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, much less try my own fig recipes!  Ok, maybe once as an appetizer at a friend's house?  (update... I made a prosciutto fig pizza with fig jam and it was heavenly! )What Do You Do With Fresh Figs? I have never bought fresh figs because, quite honestly, I … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs

I use breadcrumbs in a lot of recipes. They are great for coating chicken breast before baking, topping a homemade macaroni and cheese or adding a bit of bulk to homemade meatballs.  I admit, I have been known to buy the good old store bought breadcrumbs in the paper canister when I am in a hurry.  Homemade breadcrumbs are really easy to make and I am trying to save all those bits and pieces of leftover bread in the freezer so I can make them more often.  When you are making homemade breadcrumbs, you can control the ingredients.  You get to … [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...]

How To Make Homemade Almond Butter

This post about How To Make Homemade Almond Butter has been sponsored by Ninja Kitchen Mixers. All opinions are my own.Have you ever wondered how to make homemade almond butter?  If you have looked at the price tag, I bet you have! At my local grocery store, it costs almost $9!  Talk about an expensive snack!  Yes, it's healthy and yes I'm thrilled that my family happily spreads almond butter on apples, bread, and crackers.  But the price tag is breaking my grocery budget! Not long ago I was in Sam's Club and saw a huge bag of almonds for … [Read more...]

Chimichurri Dipping Sauce and Marinade #Recipe

My husband and I get our beef from a small, local farmer and we do a fair amount of grilling.  One of the perks of living in the south is that I can grill in January. (Okay, well, my HUSBAND can grill in January!)  I like to find unique marinades and sauces that will compliment the bold flavor of a grilled grass fed steak and this Chimichurri dipping sauce and marinade looked like a great blend of fresh flavors.  I found the recipe in the Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the World's Best Smoker and Grill cookbook that I got for my husband … [Read more...]