Jul 30, 2020

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Fire up your grill to recreate a wood-fired oven environment and bake this zucchini pizza.  You will have a delicious pizza in about three to five minutes!

Grilled Zucchini Pizza




I'm really excited about this pizza dough recipe. First, you can make the dough in advance and let it rise in the refrigerator.

Jul 28, 2020

Kimmelweck Rolls

Kimmelweck Rolls are a staple in western New York state, particularly in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. they are used to make a regional sandwich that is filled with thinly sliced juicy roast beef, topped with horseradish sauce, and dipped in a delicious au jus.


Kimmelweck rolls




I'm not sure what the magic is, but these rolls have an amazing flavor. They also fill your house with a wonderful aroma when they are baking.

Jul 27, 2020

Lemonade Muffins

These lemonade muffins are so lemony and sweet. They are flavored with a secret ingredient, lemonade concentrate! They totally taste like lemonade.

Lemonade Muffins on a cake stand




These lemonade muffins are perfect for lemonade lovers. They are like a glass of lemonade in a muffin!

Jul 26, 2020

Double Chocolate Rye Cookies

These double chocolate rye cookies are super chocolaty and decadent. Loaded with cocoa powder and lots of chopped bittersweet chocolate, these cookies will please any chocolate lover.

Double Chocolate Rye Cookies




When there is a platter of cookies, I always go for the chocolate ones... the more chocolate the better.
Some of my favorites include Mexican hot chocolate cookies, Levain Bakery dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and homemade Thin Mints.

Jul 20, 2020

Elderflower & Roasted Strawberry Layer Cake

This Elderflower & Roasted Strawberry Layer Cake is a delicious and pretty special way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or another milestone.

Strawberry layer cake




I made a cake! And it looks pretty okay!

Instant Pot Saffron Risotto

This Saffron Risotto, made in the Instant Pot, takes most of the work out of making risotto. You still end up with a creamy pot of delicious risotto, the perfect accompaniment to hearty braised meats.

Cheesy Instant Pot Saffron Risotto with scallions and Parmesan




This is the easiest risotto you will ever make. Rather than stirring in portions of broth or water and stirring until it's absorbed before adding more and stirring, stirring, and stirring again, this risotto is mostly hands off.

Jul 18, 2020

Summer Vegetable Soup with Sausage and Lentils

This summer vegetable soup with sausage and lentils is so rich and flavorful, and it's a great way to use some of the bounty from your garden.


Summer Vegetable Soup with Sausage and Lentils




The flavors of this vegetable soup with sausage and lentils are incredibly complex. There are a lot of spices in this soup, but each one adds so much, so don't skimp. The soup is almost magical.

Jul 17, 2020

Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho

This grilled garlic shrimp with Yuzu Kosho is a quick and delicious way to grill shrimp in an amazing marinade of red yuzu kosho, garlic, and soy sauce.

Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho in a plate





I first tried yuzu kosho when I made these delicious grilled scallops. Yuzu kosho is a Japanese condiment that is a mixture of chillies, salt and the zest and juice from Japanese yuzu. It's citrus-y and spicy at the same time.

Jul 16, 2020

Birotes Salados - Mexican Sourdough Rolls

Birotes Salados are sourdough sandwich rolls unique to Guadalaja, Mexico. The rolls are crusty on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. They have a wonderful sourdough flavor.


Birotes Salados stacked




The bread is used for Tortas Ahogadas, which are sandwiches made with carnitas, pickled onions, refried beans, and two sauces, one for spicing things up, and one for drowning/dunking the entire sandwich, which is why the rolls are so crusty.

Jul 15, 2020

Brown Bread Ice Cream

Brown bread ice cream is an amazing frozen vanilla custard filled with caramelized bread crumbs that stay crispy and delicious.

Brown Bread Ice Cream in bowls





The custardy vanilla ice cream is also flavored with a hint of lemon and cinnamon. You cannot really taste either, other than you can tell there is something special and unique about the vanilla flavor.

Jul 14, 2020

Sourdough Sandwich Biscuits

These sourdough sandwich biscuits are crunchy on the outside and super soft and tender on the inside. You can whip them up in just 30 minutes, including baking time.


Sourdough Sandwich Biscuits




These biscuits are made with butter, flour, baking powder, and salt, but instead of milk or buttermilk, you add 100 percent hydration (equal parts water and flour by weight) sourdough starter. It's a great way to use your discard when you are feeding your starter.

Jul 13, 2020

Mini Peach Cobblers

When you have fresh sweet peaches available, be sure to make these little peach cobblers.


Mini Peach Cobblers topped with whipped cream




These mini peach cobblers are a breeze to make too! Just mix the peaches with some brown sugar, nutmeg, and lemon zest, and divide them among 8 mini ramekins. Top them with an easy to make biscuit dough, and bake!

Jul 12, 2020

Beef on Weck

Beef on Weck is a delicious sandwich originating from Buffalo, New York. It's made with thin cut rare roast beef, horseradish, and a kaiser-like roll topped with salt and caraway seeds and dipped in a beef au jus gravy.


Beef on Weck with dipping sauce on the plate





Outside of Western New York, I'm not sure that beef on weck is a "thing," but it really should be. The sandwich is delicious.

Jul 10, 2020

Mixed Berry Cobblers

These Mixed Berry Cobblers are a wonderful way to enjoy the bounty of summer berries. 


Mixed Berry Cobblers





These summer berry cobblers include a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You can use any mixture of berries you like, and even add some stone fruit if you have it.

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.