Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sweet Tea Bread with Lemon Glaze

Sweet tea, a favorite beverage of the south, baked into a delicious lemon glazed bread.

Sweet Tea Bread
Sweet Tea Bread with Lemon Glaze

My very first post, Raspberry Coffee Bread, was June 30th. Seems like eons have passed, even though it was only two short months ago. I have learned so much about this blogging business. I also know that it is only one percent of what I need to know. I am also fairly certain that blogging is an evergrowing world of which will I will always be trying to absorb new and useful information. I'm okay with that. I consider this an adventure in

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chili Burger

My version of homemade sloppy joe made with V-8 juice that doubles as a perfect hot dog chili for your Labor Day cookout! 

Homemade Chili
Chili Burger
The original recipe for this chili burger comes from a dear woman I have known for twenty plus years. She is the grandmother of my children, her name is Carolyn. She has a

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Skinny Salmon Alfredo with Artichokes

Salmon, whole wheat pasta and artichokes come together for a lightened up version of alfredo, and in less than thirty minutes!

Skinny Salmon Alfredo
I love Alfredo, but sometimes I feel so guilty after eating it! But, when a food craving hits, it is hard to ignore. You just aren't happy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Very Cherry Cheesecake Bites

Little bites of cherry cheesecake filled with diced maraschino cherries and crushed graham crackers. These no bake treats are pure bliss!

Cheesecake Bites
Cheesecake bites filled with diced maraschino cherries and hunks of graham cracker crumbs!
These cherry cheesecake bites come to you courtesy of the one cup of graham cracker flour left over from the s'mores scones. A few more ingredients, chilling and rolling time and you too can have little

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Unfried Pickles" with Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

A healthier version of a southern favorite, this oven baked pickle with greek yogurt dipping sauce satisfies your craving without busting your calorie budget!

Baked Pickles
Baked Sandwich Stuffer Pickles
I don't know about where you call home; but fried pickles are big, serious business here in my neck of the woods. Here in the south

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Curried Fruit Sauce

My journey into making a vegan dish! Blueberries, plums and strawberries cooked with coconut oil, agave and a hint of red curry. 

Plums, Blueberries, Strawberries
Curried Fruit Sauce
I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian. I do strive to have a healthy balance in my diet though. Coupled with my love of

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cabbage and Corn Beef Stuffed Wonton Cups with Spicy Sauce

Cabbage and corn beef stuffed wontons with a spicy sauce, and an excuse to pop open a cold can of Guinness while savoring the decidely delicious messiness of these stuffed cups. 

I have to be honest. I almost didn't share this recipe and not because these aren't oh so tasty. I have been making this cabbage and corn beef for years for my family. We usually just eat it with cornbread or with some form of potatoes.

As I sat eating these, I was constantly wiping my face, licking my fingers and scooping the filling from the plate with the pieces of wonton cup that had broken off from the edges. Is this just me, am I that hungry that I'm going at these things like a wild animal? I glanced over at my husband, he was finger licking and scooping too. I start thinking to myself, these are so messy. Should I share something so good, but so sloppy to eat? After some serious thought, the answer, YES. Why wouldn't I? 

The tastiest food is when the sauce is dripping onto the plate and you are determined not to waste one drop. Come on you know what I'm talking about, the kind where you are scraping the plate with the fork. The kind where you are thinking, I would lick this plate if there weren't people watching me.

I wouldn't recommend the regular size for a party, but I was thinking these would make a great appetizer, in smaller form. So off to my playground I went. I was excited to discover if I cut each of the wonton wrappers into four equal squares they fit perfectly into a mini muffin pan. A great appetizer, mini wonton cups, just stuff with the cabbage and corn beef and add a drizzle of the sauce on top.

Oh! let's talk about this spicy sauce, it just ties everything together. Tangy brown mustard, spicy siracha, sweet pickle relish; this sauce is has it all, and comes together in just minutes. I highly recommend washing all this down with a cold can of Guinness. I wouldn't want you to get sticky fingerprints all over your glasses, wink wink.

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Corn Beef and Cabbage Wonton Cups

Makes 18 large cups or 72 mini cups

Corn Beef and Cabbage:
1 – 12 Ounce Can Corn Beef- Chopped into small pieces
1 Large Head of Cabbage – Cut into fairly small chunks
1 Large Onion – Cut into strips
6 Baby Carrots - Grated
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Heat olive oil in large stock pot over medium low heat. Add onions, cook for five minutes. Add cabbage, grated carrots, sugar and black pepper. Cover and let cook about 15-20 minutes. You want the cabbage to be wilted, but still have a bite to it. At this point, add chopped corn beef and heat through. Drain with slotted spoon as filling cups. You will have excess moisture in the bottom from the onions and cabbage.

Wonton Cups:
18 Wonton Wrappers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray muffin pans with cooking spray. Gather wonton cup by each corner and bring together in the middle, place bottom of wonton into muffin cup, lightly press sides to shape into cup. Bake for about 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes, remove from pan.

Spicy Sauce:
½ Cup Mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon Spicy Brown Mustard
1 Tablespoon Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Sweet Pickle Relish
2 Teaspoons Siracha Sauce
¼ Teaspoon Paprika
Sprinkle of Black Pepper

Mix all together. Refrigerate until ready to use. You may need to double if making a large amount or if you like lotsa sauce.

 *I don't recommend letting these sit too long with the filling, the bottom of the cups will become mushy. If not eating right away, you can make each component and put together right before serving.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

S'mores Scones

Happy National S'mores Day! Try these graham cracker scones oozing with chocolate and marshmallow to celebrate!

S'mores Scones
A classic scone recipe made without eggs, a nice soft crunch on the outside and a tender inside filled with chocolate and marshmallows! I started to glaze these. I decided against it. The more I looked at those amazingly perfect little

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Banana Orange Honey Muffins

Good Morning Sunshine! that is what this banana, honey and orange muffin is all about.

Banana Orange Honey Muffins
Banana Orange Honey Muffins

School starts back here on Monday! Much too early to be sending my baby boy off to his first year of high school. I can't believe it, seems as if just yesterday he was

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Redneck Caviar

A delicious veggie mix of black eyed peas, corn, jalapenos, onion, tomato and orange bell pepper perfect for scooping with tortilla chips.

Southern Redneck Caviar
Redneck Caviar

Chances are you may have heard of Redneck caviar, if not, you are in for a treat. The pop of the sweet corn and orange pepper, the freshness of the tomatoes and cilantro, a little kick from the jalapenos. Made in just minutes, you have a healthy snack. I love this with those little

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Basil Walnut Chicken Salad

Chicken salad taken to the next level with fresh basil and walnuts.

Basil Walnut Chicken Salad

An old favorite with a new twist, chicken salad with basil and walnuts. Chicken salad with the perfect balance of

Friday, August 1, 2014

Greek Monkey Bread

Baklava meets monkey bread.

Cool and rainy, what kind of weather is that for the first day of August? It has actually been cool here all week, and this weather has made me crave