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Jun 15, 2021

Montreal-Style Bagels | #BreadBakers

These Montreal-style bagels are chewy and tasty, and perfect with a little cream cheese, smoked salmon, and dill for breakfast. 

Montreal Bagels with sesame and poppy seeds

 



Bagels were introduced to Canada by Yiddish immigrants who settled in an area of Montreal called "The Main." According to the book, Inside the Jewish Bakery, the first bagel bakery opened in 1919. 

Jun 14, 2021

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies are crispy and chewy, and filled with soft milk chocolate chips and dried sour cherries.

Milk Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies




These cookies have the texture of a chewy oatmeal cookie but with all of the goodness of chocolate covered cherries! 
Jun 12, 2021

Summer Berry Turnovers

These summer berry turnovers are delicious for breakfast and dessert. They are filled with a mixture of blackberries and raspberries surrounded by an amazing cream cheese pastry that is so simple to put together. You'll pretty much feel like you are a pastry queen. 

Summer Berry Turnovers




If you are a pastry beginner, you definitely need to try this cream cheese pastry dough. It will totally build your confidence. 

Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail

This Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail is a twist on the whiskey sour. The additional ginger liqueur takes this bourbon cocktail to a new level. 

Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail




The only reason I tried this Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail was because I had one of those mini bottles of Maker's Mark that Mr. Kitchen had given me as a Christmas stocking stuffer about four years ago. I think he got the idea because I had used bourbon as a marinade ingredient or possibly for making homemade vanilla.

Jun 9, 2021

Sourdough and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These sourdough whole wheat chocolate chip cookies with browned butter are just about the most amazing chocolate chip cookies on the planet. 

Sourdough Browned butter and Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

 




These sourdough chocolate chip cookies, at about 4 ounces each, are huge. They're not quite pizookie size, but they are pretty big. 

Jun 6, 2021

Stir-Fry Mango Ginger Chicken

This stir-fry mango ginger chicken is delicious and refreshing, with mango added at the end of the cooking process and just heated through. 

Stir-Fry Mango Ginger Chicken




This recipe involves "velveting" the chicken to keep it moist. Velveting, or waat, includes soaking the chicken in egg whites, corn starch, and rice wine, and then blanching it in water for about a minute prior to stir frying.

Jun 2, 2021

Sous Vide Ham and Cheese Egg Bites

These ham and cheese egg bites are a delicious and easy way to prepare a make-ahead "on-the-go" breakfast. Of course, you can also enjoy these at home with all of the usual breakfast menu items. 

Sous Vide Ham and Cheese Egg Bites




If you like the sous vide egg bites from Starbucks, you will love these. Plus, you don't need sous vide equipment to make these. Instead, you can make them in canning jars in your Crock Pot. The first time I tried this method was to make a bacon and Gryére version, which is also delicious. 

May 29, 2021

Cheddar Chive Sourdough Bread

This cheddar chive bread is delicious for sandwiches, with spaghetti or ravioli for dipping, and for breakfast toast topped with fried or poached eggs. 

Cheddar Chive Sourdough Bread with cheddar pockets




This recipe makes three 1 1/2 pound loaves of bread, but is easily scalable. If you decide to make all three loaves, just wrap the extra loaves in foil and then plastic wrap, and freeze them for up to 30 days.

Roasted Jalapeño Salsa

This roasted jalapeño salsa with tomatoes and garlic is so easy to make and totally tasty. It will become a staple in your kitchen. 

Roasted Jalapeño Salsa



I love salsas. They are wonderful on omelets, in tacos and burritos, with chips, in scrambled eggs, in bloody Marys, and incorporated into guacamole. Salsas can go from traditional, like pico de gallo or tomato and tomatillo salsa, to creative, such as grilled pineapple and red onion salsa, pear salsa, roasted tri-color pepper salsa, tomato and corn salsa

Pub-Style Short Rib Burgers with Gorgonzola, Crispy Fried Shallots, and Secret Sauce

These pub-style short rib burgers with gorgonzola, crispy fried shallots, and secret sauce are thick, juicy, and meaty. 

Pub-Style Burgers




The deal with this burger is not how much you can pile on it. It's more about the meat. First, each burger contains half a pound of beef. Second, the meat comes from short ribs, pretty much the most flavorful cut of beef there is (at least for me).

May 27, 2021

Basic Sourdough Bread for Beginners

This basic sourdough recipe is great for beginning sourdough bakers. It doesn't require a long rise, and the dough is really easy to handle. You will love the results. 

Basic Sourdough Bread stacked




Several years ago - on a whim - I ordered a sourdough starter from King Arthur Baking. I can't even remember why. I hadn't baked bread since my home economics class in junior high school. 

