Have I ever told you that I hate tomatoes and onions? I'm sure I have. Because of this aversion I have always steered clear of the classic seven layer dip, but as I've gotten older I've become a little braver and now eat some dishes with tomato and onion. When I tasted seven layer dip I was floored and I loved it! How could I love tomatoes? I don't know, but I know that seven layer dip is about as delicious as it comes. Crunchmaster This past March, Des and I were able to attend Expo . . .
Hi there! Today we have an oldie but a goodie made new! For sheet pan week, we wanted to share a few fast and easy ideas to pull dinner off on busy nights. One of our favorites is open-faced sandwiches like this Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich. These come together with minimal prep and has the potential to make a lot for large families or groups. In fact, this recipe originally was inspired by my Aunt Cammy. A few years ago, Des and I were in charge of hosting a baby shower for our sister-in-law, . . .
You know what Asian restaurants are really good at making? Two things--Asian food and doughnuts. Here in Texas (and back in California) we have real doughnut shops on every corner. So I've grown to be picky, and these absolutely do not compare to grocery store doughnuts! And the Asian food...MAN do they make some good fried rice, egg drop soup, crab rangoons, and pork spring rolls! There's a lot of food that I love to fry, and I feel like I fry more food than most. People complain of it . . .
Some days calories don't matter. Birthday. Christmas. Thanksgiving AND Super Bowl Sunday. This post is set aside for all many different super bowl foods on our site. I'm sure there are plenty more we have missed so feel free to browse around to find the perfect recipe for your party. They are special days we set aside to hang out with friends and families. We catch up on our lives, laugh about old times and also, maybe, some cheering yelling and chest bumping. Of course, we cannot do all . . .
My husband, Jim, grew up in a town in northern San Diego called Fallbrook. The town is known for its amazing avocado groves. They claim the title of "The Avocado Capitol of the Country." They even have an avocado festival there each year. So -people that grew up there probably know a thing or two about guacamole. :) Jim's brother, Bob, makes this guacamole and it's awesome! My kids call him "Uncle Bob" and are completely smitten with him. After all - he plays trains and cars with . . .
Alright friends, I've got a tasty one for you today and a secret tip on how to many some bomb meatballs. Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods. I've been known to eat my share of Ikea's iconic Swedish meatballs. They are good, but my first real experience with an amazing meatball smothered in rich gravy wasn't Swedish, but Danish. I'm no expert but the two aren't far apart- geographically or culinarily. I married into a Danish name, "Nielsen" and when we hear about the little . . .
I've had this idea running thru my head for a while now - the idea of featuring all of our recipes that can be made in a 9x13 baking dish. Everyone has one, and the recipes you can whip up in this common pan are numerous. So this week we'll be featuring some new 9x13 recipes as well as reminding you of all of our previous 9x13 recipes. This post wouldn't be complete without mentioning our favorite 9x13 pan. The Fiesta rectangle baker. I truly truly love this pan. It always washes up nice . . .
I needed a side dish for some coconut chicken I was making and was totally stumped. I had some mango salsa sitting in the fridge from some fish tacos I'd made and BAM. It hit me. Don't you love it when the food gods smile down on you? Oh, I do. This is suuuuuuuch an easy meal to prep beforehand. Make your salsa and thai peanut dipping sauce and slice the veggies at some point in the week, or in the morning, whatevs, so all you have to do is roll the rolls and you're ready for . . .
Crostini is one of my favorite appetizers. Classic bruschetta, mediterranean bruschetta, and now peach, ricotta, and basil crostini. Such an easy app to whip up, and hellooooo summer! Homemade ricotta really makes the dish. You boil milk and cream, add lemon juice, and let it strain for a couple of hours. That's IT! Thick and creamy, fresh ricotta pairs perfectly on the buttered, grilled toasts! Top with a juicy peach (or nectarine) slice, earthy basil, and a fruity balsamic glaze . . .
One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer's market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety. Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar. Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh'ed and ahh'ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, but I . . .