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Apr 29, 2023

Mexican Cemita Rolls

Cemitas are rolls used for the torta (sandwich) with the same name. They originated as a street food in the historical city of Puebla, Mexico. 

Mexican Cemita Rolls stacked in a bread basket.

The term "cemita" can refer to both the bread and the sandwich

Apr 27, 2023

Buttery Ginger Shortbread Cookies

These buttery ginger shortbread cookies are crispy and crumbly, and are flavored with both candied ginger and vanilla. 

Buttery Ginger Shortbread Cookies in a bread pan.

A wonderful thing about these cookies is that you can make them on impulse! No chilling of the dough is required. Okay, you do have to let the butter reach room temperature, but if you cut it into pieces, it reaches room temperature pretty quickly.

Apr 26, 2023

Vietnamese Coffee Cake

This Vietnamese coffee cake incorporates the flavor of Vietnamese coffee into an amazing chocolate and coffee dessert. 

Vietnamese Coffee Cake on plates.


This cake is not a cake from Vietnam that's served with coffee. Instead, it's a cake topped with an amazing sauce inspired by Vietnamese coffee. 

Apr 24, 2023

Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos

Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos are simple to make tasty treats that you can have ready for breakfast, brunch, snack, or dessert in just over a half an hour.  

Two Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos in a blue bowl.

Also known as Pastelitos de guayaba y queso, they are a popular treat from the Caribbean, especially Cuba. They are made with a filling of melted cream cheese and guava paste and are super convenient and amazingly delicious. 

Apr 23, 2023

Buttermilk Crumb Muffins

These buttermilk crumb muffins, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, remind me of old school coffee cake. 

Buttermilk Crumb Muffins with a blue teapot in the background.

The flavor of these buttermilk crumb muffins is similar to cinnamon crumb cake doughnuts, or even Snickerdoodles. 

Apr 22, 2023

Pretzel Buns (Laugenbrötchen)

I've always wanted to try making pretzel buns. They look so gorgeous with their dark outer crust contrasted against the white interior. 

Laugenbrötchen in a basket.

The interior of these pretzel buns, (the buns are also known as laugenbrötchen), is soft and dense, and the crust is thin and crispy, just like a soft pretzel. 

Apr 20, 2023

Concorde Chocolate Meringue and Mousse Cake

This Concorde Cake (Gâteau Concorde) is a fun and delicious cake to make. Plus, it's so rich and chocolatey. 

Concorde Chocolate Meringue and Mousse Cake stacked on a cake stand.


Making this chocolate meringue and mousse cake is a bit of a project, but it's definitely worth it, and most of the time is hands off. It's actually pretty easy to make. 

Apr 16, 2023

Mixed Grains and Seeds Ciabatta

This mixed grains and seeds ciabatta, with a sourdough poolish is a hearty take on the airy Italian "slipper bread." 

Mixed Grains and Seeds Ciabatta on a cutting board.


The goal in making this bread is to add a lot of hearty whole grains and seeds and still capture some of the airy ciabatta-like texture in these loaves. 

Egyptian Kushari

Kushari (also spelled koshary, koshari, or kushary) is one of the most popular street foods in Egypt. In fact, I've seen it referred to as the national dish of Egypt. 

Egyptian Kushari Servings and Toppings.

Kushari is typically made with layers of rice, two kinds of pasta, lentils, spicy tomato sauce, chickpeas, and topped with crispy onions. 

Apr 12, 2023

Bacon and Guacamole Grilled Cheese

This bacon and guacamole grilled cheese sandwich will satisfy your craving for something melty, crispy, and irresistable. 

Grilled Cheese sandwiches on a blue plate.


This grilled cheese sandwich is made with four kinds of cheese, crispy bacon, and fresh and spicy guacamole. 

Apr 11, 2023

Pepperoni and Mushroom Pan Pizza

This easy-to-make pepperoni and mushroom pan pizza has a soft and airy crumb and a crispy outer crust and can be ready to eat in just four hours from start to finish. 

Pepperoni and Mushroom Pan Pizza on a cooling rack.

This pizza is like a focaccia, with a little less olive oil, topped like a pizza. The dough is super flexible, and can be baked right away or refrigerated and baked the next day. 

Apr 8, 2023

Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef Tacos

This homemade taco seasoning mix is easy to put together, and it works just like the taco seasoning you buy in packets.

Three tacos in a bowl.

One batch of this taco seasoning is enough for making six one pound batches of taco meat. I just keep the mixture sealed in the pantry and grab it when I want to make ground beef tacos. 

Apr 5, 2023

Garlic and Chive Flower Buns

These steamed garlic and chive flower buns contain twists and layers filled with sweet crispy garlic and fresh chopped chives. 

Huā Juǎn with garlic and chives on a black plate.


These buns are fun to make and delicious to eat. They are made with the dough you would use to make any steamed bun, such as gua bao (the folded bun), mantou (unstuffed), or stuffed steamed buns (baozi). 

Apr 4, 2023

Caesar Tartlets with Sweet Garlic Butter Crusts

These Caesar Salad Tartlets with Sweet Garlic Butter Crusts are a wonderful first course to any dinner. 

Caesar Tartlets with Sweet Garlic Butter Crusts on plates.

How elegant would it be to serve these Caesar Tartlets with Sweet Garlic Butter Crusts at a dinner party? Your guests would be blown away. 

Apr 2, 2023

Mini Chicken Empanadas with Cheese and Chiles

These mini chicken empanadas with cheese and chiles are the perfect game day snack. It was really difficult not to devour more than my share of these when I pulled them out of the oven. 

Mini Chicken Empanadas with Cheese and Chiles on a blue plate.

They are ridiculously tasty... and so easy peasy to make! 

Apr 1, 2023

Chinese Jamaican Stir-Fried Beef and Carrots

This Chinese Jamaican Stir-Fried Beef and Carrots recipe is filled with tender marinated beef and crunchy carrots, and tossed in a delicious peppery West Indian hot sauce. 

Chinese Jamaican Stir-Fried Beef and Carrots in a white bowl.

This recipe has a simple list of ingredients and is one of the easiest stir-fry dishes to make. The flavors are a fusion of Chinese and Jamaican ingredients.