Mar 19, 2019

Triple-Citrus Mousse Cake

This Triple-Citrus Mousse Cake includes the flavors of limes, lemons, and oranges folded into a delicious mixture of mascarpone, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream.



Each of the layers of this triple-citrus mousse cake are flavored with a different citrus flavor, including limoncello, orangecello, and a lime syrup or lime liqueur.

Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

This shrimp and asparagus stir-fry, with a pound of fresh asparagus and seasoned shrimp, is a tasty and quick way to get a nutritious dinner on the table. 



This shrimp and asparagus stir-fry takes just a few minutes to make and the results are so flavorful.

Copycat Oreo Chocolate Creme Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

Copycat BraveTart Oreo Cookies with a Chocolate Creme filling. 


BraveTart Oreo cookies

These copycat Oreo cookies come from the amazing book BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks. This book is filled with carefully crafted recipes to recreate all of your childhood favorites.

Mar 17, 2019

Fried Egg Sandwiches with Homemade Sourdough Buns

Fried egg sandwiches, with ham, cheese, and baby spinach with toasted and buttered homemade sourdough buns. 


Fried Egg Sandwiches with Homemade Sourdough Buns

The buns for these breakfast sandwiches include a cup of sourdough starter, enough to give them a slightly tangy taste. 

Mar 16, 2019

No Knead Ksra (Moroccan Anise and Barley Flatbread)

Ksra  (pronounced Kesra) is a Moroccan flatbread, often flavored with anise, nigella, fennel, or sesame seeds. 



No Knead Ksra (Moroccan Anise and Barley Flatbread)

In this case, this Ksra is flavored with anise seeds, and includes barley flour, which I happened to have on hand. If you don't have barley flour, you can substitute another whole ancient grain such as spelt, kamut, or buckwheat, semolina, or even some rye.

Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wonton Noodle Soup

This Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wonton Noodle Soup is quick and easy to make and so flavorful. 


Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wonton Noodle Soup #wontonsoup

The meatballs contain both shrimp and pork, along with garlic, ginger, scallions, cilantro, jalapeño, and oyster sauce.

Mar 15, 2019

Skillet Charred Cod Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Slaw

These skillet charred cod tacos with roasted pineapple slaw are easy to make and loaded with flavor. 



I love, love, love tacos. Any kind of taco. In fact, ever since I made these Crispy Shrimp Snack Shack tacos (the method is a revelation and you can use any kind of prepared filling), tacos have been on rotation here at least four times a week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mar 14, 2019

Mexican Chicken Pie

This Mexican Chicken Pie, filled with chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn and topped with a cornmeal and cheese crust is spicy and delicious. 


Mexican Chicken Pie #chickenpie #pie #cornmeal #habanero #chiltomate

The cornmeal crust that tops this Mexican chicken pie is super easy to make, plus you can make the dough for the crust in advance and refrigerate it until you are ready to make the pie.

Mar 12, 2019

Cheddar Beer Bread Rolls | #BreadBakers

These Cheddar Beer Bread Rolls are extra cheesy. The dough is filled with lots of sharp cheddar cheese, shaped into rolls, and then the rolls are topped with even more cheese. 

Cheddar beer bread  #rolls #cheesebread #beerbread


These rolls are amazing warm from the oven. They're filled with little pockets of melty cheese and topped with crispy bits of even more cheese.

Mar 11, 2019

Simit - Turkish Sesame "Bagels"

Simit are a delicious Turkish street bread that is twisted and then shaped into a ring similar to a bagel. It's then dipped into a molasses sweetened liquid and encrusted with sesame seeds. 


Simit, Turkish Sesame rings

I've wanted to try making Simit forever! So much bread, so little time!

Mar 9, 2019

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots, an iconic dessert turned into a seriously tasty tiny cocktail. 


Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots #creamsicle

Orange and vanilla are a wonderful flavor combination, especially when it involves vanilla ice cream.

Mar 6, 2019

Dublin Coddle - Irish Bacon, Sausage, and Potato Stew

Dublin Coddle is typically a soup or stew of bacon, sausage, and potatoes, along with leeks and seasonings cooked in stock until the potatoes are tender and all of the flavors come together.


Dublin Coddle, a soup or stew of bacon, sausage, and potatoes #dublincoddle

The flavor of the broth of this Dublin Coddle is pretty amazing. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the smoky flavor of the bacon in this stew.

