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Sep 20, 2021

Air Fryer Croutons

These golden brown and crunchy air fryer croutons are perfect for topping your favorite soups and salads. 

Air fryer croutons in a bowl.

Making homemade croutons in the air fryer couldn't be easier. All you need is some stale bread, some olive oil, and seasonings. 

Sep 19, 2021

Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup with Basil Pesto

This Swiss chard and white bean soup with basil pesto is a quick and easy dish you can put together for a delicious lunch or light and nutritious dinner. 

Swiss chard soup with pesto on top.


This soup on it's own is very flavorful, but topping it with a basil and Parmesan pesto takes it to another level. The pesto is a take on French pistou, which does not contain pine nuts (or nuts of any kind), just olive oil, basil, Parmesan, and garlic. 

Sep 18, 2021

Sausage, Vegetable, and Bean Soup

This Crock Pot Sausage, Vegetable, and Bean Soup is loaded with spicy nutritious goodness. 

Sausage, Vegetable, and Bean Soup in bowls.

This soup is pure comfort food and super easy to make. 

Sep 17, 2021

Sweet Tea Panna Cotta

This Sweet Tea Panna Cotta, topped with a sweet lemony sauce, is an easy and elegant make-ahead dessert. 

Sweet Tea Panna Cotta with vanilla bean paste.


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To celebrate fall flavors, this tea is flavored with vanilla bean paste and apple cider tea, and topped with a sweet and tart lemon dessert sauce. 

Slow Roasted Salmon with Garlic Butter and Herbs

Roasting salmon filets in a low oven results in a wonderfully tender, super moist, and evenly cooked piece of fish. 


Slow roasting salmon is a complete revelation. The fat in the salmon slowly melts while the salmon is baking, and the resulting fish is incredibly moist. This method is the perfect way to avoid dried fish. 

Sep 15, 2021

Wool Roll Bread with Gruyère Cheese and Herbs

This wool roll bread is soft, fluffy, and filled melty Gruyère cheese, parsley, scallions, crushed red peppers, and dill seeds. It's the perfect pull-apart bread to enjoy with soups and stews, or just spread with a little butter or garlic oil and enjoyed on its own. 

Wool Roll Bread with Gruyère Cheese and Herbs in a pan.

This amazing bread is also wonderful dipped in hot pizza sauce, and leftovers are wonderful reheated. 

Roasted Cipollini Onions With Sherry Vinegar And Thyme

These roasted cipollini onions have a sweet delicious flavor. Toss them on the stovetop in olive oil and sherry vinegar, and then roast them in the oven for a savory side dish that will go with just about anything. 

cipolline onion appetizers on a plate.

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of #FallFlavors recipes. All opinions are mine.

We had these onions with a juicy steak and a salad for a delicious meal. They're also delicious with roast beef. 

Sep 14, 2021

Pan Fried Pork and Scallion Buns (Shēng Jiān Bāo) | #BreadBakers

These pan fried pork and scallion buns have a delicious crispy texture on one side and are soft and fluffy on the other side. Plus, they are filled with a tasty mixture of seasoned pork. 

Chinese Pan Fried Pork and Scallion Buns stacked in a bowl.

I like to make a big batch of these buns and freeze them for later. 

Sep 13, 2021

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts

The mixture of chipotle chili and brown sugar is a wonderful combination of sweet and hot. These nuts are the perfect cocktail hour appetizer or snack.  

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts in cups.

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of #FallFlavors recipes. All opinions are mine.

These sweet and spicy roasted mixed nuts are so easy to pull together. You probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry and freezer. They are the perfect appetizer at a holiday party or get together. They are a delicious snack to have on hand too. 

Sep 12, 2021

Bierocks (German Beef and Cabbage Stuffed Rolls)

Bierocks (pronounced Bee-rocks) are fluffy yeasted buns filled with ground meat, onions, and cabbage, along with other savory ingredients. 

