Fact: If it wouldn't totally kill my health and diet I think I would live off of cheese and charcuterie boards. I'm an absolute cheese fiend...and it doesn't hurt that it pairs so darn perfectly with the glass of wine you can usually find in my hand. Much to my budget's dismay I've started collecting and aging wine and spending just about every weekend deciding which coveted bottle to open and what little snack assortment I can put together to go with it. The chocolates, the cheeses, the tapenades, the salamis - you name it and I probably have more on hand than I should. A vino lifestlye is one I'm okay with and my budget is just going to have to forgive me, ha!
I feel like goat cheese is always the missing ingredient to bruschetta - lot's of restaurants serve it that way now which makes my foodie heart so happy. These tartlets are a spin on my Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe, which is one of my favorites. I love how light and refreshing any bruschetta is compared to lots of the classic fried or dip appetizers you find at most restaurants.
Is anyone else as excited as I am that summer is finally here?! I mean maybe not officially but Memorial Day Weekend approaching just screams summer is finally here. As fun as summer is it also means lot's of entertaining - Memorial Day, 4th of July, baby showers, you name it. If you're anything like me it also means white wine season... I mean it's only appropriate to step up the refreshing wine game for beautiful outdoor days, right?! With that in mind I love having easy to whip up appetizers or shareable plates that impress guests, and well, pair well with my wine. I made this Puff Pastry flatbread for a get together recently and it was a total hit. I topped it with brie, honey, apple, and onion for a really yummy mix of flavors, and the Puff Pastry makes it so light and airy. I hope y'all enjoy as much as I do.
Anyone else feel like summer crept up on them this year? Like having a total panic "I forgot to do my beach bod diet and it's already beach weather OMG" kind of moment? I'll be honest, that's totally where I'm at this year and it sucks, not to mention there's a bunch of fun holidays coming up (I love MDW & 4th of July weekends!) AND some trips I have planned. I've said it to myself before and realistically will probably say it again ( but hopefully not ), better luck next year! Anyway, I am so excited to share this recipe with you as I teamed up with Frank's RedHot to bring you guys a perfect holiday weekend (think Memorial Day) recipe to put on the table that is not only delicious, but won't break that calorie bank. I love this because typically all the fun holiday foods aren't also healthy, and well let's be honest, that veggie tray get's a little boring time after time. These are super easy to make, are packed with protein and veggies & will make you and your family/ guests feel just a little bit better about all the other goodies we both know you'll snacking on! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!
hi y'all! Some of my favorite recipes I make tend to be a mix of what I have in the kitchen that needs used up ... it's amazing the creativity that sparks when you're feeling lazy. I had some leftover mozzarella and pesto from the naan flatbread I made last week (so yummy) and had my eye on these totally delicious pretzel buns the bakery had made up so sliders it was. I know these aren't anything super complex but they were so darn good. I can't believe I hadn't tried this combo before. I got a "you will totally need to make these for us again" from my man which is always the tell tale sign that the recipe was a winner. We ate these up for dinner but they would be a great party appetizer, barbecue addition, or game day recipe to serve. Enjoy!
Ever heard of cajun garlic bread? Nope? Neither had I. I was making cajun shrimp to go over pasta the other day and decided to turn my garlic bread into cajun seasoned garlic bread just for the hell of it. This is such a simple post but I had to share with you guys because it turned out so yummy! I got a stern "you better save the rest of that bread" from my guy as we started to clean up dinner, always a tell tale sign that the recipe of the night was a good one. I mean what's not to like about anything involving butter, bread, cheese, and some good seasoning? I know this will become a staple dinner addition whenever I cook up a cajun style meal. I hope y'all enjoy!
How cute is this witches brew dip, y'all?! If you have followed any of my previous posts you can probably tell I love festive holiday cooking, I have so much fun with it! I love looking at everyones cute ideas on Pinterest and feel like one of the big trends the last couple years has been the pumpkin throwing up guacamole...I wanted to find a way to switch it up and put a fun twist on it! As much as I love that idea we've got to get a little original sometimes! With queso being my favorite dip, and green being a great Halloween color, I figured a creamy queso guacamole would be the perfect solution. It was SO good y'all! I mean what's not to love about a healthy dose of cheese & avocado, right? Not only did it taste great but I loved the way it came out specifically for Halloween. You can call it witches brew, monster slim, etc... whatever fits your dishes or theme! Best part is it only takes a few minutes to make and larger batches would be super easy to create. If you're having a Halloween party you'll be able to get a fun festive appetizer out on the table quickly so you can spend more time on other recipes, with your guests, or sipping on a cocktail. Happy Halloween, I hope y'all enjoy!
Stuffed peppers have really grown on me over the last couple of years. I wasn't always a fan, or just really never thought to make them because my family didn't growing up, but lately I'm totally loving them! They're a great way to mix in your veggies and your carbs or your veggies and your protein up into one side dish that's super easy and yummy! This recipe is a great basic staple and starter stuffed pepper recipe with only a few ingredients and minimal prep time. It's one of my favorites for that very reason! I love pairing this with a serving of lean meat such as grilled chicken for a well balanced meal or if you want to get creative I'd also highly recommend mixing up some cooked ground beef or turkey into your cheese rice mix and making a complete meal out of these babies! I hope you enjoy them!
Why are sliders so much more fun to eat than a regular sandwich? Maybe because they're mini and everything's cuter mini, or maybe because I get to eat 3 not just 1. Not really sure, but I know I can't get enough of them and can't wait to make many more combinations. These pulled pork with toasted buns & coleslaw were the absolute bomb.com. I made them up for dinner but these would be a perfect appetizer to put out on game day or a party tray as well! I also love that the slow cooker does most of the work on this one so it's a fairly effortless but totally tasty dish... but don't worry, if you don't have time to slow cook and just want to put some sliders together I'll give you the short cut!
Hi y'all! It has been far too long since I have posted a new recipe! I've been so busy lately between friends events and weddings and a promotion at work (YAY)! As fun as that has all been I hate when I don't have time to get creative in the kitchen and share with you guys so I was so excited yesterday when my boyfriend dropped me an E-mail from work saying he got all the ingredients I'd need for this salsa so we could have a mexican food and blogging night! I had so much fun making this and it turned out amazing .... and hot hot hot, just like I like it. Don't worry though, if ultra spicy isn't your thing I'll give you tips on how to tone it down and still get a great salsa! I decided to go with roasted salsa because I love the flavor you get my roasting and browning the tomatos vs. just boiling them in water! This recipe will take no longer than half hour from beginning to end and is super easy, so with that being said, let's get to it!