Apr 8, 2020

Sourdough and Greek Yogurt Flatbread

This sourdough Greek yogurt flatbread is so easy to make, and is wonderful for using your sourdough starter discard.


Sourdough Greek Yogurt Flatbread





You can make this flatbread whenever you are feeding your sourdough starter. Instead of throwing away excess starter, whip up a batch of these flatbreads. Serve them with your favorite soup or stew, or use them to wrap up your favorite sandwich fillings.

Apr 6, 2020

Beer and Smoked Sausage Corn Chowder | Cookbook Review

This beer brat (or smoked sausage) corn chowder is a delicious midwestern-style soup. It's loaded with sausage, corn, cheese, and beer. It's creamy, cheesy, and hearty.


Disclosure: I received a copy of the cookbook, Incredible One-Pot Cooking. All opinions are my own.


Beer and Smoked Sausage Corn Chowder





This beer and smoked sausage corn chowder is smoky, cheesy, and loaded with fresh sweet corn. A bowl of this chowder is super filling. All you need is a salad, a glass of wine, and maybe a slice of bread, and you have lunch or dinner.

Apr 4, 2020

Fioretto Cauliflower Cheese Nuggets

These Fioretto Cauliflower Cheese Nuggets are a great way to get your veggies in a totally cheesy and tasty way.

 (Disclosure: I received product from Melissa's Produce, but all opinions are my own.) 

These Fioretto Cauliflower Cheese Nuggets are a great way to get your veggies in a totally cheesy and tasty way.





These cauliflower cheese nuggets are made with fioretto, which is a hybrid of broccoli and cauliflower, and, when raw, look like flowers on long-ish green stems. They are sometimes called "flowering cauliflower." They are much more flavorful than standard cauliflower... kind of sweet, kind of nutty.

Apr 1, 2020

Empanadas de Picadillo

These empanadas de picadillo are made with puff pastry wrapped around a mixture of seasoned ground beef and potatoes.

Empanadas de Picadillo





These empanadas are baked, not fried, and are wonderful fresh from the oven or reheated later in the toaster oven. While they may not win a beauty contest, these were pretty much one of the most popular dishes from my kitchen.

Mar 30, 2020

Sourdough Cranberry Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These sourdough cranberry muffins are both sweet and tart, and are topped with a tasty cinnamon topping.


Sourdough Cranberry Muffins





These sourdough cranberry muffins are a great way to use some of your excess sourdough starter. These muffins are studded with fresh or frozen cranberries as well as dried apricots. They are also topped with a buttery cinnamon streusel.

Mar 29, 2020

Mexican Breakfast Casserole

This Mexican Breakfast Casserole is wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner.

Mexican Breakfast Casserole





What's wonderful about this breakfast casserole is that you can assemble the whole thing the night before and then bake it in the morning while sipping your coffee, Bloody Mary, or Mimosa.

Mar 28, 2020

Classic White Sandwich Bread

This classic white sandwich bread is super easy to make and is the perfect white bread for taking you back to your childhood.

Classic White Sandwich Bread





I am not ashamed to admit that I like white sandwich bread.... and this is my absolute favorite. It is light and fluffy, but has enough structure to be sliced very thinly.. absolutely perfect for tea sandwiches.... or you could just slice it and make cinnamon toast, peanut butter and jelly, or a grilled cheese sandwich.

Mar 27, 2020

Buttermilk Birthday Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting | #SpringSweetsWeek

This birthday cake, with a buttermilk based batter, will remind you of your favorite kids' birthday party cake.


This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes.


Buttermilk Birthday Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting





This buttermilk birthday cake is about as easy to make as a cake mix cake (except for the separating eggs and folding in egg whites part, but you can do it!). Plus, you make it in a sheet pan, taking away the stress of having to create a stunningly decorated cake. Just spread on a creamy chocolate frosting and hide any flaws with lots and lots of sprinkles.

Mar 26, 2020

Pecan Pralines | #SpringSweetsWeek

These pecan pralines are so decadent, sweet, and loaded with toasted pecans.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes.


Homemade Pecan Pralines





These classic Southern pecan pralines have a melt-in-your-mouth texture that is hard to describe. They are not exactly soft or sticky, but they are easy to bite into, and they are not super chewy, even though they have a caramel-ish flavor.

