Lemon Bars Box Mix

This box mix is actually a time-saver since making lemon bars from scratch can take up a good portion of your day. That being said, while this box mix is good, they are not as good as lemon bars made from scratch. Contessa Garten has a lemon bar recipe that is so good it will make you want to lie down and scream.  Read more

easier tomato soup

Easier Tomato Soup

Tomato soup might be the perfect food. It tastes good with grilled cheese, you can put hot sauce in it and you can drink it out of a mug when you run out of clean spoons and bowls (which happens around here more than I would like to admit). Read more

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

I made this beautiful carrot cake because I am going to an Easter Brunch, like an adult. I was originally planning to sleep for as long as possible then eat cereal then go to a bunch of movies then go home and go back to bed.  Read more

Limoncello Vodka Collins

Limoncello Vodka Collins

We haven’t made drinks in awhile. Don’t get me wrong, we have been drinking but it’s been wine and vodka sodas. So this weekend Felicia and I juiced some lemons, bought some limoncello and made a pitcher of Contessa Garten’s (Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa) Limoncello Vodka Collins. I also made some roasted nuts but they were kind of gross so they are in the picture but don’t bother with them. Read more

Long Island Iced Tea

Is there anything Contessa Garten can’t do? This Long Island Iced Tea recipe creates a delightful alcohol bomb that is easy to make. We left out the gin because gin makes me crazier than usual.

Felicia also doesn’t drink gin because she says it makes her feel weird but when we did some quick (and sober) research all we found was that gin is flavored vodka and there is no reason for it to make us any weirder. We decided the internet was a disaster of lies and left the gin out, just to be safe. Read more

chocolate cake with mocha frosting

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting

I did it again. I made Contessa Garten’s chocolate cake with mocha frosting and I feel no shame. None. I feel a little queasy from having eaten so much cake but I can live with that. It’s my birthday week so I started it off by taking Six to Disneyland then I made this cake and then I ate a bunch of cake and then for the rest of the week I am going to try and have my favorite foods from my favorite restaurants for one meal a day.

That’s how I can cheat out of recipe challenge! I’ll write about all the foods I love to eat! Did I say cheat? I totally meant…uh…weasel my way out of. Read more

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

Bruschetta is bread rubbed with garlic and oil and then grilled. It doesn’t have to have chopped tomatoes on it. I did not know that. The version I made of Contessa Garten’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta is a little altered. I made a plainer tomato bruschetta. I completely forgot to buy the cheese which didn’t matter since I don’t own a food processor so I wasn’t going to be able to whip it up anyway. And I refuse to put cheese in my blender. Read more

Lemons background

If you want to make some of the recipes I have been stumbling and bumbling through, then head on over to and start poking around. It is the best recipe webpage I have ever used. It is clean, easy to use, and it isn’t loaded with advertisemtns. I am leaving how badly I misspelled that word because I think you should know what a dunce I can be. Read more

Contessa Gartens lemon chicken with satay dip

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers with Satay Dip

This week is Contessa Garten’s Grilled lemon chicken skewers with satay dip. I don’t own a bbq so I couldn’t grill the chicken for this recipe. I have a Cuisinart indoor grill thing that I used instead and it worked great. And I didn’t have to work with open flames so that was good. It’s summer and sweltering so I don’t understand why people want to go outside and stand over smoking hot coals to cook food. That seems something to do in Spring and Fall when it is cooler and the bbq could warm you up.

But whatever. Cooking is a mystery. Read more

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting Recipe Challenge

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting

This week I made Contessa Garten’s Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting. This cake is too delicious. I am warning you, do not make it. You will eat as much of it as you can so that other people cannot have any. It will become your precious. You have been warned. I am going back to the kitchen to shovel more cake in my face. I wish I was kidding. Read more