May 26, 2021

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The slow cooker is perfect for recreating the deliciousness of low and slow barbecued pulled pork, even if you don't have a smoker in the back yard. 

Pulled pork sliders



This barbecue pulled pork is so easy to make and the ingredient list is probably already in your pantry. 

May 23, 2021

Homemade Wonder Bread (Copycat)

If you were to ask anyone who grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and are of a certain age) what their favorite bread used to be, I bet they would answer Wonder Bread. It was soft, airy, white, and slightly sweet. Even if you weren't allowed to have Wonder Bread in your house, you might have been jealous of your friends who were. 

Homemade Wonder Bread (Copycat)



I grew up in a household that did not have Wonder Bread. Instead, we had Weber's Bread. Weber's Bread was another white bread (they also had a version with a little bit of whole wheat in it). I remember people being passionate about what their favorite white bread was and swearing that there definitely was a difference. 

May 21, 2021

Salade Niçoise

This salade Niçoise is a composed salad of fresh lettuce, small cooked and chilled potatoes, blanched green beans, hard boiled eggs, chopped shallot, tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, and tuna, all dressed in a tapenade vinaigrette. 

Salade Niçoise Composed


 


While I love this version, rest assured there are many versions of salade Niçoise. In fact, there are lots of arguments about what exactly a salade Niçoise is, especially in France and the EU. 

May 20, 2021

Peanut Butter Snack Cake | #CakeSliceBakers

Whip up this peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting for a delicious snack loaded with peanut buttery flavor. 

Peanut Butter Snack Cake with creamy peanut butter frosting

 



I'm a big fan of peanut butter. I love it in desserts such as peanut butter and chocolate shortbread bars, peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter cups, and even savory dishes such as beef satay with peanut sauce

May 16, 2021

Ropa Vieja in the Slow Cooker

This ropa vieja, a combination of shredded beef and colorful vegetables braised in the slow cooker, is delicious, tender, and flavorful.  

Ropa vieja servings



Ropa vieja, one of the national dishes of Cuba, is loaded with flavor. The name ropa vieja means "old clothes," because the dish is thought to resemble a pile of rags. 

Potica (Povitica) - Central European Nut Roll

This potica, a Slovenian nut roll (or povitica in Croatia) is a traditional bread served for Easter, Christmas, and other celebrations such as weddings. 

Potica slices with swirled nut filling

 



Potica (pronounced po-TEE-sa) is made with a leavened sweet dough that is rolled out thinly and spread with a sweet or savory filling, and then rolled up and baked to create a delicious pastry. 

May 14, 2021

Hot and Sour Egg Drop Soup

This Chinese take out-style hot and sour egg drop soup is so good. It takes just minutes to make and tastes just as good (or better) than the  the soup from your favorite restaurant. 

Hot and Sour Egg Drop Soup with Bamboo Shoots




This hot and sour egg drop soup is total comfort food. You can add more vegetables to the soup if you like, as well as play around with the mushrooms. 

May 13, 2021

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

This wilted mixed green salad with bacon and blue cheese is a fabulous salad to bring to a family reunion or barbecue. Plus, it's a delicious way to get more dark leafy greens onto everyone's plate. 

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon Dressing




This salad will feed a crowd, and can easily be doubled. All you need is a really big salad bowl to toss everything together. 

May 11, 2021

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

These baked beans, cooked from scratch in the Crock Pot for several hours in a sweet glossy sauce, are perfect for a barbecue or summer potluck served along with all of your favorite sides - think mac and cheese, country style potato salad, and broccoli salad

Slow cooker baked beans




If you are looking for a side dish that is easy, a crowd pleaser, and perfect for any season, you definitely will love these slow cooker baked beans.

Leopard Print Milk Bread

Cut into this leopard print milk bread for a slice of stunning, tasty, and sweet bread with the faint flavor of chocolate and vanilla. 

Leopard Print Milk Bread




This leopard print milk bread is slightly sweet with a touch of vanilla flavor. 

May 10, 2021

Cherimoya Margarita

This cherimoya margarita is such a refreshing spring and summer cocktail. It's a tasty way to welcome your guests to a barbecue, potluck, or family reunion. 

Cherimoya margarita with lime, fruit syrup, and sea salt

 




This margarita, with cherimoya syrup made from water, sugar, and the flesh of a fresh, ripe cherimoya, is such a treat. 

May 9, 2021

Pancetta and Asparagus Tarts

These pancetta and asparagus tarts with feta cheese are super easy to make, and are perfect for appetizer, breakfast, or lunch with a leafy green salad. 

Asparagus tarts




These little tarts are a wonderful way to enjoy the asparagus at its peak. I picked up a bunch of fresh organic spring asparagus. The first thing I did was roast some with bacon and Parmesan cheese

May 5, 2021

Strawberry Marshmallows

These strawberry marshmallows are flavored with real strawberries. The flavor is fresh and fruity, and really special. 

