Hi I’m Suzanne and this is Izzy and Nando, Izzy is almost 13 years old and Nando is 13. They are my kitchen buddies and love to hang out with me. We live in Brooklyn, NY. I love everything about food, always have. I come from a large Italian family and grew up in or around the kitchen. I am actively developing recipes for my favorite food website Food52 and also contribute recipes to Whole Foods. Baking is a passion of mine and I am always ready to learn a new technique or try a new recipe. The art of cooking well is a skill that comes from lots of trial and error, for me it seems like its more error sometimes and it’s a learning process. If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless. You can contact me at: email@example.com
Update: Although Izzy and Nando have both crossed the rainbow bridge they are still with me in spirit. I will always have a pug in the kitchen. they are/were such a big part of my life for many years. I will love them both forever and miss them desperately, they are in my thoughts every single day.
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Love that you’re doing this!!!
Thanks Pat, I am not very good at it, a real work in progress. I want to make it as nice as yours or boulangere’s. Not a tech whiz kid but trying.
Hi Suzanne, I caught wind of your blog and am just now getting enough comuter time to check it out. Delicious recipes, I love your “trial & error” technique and your kitchen buddies! 🙂
Thank you, I am trying to get this blog up and running. I’m afraid I am not tech savvy so its really trial and error. My best buddies are my inspiration and I love seeing their little faces in the kitchen with me.
I totally know what you mean about trial & error and the “technical part” 🙂 Hope you are having a glorious Monday!
Hi, I’m happy to discover your lovely blog via lapadia! Your kitchen buddies are very cute – my son is a huge fan of pugs. I look forward to checking out more of your recipes.
I just saw your blog also and love it, congratulations. My little kitchen buddies are great, never more than a few feet away from me while I cook. Thanks again.
Hi Suzanne — So happy that you’re doing this blog…I look forward to following it!
Must say I am having a lot of fun doing this. I am featuring your orzo recipe on thursday. Thank you for checking my blog out.
I love the pugs! I grew up with pugs, but now I’m a cat owner. I thin I’m really going tolove following you and your food wanderings. So great to connect with you and I look forward to great food stories and recipes.
Thank you so much, thank you so much for following. I’m still very new at this and hope to keep growing and learning. I love your site. When I saw the beautiful pictures on your header I looked at a poster that I have in my kitchen and it has the same images.
Love Izzy & Nando! My 2 German Sheps, Max & Liesl, love to watch me cook. I know, I know… they’re just hoping I’ll spill something but hey! Keeps my floor clean! So nice to connect with a fellow foodie, I will enjoy following your blog!
I know, Nando hangs out in the kitchen while I cook just hoping something falls on the floor. I call him the vacuum cleaner. I really look forward to seeing more posts on your blog. So envy your beautiful farm and the apple cider looks so wonderful. Thank you for following and I hope to follow your posts also.
I’m trying to find you on twitter, but nothing came up under apuginthekitchen? Would love to follow you there too!
on Twitter i am bklynpuggal I followed you last night.
I have a miniature schnauzer that keeps me company while I bake!
They do love to hang in the kitchen! My neighbor had a mini schnauzer, they are so smart its almost scary. I just saw your blog, I can’t wait to read through. It’s wonderful.
We’ve been wanting to add a pug to our family, seem like great little dogs.
Thank you yes they really are, great with children, such sweet personalities. I love my two little old pugs.
Hey- cute puppies! Forgot to say thanks for my first (ever) comment!! It’s greatly appreciated!
Thank you so much, Izzy and Nando are real sweeties!
I’ve always appreciated your input on food52, and finally made it here. What a beautiful job you’re doing!
Thank you Susan, and I appreciate yours also. My first venture into the world of blogging and I am not a tech savvy person. Really appreciate the nice comment!
I’m following you now, too, Suzanne (“JanetFL” on Food52) – love your recipes, your dogs, and your blog!
Thank you so much Janet, so happy that you found my blog.
I was searching for Fishsticks and came across “A pug in the kitchen” which brought me great joy. Gracey, my 16 year old black pug, joins me in the kitchen each night for an experiment. Tonight we will try your fishsticks! Happy cooking, blogging and pug loving. 🙂
Oh welcome, so happy you found me and my pugs, Izzy and Nando. Their favorite place to hang out is in the kitchen with me. Gracey is 16 yrs old, I am so happy to welcome another senior pug to the group. Izzy is 11 yrs and Nando will be 12 yrs old in November and he is nothing short of a miracle, living with diabetes. Let me know how you like the fishsticks, they are simple, no fuss food but I love making them. Thank you so much!
The fish sticks were delicious! I didn’t have everything I needed for the sauce so I had to fake it and it wasn’t bad….but next time I will be more prepared with all the right ingredients.
Thank you Aleese, so glad you liked them. I just make the sauce with jarred mayo, lime and tarragon. I am too busy sometimes to make a homemade aioli. Thank you for let me know!
Outstanding blog! Love your recipes and your doggies are beautiful!
Thank you so much, love your blog too! My two doggies are the best, they will gladly eat anything I make for them and never complain.
We love pugs! Declan’s parents have a pug named Spike. We look forward to reading your blog more 🙂
Thank you, I love the name Spike. Pugs are so much fun. Mine are real couch potatoes, but they are older. How old is Spike?
He will be 7 in February. And he is a couch potato too!
Izzy is 11 and Nando will be 12 in November. Laying around on the couch and eating is their favorite pastime. LOL!
lovely blog and dogs!
Thank you so much, talk about beautiful though, your blog is amazing and your photography is just beautiful. So glad to have found your blog and thank you for finding mine.
Thank you! So nice of you and I look forward to following you!
I have nominated you/your informative/creative blog for the Liebster Award!
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Do your pugs get under your feet in the kitchen? My labrador does – he’s always RIGHT AT MY FEET which can be kind of dangerous if I’ve got hot oil in my hand or something 😉
Nando does, I give him latitude because he is blind but it is so dangerous, sometimes I don’t see him and trip over him and you are so right if I had hot oil or boiling water someone (me or pug) could get badly hurt. Sometimes I feel like Elaine in that Seinfeld episode about the “sidler” I should attach a container of tic tacs to Nando so I know where he is.
