Oct 19, 2017

Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes | #choctoberfest

These Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes are so light, tender, and not overly sweet. They would even be appropriate for breakfast topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

They are excellent with coffee or a cold glass of milk.

Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes

I topped these chocolate yogurt snack cakes with some sifted powdered sugar, which I think made them really pretty.

Oct 17, 2017

Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Cocktail

This Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Cocktail is so fresh and spicy.

This Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Cocktail is so fresh and spicy.

This Vietnamese-style shrimp cocktail is easy to put together, and it's wonderful as an appetizer or first course for a dinner party. I love how it's loaded with fresh vegetables.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Cappuccino Ganache | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Cappuccino Ganache filling are both crisp and tender, and very chocolatey.

There is something about the combination of chocolate and coffee together that enhances the flavor of both.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Cappuccino Ganache


I used natural cocoa for these cookies, rather than Dutch process, but you could use either. Be sure to use good quality white chocolate for the ganache. If you want to add more coffee flavor, you could add some espresso powder to the cookie dough as well.

Oct 16, 2017

Pumpkin Cornmeal and Rye Pull-Apart Rolls

These Pumpkin Cornmeal and Rye Pull-Apart Rolls are moist, mildly sweet, and absolutely perfect for dinner rolls, sliders, and however else you like to enjoy good bread.


While these Pumpkin Cornmeal and Rye Pull-Apart Rolls are brightly colored from the pumpkin puree, they really don't actually taste like pumpkin. The biggest role that the pumpkin plays is to add an amazing long lasting moistness to these rolls.

Oct 15, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | #Choctoberfest


These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies combine the flavors of cocoa and peanut butter in a delicious cookie, and then double-down with the most amazing peanut butter chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Everyone who tried one of these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies went pretty crazy over them. I took a few to work, and they quickly disappeared, and they got four thumbs up from my two grandsons (two thumbs per kid). 

Oct 10, 2017

Walnut Levain Bread | #BreadBakers

This Walnut Levain Bread is such a pleasure to make, and even more fun to eat. The crust is chewy, and the crumb is soft and airy, plus it's loaded with toasted walnuts.

This Walnut Levain Bread is such a pleasure to make, and even more fun to eat. The crust is chewy, and the crumb is soft and airy, and loaded with toasted walnuts.

This Walnut Levain Bread makes the absolute best toast. I also love it broiled with melty cheese or spread with goat cheese and fig jam.

Oct 9, 2017

Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos | #Crocktober

These Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos are so so meaty and flavorful. They are filled with spicy slow cooked flank steak, as well as a fresh cucumber and carrot slaw.

These Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos are so so meaty and flavorful. They are filled with spicy slow cooked flank steak, as well as a fresh cucumber and carrot slaw.

I could not stop eating these Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos. The beef is marinated overnight in soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and chili flakes. It is then braised in the marinade in the slow cooker for 8 hours.

Oct 7, 2017

Spicy Pigs in a Blanket | #CookbookMonth

These Spicy Pigs in a Blanket take me back to the days when I was first learning to cook. (It's also a great recipe for game day, and they are ridiculously easy to make.)

These Spicy Pigs in a Blanket take me back to the days when I was first learning to cook. It's a great recipe for game day, and these are ridiculously easy to make.

I decided to make these spicy Pigs in a Blanket to honor the old community cookbooks that, at one point, were the only cookbooks I owned besides my well worn copy of Joy of Cooking (I won't tell you which edition it was, because it makes me feel really old, and I like to keep up appearances).

Oct 4, 2017

Spinach and Olive Focaccia

This spinach and olive focaccia is the perfect savory bread to serve with a salad for lunch, and it's an excellent light bread to serve with dinner.

One of the things that I love about this Spinach and Olive Focaccia is that it does not skimp on the spinach. In fact, you may actually get a full serving of spinach with a couple of slices of this bread.

Spinach and Olive Focaccia

This Spinach and Olive Focaccia begins with a no-knead stretch-and-fold dough.

Sep 29, 2017

Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon | Instant Pot Beef Burgundy

This Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a great way to make a weeknight version of this classic French stew that typically takes two to three days to prepare.

This Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon is a great way to make a weeknight version of this classic French stew that typically takes two to three days to prepare.

