strawberry and goat cheese crostini

Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Strawberry and goat cheese crostini for the win! Recently I made a last-minute plan to have a few people over. I wanted a snack, but not the usual chips and salsa. I looked in my fridge and found an unopened tube of goat cheese and a quart of strawberries. Because these days, there’s almost always [...]

buttermilk ranch powder

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Powder

I make a lot of my own salad dressings. There are a couple of bottled ones that I like, but for the most part, I make my own. My favorite ranch dressing is one I make using fresh chives, fresh dill, and fresh parsley. It’s so good, and often I forget that most ranch dressings [...]

cilantro lime sauce

Honey Cilantro Lime Sauce

I went to a restaurant recently that is known for its cilantro lime sauce. It was pretty delicious, but I realized that I’ve been making something very similar for years. This is a simple blended sauce that I originally made as a salad dressing. It gets its flavor from cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and honey. [...]

sweet corn quesadillas

Sweet Corn and Pepper Jack Quesadillas

When I made these sweet corn quesadillas, I thought about how to make them and decided on simple. I went over a list of ingredients in my head. I could add black beans, shrimp, or a dozen different spices. But then the flavor of the corn would be lost. If I was using frozen corn, [...]

rum caramelized bananas

Rum and Cinnamon Caramelized Bananas

Yes. Bananas, butter, brown sugar. With the addition of rum, cinnamon, and a pinch of coarse sea salt. All cooked in a pan until they are golden brown, syrupy, and perfectly soft. You might think this is a dessert. And you could be right. These rum caramelized bananas definitely taste like dessert. And you could [...]

Oven Baked Paneer Tikka

I’m a big fan of Indian food, and I try to make Indian-inspired dishes at home every once in a while. Particularly with paneer, like this oven-baked paneer tikka. If you’re not familiar, paneer is a soft cheese that doesn’t melt into a gooey mess when heated. You can slice or cube it and toss [...]

Browned Butter Maple Vanilla Skillet Granola

I’ve made homemade vanilla granola plenty of times. But today, I made browned butter vanilla granola in a skillet. I eat yogurt with fruit and granola 2-3 times a week. It’s easy, it’s filling, and hits a lot of nutritional notes. So I almost always have a variety of things on hand to make this. [...]

blood orange chocolate buttermilk scones

Blood Orange Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Years ago, I worked in a bakery that made the best chocolate buttermilk scones. They were tender and crunchy and craggy. The buttermilk gave them a tangy flavor that in my mind is better than heavy cream. And chocolate? Yes, please. In addition to chocolate, I’m a big fan of citrus flavors, so orange chocolate [...]

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan, but I recently got a head in my Imperfect Foods box. I don’t hate it, but it’s not something I’ll go out of my way for. Unless it’s coated in hot sauce, like this recipe for baked buffalo cauliflower bites. Truth is, I’ve never had anything coated in hot [...]

Homemade Hot Honey

Hot honey is not a new thing at this point; it’s on pizza’s everywhere these days, and you can even buy it at most local grocery stores. But how about homemade hot honey? If you’ve never had it, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. It’s a great condiment to have on hand if [...]