Sweet Potato Surprise

At your next party, wow your guests with an impressive appetizer: Sweet Potato Tart with Garlic Chili Oil. Everyone will be mesmerized by its beauty and amazed by the unique use of this brightly colored potato. Goat cheese and a layer of baked sweet potato slices tops the puff-pastry crust. After the tart comes out of the oven, you brush it with a homemade garlic chili oil and then garnish with parsley. Serve this crowd-pleasing appetizer to your guests while it is still warm.  

Sweet Bread

Honestly, who doesn’t like bread? How about when it’s doused in butter and sugar? Even better! Try this Cinnamon and Sugar Pull-Apart Bread recipe for the most sinful treat you’ve ever had. As the bread cooks, the folds of dough stay soft and tender on the inside but form a golden brown (almost caramelized) crust on the top. We warn you: Once you start peeling the layers of bread and popping them in your mouth, you won’t be able to stop! Photo Source: Matkonation

A Bowl of Comfort

On these last few winter days, don’t reach for a can out of your pantry. Instead, try this recipe for Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup. It’s not only hearty and satisfying but also good for you. The base of this soup includes sautéed onions, garlic, seasonings, diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth. In lieu of heavy cream, the recipe calls for plain Greek Yogurt, which gives the same richness as cream without all of the fat. For added flavor and texture, use cheese tortellini which pairs perfectly with the [... more]

The Perfect Pair

When you pop the cork and tilt that bottle of pinot noir, spilling its contents into the glass, you inhale the delicious aroma of black cherry, raspberries, and currants. You want the flavors of the wine to be just as delightful, so selecting the right food to serve it with is very important. Creamy mozzarella—with its smooth texture and mild taste—pairs well with this romantic wine. The semi-soft, buttery cheese comes alive when marinated in herbs and spices as it is in this recipe for Marinated Mozzarella. [... more]

Eat Your Veggies

Desperate for vegetable dishes that your kids will eat? Look no further than this recipe for Crusty Parmesan-Herb Zucchini Bites. The savory Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs will please even the most picky eater. Plus, you’ll love it because it uses only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare. We recommend cooking the zucchini a little longer than the recipe states to achieve a crunch fry-like texture. But either way, your kids will gobble them down. Photo Source: According to Elle

The Perfect Garlic Loaf

I’m always amazed at how certain smells invoke memories of specific events, special meals, or even favorite places I’ve visited. When I was a child, my mom would bake fresh bread every Saturday—enough to make it through the following week. The aroma of that bread baking in our oven has stayed with me over the years, and the first time I made this luscious Garlic Loaf, childhood memories came rushing back. Cilantro and garlic blend into the parmesan cheese to make a perky, savory taste, and as [... more]

Cultural Fusion

Many different cultures and nationalities admire good ol’ Southern cooking, so why not the Greeks? This recipe for Jalapeño and Feta Cornbread, which I found on the blog Souvlaki for the Soul, calls for a combination of milk and Greek yogurt instead of traditional buttermilk. It also incorporates diced jalapeño peppers and feta cheese, which you won’t see until you slice into the loaf. It’s an unexpected surprise! Photo Source: Souvlaki For The Soul

Monkey Bread Impersonator

The gluten-free lifestyle is one of the fastest growing “trends” in the food industry. Because gluten is found in wheat, gluten-free people assume they must avoid homemade bread, but this recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Pull-Apart Bread proves that’s not the case. The base of this sweet treat consists of traditional gluten-free bread flour, while the filling combines butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate. This prepared loaf looks an awful lot like what many of us know as Monkey Bread. If you serve it to your family and [... more]

Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is my number one go-to comfort food! This 5-Cheese Baked Mac & Cheese recipe brings comfort to a whole new level. It should be a sin to have this many of my favorite cheeses in one dish. As you read about this gooey goodness, you may need to cover your eyes: white extra sharp cheddar cheese, Gruyere, Havarti, Manchego, and Parmesan Cheese! If that wasn’t tempting enough, the recipe also throws in bacon crumbles and homemade sourdough croutons. Tip: Mixing lemon juice with the [... more]

Remember the Rosemary

Do you remember what you had for dinner on Monday? How about last night? At this particular stage of my life, I am doing well to remember my name! Enter rosemary, my all-time favorite herb. Not only do I love the flavor and aroma of the sassy little shrub, but also I love that, according to research, it improves memory. Hallelujah and amen! Plus, it’s high in iron and calcium. If you’re intrigued by these fun little facts and want to take advantage of the herb’s health [... more]

A Confetti of Color

Spruce up boring veggies by adding a pop of color. This recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Meyer Lemon Relish blends minced lemon, shallots, parsley, and red pepper flakes for touches of yellow, green, and red. Slices of lemon enhance the amazing flavors, while the roasting process creates a beautiful char on the cauliflower’s white florets. Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve with warm, crusty bread to turn this side into main-dish material. Photo Source: Brooklyn Supper

Ooey Gooey Goodness

I walked into our local bakery last week and inhaled the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread. I had to reel in my senses; otherwise, I would have stood there frozen like a fool incapacitated by the glorious smells of baked goodies. Spying the crusty, golden loaves coming out of the oven, I remembered this recipe I had come across a few weeks earlier. Buffalo Chicken French Bread features a baguette coated with ranch dressing, chicken drenched in a spicy buffalo sauce, and gorgonzola cheese dripping down [... more]

Going Green

We cross the imaginary line from youth to adulthood when we unwittingly begin to eat and even enjoy foods we shunned as a child. Enter asparagus. I can recall feeling left out when our whole family demanded “seconds” of my Mimi’s creamy asparagus casserole. But as an adult, cousin Kevin prepared a lovely version of the fresh veggie simply roasted with olive oil and herbs and forever recruited me as a fan. Officially grown-up. Though I still get requests for my favorite prosciutto and Neufchâtel cheese wrapped version, this [... more]