Category Archives: Cooking

Happy New Year!

New Year – new recipes. I was inspired by some things on a cooking show this morning and decided to make some homemade granola. I actually adapted the recipe from one I found in a cookbook and I think the results are great – though it makes a TON of granola!

Toasted pecans, almonds along with oats, apricots and golden and regular raisins made for a great mixture!  Held together with two kinds of honey…yum!  Great as a topping for ice cream (as shown), yogurt, etc.

I realize that granola isn’t super healthy, but I’m guessing this version is better than buying a big old box of it at the store, so let’s see how long it lasts!

Copyright, 2015. Diary of a Reformed Food Wimp.

Big bowl of granola!Granola and Ice Cream



So….I usually pride myself on my baking abilities.  However, for some reason, I’m currently stressed out about cake.  Who gets stressed out about cake?!?!  I know…it’s silly, but on the quest to make the perfect birthday cake, I have definitely eaten my fair share of chocolate chips this week.

For the first attempt, I elected to make a chocolate chocolate raspberry frosted cake (yes, that’s two ‘chocolates’ on purpose)… It’s an amazing recipe  and for some reason, I’m now unable to find it online (but I will and will post it)…It includes sour cream, cake mix, tons of chocolate chips (two packages for the cake and frosting!) and   all sorts of other goodies.  But, even with all of the added ingredients, it was still a super easy cake to make – one bowl and into the pans.

The frosting was a bit of fun as I had to heat it and then plop it in my mixer to whip together.  Thankfully, no chocolate ended up on the floor or on me!

So, Dad’s birthday cake was made – and well liked by all…except mom who always thinks everything is too sweet…

So, in an effort to make a less sweet frosting, I am recreating the cake and trying to make a chocolate ganache…

So, cream and semi-sweet chocolate chips and I have been having a chat today…. I hand mixed it all together and it’s going to sit and rest for a bit as I made it ahead.  Keep your fingers crossed folks – I need to serve this to a whole group on Wednesday and am really hoping my first attempt at this frosting will work!  (not to worry – extra raspberry ingredients exist just in case!).

It’s the week of birthdays!  yay!

Copyright 2014 Diary of a Reformed Food Wimp.


Oscars dinner!

I was inspired today to cook (partially since I had an absolutely amazing dinner last night at The Publican Chicago) and whipped up a slightly modified Cooking Light recipe from 2005.

So….first of all, the Publican had an amazing menu last night. Oysters with champagne, Dungeness crab, suckling pig, fries with a perfectly runny egg! Sign me up – definitely a must visit restaurant and it was lovely and cozy for a meal during the longest Chicago winter in years (and 6″ of snow!).

Tonight… Relaxing by the fireplace with the Oscars and crab cakes. Easy to make – 30 min from start to finish and tasty and healthy (key when watching a bunch of amazing looking celebrities parade around on tv!).

Obviously the poorly plated meal shown below is the one I made!!

Copyright Diary of a Reformed Food Wimp, 2014.






Happy Valentine’s Day!

So, it’s valentines day and I decided to be domestic and make some goodies. Now, they don’t look that great, but here we go!

Guinness chocolate cake (in a cute heart shaped pan!). This includes MORE than 2 sticks of butter, sour cream, 2 cups of sugar…and more!

Next up! The ugliest cookies ever! I broke the icing bag so they look awful. I wimped out and used a mix…and meant to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter but totally forgot! Oops!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!