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Dec 31, 2022

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Dijon Cream Sauce

This slow-roasted beef tenderloin is tender, juicy, and pretty much melt-in-your-mouth amazing. 

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Dijon Cream Sauce with salad and potatoes.


Serve it with a delicious red wine Dijon cream sauce for an elegant combination of flavors.... or skip the sauce and serve it sliced and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to fully appreciate the amazing tender slices of beef. 

Dec 20, 2022

Angel Food Cake with Raspberry Whipped Cream

Angel food cake -  the super light, tall, and ethereal cake made with egg whites, sugar, and flour that is a classic American dessert. 

Angel Food Cake Covered with Raspberry Whipped Cream on a plate.

 


Angel Food Cake is like a meringue, but with added flour to give it a cake-like texture. It's very low in fat and just delightful with berries and whipped cream. 

Dec 18, 2022

Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Assemble this make-ahead breakfast casserole in the evening, stash it in the refrigerator, and bake it in the morning for an easy breakfast for a crowd. 

Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole servings on small plates.

 


Take this breakfast casserole from the fridge to the oven on Christmas morning and bake it while the family opens presents. Breakfast will be ready when you are. 

Dec 17, 2022

Cream of Tomato Soup

This cream of tomato soup is loaded with flavor and really easy to make. 

Cream of Tomato Soup in white bowls with bread in the background.


This tomato soup is a blend of canned whole tomatoes that you roast in the oven until slightly caramelized, the juice from the can, chicken stock, shallots sautéed in butter, and heavy cream, along with salt, cayenne pepper, and allspice. 

Dec 16, 2022

Yeasted Corn Bread

This yeasted corn bread, or corn flour bread, is an amazing loaf that totally emphasizes all things corn. 

Yeasted Corn Bread slices viewed from the side.


When Ken Forkish published Evolutions in Bread in September, I couldn't resist. I had to buy it. After all, his book, Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast is pretty much the book that taught me how to perfect my bread. 

Salt and Pepper Squid

Salt and Pepper Squid is an amazing deep-fried Asian-style dish that, once you try it, you'll want to make it over and over again. 

Salt and Pepper Squid with dipping sauces on a platter.


This salt and pepper squid is crispy and spicy. It gets its spiciness from the salt and Sichuan Peppercorn blend used in the coating before deep frying. 

Dec 13, 2022

Garlic Parmesan Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Garlic Parmesan Sourdough Dinner Rolls - grace your holiday table with a basket of these amazing rolls.  

Garlic Parmesan Sourdough Dinner Rolls in a bowl for serving.


These sourdough dinner rolls, super soft and dripping with garlicky butter, Parmesan, and parsley, will be a favorite side for your Thanksgiving or Christmas spread. 

Dec 11, 2022

Cheesy Noodle Ring with Creamy Shrimp and Scallops

Cheesy Noodle Ring with Creamy Shrimp and Scallops - the perfect comfort food meal for cozy dinners.

Cheesy Noodle Ring with a bowl of cream shrimp in the middle.

 


This cheesy noodle ring is a delicious pasta side dish you can serve with any of your favorite main courses. Make it topped with creamy shrimp and scallops for an amazing comforting dinner for your family. 

Dec 7, 2022

Eggnog Crème Brûlée (Small Batch)

These Eggnog Crème Brûlées are rich and creamy, and are the perfect dessert for two. 

Eggnog Crème Brûlée on plates.


Take advantage of all of the eggnog available during the holidays and treat yourself to some Eggnog Crème Brûlée. 

Dec 3, 2022

Heart of Darkness Brownies

These Heart of Darkness Brownies are loaded with rich chocolate, chopped Snickers Bars, chocolate chips, and toasted pecans, and then topped with melted marshmallows and caramel. 

Heart of Darkness Brownies on a cake stand.


