While I grew up in a community that had excellent Mexican food I had not tried many dishes from other Latin American countries. Well that changed when I started dating a Venezuelan. We didn't have any Venezuelan restaurants where we were living so he took me out for Cuban food. The next closest thing, and I loved it! Not too long after, his mom was visiting. She took me under her wing and taught this Kansas girl how to make the main element in the Venezuelan national dish.
If you are looking for the perfect fall dessert that will wow your guests, check out these Pumpkin Truffles. They take three ingredients: pumpkin butter, cream cheese and vanilla wafers, then top with melted white chocolate and a pretzel stick for a stem. They taste like pumpkin and they'll have a cute pumpkin look to them
Fall is in the air and I love that football games bring together my friends and family. These kettle corn popcorn balls are easy-to-make and have a hint of fall flavors, including pumpkin spice! In addition, you can shape your popcorn balls into footballs to bring something extra to your next tailgate.
Fresh juicy peaches are a summer guilty pleasure of mine. This recipe combines the peach flavor with the taste of traditional crumble topping, but looks like a pie. It is intriguing but sure to please.
Summer is a time of barbecues, picnics and meet ups with friends. I like to have a few go-to recipes ready to make in a hurry. This bruschetta dish is beautiful and is made with using in-season flavor-packed tomatoes. Do you have to use heirloom tomatoes? No, but it they are delicious if you can get them!
I wanted to experiment with two different vegetables, jicama and kohlrabi. I had heard great things about their texture and flavor, so I thought I'd make a summer slaw. This slaw has a twist, because I'm not the biggest fan of cabbage or mayonnaise, so I mixed it up and the carrots still give you some color! Jicama is used often in Mexican cooking, so I thought it would be fun to put a Latin twist on this dish.
One difference in shopping at a farmers market or a CSA, is most likely the greens, veggies or fruits, will be what I call, straight off the farm. So, not every asparagus will look the same, or be the same size, everything will need a good washing and the beets may still have dirt on them. However, I know that means they are fresh. This all being considered, I've come up with five tips on ensuring you are maximizing your produce bounty and not being wasteful.
Deviled eggs have always been a staple at our family's gatherings. While I am fond of the traditional recipe, I thought I'd switch it up and make them creamy with fresh dill to change things up. I hope you enjoy this twist on a traditional dish
Growing up in a family where many of our gatherings involved some sort of K-State or purple theme, we have mastered the art of purple punch. This recipe is easy to make, has a great purple color, and is good with and without a spike of vodka.
The saying, "you eat with your eyes first" is very true. This dish is eye catching and delicious! You can easily create this dish ahead of time and let the flavors meld together. It serves great on it's own or with tortilla chips.
I have always loved bread pudding as it was a quick go-to dessert recipe in our house growing up. I believe it comes from my English and Welch roots. I've learned now as the grocery shopper for the house, it's always a great way to use up bread and milk before they go bad. That being said, I have to admit that this recipe was set off by a craving when I was shopping and spotted the hawaiian rolls. They are just so good
I will admit it; I have not always been a big fan, or even a fan at all, of Brussel sprouts. However an old roommate of mine opened my mind to roasting them. Oven roasting helps them absorb great flavors, but then crisping up for a perfect side.
I'm fortunate to have grown up with all four of my grandparents. The memories I have from them watching us show our cattle at the county fair, teaching me how to play golf in the pasture behind our house to the annual Christmas decorating and cookie making.
My guacamole is one of my favorite dishes for an easy side dish or a great party dish. After college I moved to the west suburbs of Chicago, Naperville, and this guacamole was always a must-have at our get togethers. I hope you enjoy this guacamole and it becomes on of your go-to dishes.
Last week, we had two friends over for dinner. They asked what we were having so they and without thinking I said Tequila lime chicken. So, I went ahead and made up a recipe, and the great news is it was a hit! It's a great dish from the grill, so perfect for keeping the house cool in the summer heat.
Watermelon was one of my favorite flavors of summer, and still is today. This salad takes the natural deliciousness of in-season watermelon and punches it up a notch. To save time, I always invest in the seedless watermelons, it just makes life easier!
In 2014 we traveled down to Peru to visit my Venezuelan's family. Not only did we get to find out more about the culture, shop at the local street fairs, but of course we enjoyed great food and drinks! And thus, the creation of the Pisco sunset.
I have to admit that every once in awhile I crave a fast good breakfast sandwich. This may or may not happen after a girls night. