Nov 29, 2020

Puff Pastry Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizzettes

 These puff pastry tomato and goat cheese pizzettes are little flavorful two-inch rounds of tasty deliciousness. 

Puff Pastry Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizzettes on plates





These little puff pastry tomato and goat cheese pizzettes are only about two inches across, are super light, and are wonderful as appetizers.

Nov 25, 2020

No Knead Rye Bread

This no knead rye bread is a great way to try your hand at baking with rye. It can be a tricky flour to work with, but this no knead recipe for rye bread is easy. 

Easy no knead rye bread




This bread is hearty and delicious, but still light enough for sandwiches. You can make this bread with or without caraway seeds, which give this bread a more "deli rye" flavor. 

Nov 22, 2020

Parker House Rolls

 These Parker House Rolls are soft and fluffy, and wonderful served with your holiday dinner. 

Parker House Rolls cooling





 I've always wanted to try making Parker House Rolls. They are an American classic, originally recorded in the Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, published in 1933. The rolls are soft and airy, and most of all, buttery.

Nov 21, 2020

Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup (Ajiaco)

Ajiaco, a chicken and potato soup from Colombia. It's typically served in a clay pot accompanied by avocado, crema, capers and corn on the cob. 

Chicken and potato soup




Ajiaco is a specialty of Bogotá, and typically includes three kinds of potatoes, including papas criollas, which are small yellow potatoes. They are hard to find outside of Colombia, so small Yukon gold or Dutch baby potatoes are good substitutes. 

Nov 20, 2020

Double Ginger & Grapefruit Cakes | #CakeSliceBakers

These double ginger and grapefruit cakes start with super gingery cakes with a touch of grapefruit zest which are then topped with a sweet/tart grapefruit curd buttercream. 

Double Ginger & Grapefruit Cakes





The double ginger cakelets are super moist, plus, they stay fresh and moist for several days in an airtight container. 

Shrimp Mini Quiche Appetizers

These little shrimp mini quiches are the the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering, including Thanksgiving. 

Shrimp Mini Quiche Appetizers on a plate





Mini quiches make an excellent appetizer, especially with cocktails. Some of my favorites including mini quiche Lorraine and bacon, leek, and cheddar mini quiches. Serve them with a little bubbly or cocktails before dinner. 

Nov 18, 2020

Cranberry Apple Crisp

 This cranberry apple crisp combines cranberries with both tart and sweet apples for a sweet/tart delicious dessert. It's topped with a nutritious topping of oats and pecans with some added golden flax seeds. 

Cranberry Apple Crisp bowls




Whenever fresh cranberries start showing up in the grocery store I am always inclined to toss a few bags into my shopping card, some to use right away, and some to freeze for all year long. They freeze so well! 

Nov 17, 2020

Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

 This broccoli salad with almonds and cranberries is a crunchy and delicious addition to a Sunday picnic or family reunion. 

Broccoli Salad with Almonds, Cranberries, and avocado dressing




This broccoli salad is so nutritious. It's not the sugar, mayonnaise, and bacon version of a broccoli salad (although I luuurve that version). Instead, this broccoli salad is tossed with an avocado, lemon, and garlic dressing that lets the flavors of the broccoli, almonds, and cranberries shine through. 

Nov 16, 2020

Potato Focaccine

Potato focaccine is a version of an Italian snacking bread. Focaccines are mini focaccias, and can contain any typical focaccia ingredients and extras. 





The dough for these focaccine includes over a 35 percent potatoes to flour, which makes them less airy than most focaccia. They are soft and moist, and delicious for snacking. 

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is so easy to make and is such a delicious meal. Spaghetti and meatballs is such a throw back comfort dish, and making it from scratch in a multi-cooker is a cinch.

Multi cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs



This spaghetti and meatball dish is made entirely in the Instant Pot/Multicooker. The only other dish you will get dirty is the bowl in which you mix the meatball ingredients. 

Nov 15, 2020

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

This whole wheat no knead bread is hearty and delicious and it's an easy bread for beginners. 