Mar 25, 2020

Biscoff Cheesecake

This cheesecake takes your favorite cookie butter and spicy cookies and turns them into a delicious cheesecake.


Biscoff Cheesecake





Who doesn't love cookie butter? Or speculooss (or speculass)! They are a Belgian shortbread cookie that are flavored with a combination of spices. The spices can include cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, coriander, cloves, ginger, pepper, and/or cardemom.

Mar 24, 2020

Coffee Caramel Sauce | #SpringSweetsWeek

This coffee caramel sauce will give you your coffee fix in the form of pretty much the most delicious dessert and ice cream topping.


This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes.


Coffee Caramel Sauce with ice cream





You can use this coffee caramel sauce in just about any recipe that calls for caramel and take that recipe to another level. You could even use this coffee caramel sauce in a caramel macchiato... coffee in your coffee!

Mar 23, 2020

Lemony Baked Doughnuts | #SpringSweetsWeek

These lemony baked doughnuts are sweet and moist, with a delicious lemon glaze and are topped with the cutest spring-themed sprinkles.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes.


Lemony Baked Doughnuts





These baked doughnuts are super easy to make. All you need is an inexpensive doughnut pan (affiliate link). 

Mar 21, 2020

Sardinian Herb Soup

This Sardinian herb soup is herby and delicious, and makes the most of fresh spring herbs available this time of year. It also includes pancetta, white beans, and Italian cheese.


Sardinian Herb Soup





Sardinian herb soup, or S'erbuzzu, is a rustic soup of greens, white beans, and a bit of meat and pasta. This soup is unique to Gavoi, a small town in northern Sardinia.

Mar 20, 2020

Deviled Eggs with Tuna, Capers, and Chives

These deviled eggs with tuna, capers, and chives are perfect for an appetizer or snack. 


Tuna Deviled Eggs





I'm super excited about these tuna deviled eggs. They are a combination of two favorites, egg salad, and tuna salad. The two flavors combined are delicious. Plus, these are a great high protein snack.

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

This citrus poppy seed cake is tender and moist. It is drenched in a citrus glaze for a cake that will stay fresh for several days.


Citrus Poppy Seed Cake





This cake resembles a lemon poppy seed cake, except it combines lots of citrus flavors both in the cake and the glaze. This cake includes the flavors of grapefruit, lemons, and oranges, but you can substitute whatever citrus you have on hand.

Mar 18, 2020

Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

This Asian-style sloppy Joe recipe takes a classic American dinner and spices it up with Asian condiments.

Asian-Style Sloppy Joes





This sloppy Joe recipe takes this classic ground beef recipe in a bun and lifts it to another level. It's slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and has lots of ginger and garlic.

Mar 16, 2020

Cheesy Potato and Thyme Pavé Bread

This Cheesy Potato and Thyme Pavé Bread is so soft and moist, and of course, cheesy!


Cheesy Potato and Thyme Pavé Bread





This potato, thyme, and cheese pavé bread is delicious for dinner rolls, toast, and even sandwiches, and it stays fresh for days.

Instant Pot Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

This Instant Pot Carolina-style pulled pork is tender, smoky, and tangy.

This Instant Pot Carolina-style pulled pork is tender, smoky, and tangy.





One of my favorite comfort foods is succulent pulled pork. It's bathed in a sweet and vinegary sauce and it's so tender.

Mar 15, 2020

Crescia al Formaggio | Italian Easter Bread

This Crescia al Formaggio is an amazing cheesy Italian Easter bread. It's definitely a cheese lover's bread. 


Crescia al formaggio bread





I admit it. I'm always drawn to cheese bread. Given a choice between savory or sweet bread, I gravitate for anything savory.

Mar 14, 2020

Air Fryer Mini Berry Pie

This mini berry pie is made with a mixture of four different berries and is baked in an air fryer. The mixture of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries is so fresh, sweet, and summery.

mini berry pie is made with a mixture of four different berries





The strawberry stands are beginning to appear around here. They pop up magically in any available vacant lot in March and typically last through late May to early June. These fresh strawberries sold in strawberry stands typically come from farms just north of us, in Ventura County.

Mar 10, 2020

Sprouted Wheat Crackers with Sea Salt | #BreadBakers

These sprouted wheat crackers with sea salt are a perfectly crispy snack, either plain, or topped with your favorite spread.


