I have to admit, when I first heard about yogurt making I shunned the idea. Why would I spend 16 hours creating yogurt at home when I can easily purchase it at the store? Then one day, I just decided to go for it. I had read many people's experiences in various forums and decided I needed to give it a try, even if I didn't know if it would turn out. I went with the cold start yogurt method because it seemed the least painful. To my surprise - it did work! And it was creamy and delicious and . . .
Deviled eggs are always the first thing gone at a BBQ. It's a little bite of heaven. I love love the classic deviled egg, but it is also fun to jazz them up a bit. Today you are getting four recipes instead of one - classic deviled eggs, guacamole deviled eggs, bacon ranch deviled eggs, and jalapeño popper deviled eggs. Each Has A Unique Personality Each one of these easy deviled eggs has its own unique flavor and personality, but none of them are scary over flavored. You still get . . .
One thing I always call my mom and ask her is how to make hard boiled eggs. It's a simple task, but one I can never remember how to do. Recently I started making my eggs in the pressure cooker, and I'm converted. I'll include stove top instructions for the traditionalists, but I'm telling you - eggs in the pressure cooker are perfection. Simple Ingredients The ingredient list is pretty simple when it comes to hard boiling eggs. Water and eggs. To avoid cracked eggs, always start with . . .
Years ago my friend brought this sweet salsa recipe over for book club. We loved it so much it became a regular appetizer for book club, parties and even just for snacking. This sweet salsa is light yet filling, savory and sweet healthy and delicious. All the good things. It's quite easy to make. All it takes it a little chopping, stirring and its seriously done. How to make Sweet Salsa Sweet salsa is a blend of fresh fruit, a few herbs and beans. I like to start by draining and rinse my . . .
You guys - Valentine's Day is right around the corner! So, I thought this week I would share one of my favorite at home Valentine's Day meals. Fondue! If you've ever been to a fondue restaurant they start you off with a cheese fondue. So this week this we are following suit and starting off with cheese fondue. Who doesn't love warm melty cheese with lots of dippers? This cheese is simple and flavorful - made with two varieties of cheddar and a dash of worchestershire sauce. Simple . . .
We are almost done with January - how is everyone doing on their New Years resolutions? This year I am trying to focus on being present. Present with my kids, my husband, present while I'm eating. These days it is so easy to be distracted ALL THE TIME. Technology has made life so much easier, yet so much harder. I was laughing with my husband last night at the fact that I'm too lazy to put a DVD into the player, I just want to push a button on my remote. Yet not so long ago I used to drive . . .
Everywhere we ate there were plantains at every meal. Most of the time they were boiled and I didn't care too much for them, until we ate at a 200 year old restaurant. It has been run by the same family all these years! When we ate there it was full of locals, walking chickens, iguanas. The grandma was cooking in the kitchen and her grandson was serving us. When be brought us our food it was delicious! My very favorite was the fried plantains and homemade cheese. Holy crap I was in . . .
Black beans. So many black beans in Costa Rica. Some smashed, some separate, some mixed in rice, some all by themselves. Some salty, some sweet. My personal favorite are the savory black beans, not completely mashed, mostly separated. Black beans can be a labor of love when having to soak and then boil for hours. Cooking them in the pressure cooker not only helps the processes speed up but also intensifies the flavor! Pressure cooker seasoned black beans are amazing! One thing I noticed . . .
I love this citrus slaw. It first started out as a taco topping. A copycat recipe from a local restaurant here in souther California. Over the years it has evolved into a slaw that we love to eat just plain! It's so good and refreshing. On a vacation to Costa Rica we continually order casados from the restaurant menus. I noticed how their slaws were all light and citrus. When we came home we wanted to recreate these casados and other dishes for friends and family. This slaw was the . . .
Caprese Salad is something I make all the time, I love it, my kids love it. We love it in just about any way shape and form. The salty fresh tomatoes, soft mozzarella, and chopped basil. These flavors equal perfection. We've recently been making melty caprese sammies. Now the sammies have evolved into this hot and melty caprese dip. How to make caprese dip The beautiful think about this dip (beside how killer good it is!) is that is only calls for a few ingredients. Each ingredient is so . . .
This last week I took this lentil bruschetta to a few parties- each time nervous that people would look at it and run away (let's face it these lentils are not the most beautiful creatures on Earth...) but instead I received the opposite reaction! Every one LOVED it. I received so many comments and even texts asking for the recipe afterwards. SO so happy this was a major hit. I have every confidence that when you make this you will love it and everyone you share it with will love it . . .
My dear friend Erin, years ago, invited me to a cookie exchange during the holidays. At this gathering we were served the most delicious dip - Jalapeño Popper Dip. It was warm, creamy, with a little kick, and served alongside tortilla chips and fritos. Since that day, Erin has served these delicious dips at many get togethers - fight nights, football games, and bbqs. Perfect For A Party So when I asked her what I should take to my recent bunco night she instantly suggested . . .