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Jun 20, 2024

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake.. a cinnamon swirled cake made with browned butter in the batter and topped with a cinnamon and vanilla buttercream. 

Three slices of Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake on small white plates.

This cake incorporates the flavors of the snickerdoodle cookie into a tasty single layer cake. You only need a 9-inch by 9-inch square cake pan, and the only time you need a mixer is to beat the buttercream frosting. 

Jun 19, 2024

Overnight Muesli

Muesli is a cold Swiss breakfast dish with a mixture of toasted grains, nuts and seeds, dried and fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, and honey. 

Muesli in bowls with berries.

It's a hearty and delicious breakfast that you mix the night before to soften the grains and then serve the next morning. This version includes toasted oats, wheat germ, and other goodies, and will last in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Jun 16, 2024

Small Batch Detroit-Style Pizza (with Hot Honey, Jalapeños, and Pepperoni)

This small batch Detroit-style pizza with hot honey, jalapeños, and pepperoni (honeypeño) pizza is a uniquely flavorful take on the Detroit pizza. 

Detroit-Style Pizza cut up on a cutting board.

This pizza is so easy to make and will have you fighting for the last piece. 

Chinese Chicken Salad

This Chinese Chicken Salad is a fresh and flavorful mix of chicken, crunchy vegetables, and a dressing of an emulsion of soy and two chile sauces, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar. 

Chinese Chicken Salad in a smaller bowl in front of the larger bowl.

This Chinese chicken salad is layered with shredded chicken breast, chopped napa cabbage, hearts of romaine, snow peas, and scallions and then everything is tossed together with sliced almonds, toasted sesame seeds, and a bold and flavorful dressing. 

Jun 11, 2024

Sambal Oelek Milk Bread Buns

Enjoy these soft and fluffy sambal oelek milk bread rolls for breakfast, with dinner, or tasty mid-afternoon snack. 

Sambal Oelek Milk Bread Buns in a pan.

These sambal oelek milk buns are super fluffy with a light and pillowy texture. The bread is slightly sweet and the rolls are lighter than air when you pick them up. They're easy to pull apart in thin layers. 

Jun 8, 2024

Dry-Fried Sichuan Beans

These dry-fried Sichuan beans are intensely flavorful. 

Two bowls of Dry-Fried Sichuan Beans.

"What is dry stir-frying?" you ask. It's a technique (gon chau) that intensifies flavors by slightly charring ingredients over lower heat over a longer period of time. 

Jun 4, 2024

Barbecued Pork Lo Mein

This barbecued pork lo mein is a wonderful Chinese take-out style dinner that will satisfy your cravings. 

Barbecued Pork Lo Mein in individual bowls.

This barbecue pork lo mein is one of my favorite Chinese take-out style dishes that you can easily make at home. 

Jun 2, 2024

Mango Float (Frozen)

This frozen mango float is an ice cream-like take on a refreshing Filipino dessert. 

Mango float slices on individual plates with the whole dessert in the background.

The mango float, also known as crema de mangga or mango royale, is similar to an ice box cake. It includes layers of Graham crackers, sweetened whipped cream, and fresh chopped mango. It's a wonderful way to enjoy fresh, ripe mangoes. 

May 26, 2024

Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins

These Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins are a wonderful take on the ham and cheese on rye sandwich. They are also a great portable breakfast. 

Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins with a muffin on an individual plate.

These ham and cheese rye muffins are made with whole grain rye flour, bread flour, as well as ham and cheese. 

May 25, 2024

Elderflower Martini

This elderflower martini is a refreshing combination of elderflower liqueur, vodka, and lime, with a garnish of fresh mint. 

Elderflower Martini in a glass with the ingredients in the background.

The elderflower martini is a wonderfully refreshing cocktail, perfect for spring and summer. The combination of the flavors of the elderflower liqueur and the fresh squeezed lime juice along with the hint of mint is both fruity and floral. 

May 22, 2024

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is one of my all time favorite stir fries, and this is the absolute best version I have tried so far. 

Kung Pao Chicken in a bowl.

I love the underlying heat, the amazing sauce, and, of course, the peanuts. 

May 20, 2024

Strawberry Lemonade Cake with Strawberry Marshmallow Frosting

Strawberry lemonade cake with strawberry marshmallow frosting - a moist lemon cake studded with fresh strawberries and topped with a billowy frosting flavored with strawberry jam. 

Three plates of Strawberry Lemonade Cake.

This cake is filled with fresh lemon zest, and then topped with fresh strawberry halves before baking. Next, the cake is brushed with a lemon syrup soaker once it has cooled. 

May 18, 2024

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and decadent. Add the toasted pecan and butter cookie crust, and you will have a hard time resisting slicing off "just a leetle bit more" every time you pass by the pan. 

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars on plates with strawberries in the background.

The first time I made these bars, I took them to work and they immediately disappeared. I've since retired, so this time my neighbors, kids, and grandkids, and their friends are the recipients. No matter who gets a taste, these bars are still a big hit. 

May 14, 2024

Spicy Corn Pizza

This spicy corn pizza with mozzarella and smoked cheddar cheese is slightly sweet from the fresh corn and caramelized onions, yet it has a kick from a few drizzles of chili garlic sauce. 

Spicy Corn Pizza Slices.

I fell in love with this pizza at first bite. The crisp-tender corn nestled in the cheeses turned out to be a wonderful way to top a thin Neapolitan-style crust. 

May 11, 2024

Hot Pepper Beef Stir-Fry

This hot pepper beef is a wonderful Chinese-style stir-fry that you can make in just a few minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. 

Hot Pepper Beef Stir-Fry in a bowl with rice on the side.

This stir-fried hot pepper beef is one of my all-time favorite stir-fries. The dish is super easy to make, the ingredients are easily found in your grocery store, and the resulting flavor is so amazing. 

May 10, 2024

Melon, Jicama, and Pineapple Salad

This melon, jícama, and pineapple salad is a refreshing addition to a Mexican or Latin American-inspired breakfast or brunch. 

Melon, Jicama, and Pineapple Salad in a red rimmed bowl on a red and green cloth.

This fruit salad, with three types of melon, plus jicama and pineapple, is tossed with a citrus-y and spicy dressing. It reminds me of the street food salads you can pick up at fruit stands in Los Angeles area Latino (and other) neighborhoods. 

May 7, 2024

Johnnycake Cobblers

These Johnnycake cobblers start with a layer of sweetened stone fruit and then are topped with a crunchy, sweet, and tender cornmeal biscuit. 

Johnnycake Cobblers with peaches and cherries in ramekins.

Johnnycake cobblers are from the traditional American rustic biscuit-topped family of fruit desserts. 

May 6, 2024

Mocha Latte Coffee Cake

This mocha latte coffee cake is a coffee cake that actually includes coffee (along with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pretty amazing pecan streusel)! 

Mocha Latte Coffee Cake slices on a white platter.


This mocha latte coffee cake is a great way to get your morning coffee and cake along with a little chocolate together at the same time! 

May 4, 2024

Tiny Homemade Pop-Tarts

These tiny homemade Pop Tarts are so fun to eat and totally "pop-able." They are perfect for a party, especially for a brunch. 

Tiny Homemade Pop-Tarts on a cutting board.

These tiny pop-tarts, or "pop-tart bites," are a fun treat to serve for breakfast or brunch. Just use your favorite store-bought or homemade pie crust, fill it with your favorite jam, and top it with a bit of royal icing and your favorite sprinkles. 

Polvorones de Naranja - Triple Orange Mexican Cookies

These polvorones de naranja are Mexican cookies flavored with orange three ways. They're super fluffy and cakelike, and not overly sweet. 

Polvoron cookies on a plate with one broken in half.

Polvorones are a Mexican sugar or shortbread cookie. According to the collective brains of Wikipedia, they are derived from a Spanish cookie. In the United States, they are often referred to as Mexican wedding cookies. 

