Jul 17, 2019

Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Birthday cake ice cream captures the flavors of a birthday candle topped celebration cake and combines them into a creamy delicious ice cream.


Birthday cake ice cream


The quintessential birthday cake to me is vanilla flavored yellow cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. It's the kind of cake that made you want to lick the batter from the beaters, bowl, and the spoon when you were a kid. Everyone who tasted this ice cream loved it.

Jul 16, 2019

Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce

These cornmeal waffles with blueberry sauce are so crispy, slightly chewy, and completely delicious served with a warm homemade blueberry sauce.

Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce

These cornmeal waffles with blueberry sauce are yeast-risen.  You make and refrigerate the batter the night before baking them. The next morning, all you need to do is heat up your waffle iron.

Jul 15, 2019

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

This Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, made in the slow cooker, is great to make in the summer when fresh blueberries are bountiful. Don't despair if it's not summer. You can also make this with frozen blueberries. 


Blueberry Barbecue Sauce in a jar

This slow cooker blueberry barbecue sauce is savory with a hint of sweetness from the fruit and a little brown sugar. It's easy to make, and excellent both as a simmering sauce and as a finishing sauce.

Jul 14, 2019

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

This chocolate coconut ice cream with macadamia nuts is such a chocolatey, creamy, and crunchy treat.



This chocolate coconut ice cream with macadamia nuts not only contains shredded coconut, it also is made with coconut milk. With the macadamia nuts, it is simply decadent and rich.  It's like an imaginary vacation to Hawaii.

Jul 13, 2019

Blackberry Cobbler | #SummerDessertWeek

Blackberry cobbler is an easy way to make a quick summer dessert when you have a lot of blackberries and don't have the time to make a pie! 


Blackberry Cobbler

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

Instead of a having a pie crust, a cobbler is dotted with a biscuit topping that bakes along with the blackberry filling. It's great for potlucks or impromptu dinner parties. I made this for a last minute Independence Day dinner and it was a big hit.

Jul 11, 2019

Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes | #SummerDessertWeek

These little mini raspberry cheesecakes are a great way to enjoy cheesecake "on the go." They are all filling with no crust, and are perfect for freezing too.


mini raspberry cheesecakes

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

These mini raspberry cheesecakes are all filling and no crust, so making them is easy and a little faster than a full-sized cheesecake. If you still crave a crust, just drop a vanilla wafer in the bottom of the cupcake liner, and pour the batter over the cookie.

Jul 9, 2019

Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts) | #BreadBakers

These jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) are made with a lemony scented dough and filled with sweet plum jam. These two-bite jelly doughnuts are a traditional Hanukkah treat, but you'll want them all year long. 


Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts)

These little round jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) are little bites of sweetness. They are evidently a popular treat in Israel during Hanukkah.

Jul 8, 2019

Blackberry Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote | #SummerDessertWeek

This Blackberry Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote is so creamy and rich, and it takes advantage of all of the goodness of my favorite summer berry, the blackberry.


Blackberry Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote

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

This blackberry cheesecake, with a sugar cookie crust and a blackberry compote, captures the flavors of your favorite summer berry in a rich and decadent dessert. While I made this cheesecake with blackberries, you could substitute strawberries, raspberries, or a combination of all three berries.

Cocada de Forno - Brazilian Baked Coconut

Cocada de Forno, Baked Coconut, is a traditional sweet Brazilian dessert made with shredded coconut.

Cocada de Forno - Brazilian Baked Coconut #coconut #cocadadeforno #bakedcoconut

Baked coconut, or Cocada de Forno, is an easy dessert to make, and it's so delicious. You can make the batter in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. The flavor reminds me of coconut macaroons (the kind with two O's).