I made this version of beef burgundy in an Instant Pot, which, while I wasn't paying attention, became a very popular countertop appliance. This thing has a rabid fan base, with an official Facebook community of over 600,000 members.

Sep 25, 2017

Sourdough Date Nut Cranberry Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Sourdough Date Nut Cranberry Muffins combine the tang of sourdough with the sweetness of dates. Then there are the tart cranberries adding an additional flavor dimension. So good.

These Sourdough Date Nut Cranberry Muffins combine the tang of sourdough with the sweetness of dates. Then there are the tart cranberries adding an additional flavor dimension. So good.

I keep a sourdough starter in my refrigerator, which I feed regularly to keep it alive and ready to leaven bread. I've had this starter for at least seven years. That means there have been a lot of "feedings."

Sep 19, 2017

Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs

These Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs are both savory and sweet. Just imagine taking a slice of bacon, brushing it with honey, sprinkling it with chipotle chile, and wrapping it around a tater tot. Sounds pretty good, right?

Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs

I love the sweet and savory spiciness of these bacon wrapped Tater Tot bombs. They are such an easy appetizer, and I'm pretty sure they would be a crave-worthy hit for game day parties.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons are moist and chewy and so easy to make.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons, not to be confused with French macarons, are a mixture of shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and egg whites.

Sep 16, 2017

Swiss Rye Ring | Brasciadela

This Swiss Rye Ring is based on a bread from the Graubünden canton in Switzerland. It has the tang of sourdough with the combined flavors of rye and wheat. It is delicious with smoked fish and cured meats.

Swiss Rye Ring | Brasciadela

The dough calls for a combination of white rye and medium rye to simulate a Swiss rye called Type 1150 that is not available here.

Smoky Black Bean Soup

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.

This Smoky Black Bean Soup is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Pair it with a salad, and you have dinner for two.

The recipe for this black bean soup generously serves two, but it can easily be doubled or tripled to feed an entire family.

Sep 14, 2017

Spicy Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil Butter | #FishFridayFoodies

This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and the sauce brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it. 


This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it.

This spicy grilled rockfish with garlic and basil butter blew me away.

My cousin goes on an annual fishing trip to Alaska and brings back tons of glorious fish that is flash frozen on the docks and sent home. He is so generous in sharing it with our family.

Sep 12, 2017

Auvergne Crown | Couronne Auvergnate | #BreadBakers

The Auvergne Crown, or Couronne Auvergnate, is a classic bread from France. You can find these couronnes in boulangeries (bread bakeries) throughout most of the country. The loaves are deeply browned and crusty, and the crumb is exceptionally flavorful with lots of uneven holes.

The Auvergne Crown is a classic French shape. You can find these couronnes in boulangeries throughout most of France. The loaves are deeply browned and crusty, and the crumb is exceptionally flavorful with lots of uneven holes.




There are actually bannetons (rising baskets) made expressly for theses loaves. While I love collecting bread baking toys, I do not have one of these, so I rigged up a large round deep dish pizza pan with a small inverted bowl in the center, and I lined the contraption with floured tea towels.

Sep 9, 2017

Kaiser Rolls

These Kaiser Rolls are the perfect vehicle for deli-style sandwiches that are stuffed with meats, such as pastrami or roast beef. They are also wonderful for hamburger buns.

These Kaiser Rolls are so wonderful for deli-style sandwiches that are stuffed with meats, such as pastrami or roast beef.

Kaiser rolls are a classic roll originally from Austria. The top is divided into five sections, sort of like the petals of a flower.

Sep 6, 2017

Pizza with a Sourdough Crust

This sourdough pizza crust is perfect for using any extra sourdough you may normally discard when refreshing your starter. The dough works for both thin crust and thick crust pizza, and you can use any toppings you like.

Pizza with a Sourdough Crust

The dough for this sourdough pizza crust includes one cup of starter. Because this is a "mixed method" dough (meaning: you also add a bit of yeast to the dough), your starter can either be freshly fed or little-used.

Sep 5, 2017

Homemade Pasta Made Simple | Cookbook Review

One of my favorite bloggers, Manuela of Manu's Menu, has written a new cookbook, Homemade Pasta Made Simple: A Pasta Cookbook with Easy Recipes & Lessons to Make Fresh Pasta Any Night. 

