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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

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.