Nov 15, 2019

Portuguese Fish Stew (Caldeirada de Peixe)

This Portuguese Fish Stew is a light yet comforting meal. Called Caldeirada de Peixe in Portugal, it's easy to make, and the recipe is very flexible.


Portuguese Fish Stew (Caldeirada de Peixe)




Caldeirada de peixe is typically made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, red peppers, stock or water, white wine, and a mixture of whitefish and shellfish. Like Brazilian moqueca, it includes a mixture of white fish and shellfish, but it's less spicy and there is no coconut milk.

Nov 14, 2019

Melody Cookies (copycat)

These Melody cookies are crispy and cocoa-flavored, and perfect for dunking into coffee, tea, or a glass of milk.

I'm sharing this post and recipe for Christmas Cookies Week! I was sent samples from the sponsors of our giveaway but opinions are 100% mine.


Melody Cookies (copycat)



While I don't remember them, according to Dorie Greenspan in her book, Dorie's Cookies (affiliate link), Nabisco made these cookies until sometime in the 1970s, when they discontinued producing them.

Nov 13, 2019

Pecan Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies

These pecan butterscotch shortbread cookies, loaded with chopped toasted pecans, chopped milk chocolate, brown sugar, and butter, plus a secret ingredient, are soft and tender.

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



Pecan Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies



These pecan shortbread cookies will call your name from the cookie tin, enticing you back for "just one more."

Nov 12, 2019

Roti (Indian Flat Bread) | #BreadBakers

Roti is an unleavened Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour (atta) and baked on a hot skilled.


Roti (Indian Flat Bread)



Roti (also known as Chapatis) is rolled out thinner than naan, but is still sturdier than parathas. It's similar to whole wheat tortillas, but just slightly thicker. It's the perfect vehicle for eating stews and curries. Tear off a piece, stuff it with the curry, and enjoy.

Nov 11, 2019

Speculoos (Belgian Spice Cookies)

You will love these speculoos, spicy and crispy Belgian spice cookies.

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

Speculoos (Belgian Spice Cookies)


These cookies are flavored with cinnamon, coriander, allspice, cloves, and brown sugar. They are a lot like Biscoff cookies, but lighter and crispier.

Blueberry Mini Pies

These blueberry mini pies are the perfect little dessert for a holiday buffet.


Blueberry Mini Pies



Aren't they cute?

These blueberry mini pies are a little rustic looking, because the blueberry filling bubbles up while baking, but that just adds to their charm, right?

Nov 10, 2019

Breakfast Nachos

These breakfast nachos are loaded with hash browns, sausage, two kinds of cheese, jalapeños, and topped with fried eggs. 



Breakfast nachos with hash browns and eggs



These nachos are wonderful for a weekend breakfast, and if you need it, the perfect hangover cure.

Nov 8, 2019

Cranberry Buckle

Serve this cranberry buckle with a crumb topping at your next holiday brunch! 



Cranberry Buckle



This cranberry buckle also has a hint of candied ginger in the dough. It's a little surprise in each bite. It's really tasty with a cup of coffee or tea, and it's a pretty special pot luck cake.

This buckle is also a wonderful dessert. The tart cranberries add such a bright and tart dimension to the cake, with just enough moisture, but not so much that they make the cake soggy the way stone fruits might. They are very similar to blueberries in texture, shape, and weight.

Nov 6, 2019

Chorizo Nachos

You will want to make these chorizo nachos the next time you have a few friends over for game day.



Chorizo Nachos



These chorizo nachos begin with restaurant-style corn chips that are drizzled with melty Jack cheese sauce, topped with spicy chorizo, and a sprinkling of cilantro and chives.

Nov 5, 2019

Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken Wings and The Jubilee Cookbook Review

These honey-soy glazed chicken wings are infused with a savory-sweet marinade of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, dark brown sugar, and just a hint of minced Scotch bonnet pepper.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Jubilee Recipes Cookbook in exchange for my honest review. 

Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken Wings and The Jubilee Cookbook Review



These honey-soy glazed chicken wings are from the wonderful new cookbook, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin.