The cookbook has 65 pasta recipes, 30 sauce recipes, and is super beginner-friendly.


The book begins with a description of the ingredients and equipment you will need to begin making your own pasta. It is divided into the following sections:
  • Hand shaped pasta
  • Ribbon-cut pasta
  • Stuffed pasta
  • Gnocchi and gnudi
  • Sauce recipes to mix and match with the various pastas
While she lives in Australia, Manuela was born and brought up in Milan, Italy, and talks about her memories of her family making pasta together on the weekends. She decided to write this book to show people how easy and fun it is to make fresh pasta from scratch.

Sep 2, 2017

Pasta Carbonara Torte | #InternationalBaconDay

This Pasta Carbonara Torte with Tomatoes and Sage is unapologetically rich. To illustrate, the noodles are tossed in freshly fried bacon, some of the bacon fat, along with three kinds of rich and delicious cheese.

This Pasta Carbonara Torte, as its name implies, takes what is a traditional spaghetti dish, and turns it into a pasta you can slice and serve.

This Pasta Carbonara Torte, as its name implies, takes what is a traditional spaghetti dish, and turns it into a pasta you can slice and serve.

Aug 28, 2017

Bacon and Gruyère Muffins | #Muffin Monday

These Bacon and Gruyère Muffins are loaded with chunks of melty cheese and are so easy to prepare in less than two hours. Even better, if you fry the bacon and dice the Gruyère the day before, you can make these muffins in less than an hour. You will look like a baking genius.

 These bacon and Gruyère muffins, with a biscuit like texture, and loaded with bacon and the best cheese for baking (in my opinion) in the world, will pretty much become your new favorite savory muffin.

If I had to pick just one cheese to bake with, it would be Gruyère cheese. Even though it is an aged cheese with a firm and slightly grainy texture, it melts perfectly. It has a mild, sweet, and nutty taste.

To bring out the melty goodness of the Gruyère, I cut it into a small dice rather than grate it to better achieve little pockets of melty cheese.

Aug 24, 2017

Ancho Chili Chicken Tacos | Sous Vide Method

These Sous Vide Ancho Chili Chicken Tacos are so spicy and delicious.

Sous Vide Ancho Chili Chicken Tacos
These Sous Vide Ancho Chile Chicken Tacos are filled with tender chicken breasts cooked via the sous vide method in a chili sauce made from ancho chilis, Mexican oregano, garlic, brown sugar, and spices.

Aug 22, 2017

Triple Oatmeal Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Triple Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with three kinds of oats, along with dried blueberries.

These Triple Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with three kinds of oats, along with dried blueberries.

It's been a long time since I've made oatmeal cookies. Too long! I used to have a recipe for an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that assuaged some of the guilt of giving my kids cookies because they contained oats. Sadly, somewhere along the way, my first recipe box, with the few recipes I ever mastered as a young mom such as my mom's meatloaf, my friend's Chinese chicken salad, and a pretty tasty tuna dip that another friend served at her Tupperware parties, disappeared.

Aug 19, 2017

El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup (Copycat) | #SoupSwappers

This El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup is an amazing meal in a bowl.

This El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup is an amazing meal in a bowl.

I love, love, love chicken tortilla soup. It's loaded with shredded chicken and pico de gallo, and is topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Aug 18, 2017

Smoked Trout Cakes

These Smoked Trout Cakes are so rich tasting, with so many interesting flavor elements.

These Smoked Trout Cakes are so rich tasting, with so many interesting flavor elements.

The ingredients for these smoked trout cakes include sour cream, whole grain mustard, red bell pepper, chives, and capers. Instead of bread crumbs, they are coated with potato flakes....  "Gluten free....." Those words don't often fall out of my lips.

Aug 16, 2017

Rum-Raisin Bread

This Rum Raisin Bread is perfect for Sunday brunch. It's filled with rum soaked raisins, and topped with a rum flavored glaze.

This Rum Raisin Bread is perfect for Sunday brunch. It's filled with rum soaked raisins, and topped with a rum flavored glaze.

This rum raisin bread is so easy to make, and is such a stunning presentation with the drizzled glaze.

Tutmanik | Bulgarian Cheese Bread

This bread is tutmanik. It's an amazingly delicious cheese bread from Bulgaria. Filled with feta and herbs and brushed with layers of melted butter, this bread is so tempting and flavorful.

Tootmanik s Gotovo Testo is a Bulgarian cheese bread. Several layers of bread dough are brushed with butter and spread with feta cheese along with herbs, and then baked into savory and delicious stacks of deliciousness.

Tutmanik, also known as Tootmanik s Gotovo Testo (with pre-made dough) or mesentiza, can be shaped simply, in layers, as I have here, or in fanciful and flowery shapes.

Aug 15, 2017

Petit Pains - Julia Child's French Bread Rolls - Happy birthday Julia!

These Petit Pains, inspired by Julia Child, are wonderfully crusty and flavorful.

Petit Pains - Julia Child's French Bread Rolls

These Petit Pains take about 7 hours to make. That does not mean you are active the whole time. It just means that the dough gets lots of extra time to develop flavor. In fact, the dough for these rolls requires very little attention from you. If you need even more time, you can actually slow down the rising time by placing the dough in the refrigerator for each rise. The longer the dough takes to rise, the more developed the flavor.

Aug 10, 2017

Blackberry Lemon Bars

These Blackberry Lemon Bars are the perfect summer dessert. Plus, I'm giving away a cookbook!

These Blackberry Lemon Bars are the perfect summer dessert.

These blackberry lemon bars have a lemony cookie base topped with a tangy lemon custard, and then swirled with a sweet blackberry reduction.

Aug 8, 2017

Pork and Chinese Chive Steamed Buns | #BreadBakers

These Pork and Chinese Chive Steamed Buns represent a cross between two of my favorite hobbies, bread baking and wok cooking.

Pork and Chinese Chive Steamed Buns

Chinese steamed buns. also known as bao or baozi, are kind of like a meal in a bun. They are typically filled with pork, other meats, vegetables, and even sweets.

Aug 6, 2017

Zucchini Parmesan Salad

This Zucchini Parmesan Salad is an wonderful combination of raw zucchini topped with shaved Parmesan and candied pecans, and dressed with a bright lemon dressing.

This Zucchini Parmesan Salad is an wonderful combination of raw zucchini topped with shaved Parmesan and candied pecans, and dressed with a bright lemon dressing.

The raw zucchini for this salad is cut into ribbons. I used a Y-peeler to make the ribbons, which worked perfectly. No special tool required!

Aug 2, 2017

Italian Style Durum Wheat Bread

This Italian Style Durum Wheat Bread, with its gorgeous gold color, airy crumb, and chewy crust, might just be my new favorite bread.

This Italian Style Durum Wheat Bread, with its gorgeous gold color, airy crumb, and chewy crust, might just be my new favorite bread.

I love the flavor of this Italian Style Durum Wheat Bread, and I'm so happy with the look and chew of the crust and crumb.

Jul 31, 2017

Sour Cream Muffins with Mixed Berries | #MuffinMonday

These sour cream muffins with mixed berries are soft and moist, and loaded with fresh fruit. They are also made with whole wheat.

Sour Cream Muffins with Mixed Berries

The whole wheat in these sour cream muffins is actually white whole wheat, which has a much milder flavor than traditional red whole wheat. Despite its appearance, white whole wheat is 100% whole grain.

Jul 28, 2017

Animal Style Double-Double Burger | In-N-Out Copycat | #NationalHamburgerDay

Animal Style Burgers are part of the Not So Secret Menu from In-N-Out Burger.

Animal Style Double-Double Burger | In-N-Out Copycat

The inspiration for this copycat In-N-Out Animal Style Double-Double is legendary. 

I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, the original home of In-N-Out Burger, and remember going to the Baldwin Park store (I'm pretty sure the original location of the burger chain) with my dad to get burgers and fries. This was before MacDonald's or any other fast food chain took over the landscape.

Jul 25, 2017

Six Onion Pizza

This Six Onion Pizza recipe is both sweet and savory at the same time. It's the perfect pizza for your spring onion bounty.

