Tapioca Cheese Bread Bites with Butternut Squash

Glass of white wine paired with bowl of tapioca cheesee bread with butternut

Tapioca cheese bread bites with butternut squash and shallots are an easy version of Brazilian cheese bread with a California fresh and seasonal flair. Perfect for pairing with wine from Suisun Valley Filling Station for your holiday party appetizers. Today’s dash of science: Tapioca starch – what is it and how to use it.

My Favourite Kitchen Tools

Favourite easy kitchen tools

All my favourite tools I use for making cooking easier and faster – or at least so I can put all the dishes in the dish washer!

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash

Overhead shot of swiss chard and buttern nut squash with pomegranates

Butternut squash is more versatile than you think! Beside a quick sauté adding swiss chard and pomegranate to the butternut squash, I’ve rounded up several other vegan and vegetarian recipes to inspire you (plus some storage tips). Today’s Dash of Science: What are carbohydrates and starches?

Persimmon Bread and 15+ Recipes for Persimmons

Loaf of spiced persimmon bread

Spiced persimmon bread with fuyu and hachiya persimmons is a great fall treat (or breakfast). And an additional 15+ sweet and savory persimmon recipes for using up the bounty of fall! Today’s Dash of Science: Ripening and freezing fruit.

Pear Sage Galette with a Flaky Olive Oil Crust

Overhead shot of olive oil pear galette on stand

A dairy-free take on the easiest of pies – the rustic galette! This one has an orange scented flaky olive oil crust with a pear and sage filling to highlight the best in fall flavours. Today’s Dash of Science: Saturated versus unsaturated fats and how to use them in pastry.

The Science of Better Gluten Formation – In Pizza!

Pizza with potato, onion, and salami on a thin and chewy pizza crust

All about the science of gluten formation and kneading in dough – in relation to pizza! How gluten bonds are formed, how kneading facilitates rising, and how to create a regular or loose crumb. Plus some suggestions for fresh produce pizza toppings, including my favourite: fresh zucchini and corn pizza.

Ricotta Stuffed Mini Peppers

ricotta stuffed peppers in blue dish

Mini peppers stuffed with ricotta, shallots and fresh oregano are a tasty appetizer for late summer or early autumn. Also great with other sweet peppers if you can find them, like habanadas – the capsaicin-less (non-spicy) version of habeneros.

Mexican Street Corn (Elote) Salad

Mexican corn salad

The salad has all the flavours of your favourite Mexican street corn – otherwise referred to as elotes – with some extra late summer vegetables to give it a bit more bite. Mexican street corn salad is a great side for any late summer meal.

Prickly Pear Party Punch

GLass of prickly pear punch

This prickly pear ginger cocktail is a low alcohol punch perfect for serving in large pitcher at parties. The fresh prickly pear fruit is balanced with herbaceous tequila (of course) and a homemade ginger liqueur (recipe included!), all topped with effervescent soda water to be light and refreshing.

Blackberry Cream Puffs

Blackberry cream puffs bitten into

This late summer take on the classic cream puff blends a fresh blackberry flavour into the cream and is coated in rich dark chocolate. Perfect mouthfuls of blackberry cream puff indulgence and the chemistry of raising and stabilizing your choux paste for best results.