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February 2, 2018

These nachos are the perfect appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday.  What makes them perfect is bacon!  Anything with bacon in it is guaranteed to be a big hit for your Big Game day party.  I got this recipe comes from the July 7, 2014 issue of People magazine.  These nachos are loaded with cheddar cheese and creamy avocado.  They are simply delicious.  I suggest that you top these babies with a dollop of sour cream and a jalapeno pepper.  This recipe is sure to be a winner!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I like to use pickled jalapenos in this recipe.  I place each sliced jalapeno on paper towels to remove the excess moisture before placing them on the nachos.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Total time is 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces sliced bacon, cooked crisp

  • 1 avocado

  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, or cheddar/pepper jack combination, shredded

  • 24 tortilla chips

  • 1 (8 ounces) container sour cream

  • 1 small can sliced jalapenos (or...

December 27, 2017

Caution...these are extremely addicting!  If you are a jalapeño fan, these poppers are for you.  With a creamy cheesy filling and bacon crumbles, they will not disappoint.  These cheesy bacon poppers are hard to resist and so very yummy!  I served these appetizers at a dinner party not too long ago, and everyone loved them.  These poppers are perfect for spicing up a New Year's Eve party, but just make sure that you have plenty of them on hand (the recipe can be easily doubled) as they will disappear fast.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make the filling and arrange the jalapeño's on a broiler proof low rimmed cookie sheet/jelly-roll pan.  Divide the filling among the peppers, and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until ready to broil.  You can also cook and crumble the bacon and refrigerate until ready to use.

I found the red pepper jelly at my local grocery store where they keep all the other jellies (grape, strawberry, etc.).

When handling peppers, you may wa...

December 12, 2017

These potatoes are an absolute favorite among my family and friends!  They are the perfect mashed potatoes for the Christmas holidays.  If you love garlic, this is most definitely the dish for you.  The recipe calls for garlic herb butter - which means that it is no more extra work than your usual mashed potatoes.  There is no messing with garlic cloves, and extra steps as the butter is all that's needed.  This butter really does make these mashed potatoes shine.  Rich and creamy mashed potatoes are a great addition to any meal, and the garlic taste just makes everything better.  If you're looking for a mashed potato recipe, I highly recommend you give these a try!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I use Kerigold garlic and herb butter.  You can find this butter along with the other butters in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Preparation and cook time is 45 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes

  • ...

November 21, 2017

For years I bought the canned cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving meal.  With a big meal to prepare, I didn't want to be bothered with something that people seemed to enjoy from a can.  Then I read that cranberry sauce can be made a couple months in advance, and it keeps well in the refrigerator.  With this enlightening information, I decided to try out a recipe.  This simple recipe comes from the Serious Eats website.  It is simple to prepare, and it is just as good, if not better than the canned stuff.  My family gave this sauce a big thumbs up, and that vote of confidence is all the approval I need!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

As noted in the introduction, you can make this cranberry sauce a couple of months ahead of time.  Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

When removing the peel from the orange, make sure to get the outer layer of the orange and not the white pith.  The pith would make the cranberry sauce bitter.

Preparation time is...

November 9, 2017

A big part of the Thanksgiving meal is dinner rolls.  These crescents are great as they are easy to do, and you can make them ahead of the event.  They are also pumpkin and very festive!  You can make these rolls a month in advance and freeze.  It saves a lot of time during the holidays, and you get homemade rolls rather than store-bought with your meal.

These pumpkin dinner crescents are absolutely fantastic!  Whenever I serve these to guests, they cannot say enough good things about them.  I got this wonderful recipe from the 2004 edition of the Betty Crocker: Holiday publication.  They are fun to make, and if you have never made homemade crescent rolls I encourage you to give these a try!  You will love the results.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

As mentioned in the intro, you can prepare and bake these rolls in advance.  Place completely cooled rolls in gallon-sized freezer bags and freeze up to a month.  When ready to serve, place the roll filled freezer bags on the kitch...

November 7, 2017

This is one of those recipes that takes a bit more effort, but the results are worth it!  I confess that for many years, I bought the pre-packaged stuffing/dressing at the store.  A few of my family members thought that they didn't like stuffing/dressing, until I decided to make it by scratch.

The nice thing about this recipe is you can make it a day ahead of time.  This is great, because we all know holiday cooking can be exhausting!  I usually get another person to help with the chopping of the herbs and veggies, so it isn't too much work for one person.  This recipe is by Victoria Granof and was published by Bon Appétit in 2012.  If your dressing or stuffing is just ho-hum, I really encourage you to try this.  Those family members that thought they didn't like dressing, now, it's one of their favorite foods for the holiday!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make this one day ahead to help with holiday planning.

Total time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.  For make ahead: cool time...

October 19, 2017

Aren't these caramel apple cats adorable?  I'm smitten!  These Halloween-inspired caramel apples are a delight to the eyes and to those with a sweet tooth!  I'm not a confidant food decorator, but I found these caramel apples easy to make - even the youngest can help decorate these spooky kitty-cats.  All you need is a few special ingredients.  Just for reference, I got this recipe from the autumn 2017 issue of Celebrate! with Woman's World.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You may need to warm up the caramel in-between dipping the apples.

A toothpick may help with the decorating of the cat ears.

Have an extra chocolate candy bar on hand - you may need it because of breakage.

Total Time is 45 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 wooden craft sticks

  • 4 to 5 apples at room temperature, stems removed

  • 3 packages (4.51 ounces each) Werther's Cocoa Crème soft caramels

  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar

  • 1 1/3 cup cho...

September 5, 2017

I got this wonderful recipe from the Farm to Table cookbook.  It is the perfect recipe to use up garden tomatoes.  The red peppers, chives, and thyme also add an incredible amount of flavor to this quiche.  Topped off with ricotta and parmesan cheese, this quiche tastes just perfect!  Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses puff pastry which makes this quiche extra easy to prepare.  I hope you enjoy this last taste of summer!  If you make this summer vegetable and herb quiche, please let me know what you think of it.

Bon Appetit!

Tip:

I could not find a puff pastry that exact weight, so I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets.  It comes with two pastry sheets.  Two pastry sheets equal 17.3 ounces (1.1 pounds).  Lay one sheet on top of another, and with a rolling pin, roll the pastries out.  It came out perfectly.

Preparation time is 45 minutes.  Total time is about 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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August 14, 2017

Here is another great recipe from Ina Garten.  This risotto is crazy easy to prepare!  All you do is toss the ingredients together in a pot and bake it all in the oven.  This awesome recipe comes from her Barefoot Contessa: how easy is that? cookbook.  If you ever made risotto the traditional way, you will be amazed at how easy this risotto is to make!  I love this recipe for so many reasons.  For one, it is delicious.  Two - it frees up your time, so you can focus on the main meal.  This dish goes wonderfully with the scallops Provençal from an earlier post, but feel free to add it to any main meal.  Give this parmesan risotto a try, and let me know what you think of this wonderful side dish.

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

  • 5 cups simmering chicken stock, divided

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly g...

June 27, 2017

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches remind me of summer.  Summer makes me think of biting into tomatoes that are ripe and juicy (fresh from the garden).  With the 4th of July holiday upon us (for those of us in America), this salad seems like a great idea for the occasion.  One of the reasons it is so great is that you can make it ahead of time, so that you can enjoy the festivities without the time constraint.  I grew up in the middle of America, and this is a classic Midwest dish that you might see at potlucks and gatherings throughout the region.  This salad is simple and delicious.  It will set off fireworks of flavor in your mouth!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can substitute the bacon for turkey bacon if you so desire.

I use miracle whip in this recipe, but feel free to use any mayonnaise that you like.

Mrs. Dash is a seasoning blend (no salt) that you can find at most grocery stores in the states.  If you want, you can substitute Mrs. Dash for a different seasonin...

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