Jan 29, 2018

Fresh Cherry Clafoutis with Almonds

This Fresh Cherry Clafoutis with almonds is a tasty custardy dessert. Clafoutis (pronounced cla-foo-tee) is totally elegant, yet very easy to make. 


Fresh Cherry Clafoutis with Almonds

Cherry Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert. In fact, the traditional way it is baked is with un-pitted cherries. Evidently the thinking is that the cherry pits impart an almond flavor to the dessert.

Vanilla Pear Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Vanilla Pear muffins are loaded with chopped Bosc pears. The are so crazy moist and flavorful, and they are topped with crunchy walnut and cinnamon sugar topping.

Vanilla Pear Muffins

These vanilla pear muffins are also spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and include lots of chopped walnuts.

Jan 27, 2018

Twix Candy Bar Brownies

These Twix Candy Bar Brownies are a delicious combination of chewy chocolate brownies and your favorite caramel and cookie candy bar. 


Twix Candy Bar Brownies

These Twix stuffed brownies are super chocolate-y. They are filled with Fun-Sized Twix bars, the cookie bar that is topped with caramel and chocolate.

Jan 24, 2018

E.T. Cookies

These E.T. Cookies are loaded with peanut butter, honey roasted peanuts, and Reese's Pieces. They are so peanut-y!


E.T. honey-roasted peanut butter cookies #peanutbutter #cookies #reesespieces #ETcookies

You grind the honey roasted peanuts in these E.T. Cookies to create a delicious peanut flour, which just intensifies the salty-sweet peanut flavor.

Jan 22, 2018

Carrot, Spinach, and Rice Stew

This spinach with rice and carrots is so nutritious, and it's such an easy and simple weekday side dish. 


Carrot, Spinach, and Rice Stew #spinach #vegan #sidedishrecipe

The recipe for this spinach with rice and carrots illustrates how three large bunches of fresh spinach wilts down during the cooking process into a side dish for four.

Jan 20, 2018

Quick Beef Pho | Phở Bò Nhanh

The broth in this Quick Beef Pho, or Phở Bò Nhanh, is rich and beefy even though it does not involve simmering beef bones for hours. 


Quick Beef Pho | Phở Bò Nhanh #pho #vietnamesesoup #vietnamesefood

Pho is one of Vietnam's signature dishes. According to Andrea Nguyen, the author of The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles, pho is a fairly new dish, "birthed" at the beginning of the twentieth century near Hanoi in the north.

Jan 18, 2018

Crispy Shrimp Snack Shack Tacos

These crispy shrimp snack shack tacos are what happens when tacos and quesadillas get married. 


Crispy Shrimp Snack Shack Tacos #tacos #shrimp #quesadillas #foodtruckfood

You prepare these crispy shrimp tacos differently than most tacos, especially when it comes to the cheese.

Jan 17, 2018

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Coconut Whole Grain Cookies

The recipe for these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Coconut Whole Grain Cookies comes from my (eons ago) days as a young mother trying to add some nutrition to sweet treats. 


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Coconut Whole Grain Cookies #oatmealcookies #chocolatechipcookies

These oatmeal chocolate chip and coconut whole grain cookies are made with 100% whole grains, unsweetened coconut, and walnuts.

Jan 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili | #FootballFoods

Making this Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili is such an easy way to feed a crowd a super tasty meal. I served these with a homemade tortilla strips garnish.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili #chili #slowcooker #foodballfood

I'm usually not a big fan of "dump and run" slow cooker recipes, but this chicken taco chili is the exception. It probably helps that the ingredient list includes two cans of tomatoes with chiles (I used Ro-Tel) along with another can of diced jalapeño chiles.

Tartine-Style Sourdough Rosemary Polenta Bread

This Tartine-style sourdough rosemary polenta bread has a thick crispy crust and a super flavorful crumb. It's loaded with polenta, rosemary, and pumpkin seeds. While I've made a sourdough polenta bread before, this one has much higher percentage of the polenta.

Tartine-Style Sourdough Rosemary Polenta Bread

This Tartine-style sourdough rosemary polenta bread recipe takes the original 75 percent hydration Tartine bread and tosses in a big helping of prepared polenta, along with fresh rosemary and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Jan 14, 2018

Neapolitan Cheesecake

This Neapolitan Cheesecake starts with a chocolate brownie crust, a layer of vanilla cheesecake, and a layer of strawberry whipped cream... and it's topped off with a glorious coating of chocolate ganache.

Neapolitan Cheesecake #cheesecake #neapolitan

This Neapolitan cheesecake reminds me of my childhood. The only dessert my dad ever really wanted was ice cream, and his two favorite flavors were rocky road and neapolitan, which we all called "pink, brown, and white." Neapolitan ice cream had a permanent space in our family freezer.

Jan 9, 2018

Ballpark Pretzels | #BreadBakers

These Ballpark Pretzels, fresh from the oven, will satisfy your craving for the chewy, pull-apart, salty pretzels you can get at a baseball stadium.

Ballpark Pretzels

I predict that, if you have about six people over for game day, and you serve these pretzels fresh from the oven, the pretzels will disappear in about five minutes.

Jan 8, 2018

Gougères: French Cheese Puffs

Gougères are a crispy, cheesy, custardy, and airy French appetizer, often served with kir or a glass of champagne at a cocktail party, before dinner, or at a fête pâtissier.

Gougères: French Cheese Puffs

Gougères are a cheesy appetizer made with a choux pastry, which is a mixture of water, butter, flour, and eggs. They are crispy on the outside and airy on the inside... and so good!

Jan 6, 2018

Ground Flaxseed Bread | Pane di Lino

This ground flaxseed bread captures the nutty flavor of flaxseeds in a light and airy sandwich bread.

Ground Flaxseed Bread | Pane di Lino #bread #flaxbread #panedilino #artisanbread

This flax bread includes about 1/4 cup of milled flaxseeds, as well as a little bit of wheat bran. The flavor of this bread is exceptional, and the texture is light and airy.

Jan 3, 2018

Oatmeal Blueberry Bread | #FoodieExtravaganza

This Oatmeal Blueberry Bread is one of my new favorite breakfast breads.

Oatmeal Blueberry Bread #bread #oatmealbread #blueberries

This oatmeal blueberry bread is also my new favorite bread that incorporates oatmeal. I know I probably say this about every new bread I make, so take my hyperbole with a grain of salt.

Jan 2, 2018

Pimentón Potted Shrimp

This Pimentón Potted Shrimp reminds me of pâté or rillettes. It's very rich, and is so delicious spread on crackers or crostini.

Pimentón Potted Shrimp #shrimp #pate #rillettes #pimenton

This pimentón potted shrimp is really nice to have on hand for cocktail parties, big game days, and any other occasion where you need something to satisfy hungry guests.

Jan 1, 2018

Over 45 Bread Recipes from 2017

I have here for you over 45 bread recipes from 2017.

Over 45 Bread Recipes #bread #breadrecipes #artisanbread

Usually, at the beginning of each New Year, I'll post my top ten favorite bread recipes for the year. This year, I decided to assemble all of my bakes for the year in a single post, kind of like a virtual bread cookbook. I hope you like it!