Jul 6, 2020

Raspberry-Blueberry Crisps

These mini raspberry-blueberry crisps are super easy to make and are the perfect bite-sized desserts for your summer dinner party or barbecue.

Raspberry-Blueberry Crisps

These individual bite-sized berry crisps are the perfect teeny tiny dessert. You can enjoy all of the flavor of a slice of berry crisp with built in portion control. Plus, they are just so cute!

Jul 1, 2020

The Classic Cocktail

This Classic Cocktail is an elegant and refreshing summer sip. As the sun begins to set, and the air begins to cool, mix up one of these cocktails and sit out on the patio to enjoy the end of the day.

The classic cocktail

The Classic Cocktail (that really is its name) is essentially a Side Car Cocktail (cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice), but with with the addition of maraschino liqueur.

Jun 29, 2020

Jalapeño Corn Bread Muffins with Cheddar Butter | #MuffinMonday

These corn bread muffins, filled with corn kernels, chopped jalapeño, and grated cheddar cheese, are a delicious savory treat.

Jalapeño Chile Corn Bread Muffins with Cheddar Butter

Spread these muffins while still warm with a creamy cheddar butter and serve them as a wonderful snack. They also make a delicious side to soups, stew, chilis, and salads.

Jun 28, 2020

Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef Tacos

This homemade taco seasoning mix is easy to put together, and it works just like the taco seasoning you buy in packets.

Homemade Taco Seasoning for Old school tacos

One batch of this taco seasoning is enough for making six one pound batches of taco meat. I just keep the mixture sealed in the pantry and grab it when I want to make ground beef tacos.

Jun 26, 2020

Soft Summer Herb Bread Knots

These summer herb rolls are soft and flavorful. They're loaded with dill and chives, and are extra tender from the sour cream in the dough.

Soft Summer Herb Bread Knots

Who doesn't love a large warm, fluffy, garlicky, and herby roll? Place a basket of these rolls on the table and watch them disappear.

Jun 25, 2020

Country Style Potato Salad with Creole Mustard

Country Style Potato Salad is an American summer favorite. You can make up a huge batch for family reunions or scale the recipe for a dish for four.

Country Style Potato Salad with Creole Mustard

This potato salad is creamy and egg-y, and has a little bit of crunch from celery. It definitely epitomizes the potato salad you think of for summer picnics.

Jun 24, 2020

Sourdough Pancakes with Hibiscus Syrup

These sourdough pancakes with hibiscus syrup are fluffy and light with a soft interior and slightly crispy edges.

Sourdough Pancakes with Hibiscus Syrup

They are wonderful stacked, buttered, and drizzled with warm maple syrup, but they are extra special with homemade hibiscus syrup.

Jun 22, 2020

Sourdough Belgian-Style Waffles

This sourdough Belgian-style waffle recipe is a delicious way to use your sourdough starter to add extra flavor to one of your favorite breakfast treats.

Sourdough Belgian-Style Waffles

These waffles are lightly crispy on the outside light and airy on the inside. They are great to serve for breakfast or brunch (or dinner!). You can make them in advance and keep them warm in the oven or make the batter and let everyone make their own waffle.

Jun 20, 2020

Limoncello & Toasted Meringue Cake

I am completely in love with this limoncello and toasted meringue cake. Instead of frosting, this cake is topped with a meringue that is toasted with a kitchen torch or a broiler.

Limoncello & Toasted Meringue Cake

Limoncello plays a major role in this recipe. First, it's included in the wonderful cake batter. Second, it's also included in a syrup that infused the cake after it's baked.

Japanese Beef Curry

This Japanese beef curry is rich and thick, and full of beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes. The flavor is mild and slightly sweet, and is delicious over rice or noodles.

Japanese Beef Curry

This Japanese curry beef, served over white rice (called karē raisu) is one of those dishes where, once you taste it, you will wonder where it has been all your life. I've been in love with this dish ever since I first tried it about three years ago.

