This bread has been on constant rotation around our house lately. It is delicious (especially right out of the oven) and it is pretty healthy so I feel good about eating it, too. I have always found baking to be really therapeutic, and I seem to have a major baking itch lately. January has called for some serious comfort food and therapy in the form of baking it seems.
It’s pretty clear that we love pimento cheese around here. I mean this is the second pimento cheese recipe I have posted in less than a year. Pimento cheese is a staple in most southern households and growing up, you usually could find pimento cheese or chicken salad in the fridge at my house. But I never really was a fan of pimento cheese until after I was pregnant. It is so strange how your tastes can change after having a baby! Now I can’t get enough…clearly.
I hope that everyone isn’t already over pumpkin recipes because I have the best one. Yep. Delicious, cinnamon-spiked pumpkin cake covered in cream cheese frosting. I’m sorry that I have been sitting on this one for weeks. I’ve been meaning to post the recipe but have no excuse. In all honesty, I made this in the middle of September and again at the beginning of October. Oh, and again at the end of October. I’ve been so busy eating pumpkin bars that I clearly have had no time to post the recipe!
I’ve made a lot of pumpkin recipes this fall much to my husband’s dismay. He claims he isn’t a fan of pumpkin but continues to “try” recipes over and over again. The so-called pumpkin haters in my house have not deterred me from making many pumpkin treats. I’ve made chocolate chip pumpkin bread and roasted butternut squash orrechiette. There’s been pumpkin cornbread (recipe coming soon) and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. And I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to Fall (read: pumpkin) recipes.
Before berry season comes to an end, I had to sneak in one recipe using all of the fresh berries at the market. These muffins are a favorite in our house because they are easy to make and bursting with berry goodness. This recipe takes the standard blueberry muffin and elevates it with the addition of three other berries. Cinnamon adds some warmth and greek yogurt cuts some of the fat so you can feel a little better about your waistline. Even though it is after Labor Day, it still feels very much like summer here in Texas!
Just call me Master Cheesemaker. On second thought, don’t. But I would like to inform you that I have officially made homemade ricotta. Twice. Yep, you read that right. I am officially crossing “make your own cheese” off the bucket list. And guess what? You can, too! After several years of carting my plastic wrapped, brand new cheesecloth from apartment to apartment, I finally busted it open and took it for a test run. Watch out Cowgirl Creamery, here I come. No, I joke. I could never do anything that required molding or resting, aging or brining. But what I can do is this. Add milk, cream, and buttermilk to a pot. Heat for 15 minutes. Let sit for 30. Drain in cheesecloth. Eat. As my Food Network leading lady, Ina Garten, would say, “how easy is that??” It is ridiculously easy indeed, Ina.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to Jessss-ssssieeeee, Happy Birthday to you! Today, April 11th, is my little sister’s 27th birthday! That’s right. We are getting soooo old! And that’s not all party people, today is my half birthday. As I’m sure my sister fondly remembers, since we are exactly 18 months apart, I always insisted on celebrating my half birthday on Jessie’s real birthday. It took a few years, but she soon realized that she could celebrate her half birthday on my birthday (October 11th, mark your calendars) so it ended up being pretty fair, really.
Happy Friday! So to end a very long, rainy week, I am happy to report that the sun finally decided to show its face again, AND spring is right around the corner (can you believe March is only a few short days away?). Daylight savings time? Is that you? Your late nights are so close, I can feel it.
A quick afternoon snack, this avocado toast is on frequent rotation at my house. Obsessed with the Cafe Gitane version I once had in NYC in a cramped corner table, I decided to recreate it at home and whaddya know? It is super simple and just as tasty as the Gitane version. Okay, maybe not quite as good but pretty close. And did I say how easy it was? Mash a ripe avo, spread on toast, sprinkle with some red pepper flakes, drizzle with a little olive oil (good quality of course), and voila, a healthy afternoon snack!