Enjoy recipes which include many different styles of cuisine! Remember that fresh, in-season fruits, vegetables, and proteins are always a good choice. Feel free to modify certain ingredients in the recipes to go along with the fresh, local, seasonal produce from your area!



Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Popovers are light rolls made from an egg batter. The first written recipe originates from 19th century United States. In 1876, a popover recipe was featured in Practical Cooking and Dinner Giving by Mary Henderson. Popovers are an American version of Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding comes from 18th centuryContinue reading “Popovers”

Garlic Knots

Bring the taste of a favorite pizzeria appetizer right to your kitchen! Garlic knots are mainly found at pizzerias around the United States. They are typically made from scraps of bread or pizza dough, covered in oil, herbs, and cheese then baked. Many people like to dip them in marinara sauce or use them toContinue reading “Garlic Knots”

Chicken Noodle Soup

A warm comforting recipe from childhood! People of all ages love chicken noodle soup. Many countries have their own style of a soup with chicken and noodles in it. The version from this recipe was brought to the United States from Europe. Along with chicken pieces and noodles the popular soup would include vegetables likeContinue reading “Chicken Noodle Soup”

Scallion Pancake (Pajeon)

A fun appetizer! Pajeon are scallion pancakes that originate from Korea. “Pa” means scallion. “Jeon” is a dish where minced, sliced, or whole vegetables, meat, fish etc. are coated in egg wash and wheat flour before frying them in oil. Jeon that were made with poultry and red meat were used in Korean royal courtContinue reading “Scallion Pancake (Pajeon)”

Macaroni and Cheese

(A one pot dish) Macaroni and cheese is a well-loved comfort food in America. It was brought to the United States by Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president. Thomas Jefferson was visiting France and he fell in love with the fashionable pasta dishes there. He wrote down pasta recipes and brought the recipes and a pastaContinue reading “Macaroni and Cheese”

Miso Soup

Miso soup derives from Japan. It can be served at any time of day. Miso is fermented soybean paste. The colors of miso are classified as “white”, “red”, or “black”. The differences in color are caused by the length of time the miso was fermented. Miso soup is traditionally cooked with a dashi broth. DashiContinue reading “Miso Soup”


Falafel originates from the Middle East though the specifics are unclear. One theory is that falafel was invented in Egypt. Falafel is made from chickpeas, fava beans, or a mixture of the two. The mixture is shaped into balls and deep fried. It is eaten as a snack or served in a pita with salad.Continue reading “Falafel”

Korean Potato Salad (Gamja)

An easy recipe that’s a fresh twist on an old classic! Potato salad is a side dish created from boiled potatoes and other ingredients. Early potato salads came from Spain and were created by boiling potatoes in wine or vinegar. Spanish explorers in the 16th century introduced potato salad to other parts of Europe. TheContinue reading “Korean Potato Salad (Gamja)”

Won-ton Soup

A restaurant favorite that can be served as an appetizer or main dish! To eat won-tons directly translates to “swallowing clouds” in Chinese. Won-tons in won-ton soup are delicate meat dumplings that are made and prepared with care. They originated in northern China during the Han Dynasty. It is one of the most requested ChineseContinue reading “Won-ton Soup”

Nicoise Salad

A classic French salad that is simple to make! Nicoise salad originated in Nice, France during the late 19th century. The first recipe consisted of anchovies, olive oil, and tomatoes. Now the salad includes ingredients like lettuce, olives, other fresh vegetables, cooked potatoes and green beans. Many modern Nicoise salads have replaced the anchovies withContinue reading “Nicoise Salad”

How to make Pita Bread

Pita Bread is a wonderful food and it is super easy to make. Learn three simple ways of making pita bread dough at home! When you are finished you will have pita bread for pita pocket sandwiches, as a side dish for Mediterranean food, or to have as a snack with hummus and veggies! ByContinue reading “How to make Pita Bread”

