Recipe: Mushroom Paprikash

I love this recipe. It’s quick, it’s delicious, you can serve it on top of any carb you have on hand : rice, noodles, couscous, spƤtzle, even a baked potato. You do you. It also is made of very simple ingredients that I tend to have on hand and you only have to chop an onion and some mushrooms. If you add in some frozen peas or spinach you can get some green vegetables in there too and it’s just a nice balance of quick, easy, cheap, and delicious you don’t find in most recipes.

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Recipe: Blueberry Babka

I’ve become very enamored with Babka lately. There is something about the brioche-like texture and the sweet inside that really makes me happy but I actually do not like to stuff bread with chocolate and the cinnamon version always feels a little too dry so I decided to try a jam version and that is amazing. I can’t seem to make this without also getting jam all over the place but I’m sure that’s just a me-problem.

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Recipe: Chickpea Nuggets

I don’t even like chicken nuggets that much but for whatever reason I really like turning non-chicken things into nugget form. These chickpea nuggets are really great and they can be baked instead of fried (or baked and then pan fried if you like them extra crispy) which makes them really easy to store if you make them all at once. They’re basically the perfect combination of a vegetable fritter and falafel if that’s something you need in your life.

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Recipe: Spicy Surumi Bowl

I’ve recently become extremely fond of this super simple recipe. You can put whatever you like in the bowl on top of rice or other grains along with the spicy surumi mixture: pickled vegetables, shredded cabbage, nori, fishcake, spinach, carrots, the sky is the limit. The blend of spicy sauce with fatty mayo and vinegar and salty surumi makes this surprisingly good even though I don’t usually like mayo all that much.

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Recipe: Pull Apart Garlic Bread

I guess the common name for making pull apart bread like this is “monkey bread” but out of all the names I really like “bubble bread” personally. This is a pretty standard recipe for garlic rolls / garlic knots but made into small pieces that make it really fun for a party and to share. This looks like it would take a lot of work really it’s probably only five extra minutes of work to dunk the balls in garlic-butter. If you don’t have a bundt pan then simply place a ramekin in the center of a round tin like I have.

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Recipe: White Bean Soup

You can make this as creamy as you like by adding an extra potato (or a potato with a higher starch content) and by blending as much or as little of the soup as you like but it’s clean taste and satisfying stick to ribs taste make this the perfect fall or winter soup. As a bonus it’s made of ingredients that are cheap most of the year and are generally in my pantry so it’s perfect for last minute or cheap night meals.

White Bean Soup

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cupcakes

This isn’t a showstopper visually but these tiny little cupcakes pack a delicious butter and cinnamon flavor that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea. These cupcakes are best with an extra generous layer of topping so feel free to make extra for an extra decadent experience. While the recipe seems more complicated than your average cupcake the bonus is that all the work is done before you put them in the oven so once they come out and cool they’re immediately ready to eat – no frosting or decoration necessary.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Recipe: Cheese Naan

This is a very quick naan that doesn’t need yeast and takes less than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It doesn’t quite give you the same exact pillow-y texture that a yeasted dough would but with the layer of cheese (or anything else you decide to put inside) it makes a good last minute attention if you’ve forgotten to prep dough.

Cheese Naan

Recipe: Sopa di Fideo

This soup is really light but filling. It’s basically a tomato soup with noodles but because you toast the noodles beforehand they have this perfect texture with just a bit of bite on the outside. It’s perfect with a nice thick bread or roll. I like texture in my soup so I add chopped vegetables to the base but if you want less work you can simply make this with canned tomatoes and a good instant stock base.

Sopa di Fideo