This Six Onion Pizza recipe is both sweet and savory at the same time. It's the perfect pizza for your spring onion bounty.

"Six Onion Pizza?" you ask! Yes, six onions: white onions, leeks, shallots, red onions, scallions, and chives, all on a super thin crust and topped with Pecorino cheese.

Jul 21, 2017

Crab Cake Buddha Bowl

This Crab Cake Buddha Bowl is is a wonderful way to enjoy a meal packed with lots of crunchy veggie and seafood deliciousness in one dish.

This Crab Cake Buddha Bowl is is a wonderful way to enjoy a meal packed with lots of crunchy veggie and seafood deliciousness in one dish.

This crab cake Buddha Bowl includes an Asian inspired crab cake along with rice, raw vegetables, a ginger garlic and soy dressing, and black sesame seeds. It's pretty delicious and satisfying.

Jul 18, 2017

Heath Bar No-Churn Ice Cream

This Heath Bar No-Churn Ice Cream is so rich and creamy.. and perfect for a summer evening treat.

This Heath Bar No-Churn Ice Cream is so rich and creamy.. and perfect for a summer evening treat.

While I have an ice cream maker taking up permanent space in my freezer, as well as a pretty decent collection of ice cream cookbooks, I've been intrigued by the no-churn ice cream that has been popping up all over the interwebs.

Chocolate Cayenne Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

At first, these Chocolate Cayenne Cookies appear to be just another chocolate shortbread cookie, until just a few bites later.....

Then you feel the warmth.



These Chocolate Cayenne Cookies have an amazing deep bittersweet chocolate flavor. When you first take a bite, you think you are just having a chocolate sablé. In reality, these cookies are so much more complex.

Jul 16, 2017

Velvety Bean Bread with Chives

This Velvety Bean Bread with Chives is moist and flavorful, and the beans add such a smooth texture to the bread.

This Velvety Bean Bread with Chives is moist and flavorful, and the beans add such a smooth texture to the bread.

I used Great Northern beans for this Velvety Bean Bread, but you can use cannelloni, navy, or butter beans for this bread. I also think pinto beans would work without altering the color or flavor of the bread too much.

Jul 15, 2017

Roasted Pepper Gazpacho | #SoupSwappers

This Roasted Pepper Gazpacho is so spicy and fresh, and is the perfect first course for a summer dinner party.

This Roasted Pepper Gazpacho is so spicy and fresh, and is the perfect first course for a summer dinner party.

This Roasted Pepper Gazpacho will make you fall in love with cold soup.

Jul 11, 2017

Scali Bread | #BreadBakers

Scali bread is a braided Italian style bread that is coated in sesame seeds. The interior is very light and fluffy and the crust is super soft.

Scali bread is a braided Italian style bread that is coated in sesame seeds. The interior is very light and fluffy and the crust is super soft.

Scali bread is perfect for breakfast toast and sandwiches. It also is wonderful served with dinner to soak up sauces and gravies.

Jul 8, 2017

Espresso Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This Espresso Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is both light from the chiffon layers, and rich from the fudge buttercream.

This Espresso Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is both light from the chiffon layers, and rich from the fudge buttercream.

I don't make cakes very often, mostly because I'm pretty bad at frosting them (and stacking the layers so they don't look like the leaning tower of Pisa).

Jul 6, 2017

Chewy Italian Dinner Rolls

These Chewy Italian Dinner Rolls are like mini ciabattas... airy, crunchy, and perfect for soaking up sauces.

These Chewy Italian Dinner Rolls are like mini ciabattas... airy, crunchy, and perfect for soaking up sauces.

These Chewy Italian Dinner Rolls are absolutely wonderful for deli, pressed Italian, or meatball sandwiches. I also love them sliced in half. toasted, and topped with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni for quick mini bread pizzas.

Jul 2, 2017

Papas Rellenas (Cuban Potato Balls)

Cuban Papas Rellenas are mashed potatoes stuffed with seasoned meat, rolled into a ball, breaded, and then deep fried, resulting in these little packages of pop-able deliciousness.

Cuban Papas Rellenas are mashed potatoes stuffed with seasoned meat, rolled into a ball, breaded, and then deep fried, resulting in these little packages of pop-able deliciousness.

