Chowder? (I’d like to know what kind of truck stop is serving this excellent soup!) This recipe, which I presume my grandmother Dorothy clipped from the Indianapolis Star and stashed in her recipe file, is a real winner. Unlike most old-fashioned recipes, this calls for fresh vegetables, and it’s right in season now. Get the recipe on writes4food.com Continue reading