Apr 28, 2024

Cereal Milk Muffins

These cereal milk muffins, flavored with the "essence" of your favorite breakfast cereal, are moist and fluffy, and totally fun to make, serve, and eat. 

Cereal Milk Muffins on green individual cake stands.

What is Cereal Milk?

Cereal milk is the flavored milk left behind after finishing your breakfast cereal. I'm pretty sure a lot of kids finished all of the milk in their cereal bowl because of it. 

Apr 27, 2024

Stir-Fried Cellophane Noodles with Enoki Mushrooms

You need to try these stir-fried cellophane noodles with enoki mushrooms, carrots, and snow peas tossed in a flavorful sauce of chicken broth, soy sauce, garlic, and toasted sesame oil. They're soooo good! 

Stir-Fried Cellophane Noodles with Enoki Mushrooms in a blue patterned bowl.

The transparent noodles absorb the wonderful flavors from the sauce. This stir-fry is super easy and amazingly delicious. 

Apr 23, 2024

Italian Pane di Genzano

Pane di Genzano is a wonderful soft country bread, ideal for a picnic in the Italian countryside with cheese and salami. 

Italian Pane di Genzano slices in a basket.

This Pane di Genzano comes with a crunchy and thick crust which belies its super soft interior. 

Apr 20, 2024

Garlic and Vegetable Cheese Spread

This garlic and vegetable cheese spread is so flavorful on crackers, bagels, rye toast, and crudités. 

Garlic and Vegetable Cheese Spread with crackers on a plate.

This garlic and vegetable cheese spread is really easy to throw together at the last minute, yet it's elegant enough for a dinner party. 

Fresh Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Cake (with Lemony Glaze)

This cinnamon roll cake, filled with a cinnamon strawberry jam, is actually two giant cinnamon rolls stacked on top of each other and drizzled with a lemony glaze. 

Fresh Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Cake with strawberries.

This "cake" begins with two eight-inch yeasted cinnamon rolls baked in cake pans. The rolls are filled with a cinnamon-y strawberry jam, rolled up, baked, and drizzled with a lemony cream cheese glaze. 

Apr 16, 2024

Bolos do Caco with Chouriço

These chouriço stuffed bolos do caco are a delicious twist on the traditional Madieran sweet potato flatbread. 


Bolos do Caco with Chouriço in a basket with one roll in front.

Bolo do Caco originated in the Portuguese islands of Madiera, off of the coast of Africa. They are a flatbread that also includes sweet potatoes, which evidently do very well on the island and also help stretch a limited supply of wheat. 

Apr 13, 2024

El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup (Copycat)

This El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup is an amazing meal in a bowl. 

El Pollo Loco Chicken Tortilla Soup in bowls.

I love, love, love this chicken tortilla soup. It's loaded with shredded chicken and pico de gallo, and is topped with crispy tortilla strips. 

Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese is a delicious dish of cauliflower baked in the cheesiest cheddar sauce until it is bubbly and golden. 

Cauliflower Cheese in two white bowls.

Cauliflower cheese is the name for an English dish. No, it's not cheese made from cauliflower. It's cauliflower smothered in a sauce loaded with real cheddar cheese, and then baked. Along with the cheese, it's flavored with mustard powder and ground cayenne. 

Apr 10, 2024

Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

This Harissa chicken sheet pan dinner, with leeks, potatoes, and yogurt sauce, is herby, flavorful, and takes chicken and potatoes to a whole new level.

Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner on a serving platter.

This harissa chicken with potatoes, leeks, and a garlicky yogurt sauce is simple to make and can be ready in less than 90 minutes. It's a perfect "dinner for four" meal all in one pan. All you need is a salad and rolls and you're set!

Apr 9, 2024

Spelt, Barley, and White Wheat Rustic Loaf

This spelt, barley, and white rustic loaf is super easy to make in a morning or afternoon and is a pretty failproof way to capture the flavors of whole spelt and barley while using the structure that bread flour provides. 

Spelt, Barley, and White Wheat Rustic Loaf sllces.