These heart of darkness brownies are ridiculous, in a very good way. Dark chocolate. Caramel. Marshmallows. Chocolate chips. Roasted pecans. Snickers bars. These brownies are about the most gooey and messy dessert... and well worth it. 

Nov 30, 2022

Chocolate Cherry Tart

Make this chocolate cherry tart for your next dessert - it's like a chocolate covered cherry in a slice of pie. 

Chocolate Cherry Tart on a plate with the tart in the background.


The combined flavors of chocolate and cherries is a match made in heaven. The dark chocolate and the tart cherry flavors come together to create a slightly sophisticated dessert that everyone will adore. 

Nov 28, 2022

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint sandwich cookies - vanilla cookies filled with a creamy wintry peppermint buttercream and rolled in Swedish pearl sugar. 

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies stacked on a plate.


These peppermint sandwich cookies are a wonderful holiday dessert. When you are baking your holiday cookies, there's always room for peppermint! 

Cheddar, Bacon, and Potato Muffins

These muffins, filled with with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, and shredded potatoes, are like little twice-baked potatoes in muffin form. 

Cheddar, Bacon, and Potato Muffins on a small plate with a butter knife.


These muffins are filled with chunks of cubed sharp cheddar cheese along with grated baby gold potatoes, chopped and fried bacon, butter, sour cream, and fresh chopped chives, all pretty much the ingredients you love in stuffed potatoes. 

Nov 27, 2022

Three Sisters Soup

This amazing three sisters soup is a nutritious mixture of vegetables that, combined, are so satisfying and filling. 

Three Sisters Soup with Cilantro garnish in a white bowl.


You will fall in love with the flavors of this Three Sisters Soup and will definitely want a big bowlful. 

Nov 20, 2022

Vanilla-Bean Pound Cake

This vanilla-bean pound cake is a buttery and dense cake made with the traditional 1-1-1-1 ratio (usually a pound each) of flour, to eggs, to butter, to sugar. That's where pound cake got its name! 

Vanilla-Bean Pound Cake Serving on a plate.

 

A pound cake is the perfect base for berries, ice cream, whipped cream, or any combination. It's a simple and plain cake. 

Nov 19, 2022

Easy Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup

Toss a few simple ingredients into your slow cooker for an easy and satisfying vegetable-beef soup. 

Easy Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup in small blue bowls.


This beef and vegetable soup is a wonderfully satisfying bowl of comfort. It only requires three and a half hours in the slow cooker, so you can start it in the morning and serve it for lunch. 

Nov 18, 2022

Mussels with White Wine and Garlic

These mussels with white wine and garlic are a classic French dish with a huge "wow" factor that is suprisingly easy to prepare. 

French Mussels with White Wine and Garlic in a bowl.


Serve these French-style mussels, or Moules Marinières, as a first course with crusty garlic cheese bread, or as a main course over pasta or French fries, for a wonderful dinner for two. 

Nov 16, 2022

Overnight Panettone

Make this overnight panettone for a homemade version of the traditional Milanese holiday bread. 

Overnight Panettone on a cake stand.


Panettone is one of those "holy grail" enriched breads that takes a few steps to make and includes eggs, lots of butter, plus raisins and candied citrus peel.  

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

With a hearty oatmeal base and topping, these cranberry oatmeal bars are a great treat for breakfast, snack, or dessert.  

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars on black plates.


Take advantage of the abundance of cranberries available in the fall and winter and make these cranberry oatmeal bars.

Nov 14, 2022

Rye Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These rye cranberry chocolate chunk cookies are loaded with melty bittersweet chocolate chunks along with poppyseeds and rye. The flavor is amazing. 

Rye Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies stacked with a bite taken out of the top cookie.



These cookies are not your traditional chocolate chip cookies. They are sweet, but not too sweet, and the hand-chopped bittersweet chocolate bar, with its melty goodness, adds so much to the cookie. 

Nov 13, 2022

Lavash Bread with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Fontina

Lavash Bread with Spinach, Tomatoes, Olives, and Fontina topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese - an Armenian-style flatbread that, with the toppings, makes a light, easy, and nutritious meal. 

Lavash Bread with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Fontina on a Cutting Board.


This spinach and cheese lavash is like a very thin crust pizza that is extra crispy and crunchy. The combination of the spinach with the cheese, tomatoes, and olives is so flavorful too. 

Nov 11, 2022

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate covered cherry cookies - buttery cookies rolled in almonds, topped with a maraschino cherry nestled in a cherry buttercream, and drizzled with chocolate. 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies on the baking sheet after decorating.


These chocolate covered cherry cookies are tasty little bites of sweet cherries nestled in cookies coated in chopped almonds and drizzled in semi-sweet chocolate. 

Nov 9, 2022

Chocolate Mint-Filled Cookies

Take buttery cream cheese cookie dough, stuff it with a peppermint patty, and top it with a few drizzles of chocolate for a sweet melt-in-your-mouth treat. 

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies with a bite out on a plate in front of a bowl.


I gave a box of these mint-filled cookies to my grandson and he declared that these were "the best cookies my friends and I have had in a long time." 

Nov 8, 2022

Pomegranate and Blueberry Jam Milk Buns

These Pomegranate and Blueberry Jam Milk Buns are an easy and delicious breakfast bread. They are also perfect for a midmorning or teatime treat. 

Pomegranate and Blueberry Jam Milk Buns with a blue teapot.



Because our Bread Baker's theme this month is celebrating the fall harvest, these milk buns are filled with pomegranate and blueberry preserves to go along with our theme. Depending on where you are, blueberries can be harvested in the fall, and pomegranate is definitely abundant this time of year. 

Nov 7, 2022

Devil's Food Thumbprint Cookies

Devil's Food Thumbprint Cookies - super chocolate-y and extra fudgy cookies rolled in crunchy sparking sugar and filled with raspberry jam. 

Devil's Food Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Jam.

 


If you love soft, rich, and fudgy chocolate, you will love these cookies. 

Nov 4, 2022

Creamed Lima Beans with Bacon

Creamed lima beans enriched with smoky bacon.... the perfect side dish for a Southern-style holiday dinner. 

Creamed Lima Beans with Bacon Serving in a bowl.


Pair these creamed lima beans with roast turkey, sweet potato mac and cheese, and some corn bread stuffing for a dinner that will please your family and your guests. Finish your meal with a piece of sweet potato pie and everyone will go to bed very happy. 

Nov 2, 2022

Potato Gratin with Gruyère, Bacon, and Leeks

This potato gratin side dish with Gruyère, bacon, and leeks is perfect for your holiday table. 

Potato Gratin with Gruyère, Bacon, and Leeks on a plate.


Take advantage of the fresh leeks and Yukon Gold potatoes that are abundant in the fall and treat your family to this amazing potato side dish. 

Baba Ghanoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)

Baba Ghanoush is a tasty roasted eggplant dip that is super easy to make and delicious as a dip or spread on pita slices. 

Baba Ghanoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip) in a small bowl.


Baba ghanoush (or baba ganouj) is simple to make, and consists of roasted or grilled eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, salt, tahini (sesame paste), and olive oil. 

Oct 31, 2022

Cheesy Corn Casserole with Sage

Make this cheesy corn casserole for an amazing holiday side dish. It's loaded with fresh corn and topped with a buttery and crunchy mixture of cheese and crushed Ritz crackers. 

Cheesy Corn Casserole with Sage on black plates with the casserole dish in the background.


This corn casserole is perfect for serving with your favorite holiday main dish, including roast beef, turkey, or roast chicken. 

Raisin Bran Muffins

If you like Raisin Bran cereal, you will love these tasty and nutritious raisin bran muffins. 

Raisin Bran Muffins stacked on a blue plate.