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread




 This bread is 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 bread flour. Plus, there's some lager beer in there to add some extra oomph to the yeast and vinegar to add some extra sour flavor to the dough.

Nov 13, 2020

Maple Sugar Cookies

 These maple sugar cookies are extra special. They include maple syrup and vanilla in both the cookies and the icing that you drizzle over the top of the cookies. They are thin, soft, chewy, and delicious. 

This post is part of Christmas Cookies Week. I received product to use for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 


Maple sugar cookies on plates






These sugar cookies have a lovely maple and vanilla flavor an the dough is so easy to pull together. The cookies are soft and chewy, and the maple icing is such a delicious finishing touch. 

Nov 11, 2020

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

 These sweet potato pecan cookies with maple cream cheese frosting are soft and fluffy and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. 

Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week. I received sample products from some of our prize sponsors. All opinions are my own. 

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies






These cookies take the flavors of a sweet potato casserole and rolls them up into a soft fluffy cake-like cookie. It's a great way to get your vegetables.... in a cookie! 

Nov 10, 2020

Ricotta Calzones with Spinach and Sausage | #BreadBakers

These calzones are stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, spinach, and hot Italian sausage. The filling reminds me of the filling for ravioli, with three cheeses, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. The results are amazing. 


Ricotta Calzones with Spinach and Sausage sliced





This ricotta calzone also includes Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, which all come together to form a melty and delicious filling. It's kind of like an outside in pizza. 

Nov 9, 2020

Melting Snowman Cookies

 These melting snowman cookies are totally fun to make, and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is so tasty. 

Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week. I received product from our prize sponsors. All opinions are my own. 

Melting Snowman Cookies




Everyone who tried these cookies all agreed that they were both adorable and delicious. Between the Peanut Butter Cup hat and the soft chocolate and peanut butter cookie base, these were a huge hit. 

Hearty Slow Fermented Rustic Bread

This hearty loaf, made with bread flour, whole wheat flour, and a paté fermentée, is slowly fermented in the refrigerator to develop maximum flavor. 

Loaf of Slow Fermented Rustic Bread Sliced




The formula for this bread begins with a pâte fermentée, which is a mix of flour, water, salt, and yeast that is mixed about 8 to 24 hours before before you bake your bread. 

Nov 8, 2020

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing pancakes - little pan-fried cakes of mashed potatoes infused with your favorite stuffing.

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes



 I love making Thanksgiving dinner for my family. First, it's just us, our kids, and my grandkids, so the audience is always accepting, and my single oven can handle the meal.

Nov 6, 2020

Wild Rice and Broccoli Casserole

 This wild rice and broccoli casserole is such a glorious side dish for the holidays. 

Wild Rice and Broccoli Casserole on a plate




This broccoli and rice casserole is packed with flavor. It begins with a blend of wild, red, brown, and white rice, which is mixed with blanched broccoli and an amazing homemade cream of mushroom soup. 

Nov 4, 2020

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

This beef satay with peanut sauce is a great appetizer. Everyone loves food on sticks, right? The beef is thinly sliced and cooked over high heat and then dipped in the most flavorful peanut sauce. 

Beef satay on skewers with peanut dipping sauce





These skewers of flavorful beef are so easy to make and so crave worthy. Between the marinated beef and the sweet and spicy peanut sauce, you will adore the flavors in this easy to make dish. 

Nov 2, 2020

No Knead Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

 These no knead cloverleaf dinner rolls are perfect for pulling from the oven and immediately turning out into the bread basket for holiday dinners. 


No Knead Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls





I absolutely love warm dinner rolls for the holidays, as you can tell by the number of times I've posted dinner roll recipes. I've got recipes for big batch dinner rolls, make-ahead buttermilk dinner rolls (which are so convenient). and par-baked dinner rolls (also super convenient). 

Nov 1, 2020

Roasted Pear, Parmesan, and Spiced Pecan Salad

This roasted pear, Parmesan, and spiced pecan salad is so refreshing, and it was the perfect dinner this weekend when I wanted something light. It's a tasty combination of sweet pears, salty cheese, peppery arugula, and spicy pecans.



