Oct 30, 2017

Blueberry Muffin Tops with a Cheesecake Drizzle | #MuffinMonday

The feedback I've received on these blueberry muffin tops is universal. "These were amazing!" "These were delicious!" "How did you do this?" "Can I have the recipe?"

Blueberry Muffin Tops with a Cheesecake Drizzle

These blueberry muffin tops are from a recipe from a new book by Lisa Huff from the blog, Snappy Gourmet.

Oct 26, 2017

Potato and Leek Pizza

This potato and leek pizza reminds me of the crusty top of a scalloped potato casserole placed on a thin crispy pizza crust.

Potato and Leek Pizza

This potato and leek pizza starts with an easy no knead crust. I mixed the dough around eight o'clock at night, and made the pizzas around noon the next day. It's a totally flexible dough. Once your dough has risen, you can shape it into rounds, wrap it, and refrigerate it for up to three days.

Oct 21, 2017

Zucchini Brownies | #Choctoberfest

These zucchini brownies are so dense and chocolatey, and pretty much hide the fact that there are veggies in there.

Zucchini Brownies
These fudge-like brownies include a zucchini puree, along with Dutch process cocoa, espresso powder, and bittersweet chocolate chips.

Oct 20, 2017

Pea Soup Andersen's Split Pea Soup {Copycat} | #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This Copycat Pea Soup Andersen's Split Pea Soup is both filling and nutritious.

Pea Soup Andersen's Split Pea Soup {Copycat}

This month, the members of our little Soup Saturday group were charged with posting soup recipes that represent our state or region. I'm sure this is easier for folks from any place but California.

Crab Macaroni and Cheese | #FishFridayFoodies

This crab macaroni and cheese recipe takes a favorite comfort food and turns it into a fabulous elegant meal.

This crab macaroni and cheese recipe takes a favorite comfort food and turns it into a fabulous elegant meal.

Make this crab macaroni and cheese for dinner, and all you'd need is a green salad to go with it for a complete meal.

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.