Oct 20, 2018

Cider-Glazed Apple Bundt Cake | #CakeSliceBakers

This Cider-Glazed Apple Bundt Cake is filled with an apple cider reduction and one and a half pounds of grated apples. It's super moist, and filled with the flavor of apples.

Cider-Glazed Apple Bundt Cake
It's been a long time since I've made a bundt cake. I don't know what I've been waiting for, because bundt cakes are so easy to make, and, unlike layer cakes, you don't have to worry too much about how they look. The pan does all of the work.

Oct 19, 2018

Hearty Fisherman's Stew

Hearty Fisherman's Stew - a delicious combination of Spanish Chorizo or Portuguese Linguiça, white fish, tomatoes, leeks, and lots of fresh parsley.


This fish stew is hearty and warming, and great for serving when the temperature outside begins to cool.

Shrimp and Pork Pot Stickers with Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce

Shrimp and Pork Pot Stickers - chopped pork and shrimp with shallots and ginger plus whole pieces of shrimp stuffed into a gyoza wrapper and simultaneously fried to a crispy brown on one side, while the rest of the dumpling is steamed and tender.

Shrimp and Pork Pot Stickers

These pot stickers, or gyoza, are filled with a delicious mixture of ground pork and shrimp. Just before wrapping up the dumplings, you add a nice fat chunk of shrimp before enclosing the mixture up in a thin wrapper.

Oct 17, 2018

Chocolate and Caramel Tiny Tarts | #choctoberfest

These chocolate and caramel tiny tarts are prepared in little Mason jar lids, which makes them so much fun to serve. They are like little truffle candy bars that you can eat with a spoon.

Chocolate and Caramel Tiny Tarts

These chocolate and caramel tiny tarts are super easy to make, and because they are so small, it's easy to exercise portion control... well... maybe not.... I may have had two in one sitting....

When chocolate and caramel get married, I have a really hard time resisting.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies {Small Batch} | #Choctoberfest

These Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies are deeply chocolaty. The dough is bittersweet, and the cookies are filled with semisweet chocolate chips and dried cherries.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies {Small Batch}

What I love about this recipe for chocolate cherry chunk cookies is that it is "small batch." It yields just eight cookies, which means that I won't be finishing off three dozen cookies in one sitting.

Oct 16, 2018

Lasagne for Two {or Three}

When you want classic lasagne for dinner, but do not want to make a full casserole of this hearty dish, make this lasagne for two.

Lasagne for Two
This lasagne for two is wonderful for folks living alone, newlyweds and empty nesters, as well as families with small children. It would also be a wonderful treat to deliver to couples who are bringing home a new baby.

Steamed Bao Buns | World Bread Day

These Steamed Bao Buns (Chinese Steamed Rolls also know as Gua Bao) are classic light and fluffy dim sum breads that are typically filled with Chinese barbecue pork and pickled vegetables. 

Steamed Bao Buns
These Bao buns are easy to find in the frozen food section of fully stocked Chinese markets, but I thought it would be fun to make my own. Think of them as soft and fat taco shells or folded hamburger buns.

Oct 15, 2018

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic and Parmesan

This grilled eggplant with garlic and parmesan is so easy to make, and the grilled eggplant, contrasted with the crispy Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumb topping will turn you into an eggplant fan, even if you weren't one before.
Grilled Eggplant with Garlic and Parmesan #eggplant #Parmesan

I have never been much of an eggplant fan, but this Italian style grilled eggplant changed my entire perspective about the vegetable.

Oct 14, 2018

Mexican Hot Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream | #Choctoberfest

This Mexican hot chocolate no churn ice cream makes the most of the flavors of traditional Mexican hot chocolate, such as cinnamon, vanilla, and chiles to create this tasty dessert.

Mexican Hot Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream #Chocolate #MexicanChocolate #IceCream

Mexican hot chocolate is usually made by dissolving bars of Mexican drinking chocolate in hot milk or water by using a molinillo, a wooden tool that you hand spin in your cup to dissolve the chocolate and froth the drink.

Oct 12, 2018

Broccoli-Cheese Nuggets

This recipe for these Broccoli-Cheese Nuggets is wonderful for cooking with your little chef. These cheesy nuggets may actually get your kiddo to eat broccoli.

Broccoli-Cheese Nuggets

Broccoli is a tough vegetable to get kids to eat. It has a strong aroma, and is very green. You know what that means when it comes to kids (at least the kids I know).

Oct 9, 2018

Prosciutto and Fennel Pizza with Olives and Mascarpone

This Prosciutto and Fennel Pizza with Olives and Mascarpone is such an interesting combination of flavors.

Italian pizza

It's topped with slices of prosciutto placed over mascarpone, fennel, olives, as well as Sriracha sauce. It's a pretty amazing combination of flavors.

Jerusalem Bagels | #BreadBakers

Jerusalem bagels are oblong sesame coated breads that are baked in wood fired ovens sold by street vendors in the streets of the Old City. They are a version of ka'ak, sold throughout the region, but, according to some, the ka'ak in Jerusalem are better than anywhere else in the region.

Jerusalem Bagels

These Jerusalem bagels are smaller than the ones sold on the streets of the city, making them more home oven friendly.

Oct 8, 2018

Pork and Shrimp Meatballs

These pork and shrimp meatballs are an easy cocktail party appetizer. They are a snap to make and loaded with flavor.

Pork and Shrimp Meatballs

To make these pork and shrimp meatballs, you combine pork shoulder and shrimp in a food processor. Once you process the proteins, you add some scallions, cilantro, white pepper, and some fish sauce to the mixture.

Kale and Garlic Ciabatta

This Kale and Garlic Ciabatta begins with one of my favorite doughs, Peter Reinhart's Pain à l'Ancienne. It's a rustic high hydration dough that is cold fermented. You can also use this dough for rustic baguettes and focaccia.

Kale and Garlic Ciabatta
The dough for this kale and garlic ciabatta requires very little mixing, thanks to the "stretch-and-fold" method of mixing bread dough. I first tried it after reading Peter Reinhart's book, Artisan Bread Every Day, which I bought seven years ago. I highly recommend this book.

Oct 6, 2018

Mini Mummy Dogs | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Mini Mummy Dogs, little smoked sausages wrapped in crescent roll "bandages" for your Halloween party.

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but, as always, opinions are 100% mine. 


Mini Mummy Dogs

These mini mummy dogs are just so fun and easy to make and will probably be the most popular item on your appetizer tray at your Halloween party.

Oct 4, 2018

Halloween Deviled Tea Eggs | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Serve these Halloween Deviled Tea Eggs at your Halloween party. I'm pretty sure they would magically vanish.

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine. 

Halloween Deviled Tea Eggs
Chinese tea eggs are traditionally boiled twice, first in water, and then, after cracking the shells, in a mixture of tea, soy sauce, and spices. They are often sold by street vendors. They are subtly flavored with the fragrance of tea, the sweet dark soy sauce, and Chinese five-spice powder.

Oct 3, 2018

Chicken, Pumpkin, and Bean Enchiladas

Chicken, Pumpkin, and Bean Enchiladas made with pumpkin puree instead of tomatoes for the enchilada sauce.

Chicken, Pumpkin, and Bean Enchiladas

Fall is approaching, and winter squash is beginning to appear in farmers' markets and grocery stores. Of course, what would the fall season be without pumpkin recipes?

Oct 1, 2018

White Bean Dip with Herbs

This White Bean Dip with Herbs is a great appetizer to whip up when you're expecting last minute guests. It's fabulous spread on bread, pita chips, or crackers.

White Bean Spread with dill, mint, and parsley

This dip is simple to make, and can be thrown together with ingredients you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator. While I used dill, mint, and parsley for the herbs, you could substitute any herbs you have on hand.

Black and Orange Cookies | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These Black and Orange Cookies are a Halloween take on the famous Black and White cookies sold in New York City bakeries. The cookies are soft and "cake-like," and are iced on one half with chocolate icing and on the other half with vanilla icing.

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine. 
Black and Orange Cookies
I have it on good authority that black and white cookies are a "thing" in New York. There are even arguments about which bakery makes the best one. Should the icing be thin or should it be thick? Do you combine both icing flavors in one bite or eat them separately? It's all very, very, very controversial.

Sep 29, 2018

Chicken Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Pecans

This Chicken Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Pecans is crunchy, both sweet and sour, and loaded with flavor.

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Chicken Salad with Apples

This recipe was given to me by my friend and colleague Melanie, who raved about it. I hung onto it for more years than I'd like to admit... there are so many recipes I want to try! I wish I hadn't waited quite so long, because this salad is refreshing and delicious.

Sep 28, 2018

Marlborough Apple Custard Pie

Marlborough Apple Pie is a single crust pie filled with grated apples that are baked in a sherry-spiked custard.

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Marlborough Apple Custard Pie

The first appearance for a recipe for Marlborough apple custard pie evidently was in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons in 1796. The apples were grated so that you could disguise bruised apples. Evidently, the modern version of apple pie is a very new development.

Sep 27, 2018

French Apple Cake

This French Apple cake is layered with a custardy apple-filled base, a thin layer of cake, and a crispy sugary crust on top.

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French Apple Cake

To create the layers in this French apple cake, you make one batter and then divide it, adding more egg yolks to one part to make it custardy, and more flour to the other part, to make it more cake-like.

Sep 26, 2018

Chicken with Apple, Onion, and Cider Sauce

This chicken with apple, onion, and cider sauce dinner takes just about 30 minutes to make. You will completely fall in love with the cider sauce with its concentrated chicken and apple flavors.

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Chicken with Apple, Onion, and Cider Sauce

This chicken with apple, onion, and cider sauce is a great weeknight meal for a busy family, and tastes like it took a lot longer to prepare than just 30 minutes.

Sep 25, 2018

Fig and Fennel Sourdough

This Fig and Fennel Seed Sourdough Bread takes a couple of days to make, but you are rewarded with two loaves of fragrant and fig filled bread.

Fig and Fennel Sourdough

This bread begins with a stiff levain that you make from a liquid sourdough starter. Next you mix the dough in stages, throw in a few stretch and folds, and then shape the dough over a period of several hours.

Sep 24, 2018

Butter Cookies with Mocha Frosting | #CreativeCookieExchange

These butter cookies with mocha frosting are made from a universal slice-and-bake dough.

Butter Cookies with Mocha Frosting

The dough for these butter cookies can be made up to two days in advance, or frozen for even longer. When you are ready to make the cookies, just slice the dough, bake the cookies, and spread them with the frosting.

Sourdough Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These sourdough banana chocolate chip muffins take only about half an hour to make. All you need are some overripe bananas, some sourdough starter discard, and chocolate chips.

Sourdough Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made these Sourdough Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins to use up some of my sourdough discard when getting ready to make some sourdough bread.

Sep 23, 2018

Applejack Rabbit Cocktail

This Applejack Rabbit Cocktail is a delicious combination of apple brandy, lemon juice, orange juice, and maple syrup, and garnished with a fresh apple slice. It's both sweet and tart, just like your favorite apple.

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Applejack Rabbit Cocktail

This Applejack Rabbit cocktail is so smooth, bright, and wonderfully flavored. It's especially delicious garnished with a slice of an Envy apple.

Sep 20, 2018

Brazilian Shrimp and Fish Stew (Moqueca)

Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew made with coconut milk, tomatoes, peppers, and lots of cilantro. The combination of flavors, enhanced with garlic, onion, and lime juice, is bright, fresh, and delicious.

Brazilian Shrimp and Fish Stew (Moqueca)

This Brazilian fish stew, or moqueca, is pretty much the most wonderfully flavored fish dish I've ever tried. This recipe is definitely one I'll be making over and over.

Pumpkin Pudding with Sour Cream Vanilla Topping | #PumpkinWeek

These Pumpkin Puddings with Sour Cream Vanilla Topping are like little individual crustless pumpkin pies. These puddings are baked in little individual custard cups or ramekins, and then topped with the sweetened sour cream topping and baked for five minutes more.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek. I received product from sponsor companies. All opinions are mine alone. 

Pumpkin Pudding

These pumpkin puddings are creamy and silky. To get a thicker and even creamier pudding, you cook the pumpkin puree with the sugar and spices until some of the water in the pumpkin has evaporated. This concentrates the pumpkin flavor.

Sep 19, 2018

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake | #TheCakeSliceBakers

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake.. a lemon and vanilla chiffon cake with an espresso infused whipped cream frosting and coated with an airy and crunchy coffee honeycomb-like candy.

