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    Pumpkin Chiffon Bars

    It’s the holiday season! Planning for holiday entertaining and dinners can be super stressful. But sweat not. At least, not on account of dessert. This make ahead dessert is super easy and fool proof. Make it a day or two ahead and serve it up at dinner with a bit of whipped cream. This is […]

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    Kung Pao Chicken

    Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most popular takeout dishes. Luckily, it is easy to make at home without any MSG. Take care not to marinade the chicken longer than stated, as the meat will over-tenderize and become slightly gummy. Add whatever chopped vegetables you have in the fridge to make it your own. […]

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    Zucchini Muffins

    We all know sweets are an indulgence, and definitely not health food. Sometimes, though, they can be straddling the line. Well, maybe that’s giving these muffins a little too much credit, but hey, they’re tasty. Shredded zucchini makes an appearance throughout the muffin without overpowering them. These can be a sneaky way to hide some […]

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50/50 Hamburger Sliders

February 27th, 2016 | Beef, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

So, I’m not a huge burger fan in general, but these make me swoon. These are homemade hamburger sliders made with half beef and half pork, cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, spunky red onion, and crisp green lettuce. Add a bit of mayo and mustard, and enclose in homemade Amish Potato Rolls (recipe link below). Making burgers at […]

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Potato Bread for Toast

January 15th, 2016 | Bread, Breakfast, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Remember that leftover mashed potato sitting in the fridge from the other day? The cold, sad lump of mush? Use it to make this amazing Potato Bread. It’s a firm, crusty loaf that slices easily and keeps beautifully. Slather some butter on a slice and grill it for amazing sandwiches. Add a bit of garlic […]

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Toasted Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Parmesan and Mozzarella

December 22nd, 2015 | Dinner, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Toasting the gnocchi gives it a delicious crust, and the cheeses melt into the pillowy bites. This dish makes for a nice lunch with soup or salad. Add some basil leaves for added pop of flavor. Toasted Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Parmesan and Mozzarella Serves 2-3 4 TB butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 […]

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Castella Cake

November 22nd, 2015 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Head into an Asian bakery and you will see baskets full of small Castella cakes. They are spongy and a tiny bit dry, so that it takes a few minutes to melt in your mouth. Castella is basically a Japanese honey spongecake. It has no butter in it, but rather gets its richness from the large amount […]

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Steamed Pork Buns

March 21st, 2015 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

Steamed pork buns may seem intimidating but they don’t have to be with some planning. You can make the filling ahead of time and let it chill. Make and rise the dough, and set that in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it within a day or so. Just make sure that you […]

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Chocolate Chip Scones

November 20th, 2014 | Breakfast, Cake, Desserts, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

If you love scones, this recipe is for you. It’s pretty much a giant chocolate chip cookie with the texture of a scone. And, unlike your typical coffeehouse scone, they will keep very well for days on the counter. Or freeze them if you must and enjoy them for weeks on end.   Chocolate Chip […]

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Parker House Rolls

November 19th, 2014 | Bread, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

It’s Thanksgiving week and you can never have enough roll recipes for the big day. This one is a sturdy, enriched bread roll that is perfect for smearing with butter or dunking in gravy. Watch them during the last five or so minutes of cooking to make sure they don’t overbrown. Parker House Rolls 1 […]

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Gyoza (Potstickers) with Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce

November 18th, 2014 | Asian, Dinner, Main Dish | Christi | No Comments

I’m all for burgers and fries and sandwiches. But sometimes I just want some Asian food. This recipe hits the spot with a tender pork filling and a spicy dipping sauce. You can make your own gyoza wrappers or buy them at an Asian grocery store. Just make sure to keep them under plastic as […]

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Deep Dish Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

November 17th, 2014 | Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 3 Comments

It’s Thanksgiving season and I’m in the mood for all things pumpkin. Packed with beta carotene and other nutritious things, pumpkin is a nice excuse to make something naughty. A deep dish pie pan makes this a tall, grand pie. Use a 9×13 in pan to make into bars. This pie is a combination of cheesecake […]

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Japanese Cheesecake

November 15th, 2014 | Asian, Cake, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Japanese cheesecake is a unique kind of cake. It has the lightness of spongecake but has the tang of cheesecake. It needs no frosting or icing, just enjoy slices with tea or coffee. A kitchen scale is a must-have for this recipe. Japanese Cheesecake 8oz. cream cheese 50g/2 oz. unsalted butter 100 ml/3 fluid oz whole milk 60g/2 […]

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Amish Potato Rolls

November 13th, 2014 | Bread, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

It is no secret that I love to bake bread. I have dozens of recipes I want to try, but can never get to them all. Among my favorites are the Honey and Butter Roll (enriched butter roll with honey butter slathered on top), Hodduk (Korean pancakes filled with oozing brown sugar and cinnamon), Pogca […]

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Cinnamon Banana Bread

November 11th, 2014 | Bread, Fruit, Pastry, Quick, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Keep your old ripe bananas in the freezer and defrost them right before making this stellar banana bread. Add some nuts or chocolate chips if you want it to be extra special for the holidays. This banana bread is even better the next day. Cinnamon Banana Bread Makes one 9-inch loaf 2 cups all purpose […]

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