Orzo Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is light and flavorful! Perfect for picnics and potlucks! This recipe is super easy! Orzo looks like rice, but it is actually a pasta! In Italian it is called risoni or “large grains of rice”. It is a short pasta, traditionally made with white flour, but can also be made with wholeContinue reading “Orzo Pasta Salad”

Irish Soda Bread

This Irish staple is quick and easy to make! You should have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. The best part is that there is no extra rise time! *Buttermilk substitute recipe available. Irish soda bread is a bread that is made without yeast. The leavening agent is baking soda. Soda bread traditionallyContinue reading “Irish Soda Bread”

Focaccia Bread

This bread pairs perfectly with pasta and other saucy Italian dishes! And it can be used to make delectable sandwiches! Focaccia is a common style of oven-baked flat bread in Italian cuisine. It was thought to have originated from the Etruscan people. The Etruscans ran a civilization in ancient Italy starting around 900 BC. FocacciaContinue reading “Focaccia Bread”

Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrots (Cu Cai Ca Rot Chua)

This classic crunchy Vietnamese condiment will compliment many meals! In Vietnam pickled daikon radish and carrots is a favorite condiment in many households. The sweet and sour taste along with the crunchiness of the vegetables make this condiment truly unique. It usually complements many dishes in Vietnamese cuisine like Rice noodles and fresh herbs orContinue reading “Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrots (Cu Cai Ca Rot Chua)”

Potatoes O’Brien

This potato dish is a perfect side dish for breakfast, but will also go great with corned beef for dinner! Potatoes O’Brien is a dish where potatoes are pan fried with bell peppers. This dish was invented in the United States, but the exact place of origin of the dish is often disputed. In theContinue reading “Potatoes O’Brien”

Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits

These savory biscuits are lovely for breakfast and brunch, but also pair perfectly with dinner recipes! These are so simple to make you do not even need a biscuit cutter for this recipe! Gruyere is a cheese that comes from Fribourg, Switzerland. The name comes from the town of Gruyeres. The cheese has been describedContinue reading “Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits”

Easy Fried Calamari

This crispy dish makes for a lovely appetizer! Calamari translates to “squid” in Italian. When the word is heard in the United States it is associated with a dish of battered and deep fried squid rings and tentacles. The American calamari dish is typically served with a sauce, and is usually served as an appetizer.Continue reading “Easy Fried Calamari”

Mini Barbari Style Bread

This popular Persian flat bread can be eaten for breakfast or can accompany many dinner dishes! Barbari, also known as Nan Barbari or Noon Barbari, is a traditional Persian flat bread. Nan or noon means bread in Farsi. Its origins can be traced to Iran. Barbari is light in texture and has a crisp crust.Continue reading “Mini Barbari Style Bread”

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri goes great on grilled meat and vegetables! Or use it for dips and spreads! Chimichurri is a specialty of Argentina and Uruguay. It is a sauce made of parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. Chimichurri is used as a table condiment and for cooking grilled meat. The origins of the word chimichurri areContinue reading “Chimichurri Sauce”

Perfectly Grilled Corn

This summery side dish will bring joy and happiness to any barbecue or picnic! Corn, also known as maize, is an edible grain. This crop is one of the most widely distributed food crops in the world. It originated in the Americas. Corn was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago by the native people ofContinue reading “Perfectly Grilled Corn”


Buttermilk Fried Chicken

*Buttermilk substitute recipe included Despite its name buttermilk contains no butter. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter. Now in modern times it is homogenized and cultured. Buttermilk is enjoyed in many countries as a drink or as an ingredient in fun foods. It is key in this recipe because the lacticContinue reading “Buttermilk Fried Chicken”

Alfredo Pasta

Alfredo sauce was created by a chef named Alfredo di Lelio in 1914. He ran a restaurant on Via della Scrofa in Rome, Italy. He tossed fresh-made pasta together with butter and Parmesan cheese, for his wife to eat, to help her with nausea during a pregnancy. The Alfredo pasta dish was eventually added toContinue reading “Alfredo Pasta”

