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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 | #MuffinMonday

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 | #CakeSliceBakers

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). 

Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls with Homemade New England Style Buns

These hot buttered lobster rolls, or Connecticut-style lobster rolls, are filled with warm, sweet lobster tossed with melted butter and a little bit of red onion and finished with only a sprinkling of chives. 

Lobster roll with potato chips on a blue plate.


Unlike the Maine or New England-style lobster roll, which is filled with cold lobster salad, the lobster in the Connecticut-style lobster roll is served hot and bathed in melted butter before being stuffed into a buttery toasted split-top bun. 

Sep 13, 2022

Homemade Pretzel Bites

These soft pretzel bites have all of the chewy texture and flavor of your favorite street vendor pretzel in a poppable little bite. 

Homemade Pretzel Bites in armitale bowls.


It's so hard to stop eating these warm, soft, and chewy pretzel bites when they emerge from the oven. Once you try one, you'll be completely obsessed. 

Sep 11, 2022

Adobo Chicken Wings

This take on chicken adobo is made with everyone's favorite hearty bar snack game day snack, chicken wings. 



If you love wings, you will definitely love these. The taste is so umami rich with a nice tang from the vinegar in the marinade and sauce. 

Sep 9, 2022

Maple Pecan Biscotti

These maple and pecan biscotti are super crunchy and flavorful, perfect for dipping in your morning coffee and for snacking anytime you want a satisfying treat.  

Biscotti on a gray plate.


Biscotti, also known as Cantucci, is an Italian (originally from Tuscany) hard and crunchy cookie, or "biscuit," You can dip them in coffee, tea, or dessert wine, such as vino santo. Typically they have almonds or pine nuts. 

Sep 7, 2022

Ukranian Spinach and Potato Dumplings

These spinach and potato dumplings, or varenyky, are tasty little half moon shaped treats filled with a mixture of potatoes, spinach, onions, and zucchini. 

Ukranian Spinach and Potato Varenyky on plates.

 


There are many versions of these dumplings in Ukraine, both sweet and savory. They are typically boiled and can be eaten straight from the pot, or fried after boiling, often with sour cream on the side. 

Sep 6, 2022

Maple Pecan Oat Bread

This maple pecan oat bread will be a tasty addition to your breakfast or brunch table. 

Maple Pecan Oat Bread slices in a bowl.


While this maple, pecan, and oat yeasted bread is baking, your house will smell amazing. 

Sep 5, 2022

Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies

These Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies are a delicious version of your favorite fall weekend breakfast in a cookie form. 

Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies in a small casserole dish.


When fall rolls around (and it can't be soon enough after this long hot summer), you'll enjoy these totally maple-y "pancake" cookies. 

Sep 4, 2022

Brookies | Half Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie

These Brookies, made with a mash up of chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter and baked into a cookie, are perfect for when you can't decide whether or not you want one or the other. 

Brookies stacked in a bowl.


These brookie cookies are the perfect combination of brownie and chocolate chip cookie. They are soft and chewy in the middle and slightly crispy on the edges. Plus, they are loaded with a combination of the flavors of everyone's two favorite childhood desserts (with the exception of ice cream and birthday cake). 

Aug 21, 2022

Pesto Bread

The swirl in this pesto bread is filled with basil, parmesan, and garlic, along with pine nuts. The bread smells so good when it is baking. 

Pesto Bread loaf and slices on a wooden plank.


The combination of basil, garlic, Parmesan, and olive oil in this pesto bread adds just enough richness so that a slice stands on its own, but it's not really overwhelming. 

Aug 20, 2022

Plum Cake

This plum cake is perfect for summer baking when plums are super ripe and sweet. It's easy to make and can be served for breakfast or dessert.  

Plum Cake Baked with a bite on a fork on a plate.


Making this plum cake is so easy. There's no fancy frosting or layers to worry about... all you need is fresh, in season red or purple plums to make this delicious cake. 

Corn and Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Soup (Sopa de Elote con Pimientos)

This corn and roasted sweet red pepper soup is a delicious and comforting combination of flavors. 