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake

Blum's was a small chain of bakery/soda fountain shops in San Francisco that closed in the 1970s. Its most beloved menu item was this coffee crunch cake.

Sep 18, 2018

Banana Chocolate Chip Upside-Down Snack Cake

This Banana Chocolate Chip Upside-Down Snack Cake is wonderful served warm with ice cream or whipped cream. The caramelized banana topping is really tasty, and the cake itself is soft and moist.

Banana Chocolate Chip Upside-Down Snack Cake

This banana upside-down cake is both topped with caramelized bananas and filled with banana puree. There are also melty chocolate chips in there, along with cinnamon. This cake is so moist and "snack perfect."

Sep 17, 2018

Greek-style Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

These Greek-style Lamb Burgers take the traditional American burger to a different level. The lamb is seasoned with onions, garlic, mint, and parsley, and then cooked on a hot grill or grill pan.

Greek-style Lamb Burgers

What I enjoyed about making these lamb burgers is that you actually get to make your own ground lamb in your food processor.

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake | #PumpkinWeek

This chocolate-swirled pumpkin cheesecake is deeply flavored with both chocolate and pumpkin, and may just make your pumpkin pie very jealous.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek. I received product from sponsor companies. All opinions are mine alone. 

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake

I love the swirls of chocolate cheesecake that are incorporated in this pumpkin cheesecake. They look pretty fancy, but are actually pretty easy. If you know cursive, you should be able to easily pull this off.

Sep 16, 2018

Filipino Spanish Bread

Filipino Spanish Bread Rolls, made with enriched dough and filled with buttery sugared bread crumbs, and rolled up tightly and brushed with milk and more sugared breadcrumbs.

Filipino Spanish Bread

These Spanish rolls are a popular breakfast and afternoon snack bread in the Philippines, according to Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, this month's host of the Bread Baking Babes' monthly bake.

Sep 14, 2018

Asparagus-Potato Chowder

This Asparagus-Potato Chowder combines Yukon Gold potatoes and asparagus tips in a creamy chowder made with asparagus stock, smashed potatoes, and mascarpone.

Asparagus-Potato Chowder

This asparagus-potato chowder begins with a stock made from onions and the tough ends of the asparagus that you would normally toss into the compost pile. Other flavors include garlic, Dijon mustard, dry white wine, and dill.

Sep 11, 2018

Sausage and Cambozola Pizza with Arugula and Grapes | #BreadBakers

This hot Italian sausage pizza, topped with Cambozola, ricotta, and Fontina cheeses, as well as grapes and shallots, is magical, and the roasted grapes add a savory sweet compliment to the three cheeses in the pizza.

Sausage and Cambozola Pizza with Arugula and Grapes

I'm sure you're thinking, "grape pizza? That's weird!" Not so! Just think of it as artisan bread, wine, and cheese! You definitely need to give it a chance.

Sep 10, 2018

Pear Salsa

Asian pears, red onion, Serrano chiles, fresh cilantro, fresh mint leaves, and lime juice combine together to make a delicious and fragrant salsa, excellent for serving with good tortilla chips.

Pear Salsa

This pear salsa is also delicious spooned over fish fillets, such as halibut or salmon.

Gruyère Prosciutto Scones

These Gruyère Prosciutto Scones are soft and flaky, and loaded with the nutty flavor of Gruyère cheese and the salty flavor of Italian dry-cured ham.

Gruyère Prosciutto Scones

Fresh from the oven, these ham and cheese scones ooze cheese when you break them apart. I took "just a taste" of one while it was still warm, and didn't stop until I'd polished off an entire scone.

Sep 9, 2018

Instant Pot Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple Raisin Compote

This Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple Raisin Compote is so easy to prepare in the Instant Pot (or an electric pressure cooker). With this recipe, you will get the perfect texture every time.

Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple Raisin Compote made in the Instant Pot

The apple raisin compote adds just the right amount of sweetness to the oatmeal, and the steel cut oats will help you get lots of fiber and protein into your diet and will carry you through to lunchtime.

Sep 7, 2018

Multigrain English Muffins

Homemade English muffins with whole wheat, wheat germ, and rolled oats.
Homemade English muffins with whole wheat, wheat germ, and rolled oats.