Ragu Bolognese Pasta

Ragu Bolognese is a meat-based sauce that comes from Bologna, Italy. The first published recipe of ragu bolognese was in Pellegrino Artusi’s 1891 cookbook La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bane (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well). The recipe called for the meats and vegetables to be minced, cookedContinue reading “Ragu Bolognese Pasta”


Create Korean BBQ right in your own home! Bulgogi derives from Korea. Bul means “fire” and gogi is “meat”. It is believed to have originated during the Goguryeo era (37 B.C. – 668 A.D.) from a dish called maekjeok, where the beef was grilled on a skewer. Bulgogi is made of thin slices of beefContinue reading “Bulgogi”

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

This recipe for two is great for date night! My first experience with Sri Lankan food occurred as pure happenstance. We were meeting some old friends of my husband’s for dinner. It my husband and mine’s first time to this particular neighborhood so we did not know where to eat. The other couple sort ofContinue reading “Sri Lankan Chicken Curry”

Tofu Pad Thai

A tasty vegetarian meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make! Pad Thai was invented in the 1930s in Thailand. It is a stir fried noodle dish that includes rice noodles, eggs, and tofu that is flavored with tamarind pulp, garlic or shallots, fish sauce, red chili pepper, and palm sugar. The dish isContinue reading “Tofu Pad Thai”

Morning Quiche

A brunch or breakfast classic! This quiche can be made ahead of time so you do not have to wake up early! Quiche is a staple in French cooking, but it actually originated in Germany. The word quiche comes from the German word kuchen meaning cake. The most famous recipe for quiche is Quiche Lorraine.Continue reading “Morning Quiche”

Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)

A Japanese favorite! Sauce recipe included! Tonkatsu comes from Japan. It is a dish where a pork chop is breaded and deep fried. In 1899, tonkatsu was invented at a restaurant called Rengatei in Tokyo, Japan. It was called katsuretsu or katsu. The phrase “tonkatsu” meaning pork katsu occurred in the 1930s. Before tonkatsu wasContinue reading “Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)”

White Pizza (Pizza Bianca)

No red sauce? No problem! A fun vegetarian pizza recipe! Our modern idea of pizza originates from Naples, Italy. Pizza was a flat bread that was covered with various toppings and eaten as an inexpensive meal. It was sold at informal restaurants and by street vendors. Pizza usually featured garnishes like garlic, anchovies, tomatoes, oil,Continue reading “White Pizza (Pizza Bianca)”

Chicken Tagine

A one pot flavor sensation! A tagine is a cooking vessel that is popular in Morocco, it is an essential part of Moroccan cuisine. Most schools of thought agree that the tagine comes from the late 18th century during the rule of Harun al Rashid of the Islamic Empire. Tagines are ceramic or clay piecesContinue reading “Chicken Tagine”

Lamb Tagine

A succulent dish from Morocco! A popular part of Moroccan cuisine is the tagine. Tagine actually has two different meanings. It is a clay or ceramic piece of North African cookware that has a wide but shallow circular dish, and a top that is either shaped like a cone or a rounded dome. The vesselContinue reading “Lamb Tagine”

Carne Asada

Have restaurant flavor right in your own home! Carne asada translates to “grilled meat” in Spanish. It is usually thinly sliced beef. There is no one specific cut of beef that makes up carne asada. The choice is up to the cook, though skirt steak and flank steak are popular cuts to use. Some sayContinue reading “Carne Asada”

Black Bean Mushroom Burgers

A vegetarian classic! Great for BBQs and picnics! Veggie burgers are a type of burger patty that does not include any meat. They are composed of ingredients like beans, grains, nuts, seeds, or fungi. Recipes for “vegetable” burgers containing no meat have been cited in print form as early as 1969. The first veggie burgerContinue reading “Black Bean Mushroom Burgers”

