Apr 27, 2017

Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese is a delicious dish of cauliflower baked in the cheesiest cheddar sauce until it is bubbly and golden.


Cauliflower Cheese is a delicious dish of cauliflower baked in the cheesiest cheddar sauce until it is bubbly and golden.

Cauliflower cheese is the name for an English dish. No, it's not cheese made from cauliflower. It's cauliflower smothered in a sauce loaded with real cheddar cheese, and then baked. Along with the cheese, it's flavored with mustard powder and ground cayenne.

Apr 24, 2017

Butternut Squash Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These butternut squash muffins remind me of carrot cake or zucchini bread, so sweet, dense, and moist. 


These butternut squash muffins are loaded with grated butternut squash, and are flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. They are drizzled with a very grown up vanilla, citrus zest, and sour cream topping when served.

These butternut squash muffins are loaded with grated butternut squash, and are flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. They are drizzled with a very grown up vanilla, citrus zest, and sour cream topping when served.

Apr 21, 2017

Halibut with Red Potatoes, Corn, and Linguiça Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner | #FishFridayFoodies

This Halibut with Red Potatoes, Corn, and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner is an amazing feast. 


This Halibut with Red Potatoes, Corn, and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner is an amazing feast.

This Sheet Pan Halibut with Red Potatoes, Corn, and Linguiça Sausage is flavored with Old Bay seasoning and butter, and then roasted in the oven.

Apr 19, 2017

BLT Sandwich with Roasted Pimento Cheese and Tomato Marmalade

This BLT Sandwich with Roasted Pimento Cheese and Tomato Marmalade will make even the BLT purist happy. 


This BLT Sandwich with Roasted Pimento Cheese and Tomato Marmalade will make even the BLT purist happy.

This BLT Sandwich with Roasted Pimento Cheese and Tomato Marmalade is one of my new favorite sandwiches.

Apr 18, 2017

Espresso Meringue Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Espresso Meringue Cookies are sweet and light, and have a hint of roasted coffee flavor. 


These Espresso Meringue Cookies are sweet and light, and have a hint of roasted coffee flavor.

These Espresso Meringue Cookies were a big hit with my grandsons, who had never tried anything with coffee flavoring. Everyone else in the family loved them too. In fact, these cookies didn't last very long in our house, and, unlike most sweets I make, never made it to work.

Apr 16, 2017

Kare Pan | Japanese Curry Buns

These Kare Pan, or Curry Buns, consist of Japanese curry wrapped in yeasted bread dough, coated with panko, and then deep fried. 

These Kare Pan, or Curry Buns, consist of Japanese curry wrapped in yeasted bread dough, coated with panko, and then deep fried.

These Kare Pan, or Curry Buns are filled with a Japanese curry beef stew. Evidently, kare pan is a popular snack food in Japan, and is sold in bakeries and convenience stores.

Apr 15, 2017

Potato and Carrot Chowder with Scallops | #SoupSwappers

This Potato and Carrot Chowder with Scallops is a wonderful combination of seafood and root vegetables. 


Potato and Carrot Chowder with Scallops

This Potato and Carrot Chowder with Scallops is creamy, warming, and delicious. It's pretty much one of my new favorite soups. We had this soup with a salad for a light dinner, and it was perfect.

Apr 13, 2017

Spiced Pumpkin Sablés with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

These Spiced Pumpkin Sablés begin with a cinnamon sablé, are topped with a pumpkin and cream cheese mixture, and then sprinkled with an amazing pumpkin seed streusel. 

These Spiced Pumpkin Sablés begin with a cinnamon sablé, topped with spiced pumpkin and an amazing pumpkin seed streusel.

These cookies begin with a butter cookie dough, then a layer of pumpkin cream cheese, and finally a layer pumpkin seed streusel.

Apr 11, 2017

Pizza alla Siciliana | #BreadBakers

This Pizza alla Siciliana is loaded with a light and fresh sauce, as well as the flavors of anchovies, roasted artichoke hearts, and prosciutto. It's topped with thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. 


This Pizza alla Siciliana is loaded with a light and fresh sauce, as well as the flavors of anchovies, roasted artichoke hearts, and prosciutto. It's topped with thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.

Pizza alla Siciliana is made with a thick airy crust, similar to a focaccia. The bottom of the crust is crispy and, unlike most pizzas, there is a much higher amount of sauce vis-à-vis the cheese.

Apr 6, 2017

No Knead Deep Dish Pizza

This No Knead Deep Dish Pizza is the perfect comfort food. The crust is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

This No Knead Deep Dish Pizza is the perfect comfort food. The crust is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

This No Knead Deep Dish Pizza is light and airy, and topped with hot, melty, and gooey cheese.

Apr 4, 2017

Air Fryer Sriracha-Honey Chicken Wings

I'm so happy with these Air Fryer Sriracha-Honey Chicken Wings! 


Air Fryer Sriracha-Honey Wings from Karen's Kitchen Stories






These Air Fryer Sriracha-Honey Wings are super crispy, spicy sweet, and ready in 30 minutes. It was really difficult to not keep them all to myself.

Mar 31, 2017

Six Amazing Wok Dishes for Wok Wednesdays

For this Wok Wednesdays post, I'm sharing six amazing stir-fries and braises.

Six Amazing Wok Dishes for Wok Wednesdays from Karen's Kitchen Stories

"What is Wok Wednesdays?" you ask! It's a Facebook group of folks dedicated to wokking our way through Grace Young's book, The Breath of a Wok.... after stir-frying our way through Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge. It's a delicious education in Chinese cooking, and we have a lot of fun along the way.

Mar 28, 2017

Cottage Cheese, Dill, and Caramelized Shallot Bread

This cottage cheese, dill, and caramelized shallot bread is so moist and flavorful. 

This cottage cheese, dill, and caramelized shallot bread is so moist and flavorful.

This cottage cheese, dill, and caramelized shallot bread will make your house smell amazing when it is baking.

Mar 27, 2017

Cacao Nib Muffins with a Dark Chocolate Glaze | #MuffinMonday

These Cacao Nib Muffins are so rich and flavorful, and coated with a chocolate ganache glaze. 


Cacao Nib Muffins with a Dark Chocolate Glaze from Karen's Kitchen Stories

These cacao nib muffins are loaded with so many flavors, including butter, olive oil, vanilla, white wine, and maple syrup.

Mar 23, 2017

Liège Style Waffles

Liège Waffles are a sweet, chewy, buttery, thick waffle made with a brioche-like yeasted dough.

Liège Waffles are a sweet, chewy, butter, thick waffle make with brioche-like yeasted dough

Liège Style Waffles require an overnight rise, and are filled with pearl sugar, which gives them a sweet taste and a caramelized crust.

Mar 21, 2017

Chocolate Covered Digestive Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Chocolate Covered Digestive Cookies are a take on a popular English biscuit brand, McVities. 


Chocolate Covered Digestive Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories

These chocolate covered digestive cookies are a semi-sweet whole wheat and oatmeal cookie, dipped in chocolate.

Mar 18, 2017

Sopa de Albóndigas | Mexican Meatball Soup | #SoupSwappers

This Sopa de Albóndigas was inspired by a Mexican cookbook I have had forever. 


Sopa de Albóndigas | Mexican Meatball Soup


This Sopa de Albóndigas, or Mexican Meatball Soup, is pretty simple, but completely flavorful. Mr. Kitchen declared that this soup is "amazing." He normally is pretty tentative about the spicy food I make, but he adored this soup.

Mar 17, 2017

Smoked Trout and Horseradish Pâté | #FishFridayFoodies

This smoked trout and horseradish pâté is delicious spread on crackers or toast.

Smoked Trout and Horseradish Pâté from Karen's Kitchen Stories


This Smoked Trout and Horseradish Pâté actually has freshly grated horseradish, which adds such a warmth to the dish.

Mar 16, 2017

Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread

This cinnamon raisin struan bread is loaded with handfuls of various grains, giving it a complex flavor. 


Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This cinnamon raisin struan contains uncooked polenta, rolled oats, bran, cooked brown rice, and buttermilk, along with raisins and a cinnamon swirl. It is a variation of the many harvest breads that Peter Reinhart, author of several books on bread and pizza, has created.