Bierocks in hand.

Bierocks are a popular dish in the midwest, reportedly originating in Eastern Europe, and brought to the U.S. by Volga Germans (Germans who settled in along the Volga in Russia but were allowed to keep their German language and culture). 

Hot and Sour Soup with Pork

This hot and sour soup with pork is easy to make, delicious, and it satisfies the cravings you have for Chinese take-out any time of day. 

Hot and Sour Soup with Pork in bowls with spoons.

This hot and sour soup is loaded with umami flavors. Serve it with shrimp fried rice, asparagus, pea, and leek stir fry, and shrimp and pork pot stickers for a complete meal

Sep 9, 2021

Stout, Rye, and Pumpkin Sourdough

This stout, rye, and pumpkin sourdough is pretty wonderful. Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover pumpkin puree from other baking projects? This bread is the answer. 

Stout, Rye, and Pumpkin Sourdough Bread Slices.

I had some pumpkin puree in the freezer from making pumpkin rolls, so I made this bread! This recipe is perfect for this dilemma because it only calls for a small amount of the pumpkin puree. 

Sep 4, 2021

Garlic and Ginger Caramel Chicken Thighs

Garlic and ginger caramel chicken thighs. Imagine crispy chicken coated in a succulent sticky sauce with Asian flavors. Beyond delicious. 

Garlic and Ginger Caramel Chicken Thighs in bowl.

You won't be able to resist this Vietnamese-style caramel chicken. It's glazed with an sauce of Asian-style flavors that you can't resist. The recipe is both easy and magical. 

Sep 1, 2021

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi fried rice is a delicious dish made with some leftover rice and kimchi from your fridge, along with other add-ins you might have on hand, and can be whipped up in about 15 minutes. 

Kimchi Fried Rice in bowls.

Kimchi fried rice is wonderful with dumplings, pork buns, or Korean fried chicken. You can also serve it with soup, or just serve it on its own for an economical meal. 

Aug 30, 2021

Maraschino Cherry Muffins

These little cherry muffins are filled with chopped Maraschino cherries and topped with a sweet cherry glaze.  

Cherry muffins in a bowl.

These cherry muffins are definitely a sweet treat and will be a big hit with the little ones. 

Aug 28, 2021

The Ultimate Layered Salad

This layered salad with iceberg, baby spinach, bacon, and peas (and lots of other veggies) is a reminder of those potlucks and recipe books put together by church groups, babysitting co-ops, charity groups, and women's clubs. Not necessarily high brow, but definitely tasty.

The Ultimate Layered Salad #salad #layeredsalad

This Ultimate Layered Salad has twelve layers if you count the dressing.

Aug 25, 2021

Summer Squash Succotash

This summer squash succotash is a great recipe for using all of the wonderful produce that your garden is producing right now. 

Summer squash succotash in a bowl.

While I don't have room for a garden, I am just lucky enough to have a cousin who is a horticultural genius, and grows an amazing variety of fresh produce in her almost cantilevered hillside garden. 

Aug 20, 2021

Butterscotch Pecan Cake

This Butterscotch Pecan Cake is super buttery and rich. It's filled with butterscotch chips and pecans and is so easy to put together. 

Butterscotch cake slices on plates.


This butterscotch cake is loaded with butterscotch chips and toasted pecans. It's super moist, and includes both butter and plain full fat yogurt, along with eggs, sugar, and flour. 

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon (Crab and Cream Cheese Filled Wontons)

Crab rangoon is a delicious mixture of crab meat, cream cheese, herbs, and other flavorings and spices wrapped in a wonton wrapper. 

Crab rangoon on a plate with dip.


Crab rangoon is an appetizer whose roots are traced back to Trader Vic's, one of the first "tiki style" or Polynesian-style restaurants, which was based in San Francisco in the 1950s. 

Aug 16, 2021

Naan Sangak (Persian Pebble Bread)

This Naan Sangak, made with a sourdough starter, was an amazing adventure to make. Plus, the resulting bread is crazy good. 

