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My aim is to share uncomplicated, unfussy recipes with a healthy twist--perfect for everyday and for entertaining. Let's cook!

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Sourdough Pan de Sal (Filipino Breakfast Rolls)

Sourdough Pan de Sal (Filipino Breakfast Rolls) Pan de Sal might just be the most-loved bread of the Philippines. I had to give mine a sourdough spin and the results? Light, fluffy and flavorful rolls. I've caught the sourdough bug again but you've probably already guessed this from my last ... Read More

How to Make Sourdough Focaccia

How to Make Sourdough Focaccia A good focaccia has a crisp top and a light, soft crumb flavored with olive oil and toppings of your choosing. This focaccia is leavened with sourdough starter and it couldn't be easier. It's been nearly six years since I first tried my hand at sourdough ... Read More

Sourdough Ciabatta Rolls

Sourdough Ciabatta Rolls These sourdough ciabatta rolls are light, airy, versatile and addictive. They're perfect slathered in butter, for dipping and of course sandwiches. Fourth time's a charm? For sourdough ciabatta it is, at least the way I managed my experiments. Beginner's luck, a ... Read More

Chocolate Sourdough French Toast

Chocolate Sourdough French Toast This is French toast, elevated. Chocolate Sourdough Bread with chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts makes for a special breakfast, brunch or even dessert. (I've shared a video of this recipe on my Instagram and Facebook pages if you'd like to see how it's ... Read More

Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce These vegan spring rolls are filled with seasoned, fried tofu, herbs and greens but the sky's the limit with possibilities. Create your own protein, vegetable and herb combination. My husband was away last week on a boys' trip. To welcome him home ... Read More

Homemade Pasta with Pesto, Sausage and Ricotta

Homemade Pasta with Pesto, Sausage and Ricotta Pesto pasta is made creamier and heartier with the addition of Italian sausage and ricotta cheese. The homemade pasta is completely optional but it's a nice touch. It had been three (long) years since I'd last made fresh pasta. When we bought ... Read More