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Quick Thai Chicken Soup


 Adapted from Tyler Florence Thai Coconut Chicken Soup I used to work at Marshall Field’s (after it was Dayton’s and before it was Macy’s). For those in Minnesota, you know that they used to have some really great food at their cafes and restaurants. They had a group of chefs […]


Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal Crumb Bars


 After making these with apple butter, I found pumpkin butter at Target and decided that I need to try pumpkin. You can also make pumpkin butter at home, though that kind of ruins the quick and easy part of this recipe. These come together so quickly and make a great […]


Apple Cider Donut Muffins


 Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction These are so much easier and so much less mess than deep frying! I’m not sure if they’re healthier with the butter and sugar, but they are easy and delicious to make at home. If you can’t make a trip to the apple orchard, these […]


Prosciutto and Gruyere Croissants


 Adapted from Alexandra Cooks Smoked Ham Croissants Croissants are so flaky because they laminate thin layers of butter between layers of dough many many times. Bakeries have huge machines that help make the layering of the butter between the dough much easier. At home, it is more time consuming and […]


Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackle Cookies


 Adapted from Reeses Chip Crinkle Cookies These did not turn out as pretty as the picture on Hershey’s site for me (they looked more like little hockey pucks) but they are absolutely delicious! I usually make a large batch like this recipe and then freeze half of the prepared dough. […]


French Onion Soup


 Adapted from Martha Stewart French Onion Soup 101 Tips and Suggestions: I usually cut this recipe in half because it makes so much. If you do halve the recipe, the onions do cook a bit quicker (about 5-10 minutes less on the first round and 15 or so minutes on […]


Wheat Thin Dip


 Adapted from Everything in Between by Kelly I’m sorry I don’t have a more original or creative name for this dip, but it really makes Wheat Thins taste amazing. It’s also super quick and easy to mix up and is great for appetizer parties or office potlucks. I promise you, […]


Apple Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Cookies


 This is a variation on my favorite Oatmeal Cookie. I love them with Reese’s Pieces and Peanut Butter Chips, but sometimes you need to try something a little different, and I’m so glad I did. I saw these Cinnamon Chips at Target in the fall baking aisle, and immediately knew […]


Oatmeal Apple Butter Bars


 Adapted from Platter Talk Oatmeal Apple Butter Bars These bars come together very quickly and are such a great thing to bring for a fall potluck, for tailgating, or for a treat after the kids come home from school. These are also amazing with caramel and/or ice cream on top. […]


Artisan No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread


 Adapted from Jam Hands Chocolate Orange Bread I posted about the amazing Chocolate Orange Bread before, but with the fall, I was craving cinnamon and other warm flavors. So, I decided to adapt that recipe to make a crusty bread with cinnamon and raisins. This makes AMAZING toast with butter, […]


Apple Streusel Bread


 Adapted from Julies Eats and Treats In honor of the first day back at school, I knew I needed to make something with apples. I also love the cinnamon streusel topping because it feels like the beginning of fall. Tips and Suggestions: This is such a perfect and quick fall […]


Raspberry Brioche Swirl


 Adpated from Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day This recipe makes two medium sized swirls or one very large danish. This danish is truly a showstopper. Perfect for Christmas morning or to really wow your coworkers! This looks complicated, as if it was made at a fancy […]


Greek Style Appetizer Bread


 Adapted from Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day Tips and Suggestions: This is a relatively quick and easy appetizer that really wows. If you don’t want to make your own pizza dough, you can buy fresh dough from Trader Joe’s or from your local pizzeria. You can […]


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls


 Adapted from Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day Note on affiliate links: As part of the Amazon affiliate program, if you purchase through the links on my website, you will help support my site. Thanks to all who visit! Tips and Suggestions: These are not quick, but […]


Homemade Pizza


 Tips and Suggestions: You can either make your own dough, or buy some from a local pizzeria or from Trader Joe’s. I’ll be honest, if I don’t get around to making dough, the Trader Joe’s dough is very good. I also like to make my own sauce, using San Marzano […]


Easiest Pizza Dough


 Adapted from ‘The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day’ Tips and Suggestions: This recipe makes enough for four medium sized pizzas and lasts for two weeks in the refrigerator. You could also make calzones, breadsticks, or cheese bread. The dough is easy to come together, but has a […]


Cinnamon Sugar Madeline Cookies


 Adapted from Nancy Fuller’s Cinnamon Sugar Madelines These are quick and easy cookies as long as you have a Madeline pan. The dough is really more like a cake batter than a cookie dough. They go so well with tea or coffee in the morning! You can certainly fancy them […]


Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies


 Adapted from Cooking Classy Pineapple Coconut Thumbprints We just started planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and I am so excited!! I immediately started craving tropical flavors. On a trip to the grocery store, I found this pineapple mango fruit spread and decided that I needed to […]


Banana Gelato


 Adapted from Dine and Dish Banana Gelato I had some very ripe bananas, but instead of making banana bread in the heat of summer, I knew gelato was the right choice. This turned out so amazing. I’ve tried the “nice” cream made with frozen bananas. While that is a healthy […]


Thai Basil Beef


 Adapted from Cooking Classy Thai Basil Beef This is a quick and easy recipe to throw together on a weeknight. The only ingredient that is tough to find is the Thai Holy Basil. You may need to go to an Asian grocery to find it. Otherwise, substitute fresh basil from […]


Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice


 This is a quick, easy, and versatile recipe that works wonderfully with Asian flavors (particularly Vietnamese and Thai), but also with Mexican flavors for burritos, and rice bowls. That extra hit of cilantro and lime really punches up the flavor of your rice and helps you recreate that Chipotle burrito […]


“The Big Ginger” Drink


 Ginger Ale, Whisky and Lime Drink This drink is popular at Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins play. It is a perfect summer drink. It wasn’t until I realized how the flavors of ginger and lime would pair well with Vietnamese and Thai cuisine that a whole new world opened […]

Meat, Salads

Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with Lemongrass Chicken


 Adapted from Recipe Tin Eats Vietnamese Noodle Bowls with Lemongrass Chicken This is such a great summer meal. All of the ingredients can be cold and when I get sick of salads, this is a wonderful option. It is full of flavor, lots of crisp vegetables, and marinated chicken. You […]


Asian Cucumber Salad


 This is perfect as an accompaniment to all kinds of Vietnamese and Thai dishes. I like to serve it on top of Banh Mi, with pork meatballs in an Asian sauce and rice, with Chicken Satay, or with Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowls. It’s amazing in the summer because it is […]


Perfect Blueberry Muffins


 Adapted from King Arthur Flour Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins These muffins are the perfect combination of sweet with a delicate crumb. They are quick and easy to make, you will never reach for a mix from a box again. I like to use frozen wild blueberries because the berries […]


Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Ice Cream with Whisky Caramel Sauce


 Adapted from Sugar Dish Me Brown Sugar Cinnamon Ice Cream You will need some kind of ice cream maker. I have the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer, but any frozen countertop ice cream maker will work. I store mine in my basement freezer so that it is ready […]


Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw


 I love to put a light cole slaw on tacos (this would go well on fish or chicken tacos), but this one really makes a Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwich sing! It also is great as a side dish for any kind of BBQ. The acid from the lime juice […]


Best Cut-out Sugar Cookies Ever


 Adapted from out of print Joy of Cooking recipe This is the cut-out cookie recipe that my mom always made when I was growing up from her 1960s era Joy of Cooking cookbook. In it, it’s called “Rich Roll Cookies”. It makes a dough with no leavening (i.e. baking soda […]


Banh Mi Sandwiches


 Luckily, I live in a town with lots of places to get my favorite sandwich, the Banh Mi! A delicious import from Vietnam, it combines Asian flavors and spices with the crusty bread of baguette. My take on the Banh Mi is not very authentic, partly because the ingredients I […]


Citrus Palmiers ala Capri


 Adapted from Ina Garten’s Palmiers Is it possible to improve on an Ina Garten recipe? I didn’t think so, until I decided to try to make her palmiers. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Italy, we went to a bakery everyday to try cookies and sweets. […]


Limoncello Blueberry Mojitos


 I absolutely love lemon blueberry muffins, so I thought bringing those flavors to a mojito would be a great combination and very refreshing. This drink is amazing on a hot day. I also love bringing an Italian flair to everything, so the addition of Limoncello takes this one over the […]


Steak, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze Sandwich


 Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis’s recipe for Filet Mignon with Balsamic Syrup found in her cookbook Everyday Italian Affiliate links disclosure: I participate in the affiliate program through Amazon. If you click on some links on my site and purchase items I have recommended, I will receive compensation from Amazon. […]


Quick Thai Peanut Salad


 This is a healthy and quick weeknight meal that you can throw together in only a few minutes. I tend to not use the included wonton strips because this salad is so delicious and crunchy without them. You can certainly customize this to your own tastes by changing out the […]