Nov 4, 2019

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Check out these cranberry glazed meatballs in a sweet and spicy sauce! Don't you think they'd make a delicious holiday appetizer? 


Check out these cranberry glazed meatballs in a sweet and spicy sauce!



The sauce for these meatballs is so tangy and bright. I'm pretty sure these will be the first appetizer to disappear at your holiday party.

Nov 3, 2019

Homemade Salted Caramels

I am very excited about these homemade salted caramels. They are just as delicious as the caramels you'll find in a gourmet candy shop. They are so unbelievably tasty!

homemade salted caramels



I've been totally intimidated about making candy. For example, what the heck is "hard ball stage?" How is it different than "soft crack stage?" How do these caramels end up chewy while this pecan brittle ends up crunchy?

Nov 1, 2019

Orange Cranberry Sauce

This Orange Cranberry Sauce is such an easy-to-make holiday side dish.


Orange Cranberry Sauce



This year, skip the canned cranberries. It's so easy to make cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries. Plus, you can add flavors to the cranberry sauce, such as port wine and spices.

Oct 30, 2019

Par-Baked Dinner Rolls

These par-baked dinner rolls are perfect for the holidays. Once you pull the turkey out of the oven and tent it to rest, slide these par-baked rolls into the hot oven to brown for just 15 minutes.


Par-Baked Dinner Rolls



These dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy. They are moist and delicious and stay fresh for at least three days, which makes them perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftover sandwiches.

Oct 29, 2019

The Sugar Plum Cocktail

This Sugar Plum Cocktail with gin, grapefruit juice, and a pomegranate reduction is perfect for all of your upcoming holiday festivities.



I first tried this cocktail at the Long Beach airport. It's a fabulous airport, The restaurants in the airport are all little outposts of some of the signature restaurants in Long Beach, and the food and cocktail offerings are really nice.

Strawberry Danish Pastries

These Strawberry Danish have just emerged from the oven. They've been brushed with a hot glaze, and then drizzled with a fondant glaze. It's 10 pm and I just ate one. It's all I can do to not to eat the rest.

Strawberry Danish Pastries



These Danish rolls are made with a croissant dough shaped into coils, filled with freshly made strawberry jam, and drizzled with a hot glaze. You can also shape the dough into pinwheels and little braids. It is so flaky, buttery, and amazing.

Oct 28, 2019

Individual Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Muffins are an easy to make portable breakfast. Just crack an egg over crispy tater tots in a muffin tin, add some cheese, bacon, sliced cherry tomatoes, and some spinach, and bake.


Individual Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Muffins



These breakfast casserole muffins take baked eggs to a whole new level.

Oct 27, 2019

Make Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy. 




These make ahead buttermilk dinner rolls are so soft and fluffy.

What is wonderful about these buttermilk dinner rolls, besides the fact that they are delicious, is that you can make the dough in advance, assemble the rolls, and then let them sit in the refrigerator up to 24 hours in advance of baking them.

Oct 26, 2019

Frito Pie Chili

Frito Pie Chili, old-fashioned ground beef chili with beans topped with lots of Fritos, melty cheese, and a sprinkling of diced onions. 


Frito Pie Chili


It's been a long time since I've had one of my favorite comfort foods, Frito Pie Chili. It's a combination of old-fashioned thick chili with beans topped with a handful of Fritos, cheddar cheese, and diced red onions.

Oct 22, 2019

Pecan Brittle

This pecan brittle is delicious and nostalgic. The toasted pecans combined with the caramelized sugar create such a delicious treat.

Pecan Brittle


Making brittle takes me back to the days of experimenting with candy making when I was in high school. I wasn't much into cooking, but for some reason, the magic of candy making and all of the stages intrigued me.

Oct 20, 2019

Chocolate Mint Mousse Cake

This chocolate mint mousse cake is definitely a showstopper.

Chocolate Mint Mousse Cake


This chocolate mint mousse cake begins with a chocolate cake layer, which you split in half, and top with a chocolate mint mousse and finish with a minty green white chocolate mousse.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow cooker turkey chili is creamy and warming, perfect to take off the chill as fall and the football season begins. 


