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. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Olive Oil’
If your family loves chips and dip, they will enjoy Firecracker Corn Dip. Making a spicy corn dip is easy and delicious. With a few ingredients from the Firecracker Bountiful Basket add on, you can have a tasty dip perfect for a party! Using the onions, garlic, and peppers, with corn and bell peppers makes a hearty and spicy dip. Corn dip can be served with tortilla chips or as a relish on any dish. This is mouth wateringly good! (more…)
I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it (more…)
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.
There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie. This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family. We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage. It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead. It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner. You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon. True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! (more…)
So…. about a year ago the big joke in my office (ok, one of them) was that we should all stock up on Spam for the zombie apocalypse. Spam…. hmmm…. isn’t that from a Hawaiian pig? You guessed it. I’ve NEVER had Spam before. My next shopping trip I made a point of adding Spam to my list…. and joy of joys when I found not only Spam, but Hot & Spicy Spam and Jalapeno Spam! (more…)
Here’s a fun festive little dish I use when cleaning out my fridge after Bountiful Baskets. It’s just two of us, so I don’t necessarily go through as much of the food as we should as quickly as we should. I love how pretty this is sitting on the table…. and even more than that I love how it looks like a rainbow when I take it to work for lunch all chilled and cool the next morning. (more…)
Pizza and a movie…seems so simple right? Where do I start? My refrigerator of course! I have Gala and Granny Smith apples from the last couple lunch box packs, lots of cheese (I think we could open a cheese shop), and a nub of fresh ginger from my last juice pack… Oh, I have a recipe for apple rhubarb chutney and I have rhubarb in the freezer (Spring rhubarb add-on). Sounds like the beginnings of a Fall inspired Pizza, and when I think of Fall I think of my childhood, which was spent in Europe (Father was in the Army). We spent many weekends touring around Europe in our old VW bus, seeing castles, farms, and beautiful English estates; this movie is my Fall “go to”!
Watching a good movie while enjoying a homemade pizza is a common occurrence in our house and since no picky eating is allowed it’s easy to try different toppings with success.
One of our favorite movies is Secondhand Lions. It’s the story of a young boy who gets uprooted to live with relatives he doesn’t know and the adventures that follow. Since this movie takes place in Texas and because we’re in Texas it made sense to create a pizza using leftover brisket. After all, there is nothing like Texas brisket! Hope you enjoy the movie and the pizza as much as we did.
Delightful, Tasty, Healthy Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Try to taste this in your mind—a nice, hot baguette (French bread), fresh out of the oven, is brought to you with a small dipping bowl of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sprinkled with some fresh herbs. You tear off a piece of the piping hot bread, dip in in the oil and herbs, and then slowly bring it to your mouth. The oil and herbs bring an explosion of flavor to your mouth as you carefully savor and chew each bite. Even after you have swallowed, the residual after-taste is lingering and divine!