Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Having grown up in New England, I did not see my first jalapeno pepper until I graduated from college and moved to Texas.  Honestly, I am not sure I had ever eaten a single spicy food for the entire first 18 years of my life.  When I got to Texas I was exposed to all sorts of wonderful new foods...some I loved and some I would never eat again if you paid me.  My all time favorite new food, though, was the stuffed jalapeno pepper!  If you are thinking "oh, I don't like spicy foods" well, these are not TOO spicy!  When you make a stuffed jalapeno you have to first take out all the seeds and membranes inside.  That is where all the 'heat' really comes from.  The jalapeno pepper itself isn't too spicy.  Sure, it has a little bit of bite but not eye watering, tongue burning kind of heat.  And … [Read more...]

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

I grew up an hour outside of New York City.  I have an aunt who is of Italian decent and I learned early in life to appreciate a fine Italian dessert.  My favorite Italian treat of all time is the cannoli.  The whipped and sweetened ricotta cheese filling is heavenly and I could literally just sit down with a bowl full and eat it with a spoon.  Here in the south, I have yet to find a place to buy a truly delicious cannoli and I dream of the day I can get back to NYC for my favorite treat.  When I was at the grocery store the other day I came across organic, whole milk ricotta cheese on clearance and I was inspired!  Who says I can't make my own cannolis right?  Well, I COULD except for the fact that Kroger does not apparently carry premade cannoli shells and making them from scratch seemed … [Read more...]

Focaccia with Cheddar Cheese and Sun dried Tomatoes

Focaccia with Cheddar Cheese and Sun dried Tomatoes

This focaccia recipe has been sponsored by Bella Sun Luci but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have discovered that the way to the hearts of the men in this house is definitely through food.  Large quantities of food, preferably served at very frequent intervals!  My husband and my 14 year old son are both over 6 feet tall and are very active.  Bread is offered in abundance in my kitchen and occasionally I am inspired to try making it from scratch.  When I was sent a selection of sun dried tomatoes from Bella Sun Luci to try out I knew that focaccia would be the perfect recipe to try them in! If you have never had focaccia let me just say that it is incredibly addictive and very easy to make!  It is a simple combination of yeast, water, sugar, flour and olive oil that is … [Read more...]

Tarragon Chicken Recipe with a White Wine Cream Sauce  #CKMondaviHeroes

Tarragon Chicken Recipe with a White Wine Cream Sauce #CKMondaviHeroes

This tarragon chicken recipe has been sponsored by CK Mondavi and Clever Girls. All opinions expressed are my own. #CKMondaviHeroes Summertime for me means a return to using fresh herbs in my cooking.  I don't grow any herbs in my house over the winter so as soon as the weather starts to warm up, I head to the nursery and grab as many varieties as I can find.  Having fresh herbs in my recipes gives them a wonderful flavor and complexity.  This chicken recipe could have been just like any other chicken I stuck in the oven but the tarragon from the garden really gave it a unique flavor.  Some people put flowers in a vase in their kitchen, I like to put freshly cut herbs in them! That way, the house smells good and I have fresh herbs at my fingertips whenever I need them! When I was … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Dessert Recipe:  Simple Fruit Tart  #JuneFreshSavings

Easy Summer Dessert Recipe: Simple Fruit Tart #JuneFreshSavings

This easy summer dessert recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own.  #JuneFreshSavings This summer I put each of my children in charge of making dinner one day a week.  I am hoping it helps them prepare for life after they move out.  My daughter loves to be in the kitchen with me so I was surprised when she showed zero interest in my dinner project.  When asked about her lack of enthusiasm, she asked "Can't I just make the dessert?"  I have apparently passed on my love of baking and sweets to my daughter!  This simple summer dessert is one that your kids can make (with a little help from you if they are small) and you can customize the fruit on top to whichever are family favorites in your house. The crust to this fruit tart is really just a simple sugar … [Read more...]