Sep 26, 2016

Cream Cheese Filled Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins | #MuffinMondays

These whole wheat pumpkin muffins are filled with a sweetened cream cheese filling in the center. They are also topped with an amazing streusel topping.


These whole wheat pumpkin muffins are filled with a sweetened cream cheese filling in the center. They are also topped with an amazing streusel topping.

While pumpkin is pretty much a cliche this time of year, these muffins are so worth it. I used 1/2 of a can of pumpkin puree, and saved the rest for pumpkin martinis, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, cranberry pumpkin rolls, these pumpkin dinner rolls, and these cinnamon swirl pumpkin rolls later.

Sep 20, 2016

Chocolate-Toffee Crinkle Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Chocolate-Toffee Crinkle Cookies are essentially just soft and rich brownies or truffles in a cookie form. 


These Chocolate-Toffee Crinkle Cookies are essentially just soft and rich brownies or truffles in a cookie form.
They are loaded with dark chocolate chips and Heath toffee bits. They are really easy to make, and will make your favorite chocolate lovers very happy.

Sep 16, 2016

Cinnamon Coconut Rolls

These Cinnamon Coconut Rolls are a wonderful breakfast treat! 


These Cinnamon Coconut Rolls are a wonderful breakfast treat!

These cinnamon coconut rolls consist of a super soft and light dough wrapped around a moist coconut filling. They are wonderful warm, and can be reheated with a 20 second turn in the microwave.

Kale and Feta Pesto Stuffed Cod | #FishFridayFoodies

This Kale and Feta Stuffed Cod is so moist and succulent. It is so easy to make, and is the perfectly easy "company's coming" dish. You might actually get accused of being "fancy." 


This Kale and Feta Stuffed Cod is so moist and succulent. It is so easy to make, and is the perfectly easy "company's coming" dish.

Every year, my cousin goes fishing in Alaska. When he gets to the dock, the fish is cleaned and then flash frozen, shrink wrapped, and then shipped home. He ends up with a freezer full of amazing fish. Typically, he ends up with equal amounts of salmon, halibut, and cod.

Sep 13, 2016

Hearty Whole Wheat Bread with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds | #BreadBakers

This hearty whole wheat bread is infused with ground toasted pumpkin seed "flour" as well as whole toasted pumpkin seeds. 


This hearty whole wheat bread is infused with ground toasted pumpkin seeds as well as whole toasted pumpkin seeds.

The bread is wonderful slathered in butter with a meal of soup and/or salad. It is also excellent toasted and buttered, and stands up well to flavorful cheeses and cured meats. I haven't tried it toasted with avocado, but I suspect it would be pretty tasty. The toasted pumpkin seeds are perfect partner to the stronger flavor of whole wheat.

Sep 11, 2016

Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts

This Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts is incredibly light, refreshing, and flavorful.


This Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts is incredibly light, refreshing, and flavorful.

The dressing for this salad consists of lime juice, fish sauce, and a bit of sugar.

I've resisted the urge to buy a spiralizer gadget, mostly because I pretty much have run out of room for any more kitchen tools, but on a trip to an outlet center, I found this tiny one, which I bought. I don't even want to admit how long it sat without being used, but when my cousin gifted me with several zucchini from her garden, I decided to break it out of its box.

Sep 7, 2016

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli | Wok Wednesdays

This Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli is the final Wok Wednesdays recipe from the book, Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge, by Grace Young. It's an amazing book filled with over 100 recipes of Chinese stir-fried dishes from around the world, as well as stories about the people who taught Grace the recipes. 

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli | Wok Wednesdays

This stir-fried beef and broccoli is so much more flavorful than any take-out version. Secret ingredients include fermented black beans, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce.