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Jul 30, 2023

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

These chocolate, chocolate chip, banana, and cinnamon muffins are so easy to make, and will satisfy any chocolate lover's craving. 

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin in pink paper liner.

These double chocolate banana muffins are reminiscent of the chocolate covered frozen bananas you might buy at a pop-up stand in the summer at the beach. The flavors bring back memories for me. 

Jul 29, 2023

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

These chocolate truffle cookies are rich, soft, and deeply chocolate-y. 

Chocolate Truffle Cookies in three blue bowls.

These cookies consist of three kinds of chocolate barely held together with one half cup of flour, along with eggs and sugar. 

Watermelon Rum and Sparkling Wine Cocktail

This watermelon, rum, and sparkling wine cocktail has "summer" written all over it. 

Watermelon Rum and Sparkling Wine Cocktail and Ingredients on a Metal Tray.

Between the heat and the abundance of watermelons right now, this cocktail really hits the spot. 

Jul 22, 2023

Chipotle Lime Chicken Wings

These chipotle lime chicken wings make a hearty appetizer or a delicious main course. They are easy to make, and require very little hands on time.

Chipotle Lime Chicken Wings on a platter.

These chipotle chicken wings are spicy and smoky, thanks to chopotle chiles in adobo sauce. 

Jul 20, 2023

Raspberry Clafoutis

This raspberry clafoutis, or clafoutis au framboises, is a classic French dessert comprised of a custardy vanilla and cream base filled with fresh raspberries. 

clafoutis au framboise in a baking dish.

Clafoutis is a wonderful and easy-to-make custard dessert filled with fresh fruit, and leftovers are delicious for breakfast. 

Jul 16, 2023

Czech Kolaches

Kolaches are a pastry brought to the American Midwest by Czech immigrants during the mid and late nineteenth century and made popular throughout the region, especially in Texas. 

Czech Kolaches on a quarter sheet pan.

This version is comprised of an enriched brioche-like yeasted dough filled with a lemon-scented cream cheese and ricotta filling. 

Jul 15, 2023

Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables and Ginger

This stir-fried brown rice with vegetables and ginger is an easy main course for lunch, as well as a delicious side dish for a multi-course dinner. 

Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables and Ginger in a bowl with scallions.

It's a great dish to make when you want to use up those last carrots and mushrooms in your vegetable bin along with leftover day old brown rice you have in the fridge. 

Jul 11, 2023

Tahini Chocolate Chunk No Churn Ice Cream

This creamy tahini ice cream is filled with dark chocolate chunks and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. 

No Churn Tahini Ice Cream scoop in a cone held by a hand.

This tahini and chocolate chunk ice cream is so easy to make because it is no churn... no ice cream maker required. You actually make this ice cream in the food processor, including whipping the cream.

Sourdough Blueberry Bagels

These sourdough blueberry bagels are easy to make and are everything you want a bagel to be... crispy on the outside with a tasty chewy interior. 


If you have a sourdough starter, you need to try making these bagels. 

Jul 8, 2023

Classic French Bread for a French-Style Picnic

This Classic French bread takes a little bit of practice to make, and the results often depend on a lot of factors, including the weather, but it's so worth the effort! 

French Bread slices in a basket.

Other factors include gluten development, dough temperature, shaping technique, timing, and the right tool and technique for scoring right before baking. 

Jul 5, 2023

Blueberry Lemon Turnovers

These blueberry lemon turnovers are the perfect summer treat. You can serve them either for breakfast or dessert.... or both! 

Blueberry Lemon Turnovers on plates.

These blueberry lemon turnovers are like pie in pastry form. They are perfect for portable summer treats, and the melding of the blueberry filling and lemony mascarpone is wonderful. 

Jul 1, 2023

Fennel, Red Cabbage, Goat Cheese, & Citrus Salad

This fennel, red cabbage, goat cheese, and citrus salad is super crunchy and fresh tasting. 

Fennel, Red Cabbage, Goat Cheese, & Citrus Salad in two bowls.

The combination of fennel and citrus works beautifully. The yogurt, tarragon, lemon, and mint dressing is tangy and fresh.