Dec 19, 2018

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups {Copycat}

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups, filled with a dough-like peanut butter filling, will pretty much blow your mind. 


Homemade Peanut Butter Cups {Copycat}

The filling for these copycat Reese's peanut butter cups has a secret ingredient which takes the texture and flavor to a whole new level.

Dec 18, 2018

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Mexican hot chocolate cookies are deeply chocolaty, and spiced with cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. 


Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies #KarensKitchenStories

The edges of these Mexican chocolate cookies are coated in a mixture of cinnamon and sanding sugar to add some crunch and sparkle.

Dec 17, 2018

Brown Rice Pilaf with Shrimp, Scallions, and Snow Peas

Brown Rice Pilaf with Shrimp, Scallions, and Snow Peas - Brown rice simmered in stock and tossed with shrimp, snow peas, scallions, and garnished with cilantro. 


Brown Rice Pilaf with Shrimp, Scallions, and Snow Peas

Brown rice is whole grain rice that still has its bran. It is chewier than white rice, and has a nuttier flavor. Any color whole grain rice is considered "brown rice," and can be used in this recipe.

Dec 16, 2018

Baked Doughnuts with Currants

Baked currant doughnuts - these light yeasted doughnuts and doughnut holes are baked, brushed with melted butter, and dredged in sugar.

Baked Doughnuts with Currants

These doughnuts are delicious warm from your oven. They are more "bread-like" than deep fried doughnuts, and they are lighter and airier than the baked doughnuts that have baking powder for leavening that you bake in a special pan.

Dec 15, 2018

Shio Ramen with Turkey Broth and Chicken Chashu

This shio ramen with turkey broth and chicken chashu began with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. 


Shio Ramen with Turkey Broth and Chicken Chashu

I innocently decided that I would try to make homemade ramen in order to create a soup with my leftover turkey carcass from Thanksgiving.

Dec 13, 2018

Chocolate Espresso Mousse | #ChristmasSweetsWeek

Chocolate espresso mousse with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, cream, and topped with a dark chocolate-covered coffee bean. 


This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Chocolate Espresso Mousse

These chocolate espresso mousse (or is it mousses?) take very little effort to make, yet they are an elegant, dinner party worthy dessert.

Dec 12, 2018

Win a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer!

Wouldn't you love to win a KitchenAid Stand mixer?




Happy holidays!!! I’ve joined forces with 18 food blogger friends to put together this giveaway.

Peppermint Stick Cookies | #ChristmasSweetsWeek

These peppermint stick cookies are fun to make, fun to eat, and so Christmasy.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Peppermint Stick Cookies

These peppermint stick cookies begin with a vanilla butter cookie which is dipped in a vanilla glaze and then sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies.

Dec 11, 2018

Apricot Sour Cream Bread | #BreadBakers

This Apricot Sour Cream Bread is wonderful with coffee for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

Apricot Sour Cream Bread

This bread is studded with dried apricots and sweetened with freshly squeezed orange juice and turbinado cane sugar.

Dec 10, 2018

Easy One-Pan Roasted Peppers with Sausage and Rice Dinner

This roasted peppers with sausage and rice dish is easy to make with just five ingredients, and it takes just a few minutes to cook.

Roasted Peppers with Sausage and Rice

All you need is roasted red bell peppers, Italian sausage, cooked rice, plus a little fresh oregano and Parmesan cheese for garnish.

Eggnog Cookies #ChristmasSweetsWeek

These eggnog cookies capture the rum and the spices of eggnog in a cookie.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Eggnog Cookies

These cookies are loaded with flavors of an eggnog cocktail.

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

These Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and filled with apricot jam. 


Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

The tops of these gingerbread sandwich cookies have a little cutout in the top that you can bake to make little pop-able cookies.

Dec 6, 2018

Christmas Ornament Cookies

These Christmas ornament cookies are a fun treat to make with kids.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. 

Christmas Ornament Cookies


These Christmas ornament cookies are big, sparkly, and delicious.

Dec 5, 2018

Cornish-Style Steak Pasties

Cornish-Style Steak Pasties - A delicious and portable meat and vegetable hand pie.

Cornish Steak Pasties

Cornish pasties typically are made with beef (usually skirt steak), potatoes, onions, and rutabagas (called swede in Cornwall), which are wrapped in a crust and baked to make a delicious portable meat pie.

Dec 3, 2018

Homemade Chinese Five Spice Powder

Homemade Chinese Five Spice Powder - one of my favorite spice blends. Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, fennel, and cinnamon combine to create a wonderful and uniquely flavored seasoning.

Homemade Chinese Five Spice Powder ingredients

Why should you make your own Chinese Five Spice? 


First, one of the cool things about making your own spice blends is that you can control the ingredients in the blend, and customize the spices to your taste.

Dec 2, 2018

Spiced Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Spiced Chocolate Molasses Cookies - a chocolate cookie spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, and filled with a dark chocolate and molasses ganache. 


This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Spiced Chocolate Molasses Cookies

These spiced chocolate molasses cookies will please both the chocolate lover and the spicy Christmas cookie lover in your life. These cookies are fabulous for a Christmas cookie platter or cookie exchange.

Nov 27, 2018

Homemade Crescent Rolls

Homemade crescent rolls - buttery and soft on the inside and slightly crispy and flaky on the outside.

Homemade Crescent Rolls

Crescent rolls always remind me of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. While dinner rolls or bread were rarely a part of "regular" dinnertime when I was growing up, warm rolls slathered in butter were always a part of holiday dinners. Butter!

Nov 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing pancakes - little pan-fried cakes of mashed potatoes infused with your favorite stuffing.

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

I love making Thanksgiving dinner for my family. First, it's just us, our kids, and my grandkids, so the audience is always accepting, and my single oven can handle the meal.

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers | #MuffinMonday

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffins - fabulous as an easy appetizer, and delicious with a salad or a bowl of soup or chili for lunch or dinner.

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers

These jalapeño cheddar mini muffins almost have the texture of gougères, those delicious little French poppable cheese puffs served at cocktail parties.

Nov 20, 2018

Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

Triple chocolate chocolate chip gingerbread cookies - three kinds of cocoa and mini chocolate chips mixed into a gingerbread cookie and dipped in Swedish pearl sugar.

Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies


These cookies have all of the spiciness and chew of gingerbread cookies. Add three kinds of cocoa and some mini chocolate chips and you will have a pretty darn amazing cookie. Throw in the Swedish pearl sugar, and this cookie might be just perfect for Santa's cookie plate.

Afghan Style Pumpkin with Yogurt Sauce

This Afghan Style Pumpkin with Yogurt Sauce is rich and earthy. It features sautéed pumpkin and onions flavored with turmeric, ginger, and chiles, which is topped with a ground beef and tomato sauce, and then a garlic and mint yogurt sauce.

Afghan Style Pumpkin with Beef, Tomato, and Yogurt Sauce

While we tend to think of desserts when we imagine cooking with pumpkin (usually from a can), pumpkin is served in sweet and savory dishes throughout the world.

Easy Slice and Bake Lemon Shortbread Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These easy slice and bake lemon shortbread cookies possess the crumbly melt-in-your-mouth texture of traditional Scottish shortbread.

Easy Slice and Bake Lemon Shortbread Cookies

The dough for these lemon shortbread cookies takes just 10 minutes to measure and mix. Once you've mixed the dough, you wrap it and refrigerate or freeze it, where the dough sits ready to slice and bake when you have a cookie emergency.

Nov 19, 2018

Cranberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

This Cranberry Sour Cream Pound Cake is about the richest cake I have ever made. And it's deliciously moist and loaded with fresh, tart cranberries.

Cranberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

This pound cake calls for 5 eggs, 1/3 cup sour cream, and 14 tablespoons (almost a cup) of butter. All of this richness with only 1 3/4 cups of flour.

Baked Scallops in Olive, Sun Dried Tomato, and Basil Butter

These Baked Scallops in Olive, Sun Dried Tomato, and Basil Butter are about the easiest and foolproof way to prepare scallops.

Baked Scallops in butter

Baking scallops in butter just brings out the sweetness of sea scallops.

Komo Mio Grain Mill Review and Giveaway

In partnership with Pleasant Hill Grain, I'm introducing the new Komo Mio Grain Mill!

Disclosure, I received a Komo Mio Mill from Pleasant Hill Grain in exchange for an honest review. 

If you are a bread nerd like I am, you will love the Komo Mio Grain Mill. You can even win one by following Pleasant Hill Grain (@PleasantHillGrain) on Instagram - details below.

Komo Mio Grain Mill


Nov 18, 2018

Mashed Potato Casserole with a Cheesy Breadcrumb Topping

This mashed potato casserole, topped with lots of cheddar cheese and seasoned breadcrumbs, is your answer to the question, "How do I get mashed potatoes on my holiday table without too much last minute stress?"

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

This mashed potato casserole is a truly great make-ahead dish that can go from the refrigerator to the oven. It is totally stress free.

Nov 17, 2018

Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash, and Onion Soup

Chicken, butternut squash, and onion roasted on a sheet pan and then added to chicken broth for a great fall soup.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

This roasted chicken, butternut squash, and onion soup has a deeper "roasty" flavor because you bake the chicken, squash, and onions on a sheet pan for about 40 to 45 minutes in a 425 degree oven before adding them to the broth.

Nov 16, 2018

Egg Bagels with a Sesame Seed Topping

Egg bagels are softer and sweeter than traditional New York style bagels. The dough includes the addition of egg and sugar. The eggs give the bagels a slight yellow color, kind of like challah.

Egg Bagels with a Sesame Seed Topping

The dough for these egg bagels is more like bread dough. It's not nearly as stiff as traditional bagel dough and is much easier to knead. It's also higher in protein due to the addition of the eggs.

Nov 15, 2018

Kung Pao Shrimp with Cashews

Kung Pao Shrimp is a classic Chinese restaurant dish with origins in the Sichuan province of southwest China. It's a spicy dish, getting its heat from ground Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilis de arbol.

