Chocolate Guinness Waffles

Chocolate Guinness Waffles #recipe

Beer in waffles? Has this lady lost her mind?

I know what you’re thinking, but trust me on this one. You see, it all comes down to carbonation.

Carbonation aerates a batter. An aerated batter is a lighter batter. A lighter batter results in fluffier waffles. Fluffier waffles make for happier eaters. Happier eaters are … happy … er … people. You get the picture.

Chocolate Guinness Waffles #recipe

Today’s carbonated beverage of choice is a good ol’ Guinness beer. Because it just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a taste of the iconic, rich, frothy suds … and perhaps a Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancake or two.

And it just so happens that Guinness beer pairs beautifully with chocolate, thus the swap of maple syrup for chocolate syrup. Finish it all off with a touch of green (shout-out to the chopped pistachios) and your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations just got a whole lot sweeter. 

Chocolate Guinness Waffles #recipe

Chocolate Guinness Waffles #recipe

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

How to Cook the Perfect Steak #tips

How do you cook the perfect steak

Do you sear it on the stove? Do you broil it in the oven? Do you sear it then broil it? The options are endless, but one thing is certain: It’s easier than you might think to cook a restaurant-worthy steak from the comfort of your kitchen. And it all comes down to a series of simple steps, from choosing your cut and strategizing your seasoning, to picking the right pan and testing for doneness (hello, medium-rare perfection!).

I’m sharing tips for all of the above and more over on KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast. So cancel those steakhouse reservations, check out my tips, and then put your skills to the test with top-rated recipes for The Ultimate Asian Flank Steak and 30-Minute Mongolian Beef.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

We’ve all been there. You’re at a movie theatre or ballpark and you agree to split a soft pretzel with your friend. So you take turns tearing away portions of the doughy rope in a dangerous game of tug o’ war, inching your way closer to the moment of truth, piece by dainty piece.

And then that moment of truth arrives. You’ve whittled your pretzel down to the thickest, softest, most coveted portion of the entire pretzel shape: the twist.

So who gets to sink their teeth into those overlapping layers? Do you? Do they? Do you both? Do you neither?

Take a deep breath. That awkward moment will never exist again. Today you’re kicking that classic pretzel shape to the curb and embracing the big, thick beauty of Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists. Share if you dare.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

Chocolate Wonton Pillows

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

Whether you’re celebrating with a special someone or flying solo this Valentine’s Day, one thing is certain: Chocolate is a must. And I’ve got just the recipe. Introducing Chocolate Wonton Pillows. Hot, crispy wonton pockets filled with bittersweet chocolate and topped with a cherry port sauce.

This recipe marks the launch of my regular contributions to the Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish blog. I’m thrilled to have been invited to share my tips, tricks, photos and more every month on Delish Dish, and I hope you’ll check out the blog as a great resource for all things food and entertaining.

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

My love affair with barbecue chicken pizza began long, long ago. Of course it all started with the famous pie at California Pizza Kitchen, or “CPK,” as us in the biz call it. (And by “biz,” I mean “high school clique who ate at CPK three times a week circa 2000 to 2004.”)

By sophomore year I’d transitioned my loyalties from the barbecue chicken pizza at CPK to the barbecue chicken pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Fast-forward a decade and I find myself here, dreaming up a homemade version that will be on your table faster than a takeout order. 

If you have 30 minutes, you have homemade barbecue chicken pizza. And if you’re feeling an extra dose of DIY enthusiasm, step up your slice with homemade pizza dough.

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe