Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of 2015 Bread (Wild Card)

It's the end of our countdown and the beginning of 2016. Happy 2016 everyone! Thanks so much to Sarah at Fantastical Sharing for hosting this countdown.

For my Wild Card day, I opted to showcase some great breads I made this year. I love bread and though I didn't make as much this year as I would like, I think some of these recipes are pretty great (especially the biscuits)

Flour Tortillas
Tartine Country Bread
Buttermilk Biscuits
Jalapeno Beer Cheese Bread
Pumpkin Beer Bread

Countdown to 2016: Best Desserts

I didn't do too many desserts this year. I had a few great ones, but I guess I need to start making more sweets for 2016 (that's actually a horrible new years resolution... lets actually not do that...)

Thanks to Sarah at Fantastical Sharing for organizing this. I wanted to add in my main dish recipes, but I was on vacation and dropped the ball on posting. Oh well...

Kinako Ice Cream
Popcorn Balls
Apple Crisp
Cucumber Lime Sorbet
Rocky Road Brownies
Kiwi Sorbet
Vanilla/Fufetti Cupcakes
Coffee Granita
Japanese Cheesecake
Cinnamon Apple cream Cheese Cake

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Best, of 2015 Breakfast

It's almost 2016 and we're doing a wonderful countdown of our best of 2015 recipes. Sarah over at "Fantastical Sharing of Recipes" in conjunction with The Secret Recipe Club is hosting our wonderful countdown every day this week. I'm super excited to see everyone's recap of the year.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. It's not very versatile (it's really eggs or starch or fruit in the United States) but I am always happy eating breakfast food It doesn't matter if it's eggs or pastries (though I do prefer savory dishes like eggs), this is the kind of food I could really eat every day.

Take a look at some of my great breakfast recipes from this year.

Buttermilk Waffles
Sourdough Doughnuts
Ricotta Pancakes
Dutch Baby
Blueberry Yogurt Oatmeal Muffins
Cinnamon Rolls
Eggs Benedict with Welsh Rarebit Sauce
Kale Baked Eggs
Sourdough Beignets
Apple Cheese Blintzes
Bacon Cheddar Cornmeal Waffles

Friday, December 25, 2015

Best of 2015: Appetizers and Snacks

It's almost 2016 and we're doing a wonderful countdown of our best of 2015 recipes. Sarah over at "Fantastical Sharing of Recipes" in conjunction with The Secret Recipe Club is hosting our wonderful countdown every day this week. I'm super excited to see everyone's recap of the year.

This year, I did a lot more entertaining. I went to more parties, we had people over more often, we made things to share with friends... I think this is just what happens as you get older. More than that, we started getting busier. I got a new job and premade snacks/food in the freezer was a great option that we really needed. These were all great recipes (some not pictured in the collage) and I know you'll all enjoy them.

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms
Watermelon Jello Shots
Baked Beef Empanadas
Jerk Chicken Empanadas
Potato Perogies
Sourdough Flax Seed Crackers
Pimento Cheese Dip

Monday, December 14, 2015

Azores Sopas

When I was growing up, Sopas was one of my favorite foods from my mom's side of the family. It's eaten during the festival of the Holy Spirit on the 7th Sunday after Easter. It's a dish that was originally used to feed the poor since it is mostly bread soup with vegetables and a little meat. It is humble food but that is what makes it so wonderful. Humble food is always the best food.

I never knew how to make it. I never asked my grandmother when she was alive. That's such a tragedy now. I wish I had cared enough back then about my family and our heritage. I wish I knew how different things would be and how much I would miss these family recipes later in life. I found this recipe on a website of Portuguese Cooking. It might not be exactly like my Grandmother made, but it's still a delicious, hearty, beef and bread stew with bread and mint. My dad hated the mint, but that's what I love most about it.

  • 3 lb bone in chuck roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 cup red wine
  • water
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1 loaf crusty bread
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  1. Salt and pepper the beef and sear in a pan with olive oil until well browned on all sides. Remove meat and add onion, garlic, tomato and spices to the pan to scrape up the browned bits.
  2. Add meat back to pan and add water until it is 3/4 covered. Place in 400 degree oven for half and hour and reduce temperature to 350 for 2 more hours.
  3. Add wine and cabbage, cut into 8ths. Continue simmering until cabbage in tender.
  4. Slice meat and serve with cabbage, thick slices of Italian bread and plenty of pan juices. Garnish with fresh mint.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ricotta Pancakes with Peach topping

I don't know where you would find peaches now, as this recipe is leftover from the wonderful days of summer. I never got around to posting it, but ricotta pancakes are something you can all enjoy all year round. You can substitute the peaches for any fruit you might have on hand. Stewed apples would be really great at this time of year and blueberries would be equally wonderful in a couple months.

I only ever make these pancakes the weekend after I make lasagna or ravioli. I always have more ricotta cheese than I need and it goes bad so quickly. These pancakes are a great way to use up leftover ricotta cheese. I got my recipe from The Kitchn and it's pretty fantastic. You can serve these with maple syrup or jam, or do what I do and serve with macerated fruit and Greek yogurt.

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together milk, egg yolks, vanilla and ricotta cheese.
  3. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in egg whites.
  5. Cook pancakes as you normally would and serve with desired toppings.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bourbon Glazed Sweet Potatoes

I'm a little late with this Thanksgiving recipe. I decided to volunteer to make sweet potatoes for our Thanksgiving friends potluck this year. Last year, one of our Southern friends volunteered to make it. It was this horrible mashed sweet potato casserole thing topped with marshmallows. I don't understand how people eat sweet potatoes like that... I always grew up having chunky sweet potatoes, so this year I knew I wanted to volunteer to make potatoes the way I wanted to eat them.

This recipe is still a little too sweet for me, but it's good. It smells boozy but doesn't taste too much like whiskey.

  • 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup bourbon
  • salt and pepper
  • oil
  • pecans for garnish
  • I guess you could garnish with marshmallows if you want to...
  1. Cut potatoes and toss with salt, pepper and a little oil. Roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked about halfway. Remove from oven.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter with molasses and brown sugar until dissolved.
  3. Add bourbon and cook to burn off the alcohol. Simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Pour potatoes into a baking dish and pour sauce over the top. Bake at 400 for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are nicely glazed.
  5. Top with toasted pecans and serve.
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