Hi! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Here’s the link https://vinca11.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/awards/
Thank you so much I am honored and so appreciate it.
Hi Suzzane, I love your blog and so I am presenting ‘The very Inspiring blogger’ award. Please visit http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/thanks-for-appreciation-and-awards/
I love your blog too, thank you so much!
I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award at this link: http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-sunshine-awards/
congratulations! you deserve it! 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award !
Hello Here another nomination :Sunshine Award 🙂
Thank you so much Anto, I really appreciate the Award.
so good page i like it ….
I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!
Wow, thank you so much hammonique! I will post this soon. You are so kind.
Happy New Year!
Below please find my nomination for your blog on SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARDS.
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Hi Suzanne! I told you how much I loved your Pandoro Bread Pudding, right? I finally posted your recipe (a bit revised-minus the cream +more marmalade) on my blog! I included a link to your blog and your original recipe! Thank you for posting it, I just LOVE it!! Here’s my post: http://christinascucina.blogspot.com/2013/01/orange-and-dark-chocolate-bread.html
Christina, thank you so much, I am so honored. I have made your re-heated minestra over and over and it is my favorite. Thank you again.
I adore your picture of your two pugs. I too have a little helper in the kitchen a Norfolk Terrier called Bear. Sometimes I leave him fast asleep in his bed to go to the kitchen and next thing I know he’s beside me waiting for something to drop his way. A friend once said if you have dogs you need never wash you kitchen floor!!!
I do the same thing, leave Izzy and Nando sleeping, tip toe to the kitchen but I can’t get anything past them. Nando is always first to come just waiting for something to drop on the floor. They are like vacuum cleaners, I have to be really careful though, they are senior and both diabetic so when I am cooking something sweet I have to quickly scoop it off the floor before they suck it up! I think Norfolk Terriers are adorable, sweet Bear!!
Bear is eleven too. I hate cooking with dried fruit in case something drops on the floor. I have to quickly cover the food with my foot and then fight him off so I can pick it up, then I feel rotten so he gets a treat! At the same time have to watch his weight! Wouldn’t swap him for all the tea in China.
Caring for our senior friends is challenging. I also have gotten pretty good at coving with the foot or bending and scooping quickly so they can’t snatch a morsel that falls to the floor. I totally agree, wouldn’t swap my sweet babies for anything.
Hey! 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!
Congratulations! You most certainly deserve it 🙂
Daisy and the Fox
You are so sweet, thank you so much!
no worries at all! you deserve it! 🙂
ciao! luvFAB blog.
Thank you so much, ciao!!
Congratulations, Suzzane! You have been awarded: One Lovely Blog Award
I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass it on.
Your blog has been awarded at:
Enjoy! 😀 Fae.
Thank you so much Faye! I am honored that you nominated me. I so appreciate it.
Just visited your site for the first time. Love it 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting!
I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! If you wish to accept the award you can follow the steps on my post here: http://misschriscreations.com/2013/03/06/super-sweet-trip-to-vegas/
Thank you so much, of course I accept the award and will post the award and steps thank you so much, I am honored.
Naaaaw! Your pugs are so beautiful… and well done to them for reaching 11 and 12 (and their mama, of course, for looking after them so well). Love your blog. It’s beautifully honest, well written and inspiring. I’m a follower now!! 🙂
Thank you Laura, they are now 12 and 13 battling old age and diabetes but still going strong. Thank you so much for the follow.
The blessing is definitely mine. And so glad that they’re going strong. I have such a soft spot for older dogs… their greying whiskers, soft little ageing faces and stiff limbs!! My husband and I still weep a bit when we think about dogs we’ve lost… they’re definitely family members through and through! Hopefully your Izzy and Nando will be strong for a long time to come xx
Thank you, I love the senior dogs so much. I too still weep when I think of the ones before Izzy an Nando that are no longer with me. My two sweethearts are family, no question about it and I do my best to care for them. Thank you your kind words mean so much to me.
Sending you a hug. And I definitely understand everything you’ve said. I’m pretty sure Izzy and Nando treasure their time (inside the kitchen and out!) with you! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures x
Congratulations, Suzzane! You have been awarded: Pirate’s Admiration Award & Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
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Enjoy the Awards! 😀 Fae.
Do you have an email address I could email you at to ask you about doing guest post? 🙂
Thank you so much Tamara, I just emailed you. I would be honored!
Now I see that you live in Brooklyn, NY and don’t feel so bad as we never made it to Brooklyn! 😉 Let me know if you’re ever in LA! 😉
Oh I will definitely let you know. Maybe next time you can stop by Brooklyn, lots to do here!
Love your site. I made it part of my “Lost Cafe” blog. I really love it. http://whereiblogonblogging.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/over-a-cup-of-tea/
Thank you so much! Just followed you, over a cup of tea is very cool! Can’t wait to see more!!
Thanks for the follow! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. As much as I love the network of bloggers I’ve found all over the country, it’s great to know there are other Brooklynites out there!
Hi Melissa; I am so happy to have found you on food52 and our blogs. I am sending you an email. We are having a potluck at my house this month and would love to meet you.
Hi, MANY Thanks to you for visiting my Blog, & Following it, MUCH Appreciated. 🙂
Thank you so much Kevin and I look forward to reading your posts!
Thank You. MUCH Appreciated. 🙂
Lovely blog here! I was leaving a comment on fleur de sel and your “apuginthekitchen” caught my eye! Cute! I like your blog!
Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: 7 x 7 Link Award!
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This one is a fun award check it out!
Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.
You are so sweet, thank you so much. I am honored to accept this award and I thank you for thinking of me. I will acknowledge on my blog maybe not immediately, things are crazy busy right now but I promise I will. Thank you again and you totally deserve the honors bestowed!! I just love your blog.
Suzanne, Izzy and Nando!! Here’s another blogging award for you… the Sisterhood of the World blogger’s award. You can check out the link here but no pressure to do the whole ‘acceptance post’ if it’s not your thing. I just want you to know that you’re an appreciated blogging sister! xx http://laurasmess.me/2013/05/01/awards-and-acknowledgements-ii/
You are so sweet thank you so much. One of the best things about doing this blog is the lovely people I have met, thank you again.