Naan Sangak whole flatbread.


Naan sangak is baked with an unusual and adventurous method. You actually bake the bread on a tray full of hot rocks! It's pretty fun. 

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

These air fryer Buffalo chicken wings are so crispy and flavorful. Be sure to give everyone extra napkins, because they are going to want seconds. 

Buffalo chicken wings on a platter.

Made in an air fryer, they are a delicious lightened up take on the the deep fried restaurant version. The skin is super crispy even after being tossed in the tasty Buffalo sauce. 

Aug 15, 2021

Lasagna Bolognese

This lasagna Bolognese goes all in with super meaty ragú and a Parmesan besciamella sauce that captures the flavors of northern Italy. 

Lasagna Bolognese plates


This lasagna is different, in that there is no mozzarella, and the sauce, or ragú, as it is known in Bologna, is so meaty. Typically, the sauce is served with tagliatelle. When I first made it, I served it with linguini because I couldn't find the tagliatelle. 

Aug 14, 2021

Rum-Raisin Bread

This Rum Raisin Bread is perfect for Sunday brunch. It's filled with rum soaked raisins, and topped with a rum flavored glaze.

 This rum raisin bread is so easy to make, and is such a stunning presentation with the drizzled glaze.

Aug 10, 2021

Swedish Rye Bread (Limpa)

Swedish Rye Bread, or Limpa, is a faintly sweet rye scented with orange, anise, fennel, and cardamom. It's very different from deli and other rye breads. 

Swedish rye loaf.

Abandon any preconceived ideas you have about rye flavor. I'm pretty sure it's the caraway seeds or other flavorings that we taste in deli breads. Not that the flavor is bad, it's just not the rye flour.

Aug 9, 2021

Breakfast Strata with Corn and Chiles

This strata, filled with sweet corn and roasted poblano chiles, is a wonderful make-ahead breakfast, perfect for Sunday brunch, holiday mornings, or breakfast potlucks. 

Breakfast strata with sweet corn on a plate.

Strata is a layered casserole of bread, vegetables, cheese, all held together with milk and eggs. You assemble the ingredients the night before, and then bake the casserole the next morning. 

Aug 6, 2021

Pavlovas with Whipped Cream and Berry Compote

Pavlova, with its rustic yet gorgeous appearance, is quite the showstopper dessert. These individual Pavlovas, topped with sweet whipped cream, mixed berries, and a raspberry sauce, are the perfect way to show off the beauty of summer berries. 

Pavlovas with whipped cream.

Pavlova is supposedly named after the Russian ballerina and originated in either New Zealand or Australia. Pavlovas look like meringues, but inside the crisp outer shell is a soft marshmallowy interior.  

Aug 4, 2021

Chorizo Stuffed Hash Browns

These chorizo stuffed hash brown potatoes are a take on your favorite Sunday breakfast side dish. The potatoes are stuffed with a mixture of Mexican chorizo, onions, chiles, and lots of wilted spinach. Each serving is pretty much a complete meal. 

Chorizo Stuffed Hash Browns on a plate.

You can just see the spinach and chorizo peeking out from between the layers of super crispy hash browns but you will tasted them with every bite. 

Aug 2, 2021

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

This panna cotta with fresh raspberry sauce tastes like heaven in a spoon. 

Yogurt Panna Cotta with a spoonful.


Panna cotta means "cooked cream" in Italian. It is an easy and elegant make-ahead dessert. Basic panna cotta consists of cream, sugar, and gelatin, and sometimes vanilla. This recipe also includes yogurt and Grand Marnier liqueur. 

Jul 31, 2021

French Dip Sandwich au Jus made in the Slow Cooker

This French dip sandwich has got to be one of the best dishes I've ever tried in the slow cooker. It's really tasty and incredibly easy to make. 

French dip with potato chips on a plate.