 


Take advantage of the box of cereal in your pantry and treat yourself to these hearty and filling muffins for your morning breakfast.

Oct 29, 2022

Make-ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

These make-ahead freezer breakfast sandwiches are an easy way to have a portable hot breakfast all week long. 

Make-ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with egg and bacon in a bun.



With these Make-ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches, you can have a hearty breakfast ready in a snap on a busy morning. 
Oct 23, 2022

Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties)

Aloo tikki is a popular Indian street food (chaat) made from potatoes, herbs, and spices and pan-fried until crispy and golden. 

Fried Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) in a bowl.


Aloo tikki can vary by region in India, with some plain and some with a stuffing in the middle. They can be served with different chutneys or sauces too. 

Oct 21, 2022

Chiliville Chili

This Chiliville Chili is so easy to make and has just the right amount of heat to clear your head. You can have it ready in about 40 minutes from start to finish. It's also an ideal make-ahead meal.

Chiliville Chili in two bowls with a serving bowl in the background.


October is National Chili Month! Now that the weather is beginning to cool, enjoy a warm bowl of comforting chili. 

Shrimp, White Bean, and Kale Stew

This shrimp, white bean, and kale stew is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy kale while pulling together a quick and easy seafood stew. 

Shrimp, White Bean, and Kale Stew in a large bowl.

 


Take advantage of some easy and nutritious ingredients to create this shrimp and kale stew dinner for four in less than 45 minutes. 

Oct 20, 2022

Apple Cake with a Honey Bourbon Glaze

This apple cake with a honey bourbon glaze is packed with two kinds of apples and glazed twice with a honey bourbon caramel sauce. 

Apple Cake with Bourbon Glaze on a platter.


This cake is filled with four cups of apple goodness, including two cups of shredded apple, which adds so much moisture to the crumb, and two cups of diced apple. 

Oct 16, 2022

Fig and Walnut Flatbread with Caramelized Onions

This Fig and Walnut Flatbread with Caramelized Onions is a tasty combination of sweet and savory flavors baked into a soft and flavorful flatbread. 

Fig and Walnut Flatbread with Caramelized Onions slices on a wooden board.

 


The flatbread is flavored with rosemary-infused olive oil as well as a bit of finely chopped rosemary, and the topping is an interesting combination of sweet and savory flavors. 

Poolish Baguettes

This baguette starts with a poolish, which is a preferment that you make a day or two before you bake the bread. You mix it, let it get bubbly, and then refrigerate it overnight to develop flavor.

Poolish Baguettes Sandwich Tuna Sandwich on a plate.


I have been on a long quest to achieve making the perfect French baguette. Making these baguettes was another attempt. I still have a long way to go! 

Oct 15, 2022

Gnocchi Minestrone with Italian Sausage (Made in a Slow Cooker)

This gnocchi minestrone recipe switches out the pasta that is typical in minestrone for soft and pillowy gnocchi - small Italian dumplings made with potatoes, flour, eggs, and salt. 

Large bowl of Gnocchi Minestrone.


Minestrone is an Italian pasta, bean, and vegetable soup in a tomato-y broth. There are lots of variations depending on the part of Italy it is from. Plus, every family in every region always has their "secret recipe" version. 

Oct 11, 2022

Finnish Pulla Bread

Finnish Pulla is a lovely bread, lightly sweetened and enriched with butter, milk, and eggs, similar to challah.  

Finnish Cardamon Pulla Bread with pearl sugar.


What makes it Pulla is crushed cardamom, which is mixed into the dough to add a heavenly flavor. 

Mini Pizza Mummies

These mini pizza mummies are a fun treat to serve around Halloween! 

two mini pizzas on a plate.

 

They are easy to make and super kid-friendly, both in the assembly and flavor. I used a super easy dinner roll recipe and just rolled them into flat rounds with a small rolling pin before decorating and baking the pizzas! 

Oct 9, 2022

Norwegian Havrekjeks (Sweet and Salty Oatmeal Rounds)

These Norwegian Havre Kjeks (or havrekjeks) are a sweet and salty cracker made with oats and flour. 

 



These crackers are both sweet and salty, and are just as tasty spread with butter and jam, served with milk or tea, or topped with cheese and smoked salmon, served with wine or a cocktail. 

Oct 5, 2022

Butterscotch Pot de Crème

This butterscotch pot de crème is a French-style make-ahead dessert that is elegant and totally delicious.

Butterscotch Pots de Crème on a red striped cloth.


This butterscotch pot de crème dessert is very special. It's custardy, but much creamier and silkier... plus, it's richer and much more decadent. Other custards do not even come close.  

Oct 1, 2022

30-Second Smoothie

The 30-Second Smoothie! Toss the ingredients for this smoothie into a blender, and 30 seconds later you have a refreshing and nourishing treat. 


30-Second Smoothie with a blue blender behind it.




This 30-Second Smoothie is for those days when you and your kids are too hot to eat anything and just want to cool off. 

Sep 26, 2022

Sourdough Maple Pecan Muffins

Sourdough maple pecan muffins filled with chopped toasted pecans and real maple syrup. Plus, these muffins are a great way to use up leftover sourdough starter. 

Sourdough Maple Pecan Muffins on mini cake stands.


These muffins are delicious warm from the oven and slathered in butter. They are easy to make, with very few dishes to wash.... even less if you use a kitchen scale to measure the ingredients directly into the mixing bowl. 

Sep 24, 2022

Black Coffee Ice Cream

This black coffee ice cream brings the wonderful flavor and aroma of fresh roasted coffee to your favorite dessert. 

Coffee ice cream in two white bowls topped with caramel sauce.

 

The temperature here tomorrow is supposed to hit about 90 degrees. This makes me think of ice cream... and my dad. I don't think a day went by that my dad did not have a bowl of ice cream. I love ice cream too with a capital "L." If I were to assemble a list of my top 5 favorite foods, ice cream would be on it. 

Sep 20, 2022

Rustic Grape and Almond Paste Cake

Take advantage of the fresh, plump grapes available in the fall and treat yourself to a delicious rustic grape and almond cake.

Grape and Almond Paste Cake on a stand with a piece on a black plate in front.


This grape and almond paste cake will convince you that you really should bake with grapes more often. I love how baking them makes them even sweeter. 

Sep 18, 2022

German Potato Salad

This comforting German potato salad, with pork, potatoes, and a vinegary dressing, is delicious, and it goes with anything that you might serve with any potato dish. 

German Potato Salad in white bowls.


This German potato salad is super tangy and packed with bacon flavor. It is definitely a contrast to the traditional American mayonnaise-based potato salad. 

Sep 17, 2022

New England Style Hot Dog Buns Using Tangzhong

These New England-style split top hot dog buns are so soft and fluffy. They are perfect for your favorite hot dog, sausage, or lobster roll. 



What makes New England style hot dog buns different is that they are split at the top rather than the side, stand up straight, and the sides are buttered and grilled before they are filled. 

Tuscan White Bean Soup

This simple Tuscan bean soup is pure comfort food. It's simply beans simmered in a broth flavored with onions, carrots, and celery, along with a meaty ham hock. 

Tuscan White Bean Soup in a white bowl.


What's beautiful about this Tuscan white bean soup is you can make it your own by adding some kale, carrot slices, Swiss chard, or other vegetables. 

Sep 16, 2022

Pletzel (Jewish Onion Board)

This delicious bread is pletzel. It's an Ashkenazi Jewish flatbread and is sometimes called Onion Board. 

Pletzel on a wooden board cut into pieces.


Pletzel is topped with onions and poppy seeds, just like bialys. It's kind of a cross between focaccia and and a bialy. Typically it is shaped either in a board or a disk (called an onion disk).