Roasted Pear, Parmesan, and Spiced Pecan Salad with Arugula and balsamic





I found some huge Asian pears in my local grocery store. They may be a bit pricey, but they were perfect for roasting, and just burst with juice when we sliced into them. In addition, I found some authentic Parmigiano Reggiano yesterday that I couldn't resist.

Oct 29, 2020

Potato Stacks with Herbs and Cheese

 These creamy potato stacks are infused with garlic and thyme and topped with melty Gruyère cheese. 

Potato Stacks with Herbs and Cheese




These little potato stacks with herbs and cheese are tiny potato casseroles perfectly sized for individual servings. They are wonderful as a holiday side dish, breakfast potatoes with eggs and bacon, and especially as a hearty appetizer for a cocktail party. 

Oct 27, 2020

Corn and Jalapeño Rolls

These corn and jalapeño rolls are soft, slightly sweet, and have a little kick from the jalapeño. 

Corn and Jalapeño Rolls




These rolls are really special. They are a little bit sweet, completely soft, and wonderful paired with chili or used as sandwich or burger buns. You can even make them a little smaller for sliders! 

Oct 26, 2020

Date, Prune, and Dried Cherry Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These dried fruit muffins are loaded with dates, prunes, and dried cherries that have been macerated in warm apple juice to make the fruit soft and juicy. 

Date, Prune, and Dried Cherry Muffins with apple juice




If you're looking for a fruit-filled muffin to start your day, these muffins are for you. Plus, these muffins were a great way to clear out some dried fruit that I had in my pantry from other recipes. I had dates leftover from making a date and roiboos cake, and prunes leftover from making a slow cooker Chicken Marbella

Oct 25, 2020

The Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

This wedge salad recipe, with one of the most amazing Danish blue cheese dressings, will take you back to the 1950s and 1960s. It begins with a wedge of iceberg lettuce, which is surrounded by bacon and tomatoes, and drizzled with an amazing blue cheese dressing. 

 

Wedge tomato salad




Iceberg wedges with blue cheese and bacon were common on restaurant menus in the 1950s and 1960s, but kind of fell out of favor in the 1970s, when darker, more delicate leafy greens were recognized as more nutritious. 

Oct 24, 2020

Slow Cooker Chile Verde with Pork

This slow cooker chile verde, pork shoulder slow simmered in a sauce of tomatillos and a variety of roasted chiles, is so good. 

Slow Cooker Chile Verde with Pork with jalapeno, Anaheim, and poblano chiles




Serve this delicious pork chile verde stew alongside rice and beans and warm tortillas. It's a classic Mexican dish. 

Oct 20, 2020

Malted Chocolate Cake with Bailey's Irish Cream Ganache

This malted chocolate cake with Baileys Irish Cream ganache was a little bit of work, but still, it was fun to make. Plus, it's coated in a chocolatey ganache. 


Malted Chocolate Cake with Bailey's Irish Cream Ganache slice



The cake is flavored with dark chocolate and malted milk powder, just like the Ovaltine you remember from your childhood. 

Oct 19, 2020

Air Fryer Pork and Vegetable Spring Rolls

If you are not a fan of deep frying, try making these air fryer pork and vegetable spring rolls. They are absolutely wonderful and crispy good. 

Air Fryer Pork and Vegetable Spring Rolls



I recently made some deep fried vegetarian Chinese spring rolls with an online group of friends, and one of our members tried making them in an air fryer. I was totally intrigued. Besides, I had a lot of napa cabbage in my refrigerator. 

Oct 17, 2020

Garlic Soup with Gruyère Cheese Toast

This creamy soup is the garlicky version of French onion soup. Even though it is loaded with garlic and onions, the flavor is mellow, smooth, and beyond tasty. 

Garlic Soup with Gruyère Cheese Toast




This soup has so much garlic that you can rest assured that the vampires won't be knocking on your door. 