Jun 19, 2020

Shrimp Biryani

This Shrimp Biryani is a tasty aromatic one dish meal of shrimp and basmati rice, flavored with spices, garlic, lemon, and cilantro. It's so delicious!

Shrimp Biryani

This biryani is an easy dish to make. The shrimp cooks quickly, and the juices from the shrimp and its spices permeate and flavor the basmati rice.

Jun 16, 2020

Beekeeper's Pain de Mie

This bread is is flavored with the essence of chamomile, rose, and honey. Thus, the name, Beekeeper's Pain de Mie.

Beekeeper's Pain de Mie with chamomile, sliced

This sandwich bread has such an amazing fragrance from the chamomile and rose infused milk. It's very subtle, but it adds such a specialness to this loaf.

Jun 15, 2020

Black Eyed Pea Hummus (Instant Pot)

This Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Hummus combines a Southern staple with the flavors of a Middle Eastern favorite to make an amazing appetizer and spread.

Black Eyed Pea Hummus (Instant Pot)

This hummus made with black eyed peas instead of chick peas has all of the delicious flavor you would expect from hummus. It's enriched with olive oil, tahini, lots of garlic, and lemon juice, plus other good stuff.

Jun 13, 2020

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Miracle Frosting

These gingerbread cupcakes are flavored with three kinds of ginger and topped with the most amazing magical frosting ever. Enjoy the deep flavors of gingerbread no matter what time of year it is.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Miracle Frosting

These gingery cupcakes include ground ginger and fresh ginger in the cake, and a crystalized ginger topping. Plus, the frosting is just about the most magical ever.

Jun 9, 2020

Bacon Country Bread with Corn | #BreadBakers

Who can resist bread that is loaded with bacon? This bacon country bread with corn is one of those irresistible loaves.

Bacon Country Bread with Corn

This bacon bread with corn is a wonderful country loaf with a chewy crust and an airy crumb. It's a rustic artisan loaf, but you can make it from start to finish in four hours.

Jun 8, 2020

Banana After School Snack Cake

This banana after school snack cake is soft, moist, light, and exactly what your kids crave while doing their homework after school.

Banana After School Snack Cake

This banana cake is so easy to make too. You don't have to worry about letting it cool before eating it.. and it's sooooo good warm! It's a lot lighter than banana bread, and is also fabulous for breakfast.

Jun 3, 2020

Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

This Spanish tortilla, or tortilla Española, starts with sliced potatoes simmered in olive oil until velvety, drained, and then covered in beaten eggs and cooked in a skillet. It is sliced into wedges or squares and served as an appetizer, lunch, or late night meal.

Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

Don't let the term tortilla confuse you. This Spanish tortilla has nothing in common with the Mexican tortilla. It's more like a frittata, but is unique in its simplicity.

May 31, 2020

Shrimp Fried Rice with Vegetables

This shrimp fried rice with vegetables is wonderful as a light main course, or as part of a multi-course dinner. Plus, it takes only 20 minutes to make from start to finish. 

This fried rice is simple, yet full of flavor from just a few simple ingredients, such as eggs, frozen vegetables, and ham.

May 28, 2020

Instant Pot Leek and Potato Soup

This leek and potato soup is so simple and rustic, yet it is so flavorful and comforting.

Instant Pot Leek and Potato Soup

With chunky vegetables and a garlicky broth, this soup is the perfect starter for dinner. You could also serve it for lunch with salad and crusty bread. It's both light and hearty at the same time.

Yogurt and Wheat Germ Bread

This yogurt and wheat germ bread is wonderful for sandwiches and morning toast. It's super easy to make, and the final bread is light and airy, which is pretty amazing for a loaf with a large percentage of whole wheat and wheat germ. It's also really flavorful.

Yogurt and wheat germ bread

I made this bread mostly to use some of the yogurt I bought when I made this naan. For some reason, at least in my neighborhood, you can't just buy an eight ounce container of plain container of yogurt anymore. Instead, my only option was a 32 ounce container. There are now so many iterations of yogurt that there is little room for the plain Jane version on the supermarket shelves I suppose.

