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Apr 10, 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. 

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 | #MuffinMonday

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 | #SpringSweetsWeek

 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 | #SpringSweetsWeek

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 | #SpringSweetsWeek

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. 

Mar 16, 2021

Sourdough Green Tea and Candied Kumquat Bread

This green tea bread is made with matcha tea powder and candied kumquats. It's such an unusual and delicious combination of flavors. 

Matcha Tea and Candied Kumquat Bread with sourdough starter

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it's pretty much time for green and orange bread, right? Fortunately, one of he Bread Baking Babes members, Cathy of Bread Experience introduced us to this Green Tea and Orange Bread by Eric Kayser in the book, The Larousse Book of Bread

Mar 15, 2021

Chicken and Lentil Soup (Instant Pot)

This Instant Pot chicken and lentil soup is so delicious, nourishing, and warming on a chilly day. 

Chicken and Lentil Soup


This chicken and lentil soup is seasoned with wonderful combination of herbs and spices, which give the soup such a wonderful flavor. This soup is amazingly delicious, filling, and hearty. Plus, lentils are so nutritious. 

Mar 14, 2021

Creamsicle Meringue Pie

This Creamsicle meringue pie will become your new favorite meringue pie. The combination of orange and vanilla will take you back to memories or your favorite childhood treat. 

Creamsicle Meringue Pie

What I love about this meringue pie is the amazing combination of Mandarin orange and vanilla flavors. 

Mar 13, 2021

Homemade Parmesan Potato Chips

Homemade potato chips with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of sea salt. What else can I say? They are so good! 

Homemade parmesan potato chips in bowls

You'll love these homemade potato chips fresh from the fryer and sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese and sea salt. 

Mar 9, 2021

Buss Up Shut Bread | #BreadBakers

This buss up shut bread, a Trinidad flatbread also called paratha roti, is such a fun bread to make and eat. Serve it with curries, stews, and use it to sop up sauces on your plate. 

Buss up shut bread shredded

Why is it called "buss up shut?" This griddle bread got its name from a tattered and torn shirt, or "busted-up shirt." It's a griddled flatbread that is lightly beaten with wooden spatulas while still on the tawa (a round flat griddle) after it is fully cooked, in order to shred the buttery layers. 

Mar 8, 2021

Pistacchio Madeleines

These pistacchio madeleines (Madeleines a la Pistache) are little cakes that are a take on the traditional French recipe for baked shells of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. 

Pistacchio Madeleines

Watching Madeleines bake is almost as fun as watching macarons, but with slightly less tension. The thrill with Madeleines is... "will there be a bump?" 

Mar 6, 2021

Japanese Potato Salad

Have you ever tried Japanese Potato Salad? I just discovered it, and can't wait to share it with you. 

Japanese Potato Salad for serving.

 Japanese Potato Salad is typically made from boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with Japanese mayonnaise, cucumbers, carrots, ham, and sometimes onions. Evidently, there are many variations of this salad served in pubs (izakayas) throughout Japan.

Mar 3, 2021

Linguine with Salmon and Cilantro Pesto

This linguine with salmon and cilantro almond pesto comes together quickly and is a simple yet elegant dinner for two. 

Pesto Linguine with salmon in bowls

I used a cilantro and almond pesto for this linguine and salmon. I loved the fresh flavor of the cilantro. Plus, the almonds go so well with the cilantro, garlic, and Romano cheese. 

Feb 28, 2021

Edamame Noodle Salad

This Edamame Noodle Salad is so bright and fresh tasting. The dressing is flavored from a combination of fresh orange or tangerine juice along with the zest of a whole orange and soy sauce.

Edamame Noodle Salad servings

Making this salad is astonishingly simple, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. The noodles absorb the delicious flavors of the dressing over time. 

Feb 27, 2021

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These double chocolate chunk cookies are filled with both dark and white chocolate chunks and chips. In fact, this is one of my favorite straight up chocolate cookies. They are pretty incredible, and incredibly easy to make.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This cookie is really just a small amount of chocolate cookie dough holding together a collection of chocolate chips and chunks. Seriously. Only 1 3/4 cups of flour to make three dozen cookies. The texture is sort of a cross between a brownie and a cookie. So good.

Feb 25, 2021

Skordalia | Greek Garlic and Potato Dip

This Skordalia is a delicious Greek dip made with raw garlic and riced potatoes. It can be used as a dip, a spread, or a sauce. 

Skordalia with rolls

The first time I tried skordalia was at a lovely Greek restaurant on State Street in Santa Barbara. We were with friends walking around looking for a place for dinner and stumbled upon this restaurant. The waiter brought a basket of bread and this bowl of spread. 

