Bacon and Broccoli Pasta

Bacon and Broccoli Pasta | in this kitchen

Bacon and Broccoli Pasta | in this kitchen

Do you have a go-to pasta recipe? One that you think of when you hear the word “pasta?”

For me, and probably a lot of you too, it has always been a simple spaghetti with meat sauce. This was what I had growing up, as much as I possibly could – it was by far one of my favorite foods, and I’d always scoop up the remaining sauce with a nice piece of bread in what I like to call Having Some Carbs with My Carbs. It was delicious; it still is.

But these days I like to branch out just a little more when it comes to my pasta recipes. Ones that don’t necessarily need to contain tomato sauce (gasp!). This bacon and broccoli pasta one is one of our new favorites around here, and it’s got tons of broccoli as well as a good amount of bacon, making it semi-healthy and very flavorful.

Bacon and Broccoli Pasta | in this kitchen

Bacon and Broccoli Pasta | in this kitchen

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Lemon Cake with Raspberry Amaretto Sauce

Lemon Cake with Raspberry Amaretto Sauce | in this kitchen

Lemon Cake with Raspberry Amaretto Sauce | in this kitchen

It’s gotten to the point where I’m able to sit and type this out with both windows in my living room open, looking out onto the little courtyard outside our apartment, that now offers plenty of green trees and birds making their little bird-sounds. Soon the apartment will turn back on the mini waterfall-and-river water feature out there too, a little stream that winds its way around a little bridge and stops at the waterfall near the outdoor grills. It’s one of my favorite things about this apartment, and it really is best in spring and summer, which are finally showing their faces around here. It is my favorite thing when the weather picks up and makes the world feel livable again (can you tell I’m from the hot desert?).

This lemon cake with raspberry amaretto sauce completely feels like spring & summer to me. They’d be great any time, but there is lots of fresh lemon zest throughout the cake and sweet and tart raspberries poured onto the top, and it ends up being refreshing and still decadent. Ina Garten can do no wrong with her cake recipes.

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Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Squares

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Squares | in this kitchen

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Squares | in this kitchen

I don’t know about you, but buffalo chicken pizza, or chicken on pizza in general, has never been my thing. Chicken on puff pastry though – that’s a whole ‘nother ball game, and these buffalo chicken puff pastry squares are so, so good. If you like buffalo chicken at all, you need to make these. I searched the web many times trying to find a buffalo chicken puff pastry recipe but didn’t come up with much, so I decided to try to make one myself, and it was actually pretty easy!

These of course have lots of buffalo chicken, shredded mozzarella cheese that gets nice and brown and bubbly in the oven, a little bit of oregano and garlic powder, and then they get a nice topping of blue cheese and scallions when they’re done. It’s as good as it sounds, and it’s all on top of a super flaky puff pastry crust. I already want another one.

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Miso Ginger Baby Bok Choy

Easy Miso Bok Choy Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Easy Miso Bok Choy Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

You know those recipes where you make, say, a sauce, and it is so good that you think “I’m going to put this on everything from now on?” Oh man, this is one of those recipes. I admittedly have quite a few sauces that are in this category, almost all of them Asian – this otsu sauce, this spicy and sweet szechuan chili sauce, this fresh ginger lemon sauce, and this miso sesame sauce just to name a few. But this miso ginger baby bok choy I have today has landed on the list as well, with its mild miso, hint of lime, present but not fiery ginger, and sweet mirin.

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Easy Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Howcome no one told me it was so hard to frost cakes?? Well, okay, actually I’ve heard that a million times, but… they make it look so easy on TV! You can see my amateur cake frosting on this coffee and walnut cake here, but I promise you that this cake was very straightforward and easy to make, and for anyone with even a *little* bit of experience frosting cakes, I’m sure you’ll have a far prettier cake than I did. And this cake is so, so good that it doesn’t matter how “homespun” (to use Nigella Lawson’s term) it looks – it will be devoured.

This cake has walnuts throughout the batter, walnuts that have been whizzed up with sugar in the food processor, creating the most delicious walnut-sugar powder (I admit, I tried it straight out of the food processor). And yes, basically the whole shebang – batter and frosting – can all be made in your food processor (thanks, Nigella!).

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Easy Homemade Bulgogi

Quick Homemade Bulgogi Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Quick Homemade Bulgogi Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

There is a small & humble but consistently delicious Korean restaurant that Dan and I used to frequent when we lived in Bethesda, where the bulgogi, dolsot bibimbap, japchae were always waiting & the waiters got to know us. We’d often go after stopping at the nearby comic book shop and one waiter would ask about what books we got and chat about those comic-related things that I know nothing about (superheroes, presumably). He always made sure we had enough hot & spicy gochujang sauce to go around. We’re not nearby that little restaurant anymore, but we are close to an Asian market (and some other Korean restaurants), which almost makes up for it.