May 25, 2020

Apple Raisin Rye Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These apple raisin rye muffins are a wonderful grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Apple Raisin Rye Muffins

These apple rye muffins are so easy to make, are super moist, and have a wonderful cinnamon apple flavor.

May 24, 2020

Mango Chile Margarita

This Mango Chile Margarita is made with fresh pureed mango and freshly squeezed lime juice.

I've been a little obsessed with experimenting with the recipe for this Mango Chile Margarita after visiting a local Mexican restaurant. The cocktail was so good, I had to try to duplicate it.

May 20, 2020

Hibiscus Buttermilk Cakes

These little hibiscus buttermilk cakes are frosted with a delicious buttercream flavored with a homemade hibiscus syrup.

2 hibiscus buttermilk cakes

The vanilla buttermilk cake is super moist, and pairs perfectly with the hibiscus buttercream.

May 18, 2020

Crispy Air Fried Cod Fillets

These air-fried cod fillets, dredged in a panko, shallot, and herbs mixture, are super crunchy and crispy.

Crispy Air Fried Cod Fillets with salad

These air-fried cod filets are super moist on the inside and totally crunchy on the outside, all with a lot less calories than deep fried fish.

May 17, 2020

Banh Mi Deviled Eggs

These banh mi deviled eggs are reminiscent of the banh mi sandwich sold by Vietnamese sandwich vendors.

Banh Mi Deviled Eggs on a platter

These deviled eggs take the elements of a banh mi sandwich: liver pâté, daikon and carrot pickles, cilantro, cucumber, mayonnaise, and chile sauce and pack them into a tasty little appetizer.

May 16, 2020

Early American Cottage Bread

This multigrain cottage bread includes oats, wheat, wheat germ, wheat bran, and cornmeal to create a hearty delicious loaf.

Early American Cottage Bread

I love the unusual shape of the bread. You form two dough balls and place one on top of the other before baking. It's up to you how you want to slice it!

Fresh Corn Soup with Seared Scallops

This fresh corn soup with seared scallops is so sweet and tasty. It also has a slight kick from jalapeño peppers included in the mix.

Corn soup with seared scallops floating on top

I can't get enough of fresh corn when it is in season. It is so sweet, and it adds so much to so many dishes. In fact, if you place the word "corn" in the little "search this blog" box up on the right, you might find that I'm kind of obsessed with corn. I like to add it to salads, soups, muffins, pancakes, and even yeasted bread.

May 15, 2020

Wahoo's Grilled Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw {copycat}

These copycat Wahoo's char-grilled fish tacos are fresh and flavorful, combining influences from Mexico, Asia, and Brazil.

Wahoo's Grilled Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw on a plate

Wahoo's Tacos was first opened in 1988 in Orange County, California by three brothers of Chinese descent who grew up in Brazil (their parents fled there from communist China). Fast forward, the family eventually came to California and opened up a Chinese restaurant in the 1970s.

May 12, 2020

Light Rye Sourdough Bread | #BreadBakers

This light rye sourdough bread is crusty and chewy with a mild sourdough flavor.

Light Rye Sourdough Bread slices

This light rye sourdough is made with white rye flour and bread flour. The white rye flour adds a mild rye flavor, and the bread flour adds structure.

May 11, 2020

Patatas Panaderas (Spanish Potatoes with Olive Oil and Wine)

These Spanish potatoes with olive oil and wine are such a simple dish to make, but the resulting flavor and creaminess will surely have you make this dish again and again.

Patatas Panaderas (Spanish Potatoes with Olive Oil and Wine)

These patatas panaderas, or "bakers' potatoes," are super creamy tasting, and, even though they are baked in olive oil, they are not either crispy or oily. They are just tender and delicious.

May 10, 2020

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This chicken Caesar salad with garlic-rubbed grilled croutons and grilled marinated chicken is a grilling lover's version of the classic Caesar salad.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This salad includes grilled marinated chicken, grilled sliced baguette garlic croutons, hearts of romaine lettuce, and shaved Parmesan cheese. This grilled chicken Caesar salad is a wonderful dinner to kick off grilling season.

May 8, 2020

Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger

This bourbon bacon cheeseburger is big, juicy, and smothered in an amazing bourbon barbecue sauce.

This epic burger is part of a fantastic month-long event hosted by Girl Carnivore!

This bourbon bacon cheeseburger is big, juicy, and smothered in an amazing bourbon barbecue sauce.

This burger is a 1/3 pound ground chuck patty, grilled to medium, topped with 2 strips of thick cut bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, and an amazing homemade bourbon barbecue sauce.

May 6, 2020

Fried Chicken Sandwich with a Spicy Bread and Butter Pickle Coleslaw

This fried chicken sandwich with a spicy bread and butter pickle coleslaw pretty much is my new favorite sandwich.

Fried Chicken Sandwich with a Spicy Bread and Butter Pickle Coleslaw

I could eat this fried chicken sandwich every day. The aioli alone (with garlic, mayo, and hot sauce) makes it worth it.

May 3, 2020

Zucchini Salad with Queso Fresco

This zucchini salad, with quick pickled red onions, crisp tender zucchini and summer squash, and herbs with queso fresco is so fresh and flavorful.

Zucchini Salad with Queso Fresco

This salad, with zucchini, summer squash, pickled red onions, and queso fresco is colorful, fresh, and delicious.

May 1, 2020

Pozole Rojo with Chicken

Pozole Rojo is a Mexican soup with an ancho chile broth that is filled with hominy. It is a delicious celebration soup that is meant to be garnished with all kinds of add-ins.

Pozole Rojo with Chicken

Typically, pozole is made with pork, just like this pork pozole verde, but you can make it with shrimp, turkey, or in this case, chicken. You can also make a vegetarian version.

Apr 30, 2020

Chocobananas (Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas)

Chocobananas, or chocolate covered frozen bananas are such a fun treat. They are also super easy to make. Just freeze the bananas, dip them in melted chocolate, and sprinkle them with your favorite toppings.

Chocobananas, or chocolate covered frozen bananas are such a fun treat. They are also super easy to make.

Chocolate covered bananas and I go way back, so when the Progressive Eats group decided to share food truck recipes this month, this was the first thing I thought of.

Apr 28, 2020

Tartine Basic Country Bread

Tartine Country Bread is pretty much the holy grail of sourdough bread, ever since Chad Robertson released his book, Tartine Bread. It has been an inspiration for artisan bread bakers who work hard to make gorgeous loaves with an amazing flavor. 

Tartine Country Bread is pretty much the holy grail of sourdough bread. It has been an inspiration for artisan bread bakers who work hard to make gorgeous loaves with an amazing flavor.

The original recipe for the Tartine Country Bread can be found in the book, Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, published in 2010. I bought this book, but then was so intimidated by the fact that the recipe and instructions were over 40 pages long. As a bread baking friend describes it, it's "epic."

Apr 27, 2020

Toffee Mocha Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These toffee mocha muffins will please your toffee, chocolate, and coffee lovers. It's like a Heath Bar and a cup of coffee rolled up into a muffin. Plus, there are chocolate chips.

Toffee, chocolate, and coffee muffins

These mocha muffins, loaded with chocolate chips (because you can't have too much chocolate), cocoa, espresso, and topped with a toffee chip streusel, are a great excuse for having chocolate for breakfast.

Apr 26, 2020

Pretzel Croissants

Pretzel croissants! A cross between croissants and pretzels. There are cronuts, so why not pretzel croissants?

Pretzel croissants

These pretzel croissants get their "pretzel-ness" because they are prepared with a dough made with beer instead of water, dipped into a baked baking soda wash, and then sprinkled with salt.