Feb 23, 2021

Migas | Tex-Mex Scrambled Eggs

Migas! A delicious breakfast of eggs, tortilla chips, and salsa. The word roughly means of crumbs. Whatever you have left over gets tossed into the pot. 

Migas, Tex-Mex Scrambled Eggs plated

This Tex-Mex version of migas includes eggs, tortilla chips, tomatoes, jalapeño, onions, red and green bell peppers, cheese, and cilantro. 

Feb 22, 2021

Loaded Breakfast Muffins

These loaded breakfast muffins are the perfect grab-and-go packages of breakfast deliciousness. 

Loaded Breakfast Muffins

I'm super excited about these muffins. I like to make a dozen of them, wrap them and freeze them, and then defrost and reheat them one at a time as needed to have a ready made breakfast for a busy morning. 

Feb 21, 2021

Famous Breakfast Burritos (copycat Lucky Boy)

If you are craving a big traditional breakfast burrito, no matter what time of day it is, this Famous Breakfast Burrito will satisfy your cravings. 

Famous Breakfast Burritos

This breakfast burrito is the perfect antidote for anyone looking for a hangover preventer, cure, or just a hearty meal wrapped up in one big package any time of day. And "big" is the operative word here. 

Limoncello Margarita

This limoncello margarita takes the classic tequila cocktail and gives it an Italian twist.  

Limoncello Margarita on the rocks

I just happened to have some homemade limoncello in the back of the refrigerator, and because Tuesday is National Margarita Day, I thought I'd play around with it to make a margarita. 

Feb 20, 2021

Marble Cake

If you are craving a slice of cake, be sure to make this easy marble cake, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla cake that doesn't need any frosting. It's so good! 

Marble cake with fork


This marble cake is super moist and stays fresh for several days. It's delicious on its own or topped with whipped cream or ice cream. 

Peruvian Potato Soup (Locro de Papas)

This Peruvian potato soup, or "locro de papas," is a delicious hearty soup made with potatoes, cream cheese, and flavorful spices and peppers. 

Locro de papas in bowls

Traditional Peruvian potato soup is spiced with ground annatto seeds. Annatto seeds are from the achiote tree.

Feb 19, 2021

Mussels with Leeks and Chilies

Leeks, chilies, tomatoes, wine, and garlic help create a delicious bowl of steaming hot delicious mussels. 

Mussels with Leeks and Chilies in a bowl

Be sure you have a lot of crusty bread at the table to sop up all of the delicious juices. 

Feb 16, 2021

Uzbek Stamped Bread (Non/Nan)

This Uzbek flatbread is a fluffy yeasted bread that is delicious warm with butter and honey or jam, or simply torn and dipped in your favorite soup or stew. 

Uzbek stamped bread


This bread, in various forms, depending on the region, is the traditional bread of Uzbekistan, a country just north of Afghanistan. Some recipes call for mostly water, while other recipes call for dairy. It often depends on the region. 
Feb 15, 2021

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops in the Air Fryer

Bacon and scallops are such a delicious combination. The smoky bacon and the sweet scallops go so well together. 

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops in the Air Fryer on plates

These little bacon and scallop packages are delicious as a simple appetizer or main course. They are also wonderful for topping a salad for lunch or dinner. 

Feb 13, 2021

King Cake Spritz Cookies

These King Cake Spritz Cookies look like tiny versions of the traditional New Orleans Fat Tuesday cake. 

King Cake Spritz Cookies

No, there is not a tiny baby Jesus baked into these King Cake Spritz Cookies, but don't they look a lot like the mini versions of their inspiration? 

Feb 9, 2021

Individual Deep Dish Pizzas

These individual deep dish pizzas, with peppers and sausage, are a delicious take on Chicago-style pizza. 


Individual Deep Dish Pizzas

These mini deep dish pizzas are a fun way to recreate the flavors of Chicago-style pizza. First, there is a crispy crust that is slightly sweet. It's easy to make, and is ready to shape in two hours. 

Feb 8, 2021

Chocolate Bouchons

These individual chocolate cakes, known as bouchons ("corks" in French), are so chocolaty and melty, and absolutely delicious. 

Chocolate Bouchons


These chocolate bouchons are Thomas Keller's take on an American classic, the brownie. The resulting gateau de bouchon are incredible. They are an amazing treat. 

Feb 6, 2021

Stir-Fried Clams in Bean Sauce with Chilies and Green Peppers

These stir-fried clams in bean sauce with chilies and green peppers are so flavorful and rich tasting. The sauce turned out so delicious that I wish I could bottle it.