Oct 16, 2020

Nebraskan Runzas

Runzas are a pocket sandwich where a filling of ground beef, cabbage, and onions are baked in a yeasted dough. They are also known as bierocks and krautburgers. 

Nebraskan Runzas

 



The theory of their origination is that they are from Russia or Germany, and came to the U.S. via the Volga Germans who settled in Nebraska, Kansas, and North and South Dakota in the 1900s. 

Creamy Crab Soup

 Creamy crab soup loaded with chopped vegetables and lots of crab meat. 

Creamy Crab Soup




This crab soup is a combination of elegance and comfort in a bowl. Plus, even though this soup is creamy, it is actually fairly light. There is only a half cup of cream in the six cups of liquid. Instead, the soup is also thickened with some dissolved cornstarch or arrowroot. 

Oct 15, 2020

Copycat Homemade Ding Dongs

These copycat homemade Ding Dongs are a chocolate lover's dream. They are made with a rich chocolate cake filled with marshmallow crème covered with a dark chocolate ganache. 

Copycat homemade Ding Dongs



The cake for these Ding Dongs is pretty much the tastiest chocolate cake I've ever made. It's rich, intensely chocolate, and super moist. I could not stop tasting the leftover scraps. 

Oct 13, 2020

Tahini Chocolate Chunk No Churn Ice Cream | #Choctoberfest

Tahini flavored ice cream filled with dark chocolate chunks and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. 

Tahini Chocolate Chunk No Churn Ice Cream




This tahini and chocolate chunk ice cream is so easy to make because it is no churn... no ice cream maker required. You actually make this ice cream in the food processor, including whipping the cream.

No Knead Sprouted Wheat and Flax Seed Sandwich Bread | #BreadBakers

This sprouted wheat and flax seed bread is so easy to make. Just mix the ingredients, let the dough rise, shape, and bake. No kneading necessary. 

No Knead Sprouted Wheat and Flax Seed Bread

 


This bread is soft and slightly airy, and is perfect for making sandwiches and toast. 

Oct 12, 2020

Butternut Squash Cheesecake

This butternut squash cheesecake is a wonderfully delicious fall dessert ready for your holiday table. 

Butternut Squash Cheesecake with Whipped cream



Butternut squash is a wonderful vegetable that can be served in both sweet and savory dishes. It pairs well with cheese and pasta for a main dish, and it is fabulous in soup

Twenty Favorite Chocolate Recipes | Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2020

It's the best time of year: #Choctoberfest! I think we can all agree on one thing this year... 2020 needs more chocolate. #Choctoberfest is our annual celebration of chocolate recipes, now in its 6th year. I've teamed up with some talented food bloggers to share dozens of milk, dark, and white chocolate dishes for this year's virtual event. Plus, we've pooled our resources to bring you an exciting giveaway you don't want to miss!

Choctoberfest giveaway

Oct 9, 2020

Halloween Treat Popcorn Balls | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These Halloween popcorn balls, tossed together with a concoction of melted marshmallows and butter, along with candy corn and peanuts, are super fun to make!

This post was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received some swag from our sponsor. As always, all opinions are mine. 

Halloween Popcorn Balls



Popcorn balls are such an easy treat to make. You could even make them with kids. Just be sure to make a little extra popcorn for your helpers for snacking. 

Oct 7, 2020

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 These caramel apple cinnamon rolls are filled with a delicious concoction of apples and caramel. It's almost like apple pie and cinnamon rolls got married. 

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls



These cinnamon rolls begin with a soft and supple enriched dough that is really easy to work with. It's a small batch recipe, making just eight rolls, but if you are feeding a crowd, you can easily double it or triple it. 

Oct 6, 2020

Halloween Mummy Cake Pops | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These mummy cake pops are a fun and totally cute way to celebrate Halloween. They are a sweet treat and a huge hit with the kids. 

This post was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received some swag from our sponsor. As always, all opinions are mine. 

Halloween Mummy Cake Pops



These little mummies are made with yellow cake mixed with vanilla frosting and coated in a vanilla candy coating. They are perfect for a Halloween party, and, wrapped in cellophane and tied up with a bow, make adorable party favors. 

