Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw and Fresh Mango Salsa

Most of the time I try to plan ahead so I know what I’m going to post on the blog.  I am able to photograph and document the entire cooking process from start to finish.  Then there are those times that I come home after a long day at work, throw something together because we’re starving, and unexpectedly, it becomes one of my favorite things! Continue reading “Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw and Fresh Mango Salsa”

Grilled Lemon Chicken in Grilled Artichoke Caper Tomato and Butter Sauce

So…I hate to waste even a morsel of food if I can possibly avoid it.  And, I am a huge fan of Chopped on the Food Network.  Marry those two ideas, and that’s where creativity is born.  I had made some really yummy lemon chicken skewers that we love to put in wraps for quick meals.  I found myself with leftovers when we were leaving for a weekend trip.  I tossed them in a bag and into the freezer.  And, since being away, I didn’t make my usual weekend grocery trip…I was trying to use up what I had in my resources to make meals before the next shopping trip.  Knowing I had the chicken in reserve, I shopped my pantry! Continue reading “Grilled Lemon Chicken in Grilled Artichoke Caper Tomato and Butter Sauce”

Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce

Wow…it’s been quite some time since I posted!  It’s been super busy this Spring and ending my son’s first year in High School, golf season, etc.  Plus, I have been on a new road to healthy eating, concentrating on preparing foods that will help me lose weight and keep all my stats in check!  It is working…since March 25, I have lost 22 pounds, and I feel really good.  But, focusing so much on that goal, hasn’t left me a  lot of time for writing and posting.  Guess I’m not a multi-tasker…. however, healthy foods can be yummy, so I will get back to sharing some of my new recipe tips soon.  But when I posted a pic of this on Instagram, many people requested the recipe, so I am happy to share.   Continue reading “Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce”

Texas Caviar

So I’ve had this post on deck since New Year’s…but, honestly, life events seem to intervene every time I think about posting.  It has been an eventful 2017 so far…some good, some not always so good.  But, nevertheless, busy.  I won’t bore anyone with details…sickness, life changes and decisions that we all deal with when it comes to our aging parents, lots of work related events and oh, my husband’s grandmother celebrated 100 years!  That was a good time.  The whole family gathered here for a surprise party to honor her.  Anyway, better late than never.  Hope your 2017 has treated you well.  And, by the way, this recipe is good for any occasion, including a summer cook out.                                           We’ve all heard that for good luck in the new year, you are supposed to have your serving of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  I didn’t necessarily just want to have a pot of beans on the stove, although, that’s never a bad thing.  So, we found this cold dish using the peas in a type of salsa years ago.  We have it every year.  I usually make it on New Year’s Eve, and if we’re going to a party at someone’s house, it’s the perfect thing to take.  Then, I have more leftover at the house so we can snack on it the next day while we’re watching football.  Not sure if the “good luck” superstition holds true…but we don’t chance it!  LOL. Continue reading “Texas Caviar”

Green Bean Bundles

I have to say that when I first heard of this dish, I though it was one of the most unusual combinations of flavors ever.  We were visiting my husband’s family for Christmas, and my mother-in-law was preparing the big feast.  I started to smell the most amazing aroma coming from the kitchen.  I went exploring to find a mixture of brown sugar, butter and garlic warming on top of the stove.  This was the start of what I would later learn was something called green bean bundles.  They were these elegant little bundles of fresh green beans, wrapped up in bacon and baked in this luxurious sauce that was bubbling away on the stove.  We always serve these bundles alongside our stuffed tenderloin for Christmas.  They appear super fancy, but come together very easily… making them perfect for a holiday gathering, or anytime you want a slightly unique veggie side dish.   Continue reading “Green Bean Bundles”

Stuffed Tenderloin

So…I had this post written before Christmas, and I had the best of intentions to share it way back then.  However, a combination of the busy craziness of the holidays, a post Christmas trip to New York, family illness and trying to re-enter the atmosphere of back to work afterward kept me away from my usual posts!  So, maybe you will be able to enjoy our traditional Christmas meal next year for yours…or just any special occasion you might have coming up in the new year.  And…FYI, in all the chaos, I forgot to snap a photo of the finished product…so, you’ll see all the steps up to that point!  LOL.  But trust me, it’s amazing!  On with the original post!   Continue reading “Stuffed Tenderloin”

Breakfast Casserole

Everyone needs a yummy go-to make ahead breakfast casserole…for special occasions, weekend guests, a random Saturday!  Whatever the reason, this is the one I always lean on.  You can make it ahead, and the next morning, you just pop it into the oven.  Your guests will think you’re a rock star or a magician…because they’ll never see you work!   Yet, a wonderful dish will magically appear.  Most of these casseroles are similar.  Some kind of breakfast type meat…sausage, bacon, ham.  Then there’s eggs, bread and cheese.  The difference in this one is instead of bread, we use seasoned croutons.  Tons of flavor, and it’s easy!  This is our Christmas morning breakfast every year.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Breakfast Casserole”

Santa Faces

I used to love getting those little holiday themed mini magazines/cookbooks at the grocery store checkout.  I got one many years ago when our son was little that had ideas to make treats for Santa.  They were super easy, and the kids could even help make them.  I ran across these Santa faces, and not only were they cute and easy, they were really yummy.  So, we made them every year.  I even remember the year my mom was supposed to come visit us in North Carolina, but had a stroke the first weekend in December…so, change of plans.  Instead of Christmas in our home, we loaded up our 4 wheel drive sleigh and headed to Texas.  Our son was just 4…and I didn’t want his Christmas to be disrupted in the least.  So, in addition to all the presents, I packed up all the supplies and ingredients I would need to carry on with our traditions of baking and decorating everything as usual.  And, that included all the items necessary for Santa faces. Continue reading “Santa Faces”

Reindeer Treats

From the time my son was probably 2 or 3 years old, I can remember making these treats every year to leave on the plate for Santa.  I had already found a recipe for Santa faces, which we will discuss in the next post.  However, I hadn’t seen a reindeer treat that I really liked.  So, I played around with some ideas until I found one that worked.  It’s basically just graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips and candies or chocolate morsels for eyes and a red hot candy for a nose!  You can get chocolate bark, so it’s already brown.  I have done that, but I didn’t want it that dark.  So I mix a little of both white and chocolate for a light brown.  I first toasted coconut to a golden brown and pressed it into the chocolate coating to mimic his furry texture…and it was cute and tasty.  But, most kids, and some adults, don’t like coconut.  So, I gave that up.  But feel free to add it if you like!  The “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” continues. Continue reading “Reindeer Treats”

Peppermint Bark

We love peppermint bark at Christmas.  We usually make a trip to a fancy gourmet kitchen store to browse during the holidays.  That is my happy place.  For some people it’s the beach…for me it’s Williams Sonoma!  Just sayin’.   It is there that we usually pick up a tin or two filled with the peppermint goodness to munch on throughout the holidays.  Confession…it tends to be a budget buster.  So, I decided to try and make it myself…and it worked!  For a fraction of the price.  Another confession…I saved all the beautiful tins the original stuff was packaged in, and now I put my own in there.  I don’t think anyone will know the difference!  Shhhhh!  So here’s how easy it is.  Another treat in my “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” series. Continue reading “Peppermint Bark”