Mar 15, 2017

Sour Cherry, Peanut, and Barley Sourdough Bread

I am really excited about this Sour Cherry, Peanut, and Barley Sourdough Bread.

Sour Cherry, Peanut, and Barley Sourdough Bread







For this sour cherry, peanut, and barley sourdough bread, I decided to experiment with different ingredients. I had some barley flour left over from making these multigrain snickerdoodles taunting me (as do all of the specialty ingredients now languishing in the garage fridge and pantry).

Mar 14, 2017

Oat and Potato Bread | #BreadBakers

This Oat and Potato Bread is so moist. It's kind of like a baked potato in a loaf of bread. 


Oat and Potato Bread



This Oat and Potato Bread uses freshly boiled potatoes or leftover mashed potatoes to add so much moistness and flavor.

Mar 9, 2017

Colcannon Cakes | Irish Potato Pancakes

These Colcannon Cakes are the perfect way to use up any leftover Colcannon you may have, although I can't imagine why you'd have leftovers! 


Colcannon Cakes, delicious Irish Potato Pancakes
I cannot emphasize how much I loved these Colcannon cakes. They are so good. They are worth making a batch of Colcannon just to make these potato pancakes.

Mar 7, 2017

Colcannon | Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk. 


Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk.
This version of colcannon is loaded with organic kale, but still totally tastes like mashed potatoes. It's a great way to get a serving of leafy greens in your favorite comfort food.

Mar 6, 2017

Bread Box Round Up | March 2017 Edition!

Here are nine new bread recipes from some of my favorite bloggers! Welcome to the final edition of The Bread Box Round Up, a collection of wonderful loaves, rolls, and flatbreads from food bloggers who bake bread! 
Bread Box Round Up from Karen's Kitchen Stories
This Danish Rye from Sally of Bewitching Kitchen is a work of art! Sally was on a quest to re-create a bread she tried in New York City, and tried this recipe from my blog! Read more about it on Sally's blog.

Mar 2, 2017

Sourdough Pain de Campagne with Toasted Pumpkin, Sunflower, and Flax Seeds

I am so excited about this Sourdough Pain de Campagne with Toasted Pumpkin, Sunflower, and Flax Seeds. This bread is amazing. 


Sourdough Pain de Campagne with Toasted Pumpkin, Sunflower, and Flax Seeds





This bread is loaded with seeds, yet it is very airy with a lacy crumb.

Feb 28, 2017

Brownie Cookies

These Brownie Cookies are just about the most chocolaty cookie I've ever made... or eaten.  


These Brownie Cookies are just about the most chocolaty cookie I've ever made... or eaten.
These Brownie Cookies have such a deep chocolate flavor. They include both chopped unsweetened chocolate as well as unsweetened dark cocoa powder, and a good amount of bittersweet chocolate chips.

Feb 27, 2017

Muffins Florentine | #MuffinMonday

These Muffins Florentine are an amazing savory treat. They are loaded with spinach, mozzarella, and pesto. 

These Muffins Florentine are an amazing savory treat. They are loaded with spinach, mozzarella, and pesto.


While we normally think of muffins as something sweet, they can also be pretty darn tasty as a savory treat. For example, these Muffins Florentine.

Feb 23, 2017

Bastounakia with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

These Bastounakia are Greek in origin, and are layered with olive oil and herbs. This bread is super crusty and is perfect served warm from the oven. 


Bastounakia with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme


Bastounakia are a Greek bread made with a lean and sticky dough, spread with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt and herbs. I filled these with a combination of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in honor of one of my all time favorite record albums. They are so delicious, just as you would expect an herb filled lean bread would be. The best part? You can serve them fresh from the oven. For once, no waiting for them to cool!

Feb 21, 2017

King Cake Spritz Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These King Cake Spritz Cookies look like tiny versions of the traditional New Orleans Fat Tuesday cake. 


King Cake Spritz Cookies





No, there is not a tiny baby Jesus baked into these King Cake Spritz Cookies, but don't they look a lot like the mini versions of their inspiration? 

Feb 18, 2017

Irish Leek and Potato Soup | #SoupSwappers

This Irish Leek and Potato Soup is so hearty and satisfying. 


Irish Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup is a traditional comfort food in Ireland, often served in pubs and homes to fend off the cold winter chill. It can be made with either chicken or vegetable stock, and only takes about 30 minutes to make, including prep time.

Feb 17, 2017

Coconut Red Curry Halibut with Rice | #FishFridayFoodies

This Coconut Red Curry Halibut with Rice is deliciously flavored with ginger, scallions, mushrooms, and with bamboo shoots adding a nice crunch.  


This Coconut Red Curry Halibut with Rice is deliciously flavored with ginger, scallions, mushrooms, and with bamboo shoots adding a nice crunch.
This coconut red curry halibut with rice takes only about 15 minutes to prep, and about 20 minutes to cook, making it an easy weeknight meal.

Feb 16, 2017

Jachnun

Jachnun is a bread of Yemenite Jewish origin, and is baked over 12 hours in an oven set at a low temperature. 

Jachnun is a bread of Yemenite Jewish origin, and is baked over 12 hours in an oven set at a low temperature.
Jachnun is made from a dough that is stretched out very thinly, brushed with butter, oil, or margarine, and rolled up like strudel. It started as a Shabbat bread, originally baked in a wood fired oven on a Friday night, and ready on a Saturday morning.

Feb 15, 2017

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These chocolate dipped chocolate sugar cookies are loaded with an intense and satisfying chocolate flavor. These cookies would make any chocolate lover happy. 


Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Sugar Cookies




































I took these Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Sugar Cookies to work and they did not last long!

Feb 14, 2017

Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing) | #BreadBakers

These scallion pancakes are a wonderful appetizer dipped in soy or other sauces. 


Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
Chinese Scallion Pancakes are made with unleavened dough rather than batter, and are flaky from layers of thinly stretched out dough that is filled with scallions.

Feb 12, 2017

Spicy Citrus and Mango Shrimp Cocktail | #FoodBloggerLove

This Spicy Citrus and Mango Shrimp Cocktail would be the perfect appetizer for a Valentine's dinner for two. 


Spicy Citrus and Mango Shrimp Cocktail

This Spicy Citrus Shrimp is so flavorful! The shrimp is tossed in a mixture of fresh orange juice, lime juice, and chili paste, and then roasted and garnished with mango and scallions.

Feb 6, 2017

Six Tools for Bread Making You Didn't Know You Needed

Six Tools for Bread Making You Didn't Know You Needed
As part of an occasional Bread 101 series, I am sharing some of my favorite tools for baking bread. While you can live without them, all of these tools will make your bread baking so much easier.

Feb 1, 2017

Four Hour French Country Bread

I've been baking versions of this Four Hour French Country Bread for a while, and I'm really happy with the results. It's finally ready for sharing!


This Four Hour French Country Bread recipe will produce an artisan loaf with a crispy crust and a soft, moist, and, depending on how much water you add to the dough, an airy crumb.


This Four Hour French Country Bread recipe will produce an artisan loaf with a crispy crust and a soft, moist, and, depending on how much water you add to the dough, an airy crumb.

Jan 30, 2017

Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins are a wonderful savory breakfast or lunch treat. 


Gruyere, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins




















These Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins are wonderful with eggs and bacon for breakfast, or a green salad for lunch.

Jan 26, 2017

Coconut-Ginger Turkey Meatballs | Cookbook Giveaway

These Coconut-Ginger Turkey Meatballs are wonderful as an appetizer. You can also shape them into a larger size and serve them with Asian noodles or rice and vegetables for a complete meal. 


Coconut-Ginger Meatballs
These Coconut-Ginger Turkey Meatballs consist of ground turkey combined with the flavors of ginger, sesame oil, garlic, coconut milk, scallions, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes.

Jan 24, 2017

Spinach and Bacon Sheet Pan Quiche

This Spinach and Bacon Sheet Pan Quiche is so "spinachy" and delicious! 


Spinach and Bacon Sheet Pan Quiche












I love this Spinach and Bacon Sheet Pan Quiche. It is loaded with spinach, enough so that I'm pretty sure you're getting a complete serving of leafy greens.
 