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


This chili is super creamy and spicy. It gets its creaminess from refried beans. Who knew using refried beans as a thickener would be so tasty? This chili also makes terrific leftovers.

Oct 19, 2019

Moroccan Lamb, Chickpea, and Lentil Soup (Harira)

This Moroccan lamb, chickpea, and lentil soup, also known as harira, is hearty, filling, and delicious. 


Moroccan Lamb, Chickpea, and Lentil Soup (Harira)


There are many variations of harira soup, including vegetarian and with pasta, but most versions include tomatoes chickpeas, and lentils, along with a combination of spices such as cumin, turmeric, paprika, and cinnamon.

Oct 18, 2019

Poached Cod Cantonese-Style with Chiles

This Cantonese-Style Poached Cod is gently simmered in a green onion and gingery liquid so that the flavor of the mild fish can shine through. 





The poached cod is then topped with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and cilantro right before serving.

Oct 17, 2019

Freaky Fruit Cocktails | #FreakyFruitFridays

Today's recipes are for three tropical fruit cocktails, a Freaky Green Cocktail, a Spicy Rambutan Cocktail, and Passion Fruit Margarita.

I received product samples from Melissa's Produce to aid in the creation of #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Freaky fruit cocktails


For the three Freaky cocktails, I used Kiwano melons for the Freaky Green Cocktail, rambutans for the Spicy Rambutan Cocktail, and passion fruit for the Passion Fruit Margarita.

Oct 16, 2019

Chocolate Pecan Butter Cups | #Choctoberfest

These chocolate pecan butter cups take the peanut butter cup concept to a whole new level. 



I received chocolate from Divine Chocolate, one of our sponsors, but all opinions are my own. 


Chocolate Pecan Butter Cups


With just four ingredients, these mini semi-sweet chocolate pecan butter cups are so decadent and delicious. They are made with a sweet and salty toasted homemade pecan butter nestled in a premium semi-sweet chocolate coating.

Oct 15, 2019

Pumpkin Overnight Oats with Flax Seeds and Ginger

Pumpkin Ginger Overnight Oats, with flax seeds and maple syrup, are just about the easiest nutritious and portable breakfast you can make. 


Pumpkin Ginger Overnight Oats, with flax seeds and maple syrup, are just about the easiest nutritious and portable breakfast you can make.


Mix the ingredients for these pumpkin overnight oats with flax seeds, crystalized ginger, and maple syrup in a jar, and place them in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning you will have a filling and nutritious grab-and-go breakfast.

Oct 14, 2019

Homemade Thin Mints | #Choctoberfest

These Copycat Homemade Thin Mints are perfect when it's not Girl Scout cookie season and you didn't buy and freeze enough.

I received sugar from Imperial Sugar, one of our sponsors, but all opinions are my own. 





In fact, don't tell the Girl Scouts, but these homemade Thin Mints might just be a teeny tiny bit better. For one thing, the chocolate coating is thicker and the cookies are bigger.

Oct 13, 2019

Double Chocolate Baked Donuts | Welcome to #Choctoberfest

For a lighter version of cake donuts, try these Double Chocolate Baked Donuts! These donuts are so easy to make, and you don't have to deep fry them. Just bake them in your donut pan.

Double Chocolate Baked Donuts


The batter for these baked donuts is so easy to put together. Once you've mixed it, you just pipe it into a donut pan and bake the donuts. They take just about 12 minutes to bake!

Nan e Barbari | Persian Flatbread

This Nan e Barbari is a delicious leavened flatbread that is coated in seeds and baked on a heated stone in your oven to replicate one of Persia's favorite breads. 


This Nan e Barbari is a delicious leavened flatbread that is coated in seeds and baked on a heated stone your oven to replicate one of Persia's favorite breads.


Nan e Barbari is a Persian flatbread that is traditionally served at breakfast in Iran with a soft spread such as goat cheese. It is made from a very high hydration dough, but is fairly easy to work with, mostly because it is a leavened flatbread.

