Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam 3

Hi guys! So uh…it’s been a long time since my last post, huh? A month and a half, to be precise. Sorry about that! At first I was planning to just take a break from posting for one weekend, but then things got really busy at work and I didn’t have any energy/desire to cook…read more »

Strawberry Cream Pie Cups 6b (1 of 1)

Strawberry Cream Pie Cups…and a Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED }

Now that the Super Bowl is behind us (wooo, Patriots!), we can finally stop putting all our energy into churning out game day munchies (until March Madness, anyway). It’s time, instead, to turn our culinary attentions to Valentine’s Day – otherwise known as everyone’s favorite excuse to eat chocolate and decadent desserts. This is the only time of year when it’s acceptable to…read more »

Confetti Salsa 1f (1 of 1)

Confetti Salsa

Guys – I’ve got one last post for you before the Super Bowl, and it’s going to be a short one. Partly because I’m feeling lazy, and partly because I was in a rush with my picture-taking so most of them didn’t turn out that well. Oh well – you win some, you lose some. Anyway! Today’s recipe comes…read more »

Skinny Onion Dip 1c (1 of 1)

Skinny French Onion Dip

Back in grad school, Dan and his friends decided to make homemade crab rangoons for dinner one night. For some reason they decided to put Dan in charge of groceries. (I say “for some reason” because at this point in his life, Dan’s culinary skill extended to boiling pasta and microwaving leftovers, and he really only went to grocery…read more »

Chocolate Fruit Dip 1b (1 of 1)

Snacktastic Sundays: Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip

Happy Sunday, everyone! Otherwise known as “OH MY GOD IT’S FINALLY TIME FOR FOOTBALL” day here in our house. In case you’re wondering, that’s all Dan. He’s been bellowing “TINA! Why isn’t it Sunday yet?!?! I want to watch footballllll!!!!” (basically verbatim) since Monday. Monday. As you can imagine, it’s been a fun week for me. Football season is great….read more »

Banoffee Pie 6c (1 of 1)

Banoffee Pie

So, you may have noticed that there’s been a bit of a lull in posting here at Just Putzing Around the Kitchen…Sorry about that! I was a little burned out by all my holiday cooking/blogging and could not muster a single drop of energy to get back into it after the start of the new year….read more »

Metamorphosis 4 (1 of 1)


Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost 2015? How did that even happen? It’s crazy to think about, but in 2015 I will… Turn 29 Be in my fourth year at my current law firm Celebrate my 2-year wedding anniversary (with Dan, duh) Reach my 10-year dating anniversary (also with Dan) Enter my 5th year of blogging…read more »

Walnut Fudge 3 (1 of 1)

Easy Candied Walnut Fudge

Remember when I made all those candied walnuts and told you I put them in a super yummy fudge? And I promised I’d share the recipe with you before the holidays? Well…here it is! You’re welcome. Although…I guess if you’re trying to watch your girlish figure, then I should probably be saying “sorry for tempting you.” ‘Cuz…read more »

Buffalo Jalapeno Poppers 5 (1 of 1)

Snacktastic Sundays: Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

Short Snacktastic Sundays post today, folks! We were headed to Brad and Amy’s new place to watch the Patriot’s/Jets game at 1pm, and things were running a little behind schedule. Despite getting up at 8:30am today, I somehow didn’t make it into the kitchen until 11:30am (isn’t it crazy how time just disappears on the weekend?). I…read more »

Gingbread Mug Cake 7 (1 of 1)

{GIVEAWAY CLOSED} Gingerbread Mug Cake Revisited…and a GIVEAWAY!

This time of year, one of the most popular recipes on my blog is my Gingerbread Mug Cake. Which always makes me laugh a little, because it was such a throw-away recipe when I came up with it. At the time, my fridge was basically empty and I was low on basic baking ingredients, but Dan had…read more »

Candied Walnuts 1 (1 of 1)

Candied Walnuts

We can all agree that caramelized sugar makes everything taste 100% better, right? Case in point – popcorn. When eaten plain, it’s like chewing on salty Styrofoam. Pour some molten sugar over it, however, and you suddenly have a bowl of crunchy, sweet crack. Bacon? Same deal. Pretty tasty in general, but swoon-inducingly delicious and addictive when…read more »