Apr 29, 2016

Mini White Chocolate Birthday Cake

Mini White Chocolate Birthday Cake from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This mini white chocolate birthday cake is super tiny, baked in four inch cake pans. And I made it for and with this boy. This boy. How much do I love this boy? So much. This is my first grandchild. Every grandma out there reading this knows exactly what I'm talking about.

Apr 28, 2016

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

This Siesta Margarita combines the wonderful sweet aged flavor of a good reposado tequila with the sweetness of lemonade, the sourness of lime juice, and the bitterness of grapefruit juice and Campari.

Apr 25, 2016

Blueberry Cornmeal Sourdough Muffins | #MuffinMonday

Blueberry Cornmeal Sourdough Muffins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

These Blueberry Cornmeal Sourdough Muffins are perfect for bakers who keep a sourdough starter around for making bread.

One of the things about maintaining a sourdough starter is the requirement to discard some of it prior to feeding it. Unless you are a professional baker and make sourdough on a daily basis, you will have to eventually throw out a good portion of your starter when you double it with more flour and water. Otherwise, as anyone who is mathematically inclined and familiar with the term "exponential" will realize, the starter will eventually pretty much take over your house.

Apr 24, 2016

Pandesal | Filipino Bread Rolls

Pandesal, the favorite bread of the Philippines from Karen's Kitchen Stories

Pandesal rolls are the favorite bread of the Philippines. In fact, they are THE bread of the Philippines for breakfast, snacks and lunch, and are usually filled with cheese, pancit (noodles), and even spread with condensed milk. While they are not served at dinner in the Philippines, I think the bread would make amazing dinner rolls. They're incredible straight from the oven and slathered with butter. Personally, I think they would also be perfect for hamburger sliders!

Apr 20, 2016

Yangchow Fried Rice and Chinese Jamaican Stir-Fried Chicken with Chayote for Wok Wednesdays

This week I am bringing you two Wok Wednesday dishes, Yangchow Fried Rice and Chinese Jamaican Stir-Fried Chicken with Chayote. 

Yangchow Fried Rice

Yangchow Fried Rice is a simple yet flavorful dish to make. It is a classic dish served at a Chinese banquet toward the end of the meal and it's an amazingly simple dish to prepare. There are only five ingredients (eight if you count the oil, salt, and pepper). No garlic, no ginger, and no soy sauce.

Apr 19, 2016

Crystallized Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Crystallized Ginger Shortbread Cookies

These crystalized ginger shortbread cookies are so elegant and sophisticated, and perfect served with vanilla ice cream as a finale for a dinner party...  which is exactly what I did.

The cookies have a really nice spiciness to them, and the kosher salt flakes add a nice contrast to the sweetness.

Apr 16, 2016

Cranberry Breakfast Buns, or "This is Not a Cinnamon Roll" Roll

Cranberry Breakfast Buns from Karen's Kitchen Stories

These cranberry breakfast buns are a pretty amazing way to take your favorite cinnamon bun recipe to another level.

Apr 14, 2016

Baked Whole Rainbow Trout with Shallots, Herbs, and Jalapeño - #FishFridayFoodies

Baked Whole Rainbow Trout with Shallots, Herbs, and Jalapeño

This Baked Whole Trout with Shallots, Herbs, and Jalapeño is so moist, succulent, and flavorful. It is also amazingly easy to make.

When I was growing up, our family used to take summer vacations at Lake Tahoe, usually renting a house on the lake. One memory that stands out for me is my dad taking us kids fishing at a Lake Tahoe trout farm (possibly this one). We weren't a camping family by any stretch of the imagination, so this was my first experience with fishing. We barbecued the fish that we caught, and it was amazing.

Apr 12, 2016

Garlic Naan with Green Chiles for #BreadBakers

Garlic Naan with Green Chiles from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This garlic naan with green chiles is pretty hard to not love. It's wonderful hot and straight from the oven, slathered with ghee (clarified butter) and sprinkled with Kosher or sea salt. I pretty much scarfed down the first piece while baking the rest of the pieces of this dough.

Apr 9, 2016

Potato Semolina Rolls | Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

Potato Semolina Rolls | Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

The first time I made these potato semolina rolls was for Thanksgiving. They were pretty miraculous. Why?
  1. You assemble these rolls in advance, refrigerate the shaped dough, and bake them while your roast or turkey is resting. 
  2. They are so incredibly fluffy and moist.
  3. You can serve them fresh from the oven. No cooling required. 
  4. They are delicious.

Apr 6, 2016

Olive Oil Brioche Bread

Olive Oil Brioche Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This Olive Oil Brioche Bread is just about the most magical brioche ever. I know. I sound like someone who throws hyperbole and exclamation marks all over the place. "This is the best brownie ever!" This is the best egg salad ever!" That's not me.

Apr 3, 2016

Over 100 Amazing Bread Recipes, and Announcing the Bread Box Round Up

From boules, sandwich loaves, flatbreads, pizzas, rolls to crackers, here are over 100 amazing bread recipes to try!

Almost every culture and religion has it's bread, and the varieties are endless. It's amazing what you can create with flour, water, salt, and yeast. For me, baking bread is therapeutic. As you can see by my Recipe Index, I have baked a lot of it, and every time, I am amazed. I have been known to sit by my oven window to watch the "oven spring," that extra oomph from the heat. 

Announcing the Bread Box, a monthly round up of breads made by you and hosted by me and Rosemary of An Italian in My Kitchen. We want you to love baking bread as much as we do!

If you'd like to be a part of the monthly roundup....
  1.  Bake with yeast or sourdough and write a post about it (the post must be recent). 
  2. Include a recipe and photo in your post. 
  3. Send your post and a small photo to breadboxroundup@outlook.com. 
  4. Include the following somewhere in your post: "Sharing with the Bread Box, hosted by Karen's Kitchen Stories."
Each month, around the first, I will post a photo of your bread and a link to your post. Our first post will go live on or around May 1.

Need some ideas? Check out all of these amazing breads below! 

Over 100 Amazing Bread Recipes