Oct 12, 2019

Monster Cake Pops | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These monster cake pops are a huge hit with kids. Between the dark chocolate and frosting filling and the crazy eyeballs, these cute little monsters are hard to resist. 

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


Monster Cake Pops with marshmallow dia de los Muertos


These Monster Cake Pops are a totally fun treat for Halloween. They take a little time to make, but they will bring big smiles to everyone's faces.

Oct 10, 2019

Chayote with Roasted Tomatoes and Chiles | #FreakyFruitsFriday

Chayote with roasted tomatoes and chiles is a wonderful and easy vegetarian side dish. 


I received product samples from Melissa's Produce to aid in the creation of #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes. All opinions are mine. 






This dish with chayote, roasted tomatoes, and chiles is wonderful as a veggie side dish. It has a delicious hint of smokiness and is totally flavorful.

Oct 9, 2019

Halloween Pretzel Owls | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Halloween Pretzel Owls are such a fun sweet and salty treat!


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


Halloween Pretzel Owls


These chocolate covered pretzel owls are a fun project to make with kids, especially around Halloween. All you need are five ingredients: some mini pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate candy melts or compound chocolate, mini chocolate chips, and candy eyeballs!

Oct 8, 2019

White Rye Sandwich Buns | #BreadBakers

These white rye sandwich buns are light and fluffy, and have a faint rye flavor. 


These white rye sandwich buns are light and fluffy, and have a faint rye flavor.


These white rye buns are great for deli-style sandwiches and burgers. They can also be shaped into rounds for delicious dinner rolls.

Oct 7, 2019

Halloween Stuffed Chocolate Whoopie Pies | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These Chocolate Whoopie Pies with buttercream filling are like little inside out cupcakes... cake on the outside and frosting in the middle!



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

chocolate whoopie pies


These delicious and chocolatey Halloween Stuffed Chocolate Whoopie Pies also have a little surprise in the middle, a heaping teaspoonful of chocolate syrup ready to ooze out of the little cakes.

Oct 4, 2019

Old School Hard Shell Tacos

These old school hard shell tacos will bring back memories of the tacos from the days when you craved a taco after a late night out. They are ridiculously delicious too.



Old School Hard Shell Tacos


These amazing hard shell tacos are a cross between the Americanized hard shell tacos where meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese are stuffed into a pre-cooked taco shell, and tacos dorados (golden tacos), which are essentially like taquitos, or rolled and deep fried tacos.

Dragon Fruit Waldorf Salad | #FreakyFruitsFriday

This dragon fruit Waldorf Salad with apples, grapes, cilantro, and cashews, served on a bed of Bibb lettuce, is fresh, light, and delicious. 


I received product samples from Melissa's Produce to aid in the creation of #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Dragon Fruit Waldorf Salad


The take on a Waldorf salad includes dragon fruit (also known as the pitaya), the exotic looking bright magenta fruit with a white flesh speckled with tiny edible black seeds. It can also come in other colors, both inside and outside, but the magenta outside and white inside dragon fruit is most common.

Oct 3, 2019

Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic

This Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic, a bread made with mashed potatoes, is soft and fragrant, and completely irresistible. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of #FallFlavors recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic


This potato rosemary bread is exceptionally soft, light, and moist. It's amazing sliced and buttered. I know it's a hardship, but be sure to wait until the bread has cooled before slicing. 

Oct 2, 2019

Pork Tenderloin with Bacon, Apple, and Gruyère

This Pork Tenderloin Roulade is stuffed with Bacon, Apple, and Gruyère Cheese. 


Pork Tenderloin with Bacon, Apple, and Gruyère


This pork tenderloin roulade is stuffed with bacon, apples, cheese, thyme, and shallots. The apples adds a sweetness to the meat and the bacon adds a bacon-y saltiness. The Gruyère cheese binds the stuffing together.

Oct 1, 2019

Baby Greens Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

You will love this Baby Greens Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese, and Pecans. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of #FallFlavors recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Baby Greens Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese, and Pecans


This baby greens salad with pomegranate, blue cheese, and pecans is refreshing and light, and showcases the fall flavors of pecans and pomegranate. It's similar in looks to this fennel, pomegranate, and arugula salad, but with an entirely different flavor.