Baja Fish Tacos

A West Coast favorite! Eat them outside under the sunshine! Modern Baja Fish Tacos come from Baja California in Mexico. The tacos are filled with deep fried battered fish, and garnished with spicy mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, salsa, and lime wedges. They are a variation on the original fish taco invented by the indigenous people thatContinue reading “Baja Fish Tacos”

Guinness Beef Stew

This stove top stew has a hearty rich flavor that makes it the perfect comfort food! Guinness Beef Stew is a dish that includes Guinness stout beer, beef, stock, and root vegetables. This dish has Irish origins. The original Irish stew contained mutton or lamb, root vegetables, and stock. The stew would be simmered forContinue reading “Guinness Beef Stew”

Pork Schnitzel

A restaurant favorite! Pair it with a nice beer! Wiener Schnitzel means “Viennese cutlet” in German. This popular dish derives from Vienna, Austria and is one of the country’s national foods. It first came into print in the 19th century in a 1831 German cookbook by Katharina Prato. Traditionally Wiener Schnitzel is made from aContinue reading “Pork Schnitzel”


Turn simple every day ingredients into a luscious pasta meal! Carbonara is a pasta dish that includes eggs, cured pork, cheese, and black pepper. It originates from Rome, Italy and came to be in its most modern form during the mid 20th century. Carbonara is typically made with spaghetti pasta, but bucatini, fettuccine, and linguineContinue reading “Carbonara”

Stuffed Cabbage

A delicious one-pot recipe! It tastes warm and comforting! Stuffed cabbage is a dish that includes cooked cabbage leaves filled with a variety of fillings. It can be filled with meat like beef, pork, or lamb. There is usually a grain like rice or barley. Sometimes mushrooms and vegetables are used in the filling. TheContinue reading “Stuffed Cabbage”

Chicken Pho (Pho Ga)

This soup is so warm and comforting! People of all ages love it! Pho is a noodle soup that originates from Vietnam. Scholars debate whether pho soup was inspired by Chinese or French influences. Pho consists of broth, meat, and rice noodles. It is usually served with herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and fresh chilies.Continue reading “Chicken Pho (Pho Ga)”

Pad See Ew

Enjoy this Thai restaurant favorite at home! Pad See Ew (also Pad siew) is commonly eaten noodle dish in Thailand. It is a stir fried noodle dish that was created through Chinese influences. Pad See Ew is a popular dish at Thai restaurants globally. The name translates to “fried with soy sauce”. The dish consistsContinue reading “Pad See Ew”

Baked Lemon Tilapia

This fish dish is very easy to make! It is simple enough for a meal prep and elegant enough for a special dinner. Tilapia is a freshwater fish that belong to the cichlid family. The flesh of the tilapia is white, categorizing it as a white fish. It has a mild flavor which makes itContinue reading “Baked Lemon Tilapia”

One Pan Lamb Dinner

Got a special occasion coming up? Create this simple yet elegant one pan dinner! I created this dish because I wanted to make something special for my anniversary dinner with my husband, but I also did not want to create a ton of dishes. By keeping the meal a one pan recipe I was ableContinue reading “One Pan Lamb Dinner”

Rainbow Pizza

This pizza is packed with delicious vegetables! It will be loved by both kids and adults! Our modern idea of pizza originates from Naples, Italy. Pizza was a flat bread that was covered with various toppings like garlic, anchovies, tomatoes, oil, and cheese. It was eaten as an inexpensive meal and sold at casual restaurantsContinue reading “Rainbow Pizza”

Chicken Fajitas for Two

Want a tasty, easy-to-make meal to share with that special someone? Look no further than Chicken Fajitas for Two! Fajitas were invented in Texas around the late 1930s or early 1940s. They were created by Mexican ranch workers that were living in West Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border. The ranch workers were given the tougher,Continue reading “Chicken Fajitas for Two”