Feb 27, 2019

The Ultimate Layered Salad

This layered salad with iceberg, baby spinach, bacon, and peas (and lots of other veggies) is a reminder of those potlucks and recipe books put together by church groups, babysitting co-ops, charity groups, and women's clubs. Not necessarily high brow, but definitely tasty.


The Ultimate Layered Salad #salad #layeredsalad

This Ultimate Layered Salad has twelve layers if you count the dressing.

Feb 26, 2019

Cornmeal and Rice Crusted Catfish

This fried catfish is coated with a mixture of cornmeal and ground long grain rice and then pan fried until it is golden and crispy. 


Cornmeal and Rice Crusted Catfish #catfish

This cornmeal and rice crusted catfish is extra crunchy from the rice in the dredge used before frying.

Feb 25, 2019

Whole Wheat, Corn, Cheddar, and Green Chili Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These whole wheat, corn, cheddar, and green chili muffins combine the flavors of corn, cheese, and chilies into a wonderfully savory treat. 


Whole Wheat, Corn, Cheddar, and Green Chili Muffins

I'll never get tired of anything that includes corn, cheese, and chilies.

Feb 24, 2019

Potted Crab

This Potted Crab Recipe is a classic appetizer from the pubs of Ireland and England and it is a great way to showcase such an extravagant ingredient like crab. It's so easy to make, and is wonderful for both picnics and dinner parties. 


Potted Crab

Potted crab comes from the method of "potting" meats and fish to preserve them from the pre-refrigeration days. Now it's a great way to stretch crab a little further as well as make it spreadable.

Feb 20, 2019

Ukrainian Caramel Honey Cake

This Caramel Honey Cake is loaded with chopped pecans and frosted with an amazing Dulce de Leche Buttercream.

Ukrainian Caramel Honey Cake

This Caramel Honey Cake is six layers of honey sponge cake loaded with chopped pecans and almond flour that are brushed with a sweetened condensed milk and cream mixture and then frosted with the amazing buttercream.

Feb 19, 2019

Mint Chocolate French Macarons

These mint chocolate French macarons, elegant little almond cookie shells filled with a mint chocolate ganache, are such huge crowd pleasers. 


mint chocolate French macarons

This month, the Fantastical Food Fight members are sharing recipes with the theme of chocolate mint. I originally attempted making chocolate mint brownies for the theme, but they were a complete fail, so instead I decided to make macarons.

Homemade Circus Animal Cookies | #Creative Cookie Exchange

Homemade circus animal cookies - sugar cookie dough that is faintly spiced with cinnamon, cut into tiny animal shapes, glazed with a powdered sugar icing, and topped with colorful nonpareils.

Homemade Circus Animal Cookies

These animal cracker cookies remind me of the frosted Mother's brand pink and white circus animal cookies that come in the pink and purple bag.

Feb 16, 2019

Pesto and Mozzarella Buns

Pesto and Mozzarella Buns filled with almond basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, and topped with Parmesan cheese. 


Pesto and Mozzarella Buns

The dough for these pesto and cheese buns is from the recipe for the Chelsea bun Christmas tree by Paul Hollywood in the Great British Baking Show introduced to the Bread Baking Babes by My Kitchen in Half Cups. See her post for how to bake along.

Feb 15, 2019

Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup

This Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup is easy to make, and the results are both nutritious and delicious.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup with carrots


This recipe for Chicken Orzo Soup re-creates the flavors of an Italian soup in a slow cooker. And guess what? Even boneless skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and juicy when cooked in a Crock Pot.

Feb 12, 2019

Big Batch Dinner Rolls | #BreadBakers

These Big Batch Dinner Rolls are soft and fluffy, and are perfect for a big family feast.

Big Batch Dinner Rolls

I first made these big batch dinner rolls for a big family dinner. As the family "bread geek," I felt some pressure to come up with fresh dinner rolls.

Feb 11, 2019

English Granary-Style Sandwich Bread

This English Granary-Style Bread is a copycat version of the bread from a flour made by Hovis in England. The flour is a blend of whole wheat and strong white flour and malted wheat flakes, sprouted wheat berries that are dried, and flattened.

English Granary-Style Sandwich Bread

The malted wheat flakes add a slightly sweet, slightly nutty flavor to bread, and can be used just like you would use rolled oats in baked goods.

Multi-Seed and Grain Honey Bread

This multi-seed and grain honey bread is wonderful sliced and buttered straight from the oven.