Sprouted Wheat Crackers with Sea Salt





These sprouted wheat crackers are surprisingly easy to make too! The sprouted wheat is very soft and blends will with the butter and milk to make pretty foolproof dough.

Mar 9, 2020

Orange and Cranberry Scones

These orange and cranberry scones are so light and flaky. They are flavored with orange zest and dried cranberries, and are drizzled with an orange juice glaze.


Orange and Cranberry Scones




These orange and cranberry scones are easy to assemble the night before serving them. Just mix the dough, roll it out and cut them with a biscuit cutter, pop them in the refrigerator, and bake them in the morning.

Mar 8, 2020

Cheesy Italian Meatball Subs with No Knead Sandwich Rolls

These cheesy meatball submarine sandwiches include moist and tender beef, pork, and veal meatballs, an amazing homemade tomato sauce, and lots of melty provolone cheese. Plus, I've included a recipe for easy to make no-knead sandwich rolls.


Cheesy Italian Meatball Submarine sandwiches with provolone cheese




The meatballs are a traditional Italian-American combination of beef, pork, and veal, along with a bread and milk panade, cheeses, garlic, and herbs. They are cooked in a delicious sauce that you will pretty much want to put on everything.

Mar 4, 2020

Celery Leaf Pesto

This celery leaf pesto is bright and flavorful. It's wonderful spooned over crostini, crackers, pasta, pizza, salads, chicken, or fish.


Celery leaf pesto with parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.





This celery leaf pesto is a delicious way to use celery leaves, an edible ingredient you would typically not use.

Mar 1, 2020

Peanut Butter Babka

This is peanut butter babka, a soft enriched bread loaded with swirls of brown sugar and peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Babka




This peanut butter babka is made with a sweetened enriched dough that is rolled around a layer of peanut butter and brown sugar and then cut and twisted to create swirls of filling. It's also topped with a generous drizzle of vanilla glaze.

Feb 28, 2020

Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans

This cabbage salad with Braeburn apples and spiced pecans is the perfect winter salad. It's crunchy, spicy, and tossed with an Asian-flavored dressing.


Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans





This has been my go-to recipe for a salad when I'm serving an Asian flavored main course, particularly with this Korean barbecue flank steak. This salad is also substantial enough for a lunch main course, and because it's a cabbage salad, any leftovers you may have will hold up pretty decently for the next day.

Feb 24, 2020

Cheesy Corn and Bacon Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These cheesy corn and bacon muffins might just be my new favorite savory muffin.

Cheesy Corn and Bacon Muffins





These bacon and corn muffins are also loaded with cheddar cheese and chives. There is lots and lots of bacon in these muffins, along with fresh sweet corn.

Feb 23, 2020

Irish Champ

Champ is a delicious Irish side dish made with mashed potatoes. scallions, chives, and lots and lots of melted butter. You can't go wrong serving this traditional Irish dish on St. Patrick's Day.


Irish champ





Like colcannon, champ is a traditional Irish potato dish. It's an easy way to combine mashed potatoes with greens, in this case green onions and/or chives. Also like colcannon, champ was traditionally served on Halloween. You were supposed to leave a bowl under a bush for the fairies, according to The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook.

Feb 21, 2020

Mandarin Pancakes with Moo Shu Pork

These Mandarin Pancakes are meant for wrapping Moo Shu Pork. They are soft, thin, and flavored with sesame oil and totally fun to make.


Mandarin Pancakes for Moo Shu Pork





Making these Mandarin Pancakes, the traditional wrapper for moo shu pork, is much easier than you would expect. It's similar to making homemade flour tortillas, except that you mix the flour with boiling water, and you sandwich two layers of the dough with sesame oil before cooking the pancakes in a wok.

Sheet Pan Seafood Pot Pie

This sheet pan seafood pot pie is filled with a tasty and comforting mixture of shrimp, crab, and lobster folded into a creamy mixture of onions, fennel, garlic, corn, and peas.

Sheet Pan Seafood Pot Pie




This seafood pot pie is pure comfort food. The mixture of the shellfish along with the gravy and vegetables is deliciously creamy, warming, and filling.

Feb 20, 2020

Cardamom Cake with Mulled Wine Jam

This cardamom cake is frosted with a sweet mascarpone icing and filled with a boozy mulled wine jam with black grapes and plums.