Hi Suzanne–Love your blog! In case I haven’t already told you 🙂 I nominated you for a slew of awards including the Liebster Award, Versatile Blogger Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Check out my post to claim them and pass the torch! http://bklynlocavore.com/2013/05/01/awards-from-the-people-that-count/
You are so sweet, thank you so much.
ha ha that picture is awesome. I have recognized you on my blog for the Best Moment Award- Congrats! http://lillysuesbitesandbrews.com/2013/05/10/tribute-to-my-mom-pear-cocktail/
Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: Shine On Award
I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.
i love your blog! and your pugs look adorable! really original recipes – but I’m starting with the strawberry & rhubarb ice cream!
Thank you so much, the ice cream is delicious and I do hope you enjoy.
Love this blog 🙂
Thank you so much, I just discovered your wonderful blog, subject matter is two of my favorite things eating and traveling. Just subscribed, can’t wait to see more Those doughnuts are calling me…
Thank you so much, I just discovered your wonderful blog, subject matter is two of my favorite things eating and travelling. Just subscribed, can’t wait to see more Those doughnuts are calling me…
Thanks so much Phoebe, I emailed you.
I think your blog is creative, unique, and full of delicious recipes! I’ve nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award. If you would like to participate, see my post for details: http://cupcakeartist.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/kreativ-blogger-award/
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the award. It means so much to me.
Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Shine On Award, have a look! http://wp.me/p3EeAS-d9 …you deserve it, congrats! 🙂
Oh you are so sweet thank you so much!
Very welcome, you’ve earned it! 🙂
Hi! Just came across, you have a lovely blog and lots of amazing recipes! 🙂
Thank you Mila, I appreciate it and just checked out and subscribed to your beautiful blog, I look forward to receiving posts and making my way through your blog. Thanks for the follow too!
Izzy and Nando are two super cute pugs out there…we have had 4 kittens and 5 puppies in the past…so know exactly how they accompany the cook in the house and how they sneak some goodies too…aren’t they cute?….u have an awesome blog…glad we found it 🙂
Thank you, they are my little cuties and love to hang out in the kitchen trying will something to fall on the ground so they can snatch it up! I also just saw your blog, just lovely and I am very happy you like my little blog. Glad I found your blog also.
Congratulations, Suzanne! You have been awarded: Very Inspiring Blog Award
I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.
Thank you so much Fae! I am so happy to receive the award and will try to pay it forward soon. Thank you again.
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award, so if you are interested please check out the link below for my post and the rules for accepting it. Please do not feel that you have to participate. Happy food blogging! http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/sunshine-award/
I’ve seen your image on many blogs that I’ve been following and I finally checked you out. Glad I did! Your blog is absolutely amazing and I love it! The recipes, the photos… and the fact that you’re Italian like me! Cheers!
I am enjoying looking through your posts which look totaly delicious. Fellow Italians, yes we certainly are. Thank you so much!
Oh Suzanne! Thanks for the follow! I guess we’re on the same wave length this morning… checking each other out at the same time! Funny that!
Yes we are! Am still working my way through your blog, which is lovely btw!!!Thank you for the follow and look forward to more posts from you.
So happy to have just found your blog! I love the name…Pugs make great helpers in the kitchen! My floor is always free of crumbs 🙂
Thanks Crissy, just checkout out your blog and it looks like it’s full of great information. I have to figure out how to follow. Will be reading more today. Yes the pugs are like little vacuum cleaners, they are constantly under my feet waiting for anything to fall to the floor.
I too love to cook … and my two pooches are ALSO my constant kitchen companions … ready for ANYTHING that falls. Looking forward to reading more from you !! Stay hungry !!
They do love to hang out when I am cooking, I can feel their breath on my legs, they stand that close almost willing something to fall on the floor. Thank you so much, checking out your blog now!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m liking yours !! Welcome !!
I am browsing through your posts now! Thank you.
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Hi Suzanne! Hi Erin!
My name is Emily Sweet and I am a casting producer with Relativity Television. I’m working on a new television show all about home cooks. I would love to chat with you about it. Is there a good email where I can reach you? you are welcome to email me at emily.sweet[at]rtvshows.com Hope we can connect!
Thanks Emily, just emailed you.
I have seen you post elsewhere,I have even visited here a few times…how did I miss that you were Italian? I’m half,(my mother).I strangely have not run across all that many Italian food-bloggers. A few that I have have mostly been in Italy.(Although if I look,I bet I find a million in a minute!)
Or maybe, like with you,I didn’t look!
Yes. half here also, my Mom is French/Scotch-Irish, Dad Italian. I know of a few Italian bloggers also lapadia’s kitchen is a really nice blog. It’s funny I often don’t even think I am half the Italian side takes over completely. Nice to meet you and thank you so much for stopping by,
Suzanne, you are so right! My father’s side is mostly Irish,in America for some generations.My mother was born in PA, but her parents and some siblings were ‘off the boat’. It took me well into life before I realized that ‘the other side’ was not just something phantom!
You have a beautiful blog Suzanne, with so many stunning recipes I can’t wait to try! I often see/read your comments on ‘Feed The Piglet’, but hadn’t found enough time until now to explore your own lovely blog – great to have found you! Margot
Thank you Margot and I too am glad to have found your lovely blog. I love Johnny’s “Feed the piglet”, he always has something delicious on the horizon and now I have found your blog and really look forward to what you are making, Thank you for the follow I so appreciate it.
Congratulations Suzanne! You have been awarded: I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award
I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/10/29/award-october-2013/ … Or, after one month at: http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.
Fae thank you so much. I am honored to receive the award.
Just stumbled upon your blog and am glad I did! It’s awesome that you’re doing all this 🙂 Look forward to all your posts!
Thank you so much and thank you for finding me, now I found your blog also!
Hi! I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://tastytreats13.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/awards-2/ Congratulations!
Congratulations Suzanne! Three stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award!
No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
… Or, after a month, look for it
here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.
I am honored Fae, thank you very much.
Your pugs are so cute! My cocapoo likes to hang out in the kitchen with me too (only because he’s hoping I’ll drop something for him). Anyway, you’ve got some fab recipes here! I’m gonna follow you and keep tabs of your future posts. Celeste 🙂
Thank you Celeste, I love cocapoo’s they are adorable. I also followed you and must say your GMO post is amazing. Really eye opening and informative. I looked through and love your vegan recipes. Look forward to more.
I love your blog and I am passing along the Blog of the Year 2013 Award to you. As usual, participation is optional. If interested, please visit this link: http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/awards/
I really enjoy following you and have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. If you’re interested in accepting, pop by http://matchamochimoo.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/thanks-sunshine-award-november-2013/ for more details and follow the rules. If you don’t like it, don’t worry, just leave it, that’s fine! 🙂
I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and another Blogger of the Year Award. Here’s my post in case you’d like to participate & pass on the recognition: http://theseasonedtraveler.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/thanks-giving/comment-page-1/#comment-314
I am catching up on emails and saw this, thank you so much!
No problem – I was late notifying my nominees and just wanted to make sure you knew! And as always, no action is necessary unless you want to – just enjoy your award from an admirer 😀
I want to try the Whipped Cream Frosting, however; part of the recipe makes NO SENSE at all.
At the beginning of the recipe you state to put the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan,
then add 1/2 cup of whipping cream…etc… But in #3 of the directions on how to make this, you state
“While still beating add the powdered sugar mixture a little at a time.” This makes no sense at all, since
I would have already used the sugar and cornstarch at the beginning to thicken the 1/2 cup of whipping
cream. Please tell me what I’m suppose to do. Nowhere in the recipe does it state, “divide in half” or the like
so there would be some left to add later on. I need the answer to this as I need to make this Tuesday this week.
So sorry you are confused. You take 1/2 cup of the heavy cream and mix with the corn starch and powdered sugar cooking it until it thickens, very much like a pudding. You let it cool. Whip your cream and add the cooled pudding to the whipped cream. I hope this makes sense to you and best of luck.
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups Heavy whipping cream Divided
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
Place metal bowl and wire whisk beater or beaters in freezer to chill.
In a small saucepan combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch whisk until mixed. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream whisk until smooth. Place on medium heat and stir constantly to prevent scorching at the bottom stir constantly until mixture thickens and almost comes to a boil. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside stirring occasionally until it reaches room temperature.
In the chilled bowl combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and the vanilla beat with the chilled whisk of your stand mixer or your hand held mixer until the cream begins to hold shape. While still beating add the powdered sugar mixture a little at a time. Beat just until the mixture forms stiff peaks when the beater is raised and is spreadable, be careful not to over beat. Use immediately.
Thank you very much for responding so quickly! Yes, I was confused, since it stated to add the sugar and cornstarch mixture to the 1 1/2 cups of whippng cream. It did not say to add the “cooled mixture” to the whipping cream, just the sugar and cornstarch. I will give it a go and see if it turns out ok. And thanks again!
You”re so welcome. Let me know how you like it. I have been using this recipe for years and love it.
One more question. It says “be careful not to over beat”. What happens if I do? I like my whipped cream THICK, even without this recipe? I’ve never had regular whipped cream do anything funny if I do over beat it. Maybe it’s different for this recipe, I don’t know.
Well when I say over beat I mean beating long enough to turn into butter. You just want to beat so that is stiff and spreadable. Hope it works well for you. I love whipped cream frosting and this recipe was a revelation. It’s not very sweet so If you like it sweeter just increase the powdered sugar a little. Enjoy!
Hi again Suzanne,
Yes, it all worked out great. I was really happy. The cheesecake always turns out great, no matter what I do to it…;-) Oh, and I did use the cornstarch to thicken the liquid from the sour cherries. That turned out great too, just thick enough. And yes I am diabetic, but I still use sugar. I just cut back on sugar in recipes, they don’t need as much as they call for. And, above all, I eat a very tinny piece as well. I’d rather have the “real” thing, than substitutes and what not. And yes, I’ll give you the recipe here. I’ve used this recipe for well over 15 years and it turns out great every time, as I said, no matter what I do to it, as in, what I add to it. It’s very creamy if you make it as is and just put a topping on it. If you add cocoa, it becomes more of a drier cheesecake. But I solved that too by adding extra sour cream, and sometimes an extra egg. If I’m making it a chocolate cheesecake, and because I have to add a lot of cocoa powder, I will add both, extra sour cream and an egg. It’s a relatively thin batter, probably twice as thick as a crepe batter. Just to give you an idea.
North West Cheesecake
Ingredients – Cheesecake:
4 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, if chocolate, I use two of the Philly chocolate cream cheese, means you don’t have to add as much cocoa powder, and only extra sour cream
1 cup of sugar, I reduce this to just less than 3/4 cup, no need to add so much sugar!
3 tbs flour, if making chocolate, I replace the flour with cocoa powder and add an extra 3 to 4 tbs of cocoa, even if using two containers of Philly chocolate cheese. I like mine really chocolatly
1 tbs vanilla
1 cup of sour cream, if making chocolate and adding more cocoa powder, add an extra 1/3 cup, depends on how much cocoa powder you are using, you may need to add an extra egg as well
Spray springform pans with cooking spray, especially the sides. Helps to keep the cheesecake from sticking to the sides when you remove the ring. I spray it on and use a piece of paper towel to spread it around so you don’t get too much cooking spray in your cheesecake. Sometimes I need to make an extra bit. Don’t know why, but sometimes it doesn’t seem to spread as well as other times, go figure.
1 cup graham crumbs, I use 2 cups, since it makes two cheesecakes, and I use Oreo crumbs for this one
3 tbs sugar, which I DO NOT ADD with the chocolate crumbs
3 tbs butter melted
Mix together and place on bottom of springform pans, spreading out to cover bottom. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, remove and set aside.
