November 04, 2020



These buttery and tender thumbprint cookies are filled with chocolate peppermint spread and rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. They are the perfect treat for winter baking and the holidays.  

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
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We are finally inching towards the end of a long year! Yay! Since it’s November, I can finally kick off the cookie baking season without feeling like I’m jumping the gun. What better to start with than thumbprint cookies! 

A beloved classic, they can be filled with jam or any other kind of deliciousness. I think the appeal of thumbprint cookies, besides the butteriness, tenderness, and melt-in-your-mouth attributes, is the versatility. Just change the filling to create a different flavor profile. 

October 27, 2020



Yakamein is a delicious and nourishing soup that is a blend of Chinese and New Orleans cuisine. This version has noodles, pork, hard boiled egg, and bok choy in a flavorful broth. It will warm you up and satisfy your palate!

Roast Pork Yakamein Soup
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Yakamein is a soup with a fusion of Chinese and New Orleanian influence. There are numerous variations of its name including, but not limited to: yaka mein, ya ka mein, and yet gaw mein. Originated in New Orleans, yakamein soup is also known as “Old Sober” for its hangover curative qualities. 

While there are different versions, it is generally made with well seasoned beef broth, beef, spaghetti or noodle, hard boiled egg, green onion, and Cajun or Creole seasoning. Chicken, pork, and shrimp may also be used. It is served with soy sauce, hot sauce, or even ketchup as condiments.

October 06, 2020



If you like pumpkin, cream cheese, and Oreos, here is something for you! These moist pumpkin muffins have chunks of Oreos throughout and are capped off with a cream cheese topping. With warm spices and aroma of fall, they are perfect paired with a cup of coffee or latte for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Pumpkin Oreo Muffins with Cream Cheese
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And so another round of shortages has begun! I’m not surprised that paper towels are flying off the shelves, but I never would have thought there would be a run on pumpkin puree! I went to three different locations before finding a handful at one store this past weekend.

Thank goodness! I can’t fully enjoy fall without pumpkin baked goods. These muffins are my latest and greatest. They have solid stamp of approval from my tastes testers. Even my husband, who would never pick up anything pumpkin on his own free will, was won over by these tasty sweets.

September 22, 2020



Get a taste of fall comfort with this easy one-pot Chicken Butternut and Dumplings. It has a creamy broth, tender shredded chicken breast, sweet butternut squash, herbaceous sage, and pillowy soft dumplings. Serve alone or with biscuits to amp up the comfort level even more!  

Pair this dish with my Garlic and Herbs Boursin Biscuits for a cozy home cooked dinner.

Chicken Butternut and Dumplings
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We recently embarked on a home improvement adventure (by “we” I meant my husband since he has done 95% of the work, hee hee). The main level of the house is getting new floors and a fresh coat of paint. Best of all, we are FINALLY taking our kitchen out of the 1980’s and into the 21st century!!! Woo hoo!

2020 has been a bit of a downer, but this endeavor is one good thing that will come out of it. I’m so thrilled that my  husband and I finally took the plunge into a long overdue reno!

September 08, 2020



These cinnamon sugar coated Baked Apple Butter Donuts have the flavor warm spice and will give you all sorts of fall vibes. They are easy to make but big on flavor and comfort. If you want to try just one new donut recipe this year, this is THE one!!

Baked Apple Butter Donuts
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We are heading into fall, and that makes me think of apples. I love baking with fresh apples, but I also love baking with apple butter. My simple and easy Apple Butter Cookies always have them asking for the recipe, and the Caramel Apple Butter Blondies are fudgy and amazing! These donuts are my latest addition to the fall baking repertoire. They too have been a hit.

August 17, 2020



This easy New England Shrimp Boil with Mussels is a seafood lover and meat eater’s delight. With potatoes, onion, corn, Portuguese sausages, hot dogs, shrimp and mussels, it has it all. It is an easy one-pot meal that never disappoints!

New England Shrimp Boil with Mussels
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Having lived in central and eastern Massachusetts most of my life, summertime is synonymous with seafood. The tasty bounties from the sea is in abundance and fresh during this time. Lobster, shrimp, scallops, crabs...they’re all so good!! I load up on them as much as possible.

I have a seafood loving family. One dish we never tired of is a good New England shrimp boil. It’s one of the most delicious one-pot meal and it always satisfies. 

August 03, 2020



Corn and Shrimp Salsa is a light and nutritious appetizer to enjoy all summer long. Avocado, tomatoes, and jicama make it fresh and delicious. It’s also and easy make-ahead dish for any occasion.

Corn and Shrimp Salsa
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This salsa is loaded with shrimp and a whole lot of freshness. It was originally published on the blog years ago. I finally got around to replacing the original low resolution photos with new ones, and I’m excited to reintroduce it to you! Enjoy!

Below is the original post with added content and updated photos:

July 26, 2020



Juicy in season tomatoes, sweet chopped onion, and fresh basil make this cheesy tart perfect for summer. It’s great for brunch, as an appetizer, or serve with a side of greens for a fantastic lunch!

Cheesy Tomato and Onion Tart
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Garden fresh tomatoes is the epitome of summertime. They are succulent, fresh, and bursting with flavor. Apart from salads, I love having them with a light sprinkling of salt. So simple and satisfying!