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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

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, peanut butter and jelly blondies, 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. Then, I made a delicious asparagus and tomato frittata

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.