Dec 16, 2017

Champagne Babas

Babas are little yeasted pastries that resemble little chef's hats.

Champagne Babas

Babas are made with a dough enriched with butter and eggs, and then soaked in a boozy syrup (usually rum) and then topped with an apricot jam glaze.

Turkey Noodle Soup from Scratch

This turkey noodle soup from scratch is pure comfort food. Any time we roast a turkey, especially around the holidays, we save the carcass to make the broth for this turkey soup.

Turkey Noodle Soup from Scratch
Making homemade turkey soup after Thanksgiving or Christmas is probably the biggest food tradition that Mr. Kitchen and I share. He is a big fan of soup of any kind, so, years ago, when someone told him that you could make homemade turkey soup from the leftover carcass, he decided to take on making turkey soup from scratch.

Dec 15, 2017

Vietnamese-Style Pan Fried Halibut with Lemongrass and Nước Chấm Dipping Sauce | #FishFridayFoodies

This Vietnamese-style pan fried halibut with lemongrass is so fresh and flavorful, and the lemongrass adds such a wonderful citrusy fragrance to the dish.

Vietnamese-Style Pan Fried Halibut with Lemongrass and Nước Chấm Dipping Sauce

This pan fried halibut with lemongrass is an adaptation of a fish dish common in Vietnamese cooking, called Cá Chiên Xã. You can use any firm fish, such as mackerel, sea bass, cod, rockfish, or catfish. I just happened to have a gorgeous Alaskan halibut filet that worked beautifully with this recipe.

Dec 12, 2017

Whole Wheat Santa Lucia Buns | #BreadBakers

These Santa Lucia Buns are a whole wheat version of a traditional Swedish holiday bread.

Whole Wheat Santa Lucia Buns

This time last year, I posted a wonderful traditional Santa Lucia buns recipe, which included saffron, currants, and Swedish pearl sugar. Be sure to visit the post to find out more about the holiday.

Dec 11, 2017

Chocolate Mint Torte | #BakingBloggers

This Chocolate Mint Torte recipe takes a tasty chocolate sponge cake and fills it with a delicious mint cream mousse and layers of chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Mint Torte

Making this chocolate mint torte was definitely an exercise in flexing new baking muscles for me.

Dec 9, 2017

Fried Sausages and Apples from The Hamilton Cookbook

 These Fried Sausages and Apples are from the well-researched book The Hamilton Cookbook by my friend Laura Kumin of the blog, Mother Would Know.

Fried Sausages and Apples from The Hamilton Cookbook

When Laura asked if I would be willing to review her new book, I jumped at the chance.

Dec 8, 2017

Almond-Spice Christmas Wreath Cookies | #ChristmasCookies

These Almond-Spice Christmas Wreath Cookies are pretty easy to make, even if they do look fancy.

Almond-Spice Christmas Wreath Cookies

These almond-spice Christmas wreath cookies would be great to make with kids who are interested in baking. You'd just need to have double the amount of maraschino cherries on hand so they could sneak a few during the decorating phase.