Tagged with butter

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe to Social Foods so I figured my new Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was the one to post after a long silence. My husband was complaining that my normal Banana Bread wasn’t rising enough. It has great flavor however the sour cream was changing the texture of … Continue reading »

Spaghetti Squash and Italian Meat Sauce

Here’s a new favorite in my household. I found this recipe on Facebook and after a few tries I’ve changed it to make it my own. This is my new and healthy take on Spaghetti and Meat Balls. However, rather than spaghetti I use spaghetti squash and instead of meat balls, Turkey and Mushroom Italian … Continue reading »

La Folie

  La Folie isn’t your average restaurant.  It is an experience.  This is fine dining defined.  It is not for the light hearted or penny pincher’s.  La Folie is amazing but it’s hard on your pocket book.  I had the pleasure to experience this cuisine only because it was my 4 year dating anniversary with … Continue reading »

Chocolate Chip Bars

It’s a cookie but in a bar!  No need to say more…enjoy!  Oh, I did borrow this recipe from the famous Mrs. Field’s but left out the nuts. Ingredients: 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. of baking soda 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed 1 large egg 1 cup of butter, softened 2 tsp. … Continue reading »

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

I saw this recipe the other day and had to try it.  Of course, I changed it a bit but it came out just as delicious.  My only words of advice is have a large glass of milk when you’re about to snack on these yummy treats!  You’ll need it. Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon

This is a must have in your recipe repertoire.  It is the classic holiday side dish done a bit on the healthier side but still just as delicious!  No need to continue…I think it’s self explanatory Ingredients: 3 large sweet potatoes 1 cup of orange juice 1/2 cup of butter 3 tablespoons of white sugar 2 tablespoons … Continue reading »

Sautéed Sole with Lemon Beurre Blanc

This recipe is really fun to make and somewhat simple.  I discovered it while dining in Napa and have been addicted ever since.  It’s light but with a ton of flavor.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Ingredients: 2 large pieces of sole 2/3 cup of dry white wine (like a … Continue reading »

Hearty French Potato Casserole

Again, another AMAZING recipe from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012.  The subtitle to this recipe is what intrigued us, “In the old days, this rich dish got its deep flavor and silky texture from meat drippings.  Could we get the same luxurious results without a roast?”  I don’t know about you but that … Continue reading »

Pesce Seafood Bar + Restaurant

Not too long ago, I was looking at restaurants to try on Polk street with a friend.  Pesce kept coming up with rave reviews.   I thought it had to be good with over 500 reviews and 4 out of 5 stars. Sadly, that night would not be my first experience at Pesce.  Rather, a … Continue reading »

Orzo, Kale + Portobello Mushroom Pasta

I honestly didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight.  All I knew was that I had kale and I needed to use it before it went bad.  Kale is not only a superfood but very tasty when cooked correctly.  So I found a recipe and made it my own.  Adapted from, allrecipes.com, this Orzo … Continue reading »

Baked Mac + Cheese with Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love Mac + Cheese.  No matter how old you are it never gets old.  However, the key to this dish is making it homemade.  Instead of using my normal recipe that isn’t the healthiest,  I decided to tried this alternative compliments of Penzeys Spices.  It was definitely a crowd favorite.  I didn’t use any of their spices … Continue reading »

Homemade Banana Bread

I love bananas but only when they still have some green.  The minute they are fully yellow, it’s down hill for me.  When they start getting spots and it’s all over.  So when we returned from our Calistoga get-a-way to find spotted bananas, I knew it was time to make some banana bread!!! Thank you … Continue reading »

Three Cheese Grits and Shrimp

I’ve never been a fan of grits until I visited my future mother-in-law who made me cheese grits and shrimp in Nashville, Tennessee.  I fell in love.  So I figured if I’m going to marry a southern man, I might as well learn to cook a few southern recipes.  Luckily, my southern man likes to … Continue reading »

Café Castagna a french delight

What a great find!  This place was a true gem.  I always wanted to try this place but never had.  Then last night that all changed.  My fiancé and I had planned to go to our favorite place for dinner, Pacific Catch but something just made us want to try Café Castagna.  There was no … Continue reading »

Homemade Blueberry Muffins…Paula Deen style

My fiancé was craving blueberry muffins all week, so in our weekly coop delivery we made sure to add blueberries to our order.  While researching recipes, I suspected that the queen of butter may just have the best one, Mrs. Paul Deen.  With some slight modifications such as using slim milk rather than whole milk, I’m … Continue reading »

Mushroom Soup

This is soup for a true mushroom lover.  If you enjoy mushrooms but don’t really love them, this isn’t the recipe for you! I say this because I loved the soup but my fiancé was not a fan.  He would have wanted more of a Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Alas, I did not make a … Continue reading »

No Bake Reese Peanut Butter Squares

These were so good and so easy to make.  They were another recipe that I’ve always wanted to make but have never gotten around to it.  I have to say that this is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made.  So if you’re afraid to bake this is the recipe for you!   They … Continue reading »

Baklava

I’ve always wanted to make Baklava.  It’s so good and seemed so simple, especially when people told me how easy it was to make.  Well, it’s not.  The time it took was my major problem. Blanching the nuts was the issue.  The process seems simple enough: boil water in a shallow pot, place nuts in … Continue reading »

Best Caesar Salad

The secret to a great caesar salad are in two major elements: the dressing and croutons (both need to be homemade).  If you have those nailed down, you can make any boring caesar salad amazing.    Ingredients: Caesar Dressing 5-6 cloves of garlic 6 anchovy (more if you feel risky) 1/4 olive oil 1/2 of … Continue reading »

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I love scrambled eggs.  I could eat them everyday at every meal. However, I’m constantly amazed how this simple dish is ruined so frequently.  I do not understand why people would choose to cook them so improperly when you can have amazing, fluffy and delicious eggs in minutes with a little love.  The technique shown is thanks the brillant … Continue reading »

Baked Potato Soup

Part of social foods is trying out new recipes that my family and friends have sent me.  I figure that if I can make it, so can the average person who enjoys cooking.   The other day, my mom sent me a Baked Potato Soup by Annie’s Cooking Lab.  I don’t know about you but … Continue reading »

All About Butter

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.” (From the Film: Catch me if you Can) … Continue reading »

Mussels @ Home

Have you ever wanted to make mussels at home?  They are so good at the restaurant but why pay triple the amount when you can do it just as well at home!  I found an awesome food.com recipe that anyone can do.  You really cannot mess this one up….even if you try. Ingredients 4 pounds mussels 2 tablespoons … Continue reading »