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.