Recipe Recap – Thanksgiving Week 2014

As promised, below are the recipes that I made and/or re-shared the week of Thanksgiving. In my opinion, all of them can made throughout the Fall season leading into Christmas/New Years. If I remember any more I’ll be sure to add them to the list. 🙂

Savory Carrot Pudding

Carrot Pudding






UltiMatt Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin pie bread






Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

pumkin pie cheesecake






Pumpkin Pie Bread with Dark Chocolate Morsels

Sliced Pumpkin BreadPumpkin Bread Loaves






Easy Cranberry Relish

Cranberry relish






Easy Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce






Homemade Pomodoro Sauce

Pomodoro sauce quartPomodoro sauce






UltiMatt Italian Meatballs & Spaghetti

Browning meatballsSaucing meatballsMeatballs baking dishBaked meatballsFinished meatballsDished meatballs










Stuffing Turkey Frittata

Stuffing Turkey FrittataFrittata slice




Happy Three Week Anniversary to Us

It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks since I officially launched Bear In The Pantry. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to stop by and see what’s going on, for following me on Facebook or Twitter, and for just being the awesome people you truly are. Please spread the word about Bear In The Pantry, we are trying to grow this as quick as possible.

In honor of our Three Week Anniversary, I have decided to post three new recipes:

  1. Cheater Pulled Pork
  2. Peach Dumplings
  3. Ultimate Tuna Casserole





For the love of berries …

TGIF everybody!!! The weekend is right around the corner and I am so ready. How about you? Before the weekend is officially here I wanted to share this Mixed Berry Cobbler recipe I came up with last night, absolutely delicious!

Right now berries are on sale just about everywhere you go and when I was at our local Safeway the other day blueberries, and raspberries from Watsonville which is local, were such a great deal that I had to buy some. I had an idea in mind, Blueberry Pull-Apart Biscuits from Stacey Little over at, so blueberries were already on my list, the raspberries were going to be a great addition to whatever I was going to make or simply delicious in a bowl of cereal. Whatever was going to happen, the berries were too good of a deal to pass up. And the dogs love them as treats.


As I was gathering the ingredients to cook the pull-apart biscuits I got the idea for doing a mixed berry cobbler instead. We had vanilla ice cream in the freezer so it seemed like a marriage made in heaven. The pull-apart biscuits are definitely on my list of things to make some weekend morning though, I hear the glaze on those things is nothing short of amazing!

Here’s the mixed cobbler recipe I came up. Next time I’m going to try making individual servings. I hope you enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Show you care; say it with love.

What I mean is that one of the best ways to show love to someone is through food that you make. It’s amazing what something homemade, made with love, can do for someone; how it can lift their day and make them feel better. And you too in the process.

As always with dear friends, this was never more true than this past Sunday when I went to visit very dear friends, Eve, Mike, and Wally. We already had plans to get together that day for around the lunch/brunch time but no real firm plans as to what we would actually do. Sadly a lot changed Saturday morning when I found out that Mike’s grandpa had passed away the day before. They still wanted to get together so plans got set really fast that we would stay in at their place and just chill. Mike loves banana desserts and Eve asked that I make something to make him feel better, possibly banana ice cream since we had just bought the new ice cream machine last week. I remembered he really liked the banana bread I make and he really loved it when I put in chocolate chips. How could I not make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?



Click here for the recipe.

ICE CREAM … sorry for yelling

I do apologize for yelling the headline but I am crazy excited about a new culinary toy we got today … an ice cream machine. We have been looking at them off and on for awhile, and yesterday I texted David after hearing about a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt being made on one of the Food Network morning shows; I said, “We need an ice cream machine.” The only criteria was that we needed to get the best price which meant I needed to do price comparison between a two specific stores, Costco and Tuesday Morning. I thought I had done my homework and purchased one I found at Tuesday Morning here in Redwood City. What I forgot to check was differences in models, I didn’t realize my mistake until I got it home and did the model comparison online. What I ended up buying was a 1.5 quart machine for the same price as a 2 quart machine at Costco. This morning I took the 1.5 quart machine back for a refund and went directly to Costco and got the 2 quart machine. Let the ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet making begin!!! Recipes and photos to come.


Did I mention that 10am, or shortly after, on a weekday, is a great time to go to Costco? It is. There are very people in the store and the lines to check out are short.