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: Chicken Parmigiana

Who doesn’t like a good chicken parm? This isn’t exactly a complicated recipe but it’s also not an easy one because you have to do a lot of things at the same time. I love making chicken parmigiana on the odd occasion but the problem is that you need up with a lot of dishes so if you don’t have a dishwasher (like me), you may want to keep this one for special occasions only. It’s a total crowd pleaser though so don’t hesitate to make it for a crowd.

Chicken Parmigiana

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: Orange Poppy Seed Cake

This is a pretty beautiful and stunning cake with a really “grown up” flavor because of the subtle orange notes that match well with the mascarpone frosting. This cake isn’t difficult to make but it is important to make sure that you have your oranges zested and juice before you start the cake so that you can add the ingredients at once for the best lift and texture.

Orange Poppy Seed Cake

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: Cherry Pie

I think people are really intimidated by making pie but this is my first time making my own pie crust and I found it actually fairly straight forward. This is actually much easier than it seems on the surface but it does require that you properly rest the dough so it needs to be planned out ahead of time.

Cherry Pie

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: Black Forest Cupcakes

Most of the time you’ll spend making these will be in assembly but they don’t really take much to assemble either. The flavor of these cupcakes is a really perfect blend of flavor. They look sweet but they have a really nice balance between the sourness of cherries and the savory frosting to go with the chocolate cake. These are really delicious and I recommend making them the next time you need cupcakes.

Black Forest Cupcakes