Jul 7, 2019

Sourdough Sandwich Rolls

These pull-apart sourdough sandwich rolls, with a thin crust on the outside and soft and fluffy crumb, are wonderful for sandwiches and even dinner rolls. 


pull-apart sourdough sandwich rolls

These sourdough sandwich rolls are wonderful filled with your favorite sandwich fillings, from deli meats and cheeses, chicken or tuna salad, hot pastrami or beef dip, and even peanut butter and jam.

Jul 3, 2019

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime

This watermelon salad with mint and lime is such a refreshing summer salad. 


Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime in a bowl

This watermelon salad with mint and lime juice is so juicy and fresh. It is the perfect salad for picnics, barbecues, and tapas parties.

Jul 1, 2019

Jalapeño Pickled Eggs

These jalapeño pickled eggs are a delicious and spicy riff on the classic bar food. 


Jalapeño pickled eggs in a jar

I can't believe I had never tasted pickled eggs until I made these jalapeño pickled eggs. I have made tea eggs and soy eggs, and have been branching out by making pickled carrots and onions, so I finally felt a little more brave about making pickled eggs.

Jun 30, 2019

LA-Style Danger Dogs

L.A. Style Danger Dogs - bacon-wrapped grilled hot dogs topped with mustard, ketchup, mayo, grilled onions and peppers, fresh pico de gallo, and often topped with a grilled jalapeño pepper. 


LA Style Danger Dogs #hotdogs #mexicanhotdogs #sonorahotdogs

Los Angeles Danger Dogs are wrapped in bacon, and grilled on a baking sheet on top of a metal shopping cart with a can of Sterno to heat the baking sheet.

Jun 25, 2019

Aloo Paratha (Indian Spicy Potato Bread) Recipe

Aloo Paratha is a flaky Indian flatbread (paratha) stuffed with spicy potatoes (aloo). It's a wonderful breakfast bread that you can buy at roadside stands and eateries along northern Indian highways. 


Aloo Paratha (Indian Spicy Potato Bread) Recipe with yogurt

Aloo paratha are also made in Indian households as part of a hearty Punjabi-style breakfast.

Jun 24, 2019

Lemon Poppyseed Ricotta Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Lemon Poppyseed Ricotta Muffins are so rich and moist, and have a bright lemony flavor. The ricotta adds such a fluffy moistness to the muffins. 


Lemon Poppyseed Ricotta Muffins on a plate. These muffins are so moist, tangy, sweet, and fluffy.

There are lots of recipes for Lemon poppyseed muffins. What makes this recipe different is that these are also filled with ricotta cheese, giving them a tangy yet sweet flavor, and a creamy texture.

Jun 21, 2019

Shrimp Rémoulade

Shrimp Rémoulade, poached shrimp tossed in a spicy and creamy sauce, is a favorite Louisiana appetizer, especially for holidays.

Shrimp Rémoulade

What is Rémoulade Sauce? 

Rémoulade sauce is typically a spicy mixture of mayonnaise, mustard, paprika, Cajun seasonings, horseradish, garlic, some pickle or pickle juice, and bits of chopped vegetables such as peppers, onions, or shallots. It is fabulous for Po' Boy sandwiches, and fantastic for dipping fried pickle chips or fried green tomatoes.

Jun 20, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake

This Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake is so moist and delicious. Everyone loves the combination of blueberries and lemons, and the ricotta helps make the cake extra tender. It's perfect for serving with tea or coffee. 


Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake

I love baking with ricotta cheese. It makes everything so soft and tender. Add it to cookies and you end up with little mini cakes. It's also wonderful in bundt cake recipes.

Jun 19, 2019

The Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is a controversial member of the martini family. For some, it is actually desecration of the purity of the gin martini. 

The Dirty Martini

Some folks like their martinis with a twist of lemon. Some folks like their martinis with olives. Then there's the Gibson martini, which is garnished with pickled onions. I usually order mine with olives. 

Jun 18, 2019

No-Knead Sourdough Bread

This no-knead sourdough bread, with its airy yet substantial crumb and  chewy crust, will become your new favorite loaf.