Stir-Fried Clams in Bean Sauce with Chilies

My favorite local seafood restaurant serves clams in a delicious spicy sauce that you soak up with slices of cheesy garlic bread. The dish is on the appetizer menu, but I order it as my entree, along with a salad. Heaven!

Feb 3, 2021

Ragù Bolognese

Ragù Bolognese is a delicious meaty tomato sauce originating from Bologna in northern Italy. This one has three kinds of meat and is simmered for about three hours. 

Ragu Bolognese with linguine

This ragù Bolognese recipe produces a thick, rich, and delicious sauce that you can use on pasta or in a very special lasagna bolognese. 

Jan 30, 2021

Chocolate Croissants (Pain au Chocolat)

These chocolate croissants (pain au chocolat) are perfect for sharing over breakfast with a cup of coffee. 

Chocolate Croissants stacked on a plate

This is my favorite dough for making croissants and pastries. It doesn't require a weekend's worth of work, and the dough is very easy to work with. 

Jan 28, 2021

White Bean and Artichoke Heart Dip

This white bean and artichoke heart dip is loaded with bright fresh flavors. It's super easy to make and it's a flavorful and nutritious snack. 

White Bean and Artichoke Heart Dip with whole grain cracker

This white bean and artichoke heart dip recipe is a revamp of the typically mayonnaise or cream cheese loaded version. Instead of mayonnaise, the recipe combines nutritious and protein rich white beans with Greek yogurt to add all of the creaminess you crave in an artichoke dip. 

Jan 26, 2021

Whipped Spelt Bread

This whipped spelt bread is called "whipped" because you beat the dough at high speed before refrigerating overnight to let it ferment. The resulting bread is full of flavor. 

Whipped Spelt Bread oven spring

This bread is a combination of bread flour and whole spelt flour, along with water, salt and yeast. 

Jan 25, 2021

Bacon Cheddar Muffins

These Bacon Cheddar Muffins are cheesy and bacony and made with three types of grains, including wheat, corn, and rye. 

Bacon cheddar muffins topped with chives

Bacon and cheddar cheese are pretty much a marriage made in heaven. In fact, one of my favorite sandwiches is bacon and grilled cheese. 

Jan 24, 2021

Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

This recipe for sheet pan chicken with roasted potatoes makes an easy and hearty dinner for your family. 

Sheet pan chicken with potatoes in a bowl

With roasted potatoes and onions tossed in lemon, whole grain Dijon mustard, rosemary, and thyme, along with a moist and flavorful roast chicken all cooked together on one pan, this is wonderful Sunday night dinner.

Jan 20, 2021

Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake

This Oatmeal-Applesauce cake is the perfect excuse for having cake for breakfast. 

Applesauce cake with apple topping

Your first bite of this cake will remind you of taking a bite out of an apple. Your second bite will remind you of a bowl of oatmeal. 

Jan 18, 2021

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal

This yellow cake baked oatmeal is sure to be a hit at your next breakfast or brunch. It's so good, you could probably almost pass it off as a dessert... like an oatmeal cobbler. 

Yellow cake baked oatmeal with peaches and raspberries


This baked oatmeal is a mixture of butter, milk, quick-cooking oats, eggs, and yellow cake mix all topped with peaches and raspberries. Yes, yellow cake mix. Trust me. 

Port Braised Short Ribs (Instant Pot)

These port braised short ribs are a snap to make in the Instant Pot. They are beefy and fall off the bone tender. 

Instant Pot braised short ribs with potatoes

Beef short ribs are one of the most flavorful cuts of beef. They are amazing braised until they fall off the bone, and the meat is also delicious ground and added to burgers (the most flavorful burgers ever). 

Jan 17, 2021

How to Make Popcorn in a Wok

Making popcorn in a wok is a great way to both season your carbon steel wok and make amazing popcorn. 

Popcorn in bowls

I have always liked making my own popcorn in a pot. While microwave popcorn is pretty convenient, freshly popped "real" popcorn is so much better. Plus, you can make enough for a crowd and the only ingredients are corn, oil, and salt (unless you add your own flavorings).

Liège Style Waffles

Liège Waffles are a sweet, chewy, buttery, thick waffle made with a brioche-like yeasted dough.

Liège Waffles are a sweet, chewy, butter, thick waffle make with brioche-like yeasted dough

 Liège Style Waffles require an overnight rise, and are filled with pearl sugar, which gives them a sweet taste and a caramelized crust.

Jan 16, 2021

Toasted Oats Bread

This toasted oats bread is flavored with toasted oats that have been soaked overnight before incorporating them into the dough. The toasted oats add such a wonderful nutty flavor. 

Toasted Oatmeal Bread slices

This toasted oats bread is wonderful sliced and buttered, eaten with soup, and toasted for breakfast.