Pickled Beet and Chorizo Orzo Salad

It’s the time of year when cold salads abound, from the classic potato and pasta salads, staples of most summer barbecues, to the healthier whole grain salads such as quinoa tabouli and blue cheese farro.  An all-in-one salad that is cool, light, refreshing, and nourishing is a staple to my summer diet, and every year…

Vanilla Pound Cake

I have heard that the old rule of thumb behind pound cake is that you combine together four simple ingredients; a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of butter.  Just that simple, right?  In all my years of baking pound cake, and the countless recipes that I’ve…

Humintas

I’m racking my brain for the best way to describe a huminta, and all that I can come up with is the Bolivian version of a tamale, but that seems like a tragically inefficient way of categorizing these wonderful cheesy pastry.  This Bolivian speciality consists of a sweet corn dough, stuffed with a salty white…

Green Salt Focaccia

I have been an awful blogger lately, I hit my all-time low (or at least I hope so) last month with one measly post, and last week I didn’t even have the excuse of being busy with work.  I spent my warm summer beach days lazily drifting along the ocean currents, soaking up the sun,…

Sticky Buns

Sticky Buns – cinnamon roll’s nutty more complicated cousin. By more complicated, I’m referring to the extra day it takes to make these gooey lovelies (it can be done in one very long day, but it is actually easier to not cut corners with this one), the application and creation of the filling which requires…

Strawberry Focaccia Faux Cheese Danish

A strawberry focaccia cheese danish? Where to start?  This idea floated my way via Living magazine, and I though, there’s an idea – a low fat, simplified version of a cheese danish, that doesn’t involve strategically layering a pound of butter into your dough – stellar! I had to try it, at least once and,…

Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is all about taking back control over your cereal.  It is from this early morning soapbox that you can start your day right – with a measured allowance of sugar, that leaves plenty of dietary room for that chocolate treat that’s looming at the back of your mind throughout the day, a reduction…

Cheddar & Jalapeño Boule

A spin off of last weeks post, this wild leavened sourdough is studded with cubes of sharp cheddar cheese and a fresh jalapeños.  One of my latest tricks is to cut my cheese into little cubes instead of grating it.  This allows for mini pockets of melted cheese throughout the bread, ensuring that the cheese…