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Peach and Burrata Caprese Salad

Peach and Burrata Caprese Salad

This peach and burrata Caprese salad is a great example to show you that food doesn’t have to be fussy to be delicious. It may be simple. But those perfectly ripe peaches and tomatoes give off an aroma that screams out “Summertime!” And the rich, 

A Summer Raspberry Cake Recipe

A Summer Raspberry Cake Recipe

Because everyone needs a summer raspberry cake recipe.

BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

These BBQ quinoa and pinto bean burgers are everything you might want in a bean burger. They are packed full of flavor from the barbecue sauce, garlic, green onions, and cheese. And they’re sturdy enough to hold all the toppings you might want.

No mushy veggie burgers here.

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An Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe and the Ooni Learning Curve

An Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe and the Ooni Learning Curve

I finally have an Ooni pizza dough recipe that is both reliably easy to work with and tasty. And I think we may also have the Ooni pizza oven figured out.

Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

This jalapeño raspberry Bramble is a spicy twist on yet another classic gin cocktail. It’s made for sipping alongside your favorite Mexican meal or other spicy food. The original Bramble is a modern cocktail created by Dick Bradsell made with a dry gin, lemon juice, 

Peanut Butter Banana Clafoutis

Peanut Butter Banana Clafoutis

This peanut butter banana clafoutis is the delicious result of having too many bananas while planning for this week’s reddit 52 week baking challenge. It’s a very Americanized version of a classic French dessert that’s both easy and elegant.

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Watermelon Panzanella with Sourdough Croutons

Watermelon Panzanella with Sourdough Croutons

This watermelon panzanella is a marriage between a poorly risen sourdough (a long story) turned into homemade sourdough croutons and a large watermelon that happened to be sitting on my countertop. And that happy union became a variation on a classic summer salad.

Blackberry Lemon Bread

Blackberry Lemon Bread

This blackberry lemon bread is for all of you berry lovers, whether you pick your berries in a wild patch along the side of the road or as a mixed flat at the weekly Sunday market.

A Cherry Crisp with Rainier Cherries

A Cherry Crisp with Rainier Cherries

When I moved to Seattle in the summer of 1997, one of the first things I did was go to Pike Place Market. I vividly remember seeing folks at Pike Place Fish Market throwing fish. And I remember my surprise tasting a Rainier cherry for the first time. This cherry crisp with Rainier cherries will make you fall in love with Rainier cherries.

If you aren’t already, that is.

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A Tuna Pesto Pasta Recipe with Arugula Spinach Pesto

A Tuna Pesto Pasta Recipe with Arugula Spinach Pesto

This tuna pesto pasta recipe with arugula spinach pesto was inspired by the linguine with tuna, lemon, and rocket (Linguine al Tonno, Limone, e Rughetta) that I first made with Diane Seed in Rome over a decade ago. It’s a quick and simple weeknight pasta 

Peking Duck-Inspired Ground Duck Meatloaf

Peking Duck-Inspired Ground Duck Meatloaf

I have been committed to the perfection of this Peking duck-inspired ground duck meatloaf for a while now. There’s just something about Peking duck. The crispy skin. The hoisin sauce. The pancakes. While this duck meatloaf doesn’t include those beloved pancakes, it does have all 

Spinach Caprese Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Spinach Caprese Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

This spinach caprese salad with cherry vinaigrette is one of those salads that you’ll want to eat all summer long. Think of it when the tomatoes are bursting, the basil is overgrowing its pot, and the trees are weighed down with so many cherries that even the birds can’t eat them all.

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Dehydrated Strawberries (and What To Do with Dehydrated Strawberry Chips)

Dehydrated Strawberries (and What To Do with Dehydrated Strawberry Chips)

I wasn’t planning on making dehydrated strawberry chips today. But there were a bunch of strawberries from last week’s grocery run that hadn’t been eaten. Because it’s hard to get excited about non-local strawberries when there are pounds of Rainier cherries to consume. So, what 

A Maple Donut Cake Recipe for Donut Lovers

A Maple Donut Cake Recipe for Donut Lovers

This maple donut cake recipe was created because mr. uglyducklingbakery is a donut lover. And he wanted Father’s Day donuts for the reddit 52 week baking challenge: week 25 – bagels and doughnuts. Speaking of which, do you know why seagulls fly over the sea? 

A Mediterranean Lamb Bowl Dinner

A Mediterranean Lamb Bowl Dinner

This Mediterranean lamb bowl is what my kiddo likes to call a “little bit of everything dinner.” Bowl dinners are great for picky eaters to try a variety of tastes and textures. And they can be time savers for weeknight meals when you have leftover grains and greens and other chopped vegetables.

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“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

The Lady Bridgerton is an Empress gin cocktail designed, taking a liberty or two, to celebrate the success of the Bridgerton series. If you have been hiding under a rock for the last year, you might have missed the phenomenon that is Bridgerton, the Netflix 

A Minced Pork Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatballs

A Minced Pork Recipe: Shrimp and Pork Meatballs

We’re all on the lookout for quick and easy weeknight meals, and I love this minced pork recipe for shrimp and pork meatballs most for that reason. But it also because brings back memories of Sunday dim sum with my family, a large cavernous dining 

How to Make a Rainbow Fruit Tart

How to Make a Rainbow Fruit Tart

Some of my recipe posts are things that I have made over and over for decades. Some posts are driven by the SEO overlords. And then there are times when multiple forces collide, and everything comes together perfectly. This rainbow fruit tart was one of those times.

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One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

This one pot pasta with ricotta and lemon was inspired by reader requests. Everyone wants quick and easy and delicious meals that they can make on a weeknight when everyone is tired and hungry and no one wants to cook. Heck I want more of 

Homemade Strawberry Apple Pie

Homemade Strawberry Apple Pie

I hadn’t thought about combining strawberry and apple together until I made a strawberry applesauce that was so sweet it didn’t need any additional sugar. Immediately I wanted to see how the combination worked in a strawberry apple pie. Result? The house smells amazing, and 

A rainbow bread recipe for Japanese milk bread

A rainbow bread recipe for Japanese milk bread

A few months ago, I joined a group of bakers who were planning a collaboration to celebrate Pride. It took me only a few minutes of thinking about what I might bake before I came to the conclusion that I had no choice. I would make a rainbow bread recipe adaptation of my purple cow Japanese milk bread.

A loaf of purple cow print milk bread and three slices and a bread knife
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Rainbow Poke Bowl with Seared Tuna, Sushi Crab Salad, and Japanese Scrambled Eggs

Rainbow Poke Bowl with Seared Tuna, Sushi Crab Salad, and Japanese Scrambled Eggs

I realized, as I was making this series of recipes today, that I hadn’t made a good “everything in a bowl” dinner in some time. So here’s a rainbow poke bowl with a variety of mostly healthy goodies in all sorts of colors and flavors 

Apple Cake Battle: Swedish versus Sourdough Apple Cake

Apple Cake Battle: Swedish versus Sourdough Apple Cake

There was a reason I baked two very different apple cakes this weekend. The Swedish apple cake was for this week’s reddit 52 week baking challenge: week 22 – Scandinavian. The sourdough apple cake was for me. As it turns out, these cakes are a 

One Pan Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

One Pan Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

Like many of you, I’m always on the lookout for a quick, easy, and tasty meal that I can make on a weeknight. Something that doesn’t require much effort. Something that takes 30-40 minutes from start to finish. And allows me to make a salad, unpack my kiddo’s lunchbox, and work with her on her homework during the same time. This one-pan apple bourbon pork tenderloin meets all of those criteria.

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Chicken and apple meatballs

Chicken and apple meatballs

This recipe for chicken and apple meatballs brings together two of my favorite dinner ideas – 1) meatballs and 2) fruit for dinner. Why meatballs? Aside from a little chopping, meatballs are extremely easy to make, come together in about 30 minutes, and have infinite