Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares

Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares
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I always have a can of chili in the house, and that is because my husband likes his chili dogs. He is very particular with how they are prepared. It's an exact science. The dogs may not be pan-seared or grilled...they must be steamed. Let's not forget about the buns; they require special treatment as well. They have to be steamed or microwaved until soft. For condiments, only finely minced onion and celery salt will do.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops

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Hi there! I hope you had a good weekend! I am so enjoying the verdant springtime landscape and the warmth! My husband and I bought many plants this weekend including herbs, vegetables, and flowers. If you read about me here, you will understand that this might prove to be a futile undertaking. Wish me luck! When it comes to food, what better way to prep a meal in beautiful weather than to grill? Today, I have a quick and easy Asian pork for you. It's so low maintenance that it allows me more time to enjoy the great outdoors instead of being cooped up in the kitchen.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fried Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers



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Do you like hot stuffed cherry peppers? I am a fan. They are pickled and stuffed with provolone cheese and prosciutto. These vessels of deliciousness deliver salty and vinegary flavors as well as heat to your mouth. They are so good! For the longest time, I have wanted to batter and fry them. I finally tried it out this week, and let me tell you, they were as good as I had hope! The texture is wonderful. There is the crispness of the peppers, the smoothness of the cheese, the slight chew of the prosciutto, and the crunch of panko crumbs. This appetizer is a mouthful of flavor and texture that will leave you wanting more.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blackberry Topped Banana-Chocolate Dessert Shell

Blackberry Topped Banana-Chocolate Dessert Shell

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I had a difficult time choosing what to post this week. Usually, whatever I pick has to feel like the right item at that particular time, and nothing I came up felt right. It was not until yesterday morning when the idea came to me in the produce aisle. You see, blackberries were $2 for a 12-ounce carton. That is incredibly cheap for where I am. They were dark, big, and juicy. So I picked up a couple of cartons. It occurred to me that the berries would be perfect to use on dessert shells. And what would be better than to top them on my Banana-Chocolate Dessert ShellsNothing right? I didn't think so!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

No-Knead Artisan Bread


No-Knead Artisan Bread
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If you are a loyal Grey's Anatomy follower like me, you must have been grieving after the last episode. I think all of us fans were screaming a collective, "SAY IT ISN'T SO!" How could they kill off McDreamy? Whose McDreamy eyes am I supposed to look at now that he is gone? (I really hope my husband isn't reading this post!) Fortunately, I love all the characters and the writing, so I'll continue to watch...but under protest.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks

Apricot Thyme Glazed Bacon Sticks
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We are bacon lovers in my house. If I want the gang to come running, all I have to say is BACCCON! And they come running faster if it's glazed bacon sticks. There is no such thing as left overs when it comes to these crispy, salty, sweet, and herbaceous bites of goodness. They are sticky and finger-licking good!    

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Shrimp Fra Diavolo


Shrimp Fra Diavolo
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One of my favorite dine-out dishes is Shrimp Fra Diavolo. I love carbo-loading on this slightly spicy tomato sauce-based pasta dish with sweet, tender shrimp. And when it is accompanied by really garlicky garlic bread—YUM! one of the best pasta dinners ever!