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.

Jun 15, 2017

Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi (Caramel Shrimp Vietnamese Sandwiches)

This Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi recipe takes Shrimp cooked in caramel sauce, which is usually served with rice, and then stuffs the shrimp into a roll, along with the tangy and fresh flavors of this Vietnamese street food sandwich. 


Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi

This Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi Sandwich is filled with succulent shrimp in caramel sauce, sweet pickled red onions, cucumber slices, chiles, and cilantro. The bread is hollowed a bit, and then adorned with a schmear of mayonnaise, and sprinkled with Maggi Seasoning Sauce. This sandwich is OMG good.

Jun 13, 2017

Fig and Walnut Bread | #BreadBakers

This fig and walnut bread is so delicious toasted and buttered for breakfast. It also makes incredible grilled cheese sandwiches. 


This fig and walnut bread is so delicious toasted and buttered for breakfast. It also makes incredible grilled cheese sandwiches.


This bread is loaded with chopped dried mission figlets and ground toasted walnuts.

This bread was kind of an experiment to see how ground nuts would affect the texture of my four hour country loaf. I am really happy with the results!

Jun 10, 2017

Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini

This Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini is so easy to make and is the perfect side dish for a summer barbecue. 


This Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini is so easy to make and is the perfect side dish for a summer barbecue.

This Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini side dish is baked in a creamy sauce loaded with Parmesan cheese and topped with panko bread crumbs. The dish takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and is also a great make-ahead side.

Jun 6, 2017

Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

These Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos are succulent, spicy, and so darn good!


Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos


These short rib tacos are so beefy and drippy with the guajillo based sauce. If you are not careful, your hands, arms, and probably your clothes will show evidence that you enjoyed these tacos.

Jun 3, 2017

Whole Wheat Quinoa Bread

This whole wheat quinoa bread is packed with high protein quinoa and flax seeds. 


This whole wheat quinoa bread is packed with high protein quinoa and flax seeds.

This whole wheat quinoa bread is wonderful sliced and buttered, and also makes delicious avocado toast.