Posted at 9:31 am , on November 16, 2015
When I need some comfort food and a quick meal I think of Chicken Parmesan. You can’t beat the taste of crispy panko breaded chicken with melted mozzarella alongside spaghetti topped with the tastiest marinara sauce. Most marinara sauces are made from canned tomatoes but I like to use fresh tomatoes when I can. There’s just something special about fresh tomato sauce with fresh herbs. This is also a frugal meal as I can make a meal for 4 using just one chicken breast. Don’t worry, no one goes away hungry. A hunk of french bread and a salad makes this a complete meal.
Posted at 9:43 am , on November 6, 2015
Any chocolate lover will love this rich lava cake. It’s one of the most decadent desserts I’ve ever tasted. So rich with chocolate and a molten center that tastes like a thick gooey brownie. The Espresso Whipped Cream is like the ultimate exclamation point! I found a great recipe from “Dulce Desserts from Santa Fe Kitchens”. There are so many decadent chocolate recipes in this cookbook to choose from but the lava cake was calling me. If you can’t find Mexican chocolate locally you can order online through Taza or Amazon. Taza has a variety of flavored Mexican chocolates and I can’t wait to try some new recipes using the flavored chocolate discs.
Posted at 1:08 pm , on November 2, 2015
Have you ever wanted to send a care package to a friend or someone in your family? It can be a special treat to those who are far away, to let them know you are thinking of them and that you miss them. I often think of my friends who have sons and daughters in the Military who are far from home and how they would enjoy a care package of homemade treats made specially just for them. I found that for me, sending cookies is the easiest choice. Cookies tend to stay fresh longer than other treats so they can travel a few days and still be yummy when they arrive for that special someone. I picked up some cookie wrappers from Wilton with pretty twisty ties so that they would stack together nicely and hopefully not crumble. They also make nice treats to give to your neighbors when you have extra cookies to share. I had a lot, I mean A LOT of extra Halloween candy so I made use of the extra candy bars to make these cookies.