No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Making this sourdough loaf takes a little bit of time but very little effort. You'll be rewarded with an amazing rustic loaf of sourdough bread.

Jun 16, 2019

Red White and Blue Burgers

These Red White and Blue Burgers are piled high with everything you would want on a traditional backyard barbecue burger. 


Red White and Blue Burgers

These Red White and Blue Burgers are actually slider-sized burgers, mostly because I found these cute little sesame seed burger buns at Trader Joe's. I already had a pound of ground beef, and the package of buns had 8 cute little sesame seed buns, so it was meant to be.

Jun 15, 2019

Sopa de Queso - Cheese Soup with Chiles and Potato

This Sopa de Queso is a tasty brothy soup with roasted poblano chiles, potatoes, tomatoes, and cheese.


Sopa de Queso

Sopa de queso (or caldo de queso) in Mexico is often made with fresh cheese such as queso fresco or Chihuahua cheese, because they both easily melt with the heat of the broth.

Jun 13, 2019

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes are filled with crushed Oreos, cream filling and all, and topped with whipped vanilla frosting and a cute little mini Oreo. 


Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Your friends will think that you've gone all Martha on them when you present these cupcakes. You will be the most popular girl (or guy) at the party.

Jun 11, 2019

Cheddar Bacon Chive Quick Bread | #BreadBakers

This cheddar bacon chive quick bread will have you doing back flips over its cheesy bacon-y goodness.


Cheddar Bacon Chive Quick Bread

This Cheddar Bacon Chive Quick Bread is loaded with lots of chopped bacon, a cup of cheddar cheese, and a big handful of chopped chives.

Jun 10, 2019

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

These Strawberry Shortcake Cookies take the flavors of your favorite summer dessert and combine them into a delicious cookie.


Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

The strawberries in these cookies are totally fresh. The cookies themselves are like tender little cakes combined with a buttery dough that's mixed into heavy cream.

Jun 9, 2019

The Hemingway Daiquiri Martini

The Hemingway Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail that is also known as the Papa Doble (when doubled) or the Hemingway Classic. 


The Hemingway Daiquiri Martini

Evidently, Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time drinking in Cuba (as well as in bars in Paris and across the world). One of the legends of the Hemingway Daiquiri is that Ernest Hemingway used to drink several of these at a time. He'd often order doubles, which became known as the aforementioned Papa Doble. 

Jun 5, 2019

Patatas Bravas with Tomato Aioli

Patatas Bravas, crispy potatoes with a spicy smoky roasted tomato sauce, are one of the most popular bar snacks in Spain. 


Patatas Bravas with Tomato Aioli

I loved the crispy crunchy "crust" and creamy inside of these papas bravas, and they were so incredibly delicious dipped in this roasted tomato aioli sauce.

Jun 2, 2019

Individual Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe for individual baked macaroni and cheese is my "go-to" all time favorite for easy family friendly mac and cheese.


Individual Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Normally, I've baked this mac and cheese in a casserole, but I decided to experiment and bake the mac and cheese in ramekins. There's something extra fun about individually sized dishes. Plus, there's built in portion control.

May 29, 2019

Bánh Mi Burger

Inspired by Vietnamese bánh mi sandwiches, this Bánh Mi Burger is loaded with pickled carrots, pickled radishes, cucumbers, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and spicy sriracha mayonnaise (and a sprinkling of Maggi seasoning sauce). 


Banh mi burger

May is National Burger Month! This post is part of an awesome burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore.

May 28, 2019

Shrimp and Pork Belly Fried Rice with Peas

This shrimp and pork belly fried rice with peas is so delicious, you might just jump up and down with happiness when you take your first taste. 



The combination of the shrimp and pork belly in this fried rice dish is a spin on Chinese sausage fried rice, but with pork belly instead of Chinese sausage, and with added shrimp and peas. This fried rice is so good. I keep saying pork and shrimp should get married.

