Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tabbouleh with Baked Pita Chips Recipe

Tabbouleh with Baked Pita Chips Recipe

1 (10oz) container grape tomatoes
1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
8 green onions, finely chopped
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried mint
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup bulgur or cous cous, cooked

Baked Pita Chips
2 pita pockets
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 tsp basil

1. Prepare 1/2 cup (dried) bulgar or cous cous as directed on package. Cool in refrigerator.

2. Slice grape tomatoes into quarters and place in large bowl. Add parsley and green onions. Stir in lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, butter, garlic, basil, mint and salt.

3. Add cooled bulgar or couscous and toss.

4. Slice pita pockets into bite-sized triangular pieces, separating layers. Dip in melted butter and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with basil and toast or bake until golden brown. Serve tabbouleh topped with baked pita chips.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Authentic Key Lime Pie Recipe

Authentic Key Lime Pie Recipe

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd re-post one of my hubby's favorite recipes — authentic key lime pie.

I would consider you one lucky devil if you've ever been to Key West and even luckier if you had a slice of authentic key lime pie while you were there! Whether you've been there or not — here's an authentic recipe that will take you there with each creamy bite of sweet tartness. Best part of this pie (aside from it being so delicious) is that it's extremely easy to make.

2/3 cups key lime juice
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cans sweetend condensed milk
Zest of 3 large limes
Pinch of salt
1 graham cracker crust
Whipped cream topping

1. Beat together key lime juice, sour cream, condensed milk, lime zest and salt.

2. Pour into crust and bake on 350˚ for 10 mins. Let cool.

3. Top with whipped cream poufs along the outside edge of the pie. Garnish with 1 circular lime slice in the center of the pie or place some curled lime zest on each slice.

Yield: 1 pie

Things you may need to make this:


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine's Day Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

Valentine's Day Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

I've been wanting to find a Valentine's Day recipe that will become a tradition in our household. The past few years I've tried different recipes incorporating hearts, pink and red in various ways. But nothing came out really amazing or easy. This year I think we found a winner! These are so super easy and adorable and taste amazing. Here's how to make these stained glass Valentine's Day cookies:

1 (7oz) bag assorted jolly rancher flavors
1 (17.5oz) bag Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies 
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
1 tbsp flour (plus more for rolling)

You will also need: parchment paper or silicon baking sheets, a double heart-shaped cookie cutter, plastic sandwich bags and a dish towel.


1. Prepare dough as directed with egg, butter and flour. 

2. On a floured surface, roll out dough until 1/4" thick.

3. Use a double heart or a small and a large cookie cutter to create hollow heart cookies. Place hollowed hearts onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

4. Place like-colored jolly ranchers into plastic bag, cover with a dish towel and hammer until jolly ranchers are crushed to pieces.

5. Fill centers of hearts with crushed jolly ranchers.

6. Bake on 350˚ for 7-8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown.

7. Let cool and remove with spatula. 

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Things you may need:


Friday, January 24, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli Recipe
Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli
This roasted red pepper stromboli recipe is really easy, scrumptious and filling! Makes a great weeknight dinner or serve as an appetizer. I got the idea to add salami, ham and roasted red peppers to our usual pepperoni stromboli when I had these at a family member's house recently. The variety of meats adds a really rich and delicious flavor, however if you don't have all those meats on hand, using just pepperoni still tastes great. Just substitute with 3oz total of any kind of meat per stromboli.

1 rolls of freezer dough
1oz sliced pepperoni
1oz sliced sliced ham  (optional)
1oz sliced salami  (optional)
3oz roasted red peppers (optional)
3oz smoked provolone cheese
1 tbsp basil, divided
Shredded parmesan cheese

Dip: Heated marinara sauce

1. Roll out dough to form a rectangle approximately 18" x 12".

2. Layer the center with pepperoni, ham, salami, roasted red peppers and provolone cheese then spinkle with 1/2 tbsp basil. Fold in one edge over the center. Repeat layering of pepperoni, ham, salami,  roasted red peppers, provolone cheese and basil. Fold over remaining edge and sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.

3. Place stromboli on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350˚ for about 20-25 mins. Serve warm.

Serves: 2-4

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Santa Pancakes Recipe

Christmas Santa Pancakes Recipe

This is a fun little treat we made in the days leading up to Christmas. We decided not to make them Christmas morning just because they are little time consuming to create and we all know the kids are all about the presents, so there's no time for cooking Christmas morning! (We actually make this Cinnamon French Toast Bake on Christmas morning — yummy, quick and easy!). So here's how to make these adorable Santa panckaes. All you need is a red fruit, whipped cream and chocolate chips.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or milk)
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Extras: Chocolate chips, apple or strawberry slices or raspberries, whipped cream and syrup

1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix together then add remaining ingredients.

2. Spoon batter into greased flat pan over medium heat. Add chocolate chips and sprinkles then flip. Cook each side until golden brown.

3. Cut the top edge of the pancake if needed to fit the "hat" on santa. Make the hat out of your red fruit of choice, add whipped cream and chocolate chips eye, and enjoy!

Merry Christmas!!