Alchymist Noir Red Blend and Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Wow, I haven’t had a Wine or Recipe post in quite some time!  So I am really excited to share this post with you. I will start with the wine.  This is the 2014 Alcyhmist Noir Red Blend from Paso Robles, California. This is a full bodied wine that has a little bit of earthiness…

Honey Maple Roasted Carrots

This recipe looked more involved than it is.  This was probably the fastest dish I made for Thanksgiving. First, peel and slice the carrots on a long angle. Then you toss the carrots with honey, oil, maple syrup and seasonings.  Then roast them at 450 degrees.  Roast them on a greased cookie sheet in a single…

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

First, peel, halve and seed your butternut squash. Cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Arrange in a greased pan and brush with a butter and garlic mixture. Sprinkle with more butter and garlic, salt and pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.  Then, put it in the oven.  I packed mine really tight, but I think…

Cheesy Onion Casserole

I really like onions, so this recipe sounded good to me, but I think it works well even if you aren’t a mega onion lover.   It doesn’t have an overly oniony flavor.  I also do not like swiss cheese, which this recipe called for, but I still loved this dish. First, slice your sweet onions….

Salted Caramel Popcorn

I could not stop eating this stuff!! First, pop your popcorn. Then, make your caramel sauce: Salted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sea salt. Melt it all down and let it boil for a few minutes. Pour it over your popcorn and stir.  Then, pop it in the oven for a half hour, stirring…

Pumpkin Heath Cake

This has been one of my favorite recipes for a few years now.  It’s always a hit! First, you have to mix up the batter: yellow cake mix, a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. It’s going to be really thick because you do not add any…

Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake

First you need your squash.  Most grocery stores have them labeled “spaghetti squash.”  Cut it in half and scoop out all of the seeds.  Place the halves face down in a pan and add a little water to just cover the bottom of the pan.  The water will keep the squash moist and tender.  Bake the…

Eggplant Gyros

Found a very delicious recipe and I LOVE eggplant. First, you chop up a couple eggplants.  I had one good one and one that was starting to die, but that’s Giant Eagle for you.  It’s so hard to find decent produce that isn’t crazy expensive. The recipe said that you could sauté the eggplant or…

Baked Oatmeal and Fruit

I always feel a million times better when I eat breakfast, but I can’t seem to wake up in the morning before work with enough time to do so.  I either end up skipping it, eating something too small, or eating something very unhealthy and/or expensive.  So, I found this recipe for baked oatmeal.  I…

Carrot Dogs with Chick Pea Salad and Fresh Cut Fries

Yet another pinterest recipe that I tweaked a little bit; mainly I used about half the salt the recipe called for and I would still use less than that, which will reflect in the list of ingredients at the end of this post. First things first – yesterday I boiled the carrots until they were…

Spinach Burgers

This was a quick and easy recipe that worked out great as we are always pretty hungry after work and do not want to wait forever for something to cook. First, drain the spinach.  The recipe that I got off pinterest, but tweaked a little, called for a bag of frozen spinach, but I used…

Boston Lettuce Fried Rice Wraps with Peanut Sauce

So I was trying to figure out what to make with the stuff I had in the kitchen – kind of running low and need to use some stuff up before our four day trip to Indianapolis for a horror convention and Coheed and Cambria – so this was the random concoction we had for…