This spelt and barley bread recipe takes advantage of the wonderful flavors of ancient grains while still maintaining the structure of an airy artisan loaf. 

Apr 6, 2024

Beer and Smoked Sausage Corn Chowder

This beer brat (or smoked sausage) corn chowder is a delicious midwestern-style soup. It's loaded with sausage, corn, cheese, and beer. It's creamy, cheesy, and hearty. 

Beer and Smoked Sausage Corn Chowder in two bowls.

This beer and smoked sausage corn chowder is smoky, cheesy, and loaded with fresh sweet corn. A bowl of this chowder is super filling. All you need is a salad, a glass of wine, and maybe a slice of bread, and you have lunch or dinner. 

Mar 31, 2024

Big Ice Cream Taco

This big ice cream taco is the perfect dessert for April Fools' Day or Cinco de Mayo. Your guests will be wondering "how did they do that?" 

Big Ice Cream Taco on a Bamboo tray.

This giant ice cream taco dessert will feed a dinner party full of friends and family. It's like a giant ice cream sandwich... Except it looks like a taco! 

Mar 27, 2024

Gyoza Wrapper Pizza Bites

These gyoza wrapper pizza bites are so easy to make and super fun to eat for an appetizer or snack. Plus, they only take minutes to assemble and bake. 

Gyoza Wrapper Pizza Bites on a white dinner plate for serving.

I know the flavor combination may sound weird but trust me, it's really good. 

Mar 25, 2024

Sourdough Multi-grain Grape Muffins

These sourdough multi-grain grape muffins, which also include Kamut, maple syrup, and amaranth, have a wonderful nutty sweet flavor. 

Sourdough Multi-grain Grape Muffins on a yellow cake stand.

These muffins have a lovely sweet nutty flavor from two kinds of flour and amaranth, and are filled with chunks of fresh grapes. 

Mar 23, 2024

Mini Chicken Tostada Appetizers

Mini Chicken Tostada Appetizers - Tiny tortilla shells filled with a lime and cilantro marinated chicken, Napa and red cabbage, salsa, and cumin sauce. Adorable. You can eat them in one bite.

Mini Chicken Tostada Appetizers on a white platter.

These mini chicken todadas are comprised of tiny flour or corn tortillas filled with chicken, cabbage, salsa, and a sour cream cumin sauce. 

Gin Gimlet

This gin gimlet, a refreshing cocktail with the perfect balance of slightly sweet lime juice and the juniper and herbal flavors of gin, is a wonderful classic drink. 

Gin Gimlet in a cocktail glass with the bottles of gin behind.

This is a strong cocktail with the tart lime balanced with the botanicals of the gin. It's very gin forward. 

Mar 22, 2024

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart

This dragon fruit cheesecake tart is a tasty way to feature the refreshing flavor of dragon fruit in a bright and colorful cheesecake dessert.  

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart pieces on two plates.

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This cheesecake tart begins with a Graham cracker crust that is topped with a layer of vanilla bean cheesecake and a layer of dragon fruit custard. 

Mar 20, 2024

Lemon Ginger Ice Cream

This lemon ginger ice cream is tart and creamy with little bursts of sweet candied ginger throughout. 

Lemon Ginger Ice Cream in a glass with the rest in a bread pan.

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This homemade lemon ginger ice cream is incredibly creamy and so scoop-able. The texture is smooth and the flavor is super lemon-y from the lemon syrup you make with the juice of the lemons. 

Chocolate-Espresso Cakes with Burnt Caramel

These amazing little chocolate-espresso cakes are filled with a mocha French butter cream and topped with a fabulous burnt caramel sauce. 

Chocolate-Espresso Cake with frosting and caramel on a plate.


These little cakelets are moist, chocolate-y, and have a hint of espresso flavor that's there mostly to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. I have to admit, this is probably the best chocolate cake I have ever made or tasted. Seriously. 

Mar 18, 2024

Blood Orange Posset

This blood orange posset is such a rich and creamy dessert. Plus, with it's bright citrus-y flavor, it is totally refreshing. 