Split these multigrain English muffins with a fork, toast them, and slather them with butter for breakfast. You can also add some jam, or even use these for a breakfast sandwich.

Sep 5, 2018

Mushroom, Sausage, and Spinach Strata

This mushroom, sausage, and spinach strata is easy to make. It's prepared on the stovetop in a skillet, and then transferred to the oven to finish.

Mushroom, Sausage, and Spinach Strata

Mushroom, Sausage, and Spinach Strata is a savory and tasty egg dish. It's wonderful served at breakfast or brunch, and, paired with a salad, as a light dinner.

Sep 3, 2018

Carrot and Raisin Slaw with Cumin Yogurt Dressing

Carrot and Raisin Slaw with Cumin Yogurt Dressing, including garlic, coriander, and mint.

Carrot and Raisin Slaw

This shredded carrot and raisin salad is light and savory. It's not the sweet carrot and pineapple salad you might remember from PTA potlucks. Instead, it's a crunchy slaw flavored with ground cumin, ground coriander, and shredded mint.

Sep 1, 2018

Chunky Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Spread

This shrimp and smoked salmon spread with Worcestershire, green onions, and lime juice is heaven on a cracker.

Chunky Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Spread

If I could be the authority regarding food groups, appetizers would be at the bottom of the food pyramid. I'd be happy just having appetizers for dinner... or even breakfast.

Aug 28, 2018

Pan Blanco Cuencano {Cuenca's White Sandwich Rolls}

Pan Blanco Cuencano are anise-scented rolls from the Ecuadorian highlands region of Cuenca. They are typically served filled with roast pork.

Pan Blanco Cuencano

Pan Blanco Cuencano is a slightly sweet roll that is light and fluffy. They are naturally pale and beautifully scented with anise, which is infused in the milk in the recipe.

Aug 27, 2018

Chicken Scaloppine al Limone

Chicken Scaloppine al Limon, juicy breaded and pan fried chicken cutlets and drizzled with a lemony sauce.

Chicken Scaloppine al Limone

This chicken scaloppine is fun to make too. You take boneless, skinless chicken thighs, butterfly them, and then, using a mallet or a heavy skillet, pound the heck out of them to flatten them to a 1/4-inch thickness.

Beer and Cheese Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These beer and cheese muffins are a cheesy and savory treat. They are filled with Fontina cheese, but you can use any good melty cheese you like, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or gruyère. For an extra kick, you could also use pepper Jack.

Beer and Cheese Muffins in a basket

These beer and cheese muffins get most of their liquid from a bottle of beer. The beer also may add a little bit of leavening to the batter.

Aug 21, 2018

Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies {copycat} | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are really big and meant to be shared.... but you don't have to if you don't want to! I won't tell.

Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies {copycat}

These copycat Levain Bakery chocolate chocolate chip cookies are soft, moist, and thick. They are also exceptionally chocolaty.

Aug 20, 2018

Braised Catfish Fillets with Ginger and Soy

These catfish fillets are poached in a delicious mixture of ginger, soy sauce, scallions, cilantro, and rice vinegar.

White Fish Fillets with Ginger and Soy

Need a fish dinner that is fast, inexpensive, and delicious? This dish is tasty, takes less than thirty minutes to make, and is super economical. It's even pretty enough for dinner guests. The sauce is wonderful over rice and steamed or stir-fried vegetables.

Blueberry Boy Bait Cake | #TheCakeSliceBakers

Blueberry Boy Bait Cake is a tasty, buttery, blueberry filled sheet cake that is topped with a layer of cinnamon sugar.

Blueberry Boy Bait Cake

How did Blueberry Boy Bait get its name? Evidently it was the name of a cake entered into the 1954 Pillsbury Bake Off, and won second prize. The baker said that it was named for it's irresistable pull on young men (the baker was 15).

Aug 17, 2018

Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

This potato soup with fried almonds gets its creaminess from the Yukon Gold potatoes, which seem to melt into the broth.

Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

This potato and fried almond soup is actually pretty light, but tastes so rich and hearty. The almonds in the soup are fried with garlic and then ground before adding them to the soup while it is simmering. The soup is also flavored with prosciutto or Serrano ham and a bit of saffron.