May 27, 2019

No Knead Bread

Making no knead bread is a relatively easy way to achieve a crusty loaf. All you need is flour, water, salt, yeast... and time. 


No Knead Bread

One of my favorite ways to blow off steam is to bake bread. In fact, a few weekends ago, after a long five weeks of creating an on line class in the evenings for my teaching job, I cranked out three bread recipes over the two days, and it didn't feel like work at all.

Sourdough Tomato and Basil Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These sourdough tomato and basil mini muffins are wonderful as an appetizer or savory tea time treat. They are also flavored with Parmesan cheese and garlic. These muffins are a great way to use your sourdough discard.


Sourdough Tomato and Basil Muffins

These muffins remind me of the flavors of pane bianco, which is an Italian white bread filled with sun dried tomatoes, basil, cheese, and garlic.

May 24, 2019

Lime Curd Frozen Custard

This Lime Curd Frozen Custard is tangy and refreshing. You will love its extra creaminess and richness. 

Lime Curd Frozen Custard

This Key Lime Curd Frozen Custard begins with homemade curd. You can make it with lemons or limes. You can also make this frozen custard with store bought curd if you are in a hurry.

May 23, 2019

Grilled Chicken Wings with Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce and Blue Cheese

These Grilled Chicken Wings with Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce and Blue Cheese are crispy and spicy, and just about the tastiest wings ever. 



Grilled Chicken Wings with Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce and Blue Cheese

You can make these wings either on the grill or in broiler so you can enjoy them during grilling season as well as during football season.

May 22, 2019

Traditional Kaiser Rolls

These Kaiser Rolls are wonderful for grilled burgers and smoked beef brisket sandwiches. They have a thin crackly crust and a soft, light, flavorful crumb.


Kaiser Rolls

While I have another Kaiser roll recipe on this blog, I've always wanted to conquer the authentic "non-cheater" method of shaping these rolls.

May 20, 2019

Kladdkaka - Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake

This Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake is gooey and almost brownie-like, with a rich chocolate flavor. 



Kladdkaka - Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake

Evidently Kladdkaka (which means sticky cake in Swedish) is relatively new to Sweden. According to The Swedish Baking Book, it was introduced in the 1970's and now is super popular throughout the country.

May 19, 2019

Crispy Baked Chicken Taquitos

These crispy chicken taquitos are stuffed with a mixture of shredded rotisserie chicken, ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese, and green chilis and then baked until crispy and ready for dipping. 


Baked chicken taquitos

I have always loved taquitos, but I've never made them at home because they typically require deep frying.

May 18, 2019

Pressure Cooker Beef and Beer Soup

This Pressure Cooker Beef and Beer Soup is peppery, tangy, and both sweet and sour.

Pressure Cooker Beef and Beer Soup

I made this Peppery Beef, Potato, and Beer Soup in my Instant Pot, but you can also make this soup with a stove top pressure cooker. Just reduce the cooking time by about 25 percent.

May 17, 2019

Cod in Lettuce Leaves with Shallot, Lemon, and Dill Sauce

This Cod in Lettuce Leaves with Shallot, Lemon, and Dill Sauce is sprinkled with lots of dill and then wrapped in Bibb lettuce and steamed with mint infused water.


This steamed cod in lettuce leaves takes only 30 minutes to make and is so delicious. The lemony and buttery dill and shallot sauce is amazing too.

May 16, 2019

Multigrain Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This multigrain sourdough sandwich bread is a great way to use your sourdough starter to make a soft pan bread perfect for slicing and making toast and sandwiches. 

Multigrain Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Did you know you can make soft sandwich bread with a sourdough starter? In fact, any bread recipe can be converted to sourdough. All it takes is a little math and a little time.

May 15, 2019

The Frisco Burger

The Frisco Burger is a cheeseburger sandwiched between two toasted Parmesan sourdough slices and topped with an extra tangy doctored up 1000 Island dressing (Frisco sauce) filled with sweet pickle relish.

