breads of distinction

holiday walnut bread povitica

holiday walnut bread povitica

First of all, let’s pronounce ‘povitica’. It’s Po-vuh-teet-zuh. And, it’s a Croatian holiday walnut bread. Growing up this was an EXTRAordinary treat. Mom would use the entire kitchen counter or table to roll out the dough, yes, always made from scratch, until it was paper thin. She’d be almost covered […]

english banana bread

english banana bread

To crunch or not to crunch. That is your choice with this amazingly easy and tasty English banana bread! When I say crunch, I’m talking about the topping that is optional that you can put on top when baking. It’s a simple step that uses a little more butter, brown […]

pumpkin fig date nut bread

pumpkin fig date nut bread

I have several friends who are gluten intolerant. And, I have a handful of friends with Celiac’s Disease. Then I have friends and family who want to cut out some of the gluten in their diets. That’s why I created this pumpkin fig date nut bread. It’s something that I […]

appalachian white bread

appalachian white bread

Funny how siblings that grow up in the same family have their own unique memories and perspectives on childhood, life, family, friends and other things as they get into their adult lives. Each of us remembers things differently. Each of us was impacted by things differently. We’re all affected by […]

Applesauce Currant Walnut Bread

applesauce currant walnut bread

This is really a nutty bread!  I used not only chopped walnuts but almond flour, so it’s quite nutty and tasty!  While I don’t specialize in gluten-free, nor practice it in my eating lifestyle,  it never hurts cut back a littler here and there when I can. Besides I love […]

grilled flatbread

grilled flatbread

There’s nothing like fresh hot bread right out of the oven or right off the grill! What makes this bread totally the best is when you eat it HOT! Yes, get ready to toss it back in forth in your hands trying to cool it down just a bit, then […]

Pumpkin Pomegranate Walnut Bread

pumpkin walnut bread

When do you know you’ve created something that’s off the charts boholicious?  When your 2 1/2 year old grandson, who’s my #1 Sous Chef, chants, ‘Mooore Mama Allllweee…mooowrre!’  That’s precisely what happened when I made this ‘Pumpkin Walnut Bread’! He was like glued to the prep table sitting on his […]

skillet cinnamon rolls

skillet cinnamon rolls

One of the most special days of the week for me growing up was Thursday. No it was anything like #tbt. In my wild wonderful West Virginia small town nestled in the mountains, after walking home from school I’d run to my Grandma’s house because that was the day she […]

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

Seeing the bananas and not just tasting them is what this chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread’s all about. Since I knew I’d be traveling and couldn’t eat them nor wait for the nanners to ripen to the good ol’ mushy blackened stage, I decided to preserve their beauty in […]

buttermilk biscuit waffles

buttermilk biscuit waffles

The reason I don’t use a waffle iron for making these biscuit waffles is that I don’t want them smooshed…I want them puffy and biscuity. So in order to accomplish this, I used a waffle ‘skillet’ (i.e., Nordic Ware)…it’s a handy little gizmo that you can get at big box […]

olive oil cilantro croutons

olive oil cilantro croutons

It’s simple little things that are EZ and basic that can take your dishes to the next level. There’s just no need to buy croutons~~I mean how many times have you had stale bread~~and, why wait until the holidays to use it for dressing! These olive oil cilantro croutons are […]

Lemon Olive Oil & Sea Salt/Pepper Toastees

Sometimes the bread I make is hit or miss…for some reason, my last few loaves were very dense and ‘heavy’, so instead of tossing in the trash, I decided to slice the bread thin and make ‘toastees’ using various toppings.  These are kind of like ‘bagel crisps’ not quite as […]

dan gourmet flatbread

Why in the world do I call this ‘Dan Gourmet Flatbread’…well, because that’s where I learned to make this flatbread~~in Tel Aviv at the Dan Gourmet Culinary School…I’m not sure I paid enough attention because my dough didn’t raise like my fabulous Chef instructor’s did, but the end product was […]

~emerald green dipping olive oil~

emerald green dipping olive oil

Sometimes the simplest things are the most striking and stunning.  So, this idea came while Ben and I were in Steamboat Springs, Colorado~~we’d ridden our Harley there, amazing countryside and there’s nothing like feeling the freedom of life with the wind blowing in your face, sitting on the back of […]