Corn and Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Soup in bowls.



This corn and roasted red pepper soup, or sopa de elote con pimientos, with just six ingredients (plus salt and pepper), is easy to make and ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. 
Aug 19, 2022

Seafood Salad Tacos with Tomatoes, Corn, Radishes, and Chiles

These seafood salad tacos are a wonderful way to have a delicious hot weather meal and still have an amazing taco. 

Seafood Salad Tacos on a Plate.

 


These seafood salad tacos take warm soft or crispy tortillas and fill them with a fresh summery salad with lots of seafood, tomatoes, corn, radishes, and serrano and jalapeño chiles.... plus, lots of cilantro and lime juice. 

Aug 16, 2022

Hong Kong-Style Inside Out Coconut Buns

These Hong Kong-Style inside out coconut buns are made with a soft and fluffy milk bread swirled with a buttery coconut filling. 

Hong Kong-Style Inside Out Coconut Buns on a plate and in a bowl.


These buns are made with a soft and springy enriched dough spread with a delicious sweet, rich, and buttery coconut filling and then twisted so that you get a taste of the filling in every bite. 

Aug 13, 2022

Pain au Bacon | Bacon Sourdough Bread

This pain au bacon, or bacon sourdough bread, combines the acidity of sourdough bread with the salty meatiness of bacon. 

Pain au Bacon - Bacon Sourdough whole loaf.


Imagine a half of a pound of bacon (prior to cooking) in a loaf of sourdough bread.

Aug 12, 2022

Burrito Bowls with Corn and Tomatoes

Burrito bowls are such an easy and quick meal. Toss rice, a bean and corn salad, and fresh tomatoes, vegetables, and a protein into a bowl to pull together dinner in a flash. 

Burrito Bowls with Corn and Tomatoes plus veggies in a bowl.


To make these burrito bowls, you can prepare all of the ingredients in advance and reheat them to assemble and serve. 

Aug 10, 2022

Kale Caesar Salad (with Homemade Croutons)

This Kale Caesar Salad takes a favorite classic salad and dresses it up with added kale for extra leafy green nutrition. 

Kale Caesar Salad in a bowl.


There's a reason why just about every restaurant and steak house features some version of the classic Caesar. Mostly, because it tastes so good. 

Aug 9, 2022

Chinese Coconut Buns (Cocktail Buns)

These coconut buns, made with a buttery almost brioche-like dough and stuffed with sweet coconut filling, are a take on the traditional Hong Kong cocktail bun.  

Chinese Coconut Buns (Cocktail Buns) in a bowl and on a plate.


The story goes that these buns were created in the 1950s in Hong Kong by bakeries to use up leftover bread. The term Gai Mei actually means "cock tail," (like the chicken) and is Cantonese slang for leftovers. 

Aug 8, 2022

Asparagus Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes

This asparagus and tomato frittata takes advantage of all of the freshly harvested asparagus available this time of year. 

Asparagus, Tomato, and Cheese Frittata on a plate with salad.

 


This asparagus frittata is loaded with fresh asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and melty Gruyère cheese. It's delicious for breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner. 

Aug 6, 2022

Chinese Cuban Fried Rice

This Chinese Cuban fried rice, or arroz frito, is a wonderful combination of ingredients tossed together in just a few minutes. 

Chinese Cuban Fried Rice in small bowls with eggs.



There is no one recipe for Chinese Cuban fried rice. Each Cuban family has their own. However, some of the common ingredients include some sort of protein such as pork, ham, Spam, or shrimp, and soy sauce (typically dark soy sauce), or salsa china.  

Aug 3, 2022

Zucchini Fried Rice

This zucchini fried rice, with garlic, Parmesan, tomatoes, and thyme, is a deliciously Italian-ish take on fried rice.  

Zucchini Fried Rice in a white bowl.


This zucchini fried rice makes the most of the bounty of summer squash that is available this time of year. 

Jul 30, 2022

Greek Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Feta

This Greek Salad is really simple but exceptionally tasty. Sometimes simple is better, especially in the summer. 