Blood Orange Posset with and orange slice on top.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the week's recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Posset is a chilled silky and creamy dessert with an amazing mouthfeel. While it might look like pudding or mousse, it's anything but. Plus, it's super easy to make. 

Mar 16, 2024

Asparagus with Lemon, MInt, and Red Peppers

This asparagus with lemon, mint, and red peppers takes what might be considered a bland vegetable and amps it up into a spicy and flavorful side dish. 

Asparagus with Lemon, MInt, and Red Peppers on a white serving platter.

This asparagus can be served hot or at room temperature and is a wonderful side dish to go with steaks, chops, and chicken. It has so much flavor. 

Mar 15, 2024

Irish Batch Bread

Irish Batch Bread: Four loaves of bread baked in one pan!

Irish Batch Bread separated loaves on a cutting board.

Traditional Irish Batch Bread is a white bread that is made in batches of two to four one pound loaves in one pan. The bread is dark (almost black) on the top due to the high temperature of your oven, and browned on the bottom. Once it's baked and cooled, it is then torn into individual loaves.

Mar 12, 2024

Casatiello Napolitano (An Italian Easter Bread)

Casatiello Napolitano is a savory Italian Easter bread with an enriched dough filled with salami and cheese. 

Casatiello Napolitano (An Italian Easter Bread) in panettone papers.

This casatiello is wonderful on its own fresh from the oven, dipped in sauces and soups, and toasted and buttered. 

Mar 10, 2024

Soto Ayam (Indonesian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup)

Soto Ayam is an Indonesian chicken noodle soup made with a bright, citrusy, and gingery broth as its base.  

Soto Ayam (Indonesian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup) in a bowl with garnishes.

Soto Ayam begins with a broth of turmeric, lemon grass, ginger, onions, and garlic in which you poach a whole chicken along with aromatics such as coriander, cumin, and pepper. 

Mar 2, 2024

Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes are a delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. If you don't have any leftover mashed potatoes, it is well worth making up a batch just for these potato cakes. 

Irish Potato Cakes stacked on a small plate.

These Irish potato cakes, or potato pancakes, are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. 

Feb 28, 2024

Egg Bread Hoagie Rolls

If you need a sandwich roll recipe, try these egg bread hoagie rolls. They're just the right size for your favorite hearty sandwich. 

Egg Bread Hoagie Rolls in a basket.

Fill these hoagie rolls with your favorite hearty sandwich fillings, including cold meats and cheeses, hot meatballs or pastrami with mustard and pickles, French dip ingredients, Italian beef, or Philly cheesesteak. 

Feb 26, 2024

Sourdough Tangerine Muffins

These sourdough tangerine muffins are a great way to use up your extra sourdough discard. Plus, they are tangy and delicious. 

Sourdough Tangerine Muffins on a white platter.


If you maintain a sourdough starter, these tangerine muffins are a great way to use up some of the extra discard when you feed your levain. 

Feb 25, 2024

Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole

This sausage and spinach breakfast casserole takes all of the great ingredients from a hot diner breakfast and layers them into a casserole dish. 

Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole in a red-rimmed dish.


If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, you definitely need to try this breakfast casserole. 

Porcupine Meatballs

For a wonderful retro dinner, try these porcupine meatballs. They are super easy to make and your whole family will love them. 

Porcupine Meatballs with tomato sauce in two bowls.

Porcupine meatballs get their name from the rice in the meat mixture, which, once it cooks, sticks out like little spikes, or porcupine needles. The rice in the meatball mixture is used in the place of the traditional cracker or bread crumbs that are usually used to make meatballs. 

Feb 20, 2024

Ginger-Lime Tea Cake

This moist and flavorful ginger-lime tea cake includes a ginger and lime infused batter, a ginger-lime soak, and a lime-infused glaze. 

Ginger-Lime Tea Cake on a plate with the loaf in the background.

The fresh ginger and lime combination is amazing. Next time, I'm making extra ginger-lime syrup just so I can keep some to make cocktails or to mix with sparkling water.