Kung Pao Shrimp with Cashews

Like most stir-fries, this Kung Pao shrimp has a fairly long ingredient list. Trust me when I tell you that it's worth it. All of the flavors come together to create such a depth of flavor. The sum is greater than the parts.

Nov 14, 2018

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

This make-ahead turkey gravy will take the stress out of managing to get your turkey dinner on the table without having to worry about making gravy as your guests arrive.

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving

The broth for this make-ahead turkey gravy can be made up to 2 days before making the final gravy, and the final gravy can be made the day before your holiday dinner and then reheated just before you serve the meal.

Nov 13, 2018

Yeasted Pound Cake | #BreadBakers

This vanilla yeast-leavened pound cake is super moist and buttery, and is delicious served plain, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or with just a bit of whipped cream and macerated fruit.

Yeasted vanilla pound cake

This pound cake is leavened by yeast just like old time European cakes. Prior to the introduction of baking soda and baking powder in the late 19th century, all cakes were leavened by yeast.

Nov 12, 2018

Apple and Bacon Red Cabbage Salad with Pecans

Apple and bacon red cabbage salad with pecans and an apple cider and Dijon vinaigrette - a delicious way to enjoy fresh cabbage without smothering it in mayonnaise.

Apple and Bacon Red Cabbage Salad

This apple and bacon red cabbage salad is fresh and light. The salad is tossed with a small amount dressing, which brings together the apple, cabbage, and bacon flavors.

Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls Baked in a Cast Iron Skillet

These Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls are loaded with garlic, almost one clove per roll. They are brushed with melted butter that has been infused with sautéed garlic, and baked in a cast iron skillet.

Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls

To make these rolls, you sauté 10 cloves of minced garlic in butter. Once you've sautéed the garlic, you press out the butter and set it aside.

Nov 9, 2018

Cranberry Walnut Rugelach

These Cranberry Walnut Rugelach are made with a buttery cream cheese dough that, when baked, becomes flaky like a pastry.

Cranberry Walnut Rugelach

Rugelach are a Jewish cookie or small pastry. The dough is rolled around a filling (usually dried fruit and nuts) and are shaped into a a crescent.

Nov 8, 2018

Pork Chops with Cranberry-Maple Pan Sauce

These thick and juicy pan fried pork loin chops smothered in a sweet and savory cranberry-maple pan sauce are a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of fall.

Pork Chops with Cranberry-Maple Pan Sauce

You can make these tasty pork chops in just about 30 minutes. Serve them with some rice pilaf and a salad, and you'll have a pretty fabulous and easy meal.

Nov 7, 2018

Asian-Style Chicken Dumpling Soup

Asian-style Chicken Dumpling Soup - a hearty and meaty flavored chicken, bacon, and shiitake mushroom soup filled with Asian chicken dumplings.


I have been experimenting with making my own Asian dumplings, including making my own wrappers. I've been trying different flavors, including pork, shrimp, as well as chicken.

Nov 5, 2018

Homemade Minestrone Soup

This recipe for homemade minestrone soup creates a hearty and warming bowl of vegetables in a delicious vegetable broth. The soup is delicious the day it is made, and even better the next day, when all of the flavors have a chance to meld.

Homemade Minestrone Soup

This soup recipe as written is really tasty, but you can customize it to make it your own. While I used this vegetable broth as a base for the soup, you can use store bought vegetable stock, or even water to make this soup.

Cranberry-Almond Shortbread Tart

This cranberry-almond shortbread tart features a shortbread crust flavored with almonds and cornmeal, and filled with a tart homemade cranberry jam brightened with lemon juice and apricot jam.

Cranberry-Almond Shortbread Tart

This cranberry tart is easy to make ahead. First, you can make the dough and refrigerate it up to two days or freeze it for up to two weeks.

Oct 30, 2018

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta - an easy to prepare one-pot meal or side dish that is ready for the table in about 30 minutes.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

The butternut squash in this pasta dish, combined with the Parmesan cheese, adds so much creaminess that there is no need for added milk or cream to create a sauce. The cheese and the squash, along with the pasta, do all of the heavy lifting.

Oct 29, 2018

Pumpkin Raisin Bran Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Pumpkin Raisin Bran Muffins are light and moist, and the pumpkin flavor shines through.

Pumpkin Raisin Bran Muffins

These pumpkin raisin bran muffins get all of their moisture from pumpkin puree. Plus, they are fairly low in fat compared to most muffins.

Oct 23, 2018

Ginger and Amber Ale Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These crystalized ginger and amber ale cookies are chewy and spicy, and have a wonderful caramel flavor from the amber ale.

Ginger Molasses Amber Ale Cookies

These ginger and amber ale cookies are also deeply flavored with molasses along with golden raisins, which provide little bursts of sweetness. They're really good.

Oct 22, 2018

Paella with Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken, and Mussels

Paella with Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken and Mussels - a simplified recipe for paella made in a Dutch oven instead of a specialty pan.

Paella with Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken, and Mussels
This Dutch oven paella, a simplified version of traditional paella, takes only about an hour to make, including prep time.

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.