Sep 30, 2016

Ciabatta Bread with Poolish

This Ciabatta Bread with Poolish is really easy to make, and makes amazing sandwiches and crostini. 

This Ciabatta Bread with Poolish is really easy to make, and makes amazing sandwiches and crostini.

The dough for this Ciabatta Bread with Poolish is really simple to put together. You can shape it into one large loaf or several small loaves or rolls.

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.

Sep 4, 2016

Tortas de Chile Colorado de Res (Chile Colorado Beef Sandwiches)

Tortas de Chile Colorado de Res are Mexican sandwiches made with beef simmered in a wonderful red chile sauce. 

Tortas de Chile Colorado de Res are Mexican sandwiches made with beef simmered in a wonderful red chile sauce.

The beef is succulent, tender, and loaded with flavor. The chile colorado is amazingly easy to make, and is also perfect for making ahead. It can be served with beans, rice, and tortillas, or stuffed into bolillo rolls or French rolls for pretty amazing Mexican sandwiches.

Sep 3, 2016

Bread Box Round Up for September 2016

Welcome to the Bread Box Round Up for September 2016, a collection of wonderful loaves, rolls, and flatbreads. 


Bread Box Round Up for September 2016 from www.karenskitchenstories.com

Each month, I have been posting a round up of homemade and artisan breads from around the blogosphere.

Sep 2, 2016

Bolillo Rolls

Bolillo rolls are the Mexican version of French rolls. They are crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside. 


Bolillo rolls are the Mexican version of French rolls. They are crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside.

This bread is also known as pan Franc├ęs. While the Spaniards introduced wheat to Mexico, I understand that these rolls were introduced by the French (maybe during the ill-fated reign of Maximilian), and are now one of the most popular breads used for Mexican sandwiches.