Feb 29, 2016

Brown Sugar, Garam Masala, and Pistachio Muffins | #MuffinMonday

 Brown Sugar, Garam Masala, and Pistachio Muffins

I'm pretty excited about these brown sugar, garam masala, and pistachio muffins. They had a warm, earthy, and deliciously complex flavor.

Garam masala you ask? It's a blend of spices used in regional Indian cooking. I've read that the phrase in English means "warm spice." Epicurious describes it as the Indian equivalent to the French herbes de Provence, or the Chinese five spice blend.

Feb 27, 2016

Rosemary, Cayenne, and Brown Sugar Cashews

Rosemary, Cayenne, and Brown Sugar Cashews

These Rosemary, Cayenne, and Brown Sugar Cashews are the perfect appetizer to serve with sparkling wine or cocktails. They have a wonderful savory sweetness, and are easy and elegant. The perfect bar snack.

Feb 24, 2016

Stir-Fried Crystal Shrimp and Stir-Fried Garlic Shanghai Bok Choy | Wok Wednesdays

Stir-Fried Crystal Shrimp

For this Wok Wednesday's post, I'm posting both of February's recipes today. First, the Stir-Fried Crystal Shrimp, and then the Stir-Fried Garlic Shanghai Bok Choy.

Feb 21, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

Spicy Crab Bisque | #FishFridayFoodies

Spicy Crab Bisque

There are a lot of ingredients in this spicy crab bisque, but it is really easy to put together. Plus, you can make the soup base in advance and then add the crab right before serving.

Bisque is a creamy soup of French origin, normally made from shrimp, crab, or lobster. Traditionally, the flavor is extracted from the ground shells of the crustaceans. This short-cut version is so rich tasting, yet it does not contain heavy cream. It gets its creamy texture from lots of sautéed and roasted vegetables, which are blended with the broth and milk.

Feb 16, 2016

Caramelized Onion Bread with Buckwheat and White Rye

Caramelized Onion Bread with Buckwheat and White Rye

I am so excited about this Caramelized Onion Bread with Buckwheat and White Rye. Why?

  1. I had white rye in my freezer. Who has white rye in their freezer for that moment when they need to make a bread with white rye? Me! The great ingredient hoarder. 
  2. Look at those amazing holes in the slices of bread! Aren't they gorgeous?
  3. Caramelized onions. This bread is infused with a subtle caramelized onion flavor that adds just the perfect sweetness to the bread. 
  4. I ground my own buckwheat flour... in a spice grinder!
  5. I was introduced to an incredible new bread book, Bien Cuit
  6. This bread is soooooo delicious!! Seriously! 
  7. Look at those amazing holes with those bits of caramelized onions!!

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Imagine 2 cups of macadamia nuts and white chocolate chunks barely held together with just a couple of cups of cookie dough.

Oh. Em. Gee.

Feb 9, 2016

Sourdough English Muffins | #BreadBakers make Griddle Breads

Sourdough English Muffins

I love English muffins. They are so good toasted and buttered or spread with jam.

Some of my favorite ways to eat English muffins are as part of a breakfast sandwich, as a base for a quick mini pizza, and for an open faced tuna melt. The tuna melt especially brings back memories of my sister and me hanging out together with our new babies and spending the day together (and maybe watching Days of Our Lives or All My Children while our babies were napping). Creating those tuna melts was about as "fancy" as we could get while juggling babies on our hips. The tuna melts were especially good with potato chips and dill pickles....

Feb 5, 2016

Easy Tomato, Kidney Bean, and Roast Beef Chili Soup - Perfect for Leftover Roast Beef

Easy Tomato, Kidney Bean, and Roast Beef Chili Soup

I made this Tomato, Kidney Bean, and Roast Beef Chili Soup both because I had some leftover roast beef, and I wanted something to go with these wonderful savory corn muffins. This soup was perfect!

Feb 2, 2016

Detroit Style "Red Top" Pizza

Detroit Style "Red Top" Pizza

Detroit Red Top Pizza is an amazing thing, especially if you love burnt cheese as much as I do. This pizza is encrusted with cheese, purposely pressed against the sides of a butter coated pan to achieve that crusty goodness. Ridiculous. 

Feb 1, 2016

Stir-Fried Clams with Spicy Bean Sauce | Wok Wednesdays

Stir-Fried Clams with Spicy Bean Sauce

These stir-fried clams with spicy bean sauce are so flavorful and rich tasting. The sauce is so amazing, I wish I could bottle it.

What's so fascinating is that it is comprised of just a few ingredients: chicken broth, bean sauce, soy sauce, shallots, garlic, ginger, and a tiny Thai chili that is minced, seeds and all. As the clams are simmered in the sauce, it's transformed into a sauce of which I wanted every last ounce.