Greek salad in two bowls.




Greek salad has such a fresh flavor. It is typically tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives drizzled with an olive oil based dressing. It can also include red onions and green bell peppers. 

Jul 27, 2022

No Knead Durum Stirato - Italian Baguettes

This no knead durum stirato (an Italian ciabatta-style baguette made with a high hydration dough) is a fun and easy bread to make... and the flavor is amazing. 

No Knead Durum Stirato slices on cutting board.


This bread is a take on stirato baguettes, but with added durum flour. 

Jul 25, 2022

S'mores Muffins

These S'mores muffins, with a Graham cracker infused batter filled with marshmallow creme and bittersweet chocolate chips are a fun treat reminiscent of the S'mores you remember enjoying by the campfire. 

S'mores Muffins on a plate.


These S'mores muffins are made with a batter that is almost dough-like in texture, resulting in a muffin that resembles a very soft cookie. 

Jul 24, 2022

Quick Shrimp Fried Rice with Peas and Carrots (Better than Takeout)

This quick shrimp fried rice comes together in under 30 minutes and you can customize it with your favorite rice, protein, and vegetables. 

Quick Shrimp Fried Rice with Peas and Carrots in individual bowls.

 


This recipe for shrimp fried rice takes advantage of a few shortcut ingredients to creat an amazing bowl of fried rice that is pretty much better than take-out. 

Jul 20, 2022

Beehive Cake

This beehive cake, with layers of banana cake and frosted with a honey buttercream, is a delicious and fun baking project. 

Beehive Banana Cake with Swiss Buttercream on a cake stand with marzipan bees.


If you're interested in dipping your toes into the world of cake decorating, but want a cake that is very forgiving, this cake is perfect.

Jul 17, 2022

One Pan Cheese Ravioli with Peas and Arugula

This one pan cheese ravioli with peas and arugula is an amazing quick and easy dinner. 


 


This one pan ravioli dish, with peas and arugula, is one of the easiest dinners you'll every make. Plus, you'll only have one pan to wash when you're done! 

Jul 16, 2022

Finnish Summer Soup (Kesäkeitto)

This Finnish summer soup, called kesäkeitto, is a traditional soup featuring freshly harvested summer vegetables cooked in milk, butter, and a little sugar, and then finished with cream. 

Finnish Summer Soup (Kesäkeitto) with black bowls and garnish.

 


Kesäkeitto literally means summer soup in Finnish. Ideally, it should be filled with handfuls of young fresh vegetables, the greater the variety, the better. 

Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls

These flaky butter crescent rolls are light, airy, and pull-apart delicious. Smear them with butter and jam for one of the best breakfast treats ever. 

Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls on a plate with a jar of jam and pats of butter.


This recipe for flaky buttery crescent rolls is the perfect substitute for whenever you are craving croissants but don't want to invest all of the extra time needed to make them. 

Jul 15, 2022

Fish Foil Packets with Cod, Chipotles, Black Beans, and Corn

This cod with chipotles, black beans, and corn cooked in foil packets is loaded with flavor and comes together in just minutes. 

Cod and beans and corn in bowls.

 


This cod, topped with a chipotle compound butter, placed on a bed of corn and black beans, and baked in the oven for just 15 to 20 minutes is so moist and full of flavor. 

Jul 12, 2022

Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread

This yeasted banana sandwich bread is the perfect way to use up ripened banana to slightly sweeten your next loaf of bread. 
 

Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread sliced on a cutting board.



When you are making this yeasted banana sandwich bread, you will definitely notice the scent of banana in the dough. However, once you have baked the bread, the banana in the dough adds a faint sweetness, but, unless you know that there is banana in the dough, you'll never know. 

Jul 10, 2022

Libyan Lamb Stew with White Beans and Spinach (Lubia bel-Saeilk)

This Libyan stew, made with lamb, white beans, and spinach, is a tasty, filling, and nutritious dish.  

