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Jan 30, 2023

Dried Fig and Pineapple Muffins

These muffins are filled to the brim with both dried figs and dried pineapple that have been macerated in warm apple juice, melted butter, and orange zest. 

Dried Fig and Pineapple Muffins in a Basket.

These muffins are loaded with big chunks of dried fig along with slices of dried pineapple. You will definitely taste the naturally sweet fruit in every bite. 

Jan 29, 2023

Nuts and Bolts Chex Mix

Nuts and Bolts, or Chex Mix, is a delicious mixture of various crunchy cereals, pretzels, crackers, and nuts all tossed and baked in a savory combination of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. 

Nuts and Bolts Chex Mix appetizer in a bowl.

This "Nuts and Bolts" Chex Mix can be made with any combination of Chex and other savory cereals, crunchy crackers and chips, and a mixture of roasted nuts. It's a great mix to have on hand when you need a quick snack. 

Jan 25, 2023

Oven-Baked Garlic Fries and 52 Shabbats

These oven-baked garlic fries are extra crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. 

Oven-Baked Garlic Fries in a bowl.


These potatoes get their extra crispiness from being twice-cooked, boiled and then baked in a very hot oven after being tossed in olive oil. 

Jan 21, 2023

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Cooking ribs in the slow cooker and then finishing them under the broiler helps recreate the fall-off-the-bone slow smoked awesomeness of barbecued ribs. 

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs in a bowl.

These slow cooker baby back ribs are so easy to make, require little hands on time, and you don't need a barbecue to make them. 

Mexican Vegetable Soup with Chipotles

This Mexican vegetable soup with chipotles, or Sopa de Verduras con Chipotle, is a wonderful everyday soup that is easy, nutritious, and satisfying. 

Mexican Vegetable Soup with Chipotles in white bowls.


The liquid is a flavorful combination of chicken broth, fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, chipotles, and Mexican oregano filled with mixture of vegetables. 

Jan 20, 2023

Spicy Lobster Bao

This spicy lobster bao is an Asian-style twist on the lobster roll. Substitute bao buns for the rolls and spicy buttery lobster for the filling for a rich and delicious treat. 

Spicy Lobster Bao lined up on a plate.

I'm so excited about these little Asian-style sandwiches! These homemade bao buns are filled with an amazing concoction of fresh lobster poached in a mixture of butter, chiles, Sriracha, and fresh lemon juice. 

Flourless Chocolate and Red Wine Cake

Flourless Chocolate and Red Wine Cake, or Gâteau au Chocolate au Vine Rouge sans Farine, is intensely rich in flavor and yet light in texture... like a combination of a chocolate truffle and chocolate mousse. 

Gâteau au Chocolate au Vine Rouge sans Farine in blue bowls with whipped cream.

Take advantage of the leftover red wine in your refrigerator (yes, every once in a while we have some leftover) and make this amazing chocolate-y dessert.

Jan 16, 2023

Sourdough Cinnamon Buns with Banana in the Dough

These sourdough cinnamon buns, with banana in the dough, are a fun and delicious way to use up an over ripe banana and end up with a pan full of delicious breakfast treats. 

Sourdough Cinnamon Buns with Banana in the Dough on a cake pan.

Make and shape the dough for these cinnamon buns, refrigerate them, and bake them the next morning for fresh cinnamon buns for breakfast on a weekend morning. 

Jan 14, 2023

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake.. a lemon and vanilla chiffon cake with an espresso infused whipped cream frosting and coated with an airy and crunchy coffee honeycomb-like candy.

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake slice in front of the sliced cake.

Blum's was a small chain of bakery/soda fountain shops in California (based in San Francisco) that closed in the 1970s. Its most beloved menu item was this coffee crunch cake.

Jan 10, 2023

Fennel and Golden Raisin Bread

This fennel seed and golden raisin bread, with its soft crumb and crunchy crust, is perfect sliced and slathered with butter, as toast, and for sandwiches. 

Fennel and Golden Raisin Bread in a basket.

This bread is flavored with some crushed fennel seeds and lightly sprinkled with golden raisins, and the loaf gets it light golden color from durum flour.

Jan 7, 2023

Buffalo Chicken Baked Mac and Cheese

Take comfort food, marry it to bar food, and you get this Buffalo Chicken Baked Mac and Cheese. 

Buffalo Chicken Baked Mac and Cheese overhead shot with bread crumbs.

I'm a huge fan of anything spicy and gooey, especially comfort food. Plus, how can you not like macaroni and cheese?! 
Jan 6, 2023

Cold Start Sourdough Bread with Overnight Dough

This sourdough bread is nice and tangy, and emerges from the oven with a crunchy crackly crust that totally sings. You will want to stand there and listen to your bread crackle as it sits on the cooling rack. 

Sourdough bread loaf.

Lately, I've been hearing a lot about cold start sourdough, where you start your bake with cold dough, a cold pan or Dutch oven, and a cold oven. 

Jan 4, 2023

Baked Eggs in Hash Brown Potato Nests

Baked eggs in crispy hash brown potato nests - an easy and creative way to make eggs and hash browns for a crowd. 

Baked Eggs in Hash Brown Potato Nests on a plate with a red rim.

These egg and hash brown cups are prepared in a muffin tin, making it easy to make enough for a crowd.