Pasta is one of my weeknight go-to meals. It’s always quick and pasta is so versatile. Along with that pesto is a great sidekick for pasta. I enjoy making a variety of pesto combinations. It’s so packed with flavor and pretty healthy ingredients too, and it can be made ahead, which is always a winner in my kitchen. This recipe for Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but impressive enough for a weekend dinner with friends.
That is until a couple of weeks ago when I realized it was okay to explore the bacon and all that it embodied, especially when smothered with brown sugar and a bit of black pepper. And man, it was good. Great even. So we made it again. And then again. Thrice. Ya know, to make up for those five years, and such. So now here we are. Candied Bacon done our way. On the grill. Easy peasy. Bacon+brown sugar+black pepper+a grill (or oven). Goodness abounds, y’all. It does. In bacon form.
Once in a while a great mistake happens. I think the mistakes that happen in the kitchen are the very best. Don’t you? Take this Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe, for example. This recipe began late one night as an attempt to satisfy a craving for caramel blondies. It was too late and I…
These simple ingredients combine to create magic. How about some fresh baked bread straight out of the oven slathered with a little bit of Cinnamon Honey Butter … oh my goodness. Or what about a big fluffy stack of pancakes topped with some? Word. Maybe a few pats on a baked sweet potato? And one of my favorites: toasted pound cake spread with Cinnamon Honey Butter. Dear me.
You’ll be sure to have lots of early risers when serving up this Stuffed Strawberry French Toast Recipe. Lazy mornings just beg for a large breakfast or brunch with eggs, sausage, grits and other breakfast favorites. Of course all of the savory dishes need a little balancing out with a bit of sweet, and here’s…
This Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe has been dancing around in my head for a while now after enjoying a delectable strawberry cake last spring at a local cafe. This one, made with a fresh strawberry puree mixed into the batter, just beckoned to be covered with a Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
This Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe is a fantastic frosting for many baked goods.
When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better in my personal opinion. Recently I made a cake (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) that just screamed to be topped with a decadent dark chocolate buttercream. I immediately remembered that unforgettable buttercream atop a cupcake I enjoyed at The Magnolia Bakery in Chicago a couple of years ago. I tried the vanilla and the chocolate. Oh my word. Talk about decadent.
This recipe for Sausage Apple Puff Pastry Braid may seem intimidating at first glance, but it’s really very simple. I’m not kidding. Once you learn how easy it is to work with pre-made puff pastry dough (making it from scratch is another story all-together), you’ll find your world open up to all kinds of fun in the kitchen. Even a Sausage Apple Puff Pastry Braid like this can become a go-to recipe for many occasions.
I’m a big fan of one pan recipes, especially ones that involve pasta of any kind. Although many pasta dishes can be heavy and filled with bloat-inducing ingredients. This one is an exception. This Skillet Orzo with Spinach, Beans and Lemon recipe discovered over at Bush’s Beans has just enough pasta without going overboard, combined with a healthier combination of ingredients.
Once again the holidays flew by without getting around to everything on my baking list. So, over the past couple of weeks, the baking bug has hit and I’ve done a little catching up on making a few old favorites as well as trying some new treats too. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are certainly an old favorite. I know I’m not alone when I say that. Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that’s hard to beat, don’t you think?
At a neighborhood holiday party a year or so ago, I enjoyed my fair share of Buffalo Chicken Dip. Quite addicting, for sure. I’d managed to banish it from my mind for over a year now, but decided to make some (ever so slightly lightened up) with our homemade Hot Sauce Recipe to try out before Super Bowl night. Ya know, to test and everything.