Jan 21, 2017

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

This butternut squash and ginger soup is so warming, delicious, and nutritious. 


This butternut squash and ginger soup is so warming, delicious, and nutritious.

What I love about this butternut squash and ginger soup, besides the fact that it is so nutritious and delicious, is that you can have just about as much of it as you'd like without worrying about the calorie count.

Jan 20, 2017

Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Horseradish Tartlets | #FishFridayFoodies

These Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Horseradish Tartlets capture the wonderful flavors of smoked fish. 

Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Horseradish Tartlets
These Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Horseradish Tartlets completely blew me away. The recipe creates just four little tartlets, all of which I wanted to keep to myself. I did share with Mr. Kitchen, and he agreed that these are pretty delicious.

Jan 18, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder is so warming, filling, rich tasting, and perfect for a winter lunch or dinner. 


This Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder is so warming, filling, rich tasting, and perfect for a winter lunch or dinner.

I am so excited about this Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder. I love the fact that this is not a "dump and run" slow cooker recipe. There's some prep involved, both at the beginning and end, which adds freshness and deep flavor to the soup.

Jan 17, 2017

Multigrain Snickerdoodles | #CreativeCookieExchange

The recipe for these Multigrain Snickerdoodles takes the traditional cinnamon cookie and adds whole grains, including rolled oats, barley flour, and whole wheat flour. 



These Multigrain Snickerdoodles, made with 100% whole grains, are so tasty. All of the whole grains add lots of dietary fiber to the cookies. The barley flour adds a lovely sweet, nut-like flavor, the oats add texture, and the whole wheat adds more depth of flavor.

Jan 16, 2017

Fouace Nantaise | Two Ways

Fouace Nantaise is a rum and faintly orange flavored, slightly sweet brioche bread that is native to Nantes, France. 


Fouace Nantaise with whole wheat

Fouace Nantaise, or Nantes Fougasse, is a flower shaped loaf with six petals, meant to represent a star. It was developed in the mid nineteenth century in a village near Nantes, which is along the Loire River in France. It is recommended that it be served with Muscadet, an acidic and citrusy wine from the same region.

Jan 12, 2017

Cheese Straws with Parmesan, Gruyere, and Thyme

These Cheese Straws with Parmesan, Gruyere, and Thyme are a wonderful appetizer, and so easy to make with frozen puff pastry. 

These Cheese Straws with Parmesan, Gruyere, and Thyme are a wonderful appetizer, and so easy to make with frozen puff pastry.

These are delicious with a glass of wine or a cocktail. They are really easy to make using frozen puff pastry, although making your own homemade puff pastry is kind of a revelation.

Jan 10, 2017

Ten Grain No Knead Bread | #BreadBakers

This Ten-Grain No Knead Bread is loaded with fiber, protein, and nutrition.

This Ten-Grain No Knead Bread is loaded with fiber, protein, and nutrition.

This 10-grain bread is full of all kinds of goodness. To add to the nutritiousness, I topped the loaf with a mixture of flax, sesame, sunflower, caraway, poppy, and anise seeds.

Jan 7, 2017

Homemade Rye Crisp Crackers

These homemade rye crisp crackers are intensely flavored with the rye and caraway flavors of a traditional rye bread or cracker. 


These homemade rye crisp crackers are intensely flavored with the rye and caraway flavors of a traditional rye bread or cracker.

These rye crisp crackers are loaded with rye flavor, and are delicious with any of your favorite spreads and cheeses.

Jan 4, 2017

Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese with Cheddar and Cotija

This Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese with Cheddar and Cotija takes the flavors of English and Mexican cheeses and combines them into about the best macaroni and cheese I've ever tried. 
This Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese with Cheddar and Cotija takes the flavors of English and Mexican cheeses and combines them into about the best macaroni and cheese I've ever tried.

This Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese with Cheddar and Cotija is so flavorful from the combination of the medium sharp white cheddar and the salty, hard, and grainy Cotija cheese. I also added a small amount of Monterey Jack cheese for creaminess.

Jan 3, 2017

Bread Box Round Up for January 2017

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

To kick off the new year, we have 8 amazing looking breads for the Bread Box Round Up. Here they are!