The Frisco Burger

What distinguishes a Frisco burger is that, instead of a bun, the burger sits between two slices of grilled sourdough bread. In addition, the burger sports two kinds of cheese and a delicious "Frisco sauce," which is comprised of 1000 Island dressing, French dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and an extra dollop of sweet pickle relish.

May 14, 2019

Apricot Orange Danish Pastry | #BreadBakers

These Apricot Orange Danish Pastries are exactly what you might imagine a Danish pastry should be. They are super flaky with just the right amount of sweetness, and are filled with an intensely flavored apricot and orange jam in the center. Then they are topped with two glazes! 


Apricot Orange Danish Pastry

You can make these apricot and orange Danish pastries! I promise! While they look like they might be difficult, they are actually pretty easy to make. They just take a little time and patience.

May 13, 2019

Creamsicle Cupcakes

These Mini Creamsicle Cupcakes remind me of the flavors of the frozen treats I used to buy from an ice cream truck. 


Creamsicle Mini Cupcakes

These Mini Creamsicle Cupcakes are flavored with orange and vanilla, just like Creamsicles (or Orange Julius).

May 10, 2019

Roasted Corn and Zucchini Salad | #SummerGrilling

This Roasted Corn, Zucchini, and Jalapeño Salad is fresh and light. It's tossed with a dressing of lime juice and olive oil, and is wonderful as a salad or a salsa. 


Roasted Corn and Zucchini Salad

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Farmer's Pantry, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #CornbreadCrisps #SummerGrilling. 

May 8, 2019

Orange Pomegranate Sangria | #SummerGrilling

Serve this wonderfully refreshing orange pomegranate sangria at your next backyard barbecue. 


Orange Pomegranate Sangria #sangria

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani and Joy Jolt, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #JoyJolt #ToraniFlavor #SummerGrilling. 

May 6, 2019

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce | #SummerGrilling

Making grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce is a wonderful way to kick off grilling season. 


Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beach, BBQ Guys, and The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. All this week we will be sharing amazing summer grilling recipes, and our readers have a chance to win some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors.  You're not going to want to miss a single day! #ad #SummerGrilling. After the recipe, be sure to check out all of the prizes and enter to win.

May 5, 2019

Creamy Spinach Dip

This Creamy Spinach Dip is easy to make and you only need five ingredients to pull it together (plus a little salt and pepper). 


Creamy Spinach Dip

Pick up a bag of baby spinach, some garlic and herb spread (I used Boursin), a shallot, and some half and half, and you'll have everything you need to make this tasty dip.

May 3, 2019

Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

These Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos are succulent, spicy, and so darn good!



Guajillo-Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos


These short rib tacos are so beefy and drippy with the guajillo based sauce. If you are not careful, your hands, arms, and probably your clothes will show evidence that you enjoyed these tacos.

May 2, 2019

Austrian Potato Salad

This Austrian-style potato salad is tangy, herby, and filled with amazing flavor and crunch.



Austrian Potato Salad

This Austrian-style potato salad begins with potatoes that are simmered in chicken broth and then tossed in a dressing of mustard, oil, and vinegar... no mayonnaise involved.

May 1, 2019

Bacon and Gruyère Egg Bites (Copycat)

These Bacon and Gruyère Egg Bites are a copycat version of the sous vide egg bites you get at Starbucks.


Bacon and Gruyère Egg Bites


If you are a fan of the sous vide egg bites from Starbucks, but you don't have a sous vide machine or the equipment to wrap up the eggs in those perfectly formed plastic pouches, you can still make them at home.

Mini Spinach Frittatas

These Mini Spinach Frittatas are tiny little treats that you can serve as appetizers or at tea time.


I received product from The Republic of Tea for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Mini Spinach Frittatas

These mini spinach frittatas are loaded with ricotta cheese, Parmesan, and mushrooms. They are held together with eggs and sit on a tiny round of pepperoni.