Directions – Cheesecake:
Beat room temperature cream cheese until soft and creamy, add sugar and beat until well mixed. Add well beaten eggs, mix well, then add sour cream, again mixing well until all is well blended, add flour, or cocoa powder. You need to taste it to see if it’s as chocolaty as you want it, if not, add more and adjust liquids. Easier if you use half, or all, Philly chocolate cream cheese though. No need to add as much cocoa powder. If you use all Philly chocolate cream cheese, you could probably get away with adding just the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and no extra sour cream or eggs. I’d still add an extra 3 or so tablespoons of cocoa powder though, but that’s me, and maybe an extra 1/4 cup of sour cream.
Pour batter into pans and level. Place in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 250 degrees for 50 minutes. Sometimes I need to leave in for an extra 5 minutes or so. You can judge. It should still jiggle a bit in centre, but not a lot. This is not a cheesecake that should be solid when baked. It will cook the rest of the way on it’s own when removed. Remove from oven. Place on baking rack to cool. After 10 minutes I use a very thin hot knife to go around before removing sleeve, so the cake won’t stick when ring is removed. Cool completely before refrigerating. Use a hot knife to slice.
Now, this recipe makes one 8″ and one 7″ cheesecake, or one honkin huge 10″ or 12″cheesecake, depends on how thin or thick you want your cheesecake.
Ok, have a great day!
One more thing, sorry, I usually add a teaspoon of instant coffee, or you can add espresso if you like, and a pinch of salt, since it brings out the chocolate flavour better. Sometimes I also add a 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Adds a kick to it and no one can quite figure out what it is. Doesn’t make it spicy or hot, just adds to it big time. Depends on your guests of course and if they like spicy or not. I put cayenne in my cocolate chocolate chip cookies too. GREAT!
Thank you for the recipe, I always have problems with cracking. Can never quite get it right. I love chocolate cheese cake and am so glad you included that. Definitely will make it!
I love adding a bit of hot pepper, cayenne or whatever I have to chocolate from time to time. You are right, it’s not spicy hot but adds a really interesting kick. You are also right about adding espresso powder to chocolate amps up the chocolatey flavor!! Thank you.
Oh, figured that much. I wasn’t sure if over beating with this recipe may make it thin. I’m using it to decorate a chocolate cheesecake. Which is why I need it to hold it’s shape for a few days. And I want to pipe it onto the cheesecake. Hopefully it will be thick enough and it will look ok when I pipe it. I hope it works well too, believe me. I can’t afford to make a mistake, no money to replace the whipped cream…;-) So it has to be right the first time or I’m sunk!
I have piped this frosting before and it worked well. Please let me know how it turns out. Best of luck. It has held its shape for me for several days.
Good Monday morning Suzanne,
Well, the cheesecake is gone, took a few days, but the whipped cream frosting held up and did NOT go thin and run. I’m really impressed and will use this recipe again. I did add a bit more sugar to it. I don’t like it too sweet, makes my toes curl. If I were doing it just for myself, I would not have added anymore than the 1/4 cup, but most people I know like things really sweet, why, I don’t know and don’t understand. I try to strike a happy medium. Anyway, thank you so much for your help with this. Have a great week! Oh, and the cheesecake was GREAT too.
Oh thank you for letting me know and I am thrilled that everything worked out. I sometimes add a little extra sugar, I’m like you and don’t like things too sweet but a lot of people do. So glad the cheesecake was delicious, would love to see the recipe!!
Great! If it worked for you, it should work for me, in theory…;-) I will let you know how it turned out.
Hi again Suzanne,
I have another question, before I start this cheesecake. I have a bottle of sour cheeries in brine. I’d like to somehow thicken this and use it on top of the cheesecake. I don’t think there is quite enough brine, compared to cherries, but will settle for whatever I get. Any suggestions on how to do this? I cannot use any alcohol in this, since one of the people who will be eating it is allergic to alcohol. Is there any other liquid I could add to this to make more sauce?
Thanks so much!
I would add jam or jelly. I made a cherry cheesecake once and used sour cherry jam but if you don’t have another kind would work also. As far as liquid juice would work but how are you going to thicken it? Cornstarch? I like jam if you add to the cherry juice and reduce it would produce a lovely thick topping.
Thank you! I don’t actually have any jams or jellies at all. I’m diabetic so I don’t use them. That is why I was actually asking you how I could thicken it. I was hoping you might know. I suppose I could use cornstarch and give it a try. Worse case, it doesn’t work and I have no topping other than the whipped cream. C’est la vie as they say.
Have a good one!
I didn’t know you were diabetic, I’m sorry, in that case I would use tapioca or corn starch with the juice from the cherries. I think it will be delicious. Please let me know how it turns out.
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I love your blog… that’s why I nominated you for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award. 😉 Participation is optional. If interested, please click this link: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/blog-of-the-year-award/
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You are so kind, thank you so much for the award. It means so much to me.
Oh! No worries! Thanks to you, too! xx
Yeah, I have the problem too. This time though, the 8″ one did not crack, the 7″ one did. But normally I don’t leave the smaller one in for 50 minutes, I take it out at 40 or 45 minutes, since it’s smaller. Also, I find if I use the “non stick” springform pans, the crust tends to burn a bit, and the side of the cheesecake and top edge will have a bit of darker crust on it. I don’t have a 7″ non stick springform pan, so I just live with it. All my other springform pans are the regular ones, so don’t have to worry about that. Doesn’t seem to matter if you reduce the heat because it’s a “non stick” either. They say it should, but it doesn’t! If I’m not putting a topping on the cheesecake, other than maybe whipped cream when I serve it, I will put a pan of water on the bottom rack in the oven. It does help with the cracking. You may still get some smaller ones, but not nearly as bad. I also find this cheesecake will, more times than not, sink in the centre when you let it cool. Never figured that one out. I even drop the pan on the counter before I put it in the oven, and sometimes it still sinks. Go figure. This time the larger one did not sink, the smaller one did. Since I was putting the sour cheery on top, I didn’t care, and the fact it sunk a bit in the middle helped, so the topping didn’t go over the side, it was a nice little cave for the topping to sit in…;-) So long as it tastes good, I never worry about what it looks like. We can make a silk purse out of a sowes ear when needed! And no one is usually ever the wiser!