Multi-seed and grain honey bread

This bread is loaded with sesame seeds, flax seeds, poppy seeds, and sunflower seeds, along with rolled oats, honey, and bread flour. The seeds are both in the bread and on top of the bread.

Feb 10, 2019

Tater Tot Cowboy Casserole

This Tater Tot Cowboy Casserole is a quick and easy comforting one-dish meal. It's so cozy and warming, and every member of your family will love coming home to it after a long day at school or work.

Tater Tot Cowboy Casserole #cowboycasserole #hotdish #tatertots


This Cowboy Casserole will fill you up and warm you on cold days. I'm pretty sure even the pickiest of eaters would love it, as long as you can get them to take "just one bite."

Feb 8, 2019

Braised Cod Peperonata for Two

Braised Cod Peperonata for Two - a fresh Italian-inspired dish with cod simmered in a mixture of fresh red bell peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes and finished with a delicious sherry vinegar.

Braised Cod Peperonata for Two

If you are planning a stay at home date night dinner with your sweetheart, I recommend serving this braised cod peperonata for two.

Feb 6, 2019

Baked Rösti with Spiralized Potatoes and Leeks

This baked rösti with spiralized potatoes and leeks is super crispy and crunchy on the outside and creamy and tender on the inside. 


Baked Rösti with Spiralized Potatoes and Leeks #rosti #roesti #potatoes

What is rösti? 

Rösti (or roesti) is a potato dish made with grated potatoes that are then pressed and fried in a frying pan in a large round. The potatoes can either be grated from raw or parboiled potatoes.

Feb 2, 2019

Potato Lefse - Norwegian Flatbread

Potato lefse is a Norwegian flat bread that is rolled out very thinly, and then baked on a very hot griddle. It looks like a crepe, but tastes like a buttered baked potato. 


Norwegian Potato Lefse

Potato lefse can be served with both sweet or savory fillings, including butter and brown sugar or jam, and they can also be used as a wrap for salads and meats.

Jan 29, 2019

Air Fryer Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings

These Air Fryer Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings are a lighter way to enjoy the flavors of Korean wings. 


Air Fryer Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings

These Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings are marinated in a mixture of garlic, ginger, onion, soy sauce, gochujan, honey, rice vinegar, and the secret ingredient, applesauce!

Pork and Ginger Potstickers

These homemade pork and ginger potstickers are packed with flavor.

Pork and Ginger Potstickers

These potstickers are great for parties because you can assemble and freeze them in advance, and then "steam/fry" them straight from the freezer.

Jan 28, 2019

Triple-Chocolate Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These triple-chocolate muffins get their name because they include chopped bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, and chocolate chips.

Triple Chocolate Muffins

These triple chocolate muffins are loaded with enough chocolate-y flavor to satisfy any cravings.

Jan 27, 2019

White Bread with Poolish

This White Bread with Poolish is one of my favorite artisan loaves to make. I love the open crumb and crunchy crust, and the method for making this bread is pretty foolproof. 


White bread with poolish


The crust of this White Bread with Poolish crackles for a long time after the bread emerges from the oven. I feel compelled to listen to it until it quiets down.

Fennel, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad

Fennel, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad with a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe. 


Fennel, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad

This fennel, pomegranate, and arugula (and other baby greens) salad is both gorgeous and delicious. The salad is super crunchy from the fennel and the celery, and the honey mustard vinaigrette with champagne vinegar is tangy and delicious.

Jan 24, 2019

No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream

No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream is pretty magical. All you need is some whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and some smooth and creamy peanut butter.

No churn peanut butter ice cream made with whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, and smooth and creamy peanut butter. #nochurnicream #icecream #peanutbutter


Drizzle this peanut butter ice cream with some chocolate sauce and garnish it with roasted salted peanuts for a salty sweet treat.

Jan 21, 2019

Game Day Cookies

These Game Day Cookies take all of your favorite game day snacks and incorporate them into a cookie. 

Game Day Cookies with potato chips, pretzels, candy, and bacon #cookies

What are the ingredients in these game day cookies? 

  • There are mini pretzels, which you break up by hand, but not too much. Don't crush them because you want actual pieces of pretzels in these cookies. 

Jan 20, 2019

English Madeira Cake

This English Madeira Cake is moist and lemony. It reminds me of pound cake, only better. 


English Madeira Cake with a lemon glaze and candied lemons on top

This Madeira cake does not include Madeira wine. Instead it is supposed to be served with it at tea time. I'm kind of liking the idea of fortified wine in the afternoon with a little bit of cake.

