Recipe: Vegetable Wontons

These vegetable wontons can be made ahead of time and frozen. You can make your own wrappers but I use store bought ones to cut down on the time and honestly, they’re just better than the ones I’ve ever been able to wmake at home. The Wontons can be steamed, pan fried, or added to soup. I find them to be very delicate in soup so probably next time I’ll give pan frying a try instead. This recipe is a bit of a time sink but if you make a big batch it’ll feel worth it on bad days when you have something special to eat.

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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: 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: 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

Recipe: Cucumber Carrot Sushi Rolls

These are actually a lot easier to make then you’d think and while it’s a bit like pancakes (your first roll while likely not look great) each roll will keep improving. I’ve never particularly talented with my hands and these come out impressive anyway. The nice thing is that they have no fish or cooked parts except the rice so they can make ahead of time and are great for picnics and potlucks.

Carrot and Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Recipe: Oladyi (Yeasted Blini)

I call these blini (because they’re yeasted pancakes) but I had a friend from Belarus recently tell me that these are call oladyi there and that what I think of as blinz are her blini but whatever you want to call them they’re absolutely delicious and they make the perfect canvas for a variety of toppings!

Oladyi (Yeasted Blini)

Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This is a surprisingly easy recipe with perfect results. I’ve actually made this recipe a few times and incorrectly (!) once and it still came out just right. This bread is great on its own and not too sweet but it’s even better with some jam, butter, or even just a little cream cheese to really bring out the savory flavor of raisin.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread