I will always be a baker at heart. Pastries and desserts will always be a passion of mine. However, over the last year, I’ve discovered a new passion also. That passion is fitness. A girl that used to avoid working out like the plague now can’t get enough of it. Going to the gym is actually fun for me now. I’m so proud of myself. Admittedly, the nutrition piece is an adjustment though. There are some things I just can’t do as of now (looking at you brown rice). However, there are some things that I’m discovering that are healthy but also very tasty. This granola mix is one of my new favorites in that category. It’s so easy to make and it’s so tasty. It tastes like an oatmeal cookie almost. I love eating it straight out of the bowl after a workout or in the morning. It’s so good and versatile. Give it a try.
I couldn’t end the summer without at least one more s’more recipe. I can’t help it. I’ll be on my best behavior and leave out yet another “The Sandlot” reference. You’re welcome. Anyway, this pie is very easy to make. Your kids will absolutely love you for it. It’s rich, sweet, gooey…it’s a s’more supersized. The perfect end to the summer.
Anyone that knows me knows that bread is one of my love languages. You really can’t go wrong with fresh homemade bread. Add in cheese, garlic, and marinara sauce and you have me totally all the way in. These garlic knots are so delicious! They’re very flavorful. We put garlic in the actual dough as well as brush some on before and after baking. We also stuff them with cheese along with a sprinkling before and after baking. They’re soft on the inside, buttery, and crispy on the bottom. To me, they’re truly the perfect flavor and texture. The dough is incredibly easy to work with and has become a favorite in our home. I know it will become a favorite of yours as well.
Growing up I was a huge fan of the Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. Admittedly, I still am. Cake and cream is a pretty unbeatable combination if you ask me. The chocolate version is heavenly but so is this homemade fruit adaption. With this cake, you get wonderful flavor combinations such as strawberries, cream, vanilla, and lemon. The cake is very spongy, moist, and light. The filling contains real strawberries and cream and adds a wonderful sweetness and tang to the mix. This recipe takes just a bit of prep work, but it’s well worth it as this cake roll is an absolute stunner for the summer.
Mjuduara is a Middle Eastern dish typically found in the Levant region. It’s comprised of rice, lentils, and caramelized onions. Besides being very flavorful, it’s also incredibly healthy and filling. It’s a wonderful option for vegetarians and vegans as well. It’s easy to make, filling, and tasty. It’s a great summer dish as well as it’s topped with a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad. Give it a try!
Angel food cake can get a bad wrap sometimes. It’s one of the older cakes in our history and it shows. People say it’s too complicated. People say that it’s bland. People say it’s boring. Well, I set out to flip the script on that old narrative. Angel food cake does not have to be complicated, bland, or boring. In fact, this recipe makes the process incredibly easy and it yields a light and fluffy cake that is full of flavor. This isn’t the same old cake you’re used to. It’s a modern angel food cake.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of fish. I liked it much more when I was younger, but now it’s just sort of “meh” for me. There are only a few recipes that make me excited about fish. This is one of them. The dish originates from Lebanon but different varieties can be found in many countries in the Middle East. We make ours a bit different than what you’d find in Lebanon. They tend to use a variety of spices, while we just use curry powder. Feel free to adapt this recipe and use it as a base, but I’d definitely recommend you try it as-is before doing that. It’s pretty great as-is. This is a dish that is full of flavor, healthy, and filling.
One of the most interesting jobs of my past was when I was a salad cook. Honestly, I didn’t particularly like it. I don’t know about you but finding bugs while washing romaine every day isn’t exactly my idea of fun. Regardless, it was definitely a learning experience. It was the first time I was ever in “savory” cooking. Previously, I had strictly stuck to baking and pastries. That job taught me so much about cooking on the line. It taught about plating (even though I still stink at it). It taught about presentation and so much more. One of the more popular salads we had there was this Mediterranean salad. It’s very easy to make and I’m sharing the recipe with you. The only difference is at the restaurant, they used roasted red pepper hummus. You can do the same if you’d like. This will likely be the shortest post I’ll ever have on this blog, because well…it’s a salad recipe. There’s not much to it. Despite all that, I hope you do give this recipe a try because it is a pretty great salad.
One of the first recipes I shared on this blog was for the chewy chocolate chip cookie bars. All these years later and I’m still in love with that recipe. It’s so versatile and produces delicious chewy cookie bars. We’re using that recipe as our base today, but we’re modifying it a bit by adding milk chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallows. That’s right…we’re making s’mores cookie bars this time! You’re going to love the flavor and ease of this recipe.