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 … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Queso Blanco Recipe

If I had to pick just one snack to enjoy without worrying about whether it was healthy or not I would choose queso every single time.  But, not that orange queso with Rotel and sausage that you see so often at parties.  I love queso blanco with jalapenos like you get at the Mexican restaurants.  I decided it was time for me to figure out exactly how queso blanco is made so that I could stop making excuses as to why I needed to go out for Mexican food all the time!  I browsed around the internet and found a lot of variations but the one over at … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

I grew up on the seacoast and absolutely love shrimp but usually I put it into recipes with pasta or a stirfry.  Very rarely do I sit down to a plate of shrimp cocktail  unless it is at a party or for a New Year's Eve celebration.  It just seems like one of those fancy things that you don't eat on a Wednesday night just for the heck of it.  I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer so when I came across a recipe on What's Cooking America for a homemade shrimp cocktail sauce I decided to give it a try (with a few minor changes … [Read more...]

Easy Appetizer Recipe and #MyKindOfHoliday from Target

This easy appetizer recipe has been brought to you by Target and Social Chorus but all opinions expressed are my own. The holidays always get a little hectic around here, like I'm sure they do for just about everyone.  I love to cook but sometimes I just don't have a lot of spare time to create complicated recipes.  If I have company over or need to have a 4 course meal on the table for Thanksgiving, I look for an easy appetizer recipe that will impress guests but not take a lot of time to make. Holidays mean different things to different … [Read more...]

Appetizer Recipes: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log

My husband and I love visiting with friends and neighbors over the holidays and it seems like I am always scrambling to create a dish to bring to someone's house or to feed to company.  During the holidays I try to keep a few basic ingredients in the house that will allow me to create an assortment of appetizer recipes with very short notice.  Since I have a bit of a cheese addiction, most of my appetizer recipes involve cheese of some sort.  I have just gotten into goat cheese in the last couple of months and while it can have a slightly … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Appetizer: Caprese on a Stick

My garden is finally starting to yield a few tomatoes and the basil is growing like a weed.  This is an easy summer appetizer that requires very little work and you can even have the kids help you out with it!  Once the cubes of cheese are cut, just hand them all the ingredients and let them start skewering all the bits and pieces! While they prepare your easy summer appetizer, you can be doing something else...like maybe your nails?   If you are looking for more easy summer appetizers you can check out Allrecipes.com.  Whether you … [Read more...]