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Apr 30, 2022

The British Bloody Mary

The British Bloody Mary, made with gin instead of vodka, adds a hint of botanical flavor to this classic brunch cocktail. 

Two bloody Marys in tall glasses.

Have you ever had a Bloody Mary with gin? Even if you are not a gin lover, there's a good chance that you will love the additional flavors that gin brings to this drink. 

Apr 27, 2022

Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaves

The recipe for these whole wheat sandwich loaves is perfect for making your everyday bread. The loaves can be made in just a little over three hours, start to finish. 

Whole wheat bread sliced on a cutting  board.

These whole wheat loaves are perfect sliced for sandwiches. The flavor compliments deli meats, cheeses, and even peanut butter and jelly. This bread also makes excellent toast. 

Apr 25, 2022

Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels

If you have a craving for fresh pretzels, whip up a batch of these easy-to-make hot buttered soft pretzels. 

Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels on plates.

These hot buttered pretzels, brushed with melted butter right after baking, are irresistable. 

Tomato Muffins

These Tomato Muffins, with their bright color and mild tomato and cheese flavor, are wonderful for breakfast or a snack. 

Tomato soup muffins on individual plates.

These tomato muffins are mildly flavored with tomato soup concentrate and Parmesan cheese. They are mildly savory, but with a hint of sweetness as well, making them perfect for serving warm with melted salted butter. 

Apr 24, 2022

Mexican Chicken Lasagna

This Mexican Chicken Lasagna is layered with corn tortillas, seasoned ground chicken, corn, beans, salsa, and lots of cheese. 

Mexican Chicken Lasagna on plates.


This Mexican chicken lasagna is the perfect make-ahead casserole for serving a crowd. 

Apr 23, 2022

Mexican Red Rice | Arroz Rojo

This Mexican red rice is the essential time tested side dish for whenever you are serving your favorite Mexican-style meal. 

Mexican Red Rice in pot.

Arroz rojo, or red rice, is one of those dishes served every day with Mexican dishes both north and south of the Rio Grande. When you think of rice and beans, this is pretty much the traditional tomato-y rice, with a couple of twists.

Apr 20, 2022

Olive Oil Chiffon Cake

This lighter than air olive oil chiffon cake is fragrant with the faint scent of oranges and fruity olive oil. It's perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Olive Oil Chiffon Cake with Cherry Sauce on a plate.

This olive oil chiffon cake includes freshly squeezed orange juice and extra virgin olive oil. It lends itself to all kinds of toppings, including whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fruit sauce, or ice cream.

Apr 18, 2022

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food side dish.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with butter and chives on top.

These garlic mashed potatoes go perfectly with steak, roast, and chicken dinners. 

Apr 16, 2022

Garlic and Sea Salt Pita Chips

These garlic and sea salt pita chips are an easy and delicious appetizer. 

Garlic and Sea Salt Pita Chips in a bowl.

These garlic and sea salt pita chips are a happy result of my pita bread experiment. After baking a batch of pita bread, I had several left over that were beginning to get stale. 

Sourdough French-Style Blini

These sourdough French-style blini are little buckwheat pancakes that you can top with savory ingredients such as smoked salmon or caviar along with a spoonful of crème fraîche or sour cream. 

Sourdough French-Style Blini stacked on a plate.

French-style blini are little appetizer-sized pancakes. They can be served warm or room temperature topped with savory ingredients such as crème fraîche or sour cream and smoked fish or caviar. 

Scandinavian-Style Fish and Potato Soup

This Scandinavian-style fish and potato soup, with cod, dill, and chives, makes a creamy and comforting meal. 

Scandinavian-Style Fish and Potato Soup in a bowl.

A small bowl of this fish and potato soup with a salad and a slice of crusty bread makes a wonderful lunch, and a big bowl is filling enough for dinner. 

Apr 15, 2022

Spicy Salmon and Potato Croquettes

These spicy salmon and potato croquettes are loaded with a wonderful combination of flavors. 

Spicy Salmon and Potato Croquettes balls on a platter.

These salmon and potato croquettes are excellent as appetizers served with a cool cucumber dip along with assorted crudités and crackers. 

Apr 12, 2022

Orange Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

These orange blueberry hot cross buns are a fun and tasty take on a classic Eastertime bread. 

Orange Blueberry Hot Cross Bun on a plate.


While hot cross buns are most known for celebrating the end of the Lenten season, these yeasted sweet buns are a delicious treat any time of year. 

Apr 10, 2022

Chili Crisp Grilled Cheese with Homemade Crusty Cheese Bread

This chili crisp grilled cheese sandwich is the way to take a grilled cheese sandwich to the next level. You'll never have "regular" grilled cheese again. 

Chili Crisp Grilled Cheese Sandwich slices.


This chili crisp grilled cheese, with a mixture of cheddar and jack cheeses and dollops of chili crisp stuffed between two slices of crusty cheese bread turns your favorite lunchtime sandwich into something really special. 

Apr 9, 2022

Stir-Fried Balsamic and Ginger Glazed Carrots

These Stir-Fried Balsamic and Ginger Glazed Carrots are so incredibly flavorful. They are the perfect holiday side dish. 

Stir-Fried Balsamic and Ginger Glazed Carrots in a bowl.

The first time I tasted one of these carrots straight from the wok, I nearly swooned. They are that tasty. 

Apr 6, 2022

Double Levain Pilsner Bread

This double levain pilsner bread is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. You will love your first slice, slathered in melty salted butter. 

Double Levain Pilsner Bread, one sliced, one whole.

Beer and bread have long been linked together. Other than hops (or salt in the case of bread), they pretty much have the same ingredients... grains, yeast, and water. 

Apr 2, 2022

Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts

This Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts is incredibly light, refreshing, and flavorful.

Vietnamese Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Peanuts.

Tossed in a bright simple dressing, this crunchy and colorful salad is easy to make and so refreshing to eat. 

Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad with Latholemono Dressing

This Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad with Latholemono Dressing is so refreshing and easy to make. 

Greek salad with olive oil and lemon dressing in a bowl.

The salad consists of English cucumbers, fresh Campari tomatoes, red onion, and parsley..  all simple and fresh ingredients.