Oct 5, 2020

Halloween Candy Bark | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This Halloween Candy Bark is an easy and fun treat. Plus, you don't need any fancy dessert decorating skills! 

This post was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received some swag from our sponsor company. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Halloween Candy Bark



Making candy bark is a fun way to get creative without too much pressure to be perfect. Just grab whatever treats you have on hand and scatter them across some melted chocolate or almond bark and gently press it in. 

Oct 4, 2020

Easy Crust Tomato Pizza

This fresh tomato pizza, with its easy to make crust, will make you swoon. The crust is crispy, airy, and flavorful, and the fresh tomatoes in the topping have a concentrated tomato flavor.  

Fresh tomato pizza


This pizza is similar to the no knead pizza dough that I used for broccoli pizza, onion pizza, and zucchini pizza, but it has a lot more water. In fact, it's 89 percent hydration.

Sep 28, 2020

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops

 These apple streusel muffin tops are perfect for those who crave just the top of the muffin. 

Apple Streusel Muffin Tops


These muffin tops balance the flavors of green apples, honey, and a sweet and nutty streusel topping, all in a little compact package. 

Sep 27, 2020

Chinese Barbecued Pork - Char Siu

Chinese BBQ Pork, or char siu, is a Cantonese dish where pork is marinated in a sweet sauce and then broiled or roasted. 

Chinese barbecue pork sliced on a plate


Chinese barbecue pork, or char siu, is pretty much meat candy in my mind. It's sweet, fatty, and succulent. 

Witch Finger Cookies

These witch finger cookies are one of my most favorite Halloween recipes ever! They are both gruesome and delicious at the same time. 


 

Witch Finger Cookies



I made these witch finger cookies as a treat for my grandsons. Halloween was on their minds, and they were coming over for dinner. Yay!!

Sep 24, 2020

Pain Fendu (French Split Bread)

Pain Fendu is a French bread that is shaped by splitting the bread down the middle with a dowel to create a "split" in the loaf. 







This sourdough-based recipe for pain fendu is also spiked with a little instant yeast. It is super crusty with a flavorful crumb and is super easy to make. 

Sep 21, 2020

Thai Red Curry Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)

 Easy and delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs made in your Instant Pot! Prep the ribs in the morning and pop them in the Instant Pot when you get home. 

Thai Red Curry Baby Back Ribs (Instant Pot)



These ribs are worth getting your hands all sticky when eating them.

Sep 20, 2020

Date and Rooibos Loaf Cake

This date and rooibos loaf cake is sweet, moist from the dates incorporated in the cake, and fragrant from the rooibos tea infused water in the batter. 


Date and Rooibos Loaf Cake



This cake is so moist and it stays fresh for at least four days. The date and tea infused water in the batter probably have something to do with it. 

Sep 19, 2020

Guinness Beef Stew

 This Guinness beef stew is rich and delicious, and the beef is melt-in-your-mouth tender. And trust me, this stew is actually better the day after it's made.

Guinness Beef Stew


Serve this Guinness beef stew with slices of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious creamy broth for an amazing comfort food dinner. 

Sep 18, 2020

Smoked Salmon Quiche

This smoked salmon quiche recipe is fabulous for lunch with a salad. It's also wonderful for an appetizer and even better for brunch.

 


While quiche seems like such an elegant dish, this smoked salmon quiche is super easy to make. It's a wonderful way to enjoy smoked fish, and you could easily substitute smoked trout or smoked tuna. 

Sep 16, 2020

Matar Kulcha (or Chole Kulcha)

Matar kulcha or chole kulcha is a north Indian street food meal that is a combination of several components, including either white pea "salsa" or white pea curry, and most importantly, kulcha, a delicious yeasted flat bread.


Matar Kulcha (or Chole Kulcha)



The kulcha is super soft and fluffy with an airy crumb. It puffs up when it is "baking" in the pan, and it is delicious served with matar/chola, which is a "salsa" made with white peas or chick peas, onions, tomatoes, chiles, and ginger.