Salt Cod Tartlets with Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

salt-cod-tartlets-1Salt cod—or any salt fish—is one of life’s beautiful accidents, a genius invention born of necessity. Way back when, before refrigeration, some brilliant person (or people) thought to pack fish in salt to preserve it. The salt not only enhances the fish’s flavor, but also intensifies its meaty texture. Versions of salt preserved fish are eaten all over the world, used in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek, and Chinese cooking, among others.

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Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili

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This post was sponsored by S&W Beans as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

white bean chicken chili in a bowl with garnishes

On International Women’s Day, I was thinking about the different types of paid and unpaid work that I do every day—writer, recipe developer, editor, blogger, self-promoter, social media manager, chauffeur, laundress, housekeeper, and family cook are just a few of them. Of all of those jobs, family cook is the one that challenges me most often. Every day I ponder the question of what to make for dinner for my family of picky eaters. Every day, I’m pressed for time to shop for and cook a meal, so I look for shortcuts that will cut down on the time it takes to make something healthy that my family will enjoy.

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Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

roasted carrot spread in a bowlRoasted Carrot Spread is the answer to your appetizer dreams. Flavored with olive oil, tahini, and North African spices (fennel, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika), it is pretty much the best thing since hummus. And let’s face it, as great and variable as hummus is, we’re all a bit tired of it, right? Plus, if you use a non-dairy yogurt (or simply leave the yogurt out, adding a bit more olive oil if needed), it will make your paleo friends happy, too. In fact, it’s not only paleo but also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins with Peanut Butter

gluten-free banana peanut butter muffin broken in half on a plate


The search for good, gluten-free replacements for your favorite baked goods never ends, does it? I don’t post much about my gluten-free cooking experiments, but these gluten-free banana muffins with peanut butter are so delicious I would make them even if my G-F husband didn’t beg me to make treats he can eat.

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The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book Is Here!

HomemadeIceCreamRecipeBook_9781623158545_FCIf you are looking for good, old-fashioned homemade ice cream recipes for your ice cream maker, you’re in luck. My latest book, The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book hit stores today and I couldn’t be more proud. Look at how cute it is!

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Spanish Wine and Tapas Extravaganza!


From mountainous terrain to salty shores, Spain is one of the world’s top wine producing countries, offering a wide range quality wines.  With names like Albariño, Tempranillo, and Verdejo, Spanish wine offerings include robust reds, crisp whites, refreshing rosés, sparkling cavas, and luxe sherries.

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Fuyu Persimmons with Savory Goat Cheese Pasta

fuyu persimmons pastaFuyu persimmons are almost too gorgeous to eat. Bright orange and shiny, they hang from their branches like holiday ornaments, brightening the gray fall skies. In season from mid-October through December, fuyu persimmons grow all over my neighborhood, but judging by the fact that so many of them go unharvested, no one seems to know what to do with them. This is great news for me, because I love to use these delicious specimens in both sweet and savory recipes.

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Gluten Free Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

farinata on platePrepare to have your mind blown. The best gluten free pizza comes from a classic Italian recipe. It’s a traditional recipe, called farinata (it’s called socca in france), that uses chickpea flour. Cook it in your cast-iron skillet and you’ll never make gluten free pizza any other way again.

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Dutch Oven Obsession–Recipe and Cookbook Giveaway!

dutch oven chicken braised with fennel and onionDutch Oven Obsession is the name of my latest cookbook, and it hits bookstore shelves next week (it’s available for preorder on Amazon now!). Here’s a sneak peek from the book, a recipe for Chicken Braised with Caramelized Onions and Fennel, and a chance to win a free copy!

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Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream

fish tacos cookeed in a cast iron skilletToday, I bring you another recipe from my latest book, Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals. This time I’m sharing my recipe for Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream. The best part is that you can watch a video of  my friend and fellow food blogger Stephanie Weaver of Recipe Renovator  cooking the recipe live on Facebook! And you even get to hear my commentary through the magic of technology.

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