Steph Brubaker

non-alcoholic-drinks-refreshing-stephanie-brubaker-682x1024

25 Jan SPARKLING BLACK CURRANT PUNCH

I love to make special, non-alcoholic drinks for friends and family; not having a mini bar should not mean you are destined only to a glass of water all evening! Start with pretty bottles (I purchased mine at IKEA; they are pictured above) and good ingredients and you’ll be on your way to a delightful evening. Since black currant juice...

Read More
Whole-Wheat-Buttermilk-Pancakes-stephanie-brubaker-1024x1024

23 May BIG BATCH WHOLE WHEAT BUTTERMILK PANCAKES

Every time I make pancakes, I am blown away at how many pancakes my kids can pack down! Unless they consume no less than 8 pancakes, they find themselves hungry. So this type of mealtime mayhem motivated me to come up with a made-from-scratch buttermilk pancake recipe that satisfied our family of six. Also, I highly recommend using King Arthur’s...

Read More
tropical-refresher-mocktail-stephanie-brubaker-stephmodo-682x1024

31 Mar WARM WEATHER MOCKTAILS: TROPICAL REFRESHER

Welcome to a three-week series on delicious “mocktails” you can easily make at home…no mixology experience required! All you need are quality juices, fresh herbs and a few beautiful, glass bottles with pretty tops. I purchased mine at IKEA (they are pictured above) and have been quite pleased so far (note: these recipes are made for this size bottle so...

Read More
stephanie-brubaker-hot-chocolate-web-version-682x1024

27 Jan HALF A HEART: PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA FOR VALENTINE'S DAY – ZUPAS

If you’re like me, you still have a few mini candy canes hanging around from Christmas. Well, who says candy canes are just for Christmas? After all, one candy cane is shaped like half of a heart. Why not put two hearts together and call it hot cocoa for lovers? Très apropos for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I’d say....

Read More
stephanie-brubaker-chinese-chicken-salad-1024x682

21 Jan FAVORITE DINNER SALADS (THAT WON’T LEAVE YOU HUNGRY!)

While I enjoy eating salad and try to serve one every night for my family, it’s typically not the only thing on the menu.  Rather, I enjoy salad as more of a side show, not so much a main course.  I suppose this is because I am typically still hungry after meals which only consist of just a salad.  However,...

Read More
stephanie-brubaker-parmesan-rinds-766x1024

14 Jan KITCHEN TIP: SAVE YOUR PARMESAN RINDS

Since I serve some type of pasta to my family about once a week, I almost always have a wedge of Parmesan on hand (Parmigiano-Reggiano being my favorite–you can find it at Costco for a good price). That being said, I go through quite a few wedges over time (my kids enjoy it straight up and in heaps). For a...

Read More
a-la-modo-pie-boxes-kraft-lidded-867x1024

21 Oct THANKSGIVING DINNER FAVORS

With Thanksgiving Day a little over one month away, it’s time to start thinking about some of the details that make this special meal so memorable. First, figure out who you would like to spend the holiday with this year and extend an invitation before calendars begin to fill. In order to ensure you aren’t a stressed out host, be...

Read More

27 Nov EASY APPETIZER: FAVORITE ARTISAN CHEESES FOR A HOLIDAY CHEESE PLATE

How many of you will be googling, “easy appetizer” over the course of the next month? I’m sure there will be many! Well, here is my favorite easy appetizer–an artisan cheese plate dotted with texture, color and great cheese. The first step to creating a well-executed cheese plate is choosing a cheese that most people will enjoy....

Read More
pumpkin-crop-884x1024

15 Nov EASY HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PUREE

When it comes to canned pumpkin, I opt for the organic store brand at Whole Foods because the color is brighter and I feel like the flavor is more fresh than Libbys. But every now and then I decide to put the cans of pumpkin aside and make my baked goods extra special with homemade pumpkin puree. It’s really not...

Read More
IMG_0494-682x1024

31 Oct ICED PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH QUATRES ÉPICES

Okay…it’s a theme this month…quatres épices. You’ve seen it a couple of times already and you are now seeing it again in these iced pumpkin cookies. The pepper element adds a nice kick and makes the cookie memorable! Iced Pumpkin Cookies with Quatres Épices adapted from Martha Stewart; makes about 4 dozen Cookies: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2...

Read More