Libyan Lamb Stew with White Beans and Spinach (Lubia bel-Saeilk) in a bowl.


The sauce for this Libyan lamb stew, or Lubia bel-Saeilk, is made from a reduction of steamed and then charred spinach. 

Jul 6, 2022

Dirty Fried Chicken

This hot and spicy dirty fried chicken is crisp and juicy and slathered in a sweet and hot gochujang-based sauce straight from the fryer. 

Dirty Fried Chicken legs and thighs with beer.

 


This dirty fried chicken, with it's super crunchy skin and hot and sticky sauce, will have you coming back for seconds, even if the amazing sauce gets all over your hands and face (and even your clothes). 

Jul 4, 2022

Stirato | Italian Baguettes

This stirato, or Italian baguettes, is a super flavorful and airy bread that is so easy to make. 

Italian baguettes, sliced.


Stirato is a form of ciabatta that is cut into lengths and then stretched just before baking. The term stirato actually means "ironed" in English. 

Jul 3, 2022

Chicken Liver Pâté Crostini

This Chicken Liver Pâté Crostini is a tasty make-ahead appetizer that is actually pretty economical and easy to prepare. 

Chicken Liver Pâté Crostini serving suggestion.



This crostini, made from my favorite stirato bread, is the perfect vehicle for this delicious chicken liver pâté. 

Jun 27, 2022

Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef Brisket

This slow cooker barbecued beef brisket is so pull-apart tender and totally flavorful. It's a fabulous recipe for recreating the slow roasted and smoked flavor without a smoker. 




The slow cooker is the perfect vehicle for preparing brisket. This cut of beef was made for "low and slow." The results are super tender and "melt-in-your-mouth" delicious. 

Zucchini Carrot Muffins

These zucchini carrot muffins, loaded with fresh vegetables and dried fruit, are super moist and just sweet enough. They go wonderfully with your morning coffee. 

Zucchini Carrot Muffins on a cake stand.


These muffins are a great way to use up some of that zucchini that either you or your neighbors have been harvesting from your gardens. 

Jun 25, 2022

Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Bruschetta

This tomato, garlic, and basil topped bruschetta is simple, light, fresh, and delicious. It makes a wonderful appetizer.

Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Bruschetta on a plate with a spoon.



This bruschetta with a tomato, garlic, and basil topping is my "go-to" fresh summer appetizer. With its bright, concentrated tomato flavor, it's a fabulous nibble with cocktails. 

Jun 23, 2022

Vegetable and Cheddar Tarts

These Vegetable and Cheddar Tarts, filled with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and red bell peppers, and baked in a flaky and cheesy crust, are a delicious savory pastry treat that you can serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Vegetable and Cheddar Tarts with tomatoes and a salad.


This vegetable and cheddar tart with its cheesy filling and cheese-filled crust is a cheddar lover's dream. 

Jun 20, 2022

Greek Orange-Phyllo Cake

This Greek Orange-Phyllo Cake is a brilliant concoction of crispy phyllo pieces baked in a creamy egg, sugar, orange juice, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and vanilla batter, along with a little bit of semolina. 

Greek Orange-Phyllo Cake Slice.


After baking, this cake is also soaked in a syrup of orange juice, Grand Marnier, sugar, and orange zest, and flavored with cinnamon. 

Asiago Cheese Bagels

These Asiago Cheese Bagels are both stuffed and topped with melted cheese. Bread and melted cheese.... doesn't that sound magical?

Asiago Cheese Bagels piled on top of each other.



These bagels are totally amazing, and when they are baking your house will be enveloped with the aroma of baking cheese. 

Jun 19, 2022

Air Fryer Mexican Street Corn (Esquites)

This air fryer Mexican street corn is an easy short cut for making the delicious and popular treat sold at food stands and food carts on Mexican streets corners. 

Air Fryer Mexican Street Corn (Esquites) in a bowl.

 


Mexican street corn, known as esquites (or ezquites, meaning toasted corn), is usually served in individual plastic or paper cups as a snack (antojitos) to hold you over before dinner or for a late night treat.