Black Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

    Servings: 16 Bars Ingredients: Brownie: 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained) 3 eggs 3 tablespoons oil 4 tbsp cocoa powder 1 pinch salt 1 tsp vanilla 3⁄4 cup sugar chocolate chips – optional peanuts – optional Peanut Butter Frosting: 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1 + 1/2 tablespoons milk, or as…

Barley Soup

Serving Size: 4 – 6 Servings Ingredients: 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 cup uncooked barley 2 large carrots, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice 1 (15 ounce) can canelli beans, drained 1 onion, chopped 3 bay leaves 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon salt…

Rustic Bread

This bread recipe using a unique technique of creating a steam oven. In this recipe, we will do so by filling a 9×13 baking dish or broiler pan with water, and place it on the bottom rack underneath our bread. In the first five to ten minutes of baking, the steam helps to keep the crust…

Butter Cake with Strawberry and Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Servings: Makes 1 large 8-inch cake Ingredients: Vanilla Butter Cake: 3 1/4 cups cake flour 1 tbsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups granulated sugar 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract, in a pinch) 6 large egg yolks 1 1/2 cups whole milk Matcha…

Apple Bourbon Bread

  I don’t usually bake with bourbon (or alcohol for that matter) but adding it to this recipe definitely added another layer of flavor to this quick and easy bread. You don’t need to have fancy bourbon an in fact, I recommend saving your fancy, expensive bourbon for drinking! This is probably my new favorite quick bread…

English Muffins

Recipe adapted from TheKitchen Servings: 12 Muffins Ingredients: For the dough starter: 3/4 cup (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour or bread flour 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 2 tbsp active sourdough starter) For the English muffin dough: 1 cup milk (whole or 2%) 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast 2 tablespoons sugar…

Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

Every day on my walk to work, I pass through Chinatwon in San Fransisco, and for some reason the other day I was drawn in to buy some giant lemons that I saw in the store front. What can I say? They were on sale three for a dollar, and I really couldn’t pass up…

Sweet Challah Bread

It’s DAY 6 of the KitchenAid Mixer Week, and you’ve used ALL of the standard attachments, and you are almost a master of the dough hook. You’ve dough Pizza Dough, Cinnamon Rolls, and now you are ready to make some delicious Challah bread. Yes, it’s pronounced “Holla.” Challah is traditionally a Jewish bread that is…

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

PHEW. I can’t believe that it’s already DAY 5 of the KitchenAid Mixer Recipe Week! I couldn’t be more happy that I purchased this beautiful piece of kitchen equipment! So today’s recipe calls for a little prep work today so that come tomorrow morning, you’ll have homemade Cinnamon Rolls just waiting for you in the…

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Happy Saint Patricks Day everyone!! Today is day FOUR of my special week of recipes that feature the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. My tutu (grandma) used to make us a classic St. Patricks Day dinner with corned beef and the works. She would always make a double batch of her delicious mashed potatoes because she knew that…

Cheesecake Topped Brownies

Can I just first of all say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that have been keeping up with my blog as I make my week-long journey of KitchenAid Stand Mixer recipes! You guys are awesome. So in celebration of DAY THREE (and hump day) today were making a dessert that’s really two…

Strawberry Hand Pies

It’s DAY ONE of my special KitchenAid Mixer week! I recently took the leap and purchased something that has been on my wishlist since I was probably in high school…a KitchenAid Mixer!!! So in celebration, this week I am going to share a new recipe with you every day that validates my expensive purchase highlights the…

Strawberry Jam

Servings: About 4 cups Ingredients: 2lbs strawberries, hulled 4 Cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 large lemon) Directions: In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berries. If you don’t have a masher, pulse strawberries in a blender or food processor until you reach the…

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Servings: 4 side dishes Ingredients: 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I recommend panko) 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 egg, beaten 2 zucchinis Directions: Stir bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs in a separate shallow bowl. Working in batches, dip zucchini strips into egg mixture, shake to remove any excess, and roll…

Chinese Dumplings

    Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hee Fat Choy! Xin Nian Kuai Le! However you say it, happy year of the monkey everyone! The new year has brought a lot of new adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited to be living in San Francisco! The city is booming with…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking is all about making meals that taste the way that you like them, right? Add a little more garlic, a little less salt, swap a little butter for olive oil. Whatever it may be, cooking is flexible. Baking on the other hand, is a science. What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder?…

Hearty Lentil Soup

Some of the best recipes that I’ve tried no doubt are the ones that have been passed down from family and friends. Tried and true, used over and over for generations, these recipes always use a lot of precision with terms like “lots” and “about.” But that’s really why cooking is so amazing, because at…