Saturday, October 15, 2011


I have an obsession with fall, and my husband has an obsession with with pumpkin bread.  That makes this the most wonderful time of the year (contrary to popular belief). We start with the pumpkin bread in September and keep it going well into March.  It is amazing.  My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me and it is to-die-for.  My personal additions are noted with the *

3.5 c flour (*I like baking flour)
3 c sugar
2 tsp soda
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg (*I do a little less because I don't like this flavor to over power)
1 tsp cinnamon (*I do a tiny bit more because I love this flavor)
1 c corn oil (*or canola)
4 eggs
2/3 c water
2 c pumpkin
(*I separate the batter in two and make 1/2 of it with chocolate chips and the other half without.  I mix the chocolate chips with a couple teaspoons of flour before adding to the batter to make sure they don't just all sink to the bottom of the pan). 

Mix dry, add wet (*I like to mix eggs together before adding to the rest). Bake at 350 for appx 1 hour in 2 greased loaf pans (or several small disposable loaf pans and give them to people-- best gift ever.)

*Baking times vary, so depending on the oven or the size of my pan, I bake for 50 minutes and check back every 5 minutes until the middle is no longer jiggly. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This is from my sister-in-law Jenn, and its so yummy!


  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.