Lemony-Brownies-11

Josh and I recently went home to NM for Spring break where the trees were in full bloom. They were so beautiful and vibrant with the colors of light and dark pinks, purples, yellows and white. Here in the Midwest it’s just beginning to feel like Springtime with the lush green grass coming back to life and blossoming flowers on the fruit trees.  It puts me in the mood for a fresh and citrusy treat.  For me, lemons and sunshine go hand in hand and a lemony dessert seems just the thing this time of year.  I thought it was the perfect time to make some Lemony Brownies.  I have to give my sister Kat credit for turning me on to this delicious treat.  She told me they were one of her favorite things and that I would love them . . . I have to say, they are delicious!
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Strawberry-Lemonade-Sorbet-13

A few warm days is all I need to get in the mood for Springtime.  Any day with sunshine and above 50 degrees is a day to be outdoors and watch the Robins that have just returned home.  It’s a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner when the trees begin to bud and my outdoor herbs start to break through the ground.  I think of lemons in Springtime with the colors of sunshine.  Some fresh squeezed lemonade would be refreshing but what I really wanted was some sorbet.  Along with a bag of lemons, I found some bright red strawberries to add to the mix for a Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet.  A frozen treat that was not too tart and not too sweet.  
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Chicken-Cacciatore-17

In need of some comfort food, I’ve got the perfect dish.  A bowl of chicken cacciatore with some creamy polenta will make you feel right at home.  It’s one of the most flavorful dishes you could make and the chicken practically falls off the bone.  So easy to make, everything goes together in a dutch oven to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.  I love it with a side of creamy polenta but it depends on the mood.  The spicy tomato gravy is so delicious you can pair it with pasta, rice or even mashed potatoes.   (more…)

Steak-and-Green-Chile-Pizza-12a

A few years ago California Pizza Kitchen had a steak pizza on the menu that had seasoned steak and green chile.  It was my favorite pizza with a thinner crust, spicy tomato sauce with freshly roasted chiles and seared steak.  No longer available, I decided to make my own version.  The perfect sauce would have been Rotel tomato sauce, but turns out it’s been discontinued too, can’t find it anywhere.  Oh Rotel . . .  how could you, I loved that sauce and used it for many of my recipes, what to do now?  I had to find an alternative which I did after a trip to the Mexican market.  In the end it all came together with a new thinner crust that had a light crunch in every bite and tasty pieces of seared steak and roasted chiles.  It’s definitely a keeper and staying on my menu! (more…)

Crawfish-Po-Boy-9

This is the time of year that I start to get cabin fever.  I’ve had my fill of winter, boy has it been a long cold winter, and I’m ready to move on to spring, how about you!  I’m ready to move on from the soups and stews that we all cook up in the winter and on to something with a little more spice. Something you can hold in your hand or eat with a fork instead of a spoon.  I found a package of frozen crawfish tails at the store the other day and thought a Po Boy sure would be good.  Then I went to pick up some lettuce and tomato to dress the sandwich when I found some slightly green tomatoes.  They were starting to ripen but still green on top and firmer than a ripe tomato.  That just made my mouth water thinking about a fried green tomato alongside crispy crawfish tails and remoulade sauce.
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Chocolate-Chip-Cupcakes-18

When Joe and I got married it was kind of spur of the moment.  After high school he went off to college and I stayed home on the farm.  After his first year of college we decided pretty quick to get married over the summer before he had to go back to school.  It just happened that we married on August 14th and as a young girl I thought it romantic that every Valentines day would be our half year anniversary.  Every Valentines day we kid each other and say “We made it another 6 month’s”.  Well, this Valentines day it will be 31 and a half years, I guess we made it!  I usually make him a special dinner and a something sweet since he is a sweetheart, after all. This year I decided to go big on chocolate and found these lucious chocolate chip cupcakes with a chocolate buttercream frosting from Your Cup Of Cake.  I knew these cupcakes would get his attention and I was pretty happy with them too.
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Hummus-9

I’ve never been a huge hummus fan but my guys all seem to love it.  They are always picking up a tub of hummus and pairing it with pita chips or crackers and they always pack a tub of it on their backpacking trips. They say it’s healthy and is rich in good fats and protein so who am I to deny them this healthy snack.  Since I’m trying to be a little more health conscience I thought I might try to make some homemade.  It was such an easy process, just load all your ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you get the right consistency.  It turned out really good but I had way more hummus than I had expected so I scooped out about a cup of the hummus and made a layered Mediterranean dip.
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