I’m OBSESSED with the pizza rounds. I maxed out on my first contribution because I knew that they would make easy lunches for my daughter but I find myself using them all the time for dinners instead. Anytime I don’t feel like cooking, I pull out the pizza rounds and top them with some ingredients out of the fridge. This pizza was a little more planned than my typical. As soon as I saw those beautiful jalapeños in the basket, I wanted to make a pizza inspired by one of my favorite appetizers – jalapeño poppers.
One of my favorite things about the pizza rounds is that everyone in the family can have a pizza tweaked to their preference. I didn’t put jalapeños on my daughters because she doesn’t care for the heat but I really loaded up hubby’s pizza with the jalapeños. I was somewhere in between. Continue reading “Jalapeno Popper Pizza”
I picked up my Half time hostess pack last night and saw my prizes….I was so excited. I don’t think people realize the value of these babies, the gazillion things we can do with them! I think I will be testing out the possibilities in the near future. But, I am all about instant gratification so I wanted something fast, easy and healthy. So I whipped up these tostada’s and they were FABULOUS! Just like all great things. It must be shared. I’m sure with a little time this too can be perfected but for now. Fast and ooooh so good will do. The great things about tostad’s is you can fit them to your liking. Continue reading “20 Minute Tostada’s”
When Wendy asked me to edit this recipe, I had no idea she meant she didn’t say anything about it! For being so intelligent, she sure wasn’t thinking when she basically gave me free reign to type a paragraph or two (you can take just guess about all the things I could insert here, especially if you knew how our friendship works).
But; I’ll let you guys use your imagination on what I would say….Instead I will tell you that Wendy is an AMAZING cook. Her egg rolls are out of this world! And I would willingly eat anything she makes. Especially one with a name like Vampire Chicken!
Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. Continue reading “Garlic Pesto Chicken”
I’m still working my way through lemons. Everything has to happen in the morning around here, because the afternoon is reserved for family and school.
Which means – hello, I NEED a plan. Bobby Flay to the rescue. Well, kinda. It’s really rare that I follow anyone’s recipe exactly. Even my own (after the first time I write it down). Anyway… Bobby. The King of the Grill has inspired me with a marinade. I’m not grilling (I could, I suppose, although it’s supposed to rain this afternoon). Instead, I’m marinating a beautiful pork tenderloin, which I will throw in the oven around the time we start math (along with some lemony rosemary roasted potatoes). It should be done just in time for dinner. Continue reading “Lemony Marinated Pork Tenderloin”
Admit it you love a crunchy, salty, sweet, and spicy snack. Guess what? ME TOO!! And one of my all time faves is the fabulous NACHO. A crisp corn tortilla chip topped with all the sassy southwest flavors it can handle has been my answer to many a Saturday night junk food craving. I’ve felt that my culinary creativity comes through as I mix up the toppings, and trade out salsas and sauces. But, when my Super Asian Pack box arrived I realized my creativity has been limited. Why keep the nacho stuck in the America’s? I gave that dish a face lift that sent it to the Far East. And the results were completely irresistible. Continue reading “Not Yo ‘ Normal Nacho”
I love the bright and fresh citrus that we get in the wintertime from Bountiful Baskets but sometimes my counter fills up faster than I get them used. I was inspired to use the citrus to make a flavorful marinade for the fajitas on my meal plan for this week. The resulting chicken is moist and flavorful and it comes together super easily. Continue reading “Citrus Chicken Fajita Marinade”
As we’re coming out of the produce wasteland that’s been happening during Bountiful Basket’s annual break, I had to take stock of what was actually in my refrigerator and come up with something for dinner. I managed to find some tomatillos (from the Mexican pack that was offered the last distribution before Christmas), and a lonely jalapeno. Continue reading “Chicken Stew with Salsa Verde”
Anyone who has received butter lettuce in their Bountiful Basket knows that it can be a little unsettling to put something that claims to be “alive” and comes with a dirty root ball into your refrigerator. We also know that it’s delicious. Both times I’ve gotten it, I knew I could’ve probably just made a salad, but the perfectly cupped-shaped leaves made my mind automatically think lettuce wraps. Continue reading “Chicken Lettuce Wraps”
“Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and the strictest attention.”—Auguste Escoffier
What to do with the leftover turkey from the holidays? What to do with the leftover veggies in the fridge? Soup! This is my go-to recipe whenever anyone is sick in my family. Soup fills you with warmth and good vitamins. I hope you will enjoy this simple, but enjoyable soup recipe. Continue reading “Turkey Veggie Noodle Soup”