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 . . .
Back in college I had a love for caesar salad. Who doesn't? I ate those salads all the time! And then...I got sick. I think the dressing was old or made with a bad egg...and I was so so sick. And so I swore off cesar salads for life. Now that I'm several years removed from the food poisoning - I've been thinking about Caesar salad again. But the thought of raw eggs in my dressing still makes me cringe. So I came up with the idea of making a yolk free dressing. Kid and pregnant lady . . .
My family is on a blackened salsa kick this last month. Two of my favorite restaurants make their salsa blackened. I've tried roasting my salsa several times but it wasn't the same! I was missing a few key elements. I found this out one day while touring the back kitchen of a popular restaurant here in Southern California. As I walked by a few of the chefs I noticed they were chopping up many black, charred vegetables. Peppers, tomatoes, and SHALLOTS. (Not onion.) So I tweaked my recipe to . . .
When I was in college I was introduced to buffalo sauce at a local San Diego restaurant called Wings n Things. I have never looked back. We dined in this restaurant almost weekly on Wed - Wings Wednesday. And to this day when I visit San Diego I HAVE to eat at Wings n Things. I think many of my college friends feel the same way. I even have a friend who has her husband bring her a meal back in a cooler when he is in San Diego on business. That is where my love of all things buffalo . . .
My husband and I are obsessed with the movie Nacho Libre. The first Halloween our son could walk, I made a Nacho costume for him, and it was awesome. We quote it all the time and giggle without fail. We also happen to love nachos. Give us all the nachos. We also love pulled pork, so I added smokey pulled pork and it made my nacho life complete. Make a little chipotle lime créma and this is perfect for your Superbowl party, finger-licking good! I've got recipes for . . .
These Baked Potato Skins are ALWAYS and major hit! Total MAN food. I made them for a football party recently and the guys guzzled these things down, not to mention the ladies that attended... These are great as an appetizer, a side dish or for a party, like the superbowl! Honestly though what is not to like? These are all worth the calories! Baked Potato Skins are pretty fast and easy to make, in fact I usually make baked potatoes the night before- using the insides for dinner and save the . . .
This is a fantastic recipe that we have had on our site for a while. I polished up the images and brought it to the front to give it some love! Because deserves it! My husband made this recipe for our family years ago and every one loved it. I love it when my husband cooks. Obviously it gives me the night off, but he fixes things that I wouldn't. I probably would have cooked up some big salad and he makes spicy chicken strips! Total guy food. (and I loved it) Noting that my husband made this, . . .
Last year my mother in law told me about this tasty little appetizer. So when we hosted a Christmas party I whipped it up and it was completely gone by the end of the night. It was so simple and so tasty, that I had to make it again this year when we attended an ugly sweater party. I got so many compliments and questions on this easy dish that I decided to share it here with you guys. This dip is warm and melty with a burst of flavor. You can serve it with crackers or . . .