• Dessert,  Recipe

    Poppyseed Bird Rolls

    These adorable bird rolls are a Russian tradition. Christians welcome in spring and the Lenten season with butter week, something I can wholeheartedly embrace! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Bird rolls are a Russian Christian tradition made for "butter week," the week before Lent. Similar to other culture's Mardi Gras If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!   You can buy Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop.

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Screwdriver Orange Sticky Buns with Vodka Glaze

    There wasn’t a lot of food suggested in Blindsighted but I love a challenge. As soon as I read the screwdriver quote, I knew that I would somehow be incorporating vodka, orange juice and a southern breakfast dish. Pecan sticky buns make me think of Georgia. And so, voila- Screwdriver Sticky Buns. I literally had to slap my husband’s hand away from the steaming bun to get this picture. He took one bite and declared this a Christmas morning tradition.  Out of the blue, Sara said, “I want a screwdriver.” Jeffrey frowned at this but he walked over to his toolbox and rummaged around. “Phillips?” “No, a drink,” Sara answered.…

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Brooklyn Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Balls

    These Bagel Balls are so fun! They’re a NYC deli stop in a bite. Smokey lox, cream cheese and briny capers surrounded by chewy everything bagels create a classic taste in a fun new way. These are also great for on the go eating in the car. My bagel sandwich comes up for pickup. I take the white paper bag, thank the woman and make my way back down toward the water. Brooklyn Bridge Park is less a park and more a stretch of grass. The benches are full, and I pop down on a rock, right by the water’s edge. I open up my sandwich and take a bite.…

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Nerdy Pizza Pies

    If you have a Green Egg Grill, I’m sure that you’ve made pizzas! If not, these come out just as delicious in a hot oven. I’m giving you my pizza dough and sauce recipes but the toppings are all you! Some suggestions: mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, blue cheese olives, caramelized onions, everything bagel spices, mozzarella balls torn up, ricotta cheese, broccoli, ham, bell peppers, jalapeños…… The list is infinite. Don’t box yourself in! Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google The options are limitless!! Making your own pizzas are easy and taylored exactly to your tastes. Have you made these…

  • Breakfast

    Kya’s Blackberry Jam

    She twisted the cloth bag with the jam so that it was wrung tight and knotted against the jars. As the boys drew even with the thicket, she swung the heavy bag and whacked the closest one hard across the back of his head. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google Recipe inspired by Where the Crawdads Sing Do yourself a favor and make Ma’s Fluffy Biscuits to go with this jam. The feelings behind this simple blackberry jam go deep in the story. The jam is a symbol of small Kya’s…

  • Breakfast,  Recipe

    Ma’s Fluffy Southern Biscuits

    Kya insisted on keeping the old wood-stove, firewood piled next to it, because it heated the shack, but mostly because it had baked a thousand biscuits from her mother’s heart. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing Tweet Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on pinterest Share on email Share on google These southern biscuits are rich and fluffy, just like Kya’s ma used to make. Owens mentions biscuits so often throughout Crawdads that I had to indulge. Now, they are a staple around here on the weekends with our eggs and bacon. I hope you enjoy- they come from my heart! I made these for Where…

  • Recipe

    Mexican Bolillo Bread

    This is a type of savory roll traditionally made in Mexico. This crusty hard roll is usually broken in half with the soft, fluffy insides (known as the migajón) removed- and devoured! The exterior shell is then used as a torta or to scoop up and hold other food. Nerdy Tip measure the temperature of your water for the best possible rise! try dipping a fresh, warm roll in my Mexican Hot Chocolate Sauce. Weird but delish!! Have you tried making these rolls or the hot chocolate dip?? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    KimBees Tea & Berry Scones

    Why have I always thought of scones as dry, crumbly, tasteless things that 18th century lords and ladies ate in their stuffy parlors? Goodness, these things are actually heavenly!! As a tea drinker, Behind Every Lie was a delightful change from all the coffee loving characters I’ve been reading about. Also, Kimbees Tea recently sent me some teas in exchange for an honest review. The timing couldn’t have been better! Their tea is rich and has a pure taste. I personally love the Spice Tea flavor but the Ceylon is everyday delicious! It is so tasty that I was inspired to make a tea glaze to drizzle over these scrumptious…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Coffee Flavored Donuts

    Is there anything better together than a cup of coffee and a donut? Maybe having both in one gratifying bite. A subtle flavor of coffee lays in deep undertones for this simple yeast donut. Nerdy Tips use a thermometer! You will need to measure the temperature of the coffee before adding the yeast. Too hot liquid will kill the yeast and your dough will not rise. You will also need to measure the temperature of the oil before frying the donuts. take the time to let these rise. If your oven has a proof function, this is a good time to put it to use. eat warm- they are just…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Lemon Crullers

    okay. This was a first for me. I’ve never made crullers, or anything like them. It takes some effort but wow, are they worth it!! Beautiful and bright with lemon undertones, these donuts are delicious. Ingredients 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 6 T unsalted butter 1 T sugar 1 t salt 1 t vanilla zest of 1 lemon 1 1/4 cups flour 3 eggs 1-2 egg whites vegetable oil for frying Heat milk, water, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and zest until boiling. Stir in flour and continue to heat for 2-4 minutes to release excess water. Transfer to mixer and mix on low to cool. Add whole eggs. Add egg…

  • Appetizers,  Recipe

    Dirty Martini Flatbread

    Pizza Crust 1 packet instant dry yeast 1/2 t brown sugar 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 t salt 2 T olive oil 3 1/2 cups flour Combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Let sit until it becomes bubbly, about 10 minutes. Add the salt and oil. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Let rise, about 45 minutes to 2 hours.   Nerdy Tip take the temperature of the water- too hot water kills the yeast, too cold and it won’t activate. 110 degrees is ideal and worth measuring.  Vodka Pizza Sauce 1/4 cup butter 1/2 onion, diced 1/2 cup vodka 1 can tomato paste 1 can tomato sauce 3…

  • Recipe

    Yorkshire Pudding

    Ingredients 3 eggs 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 3/4 T salt 1/3-1/2 cup hot meat drippings Heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk ingredients just until mixed. Let rest 30 minutes while the oven preheats. Put 1 tablespoon of drippings in each tin. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Fill hot Tims halfway with batter. Cook for 10-12 minutes until golden. Serve at once. 

  • Recipe


    Recipe courtesy of The Women’s Home Companion Cook Book copyright 1942  I was incredibly awed at finding this book online. How better to get authentic food from the 1930s to represent The Giver of Stars? I love the thin pages and penciled in notes. I can’t wait to share some original recipes! The Women’s Home Companion is mentioned several times in Stars. It was a monthly magazine published from 1873 to 1957. It covered everything from food and short stories to fashion. Ladies could read topics including household budgeting, home building, needlework, child care and etiquette. Of note, I went online searching for the magazines to use and inspiration and props for…

  • Recipe

    Tarragon Butter

    Flavored butter is so easy to make and yet it makes a drastic impact on almost any dish! Ingredients 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, chopped 1/4 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp lemon juice Cream the butter. Add other ingredients. Roll up in seran wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.  Nerdy Tips tarragon can be replaced with many different fresh herbs; rosemary, basil, thyme.  this butter was delicious on everything from bread to the dumpling recipe below. Nerdy Facts In French cooking, tarragon is one of the four fine herbs. The flower of the French tarragon plant is sterile and grows via root division.