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Jun 27, 2022

Zucchini Carrot Muffins | #MuffinMonday

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. 

Jun 18, 2022

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup)

With only a few simple ingredients, you can make Pappa al Pomodoro, a delicious and fresh tasting Tuscan tomato and bread soup. 

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup) in a bowl with a side of cheese.


Pappa al pomodoro is a hearty tomato and bread soup with roots in the Tuscan region of Italy. It's traditionally made with stale bread, and is a close cousin to panzanella salad, which is also made with tomatoes and stale bread and has roots in Tuscany. 

Jun 17, 2022

Air Fryer Crispy Coconut Shrimp

This coconut shrimp, made in the air fryer, is super crunchy and crispy, and is just as tasty as the deep-fried version you might order for an appetizer at your favorite bar or restaurant. 

Air Fryer Crispy Coconut Shrimp on a plate with greens.



Making coconut shrimp in the air fryer results in an amazingly crispy yet moist and juicy appetizer, snack, or dinner. Making these takes about 45 minutes, start to finish, and you're pretty much guaranteed success. 

Jun 16, 2022

Steamed Chicken and Vegetable Buns (Baozi)

These steamed chicken and vegetable buns are deliciously warm, fluffy, and soft treats filled with a mix of tender chicken and vegetables. 

Steamed Chicken and Vegetable Buns on plates.

 


Make a filling of chicken, peas, carrots, and Chinese chives and wrap it in a soft and fluffy yeasted dough to make a delicious Chinese-style steamed bun, also called bao or baozi. 

Jun 14, 2022

Cinnamon Blueberry Babka

Cinnamon blueberry babka, a sweet fruit-swirled bread you will fall in love with. 


 


This babka is made with a butter and egg enriched dough beautifully swirled with a homemade blueberry cinnamon jam, brushed with syrup, and topped with a vanilla glaze. 

Jun 11, 2022

Berry Galette

This mixed berry galette is a quick and easy way to pull together a tasty dessert for four with fresh summer berries.

Berry Galette on a blue plate.



This sweet galette, filled with raspberries and blackberries, is the dessert recipe you'll love to make when you want to serve a wonderful freshly baked pastry warm from the oven. 

Jun 10, 2022

Dulce de Leche Dumpling Cookies

These dulce de leche dumpling cookies, with their soft and crumbly cookie crust and sweet caramel filling are such a treat. 

Dulce de Leche Dumpling Cookies in a casserole dish.

 


These dumpling cookies are like miniature hand pies filled with dollops of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce made with milk and sugar that has been simmered for a couple of hours. 

Jun 6, 2022

Bacon, Tomato, and Corn Galette

This bacon, tomato, and corn galette is a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of summer all wrapped up in a flaky and buttery pastry. 

Whole Bacon, Tomato, and Corn Galette with scallions on top.

 


What is a galette? It's essentially a free-form pie or a tart where the pastry is topped with filling and then the sides are folded over to enclose it. The filling can be sweet or savory

Jun 5, 2022

Saffron Risotto with Sausage

This saffron risotto with sausage is a delicious take on the traditional dish from the canton of Ticino, in the Italian part of Switzerland. 

Saffron Risotto with Sausage bowls.


While risotto is thought of as a traditional northern Italian dish, it also has deep roots in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland, which is from where my grandmother emigrated to the U.S. when she was 12 years old. 

Jun 4, 2022

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Shallots and Rosemary

These roasted fingerling potatoes with shallots and rosemary are a wonderful crisp-tender treat. They are the perfect side dish for a steak dinner. 

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Shallots and Rosemary in a bowl.


These potatoes are kind of a cross between potato chips and scalloped potatoes. They are crispy on the edges and tender in the middle. These are always a big hit as a side dish for my favorite steak

Jun 1, 2022

White Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

This white bean and cherry tomato salad is a wonderful way to feature fresh and sweet cherry tomatoes when they are in season. 

White Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette in a large bowl.


This tomato and bean salad is fabulous for picnics, outdoor parties, and summer dinners. It's both a delicious salad and filling side dish in one. Pair it with a steak, chop, or chicken, and you have a complete dinner.