How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once the weather cools off.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the dried herbs I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don't know what I am going to do with it all.  But, when I read a recipe for a classic Italian dish, it often calls for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, … [Read more...]

Corn Dog Muffins From Scratch: So Easy You Can Skip the Box!

School started for my kids a few weeks ago and I am trying to find alternatives to sandwiches for their lunchbox. These corn dog muffins from scratch were incredibly easy to make and seem to be a big hit with everyone in the house.  You can 't go wrong with hot dogs and corn muffins, right?  Well, in an effort to make them a tad bit healthier I chose to use all natural hot dogs and make the muffin mix from scratch.  Homemade corn muffins really don't take much work to make and  you save a ton of money by skipping the boxed muffin mix.I … [Read more...]

Cheddar and Herb Stuffed Mini Peppers Appetizer

This stuffed mini peppers appetizer has been sponsored by Cabot Cheese but all opinions expressed here are my own.One of my favorite appetizer recipes has got to be stuffed jalapenos.  Gooey choose and spicy peppers are a delicious combination.  However, not everyone is as much a fan of the spicy peppers as I am.  When I have company over, I know that my stuffed jalapenos will probably not move all that quickly.  I was thrilled when I came across mini sweet peppers at my local grocery store.  They are the perfect solution!  I made up … [Read more...]

Baked Mozzarella Sticks Recipe with Jalapenos

I have a confession to make.  I have walked into a restaurant and ordered fried mozzarella sticks for lunch.  Hey, that meal includes a dairy, a bread product AND a vegetable as long as I dip it in marinara sauce!  That is totally healthy, right?  Okay, I know I have a cheese addiction but those things are just delicious!  I decided to indulge my love of cheese today and make this baked mozzarella sticks recipe as a treat.  It definitely made a tasty snack and would be an easy appetizer recipe if you were having company.Normally baked … [Read more...]

Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

Many years ago I became suspicious of the ingredients in most traditional microwave popcorns.  The ingredient list was just a tad too long for my liking no matter how convenient those little packages were.  I invested in a hot air popcorn popper and am now much happier about my popcorn snacking habit.  Of course, hot air popcorn with nothing on it tastes rather bland.  Sure, plain might be healthier but my mouth craves the flavor of popcorn seasoning every once in a while.  If you are trying to include more healthy snacks in your diet, popcorn … [Read more...]

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

Have you ever had company over last minute and wished you had some sort of dip to put out for them?  I rarely buy dip so it isn't just something I have sitting around my house.  I do, however, always have plain yogurt and mayonnaise in my refrigerator.  Wouldn't it be nice to have some sort of seasoning packet sitting in the pantry to dump into it for homemade dip?  Preferably something with ingredients you could actually pronounce?  This homemade ranch dressing mix recipe is the answer to your last minute entertaining problems!  The ranch … [Read more...]

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

This easy appetizer recipe has been sponsored however all opinions expressed here are my own.I am the type of person who is completely happy to eat from the appetizer menu when I go out to eat.  When I attend a party I would much rather nibble on appetizers than sit down for a formal dinner.  I am a nibbler when it comes to eating and I do it all day long!  My husband and I discovered Boursin herbed cheese spread many years ago and it is a favorite of ours when we sit down to snack after the kids go to bed.  Yes, I save … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  Oysters.  Those things are nasty.  But, everything else is delicious....and even MORE delicious when flavored with fresh herbs.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some coarse sea salt, you have the perfect infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this … [Read more...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza.  For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.  Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast.  But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!".  When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture shock!  Suddenly I was inundated with jalapenos and shrimp … [Read more...]

Fig jam is easy to make with no canning required!

Fig jam isn't something you normally see when you stroll down the peanut butter and jelly aisle at the grocery store.  In fact, I am pretty sure I have never actually had fig jam in my entire life.  Other than Fig Newtons I don't know that I have ever even eaten a fig!  Ok, maybe once as an appetizer at a friend's house?  I have certainly never bought them myself because, quite honestly, I have never come across one at the grocery store.  But, I was at the farmer's market last weekend and low and behold there was a guy there selling figs! If … [Read more...]