Posted at 4:45 AM , on March 28, 2020
This recipe for Pasta Carbonara is one of the first things my dad taught me how to cook. Now, it’s a recipe I make for my kids often and they love it just as much as I did (and still do). Although it comes from my dad, I have fiddled with the recipe just a bit and as a result, I have allowed people to successfully make a recipe they had previously written off after having disastrous results. Since my original post, I have heard from several family members and friends that they made my version of carbonara, and were thrilled with the results. I love stuff like that!! Helping people enjoy the cooking and eating process is one of my favorite feelings. Come see what makes my recipe such a success.
Posted at 9:52 AM , on March 22, 2020
These Oven Roasted Beef Short Ribs prove that not all beef short ribs need to be braised into submission or swimming in liquid to be incredibly tender and flavorful. Super tender, intensely beefy, glazed with a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired sauce and topped with a fresh, tangy slaw — this is absolutely my favorite way to cook short ribs and I have a feeling you might feel the same way after you try this recipe. Continue reading
Posted at 7:02 PM , on March 1, 2020
Muffins are one of the quickest, easiest treats to whip up. Perfect for on a whim style baking, I must admit. Although they are quick to whip together, they always seem so special and make the kitchen feel even more inviting and cozy. These blueberry streusel muffins are no exception and they are a huge hit every time I make them. A buttery dough, bursting with juicy berries and topped with everyone’s favorite: a buttery, brown sugar streusel. Continue reading
Posted at 6:35 AM , on February 19, 2020
These Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Mexican Red Sauce are the real deal. When I go to a Mexican restaurant, I sometimes flirt with the idea of trying something different as I peruse the menu, but I know my eyes will eventually land on the enchilada section and that’s it. I’m done. Everything about them makes me swoon: their smell, the softness of their corn tortillas, their flavorful beef filling, their signature red sauce and their blanket of lots and lots of melted cheese. I love all the little side items too: the beans, rice, finely shredded lettuce, and sour cream. Can you tell it’s one of my favorite meals? Here’s how I make my homemade beef enchiladas. Continue reading
Posted at 2:07 PM , on February 10, 2020
Muffins are the friendliest of baked goods, don’t you think? There is just something about a muffin in the morning, as an after school snack, or snuck into a lunchbox that just makes everything feel alright. I’ve always felt like I earn extra momma points every time I make muffins. These Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Muffins are no exception. The olive oil adds a hint of sophistication, but they are still the friendly, comforting, delicious little morsels we all know and love; Sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, no matter what. These muffins are moist, tender, full of chocolate flavor and topped with streusel. Not just any streusel though – oh no – we’re topping these with a chocolate streusel. Hey, it is National Chocolate Month after all. But no matter what month it is, you should definitely give these a try. Continue reading
Posted at 12:18 PM , on February 3, 2020
These cookies are PINK! and naturally pink at that. Sorry for yelling, but these strawberry sugar cookies are pink, and they are unmistakably strawberry. They are thin and chewy, just a bit of crisp around the edges and thanks to a special ingredient they stay chewy and bendy (I should trademark that) for dayyyyys. Not that they’ll last that long. Don’t be surprised if you start belting out Strawberry Fields Forever when you take your first bite of one of these, still warm from the oven. Continue reading
Posted at 2:38 PM , on January 28, 2020
My blog name is a direct indication of the way most of my recipes are created. This Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding is no exception. At some point I bought a large bag of tapioca pearls on a whim, I couldn’t tell you why, and they have been living untouched in my pantry ever since. The other day I saw red currants (fresh red currants!) at my local grocery store. This never happens. They are such a coveted item in the food photography world because they are just too beautiful to believe! I would love to get my hands on some white ones, but I’m so happy I found these! Anyway, I wanted to create a recipe that I could adorn with these little jewels, something light, white, neutral in color that wouldn’t compete with the beautiful fruits but that their tartness would accentuate and compliment. My thoughts quickly turned to puddings. Well, the light bulb went off and the rest is history. My impulsively acquired tapioca pearls and red currants were happily united in this delicious recipe! Continue reading
Posted at 2:19 PM , on January 26, 2020
I love Asian flavors. If you’ve been following along here, I’m sure you’re aware that my father was my biggest culinary influence, but what you might not know is that he cooked a lot of Asian food when I was a kid. I remember a well-thumbed cookbook he had with a blue cover that was full of stir fry recipes and other Asian delicacies. It’s interesting, but Asian flavors are really comfort food to me. These Southeast Asian Chicken Wings are a recipe I make to satisfy my cravings and give myself comfort. They hit all the right notes: sweet, salty, savory, spicy and they are just so fun and so easy to prepare and eat!
Posted at 11:07 AM , on January 23, 2020
The end of one year and beginning of the next always puts me into an intensely reflective state of mind. A mix of emotions, too, as the beloved but busy holidays are over, always a bit of regret that I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to, but a feeling of a fresh start and the motivation and high ambition that comes with it. Continue reading
Posted at 9:47 AM , on December 20, 2019
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Sun-dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Pull Apart Bread
So, I had this idea the other night: That I could take my tried and true soft pretzel dough recipe and turn it into a pull apart bread, layered with garlic and herb butter, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomato. Well, I did it and guess what. It turned out even better than I could have imagined! I mean, just look at those layers and that wild, crazy top! So much fun and so delicious.