Beer Cheese

It’s been a while since we’ve had a German-themed night, but every now and then I have a craving for Beer Cheese. This finger-licking recipe is fantastic for potlucks…or just for yourself to smother on anything and everything. INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp unsalted buuter 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 0.5 cup beer (lager) 1 cup whole milkContinue reading “Beer Cheese”

Fresh Cherry Bundt Cake

During cherry season, one of my favorite desserts to make is the Fresh Cherry Bundt Cake! This cake is super moist, and I guarantee it will not last the week in our household! INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 3 Tbsp lemon juice, divided Zest of 1 lemon 2.5 cups all-purposeContinue reading “Fresh Cherry Bundt Cake”

Homemade Spaetzle

Our dinner theme one night was German food, so we decide to make some Homemade Spaetzle to accompany our other dishes. There aren’t very many ingredients to this, but it’s a fantastic adjunct to other greasy or salty foods you’re eating. INGREDIENTS: 4 eggs 2/3 cup milk 2 tsp salt 2 cups flour 4 TbspContinue reading “Homemade Spaetzle”

Broccoli and Corn Quiche

There’s just something about quiches that appeals to me. Maybe it’s that they look like dessert, but are actually packed with savory goodness? Or maybe it’s that they are incredibly versatile because you can put whatever you want in them? Either way, the Broccoli and Corn Quiche is a good brunch meal to have inContinue reading “Broccoli and Corn Quiche”

Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Every so often I crave pickles. And, no, I’m not pregnant! I just really love that tangy crunch you get from Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles! The best part is, no canning required! INGREDIENTS: 6 pickling cucumbers, sliced or quartered 1/2 cup vidalia onion, sliced 8 sprigs fresh dill weed 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1Continue reading “Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles”

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies with Lemon Glaze

You know when you buy the Costco-sized bucket of cream cheese, and then realize it would take you years to finish if used just for bagels? Have no fear! These Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies with Lemon Icing are perfect to chip away at the cream cheese tub! INGREDIENTS: 4 oz cream cheese 8 Tbsp butter, roomContinue reading “Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies with Lemon Glaze”

Creamed Spinach

You know those times when you want to eat “healthy,” but you love all things creamy, so you fool yourself into thinking green means good? Well this Creamed Spinach is undoubtedly the most delicious and sinful side dish to your meal! INGREDIENTS: 20 oz spinach 2 Tbsp butter 0.5 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic,Continue reading “Creamed Spinach”

Twice Fried French Fries

We happened to get a 10 lb bag of potatoes from Costco, but that means we need to figure out how to use them up! Twice Fried French Fries are an easy way to devour the excess potatoes! INGREDIENTS: 2 lb Yukon gold potatoes (about 4 potatoes), peeled, sliced into 1/3-inch sticks 2 quarts canolaContinue reading “Twice Fried French Fries”

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Andrew makes the creamiest Creamy Mashed Potatoes ever. This recipe is not for the faint of heart as there is a reason it tastes so good! INGREDIENTS: 2 lb Yukon gold potatoes, skinned, cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes 8 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 Tbsp whole milk Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste INSTRUCTIONS: Boil potatoesContinue reading “Creamy Mashed Potatoes”

Spicy Garlic Basil Shrimp

Some nights you just want a hearty meal that packs a punch, and this Spicy Garlic Basil Shrimp over rice does the trick! We used homegrown jalapenos from our backyard to add some heat, but feel free to omit or add a spicier pepper! INGREDIENTS: 1 jalapeno (to taste) 1 lb large shrimp 6 garlicContinue reading “Spicy Garlic Basil Shrimp”

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

A staple of every Thanksgiving meal we prepare is the Homemade Green Bean Casserole. It is easy to make, flavorful, and I must have it. Every year. I think what makes this dish extra special are the fresh green beans providing a snappier texture and the mushroom gravy that gives it that homemade feel. INGREDIENTS:Continue reading “Homemade Green Bean Casserole”

Zucchini Blueberry Bread

In the mornings, I love having my coffee with something not too sweet. This Zucchini Blueberry Bread is perfect with my morning pick-me-up. It’s super moist, and the tartness from the blueberries balance out the sweetness in the bread. Also, it’s hard to believe this is made from zucchinis! If you’re caving something a littleContinue reading “Zucchini Blueberry Bread”

Chinese Tomato Egg Stir-Fry

Chinese cooking has been passed down from our parents, and dishes as simple as the Chinese Tomato Egg Stir-Fry brings back wonderful childhood memories. INGREDIENTS: (yields 4-5 servings) 3 large tomatoes, diced 6 eggs, beaten 2 green onion stalks, chopped 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp soy sauce 0.5 tsp sugar 2 Tbsp vegetableContinue reading “Chinese Tomato Egg Stir-Fry”

Babaganoush

Babaganoush is an easy recipe to make if you’re planning a Mediterranean-themed night. Often served with pita bread, this vegetarian dish goes well with raw veggies or as a dip or spread! INGREDIENTS: 2 lb Italian eggplants 4 gloves garlic 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup tahini 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp freshContinue reading “Babaganoush”

Takoyaki

Ever since Andrew bought a takoyaki pan, we’ve been busting it out to make Takoyaki at least once every few months. Once you make it yourself, it’s hard to order it at a restaurant! INGREDIENTS: (Yields 10-12 balls) 2 Tbsp katsuobushi 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2Continue reading “Takoyaki”

Zucchini Fritters

With an abundance of zucchini from our garden, we’ve had to use zucchini in many different recipes. Zucchini Fritters are an easy way to “use up” some zucchini, and the best part is they are vegetarian! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups grated zucchini, remove excess water 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, freshly grated 1 cup panko bread crumbsContinue reading “Zucchini Fritters”

Overnight Bread

I love homemade bread, especially the smell of a freshly-baked loaf coming out of the oven. The Overnight Bread doesn’t require too much effort, yet it yields a very versatile product. INGREDIENTS: (yields 1 round loaf) 500 g all-purpose flour 390 g of 90 degree water 11 g salt 1/8 tsp instant yeast INSTRUCTIONS: InContinue reading “Overnight Bread”

Pasta Carbonara

We love our pasta in this household, and Pasta Carbonara is a simple dish with incredible flavors. We chose to add some spinach in for greens. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb spaghetti 8 oz pancetta, diced (option to use bacon as substitute) 1 large garlic clove, skin intact and smashed 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 4Continue reading “Pasta Carbonara”

Cherry Sorbet

This Cherry Sorbet is fantastic for an ice cold treat during the hot summers! The best part is you do NOT need an ice cream maker! INGREDIENTS: 1 lb fresh cherries 0.25 cup sugar Lemon juice (optional, to taste, start with 0.25 tsp) INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor until smooth.Continue reading “Cherry Sorbet”

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