Cuban potato balls (Papas Rellenas) are just about the most "comfort-y" of comfort foods around. Think croquettes with a Latino edge marrying Irish potato cakes that just happen to have a spicy meat filling.

Jun 29, 2017

Pepperoni Pizza Spinach Squares

These Pepperoni Pizza Spinach Squares are the perfect appetizer or vegetable side dish.

These Pepperoni Pizza Spinach Squares are the perfect appetizer or vegetable side dish. They are so rich and cheesy.

These pepperoni pizza spinach squares are so rich and cheesy. As a friend described them, they are "the perfect spinach delivery vehicle."

Jun 26, 2017

Zucchini and Roasted Corn Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Zucchini and Roasted Corn Muffins are the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

These Zucchini and Roasted Corn Muffins are the perfect combination of savory and sweet.


These Zucchini and Roasted Corn Muffins might be my new favorite muffin. If zucchini bread and corn bread got married, they might have produced these muffins as their offspring.

Jun 24, 2017

Aish Baladi - Egyptian Flatbread | #EatLikeAnEgyptian

Aish Baladi is an Egyptian whole wheat flat bread that looks a lot like pita bread, but is unique to Egypt.

Aish Baladi is an Egyptian whole wheat flat bread that looks a lot like pita bread, but is unique to Egypt.

In ancient Egypt, Aish Baladi was made with emmer, an ancestor of modern wheat.

The modern version of Aish Baladi is made with 100 percent whole wheat flour, and is even coated with wheat bran. This bread is really easy to make, as long as you have a very hot oven fitted with a baking stone. I've also seen sites that demonstrate it being baked on the stove top.

Jun 22, 2017

Japanese Potato Salad

Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you. 


Japanese Potato Salad Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you.

Japanese Potato Salad is typically made from boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with Japanese mayonnaise, cucumbers, carrots, ham, and sometimes onions. Evidently, there are many variations of this salad served in pubs (izakayas) throughout Japan.

Jun 21, 2017

Peaches and Cream Mini Cheesecakes

Aren't these Peaches and Cream Mini Cheesecakes cute?


These peaches and cream mini cheesecakes are also creamy and subtly flavored with peach puree. I topped them with a dab of peach jam and a swirl of whipped cream.

Jun 20, 2017

Rosemary Parmesan Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Rosemary Parmesan Cookies are the perfect combination of savory and sweet. They are the perfect appetizer for a cocktail party.

These Rosemary Parmesan Cookies are the perfect combination of savory and sweet. They are the perfect appetizer for a cocktail party.

These Rosemary Parmesan Cookies are the perfect nibble for tea or with a glass of champagne or dry white wine. They have an amazing crumbly texture.

Jun 19, 2017

The Jasmine Martini | #NationalMartiniDay

The Jasmine Martini is a beautiful deep pink color, but don't mistake it for a girlie cocktail. 


The Jasmine Martini is a beautiful deep pink color, but don't mistake it for a girlie cocktail.

The Jasmine Martini gets its pretty hue from Campari, which is a liqueur with a complex and bitter flavor. I love Campari in cocktails, but for some, it can be an acquired taste.

Jun 17, 2017

Roasted Corn and Linguiça Stew | #SoupSwappers

This Roasted Corn and Linguiça Stew is so hearty and spicy, and it is the perfect recipe for enjoying fresh summer corn and tomatoes. 


Roasted Corn and Linguiça Stew

This Roasted Corn and Linguiça Stew is filled with fresh vegetables, including a sofrito of onions, garlic, red bell peppers, and tomatoes, which you can make in advance.

Jun 16, 2017

Kaak (Beirut Street Bread)

Kaak is a Lebanese street bread, shaped like a purse, coated in sesame seeds, and sold from carts by street vendors. 


Kaak is a Lebanese street bread, shaped like a purse, coated in sesame seeds, and sold from carts by street vendors.

When in Beirut, if you purchase Kaak (street bread, or cart bread), you can ask the vendor to create a pocket in the "purse" and then sprinkle it with za'atar, sumak, or fill it with Halloumi or Cream Cheese. This is evidently the traditional way to eat this bread.