This cardamom cake is frosted with a sweet mascarpone icing and filled with a boozy mulled wine jam with black grapes and plums.




This cardamom cake is my first attempt at an "almost naked" cake. It's not totally naked on the sides because you frost it and then scrape most of the frosting off. It's still so liberating to not worry too much about visible crumbs in your frosting.

Feb 18, 2020

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

These red velvet whoopie pies are made with soft, fluffy, and a little chocolatey cakes, and filled with a sweet cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling





These red velvet whoopie pies are little mounds of cake filled with a traditional cream cheese frosting. If you like, you can dust the edges of the frosting with chopped toasted walnuts, just like traditional red velvet cake.

When I first started playing around with baking, I was briefly obsessed with whoopie pies. I bought a cookbook (affiliate link), a whoopie pie pan (you don't need one), but I never actually made any because my bread obsession took over my baking life.

Feb 17, 2020

Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf with Potato Wedges

This Instant Pot turkey meatloaf with potato wedges takes an old school comfort food combination of meatloaf and potatoes and spices it up with Sriracha.


Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf with Potato Wedges





Meatloaf belongs on the list of ultimate comfort foods. Pair it with mashed potatoes and some succotash, and you have an old-timey plate of good memories. In fact, one of my most popular posts on this blog is this barbecue meatloaf.

Feb 16, 2020

Pain Tordu (Twisted Bread)

Pain Tordu is a sourdough French country bread where the dough is divided and twisted around itself before baking.

Pain Tordu (Twisted Bread)





Pain Tordu is a "crooked" bread that is twisted into a corkscrew shape.

To get the twisty corkscrew shape, you need to use a French rolling pin or a wooden dowel to press the dough that has been shaped into a batard down the middle.

Feb 15, 2020

Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo! Make some chili, make some gumbo, and then mix them all together. With a roux and the holy trinity of gumbo (onions, bell pepper, and celery), it's pretty much a creole take on meaty chili.

Chili Gumbo, a combo of beef chili and a gumbo topped with Fritos





This chili gumbo is meaty and tomato-y, and there is plenty enough to serve a crowd.

Feb 14, 2020

Cucumber Margarita

To make this refreshing cucumber margarita, all you need is a cucumber, some fresh lime juice, and of course some tequila and orange liqueur.

Cucumber margarita with a salted rim





The flavors of fresh pureed cucumber and freshly squeezed lime juice give this cucumber margarita such a refreshing flavor. It's kind of like a spa margarita, right? In fact, without any added sugar, you could probably call it a "skinny" margarita.

Feb 11, 2020

Vörtbröd (Swedish "Wort" Bread) | #BreadBakers

Vörtbröd, Swedish "Wort" Bread, is a flavorful rye bread with a soft crumb and a wonderful aroma.

Vörtbröd (Swedish "Wort" Bread) |




Vörtbröd gets its name because it traditionally includes brewer's wort, which is beer before it has been fermented, plus it is what gives beer its flavor. It's essentially the "starter" for beer.

Feb 10, 2020

Mana'eesh (Palestinian Flatbread)

Mana'eesh is the daily bread in many of the regions of the Middle East, including Palestine. It is an olive oil-rich bread, often topped with za'atar, halloumi cheese, or roasted peppers.


Mana'eesh (Palestinian Flatbread)




Mana'eesh is a flatbread that you can use to scoop up hummus or other dips. You can also top it with shredded beef, chicken, or lamb, or use as a way to sop up meat juices and sauces.

Feb 9, 2020

Cheesy Pan Pizza with Turkey Sausage

This cheesy pan pizza with turkey sausage begins with a light and airy yet thick crust which is topped with lots of mozzarella cheese, cooked turkey sausage, and a little bit of marinara sauce, and then baked in a cast iron pan for an extra crispy crust.

Pan Pizza with Turkey Sausage




Because the cheese goes all the way to the edge of the dough, just like with Detroit pizza, each slice of pizza is crispy from edge to edge. To ensure that the dough does not get soggy, you place most of the cheese on the dough first, then a few dollops of sauce, and finally more cheese.

Feb 7, 2020

Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread with Pickled Jalapeños and Cheddar Cheese

This Sourdough bread with Pickled Jalapeños and Cheddar Cheese is spicy, cheesy, and delicious. You'll go crazy over the aroma while it is baking, and the burnished crust is outstanding.