~foodie mistress warm spiced skillet bread~

foodie mistress warm spiced skillet bread

I know it’s a strange name for this bread. But, there’s a story behind it. See I have these wonderful friends on Facebook who follow my cooking adventures—Bob and Laura—well, early on, Bob, who has a wicked sense of humor, deemed me his ‘foodie mistress’!  Now, Bob and Laura share […]

Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cocnut Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious coconut, cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you […]

~chocolate banana buttermilk bread~

chocolate banana buttermilk bread

I call this houdini batter~~the better batter than can become just about anything you want it to be.  Need brownies?  Well, then put this batter in a square or rectangular baking pan.  Need a bundt cake?  Pull out the bundt pan and bake it. In the mood for muffins?  How […]

~date & chia grilled bread with bacon & chives~

date & chia grilled bread with bacon & chives

This is a fabulous recipe from my gal, Alice Lau, from Sydney, Australia~~it’s a slight adaptation and version of her Shanghai Spring Onion Pancakes—a popular street food in China! Alice is one of the most creative and talented foodies out there—we met on Google+, never in person—I was basically drawn […]

The Senior PROMegranate Grilled Cheese

pomegranate grilled cheese

Recipe creation is a major form of creativity~~brain power~~a combination of right and left brain and then the emotions and feelings that are settled somewhere in the mind.  It’s no different than song writers, artists, dancers, sculptors and other forms of beautiful creation! When I go into my recipe artistry, […]

Vanilla Bean Sweet Butter

Vanilla Bean Sweet Butter

Confession Time~~I love butter!  As a kid, probably about the age of 3 or 4, I’d sneak into the kitchen, open the retro refrigerator, grab a stick of butter, peel back the paper and eat it like a push up!  Of course, I’d run into the back yard, find a […]

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

Sweet & Spicy Saigon Spread

It’s just so easy to make your own  ‘designer’ inspired spreads, and you can control everything about it~~the flavors, the textures, the colors, the ingredients!  So starting with my main ingredient, ‘Sweet & Spicy Saigon’ spice from Simply Asia…thanks to them for sending me a box of products…I decided that […]

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

What I’m finding about bread-making is that it’s not as hard as you think!  Now, I do mine the ol’ fashioned way~~knead with my hands~~don’t even own a bread-making machine!  There’s just something tactile and luscious about getting your hands into the sticky dough, flicking on more flour, pushing and […]

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

When Ben usually eats something I’ve made, he’ll say, ‘This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten!’  Well, I’m like Ben on this one~~this is the best bread I’ve every made!  Moist, tender, dense, yet light, a heavenly yeasteee aroma cooking and pull apart fluffy and soft!  It reminded me […]

Crispy French Toast & Grilled Brown Sugar Apple Slices

I make a lot of what I call, ‘rustic peasant bread’…now these breads are really easy, you’ll find many on my website by just putting in the search box the word ‘bread’!  Since it’s all natural, as in no preservatives to make it last until my youngest child graduates from […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Breakfast Cake (Gluten Free)

I’ve been experimenting more and more with different types of flour for baking purposes…some of this is spurred on by the gluten-free movement, some of it’s just because I want to branch out from regular wheat flour and try some of those cute little, albeit expensive for sure, packages of […]

Gluten-Free Golden Flax Seed Bread

I’m a bread lover.  Most all of my breads are made from wheat products, so when one of my most treasured foodie friend, Lauren Kelly, sent me her cookbook, which is  ‘The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook,’  I was opened to a whole new world of ideas for cooking gluten-free.  Lauren’s cookbook […]

a west virginia cornbread

The amazing thing about food is that a lot of people have a passion for it~~while they may not be bloggers, have a website, FB fan page, run a restaurant, etc., their zest for creating good food, sharing recipes, and giving their love through food is there loud and clear. […]

Whole Wheat Dark Amber Pepper Jelly Peasant Bread

Baking  ‘close-to-the-earth’ as in rustic and primitive breads is a specialty, of sorts, of mine.  And, baking at high altitude levels when I’m at our Colorado home makes it a tad more challenging, but that’s alright because you might not have the bread that raises beautifully, but I always seem […]

Saigon Cinnamon Fruit Buttermilk Pancake

Saigon Cinnamon Fruit Buttermilk Pancake

This is a literal interpretation of  ‘pancake’~~ ‘pan’ (or skillet) and ‘cake’~~equals a big ol’ skillet pancake.   Sometimes I just get tired of the same ol’ same ol’~~life should be about as Ricky Bobby says, ‘shake n’ bake’!  Doing things differently, putting a new twist or spin on things. […]

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

Cinnamon Almond Rolls

These are what I call ‘hearty’ cinnamon rolls…they’re not like ‘Cinnab0n’ cinnamon rolls~~yeasty and soft.  These are like cowboy cinnamon biscuit rolls!  A texture that has some dense mass, some bite and chew…don’t expect them ‘melt in your mouth’ like marshmallows~~you’ll need to bite then chew the love and feel […]

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars

Double duty~~that’s what these ‘Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Bars’ are~~ well, really triple or quadruple duty!  They’re not real sweet, so they can handle the cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache.  If you don’t want to do that, then don’t!!  Leave them ‘au naturale’!  You might want to eat them […]

Gluten Free Banana Bread

gluten free banana bread

***Tap Tap Tap***  This is a test, only a test!  I decided to use the rice flour in my pantry in this morning’s banana bread, which, by the way, was not planned, like a lot of little chillins in families!  The four black bananas on my kitchen counter were either […]

Buckwheat Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

Since I didn’t have any white flour, I decided that if we were to have pancakes they’d have to be whole wheat.  Funny how things always work out wonderfully when you don’t think you have to follow the way you usually do something~~and, for me, pancakes are ‘usually’ made with […]

Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you use or […]

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

What do you do when you have a hankerin’ for homemade bread, but you don’t want to wait hours for it…you don’t want to have to knead and knead…you don’t want to pull out a bread making machine…but, you WANT fresh hot yummmy bread?  Well, you simply follow this recipe […]

Pomegranate Tangerine Rustic Peasant Bread

I’ve been on a pomegranate rage!  These things require some work to get to the seeds…well, there are techniques for cleaning them out that are easy, involved water, and the videos can be found on You Tube, but I decided that I wanted the full experience~~the squirting, the tearing, the […]

Cognac Sweet Potato Skillet Cake

So much of what I create in my kitchen is like shooting from the hip…I just kind of scan my pantry, refrigerator, veggie bin, counter tops and become inspired by what I see.  For this recipe, I looked at my big antique wooden bread-making bowl that sits on my counter […]

Skillet Cinnamon Bread

Making a bread with just a few ingredients is what I call smart.  This bread works so well because it doesn’t need to raise a long time, doesn’t have to be kneaded, and you just pour the batter in the skillet like a cake.  This technique makes for an uneven […]

White Rustic Peasant Bread

White Rustic Peasant Bread~~three ingredients plus water…how much easier can it get!  Sometimes it’s just really good to have hot white bread come out of the oven, tear it off with your hands, and slather it with butter, dip in olive oil, heap jam, jelly or honey on it, sop […]

Pistachio Brandy Crispy French Toast Sticks

My life is all about multi-purposing and getting more out of something than just what you might think the thing is intended for.  Like a a swirly party dress that I might buy for an wedding, I want to make sure that dress can be re-purposed for another and another […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

This would be ‘my’ version of sourdough bread or ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’!  It didn’t require a starter, lots of time nor even a bread machine.  Of course, I don’t even own a bread-making machine.  I do my bread like my Grandma Cook, who was full of piss and vinegar, […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

Want an adventure?  Then head to your kitchen and create something without a recipe…wing it, fly by the seat of your pants…with a smidgen of knowledge about food, you can enter the world of risk and adventure by coming up with your own dish!  This ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’ was […]

Vanilla Sugar Applesauce Peasant Bread

Vanilla’s used very much in baking, but with baking bread you probably don’t hear much about adding vanilla.  When you have a luscious all-natural vanilla paste with a touch of pure bourbon it though it’s your American duty to put some in your bread! I not only did that but […]

Skillet Biscuit Bread

In Southern West Virginia it’s called a ‘pone’ …in the South it’s called a ‘hoecake’, and it’s typically made in a cast iron skillet   There’s a version of this in the Caribbean called ‘Bake.’  And, my sweet Algerian darling shares with me that growing up her Mama made a similar big […]

Rhubarb Brandy Citrus Ginger Jam

At our place in Colorado, we have a rhubarb garden.  In fact, it’s an heirloom rhubarb garden with the plants being quite old.  They’ve been transported and transplanted  over the years by a family who built our home and the quaint French country place–designed and intricately executed, the developers, Jim […]

Spicy Hot Olive & Almond Romesco

If there’s ever something that I could bottle and sell and make so many people happy, it’s this ‘Spicy Hot Olive & Almond Romesco’!  This is the second in a series (hummmm, that sounds important, huh?) of Romesco sauce-making for me…who knows what might be next. My first was an […]

Fig Date Cornbread Pie with Caramelized Onions & Figs

What in the world was I thinking when I created this recipe?  I was thinking ‘Martha White’ cornbread contest, and I was thinking something really different and unusual and something that could be a potential winner.  Alas, this cornbread didn’t cut the mustard for the contest as a winner, but […]

Almond Spice Crusted French Toast

Making your own bread is not hard and what you can do with it the next day and the next is just endless.  Plus, each time I make bread there’s something just a tad bit different about the same bread made with the same recipe…I like that.   When I […]

Artisan Lettuce Romesco Anthropologie Nibbles

Artisan Lettuce Romesco~~Anthropologie Nibbles

I was introduced to Romesco by Chef Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono Bar Jamon in NYC.  Now I’ve made ‘Artisan Lettuce Romesco’!   Chef Anthony came to cook in my Colorado kitchen preparing a spectacular meal for Ben and me and ten of our most favorite guests!  That entire soiree was an […]

The DaVinci Grilled Cheese

This is one of those recipes that’s born from a contest.  Yep, I’m getting really crazy with grilled cheeses, and this one’s for the St. Francis Winery contest.  Now, here’s the funny thing.  I’m photographing this beauty on my front porch when my oldest son drives up.  He asks what […]

crusty yogurt french bread

This recipe is distinctive!  If you see it on any other blogs, and it hasn’t been credit to me, then here’s the link to Ally’s Kitchen!  We foodie bloggers work too hard not to have our work credited~~we love to have things shared, but share the love back our way! […]

Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Waffles

Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Waffles

Cooking is like fashion for me. And, like food, I adore clothes, accessories, shoes, scarves–you get it!   Food has to be stylish.  Food has to be presented uniquely.  I’m always searching for cool ways to transform the presentation of foods.  With this recipe I was thinking waffles, but not […]

buttermilk cornbread

buttermilk cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread.  Doesn’t need any fancy name or title.  It’s just cornbread, and what’s in it?  Buttermilk and cornmeal.  Growing up in West Virginia, we ate a lot of cornbread.  Mom made the best.  The outside was crispy and crunchy almost like fried onion rings.  And the inside was dense […]

Granny Smith Apple & Tart Cherry Oatmeal Cakes

Ben’s going to see Mama Helen and Daddy Howard, his mama and daddy…imagine having your mom and dad still alive and you, the ‘kid’ are a grandparent yourself and Medicare age!  Way back in the day, unlike today, many kids got married young, like real young, so they ‘grew up’ […]

Brown Sugar Cranberry Whole Wheat Peasant Bread

I am a bread goddess.  My kingdom of different kinds of breads grows.  Though my breads maybe be somewhat deformed, misshapen, or odd looking, once you tear off a hunk or slice a piece that no longer matters.  What intoxicates you is the taste! As a Bohemian bread goddess, my […]

Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread

Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread

Dense, moist, rustic. Don’t expect this to raise and be big bread!   This Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread isn’t your typical light airy bread.  When you bite into it, preferably warm from the oven or toasted later, you’ll immediately taste the pistachio and fig flavors.  The whole wheat flour creates […]

Cowboy Crusty White Bread

My Grandma Cook…yes, my maiden name was Cook, so I was destined to be a cook, made THE most amazing white  yeast bread, white yeast rolls, and cinnamon rolls!  Every Thursday, you’d know Grandma, not standing taller than 5 feet and full of ‘piss n’ vinegar’ was making bread, rolls […]

Apricot French Tarragon Cupcones

What do you get when you cross pollinate cupcakes and scones?  Cupcones!  When apricots are in season, I’m one happy chickadee!  However, even if they’re not in season, you can still make these great cupcones by using Dole’s fabulous apricots {just drain them well and pat them dry}. These tasty […]