Take a chuck roast, which is a great cut for braising, toss it into your Crock Pot with an umami rich broth, and let all of the flavors meld until everything is perfectly melt-in-your-mouth tender. 

Jul 30, 2021

Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake

This vanilla cheesecake recipe, made in the Instant Pot, is foolproof. You'll never have a cracked cheesecake again!

Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake on a plate.


Making cheesecake in the Instant Pot couldn't be easier. I don't know what took me so long to try it. Forget complicated instructions, this cheesecake will blow you away. 

Jul 29, 2021

Roasted Blueberry Pull-Apart Loaf

Starting with a buttery homemade dough, this bread is layered with jammy roasted blueberries and topped with a lemony glaze. 

Roasted Blueberry Pull-Apart Loaf.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

If you've tried my cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread or my Parmesan pull-apart bread, you know how fun pull-apart loaves are both to make and to eat. 

Jul 28, 2021

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies

These custard cream sandwich cookies are a take on a beloved British sandwich cookie (biscuit in England). 

Custard Cream Sandwich Cookies in a pan.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Of all of the sweets I've made over the last year, these were all of my taste testers' favorites. With the cripy soft shortbread and the creamy and custardy filling, these cookies got rave reviews. 

Jul 26, 2021

Sheet Pan No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake

This sheet pan no bake banana split cheesecake is a whimsical dessert that will make everyone smile when you take it out of the freezer. 

Sheet Pan No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake.


This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

This sheet pan banana split is kind of a cross between no bake cheese cake and no churn ice cream. It has all of the components of a banana split, including chocolate ganache, strawberry sauce, bananas, strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top, all piled on top of of an ice cream cone crust. 

Jul 24, 2021

Overnight Bagels with Black Pepper

Bagels. Dough boiled in sweetened water and then baked. Yes, you can make them yourself at home!

Bagels stacked.

These bagels are chewy and flavorful, just what you'd expect from a bagel. They are great with a "schmear," for breakfast, or for making bagel sandwiches. 

Jul 20, 2021

Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans

This fudge cake with cherries and pecans, also known as the Nashville one-pan fudge cake, is the perfect little cake for when you have a chocolate craving. 

Fudge Cake with Cherries and Pecans  Stacked

A version of this cake first appeared in the Junior League of Nashville cookbook, probably from the 1960s. The cake is easy to make and super fudgy. No mixer necessary. 

Jul 19, 2021

Korean-Style Chile-Braised Brisket (Instant Pot)

This Korean-style brisket is braised in a delicious sauce flavored with gochujang, which is a paste made from Korean red chiles. 

Korean-Style Chile-Braised Brisket for serving


The sauce is so luscious and juicy, and the meat is tender and succulent. It's delicious with noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice, or paired with your favorite cole slaw. 

Jul 17, 2021

Green Tea Ice Cream

This Green Tea Ice Cream has a lovely herbal sweetness. The color and flavor come from matcha, a bright green powdered tea.

Green Tea Ice Cream in a bowl.

If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be ice cream. It also reminds me of my dad, who loved having a big bowl of ice cream every night after dinner. I think he probably had ice cream just about every day (at least in my memory). 

Leftover Chicken Pot Pie Soup Rice Casserole

If you love the flavors of chicken pot pie, you will enjoy this rice casserole made with leftover chicken pot pie soup. 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup Rice Casserole in bowls


I am a huge fan of chicken pot pie. Huge Fan. When nothing else sounds good, I always settle on chicken pot pie. It is such an amazing comfort food and revives my taste buds. 

Jul 16, 2021

Cruffins (Easy Croissant Muffins)

Cruffins, a cross between croissants and muffins, with a sweet buttery dough, are a great way to capture the flaky dough of croissants crossed with the convenience of muffins. 

Cruffins (Easy Croissant Muffins) in a basket.

You get the light and airy pull-apart flaky pastry in a muffin shape without having to roll out and laminate dough over two or three days. 

