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.

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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.

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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.