Category Archives: Figure It Out

I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend. People refuse to just figure it out. Don’t know how to do something? Google it! Want to make a recipe but ran out of an ingredient? Guess! Substitute! Figure it out! This category is dedicated to times when it didn’t go completely to plan, so I had to figure it out. Hopefully, others will be encouraged to try things, even if it can’t be done perfectly.

Peach Cobbler Crêpe

One night I had a craving for peach cobbler but it was late and I didn’t have the time to make it, so I relied on my trusty Basic Crêpe recipe to be the base. Using a peach cobbler recipe as my inspiration, I created what I call Peach Cobbler Crêpes. Topped with a little batch of Scotch-infused whipped cream this hit the spot. Continue reading Peach Cobbler Crêpe


Black Bean & Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Here in Duluth it’s been raining for WEEKS and we finally have a beautiful day with a bright sun, blue skies, and a puffy white cloud every once in a while. So we’re taking this opportunity to grill out. Husband took over the main course (chicken and beef steak marinated in something that includes lime, chipotle peppers, and garlic) and that left me with finding something else to do. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Put Avocado, Lemon and Lime On Your Salad

My husband found this recipe for Avocado & Cilantro dressing from Guilty Kitchen and it sounded too good not to make it immediately. So we did. But we had to edit a few things because, well… it didn’t work out so well the first time around.

The original recipe called for far too much vinegar for my taste so I added another avocado, 1/4 C olive oil and 3/4 C water. Even after these changes it still was too strong on the vinegar so I added probably somewhere close to 1/8 C sugar.

For my taste, the vinegar is still quite strong, but my husband likes it a lot so I guess it’s a good thing that after all of the additional ingredients we ended up with about half a gallon of the stuff. I prefer to eat it on a salad with plenty of sprouts and cucumbers.

If I make this again I’ll probably cut the vinegar down to just a few tablespoons at the most.

Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Avocado Cilantro Dressing

A Work In Progress: Chocolate Chip Whiskey Cookies

This is a recipe my husband and I have been working on for quite some time. One day while making some chocolate chip cookies, he got the crazy, yet genius idea to add some whiskey. We went for it, but the liquor made the batter quite goopey so we had to add flour until the consistency got back to normal. That first batch turned out great! Unfortunately, we didn’t measure anything and didn’t write anything down. So it’s been our quest ever since then to figure out just what it was that we did. Our most recent attempt was pretty good, but, annoyingly, the cookies stuck to the pan. Continue reading A Work In Progress: Chocolate Chip Whiskey Cookies