Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

Butternut Pumpkin Squash Soup

[image - Soup - Completed in the pot!]

I recently went to Panera Bread and ordered their Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup, which is so delicious that I’ve had a craving for it ever since! I searched the Panera website, but alas, they had no recipe posted for their soup. So, I decided to make a “copycat recipe” . . .

Chocolate Apricot Layer Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Finished cake - from the top

So, here it goes, my first “real” post since my two year hiatus!

Well, last month my Grandma, who we lovingly call Grammy, celebrated her 85th birthday! We had a family celebration with my parents, sister, uncles, aunts, and cousins — very lovely!

As soon as we knew we were planning a party, I knew that I wanted to bake her a cake. So, inspired by Picky Cook and Smitten Kitchen, I decided I would tackle a chocolate layer cake with ganache frosting.

Not-So-Chinese Chicken Salad

One of my many passions is cooking. I’m a bit of a health nut, so I’m always looking for tasty figure-friendly foods. Though I must admit, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Anyways, I was in the grocery store the other day and I came across Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw. On the back of the package there was a Hungry Girl recipe for Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad (Serves 4). I thought I’d try it, so I made it for lunch that day. I altered the recipe a bit since I couldn’t find some of the ingredients. So, in the end it wasn’t so Chinese after all, but it was still quite delicious! Here it is if you’re interested: