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Holidays

Holiday recipes, foods, and ideas to make those days even more special.

A MENU FOR DAD

A MENU FOR DAD

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday.  Why not treat Dad to an incredible 8-course meal that will make him feel special. This menu for Dad is sure to impress. The best part is you’ll still have enough energy to enjoy the meal with him! From Read More..

GRILLED ROMAINE SALAD

GRILLED ROMAINE SALAD

Grilled romaine salad is this summer’s ‘go-to’ side dish when you want something a little bit different.  Heads of romaine lettuce are grilled to give them a subtle, smoky flavor and then topped with a creamy, homemade dressing, bacon, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.  What’s not Read More..

MACARON PEACH COBBLER

MACARON PEACH COBBLER

Sweet, baked fruit with an almond paste topping that is reminiscent of your favorite French macaron cookie.  Ring in the start of summer with this homey, comforting dessert.  Top the cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Read More..

SEAFOOD ENCHILADAS (Chi Chi’s Copycat Recipe)

SEAFOOD ENCHILADAS (Chi Chi’s Copycat Recipe)

Do you remember Chi Chi’s restaurant?  It was my favorite back in the day and their seafood enchiladas were at the top of my list.  Creamy, cheesy, with big chunks of seafood, I still find myself craving these enchiladas. This is my take on Chi Read More..

PEACH PIE SMOOTHIE

PEACH PIE SMOOTHIE

Is there anything better than a breakfast that tastes like dessert and is still healthy?  This peach pie smoothie has all the flavors of a peach pie, minus the sugar and the crust.  Why not make one for Mom on her special day? I love Read More..

CREPES SUZETTE

CREPES SUZETTE

Crepes Suzette is the decadent French dessert of thin pancakes covered in a buttery, orange sauce and sometimes served flambeed or set on fire.  They are sweet, buttery, tender, and so impressive.  This recipe is easier than you think and doesn’t involve setting liquor on Read More..

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE PALETAS

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE PALETAS

Cool and creamy, these strawberry cheesecake paletas are made with whole foods and are very easy to make.  Kids love them and it’s satisfying knowing that you’re offering them real food instead of chemicals. This recipe is dedicated to my sweet little great-nephew.  We’ve established Read More..

CINCO DE MAYO CHIPS AND DIPS

CINCO DE MAYO CHIPS AND DIPS

One of the best things about a Mexican restaurant is the chips, salsa, and queso served with the margaritas. Why not make it at home?  In about 30 minutes, you can whip up a batch of Chunky Homemade Salsa and Creamy Rotel Queso for a Read More..

THE BEST GUACAMOLE

THE BEST GUACAMOLE

There are lots of guacamole recipes that claim to be ‘the best’, but this recipe uses fresh ingredients, is ridiculously easy, and is super flavorful, truly making it ‘The Best Guacamole’ recipe!  I think your family is gonna love it! Kick-off Cinco De Mayo with Read More..

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a retro dessert that should (and is) making a comeback.  What could be better than moist, almond-scented cake topped with buttery, caramelized pineapple and cherries?  Plus, it’s as pretty as it is delicious. Growing up, this cake made an appearance Read More..

MEXICAN PICADITAS

MEXICAN PICADITAS

A Mexican Picadita is a traditional dish consisting of a base of fried masa harina with savory toppings.  These picaditas are topped with a smokey Mexican tomato sauce, black beans, chorizo, onions, and cilantro.   They make a delicious appetizer or a light lunch.  Top with Read More..

AUSTRALIAN LAMINGTONS

AUSTRALIAN LAMINGTONS

Australian Lamingtons are a traditional dessert of small squares of buttery sponge cake that’s dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut.  Similar to a petit four and just as delicious, these little cake bites are a heavenly tropical treat at the end of a meal. Read More..

OVEN ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

OVEN ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

Oven asparagus risotto is an easy and delicious springtime side dish.  It’s a take on classic risotto with asparagus, onions, garlic, and parmesan cheese, but baked in the oven instead of stirring constantly on the stovetop.  Such a game-changer! Most of the credit for this Read More..

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

Easter celebrations are best when they start early in the day.  First, the kids find their hidden Easter baskets, then look for the hidden eggs.  And the adults watch the shenanigans while sipping a delicious libation.  I have a suggestion for you today for 2 Read More..

SUNNY LEMON CHEESE TARTLETS

SUNNY LEMON CHEESE TARTLETS

A delicious and adorable Easter dessert, these Sunny Lemon Cheese Tartlets are decadent bites of rich cheesecake and tart lemon curd in a shortbread crust.  They’re as refreshing as they are pretty. I like to make a dessert table for Easter full of vibrant colors, Read More..