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





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.

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.