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Samoa Scones with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Glaze

This is a scone version of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. (The original Coconut Scone recipe can be found here). They feature coconut in three ways: coconut milk (instead of regular milk), shredded coconut, and coconut extract. In order to “Samoa” it, I added chocolate chips to the mix, and topped it with chocolate drizzle and toasted … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Lamb Biryani and Scallion Cheese Stuffed Naan

I recently checked out The Indian Slow Cooker cookbook from the library and found this recipe for Biryani, which is what I order at an Indian restaurant. The meat is marinated in ginger, garam masala, tumeric, cilantro, mint, and garlic, then topped with saffron-laced basmati. It is a fantastic big batch meal that we’ll add to the rotation. For … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Buns using “Five Minutes a Day” Brioche

After years of searching for the cinnamon buns recipe and I’ve finally found it. This is not a drill! It’s a Brioche dough (i.e. a highly-enriched sweet bread, which using butter and eggs to produce a tender and flaky crust). Better yet, it’s a “Five Minutes A Day” bread. I’ve professed my love for Bread … Continue reading

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Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon

Back in the day, I loved this little pizza-by-the-slice place because it had a huge list of unconventional toppings. I’d order the “International” slice, which allowed me to choose five toppings. I usually chose bacon, corn, capers, onions and broccoli. Yes, broccoli. (Really, it becomes roasted on top.) All this to say, I like my … Continue reading

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No-Knead Dinner Rolls (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day)

No-Knead Breads is one of the best discoveries from 2011 in our kitchen. I use it for pizza crust, naan and peasant loaves. And now dinner rolls. I made these for Thanksgiving and Christmas and they are delicious! Plus, you can make one 9-roll batch and save the unused dough for 1 week + and … Continue reading

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No-Knead Rosemary Parmesan Peasant Loaves

One of my favorite dinners is a fresh salad & a side of crusty bread. I love Macaroni Grill’s Rosemary Bread. It has a crusty shell and a rosemary-infused soft middle. The secret to getting a crusty shell is creating a steamy baking environment. You can do this at home by preheating a pizza stone for … Continue reading

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Whole Grain Grahamcakes

Grahamcake

These Whole Grain Grahamcakes are ideal for feeding a full house, especially on a long weekend. And if you just call them “Grahamcakes,” the kids might forget they are made of whole wheat & grains. This is a variation of America’s Test Kitchen’s Grahamcakes recipe. (America’s Test Kitchen is my favorite recipe establishment. They come … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Indonesian Beef Curry & Homemade Naan

I am cookoo for coconuts. Maybe I come from an island people? My favorite asian dishes include coconut milk, curry, and lime, like Noodles & Company Thai Curry Soup and Tom Kah Gai. I was excited to find a slow cooker recipe which incorporates all of these flavors. I served with basmati rice, lime wedges, and plain … Continue reading

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Scones: The Hoity-Toitest Quick Bread

Scones seemed so hoity toity when I was young. Like it was only to be consumed on special occasions. The first time I made them I was surprised at how easy they are. Such a payoff – instant fancy. I’ve included two scone recipes: one sweet, one savory. Fast Raspberry Scones and Roasted Red Pepper Scones. They … Continue reading

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No Need to Knead (Olive Oil Pizza Crust) from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day

Pizza if Five Minutes A Day

This is the best crust. It’s from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This pizza crust, as with all breads from this book, kneading is not necessary and the wet dough will last in the refrigerator for 12 days. You can bake it when you need it and it is delicious! One batch makes four … Continue reading

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