Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil loaf cake with white glaze on a rack

Olive oil cake is ultra-tender and moist, with added richness from yogurt in the mix. Why bake a cake with olive oil, you ask? I have asked same. Cakes, even our standard cake mixes, often call for oil in the mix. The reason: oil makes for a tender, moist crumb. Typically oil-based cake recipes call…

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Orange Blossom Pecan Pie

Orange Blossom Pecan Pie slice

Rich, brown-sugary pecan pie is made better with very toasty pecans and a whisper of orange blossom water. The flavor is as beautiful as it sounds: Orange Blossom Pecan Pie. A shocking moment occurred during the development of this pecan pie recipe. My tester group (Dan and sons) was miffed when I brought plates of…

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Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Vegan Coconut Oil Pie Crust crimped

Pie crust made with coconut oil is a dream to handle, and results in a rich, tender crust that holds its shape beautifully. A vegan recipe to count on! It’s no secret around here that I’m hopelessly devoted to the pie crust I grew up with, a.k.a.: My Mom’s Best Pie Crust. The flakiness of…

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Garlicky Whipped Feta Dip

Whipped Feta Dip topped with spices and olive oil

Two ingredients and you’re good to go with this garlicky whipped feta dip. The flavor is addictive. Plus, it comes together very quickly and easily. My niece Victoria announced recently that we have 12 Sundays left until Christmas. Her friend Hannah said so. Since then, we’ve dropped to 11 Sundays left ‘til Christmas. I’ve always…

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Za’atar Swirl Bread

Two loaves of twisted bread on a sheet pan

 Za’atar Swirl Bread showcases the fabulous flavor of za’atar in a delicate bread enriched with eggs and olive oil. The method to the glorious twisted loaves is straightforward and very doable! Dan, upon tasting za’atar swirl bread: This bread has it ALL. (chews a big bite) This bread has flavor. I can taste the za’atar.…

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Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma

Roasted cauliflower on a sheet pan with foil

Shawarma is traditionally spit-grilled chicken or meat with succulent spices. Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma marries the same flavors that make classic chicken shawarma so delicious, in a gluten-free, vegan recipe. The other day at a football tailgater at Michigan State, I met a kid of Dan’s cousin who found out not long ago that he has…

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Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream in a pan

The olive oil supports the warm flavors of this moist, luscious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. There is yogurt in the mix as well, for added tenderness. I was surprised a few months ago when we turned on The Great British Baking Show, my brother, who hadn’t seen the show before, really got into…

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Quinoa Protein Salad

Quinoa Protein Salad in a Deruta serving dish

Quinoa Protein Salad packs a great protein punch, tastes incredibly good, and keeps hunger at bay for hours, and it’s vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free (though some findings indicate quinoa may not work for celiacs). I was in the airport in Chicago recently, and felt like I’d stepped out of a time warp from somewhere far,…

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Za’atar Roasted Carrots

Za'atar roasted carrots with labneh on a blue floral platter

Za’atar Roasted Carrots are a simple way to give roasted carrots a boost of exciting flavor with za’atar spice, the Lebanese spice blend of wild thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Dust carrots with za’tar both before and after roasting. Perhaps like you, I do a good bit of cooking for a crowd. Even if it’s…

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Red Beet Hummus

Red beet hummus with beets and sesame seeds in a bowl

Red beet hummus is both a beautiful and super delicious way to add color and even more nutrients to our daily hummus fix, which is vegan and gluten-free. Make roasted beets or use canned (or even pickled) beets to make it fast and easy. We’re hitting the height of fall color here in Michigan. The…

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