Extra Cheesy Garlic Bread

This extra cheesy garlic bread is pretty much soul saving. I mean.... look at it!


Extra Cheesy Garlic Bread

As much as I love homemade bread, this time I bought a loaf of crusty French bread for this cheesy garlic bread because seriously, this bread is all about the cheese.

Jan 18, 2019

Cod Chowder with Bacon

This Cod Chowder with Bacon, loaded with Yukon gold potatoes and a bite-sized pieces of cod, will warm you up and fill your tummy on a snowy day. 


Cod Chowder with Bacon, loaded with Yukon gold potatoes and a bite-sized pieces of cod

I live in the Los Angeles area where snow is really rare, as in almost never. However, we have just had a whole week of rain and temperatures in the 50s (also known as "freezing" around here)! This gave everyone a chance to break out cool rain boots, beanies, and pretty wool scarves, and pile our beds with lots of blankets.

Jan 17, 2019

Sheet Pan Baked Cod on Crispy Garlicky Potato Rafts

This sheet pan cod is baked on crispy and garlicky rafts of thinly sliced potatoes and topped with lemon, thyme, and capers. 


Sheet Pan Cod on Crispy Garlicky Potato Rafts

This recipe for the crispy and garlicky potatoes topped with cod is easy to assemble and bake in the oven.

Jan 16, 2019

Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Bread

This sweet potato bread, loaded with lots of deeply caramelized onions, is super moist and flavorful. 


Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Bread

This bread is from the book Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard. It is the bread that she uses for her Elbow Lick Sandwich, which includes smoked corn mayo, pickled red onions, and fresh tomato slices. I can't wait to make the sandwich.

Jan 15, 2019

How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot

This recipe for Crock Pot overnight steel cut oatmeal is so easy, and it makes the smoothest and creamiest oatmeal with no stirring required. Just top them with your favorite fruit, jam, or other toppings.

How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot

What are steel cut oats? 


Steel cut oats are whole oats that are cut into smaller pieces rather than "rolled." They are wonderful for a "stick-to-your-ribs" breakfast that will keep you feeling full for hours. They are also loaded with fiber. The negative is that they take longer to cook than rolled oats, up to an hour.

Jan 14, 2019

Spiralized Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

Spiralized Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese with a tasty and crispy fried onion and sage topping. 


Spiralized Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese with fried onion and sage topping

I fell completely in love with this spiralized sweet potato macaroni and cheese.

Jan 13, 2019

Lightened Up Green Goddess Dip

This lightened up green goddess dip is loaded with tons of fresh green herbs, including basil, chives, tarragon, and parsley. I love the green color.

Lightened Up Green Goddess Dip

This dip is a take on green goddess salad dressing, which was pretty popular in the 1970s (during the hippy crunchy granola days of eating nuts and alfalfa sprouts).

Jan 8, 2019

Steamed Piglet Buns | #BreadBakers

These steamed piglet buns, with a barbecue pork filling, are such a cute surprise emerging from your bamboo steamer basket! 


Steamed Piglet Buns

This was my first time making these little steamed piggy buns, but they were easier to make than I expected. I had a little bit of experience making steamed buns and I made the same dough that I used for these steamed buns.

Jan 6, 2019

Delicata Squash Fries with Chipotle Garlic Dipping Sauce

These Delicata Squash Fries are roasted in a hot oven until tender crisp, and then served with an awesome Chipotle Garlic Dipping Sauce. You won't be able to stop eating them.


Delicata Squash Fries with Chipotle Garlic Dipping Sauce


Have you ever cooked with Delicata squash? I had never tried cooking with it until I made these "fries."

Jan 2, 2019

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Bread

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Bread made with rolled oats and molasses. 

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Bread

This old fashioned oatmeal bread is a lot like Anadama Bread (an old fashioned New England bread) except with oats instead of cornmeal.

Jan 1, 2019

A Year of Stir-Fries - and My Favorite Recipes for 2018

To kick off the New Year, I am sharing my most popular bread recipes, my favorite recipes, as well as my favorite stir-fries. 


A Year of Stir-Fries - and My Favorite Recipes for 2018

Every year, I participate in a group called Wok Wednesdays. 


It is a group of people who virtually get together on Facebook and make the same wok dishes each month. We are currently working our way through Grace Young's book, The Breath of a Wok, after having completed Grace's Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge.