May 18, 2018

Cuban-Style Black Bean Soup {Vegan}

This Cuban-style black bean soup may look like a simple bowl of soup, but it is much more complex. The ingredient list is long, but the flavors in this soup make it worth the fuss.

Cuban-Style Black Bean Soup

Along with the black beans, this Cuban-style black bean soup is flavored with bell peppers, onions, jalapeƱos, garlic, cumin, oregano, and Manzanilla olives (the kind you put in martinis).

May 17, 2018

Thai-Style Shrimp Salad Sandwiches

I'm so happy with the flavors in these Thai-style shrimp salad sandwiches. The shrimp salad only takes a few minutes to make and is so easy to toss together.

Thai-Style Shrimp Salad Sandwiches

The shrimp in these Thai-style shrimp salad sandwiches are lightly dressed in a mixture of mayonnaise, shredded carrots, scallions, mint, soy sauce, lime, and sriracha.

May 16, 2018

Red Pepper Coques

These Red Pepper Coques are a wonderful Catalan-style crunchy flatbread topped with an intensely flavored mixture of red peppers, pine nuts, and sherry vinegar.

Red Pepper Coques

Coques can be found in Mediterranean Spanish tapas bars. They can be sweet or savory, but the unifying factor is a crispy crust, resembling thin crust pizza.

May 15, 2018

Thai-Style Coleslaw with Chiles, Mint, and Cilantro

This Thai-Style Coleslaw with Chiles, Mint, and Cilantro is a wonderfully light side dish. The bright flavors in this salad pair especially well with rich barbecued meats and ribs.

Thai-Style Coleslaw with Chiles, Mint, and Cilantro

The dressing for this Thai-style coleslaw is made with lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, coconut milk, and a minced serrano chile. You steep the the chile in the lime and fish sauce mixture before dressing the salad, which mellows the chile yet still preserves its flavor.

May 14, 2018

Beer Braised Carnitas

These carnitas are braised in a broth of beer flavored with garlic, bay leaf, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and chiles.

Beer Braised Carnitas with limes

Carnitas, cut up pork shoulder braised with chiles and other spices, and then fried until crispy in their own fat, are a favorite Mexican dish, especially here in California.

Apple Tartlets with Almond Crunch | #BakingBloggers

These Apple Tartlets with an Almond Crunch Topping are so elegant, and yet surprisingly easy to make.

Individual apple tarts with almond topping

These Apple Tartlets, topped with a mixture of sliced almonds, sugar, and butter that caramelizes while the tarts are baking are both sophisticated and delicious.