I found you!! What a beautiful site!! Will def save this link so I can share your posts on my pinerest account in the future 🙂 everything looks very aesthetically pleasing and tasty. best of luck in beginning the new yr!
So glad you found my little blog! Thank you so much.
I came across your site from Fae’s Tango & Twist site. I was so surprised to see another blogger putting her dogs front and center! I created my site with my two dogs as part of the focus because they are such a part of me in the kitchen. If you check out my most recent post you will see my dog, Ginger, wearing almost the same New Year’s Eve hat as your pug’s; too cool! I am glad I found your site and am excited to read more!
Just checked your blog out, love it and the name is fantastic. So glad we found each other, I also am very excited to read more from you. Izzy and Nando hang out with me when I cook but especially Nando he is my “foodie” pug has been from the first day he was home. A real lover of food. Your two cuties look like they love their food too!
Oh my goodness! I LOVE your pugs! My Yorkie Clemmie would love them too, no doubt. I bet they help you out a tonne in the kitchen 😉
Oh Izzy and Nando had a little yorkie friend. They are so cute, I am such a dog lover. Well, they like to think they are a big help in the kitchen, they are ready, willing and able should any morsel fall to the floor, they are quick at cleaning it up.
Oh I KNOW! Food on the floor is definitely fair game for Clems too – it doesn’t stand a chance. I guess it’s my fault for telling her what a good job she’s doing 🙂
Nando is blind but he can still hone in on food when it falls to the floor. They are quick, I do the same thing, LOL, I thank them for helping me clean.
Did you say Yorkie? I have the most adorable one named Buddy! Fell in love on the spot and he has been keeping my floor clean ever since. Who says good things DON’T come in small packages?
So true 🙂
Yes totally, these little cuties come in a small package and they are all heart!
Lovely blog! Thanks so much for the follow!
Thank you also, look forward to reading your posts.
Happy to have discovered your blog. Love your pugs. Emma.
Thanks Emma, just saw yours too and so happy to have found it. Thank you so much!
Love your blog! Everything is so pretty! The pictures, the food and the posts! Looking forward to stopping back!
Thank you so much Kloe, also so happy to have found your beautiful blog, that english muffin bread is on my list of have to make right away recipes!
Oh! Dogs and cooking! Two of my very favorite things ever!! And at least “in the kitchen” you can supervise them. “Pugs in the Pantry” would probably indicate they’d gotten into the raisin bread (what? No, that has never happened here… ok, maybe once). Thanks for your blog! I appreciate the fresh, real-food recipes!!!
Yes my two favorite things the pugs and cooking. Thank you so much, when Izzy and Nando were younger they were a force to be reckoned with if anything dropped they were so quick to snap it up I didn’t have time to bend down, now that they are very senior pugs and one is blind, it’s a slow process. I loved the days of the quick retrieval. Thank you again and I am so glad to have found your blog.
Hi Suzanne! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award!
Thank you so much for the award. Blush!!!
Hello, Suzanne! 😀
CONGRATULATIONS! You have been awarded: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/sunshine-award-3/.
As usual, participation is optional. Have a wonderful day to you! ❤ Jhuls
Oh wow thank you so much, this is my first time receiving this award. I am so thankful and will try to do the required. Thank you again, it means so much to me.
It’s my pleasure! Have a lovely day! 😉
Just come across your blog, love what I’ve seen so far (including, of course, the mascots… If I had a pug or two, I’d probably have to name my blog ‘a pug just got stepped on’, as my kitchen’s so damn small!)
LOL, you made me laugh. My kitchen is not huge but not tiny either and even though there is plenty of room every day a pug gets stepped on because they stick to you like glue. Thanks for the follow and for stopping by, just followed you too and will be perusing the posts today.
I shall have to have to pass on your recipes to my cook. (My husband!)
Thank You Shelley, so nice your husband cooks!
Now I finally get the real meaning of your domain name, I was really dumb most of the time! I really thought that “Apugin was the name of your Kitchen”… Anyway, I ‘m really happy to know you and your adorable dogs.
I wish to be like you who can contribute to a Cookbook like theFood52.
Wish you more success in developing your own recipes!!!
You are so sweet, thank you so much. Yes my pugs, especially Nando hangs with me in the kitchen. Food is his favorite thing in the world. I spoil them, LOL. I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more and try your recipes.
Hi Suzanne ! I can see I am not the only one who like your blog and loves reading your posts! I want to let you know that I have nominated you for The Wonderful Team Readership Award 🙂 Congrats! You can accept it and check the details at: http://lapetitepaniere.com/2014/06/24/award-post/ Linda x
Thank you so much Linda both for the kind words and the award. I accept the award and will follow the link to read about it. Really appreciate it and I love your blog also!
Suzanne- I am so happy you have recently joined my team! 🙂 As a thank you, here is the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!
Lori, thank you so much. I love being a team member. Thank you for the award. I will try to pass it on as quickly as I can.
You are very welcome Suzanne!
What a great blog you have! And your pugs; how adorable.
Thank you so much and yours too, I love how you have involved your little one in the cooking process, I’ve done the same. My fur babies are wonderful and a constant source of amusement and inspiration. Thank you again and I look forward to great recipes from you!
Hi Suzanne. The “ingredients” you sent for the serial on my blog (Chanterelle Mushrooms, Trifle, Gin) will be in Episode-9, which I expect to publish the weekend of August 10th. Thanks for coming out to play with the culinary mystery. Your ingredients are sure to take the story somewhere fun!
I can’t wait to read it. Really looking forward to that chapter, well I look forward to all of them.
I had no idea you were a fellow brooklyner!! 😊
Are you in Brooklyn? Yes I certainly am and love it here
I am too!!! I’ve been here since I was 3 years old!! I love it here too!!!
Thats incredible, I will email you, must find out where you are we have to connect.
A fellow foodie in Brooklyn! Thanks for the follow! 😀
Yes glad to know you and thank you for following.
I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger 2014 award. I am well aware that you have awards galore in your kitty but I will be happy if you decide to accept this. You can collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/07/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thank you so much, I gladly accept the award and will work on a post. Thank you so much.
Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! 😀 You can check it out here: http://giraffescanbake.com/no-recipe-2/inspiring-blogger-award/
Have a great day!
Oh wow, thank you so much, I am honored to accept. Thank you.
Hi Suzanne, I just came across your blog. I totally understand what you mean/meant about the technical challenges. I’ve learned a lot in my year of blogging, but still SO MUCH to learn. It’s daunting sometimes…. All the best!
Same to you and thank you for stopping here.
I love the name of your blog! Thanks for following me- I do have to let you know that I no longer use that wordpress address- the winery I blog for developed a slick, new website a few months ago through wordpress and so the blog goes on there- it’s Naggiarvineyards.com. So I’m not sure which will come up on reader or if you have to get an email subscription, but I just don’t want you to think I don’t post anything if you are only following the first one. Again, thanks for following!
Thank you I also on for following.i clicked I on your name on Jeff’s blog and followed where it took me. Will make sure it’s right. I really enjoyed what I read tonight, I want I to learn and feel your blog is excellent for that. I must try your wine.
Thanks so much for the compliment! And Jeff sent you to the right place- he’s a gem 🙂 I look forward to reading all of your posts and drooling over all of your creations!
You are too kind, I have to try to find your wine here in NYC I have to try it. I really look forward to reading your blog and understand the process if wine making and maintaining the vineyard. My grandfather had s vineyard and made wine he was Italian.
I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award, wonderful team member readership award, the wordpress family award, and the liebster award 😊 I know it’s a lot to take but there is no pressure to participate but do check it out! Thanks 😊 ❤️ https://notbikiniready.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/blog-awards/
Oh Ummey, thank you so much, OMG, I am truly honored. I will do a blog post soon about this I promise. I really am so thankful.
You’re very welcome !!
Hi Suzanne…Congratulations…you’ve been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. If you choose to participate, you may pick up your award at http://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2014/09/07/shout-out-sunday-award-acknowledgement/
Nancy thank you. I am going to get around to acknowledging all the wonderful awards. I am so thankful.
You’re welcome, Suzanne! No hurry, no worry and no rule pressure from me. 🙂
I have been pulled by your pie, it looks yummy and delicious. Keep on rocking:) Stay in touch
Thank you so much, I just visited your site and love the food the okra and minced meat stew is wonderful. Thank you so much.
Hello sweetie 🙂 I have no idea why I haven’t visited before but I’m here now 🙂 xxx
So glad you found me Elaine, thank you.
Love the concept of your blog! Look forward to seeing your recipes 🙂
Thank you so much, I am so sorry. I just saw this. Thank you.
As a kid, I grew up eating fun food, and loving dogs. As a matter of fact, I usually had my mutt dog with me in bed at night. I know that I will be blessed by your posts. Blessings to you.
Thank you so much, when I think of fun food the first thing that comes to mind at least for me is corn dogs, lots of mustard. We always had dogs also growing up. I look forward to your posts also.
Hot dogs! My favs! But, I must say that there is a city ordinance against putting ketchup on hot dogs! That is a serious issue with serious hot dog consumers. Mustard and onions! No more and no less! Hot dogs being sold by street vendors is the top of the line of such items of consumption. Of course, my hairy dogs always liked my dogs that found themselves in a bun. Please have blessed day.
I love your Italian dogs.
Hello Suzanne! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #10! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!
Hi Jacob, thank you for following, I just listed your blog and did the same. Look forward to more from you.
I followed you without even reading any of your posts because I am absolutely obsessed with pugs. Your two pugs are soooooooooo cute. You’re living my dream!! Haha 😀
Thank you, I am sort of obsessed with pugs. They are so quirky and have such great personalities. Thank you so much, now I will check out your site as well.
They do and they have cute little snorts and everything haha. They’re like the best dog ever. I hope you like my blog as much as I like yours! 🙂
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Check it out http://whattohavefordinnertonight.com/2015/01/30/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
Thanks so much Harriet, I am so happy to have been nominated.
You’re welcome, you deserve it.
Hi Suzanne, I have seen you comment on other sites that I visit so just thought I would say hi. I love baking, too, and am determined to get better at it. You are so right about it being a lot of trial and error. I’m very glad to have found your blog and look forward to following you!
Hi Shari, Thank you so much, yes lots of trial and error and re purposing because I hate wasting food. Thank you and I am so glad you found my blog now off to check out yours.
Food and pugs. Are you kidding?! Two of my favourite things combined… your kitchen buddies are absolutely adorable.
Thank you two of my very favorite things also thank you for the follow, must check out your site.
Hello! I just wanted to say you have a beautiful blog and thank you for following me! I look forward to reading more from you! 💜😊
Thank you as do you and I look forward to new posts from you!
Hello Suzanne! I had to come visit your blog because I always see you leaving comments on several other blogs that I enjoy! I must say that your Easter dinner looked to die for… yummy! Looking forward to following your posts in the future 🙂
Hi! Just found your blog through TDPC. Looks like we’ve started blogging almost simultaneously, but this the first time I’ve come across your blog. Looks like I’ve got a lot to catch up on. Although I don’t come from an Italian family, I do cook as if I were 🙂
Thank you Stefan and I will have to check out your site. My Mom was a great Italian cook who wasn’t Italian, she learned from Italians though. I think we share a love of Italian food, thank you again.
I just came across your blog and love it. Your two little precious pugs are really cute 🙂
Hi Suzanne! You have an awesome blog , loved your kitchen buddies too 🙂
I have always admired and loved your writing style and the recipes, and of course your cute pugs! For the longest time, I read your posts through Food 52 I guess but did not know how to ‘like’ your individual posts. Glad I sorted that out .Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Dragon’s loyalty award. Please find all the details here-https://indfused.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/3-awards-in-july/
Dear Sandyha; thank you so much for the wonderful award it means a great deal to me.
You are welcome! You absolutely deserve it, Suzzane!
Such a cute blog! love it!
Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Beautiful blogger award. Please go to https://indfused.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/two-new-awards/ to find out more about it, if you accept the award.