This sourdough bread with jalapeño peppers and white cheddar cheese is so flavorful. It's crazy good fresh from the oven. It's also delicious sliced, toasted, and buttered. You can also use this bread for amazing grilled cheese sandwiches.

Feb 5, 2020

Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

These Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos start with homemade flour tortillas that are filled with a mixture of Mexican chorizo, eggs, cheese, and homemade salsa roja. They are a delicious way to start your day.


Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos





These Tex-Mex breakfast tacos are loaded with scrambled Mexican chorizo and eggs, onions, and minced jalapeño. They taste so amazing.

Feb 2, 2020

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This slow cooker baked potato soup is loaded with cheese, bacon, chives, and sour cream, just like your favorite twice-baked potato.

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup




This slow cooker loaded baked potato soup is so creamy and flavorful, and tastes just like a twice-baked potato. I've got to say, it's probably the best potato soup I've ever tried. Plus, it's so easy because you make it in the Crock Pot. 

Jan 28, 2020

Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs

These Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs are both savory and sweet. Just imagine taking a slice of bacon, brushing it with honey, sprinkling it with chipotle chile, and wrapping it around a Tater Tot.

Air Fryer Honey Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs




These bacon-wrapped Tater Tots are baked in an air fryer, which is basically a small, high powered convection oven. The convection, or air flow, helps crisp whatever you are making.

Jan 27, 2020

Jelly Muffins

These Jelly Muffins are filled with jelly or jam, just like your favorite jelly doughnut.


Jelly Muffins




I filled these jelly muffins with smooth plum jam, the same jam I used for these jelly doughnuts, but you can add your favorite jelly or jam to the centers of your muffins. You can even have fun and mix it up and put a dab of different flavors of jelly and jam you have on hand in the centers of each muffin.

Jan 26, 2020

Watermelon Martini

This watermelon martini is refreshing and light, and begins with a puree of fresh watermelon.



Watermelon martini with Midori




This is a "skinny" watermelon martini. How is this cocktail skinny? First, it has a short ingredient list with only spirits, lime juice, and pureed watermelon.

Jan 24, 2020

Slow Cooker Meatballs Florentine

These slow cooker meatballs Florentine are made with ground beef, lots of spinach, Parmesan cheese, and are slowly simmered to perfection in a tasty homemade sauce.

I received product for this post from Banza. All opinions are my own. #NationalSlowCookerMonth. 


Slow Cooker Meatballs Florentine




These meatballs Florentine are also a great way to get your kids to eat their spinach... without even knowing it! This spaghetti and meatballs recipe is super family friendly.

Jan 22, 2020

Slow Cooker Chinese Barbecue Pork {Char Sui}

This slow cooker Chinese barbecue pork, or char sui, is pretty much meat candy. It's pork that has been cooked for several hours in the slow cooker, and then brushed with with a Chinese-style barbecue sauce and broiled until crispy and caramelized.


I received product for this post from Rhodes BakeNServe. All opinions are my own. #NationalSlowCookerMonth. 



Slow Cooker Chinese Barbecue Pork {Char Sui}





This Slow Cooker Chinese Barbecue Pork, or Char Sui, is such an easy way to prepare pork butt (or Boston butt). I like to make a big batch of it to use in dishes such as barbecue pork lo mein and Singapore noodles. It's also delicious added to fried rice.

Jan 20, 2020

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

This Red Beans and Rice Stew is creamy, smoky, spicy, and satisfying. It will take you on a mini vacation to Louisiana.


I received product for this post from Camellia Brand. All opinions and text are my own. #NationalSlowCookerMonth

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice




Red beans and rice is a traditional Monday night dinner in New Orleans. It's a great dish to simmer all day and a dinner to look forward to on the first day of the work week, or any day of the week.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives are creamy and delicious, and ready in just about 20 minutes from start to finish.


Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes




These Instant Pot mashed potatoes are loaded with flavor and creaminess from both the butter and the sour cream. Top them with shredded Parmesan cheese for a rich and salty umami flavor bomb. Plus, who doesn't love mashed potatoes?

Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

This Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream is so gingery, moist, sweet, and delicious!

Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream




This ginger cake with caramelized white chocolate buttercream is loaded with so many gingerbread-y flavors, including molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered ginger, and even homemade stem ginger syrup.