Apr 20, 2020

Lemon, Ricotta, & Thyme Mini Cakes

These little lemon loaves with ricotta and thyme are sweet and lemony with a slight herbal undertone from the thyme.

Lemon, Ricotta, & Thyme Mini Cakes

These sweet mini lemon cakes are the perfect treat for the lemon fans in your life. The cake is flavored with lots of lemon zest and the glaze is flavored with lemon juice. They are like lemonade on a plate.

Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella

This Chicken Marbella is inspired by the dinner party classic from the 1980s. With the unusual combination of chicken, prunes, olives, and capers, it is so unexpectedly delicious.

This Chicken Marbella is inspired by the dinner party classic from the 1980s. With the unusual combination of chicken, prunes, olives, and capers, it is so unexpectedly delicious.

The original recipe for Chicken Marbella was published in the Silver Palate Cookbook (affiliate link) in 1982. At the time, the cookbook was considered revolutionary and sophisticated. The recipes were dinner party ready, yet much less labor intensive than ones from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Apr 19, 2020

Garlic and Cheese Country Bread (Garlic & Gruyère Pain de Campagne)

This Garlic Gruyere Pain de Campagne Boule is a big sourdough loaf with a swath of roasted garlic and cheese nestled right under the crust.

Garlic and Cheese Country Bread (Garlic & Gruyère Pain de Campagne)

To achieve the pockets of garlic and cheese right under the crust, you flattened the final dough and spread it with the roasted garlic and cheese mixture, and then you roll it up into a boule. You then tighten the boule until much of the filling is just under the skin (outer crust) of the bread.

Apr 18, 2020

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup is a delicious way to warm you up when you're feeling a bit chilly. The flavors are complex, with star anise, garlic, and ginger.

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

The fragrant spices, along with a bit of brown sugar, chili bean sauce, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper flakes or, if you have them, Sichuan peppercorns, combine to create a pretty amazing and flavorful noodle soup.

Apr 17, 2020

Irish Fish Cakes

These fish cakes are one of my favorite treats from Ireland. They can be made with salmon, cod, hake, halibut, rockfish, or any flaky seafood you have access too.

Irish Fish Cakes

Fish cakes are popular in pubs along the coast of Ireland. They are pretty much a comfort food, and take the ubiquitous potato and combine it with the bounty from the coasts of the country.

Apr 16, 2020

Kürtőskalács | Hungarian Chimney Cakes

Kürtőskalács, also known as chimney cakes, are a fun treat to make. They are delicious straight from the oven.

Kürtőskalács | Hungarian Chimney Cakes

The dough for these Kürtőskalács is pretty easy to make, and super easy to handle. It's an enriched yeasted dough, with milk, butter, and an egg, and it comes together very quickly.

Apr 14, 2020

Kozunak (Bulgarian Easter Bread) | #BreadBakers

Kozunak is a slightly sweet enriched celebration bread often served Easter morning in Bulgaria.


Kozunak is similar to many celebration breads of Europe, especially eastern Europe, and is enriched with eggs, oil, and sugar. It reminds me of brioche, pandoro, or Pane di Pasqua, except that it calls for oil rather than butter.

Apr 13, 2020

No Knead Herb Bread

This no knead herb bread is a delicious way to use up leftover herbs that might be languishing in your veggie bin.

No Knead Herb Bread

This herb bread is super easy to make, and you can use any herbs you have on hand. All you need is some flour, salt, water, and a teeny tiny bit of yeast. Throw in a mixture of herbs, mix everything up by hand, and walk away for 12 to 18 hours.

Apr 12, 2020

The Cuban Sandwich (The Cubano)

This Cuban Sandwich Recipe reflects the delicious sandwich from Florida, the birthplace of the authentic Cubano.

The Cuban Sandwich (The Cubano)

Making a Cuban sandwich requires a few extra steps, including roasting your own pork, but it is totally worth it.

I even made my own Cuban bread, or Pan Cubano de Manteca!

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.