Dec 31, 2016

Top Ten Recipes for 2016

These recipes are the most popular reader favorites for 2016. 


Top Ten Recipes for 2016 on Karen's Kitchen Stories

Here they are! Karen's Kitchen Stories Top 10 most popular recipes for 2016! These were your favorite recipes, and I thank you so much for visiting, commenting, critiquing, and following Karen's Kitchen Stories. I can't believe it's been another year!

Dec 30, 2016

The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word Cocktail is reputed to be an old-timey cocktail, originating in Detroit, and dating back to pre-Prohibition. All I know is, it's pretty tasty. 


The Last Word Cocktail is reputed to be an old-timey cocktail, originating in Detroit, and dating back to pre-Prohibition.

Evidently, The Last Word Cocktail, after languishing in obscurity for about 80 years or so, enjoyed a sudden resurgence when a Seattle bartender recreated it and began serving it around 2006. According to folklore, he discovered the cocktail in a book that was written in 1951.

Dec 28, 2016

Smoked Gouda Cheese Spread

This Smoked Gouda Cheese Spread is a wonderful appetizer spread on crackers, mini toasts, and crudités. It's perfect for cocktail and bowl game parties. 


This Smoked Gouda Cheese Spread is a wonderful appetizer spread on crackers, mini toasts, and crudités. It's perfect for cocktail and bowl game parties.

I love this Smoked Gouda Cheese Spread on garlic melba toast or Carr's Table Water Crackers, but any good cracker will do.

Dec 27, 2016

Shanghai-Style Shrimp, Sweet and Sour Cabbage, and Slow Stir-Fried Red Peppers | Wok Wednesdays

For the months of November and December, the Wok Wednesdays group made three recipes from the book The Breath of a Wok. The recipes include Sweet and Sour Cabbage, Shanghai-Style Shrimp, and Slow Stir-Fried Red Peppers. 


Sweet and Sour Cabbage, Shanghai-Style Shrimp, and Slow Stir-Fried Red Peppers

This dish is Florence Lin's Slow Stir-Fried Red Peppers. This recipe is so simple, and so delicious. Other than oil and a little bit of salt and sugar, there is just one ingredient, red bell peppers.

Dec 26, 2016

Countdown to 2017: Best Appetizers and Snacks

The following are my favorite appetizers and snacks from 2016. 


The following are my favorite appetizers and snacks from 2016.
I can't believe that 2016 is coming to a close. I know, it's just a date, but still, time seems to be flying by.

Cheddar Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Cheddar Muffins could really be delicious cheesy bread masquerading as muffins... or maybe cheddar biscuits disguised as muffins. 


These cheddar muffins are loaded with cheese and flavored with just a bit of cornmeal, Dijon mustard, freshly ground black pepper, and Tabasco sauce, and they have just the right amount of kick.

These cheddar muffins are loaded with cheese and flavored with shallots, just a bit of cornmeal, Dijon mustard, freshly ground black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. They have just the right amount of kick.

Dec 21, 2016

Espresso Chocolate Sablés

These Espresso Chocolate Sablés are filled with the rich flavor of coffee and chocolate, and have a wonderful crumbly texture. 


These Espresso Chocolate Sablés are filled with the rich flavor of coffee and chocolate, and have a wonderful crumbly texture.

Sablés you ask?  A sablé is the French shortbread! It's just fancier because of the name... and maybe a little more grown up.

Dec 20, 2016

Salted Chocolate Pecan Caramel Bars | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Salted Chocolate Pecan Caramel Bars are incredibly decadent and sophisticated at the same time. 


These salted chocolate caramel bars consist of a delicious deep chocolate shortbread cookie base, topped with a salted chocolate caramel, and then sprinkled with toasted pecans.

These salted chocolate pecan caramel bars consist of a delicious deep chocolate shortbread cookie base, topped with a salted chocolate caramel, and then sprinkled with toasted pecans.

Dec 16, 2016

Sourdough Golden Beet Braided Bread

This Sourdough Golden Beet Braided Bread incorporates a puree of raw golden beets into the dough.

This Sourdough Golden Beet Braided Bread incorporates a puree of raw golden beets into the dough.

This Sourdough Golden Beet Braided Bread was chosen by Cathy of Bread Experience for the monthly Bread Baking Babes bake-along. Each month, one of us introduces a new recipe, and the rest of us make it our own.

Alaskan Seafood Bubbly Bake | #FishFridayFoodies

This Seafood Bubbly Bake, with halibut, crab, scallops, and shrimp, is so creamy and flavorful. 


This Seafood Bubbly Bake, with halibut, crab, scallops, and shrimp, is so creamy and flavorful.

This Alaskan Seafood Bubbly Bake is now one of my favorite recipes on this blog. This says a lot, because I luuurve all of the recipes I've posted here (well, maybe some of the baguettes and that darn pain de beaucaire have caused some frustration, but they were still tasty).

Dec 13, 2016

St. Lucia Buns | Lussebullar | #BreadBakers

St. Lucia Buns are a Swedish holiday tradition, symbolizing the winter solstice. Today, December 13 is St. Lucia Day in Sweden. It is also known as the Festival of Light, and ushers in the holiday season in the country. 


St. Lucia Buns are a Swedish holiday tradition, symbolizing the winter solstice. December 13 is St. Lucia Day in Sweden. It is also know as the Festival of Light, and ushers in the holiday season.

In its honor, I've made these St. Lucia buns, the official bread of this holiday. The buns are scented with saffron, which also gives them their lovely yellow color.

Dec 9, 2016

Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy. 


These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.

What is wonderful about these buttermilk dinner rolls, besides the fact that they are delicious, is that you can make the dough in advance, assemble the rolls, and then let them sit in the refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance of baking them.

Dec 5, 2016

Mini Ciabatta Loaves

These Mini Ciabatta Loaves are deeply flavored from the dark brown and shatteringly thin crust. 

Mini Ciabatta Loaves, deeply flavored from the dark brown and shatteringly thin crust.

The dough for these mini ciabatta loaves is 92 percent hydration, which results in one of the lightest, airiest, and moistest loaves of bread. When you take them out of the oven, they sit there and crackle and sing for you for about five minutes! If you are a bread geek, you know exactly what I mean.

Dec 4, 2016

Bread Box Round Up for December 2016

Welcome to The Bread Box Round Up, a collection of wonderful loaves, rolls, and flatbreads from food bloggers who bake bread!


The Bread Box Round Up - Breads from your favorite bloggers


I am so grateful for the bloggers who have shared their posts this year!

Dec 3, 2016

Save or Splurge? Recommended Gifts for Your Favorite Cook or Baker

Save or Splurge? Recommended Gifts for Your Favorite Cook or Baker

When I first got into cooking and bread baking (not very long ago), I started collecting kitchen tools, gadgets, cookbooks, pots and pans, small electrics, and various other things one might find at Sur la Table or Williams Sonoma. Remodeling our 1960s kitchen and the completion of my master's degree collided.