Scottish Caramel Shortbread

Scottish Caramel Shortbread

I don’t usually bake this sort of dessert–I often prefer something savory like a cheese plate after a meal or as a snack.  But this Scottish-inspired confection, also called Millionaire’s Shortbread, is rich with chocolate and caramel layers and surprisingly addictive.  Putting it all together is easier than it looks and ends up being one…

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Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

I recently cooked for a gathering of about 20 ladies and wanted to make pretty but flavorful food.  On the menu: green pea and mint dip, crudités with anchovy dipping sauce, crabapple cakes with ginger, and soft polenta with mascarpone, among other goodies.  And this eggplant dip. I find that roasting…

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Dark Chocolate Crabapple Cake

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    Crabapple season is here!  My friend, Jennifer McGovern, stalks the wild apple trees in her Anchorage neighborhood and turns the sour fruit into a moist and tangy chocolate cake.  If you’re not a chocolate fan, try this Triple-Ginger Crabapple Cake instead. “Once every year, I get together with a friend and make large batches of crabapple ...

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes; kimsunee.com I’ve been making pancakes for years and have always wished mine to be lighter and fluffier. After lots of tasting, testing, and batter making, this is now my go-to recipe.  These aren’t very sugar sweet at all–I like adding sweetness after they come off the griddle, in the form of syrup or…

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Spicy Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

Spicy Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

photo by Leela Cyd; “A Mouthful of Stars” cookbook by Kim Sunée This is one of my favorite ways to eat black-eyed peas–spiced up with coconut milk, ginger, and orange.  Recipe from “A Mouthful of Stars” (Andrews McMeel); photo by Leela Cyd; food styling by Adrian Hale.

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Crispy Oven Bacon

Crispy Oven Bacon

Easy, crispy oven bacon recipe kimsunee.com Every time someone suggests BLTs, I tend to moan and groan, envisioning the fat-splattered stove top and surrounding areas.  As much as I love bacon, I have to be in the mood to get splattered and greased.  I finally decided to try the oven-baking method and, I am happy to…

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Spicy Sweet Sambal (Chile Sauce)

Spicy Sweet Sambal (Chile Sauce)

This sambal, a sweet and spicy Malaysian-inspired condiment, reminds me of some of my favorite Southern U.S. hot pepper jellies.  I’ve added kaffir lime (you could use fresh lime zest and juice instead) and garlic and lemongrass.  The measurements are approximate; just taste and add more salt or sugar, as desired.  As for the chiles,…

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Meatless Monday: Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Herbs, and Pine Nuts

Meatless Monday: Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Herbs, and Pine Nuts

I hadn’t made stuffed grape leaves, also known as dolmades, in a long time and my only experience was using fresh tender leaves off the vine.  The trick with using jarred leaves is to gently remove them from the jar–they’re packed in tightly–so as not to tear them.  Rinse them well and trim the main…

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Little Labor, Big Flavor: Slow-Cooked Ribs

Little Labor, Big Flavor: Slow-Cooked Ribs

Photo by Leela Cyd for the cookbook, “A Mouthful of Stars” by Kim Sunée For Labor Day, friends and family have requested these spicy, tangy ribs from my new cookbook, “A Mouthful of Stars.” As to what makes perfect ‘Q, a Southern BBQ-lovin’ expert friend of mine once said: You cook the meat until…

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Meatballs with Currants and Pine Nuts

Meatballs with Currants and Pine Nuts

These meatballs get a lift from juicy black currants and some toasted pine nuts.  If you prefer, you can omit, but they add both texture and flavor.  Serve with your favorite tomato sauce, or, as I sometimes do, melt an anchovy or three in some olive oil over medium heat, toss in some sliced garlic,…

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Recipe from A Mouthful of Stars: Avocado Papaya Salad

Recipe from A Mouthful of Stars: Avocado Papaya Salad

This salad is a combination of Caribbean influences and Mexican flavors inspired from my travels to both places. Creamy avocado and papaya come to life with fresh lime juice and the crunch of jícama. Sometimes I substitute a large Korean/Asian pear for the jícama, which, although only slightly sweeter, has a similar crispness. Serve as…

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Summer Berry Galettes: Free Form Tarts

Summer Berry Galettes: Free Form Tarts

Galette.  Crostata.  Any way you call it, this open-faced free-from tart is easy to make and so delicious.  This recipe is adapted from my good friend, Sara Foster, from when we worked together on many food stories for Cottage Living magazine.  The dough for the pastry crust is super easy to work with…

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Fried Squash Blossoms with Mint and Goat Cheese

Fried Squash Blossoms with Mint and Goat Cheese

Fried and stuffed squash blossoms, photo Kim Sunée It’s that time of year again and I find myself stalking the markets looking for the delicate flowers of summer squash.  I’ve updated a recipe from last summer.  Here, the flowers are stuffed with basil, mint and cheese, then lightly fried in a batter with the…

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Summer Peaches with Burrata and Basil

Summer Peaches with Burrata and Basil

Peaches with Burrata and BasilPhoto Kim Sunée I’ve written before about my love for burrata, which tastes like fresh cream-infused mozzarella.  Lately, I’ve been pairing the delicate cheese with fresh summer fruit–everything from peaches (thanks to the thoughtful friend who hand-carried them back from California) to roasted cherries, apricot, rhubarb, and nectarines. …

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New Orleans: Feasts

Commander's Courtyard, photo Kim Sunée

I was back in my hometown for book tour events and wanted to share some images and bites from some of my old and new favorites: The Crescent City Farmers Market:       Peche Restaurant.   Commander’s Palace: An oldie but goodie.  Mother’s Day with my 90 year-old great aunt.         NEW RESTAURANT: Square Root        

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Roasted Grapes

Roasted Grapes

  This is one of the easiest and most versatile little bites you can make.  Start with fresh, plump (preferably organic) grapes.  Drizzle with some olive oil, salt, and maybe a bit of good Balsamic vinegar.  You can make them in the morning to serve later in the afternoon or evening. Here are some ways to…

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Cutting Rhubarb

Cutting Rhubarb

I recently came across a short story that I started years ago, with the title “Cutting Aspen”….It’s a strange compilation of characters in Colorado who are all searching for love but often find themselves cooking for one another when faced with the choice of another disastrous relationship. It’s a story I probably won’t go back…

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Super Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Super Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I used to have banana bread envy; every time I tasted someone’s homemade banana bread I would always wish mine were as moist, as delicious, or as banana-y.  I’ve tried so many recipes over the years, many included buttermilk or yogurt, oil instead of butter, etc.  I have finally settled on this basic one (originally…

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