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Nov 30, 2020

Cranberry Orange Muffins

These cranberry orange muffins are a wonderful breakfast treat. The batter is flavored with orange juice and orange zest, and the muffins are filled with chopped cranberries. 

Cranberry Orange muffins with fresh cranberries

I'm always drawn to cranberries in muffins because I love the tartness of the cranberries balanced with the sweetness of the muffins. Some of my favorites include sourdough cranberry muffins and sourdough date nut cranberry muffins

Nov 29, 2020

Puff Pastry Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizzettes

These puff pastry tomato and goat cheese pizzettes are little flavorful two-inch rounds of tasty deliciousness. 

Puff Pastry Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizzettes on plates

These little puff pastry tomato and goat cheese pizzettes are only about two inches across, are super light, and are wonderful as appetizers.

Nov 25, 2020

No Knead Rye Bread

This no knead rye bread is a great way to try your hand at baking with rye. It can be a tricky flour to work with, but this no knead recipe for rye bread is easy. 

Easy no knead rye bread

This bread is hearty and delicious, but still light enough for sandwiches. You can make this bread with or without caraway seeds, which give this bread a more "deli rye" flavor. 

Nov 22, 2020

Parker House Rolls

 These Parker House Rolls are soft and fluffy, and wonderful served with your holiday dinner. 

Parker House Rolls cooling

 I've always wanted to try making Parker House Rolls. They are an American classic, originally recorded in the Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, published in 1933. The rolls are soft and airy, and most of all, buttery.

Nov 21, 2020

Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup (Ajiaco)

Ajiaco, a chicken and potato soup from Colombia. It's typically served in a clay pot accompanied by avocado, crema, capers and corn on the cob. 

Chicken and potato soup

Ajiaco is a specialty of Bogotá, and typically includes three kinds of potatoes, including papas criollas, which are small yellow potatoes. They are hard to find outside of Colombia, so small Yukon gold or Dutch baby potatoes are good substitutes. 

Nov 20, 2020

Double Ginger & Grapefruit Cakes

These double ginger and grapefruit cakes start with super gingery cakes with a touch of grapefruit zest which are then topped with a sweet/tart grapefruit curd buttercream. 

Double Ginger & Grapefruit Cakes

The double ginger cakelets are super moist, plus, they stay fresh and moist for several days in an airtight container. 

Shrimp Mini Quiche Appetizers

These little shrimp mini quiches are the the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering, including Thanksgiving. 

Shrimp Mini Quiche Appetizers on a plate

Mini quiches make an excellent appetizer, especially with cocktails. Some of my favorites including mini quiche Lorraine and bacon, leek, and cheddar mini quiches. Serve them with a little bubbly or cocktails before dinner. 

Nov 18, 2020

Cranberry Apple Crisp

 This cranberry apple crisp combines cranberries with both tart and sweet apples for a sweet/tart delicious dessert. It's topped with a nutritious topping of oats and pecans with some added golden flax seeds. 

Cranberry Apple Crisp bowls

Whenever fresh cranberries start showing up in the grocery store I am always inclined to toss a few bags into my shopping card, some to use right away, and some to freeze for all year long. They freeze so well! 

Nov 17, 2020

Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

 This broccoli salad with almonds and cranberries is a crunchy and delicious addition to a Sunday picnic or family reunion. 

Broccoli Salad with Almonds, Cranberries, and avocado dressing

This broccoli salad is so nutritious. It's not the sugar, mayonnaise, and bacon version of a broccoli salad (although I luuurve that version). Instead, this broccoli salad is tossed with an avocado, lemon, and garlic dressing that lets the flavors of the broccoli, almonds, and cranberries shine through. 

Nov 16, 2020

Potato Focaccine

Potato focaccine is a version of an Italian snacking bread. Focaccines are mini focaccias, and can contain any typical focaccia ingredients and extras. 

The dough for these focaccine includes over a 35 percent potatoes to flour, which makes them less airy than most focaccia. They are soft and moist, and delicious for snacking. 

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is so easy to make and is such a delicious meal. Spaghetti and meatballs is such a throw back comfort dish, and making it from scratch in a multi-cooker is a cinch.

Multi cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

This spaghetti and meatball dish is made entirely in the Instant Pot/Multicooker. The only other dish you will get dirty is the bowl in which you mix the meatball ingredients. 

