Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh

Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh
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Well, I guess it’s time to call it – I am a croquette addict. I can’t stop making them, eating them, thinking about them. What I love best about them is their versatility. They can take on just about any flavor profile you care to impose on them. They have a place in multiple cuisines, so it is well within the limits of “authenticity” to use far-from-home flavors and ingredients. The croquette, croquetas, korokke, etc. is truly a blank canvas ripe for creativity and adventure. Okay, maybe I’m overselling the croquette as a whole. But I am confident I am not overselling these Smoked Trout Croquettes with Beet Labneh. These beauties are a bright spot in the already gleaming croquette genre. So let’s make them!

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Whipped Brie with Hot Honey and Peaches

Whipped Brie with Hot Honey and Peaches
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A couple of months back I was introduced to the concept of whipped brie. I’m no stranger to whipped ricotta and whipped feta is among my favorite things. So the concept of yet another whipped cheese was instantly compelling. I took the plunge soon thereafter and it was love at first bite. Since then I’ve been tweaking my whipped brie. Adding all sorts of toppings and smearing it on an endless parade of carbs. After months of dedicated eating-based research, I’ve hit upon the perfect whipped brie bite. Whipped Brie with Hot Honey and fresh peaches served with torn roasted garlic Italian bread. You know, the kind of bread that has that shatteringly crisp exterior and pillowy soft interior? It just works with this brie. There is a whole lot of good happening here, so let’s make it!

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Spicy Shrimp Bruschetta

Spicy Shrimp Bruschetta
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It’s tomato season, so here I am with a bruschetta recipe. I know, groundbreaking. Every year around this time I make bruschetta with abandon. I simply can’t help myself. Sure, I put the garlicky tomato mixture on toast but I also put it on pasta, rice, directly into my mouth… It’s bordering on dependency at this point. But as much as I love the OG version, I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to food. So naturally, I find myself putting all manner of less-than-traditional things in my bruschetta and today’s Spicy Shrimp Bruschetta is a prime example.

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Crab Cucumber Fresh Rolls

Crab Cucumber Fresh Rolls
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Okay, this recipe is barely a recipe. But we’re at that point in the summer when people are barely cooking. I mean, it’s been so humid here I rarely feel hungry. Do I lust over extremely cold sparkling water? Yes! But dinner just doesn’t have the same appeal. And if I’m feeling this as a food obsessive, I can only imagine how normal people are feeling. But even if you’re hot, you still gotta eat. And that’s where these Crab Cucumber Fresh Rolls come in. These rolls come together in moments, require only a few minutes by the stove, and involve an ice bath, which you are more than welcome to partake in if necessary. And the taste? Well, these rolls are spicy, refreshing, a little funky, and above all, delicious. So let’s get started. 

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