Strawberry marshmallows

 



These strawberry marshmallows are so much fun to make and so delicious to eat. Plus, nestled in each strawberry-infused bite is a delicious strawberry slice. One of my taste testers said that she wanted to make sure she got one of those slices in every bit. 

May 2, 2021

Blackberry Lemon Bars

These Blackberry Lemon Bars are the perfect spring and summer dessert.


Lemony summer blackberry bars





These blackberry lemon bars have a lemony cookie base topped with a tangy lemon custard, and then swirled with a sweet blackberry reduction.

Apr 28, 2021

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

These copycat Olive Garden breadsticks are light, airy, soft, and fluffy, just like the ones you can't stop eating from the restaurant. 

Olive Garden Breadsticks on a plate




What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions Olive Garden? Of course, their amazing breadsticks! 

Apr 26, 2021

Sour Cherry Muffins with Coconut Streusel | #MuffinMonday

These sour cherry muffins are filled with delicious sour cherries and topped with an amazing coconut streusel. 

Sour cherry muffins

 



If you're a fan of fruit-filled muffins, you will love these sour cherry muffins. 

Apr 24, 2021

Chicken Chilaquiles

These chicken chilaquiles are sort of like inside out enchiladas. They are so good, especially for breakfast. 

Chicken chilaquiles



"What are chilaquiles?" There are several interpretations of this Mexican dish, but they are typically fried tortilla wedges tossed in red or green sauce as well as shredded chicken or chorizo.

Apr 20, 2021

Lime Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

This lime cake is infused with lime zest and lime juice. It's then topped with a tasty lime cream cheese frosting.

Lime cake slices

 

 


This lime cake is so easy to make too. You can make this cake in the afternoon to serve at dinner that night. It's delicious for dessert or for a mid-afternoon snack. The frosting is both sweet and tart, and is super creamy. 

Apr 19, 2021

Air Fryer Lamb Chops with Roasted Carrots and Mustard Thyme Sauce

These air tender and juicy lamb chops with roasted carrots are glazed with a honey, mustard, garlic, and thyme sauce after quickly roasting them in an air fryer. 

Air fryer lamb chop meal with carrots




This delicious recipe feeds two or three, depending on your appetite and the size of your lamb chops. 

Apr 17, 2021

Ticinese Minestrone

This Ticinese minestrone is from the Swiss canton of Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. It's hearty, filling, and nutritious. 

Ticinese Minestrone




While every Ticinese home cook has their version of minestrone, common threads in the recipes seem to include beans, smoked bacon (and bacon rind to flavor the broth), savoy cabbage, sun dried tomatoes, and a combination of arborio rice with potatoes. 

Apr 16, 2021

Olive Oil Wreath Bread

This olive oil wreath bread makes a wonderful and flavorful pull-apart bread. Perfect for the center of your table. 

Olive oil wreath bread




This bread is flavored with fruity extra virgin olive oil, shaped into a ring, and then cut with scissors as you would a pain de èpi

Moroccan Shrimp Tagine with Garlic, Ginger, and Fennel

This shrimp tagine with garlic, ginger, and fennel is an amazingly flavorful dish. Shrimp lovers (and who isn't?) will demand that you make this over and over again. 

Moroccan Shrimp Tagine with Fennel




This easy shrimp tagine is a great way to explore the flavors of Morocco without having to spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen. 

Apr 13, 2021

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread brings the classic flavors of cinnamon raisin bread to a 100% whole wheat dough. 

Whole wheat raisin bread




Along with whole wheat flour, this bread includes raisins, toasted pecans, as well as cinnamon both in the dough and in a swirl you can see in each slice. 

Apr 12, 2021

Telera Rolls

These telera rolls are a soft flat sandwich roll with a thin crispy crust. They are perfect for tortas (Mexican sandwiches). 

Telera rolls sliced

 




Along with the bolillo, which resembles the shape of a baguette, pan telera is a popular sandwich roll for making tortas. 

Apr 11, 2021

Tomato, Basil, & Garlic Filled Bread (Pane Bianco)

This tomato, basil, and garlic cheese bread, or pane bianco, is a wonderful soft, cheesy, and flavorful loaf. 

Tomato, Basil, & Garlic Filled Bread close up





This bread, besides being pretty darn stunning, is soft, garlicky, cheesy, and tasty. It will kind of remind you of the flavors of pizza in a soft bread. 

Pepper Jack Pimento Cheese

This pepper jack pimento cheese is so easy to put together and will pretty much become your favorite go-to cheesy snack. 

Pepper Jack Pimento Cheese




I've spent my entire life in California, so I was tardy to the pimento cheese party. In fact, I have yet to have actually tried it other than my own experiments with pimento cheese. I've never seen it on a menu in any restaurant. 

Apr 7, 2021

Pasta Salad with Roasted Carrots and Kale

This pasta salad with roasted carrots, kale, sunflower seeds, and Parmesan cheese will become your new favorite pasta salad. 

Roasted carrot pasta salad on plates





The dressing for this pasta salad is so tasty! The ingredients in the dressing are so unexpected too! 

Apr 4, 2021

Crumb Buns (Yeasted Coffee Cake Buns)

These crumb buns, topped with a giant amount of delicious streusel, are the most amazing way to dress up a sweet and rich yeasted dough for the perfect coffee cake treat. 

Crumb buns on a plate

 




These buns are a streusel lover's dream. There is so much streausel on these buns that you might not realize that there are actual rolls underneath. 

Mar 29, 2021

White Chocolate Muffins with a Pistachio Glaze

These white chocolate muffins are a wonderful sweet breakfast treat, tea time snack, and even dessert. 

White chocolate muffins




These muffins are filled with finely chopped white chocolate and the resulting flavor is clearly white chocolate. It's so intriguing. 

Mar 28, 2021

Stir-Fried Mongolian Lamb with Scallions

This Mongolian lamb and scallion stir fry is so easy to make, yet it packs so much flavor. 

Mongolian lamb with scallions



This Stir-Fried Mongolian Lamb with Scallions is reportedly a favorite lunch in Inner Mongolia. Evidently, there is a large nomadic population who raise sheep. 

Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup

This roasted tomato and pepper soup is perfect when you need something tasty, filling, and nutritious.


Tomato and red pepper soup




 Paired with a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread (I love how the cheese melts through the holes in the bread), this makes a wonderful lunch or a light dinner.

Mar 26, 2021

Candied Kumquats

 These candied kumquats are a wonderful way to enjoy the abundance of the fruit this time of year. 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Kumquats in a jar with a spoon




Candied kumquats are delicious over vanilla ice cream (kind of like the flavors of creamsicles), wonderful in salads, and just plain good on their own. You can even make kumquatinis! 

Mar 25, 2021

Potato (Aloo) Samosas

These Potato Samosas are filled with a tangy and spicy mixture of potatoes, peas, herbs, and spices. 

Potato (Aloo) and Pea Samosas

 




These little Indian dumplings are crispy and spicy. They are delicious fresh from the fryer served on their own as a snack or an appetizer, or with a salad for lunch. 

Mar 23, 2021

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes

These chocolate whiskey cupcakes are both intensely chocolatey and boozy, with a hint of coffee to enhance the deep chocolate flavor. 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes

 



You have got to try these super moist and super chocolatey cupcakes. I've frosted them with a chocolate, coffee, and whiskey ganache, but you can frost them with a fluffy vanilla buttercream if you prefer. 

Mar 22, 2021

Mandarin Orange and Rhubarb Mini Loaves

These Mandarin Orange and Rhubarb Mini Loaves are perfect to make when rhubarb begins showing up in grocery stores and farmers markets. 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Slices of Mandarin Orange and Rhubarb Mini Loaves




These little rhubarb and orange breads are super easy to make and take advantage of the rhubarb bounty available in the spring. 

Mar 21, 2021

Spicy Carrot and Broccoli Salad

This spicy carrot salad with broccoli is dressed with ingredients with Asian flavors and spiced up with jalapeño and Fresno chiles. 

Carrot and broccoli slaw


 


For this carrot salad, I combined some multi-colored organic carrots along with some pre-shredded broccoli and sliced jalapeño and Fresno chiles.

Mar 20, 2021

Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting

This jam cake with caramel frosting is pretty incredible. The caramel frosting is a revelation. Imagine a spice cake filled with blackberry jam and topped with a fluffy caramel candy frosting. 

Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting



This cake batter includes allspice, cloves, and cinnamon.. and 1/2 cup of blackberry jam! It's such a unique combination of ingredients. 

Minestrone Napoletana

This minestrone Napoletana is loaded with lots of spring and summer vegetables. Plus, it's so delicious and it makes it easy to get a day's worth of veggies in one bowl. You will feel so virtuous! 

Minestrone Napoletana




Minestrone includes fresh vegetables, along with some legumes and either pasta, rice, or both. Plus, there is usually some pancetta, olive oil, or lardons. 

Mar 19, 2021

Shrimp in Tomato and Chile Sauce

This shrimp in tomato and chile sauce is an orchestra of deeply delicious flavors.  

Shrimp in Tomato and Chile Sauce




This spicy shrimp dish is loaded with concentrated flavors of tomatoes that have been cooked down to their tomato-y essence, along with green chilies, garlic, coriander, cumin chile powder, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, mace, and nutmeg.