Surimi (Imitation Crab) Salad

This surimi salad is so light and refreshing. You'll love the crunch of celery and the flavors of the spices and fresh dill. 

Surimi (Imitation Crab) Salad in a bowl.

Imitation crab is an easy and inexpensive way to create a delicious salad for lunch, brunch, or a fun salad bar. 

Jul 13, 2021

No Knead Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This no knead sourdough sandwich bread is a great recipe for making a sourdough loaf without having to make sure your starter is newly fed. 

No knead sourdough sandwich bread sliced.


This is a "batter bread, " kind of like English muffin bread, where the dough is so wet you can't really shape it. Instead you essentially scrape the dough/batter into your loaf pan, let it rise, and bake it. 

Jul 12, 2021

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

If you love tomatoes, you will love these tomato and goat cheese tarts topped with fresh basil. 

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts on plates.

This tomato tart, with juicy grape tomatoes, fresh goat cheese, chives, parsley, and basil, is delicious both fresh from the oven and served at room temperature. 

Jul 10, 2021

Haricot Vert Salad | French Green Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

This haricot vert salad with a Dijon vinaigrette is simple, elegant, and really easy to pull together. 

Haricot Vert Salad in a bowl.

Haricot vert is simply the French translation for green bean. French string beans are skinnier and longer than "regular" green beans, and they are so tender. 

Jul 7, 2021

Quick Pickled Zucchini and Red Onions

This recipe for quick pickled zucchini and red onions is so easy to make, and you will love the crispy and "pickley" results. 

Quick Pickled Zucchini and Red Onions plated and in a jar.


Now that it is zucchini season, you're going to want lots of recipes to use them, especially if you have friends who are trying to off load all of the zucchini they have from their garden. 

Jul 3, 2021

Noodle Soup with Stir-Fried Bay Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms

This Noodle Soup with Stir-Fried Bay Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms recipe is a great way to incorporate stir-fried ingredients into soup. 

Noodle Soup with Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms in bowls.

This soup also introduced me to adding ginger to chicken broth. This was a revelation.

Jul 2, 2021

Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

This chicken pot pie soup brings the flavors of chicken pot pie to an amazing soup. 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup in bowls.


Because chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, I wanted to capture the flavors in a soup. 

Jun 26, 2021

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic and Parmesan

This grilled eggplant with garlic and parmesan is so easy to make, and the grilled eggplant contrasted with the crispy Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumb topping will turn you into an eggplant fan, even if you weren't one before.

I had never been much of an eggplant fan, but this Italian style grilled eggplant changed my entire perspective about the vegetable.
Jun 24, 2021

Tapas-Syle Meatballs (Albondigas en Salsa)

Meatballs (albondigas) are often enjoyed in tapas bars in Spain for an after work snack and drinks or a glass of wine. 

In cities like Madrid, you might go from bar to bar, having a taste of a small dish and a cocktail before moving onto the next bar to try something different, kind of like a progressive dinner party! 

Jun 20, 2021

Vietnamese-Style Meatballs with Rice Noodles (Instant Pot)

These Vietnamese-style pork meatballs, mixed with lemongrass, garlic, shallots, and cilantro and simmered in a sauce of lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and oyster sauce are so full of flavor. Top everything with chopped roasted peanuts for an amazing combination of flavors. 

Vietnamese-Style Meatballs with Rice Noodles (Instant Pot)

Serve these meatballs with rice vermicelli noodles, fresh vegetables, and fresh herbs, for a meal similar to Bun Cha, a popular street food in Hanoi. 

Tiny Texas Sheet Cake

This tiny Texas sheet cake takes the potluck classic chocolate cake and shrinks the recipe down to fit into an eight inch square cake pan. 

Texas sheet cake with pecans

This tiny Texas sheet cake begins with a cinnamon spiced chocolate cake that is topped with a custardy pecan and coconut frosting.