July 20, 2013

Spicy Fried Drumsticks with Tangy Dipping Sauce

Spicy Fried Wings

I'm a novice at frying chicken. Even in my meat-eating days, it was never one of my favorite foods, so I never picked up the skill to properly make it. The one time I made a batch years ago, half of the crust immediately fell off. Well, let's just say I learned a lot about chicken frying after making this recipe. Sure, it wasn't my best work...but technique aside, it was absolutely delicious.

May 4, 2013

Cheddar-Chive Beer Bread


I'm very surprised that beer bread isn't more popular. It's super easy to make, practically does all of the bread "science" on its own, and can be made with any flavor combination desired. This particular recipe brings together a smoky, bitter oatmeal stout, pungent onions, and a warm cheesy savoriness.

November 17, 2012

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

I've always loved the combination of raspberries and chocolate. From the truffles at See's Candies, to my childhood memories of chocolate cake with raspberry filling, it's truly one of the great dessert pairings in the world. On a completely unrelated note, I somehow managed to accidentally buy a whole container of plain coconut yogurt, and I was frantic to use it up before the expiration date. I'm convinced it was fate that brought me this recipe only a week later.

October 28, 2012

Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Glaze

I think I've made yeast breads a total of two times in my life. Both times, I was scared out of my mind. My first yeast bread attempt--dinner rolls--came out surprisingly well. Then again, I was just shocked that they actually rose. So I figured 'tis the season to give it another go. I always thought cinnamon rolls would be difficult to make, but I surprised myself yet again. Oh, and pumpkin ones at that, for the season of course.

October 20, 2012

Guava-Glazed Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Jalapeno Salsa

Guava Glazed Grilled Chicken

Want a quick and easy taste of the tropics? Try this simple, quick recipe that's light, fresh, and full of flavor. Oh, and there's more of my new best friend too. Hello, guava paste.

October 19, 2012

Pumpkin, Sausage, and Mushroom Pasta

Pumpkin, Sausage, and Mushroom Pasta

Hearty, warm, and woodsy, this pumpkiny pasta is the perfect kickoff to fall and winter meals. Chockful of delicious Italian goodies, this dish is easy and quick to make, with probably the most difficult part being the vegetable prep. And if you can chop onions, slice mushrooms, and mince garlic, you're already halfway there.

September 3, 2012

Guava and Cream Cheese Pastry

Guava and Cream Cheese Pastry

My first experience with guava paste was way back when. I don't recall exactly, but I know I was a child. I remember tasting it and thinking, this is just like a mouthful of tropical fruit roll-ups! And what kid doesn't love fruit roll-ups. Fast forward to last year: I got a cube of it at a food fair and instantly fell in love again. I scoured my neighborhood Mexican markets looking for it, and a large can of it (for only about $3, mind you) sat on my shelf for months. I started looking for recipes using guava paste, and found quite a few that also featured cheese. Hmmm...

August 29, 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Raspberry-Cream Cheese Squares

Cinnamon Sugar Raspberry Cream Cheese Squares

I have fond memories of eating cream cheese and jelly sandwiches as a child. My friends thought it was the strangest thing, but then, they probably never had the delight of tasting the combination. Salty and creamy mixed with sweet and fruity, who wouldn't love that? So when I came across this recipe, it reminded me so much of those sandwiches of yore...but in rich, decadent dessert form.

July 29, 2012

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs

Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs

I love all things appetizers, finger foods, and party bites. This is the perfect, delicious example of that: sweet-spicy meatballs to serve at your next shindig. But beware, these babies pack a lot of heat! Be sure to have plenty of ice cold beer on hand while eating...

July 14, 2012

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Coffee cake doesn't have to be just coffee cake. Try this behemoth of a brunch sweet, which tastes just like cherry cheesecake. Cherry pie filling atop a creamy cheesecake filling...all encased in a thick almond-flavored cake. And all vegan!