Dec 30, 2019

Blueberry Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins

These Blueberry Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins are loaded with almost everything you want for breakfast in a portable little package.


Blueberry Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins




These muffins are super moist from the ripe bananas in the batter, and they are loaded with lots of rolled oats and fresh blueberries.

Dec 29, 2019

Wasabi Mary {Spicy Bloody Mary}

This Wasabi Mary is a fun twist on the traditional Bloody Mary. This cocktail is full of spices, and the tomato juice is enhanced with lots of surprise ingredients.


Wasabi bloody Mary




This Wasabi Bloody Mary is full of complex flavors. The juice is enhanced with lots of unexpected ingredients, including red wine!

Dec 28, 2019

Jalapeño Cheese Bread with Corn

This jalapeño cheese bread with corn is loaded with oozing cheese, sliced jalapeño peppers, and corn.


Jalapeño Cheese Bread with Corn in a basket





How do you feel about burnt cheese? The kind that gets all melty and then forms a crust of goodness. If you're with me on this, you must make this bread.

Dec 22, 2019

Coconut Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

This coconut panna cotta with fresh raspberries is so light and delicious. It's a wonderful make-ahead guilt free dessert.


Coconut Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries




This coconut panna cotta with fresh berries is a lightened up version of the amazing delicious dessert of dairy thickened with gelatin. It's origins are Italian, and the name is loosely translated to "cooked cream."

Dec 21, 2019

Lemon Bundt Cake

This lemon bundt cake is sweet and lemony and a slice is perfect for afternoon tea.

Lemon Bundt Cake




This lemon bundt cake is super moist. It gets its lemon flavor from lemon zest, lemon oil, and lemon curd. The recipe is from the book The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. All year, the Cake Slice Bakers group has been baking from the book. This is my last bake from the book.

Italian Wedding Soup

This Italian Wedding Soup is filled with lots of delicious meatballs, spinach, veggies, and pasta.

Italian Wedding Soup





This Italian wedding soup is pretty incredible. The soup begins with meatballs made with ground chicken, spicy sausage, and lots of Pecorino Romano and Parmesan cheese.

Dec 20, 2019

Italian Seafood Salad (Insalata di Mare)

This Italian Seafood Salad is often served as a first course on Christmas Eve within Italian American Families.

Italian Seafood Salad




This Italian seafood salad (also called Insalata di Mare or Frutti di Mare) is really special. It's loaded with shrimp, scallops, calamari, and mussels, all poached in a mixture of white wine and Old Bay seasoning, and then dressed in a sauce of some of the reserved poaching liquid, limoncello. lemon juice, tomatoes, and olive oil.

Dec 17, 2019

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

These peanut butter and pretzel chocolate chip cookies are sweet and salty, and combine all of your favorite cookie flavors.


Peanut Butter and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies



Imagine a peanut butter cookie, an oatmeal cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie all mixed together in one chewy cookie. Throw in some pretzels and sprinkle the tops with sea salt, and you have all of your favorite cookies rolled up into one.

Chocolate Spritz Christmas Tree Cookies

These Chocolate Spritz Christmas Tree Cookies are a fun and festive treat for the holidays. All you need is some chocolate cookie dough, some sprinkles, and a cookie press!


Chocolate Spritz Christmas Tree Cookies




I made these Spritz cookies to share at a Los Angeles food blogger cookie exchange. I love that the cookies are small, and the recipe makes a lot of cookies, which is great during holiday baking season. You never run short of cookies during cookie season!

Dec 15, 2019

Orange and Blackberry White Wine Sangria

This Orange and Blackberry White Wine Sangria only takes a few minutes to make, and is great for serving at a party.


Orange and Blackberry White Wine Sangria




Sangria is a great cocktail for summer entertaining, but it can also be wonderful as a winter cocktail too. It's easy to put together, and is perfect to make-ahead. Sangria is also lighter than a standard cocktail, like a European-style aperitif.

Dec 12, 2019

Pork Adobo from Carlo's Dad + Cookbook Review

This Filipino pork adobo is tart and rich and extra vinegary. It's a wonderful dish made with pork shoulder, garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the cookbook, A Place at the Table: New American Recipes fro the Nation's Top Foreign-Born Chefs, in exchange for my honest review.


This Filipino pork adobo




This pork adobo recipe is pretty flexible. While I used pork shoulder, you can use spareribs, pork belly, or other cuts of pork to make this dish.

Dec 10, 2019

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls (Make-Ahead)

These make-ahead blueberry cinnamon rolls are loaded with lots of juicy blueberries and a cinnamon and brown sugar filling.

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls (Make-Ahead)




These blueberry cinnamon rolls are a perfect Sunday or Christmas morning breakfast. You make the dough and assemble the rolls the night before and let them rest in the refrigerator.

Dec 9, 2019

Snowball Cupcakes

These snowball cupcakes are loaded with coconut. There's coconut in the batter and there's lots of coconut sprinkled over the coconut cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes have winter holidays written all over them.


Coconut Snowball Cupcakes




These coconut snowball cupcakes are seriously delicious. Plus, along with the sweetened coconut in the batter and as a topping, there is coconut milk in the batter and in the cream cheese frosting, making these cupcakes extra coconut-y!

Dec 6, 2019

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Pound Cake

This chocolate peppermint swirl pound cake takes regular pound cake and dresses it up for the holidays!


Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Pound Cake




This peppermint pound cake is so, well, pepperminty! The chocolate batter includes peppermint extract, and the vanilla batter includes crushed peppermint candy.

Dec 4, 2019

Oatmeal Maple Bread

This oatmeal maple bread is hearty, full of fiber, and delicious slathered with butter.


Oatmeal Maple Bread




The dough for this oatmeal maple bread is loaded with whole grains, including rolled oats, whole wheat flour, and wheat bran. It's sweetened with just the right amount of pure maple syrup.

Peanut Brownie Sablés

These peanut brownie sablés are the delicious result from combining a peanut butter shortbread dough with a brownie dough, and throwing in some chopped roasted peanuts for a little crunch.





These peanut brownie sablés are rich, peanut-y, and super chocolate-y.

Dec 2, 2019

Spiced Pecans with a Rum Glaze

If you are looking for a delicious sweet treat for gifting this holiday season, try these spiced pecans with a rum glaze.

Spiced Pecans with a Rum Glaze



These spiced pecans are so easy to make, and totally tasty as a cocktail party snack.

Leftover Turkey and Gravy Pot Pies + Giveaway

These turkey and gravy pot pies are a delicious way to use up bits and pieces of holiday turkey as well as leftover gravy.

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Leftover Turkey and Gravy Pot Pies




Pot pies are one of my favorite comfort foods, and I am drawn to them every time they are on a menu. I have made "from scratch" chicken pot pies, and a larger turkey pot pie, and even a Mexican chicken pot pie, but there is something special about these easy individual pot pies.

Dec 1, 2019

Green Herb Dip

When your guests arrive for your New Year's Eve party (or any cocktail or dinner party), hand your guests a cocktail and set out this green herb dip with some crackers and veggies.


Green Herb Dip with crackers



This green herb dip is also a great way to gather up the bits and pieces of herbs and veggies you've got in your veggie bin in the refrigerator and turn them into sophisticated and tasty treat.