We love that this whole wheat cheddar cheese bread is so quick, easy to make and delicious too! It’s so quick and easy to mix up the ingredients, add the beer (for the rising effects) and bake; no kneading or rising time required. This beer bread can be made with your favorite beer, but I prefer a lager for its lightness in this recipe. It’s also great as an appetizer with your favorite dip or cheese.
Caprese sandwiches make the perfect quick and light lunch or dinner entrée. The freshness of the tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese with the perfect touch of basil pesto make the perfect combination on a warm day or evening. Give them a try on a warm summer day with your favorite wine.
My husband and I enjoyed our first Caprese sandwiches at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma, CA. Viansa has beautiful grounds and Italian styled buildings. Each time I make these, we always think of the day we spent at Viansa at a small table outside overlooking the vineyard and enjoying amazing wine with our Caprese sandwiches.
These Spinach and Ricotta Crepes are another great savory crepe recipe option. I love the ease of this recipe. It does take some time to cook the crepes and spinach and then assemble them. To allow for more time with family and friends, they can be made ahead of time and baked right before you are ready to serve them. This allows you to put together an elegant dinner in just 10-15 minutes.
These Four Cheese Crepes make up my family’s favorite French dinner. Each year as we watch Tour de France (my husband is the cyclist in the family), we traditionally celebrate Bastille Day; which always occurs during the 3 week long race. What better way to celebrate a country’s freedom (even if it’s not the country where you reside) than with a decedent meal and a glass of Champagne?
My mom taught me this Classic French Crepe recipe. She was given this recipe from a French friend when she was in her 20’s, so I believe it’s quite authentic too. While growing up she frequently served these as dessert with an orange sauce topping the crepes. It was an alcohol free (and in my opinion better tasting) version of Crepe Suzette than I’ve had in any restaurant.
I’ve also enjoyed turning these Classic French Crepes into a savory entree, as well as a dessert. By filling these crepes with cheese, meat and vegetables; you will have a savory dinner entree that will satisfy any taste preference. Try my Four Cheese Crepes or Spinach and Ricotta Crepes for some savory dinner crepe options.
Coffee cake has been one of my favorites, since I was a teenager. The cinnamon flavored cake, topped with a crumble crust, just screams homey goodness! I’ve taken the classic coffee cake, created them as cupcakes and added an elegant drizzle of glaze to the top. From the amazing cinnamon smell, while they are in the oven, to the moist and delicate texture of the cupcakes, I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!
Have you ever wanted a single location to organize all the wonderful recipes you find online, including those you find here at Cooks Recipe Collection? I’d like to introduce you to Yummly, an easy to use virtual recipe box, which is there to fit just this need. You can Yum a recipe by just clicking on a button on your browser or by using their app (for either iOS or Android). You can even add your personal recipes to your Yummly account, so everything is organized and stored in one single location.
Set up your personal account by going to Yummly, click on the “Create an account” button (located on the upper right hand side of the page) and following the prompts.
Personalize your account. You can add your photo, customize your profile and select your taste preferences through your profile.
Yum online recipes, by clicking on the Yummly Bookmarklet and organize them into categories (Yummly calls them Collections). There are a few default categories (such as meal type or course), but you can also add additional categories to fit your needs and organize your recipes as you prefer.
Add your own favorite recipes, if you wish, to complete your recipe box.
Yummly for Food Bloggers
Yummly is also very exciting for food bloggers. Once you or one of your readers Yums one of your recipes, Yummly will create your Publisher Page. Our Publisher Page is Cooks Recipe Collection.
Set up your personal account (as outlined above).
Add a Yum button to your website. This can be either done manually or through a WordPress plugin (we use the Shareaholic WordPress Plugin).
Yum one or more of your recipes.
Yummly will automatically add your Publishers Page on Yummly. While this is done automatically, it is not instantaneous. It took a few days for mine to be added.
You can personalize your publisher’s page by contacting Yummly through this link. This will allow you to add your logo, a blurb about your site and your social media account links. This may take up to 48 hours for Yummly to update your Publishers Page (mine only took a few hours).
This baked French toast recipe is one of my favorite for a special breakfast or brunch. We frequently have it as “breakfast for dinner” also (like we did last night). This quick and easy recipe is also a healthy makeover, by baking instead of frying and adding fresh fruit. I also find it convenient that the whole meal cooks in the oven, so I’m free to spend more time with my family, instead of standing in front of the stove and cooking the french toast in batches.
I hope you enjoy this special breakfast recipe as much as we do.
This healthy lentil soup is easy to make. It’s also light and tasty enough for warm weather, while still hardy enough to be comforting in the winter months!
You will enjoy this easy to make lentil soup throughout the year. It is so easy to sauté some fresh vegetables, then simmer with lentils, broth (I prefer homemade) and a can of tomatoes. This makes up a very healthy and inexpensive meal or appetizer before a special meal.
Patriotic yogurt parfaits offer a cool and refreshing alternative or addition to, the often overly sweet holiday desserts. I love the fact that they only contain a mixture of yogurt and variety of fresh fruit. How could you go wrong, by choosing this healthy alternative?