Jen’s Broccoli Soup in the Instant Pot

Broccoli Soup. This is my favorite thing to make in the Instant Pot. The original recipe was from The Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot cookbook. I loved the concept, but it was unseasoned and light on produce. My version tastes a lot like that mall restaurant we all used to know and love, Olga’s. If you know that name, you were probably a teenager in the 80s, too! LOL!

I’ve made two batches in a row a few times so I can fill a few Mason jars to find in the fridge later. So good! Continue reading “Jen’s Broccoli Soup in the Instant Pot”

Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole

I’ve always adored avocado. My mother-in-law told me that when she was a little girl in Cuba, they loved pairing it in a salad with pineapple. Game changer. In Gran Cocina Latina, she caramelizes the pineapple spears under the broiler. So good! That’s inspired my breakamole this morning. If you have a sweet tooth, this will make your day! Continue reading “Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole”

Jen’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Crustless Quiche recipe

Mmmm. Spinach artichoke dip. Mmmm. Quiche. Now you can have it all! LOL! Breakfast, you’re set! Dinner? You could do a little side salad and berries and oranges. Continue reading “Jen’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Crustless Quiche recipe”

Jen’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Feta, Craisins, Candied Pecans, and a Balsamic Drizzle

Every time I see huge Brussels sprouts they make their way into the grocery cart, regardless of what was on that list. Costco has ginormous ones right now! Earthiness from the sprouts. Bacony bacon. Tang from the feta. Tartness from the craisins. A pop of sweet nuttiness from the candied pecans. And an acid pop from the balsamic glaze. Perfection. It’s so darn delicious, easy, and it happens to be fabulously nutritious, so I make it all the time. It makes a great stand-alone breakfast because of the bacon. It’s a fabulous dinner. And it’s a killer bbq sidekick. I hope you love it, too! Continue reading “Jen’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Feta, Craisins, Candied Pecans, and a Balsamic Drizzle”

Croissants recipe, Jen’s sandwich, and cookbook review: Tartine

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Wow! I have been playing in the most lovely posh baking book! Tartine has some amazing and gorgeous projects to tackle when you’re feeling like something extraordinary and going the extra distance, when taking on the learning curve sounds fun. There’s also some much easier fare with a special spin when you’d just like to keep it simple, and enjoy a really nice treat.

They give measurements in both cups and weights where applicable, so you can work with whichever you prefer. Although it’s a little extra effort, I strongly prefer weights because it comes out perfectly every time.

The croissants in this book are the best I’ve ever made. The croissant dough, once you master it, is the base of other recipes in the book, so I’ll be making it again next week to make their breakfast rolls. They look way too tempting to resist. Thank you to Chronicle for letting me share the croissant recipe with you, and after that, I’ll share my most decadent croissant sandwich. It may seem horrifying to slice that beautiful croissant in half, but I promise it’s worth it! I’ve added in drawings of the folds and cuts for visual shorthand.

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Valentine’s Day! Nutella Cheese Ball recipe and cookbook review: Cheese Balls by Dena Rayess

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! What to make as a dessert? How about a glorious Nutella cheese ball with big fat juicy strawberries to accompany it! Thank you to Chronicle Books for letting me share the recipe with you!

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Jen’s Smoky, Cheesy, Bacon & Chicken over Spaghetti Squash with Lots of Complementary Vegetables. Mmmmm.

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, National Hug Day, and my birthday! And yesterday was National Cheese Lover’s Day. Time for a combination of two wonderful things: cheese and smokiness. I fell in love with a pasta dish from a recipe card that came with a Pampered Chef pan years ago, and have adapted it to my taste over the years. It’s pretty distant from the original, but that was the inspiration. Glorious inspiration. I hope you love it!

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Paradise Yamamoto’s recipe for Bacon & Egg Carbonara Potstickers and Cookbook Review: Gyoza

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Are you obsessed with gyoza, potstickers, and dumplings? Me too!

I_GRPyuAParadise Yamamoto’s book, Gyoza: The Ultimate Dumpling Cookbook: 50 Recipes from Tokyo’s Gyoza King – Pot Stickers, Dumplings, Spring Rolls and More!, gives recipes for the classic chopped meat and meat and vegetable fillings that everyone knows and loves. Then he shows you all the things possible with gyoza. The book is filled with 50 wildly creative, delicious potstickers. He shows 7 different ways to fold them, and 6 ways to cook them. The folds have a definite learning curve to them, but they will be delicious right away. You’ve got plenty of time to improve those folds! And it gets a little easier each time. Especially if you obsessively cook your way through the book! 😀 Continue reading “Paradise Yamamoto’s recipe for Bacon & Egg Carbonara Potstickers and Cookbook Review: Gyoza”

Jacques Pépin’s Quiche with Bacon and Cookbook review: Essential Pépin

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51jxcSx+9GLWhat a soccer weekend it’s been! FC Dallas had a killer deal on tickets this weekend as they were trying for their 300th MLS win. It was 100ºF in the hot Texas sun, but oh so worth it, as they got that 300th victory in a 3-1 game! It was a fan’s dream game with constant possession of the ball. We had too much fun. Then we woke up and watched the final World Cup game. Vive la France!

In honor of France’s victory, I thought I’d share my favorite French cookbook, Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food. Jacques’ Quiche with Bacon is fantastic, and easy peasy. Perfect, foolproof crust and gorgeous flavor. I can’t imagine a holiday brunch without it. It’s also lovely on a plain old Saturday morning with a simple green salad. A big thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for letting me share it with you! I’ll get to my review of the book afterwards, but first, that glorious quiche!

If you need more Jacques in your life, here’s my first blog post, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen. That one’s filled with photos and Jacques’ charming artwork.

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Hearty (gluten-free) Multigrain Bread recipe and Cookbook Review: No-Fail Gluten-Free Bread Baking: Classic Bread Recipes for the Texture and Flavor You Love by Pamela Ellgen

61-8z7PjJKLThis is for all of my gluten-free friends. I love feeding people. We eat everything in this house. But I LOVE to have solid books on hand to be able to accommodate friends when they show up, and whip up deliciousness for different dietary needs. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, No-Fail Gluten-Free Bread Baking: Classic Bread Recipes for the Texture and Flavor You Love. The Kindle version is out today, and the paperback version comes out on 5/22. She’s got a recipe for Hearty Multigrain Bread that I love. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, filled with gorgeous, strong multigrain flavor. It actually added something to my BLT. The kids and my husband loved it, too. The texture is a bit different, but oh that flavor! I think it wants to become an avocado toast next. A huge thanks to Callisto Publishers for letting me share the recipe with you so that you can taste the book! My review of the book with Amazon links comes right after the recipe.

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