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.