Nov 15, 2020

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

This whole wheat no knead bread is hearty and delicious and it's an easy bread for beginners. 

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

 This bread is 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 bread flour. Plus, there's some lager beer in there to add some extra oomph to the yeast and vinegar to add some extra sour flavor to the dough.

Nov 13, 2020

Maple Sugar Cookies

 These maple sugar cookies are extra special. They include maple syrup and vanilla in both the cookies and the icing that you drizzle over the top of the cookies. They are thin, soft, chewy, and delicious. 

This post is part of Christmas Cookies Week. I received product to use for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Maple sugar cookies on plates

These sugar cookies have a lovely maple and vanilla flavor an the dough is so easy to pull together. The cookies are soft and chewy, and the maple icing is such a delicious finishing touch. 

Nov 11, 2020

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

 These sweet potato pecan cookies with maple cream cheese frosting are soft and fluffy and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. 

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

These cookies take the flavors of a sweet potato casserole and rolls them up into a soft fluffy cake-like cookie. It's a great way to get your vegetables.... in a cookie! 
Nov 10, 2020

Ricotta Calzones with Spinach and Sausage

These calzones are stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, spinach, and hot Italian sausage. The filling reminds me of the filling for ravioli, with three cheeses, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. The results are amazing. 

Ricotta Calzones with Spinach and Sausage sliced

This ricotta calzone also includes Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, which all come together to form a melty and delicious filling. It's kind of like an outside in pizza. 

Nov 9, 2020

Melting Snowman Cookies

 These melting snowman cookies are totally fun to make, and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is so tasty. 

Melting Snowman Cookies

Everyone who tried these cookies all agreed that they were both adorable and delicious. Between the Peanut Butter Cup hat and the soft chocolate and peanut butter cookie base, these were a huge hit. 

Hearty Slow Fermented Rustic Bread

This hearty loaf, made with bread flour, whole wheat flour, and a paté fermentée, is slowly fermented in the refrigerator to develop maximum flavor. 

Loaf of Slow Fermented Rustic Bread Sliced

The formula for this bread begins with a pâte fermentée, which is a mix of flour, water, salt, and yeast that is mixed about 8 to 24 hours before before you bake your bread. 

Nov 8, 2020

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing pancakes - little pan-fried cakes of mashed potatoes infused with your favorite stuffing.

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

 I love making Thanksgiving dinner for my family. First, it's just us, our kids, and my grandkids, so the audience is always accepting, and my single oven can handle the meal.

Nov 6, 2020

Wild Rice and Broccoli Casserole

 This wild rice and broccoli casserole is such a glorious side dish for the holidays. 

Wild Rice and Broccoli Casserole on a plate

This broccoli and rice casserole is packed with flavor. It begins with a blend of wild, red, brown, and white rice, which is mixed with blanched broccoli and an amazing homemade cream of mushroom soup. 

Nov 4, 2020

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

This beef satay with peanut sauce is a great appetizer. Everyone loves food on sticks, right? The beef is thinly sliced and cooked over high heat and then dipped in the most flavorful peanut sauce. 

Beef satay on skewers with peanut dipping sauce

These skewers of flavorful beef are so easy to make and so crave worthy. Between the marinated beef and the sweet and spicy peanut sauce, you will adore the flavors in this easy to make dish. 

Nov 2, 2020

No Knead Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

 These no knead cloverleaf dinner rolls are perfect for pulling from the oven and immediately turning out into the bread basket for holiday dinners. 

No Knead Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

I absolutely love warm dinner rolls for the holidays, as you can tell by the number of times I've posted dinner roll recipes. I've got recipes for big batch dinner rolls, make-ahead buttermilk dinner rolls (which are so convenient). no knead rustic dinner rolls, and par-baked dinner rolls (also super convenient). 

Nov 1, 2020

Roasted Pear, Parmesan, and Spiced Pecan Salad

This roasted pear, Parmesan, and spiced pecan salad is so refreshing, and it was the perfect dinner this weekend when I wanted something light. It's a tasty combination of sweet pears, salty cheese, peppery arugula, and spicy pecans.

Roasted Pear, Parmesan, and Spiced Pecan Salad with Arugula and balsamic

I found some huge Asian pears in my local grocery store. They may be a bit pricey, but they were perfect for roasting, and just burst with juice when we sliced into them. In addition, I found some authentic Parmigiano Reggiano yesterday that I couldn't resist.