Soppressata & Baby Sunflower Greens Boho Sammich

Ben and I are training for a big 150-mile bike ride, as in bicycling, to raise money for MS.  The ride will take place in Colorado, and since we’re flat-landers, we seriously need a lot of training to deal with the altitude.  Riding requires energy.  And, our energy comes from […]

Rosemary EVOO White Wine & Walnut Bread/Muffins

I’ve been blessed to have met so many incredible and irresistible foodies on Facebook since launching Ally’s Kitchen.  Foodies are a passionate bunch who love to share with other fiidues and who get super excited over little things like creating a new recipe from something they’ve found elsewhere. Such is the case […]

The Cowboy’s City Slicker Spicy Dippin’ & Marinade Oil

This marinade was created as an entry for ‘The Pioneer Woman’s’ as in Ree Drummond grilling contest. The Cowboy’s City Slicker Spicy Dippin’ & Marinade Oil.   Nope, it wasn’t selected as a winner, but, by golly, I’m so glad I did it because it’s a keeper…why? …Well, it’s just so […]

Sour Cream Lemon Scones

Whitney, my yogini and webmaster, is coming over this morning, and I’m fixing her something special because she loves to eat, and she’s one of my regular taste testers!  So I’ve decided to fix……scones!  Here’s a quick history lesson on scones from The Nibble …cut and pasted for accuracy! “Scones are […]

“White Dough: Tin Loaf” or Baquette Buttermilk Bread

Nanou Bip Bip—you may ask, who is this?  Odd name…’bip bip!’  Well, Nanou is a delicious foodie friend on Facebook I have grown to adore and love.   Nanou lives in London, is Algerian, and has shared with me many of her family’s incredible recipes, which I have made and received rave […]

Meyer Lemon & Mint Peasant Bread

  Caution:  Your house will smell so darn good when you’re baking peasant bread, strangers may come knocking!         Makes:  One large peasant loaf PreHeat oven to 375   What you need:  2 pkg yeast ½ cup water (110-120 degrees) 1 ½ cup plain yogurt (microwave 10”) […]

Mascarpone Flax Banana Nut Bread

The ol’ standby ‘Banana Bread’ gets a Boho Ally transformation using healthier ingredients like ground milled flax.  This banana bread is exceptionally moist and creamy because of the mascarpone.  It’s not real sweet because there’s only three-quarters’ cup of dark brown sugar in it. That means if you want to put […]

Fig Blueberry Dates & Nut Peasant Bread

My quick and easy version for making ‘peasant’ breads, or breads that look like they came from a Medieval kitchen, maybe a rancher’s log cabin kitchen, or, better yet, something from the Old World kitchens of Europe!  The steps are easy…the variations abound…and the flavor and tastes are just as […]

Whole Wheat Pepper & Truffle Salt Peasant Bread

Whole Wheat Pepper & Truffle Salt Peasant Bread

For almost a month now, I’ve been in a bread-making mode.  I’ve discovered that I it’s not hard, and I can do it!  Of course  my breads are all the ‘peasant’ type, which means they’re not prissy and perfect, they’re really crusty on the outside, and they’re dense and moist on […]

buttermilk cranberry walnut peasant bread

buttermilk cranberry walnut peasant bread

Baking is not one of my skilled virtues. I think that’s because I’m such a free spirit and adhering to a recipe puts huge boundaries on me when cooking…but, I love to bake! Oh, yes, I can follow a recipe, under great duress and with someone standing over me with […]

Wheat-Flax Sour Cherry Medjool Date Nut Bread

Some things in life just ‘scare’ me.  I don’t mean like blood curdling screaming scared.  I don’t mean like you just have a ‘felling’ that there’s a burglar in your house scared.   I mean when I’m cooking.  The idea of French cooking ‘scares’ me.  The idea of making certain soufflés, […]

Cranberry Carrot Cutie Orange Nut Muffins

Sometimes you just gotta cut corners and hope the end product is not compromised.  In this case, I was able to use a pre-boxed muffin mix, Boho it (definition:  make something your own by adding your own unique twist(s) and touch(es) to it), and have a healthier tastier muffin! These are […]

Holiday eCookbook 'Sides': A Proper Popover

a proper popover

Raise your hand if you like or love Alton Brown…I admit when I did this batter, I was skeptical about the popovers turning out like the picture, but shut my mouth, they did! OK, here’s the scientific scoop on popovers per Alton Brown of the Food Network. Perfect popovers are […]