Hi Suzanne. I enjoyed reading your About page, and love the fact that you do a cookery blog. I’ve always loved to cook. Having six children (not quite as many as the lovely, Lynn – but enough to keep me busy, especially when I went back to teaching) I’ve spent many years in the kitchen. I enjoy reading and trying out new recipes and look forward to reading yours in future. 🙂
Thank you so much Millie, I just love your little village. It’s homey and quaint and just lovely. 6 children, wow, keeps you busy right? I look forward to more on your lovely blog and thank you so much for following mine.
And I thank you very much, Suzanne! I’m really looking forward to reading your posts, too.
Love your “About” page. My mom and mother-in-law are both from Brooklyn. I have many fond memories of holidays spent at my aunt’s house in Brooklyn, especially food memories. Even though we are of Irish descent, those family gatherings always included seemingly endless platters of Italian cookies from a local Italian bakery (the rainbow ones are still my favorite!). Like you, my husband also comes from a big Italian family and I’ve loved learning their food traditions and recipes. As you said, it’s all trial and error… but even the mistakes can be delicious! So glad to have found your blog and I look forward to reading more.
There are some great Italian bakeries around here my favorite is Court Street bakery!
I came across your blog, and I am so excited! It is no neat that you contribute recipes to Whole Foods, I am a big fan! And like you, what I love about cooking is its always an adventure, looking forward to following your adventures 🙂
Thank you so much, I am also so glad to have found your blog. I am such a fan of food from Afghanistan and Persia and can’t wait to look through all of your recipes.
Suzanne, I just came from Lynne’s blog and stopped by to say “Hi”. I’m not a very good cook but I love trying recipes thanks to Lynz Cooking. I’m not sure I can do justice to your fruit cake recipe, but I am going to attempt the thumbprints for a start. Thanks and have a lovely holiday….Clare
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Lynn is terrific and an amazing cook. Let me know how you like the thumbprints if you try. They are one of my favorites and so festive. Thank you again!🎄🎄🎄
I hope to bake tomorrow. I’ll let you know if I’m brave enough to try the fruitcake. Yummy!
The fruitcake is actually easy to make. Best of luck and let me know how it goes!!
Hi Suzanne! I just came over from Lynn’s blog and I’m sticking around, you recipes look delicious! I love dogs too!
Thank you so much,thank you for following and so glad you are both a lover of food and dogs.
Hi Suzanne, got to know about your blog from Lynz real cooking. You have got a very nice blog. I would love to follow your posts. From Satabdi dineinmykitchen.com
Thank you so much Satabdi, I look forward to following you blog as well.
Hi Suzanne, I just had to pop over and say Hi. Lynn (Lynz Real Cooking) as you know raves about you, so I really must thank her. Your blog is amazing and I look forward to many more reads. Happy New Year ! 🙂
Hi Lynne, Thank you for stopping by! I love Lynn she is such an inspiration, thank you again and a very Happy New Year filled with happiness, good health, prosperity and all things wonderful.
Give your doggies some hugs from me. Nice blog with great photos! 😊😊😊😊
Your blog is adorable! My dream is to have a pug (especially one that can help out in the kitchen!). I’m sorry to hear about your sweet pugs, Nando and Izzy. RIP.
Thank you so much. I loved seeing their little faces looking up at me while I cooked. Miss thst😞
Thank you for following my blog! I’m so sorry that your little inspirations have passed but our pets do live in our memories forever. Love the guest post from Teagan, one of my favorites.
I’m giving you a shout out in a post on recent followers, but from the comments here – you’ve got a lot of your own!
Thank you Noelle, I adore Teagan and am so happy to have found your blog as well. Thank you for the kind words about my sweet babies. They will always be with me.
I hear you when you say cooking is trial and error. I feel at times I’m mostly making alot of errors! Saem with blogging too as i’m a newbie to this too. But every mistake in life is a lesson learnt. Loving your recipes, some even I should be able to make!
I am enjoying your blog! All the food looks amazing (and your dog is adorable)! I look forward to reading more and trying some of these wonderful recipes!
Thank you so much Kristy!!
I featured your blog in Tuesday Chatter 29 https://amanpan.com/2016/05/23/tuesday-chatter-29/
You are so sweet thank you so much.
Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the lovely blog award! Acceptance is purely optional, but if you’re keen, please drop by: https://ineedafeed.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/one-lovely-blog-award/ to get the rules!
Thank you so much you are incredibly kind to give me an award. If I can find time to do everything I will but if not I graciously accept and will mention in my post. Thank you so much.
Hey! It’s much deserved 🙂 and I’m not fussed if you can’t do it all. I just like being able to let people know I enjoy their blogs and I hope other people can be introduced to them through me too 🙂
This page / blog put the biggest smile on my face. 🙂
Thank you so much and I am very happy to see your posts as well. Thank you for following and thank you for the sweet comment.
Great blog. I love your kitchen helper and the fact that you adopted a senior citizen doggie.
Thank you so much Nadia.
I love your blog name! Sorry to hear about the pups! I’m excited to follow you and read about your food misadventures. I’ve had plenty myself.
Why thank you so much. I miss my sweet pups, I couldn’t be without a pug in the kitchen so now I adopted Percy who loves to eat and is my muse. Thank you again and yep, plenty of misadventures here. Thank you.
Aww, yay for having another pug! Give Percy kisses and food scraps for me!
Great blog! I’m looking forward to more kitchen / food / Pug adventures.
I know what it’s like to miss small friends. -hugs-
Hi, I am excited to find your blog as I love to eat great food. Your posts will help me on my quest. Thanks for reading my blog also. Have a great weekend!
Thank you Lori I have to work my way through your post which will be very enjoyable.
Hello, I’d love sharing recipes with you. I’m in NY too by the way:)
Love you Suzanne. It seems so fitting that you now have Ilene’s pug, as you two were my first ig friends. You know Percy was so special & I know he & Daisy are st the bridge 🌈🐾 together. Love, Lisa, Harley & Haley Ann @davenport.lisa53
Thank you so much,you are totally deserving!
You know that’s true, I can’t believe it. I still have a photo of all of us and it was such a wonderful time. Hello!! It was so long ago. Wow!!!