Sep 30, 2019

Coffee Granita

This coffee granita, with strong coffee, sugar, vanilla, and a bit of coffee liqueur is such an elegant dinner party dessert. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of #FallFlavors recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Coffee Granita Recipe

This coffee granita is a light and easy make-ahead dessert. All you need is a few cups of strong brewed coffee and a little time.

Oatmeal Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These oatmeal muffins are loaded with lots of toasted oats and are finished with a crunchy oat, pecan, and brown sugar topping.

Oatmeal Muffins


These oatmeal muffins need a better name than "oatmeal muffins." They are so much more.

Sep 29, 2019

Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Wings

These slow cooker Asian Glazed Wings are "fall off the bone" tender and delicious.

Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Wings


These slow cooker Asian glazed wings made me a rock star in the eyes of my grandkids. The first time I made them, five years ago, The boys devoured them.

Sep 28, 2019

Pain au Romarin | Sourdough Rosemary Bread

This Pain au Romarin, or Rosemary bread, is one of my favorite sourdough breads. It has a pleasantly faint sourdough flavor, and has a chewy and crunchy crust. It's probably one of my favorite go-to sourdough recipes. 

This Pain au Romarin, or Rosemary bread, is one of my favorite sourdough breads.


The recipe for this sourdough rosemary bread is pretty flexible. Once you have shaped your loaves, you can bake the bread the same day, or let the loaves slowly rise for up to 18 hours in the refrigerator prior to baking. The levain (starter) can also be refrigerated a day or two after it has been mixed and allowed to ferment.

Sep 26, 2019

Pumpkin Pancakes | #PumpkinWeek

Now that fall is here, make these pumpkin pancakes as a special treat for breakfast. Your family will love them. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Pumpkin Pancakes


These pumpkin pancakes are spiced with cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, just like pumpkin pie! They are delicious, and a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin puree you have on hand. I halved this recipe and made these pancakes with some pumpkin puree leftover from making Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.

Sep 25, 2019

Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream | #PumpkinWeek

This Pumpkin cookies and cream ice cream is creamy, custardy, and it's loaded with crushed Oreo cookies. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


I've been on an ice cream kick lately. I love combining my favorite flavors and mix-ins into ice cream. I could pretty much eat ice cream for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Sep 24, 2019

New Haven Style Clam Pizza

This New Haven Style Clam Pizza, also known as White Clam Pizza, with a Neapolitan style crust, cheeses, and clams, is reminiscent if the one invented by Pepe's Pizzeria in Connecticut.

New Haven Style Clam Pizza


New Haven Style Clam Pizza is simply a delicious Neapolitan-style pizza topped with cheese, clams, and herby olive oil, and cooked in a wood fired oven.

Sep 23, 2019

Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes | #PumpkinWeek

These little spiced pumpkin and apple mini bundt cakes with a cinnamon sugar icing are sweet, light, and moist, and they are topped with a dusting of amazing crushed pumpkin seed brittle. 


I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes


These little pumpkin bundt cakes are filled with grated apples, and are spiced with brown sugar and cinnamon. They are the epitome of fall dessert flavors.

Sep 22, 2019

Kalamata Olive and Oregano Mini Loaves

These savory little Kalamata Olive and Oregano Mini Loaves are perfect for an afternoon tea table.


Kalamata Olive and Oregano Mini Loaves


I think these Kalamata Olive and Oregano Mini Loaves would also be lovely cut into tiny slices and spread with a bit of goat cheese or tomato jam and served as an appetizer.

Sep 21, 2019

Sourdough Baguettes and Classic Pimento Cheese

These overnight sourdough baguettes are easy and forgiving to make. Top them with classic pimento cheese and you have a delicious and impressive tailgate appetizer.




These sourdough baguettes are liberating, because you don't have to worry about scoring them, using a baker's couche to let them rise, or all of the other things that make making baguettes so stressful.