The good news is you don’t even need to have an Asian market to make this homemade bulgogi! I was amazed at how flavorful it turned out, and how reminiscent of “the real thing” it actually is. If you had asked me a couple months ago, I would have said I was intimidated by homemade bulgogi, but this stuff is so, so good and not hard at all. It’s all about that marinade – I left mine in for at least 8 hours. Then you just pan-fry or grill it up, and it is exactly what you want over some good steamed white rice, or in some bibimbap if you wanna get fancy.

You should definitely try to make some of this – it’s easy, it’s great with beef, pork or chicken (I used pork) and after a good marinating session in the fridge it’s ready to whip up on any weeknight.

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Green Chicken Chili with White Beans

Green Chicken Chili with White Beans Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Green Chicken Chili with White Beans Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

You know the feeling you get when you’re surrounded by tons of cute puppies who are running around and begging for attention, trying to find any shoelace in sight to tug on? Yeah, that’s a top-shelf feeling. I got to experience it this morning, and let me tell you, it was the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while, which says a lot considering my penchant for cute animal shows on Netflix. My boyfriend’s parents are on the search for a new dog, specifically a Cavalier, and we are so excited that we get to live vicariously through the process and see all of the amazing little puppers. It kept us happy throughout this otherwise dreary and cold weekend, hopefully the last of the cold before spring *fingers crossed*.

If you are still in a bit of a cold spell like we are here, or need a great chili for a rainy spring day, this recipe is so easy and full of flavor. It’s a simple green chicken chili (or white bean chili) that comes together really fast and is loaded with mildly spicy green chili and a tiny bit of jalapeƱo flavor. It’s not at all too spicy, especially with some sour cream mixed through, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice to finish off the bowl makes it perfectly tangy.

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Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cake

Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cake Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cake Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

I’m a big fan of a humble cake.

There are so many unbelievably gorgeous cakes out there that are works of art, that are so beautiful you hesitate to cut into them – my boyfriend works for a high-end bakery that specializes in just these kinds of cakes, so around here we don’t exactly have a pressing need to make multilayer tiered and frosted cakes at home.

So enter the humble cake; it’s a quick batter – made even quicker if you weigh your ingredients rather than measure them – that comes out perfectly crackly on the top and then gets a snowshower of powdered sugar. This ricotta dark chocolate cake is one of these cakes. It’s not very sweet, but is deeply chocolatey, goes incredibly well with whipped cream, and is the perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea.

Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cake Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

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Ginger Lemon Soba Noodles

Ginger Lemon Soba Noodles Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Ginger Lemon Soba Noodles Recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks was the first food blog I ever visited. It was 2008, I was a newly minted vegetarian, and I was searching online for a good recipe involving tofu. I came across the humble gem of a recipe for Caramelized Tofu, which I still to this day love, and a love of food blogs was born. The recipe seemed to marry so many disparate things that I would never have thought to put together: brussels sprouts (shredded up, no less), brown sugar, tofu, cilantro? But the end product was so good that I trusted her from then on.

I’m no longer a vegetarian, but I still love good vegetarian foods. Today I have a different recipe that I’ve adapted from Heidi, but one that has the same ingenuity of bringing together techniques and flavors I wouldn’t have thought to do on my own. I love ginger, I love lemon, I love soba. But the dressing on these noodles also incorporates mirin, brown sugar or honey, and celery, and the resulting flavor is very unique while still seeming just right. It’s tangy and refreshing, but combined with some pan-fried tofu (or any protein of your choice) it is undoubtedly filling.

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Coconut Pancakes

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Coconut Pancakes: recipe on www.inthiskitchen.com

I am one of what I imagine must be a pretty large subset of people who just eat a packaged protein or granola bar for breakfast. Not only is it boring, and not only do I get the same brand every time, but I often eat it already in my car, driving to work. Ideally, this wouldn’t be my breakfast. In my perfect world, I’d wake up luxuriantly; it’d be 8:30 and the sun would just be starting to blush it’s way into the bedroom, and I’d saunter to the kitchen to make some coffee and eggs. There’d be an english muffin, and maybe I’d even get wild and put the eggs on it to make a sandwich.

Sounds simple right? But on weekday mornings every minute is precious, and often filled with a harmless but present anxiety about the work day to come. Even waking up earlier doesn’t assuage that “gotta get to work” thought – it just prolongs it. So I’m a devotee of the weekday bar-in-the-car breakfast, one that’s relatively tasty, portable and fills me up.

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