TeamSugar regular FinnLover is not only well-versed with the kitchen techniques — she's also full of innovative cooking ideas. I started salivating when I saw her latest creation, chicken breast that's stuffed with creamy blue cheese and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, then topped with a balsamic reduction. Stuffing chicken not only makes dinner more exciting, but it also transforms the relatively lean breast into a succulent cut of meat. This elegant dish would be perfect for a Valentine's Day dinner at home. To see her original recipe, read more
In a continued effort to detox after a serious day of gluttony this past weekend, I'm trying to lighten up on the meat and grease and focus on the vegetables. This recipe from dlmslp is just what I need — something that's more vegetables than anything else, but still full flavored. If you're looking for a hearty, impressive meal, serve it as she did — alongside girlc's fragrant chicken curry. To get the recipe and view detailed photos, read more
Since a few of my friends have birthdays in February, I've been browsing all over the web in search of a birthday cake that fits my mood. I found it, of course, right underneath my nose in the Kitchen Goddess group. TeamSugar regular celebrity_soup took a hiatus from posting recipes, but has been back and on a cake-making frenzy, as demonstrated by her delectable desserts. Case in point: This opulent hummingbird cake, which I've definitely added to my birthday cake list. To see the recipe, read more
With the new year in mind, I've made a string of resolutions, and one of them is to be more prepared for last-minute parties. That's why I'll be making this cookie dough, courtesy of Jenious. Each cookie is filled with the subtle flavor of toasted pecans, and since the cookies freeze well, they'll be ideal for constant entertaining. I'll be making extra dough for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine's Day. To see her quick recipe and lush photos, read more
I'd almost (key word: almost) forgotten about Party's unbelievable pumpkin cake with pecan brittle and whipped cream cheese frosting when I received a private message from TeamSugar member BisouBisou with jaw-dropping photos of her own rendition, which she made for Thanksgiving as a dessert.
Seeing the exquisite cake and the lush photography made me fall in love with the cake all over again. Isn't it amazing how images can do such a thing? Don't forget to share your images and upload your recipes onto TeamSugar so the rest of us can get inspired by your masterpieces!
Although, I often draw inspiration from chefs and cookbooks, I get a ton of ideas simply from browsing TeamSugar. I know I'm not alone: Not too long ago, FinnLover wrote about all the reader recipes she's tried over the last several months. Not only did many recipes (like Twinkle's Tomato and Avocado Salsa above) become part of her new cooking repertoire, but making them also sparked her creativity. For instance, after she made Twinkle's recipe for Finnish pancakes, FinnLover combined her leftovers with asparagus, béchamel, Swiss, and ham to make an entirely different dish.
This year, I know that plenty of you have resolved to cook more frequently and explore new techniques and flavors. Don't forget to post them in the Kitchen Goddess group! To see more of FinnLover's tantalizing masterpieces, read more
Soup is one of my favorite meals to enjoy year-round, so when I caught this shot of homemade bacon and potato soup, I started salivating. All Mansionmogul did was free-form this recipe, and I dreamt of a steaming hot bowl of this velvety, chunky soup sitting in front of me, the grated cheese topping already in a blissful state of melted gooeyness.
Make this soup — perfect for a cold Winter night — when you read more
Whenever I find myself in need of creative inspiration, I simply look to the Kitchen Goddess group. This week, I came across a killer app — mini celery boats stuffed with chicken salad and peas. I'm thinking these would make a great appetizer to bring to my next book club, since they're bite sized and not too messy. Apparently, I'm spot on: Jenious says they're such a big hit at gatherings that she always doubles the recipe. To make these for your next get-together, read more
From butternut squash mac and cheese to persimmon and pomegranate salad, lately I can't get enough of everything Fall. Desserts, in particular, are comforting in a way that no other dish can be, and FinnLover's pudding, with its Autumn spices, apples, and brown sugar syrup, embodies exactly that. To make this basic dessert and Québécois favorite, read more
Another one of my latest Fall dessert obsessions I found while browsing the Kitchen Goddess group on TeamSugar. By looking at the photo, I can practically taste the moist texture of the cake! But my favorite part? The recipe source is wren's ex-boyfriend's brother. Who said exes aren't good for anything?
To make this bread, which would be delicious for breakfast, dessert, or as a gift for a friend, read more