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

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)

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.