Juicy Hamburgers

Fire up the grill and enjoy this juicy hamburger recipe! Hamburgers were created during the late eighteenth century in Hamburg, Germany. The Hamburg Steak was a German dish where low grade beef was shredded and flavored with regional spices, it was eaten both raw and cooked. The seaport town of Hamburg was teaming with sailors.Continue reading “Juicy Hamburgers”

Easy Ratatouille (Vegan)

This classic French dish is completely vegan and tastes garden fresh! Ratatouille is an easy one-pot meal that anyone can make! Ratatouille is a classic French stew that comes from the Provencal region of Nice. The name comes from the Occitan term “ratatolha”. The dish name is also derived from the French words “rata” whichContinue reading “Easy Ratatouille (Vegan)”

Easy Beef and Spinach Lasagna

Lasagna can definitely please a crowd! Just layer the ingredients, bake, and serve! Lasagna is a baked pasta that has many layers. It originates from Naples, Italy and was created during the Middle Ages. The original Naples dish was layered with wide pasta, sausage, hard boiled eggs, sauce, and different cheeses. The different regions ofContinue reading “Easy Beef and Spinach Lasagna”

Pasta all’Amatriciana

This pasta dish has a velvety spicy sauce, and the guanciale gives it a lovely pork flavor! It is easy to make and your guests will be impressed! This dish is named after the town of Amatrice in Italy. Amatrice is in the mountainous region in Province of Rieti of Lazio, it is about 87Continue reading “Pasta all’Amatriciana”

Genovese Basil Pesto

Pesto is very versatile! It tastes great on pasta, meat, and bread! Pesto Alla Genovese was invented in Genoa, Italy. Genoa is a region in Northern Italy. Pesto was created during the 16th century. The name comes from the Genoese word “pesta” which means to crush or pound. This refers to the fact that theContinue reading “Genovese Basil Pesto”

Baked Chicken Parmesan

This restaurant favorite is typically fried, but baking Chicken Parmesan will cut down on grease while still maintaining flavor! The dish, pollo alla parmigiana or Chicken Parmesan, was actually invented in the United States, not Italy. Chicken Parmesan is a variation on a traditional Sicilian dish, parmigiana di melanzane or Eggplant Parmesan. When immigrants fromContinue reading “Baked Chicken Parmesan”

One Bowl Banana Pancakes

These pancakes taste just like banana bread! You only need one large bowl to mix everything in, so no extra dishes to clean up! Pancakes, also known as griddlecakes, hotcakes, and flapjacks, are flat cakes that are prepared in a frying pan or griddle. They are usually made from a starch-based batter that also containsContinue reading “One Bowl Banana Pancakes”

Koobideh Kebabs

Fire up the grill and create these delightful kebabs! Kebab Koobideh is a grilled kebab dish that originates from Iran. It is made with ground beef or lamb and is often mixed with onions. The name Koobideh comes from the word Koobidan, which means “slamming” in Persian. This refers to the style of how theContinue reading “Koobideh Kebabs”

Sirloin Kebabs

These kebabs have lovely summer flavors! Fire up the grill and enjoy! Kebabs originate from Middle Eastern cuisine. The most popular style of kebab cooked in the United States is the shish kebab. The shish kebab is a dish where small cubes of meat and sometimes vegetables are cooked or grilled on a skewer. KebabsContinue reading “Sirloin Kebabs”

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are incredibly tender! They are so easy to make! Just place the ribs and sauce in a slow cooker, give them some time, and enjoy! Baby back ribs are the parts ribs that are connected to the backbone beneath the loin muscles. They are named “baby” because they are shorter than spare ribs.Continue reading “Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs”

Sausage and Peppers

This simple dish is such a treat! Make it for parties or for a hearty lunch! Sausage and peppers is an Italian-American dish. The primary ingredients are Italian sausage and bell peppers. The dish can be eaten as a stand alone dish, it can be served with pasta, or made into a sandwich. There areContinue reading “Sausage and Peppers”

Desserts/Baked Goods

Matcha Chiffon Cake

Matcha is a green tea that used in formal Japanese tea ceremonies. The matcha green tea powder is mixed into hot water using a special whisk. Unlike other green teas, matcha is not typically served with a meal because of its thick texture. It is favored due to it being high in antioxidants. Matcha powderContinue reading “Matcha Chiffon Cake”


(Created out of pizza dough) Bagels are made out of flour, water, salt, yeast, and malt. Its dough is boiled and then baked. The earliest written references to bagels were from Krakow, Poland in 1610. Bagels were brought in the United States during the late 19th century by Eastern European immigrants. Bagel bakeries thrived inContinue reading “Bagels”

Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes

Frosting Recipes included Cupcakes were first described in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. It was described as “a light cake to bake in small cups”. The first documented time the term “cupcake” was used was in 1828 in Receipts a cookbook by Eliza Leslie. They are called cupcakes because before muffin tins wereContinue reading “Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes”

Banana Nut Muffins

A coffeehouse classic made right in your own kitchen! Some scientists believe that bananas were the first fruits. Bananas were believed to have originated around 10,000 years ago. The first bananas were thought to be grown in the area that embodies the Philippines, Malaya Peninsula, Indonesia, and New Guinea. The variety of banana that isContinue reading “Banana Nut Muffins”

Strawberry Shortcake

An American favorite summertime treat! A shortcake is small sweet spongecake or an American style biscuit. Strawberry shortcake is a well-known dessert that includes shortcake, strawberries mixed with sugar that have sat for an hour and released their juices (macerated), and whipped cream. The first written recipe for strawberry shortcake appeared in a 1588 EnglishContinue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”

Peach Cobbler for Two

A lovely dessert for picnics, barbecues, and potlucks now just for two people! Cobbler is a dessert that consists of fruit that is covered in batter or biscuit dough before it is baked. The cobbler recipes from the American South resemble a deep dish pie with a top and bottom crust. While in the UnitedContinue reading “Peach Cobbler for Two”

Peach Pound Cake

This pound cake is moist and delicious! Baking with peaches makes this dessert perfect for summer! A pound cake is a kind of cake that is typically baked in a loaf pan or Bundt pan. Pound cake was created in Europe during the early 18th century. Early recipes for the cake included a pound ofContinue reading “Peach Pound Cake”

Blueberry Muffins

This classic muffin is simple to make and tastes great! A one bowl baking recipe! Blueberries are native to America. All high bush commercial blueberries can trace its origins to the pine barrens of New Jersey. Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey cranberry farmer, wanted to grow an industry that cultivated blueberries. SheContinue reading “Blueberry Muffins”

Cherry Muffins

These simple muffins are great for an elegant brunch or to eat as a weekday breakfast! The earliest written evidence about cherries was during 300 BCE, but archaeologists have discovered fossilized cherry pits from prehistoric times. Washington state grows about 62% of the United States’ sweet cherries. With California and Oregon, the three states togetherContinue reading “Cherry Muffins”

Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes

These moist, fruity, delectable cupcakes will be the hit of any gathering! Make them for bridal showers, baby showers, or birthday parties! Cupcakes got their name from how they were originally prepared. Before muffin tins were invented cupcakes were baked in individual “cups” like ramekins, molds, or pottery cups. The first written description of cupcakesContinue reading “Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes”

Crunchy Plum Crisp

Crisps taste like pie, but are much easier to make! Make this crisp while the plums are in season! A crisp is a dessert where fruit is covered with a topping that is crisp and crumbly when baked. The crisp topping usually consists of butter, sugar, flour and sometimes oatmeal. The oatmeal gives the crispContinue reading “Crunchy Plum Crisp”


Very Berry Smoothie for One

This mixed berry smoothie is perfect when you want to drink an explosion of fruit! A smoothie is a beverage where fruit and sometimes vegetables are pureed together using a blender. The base of a smoothie is usually fruit juice or yogurt, but sometimes it can be plant milk or water. Many people enjoy addingContinue reading “Very Berry Smoothie for One”

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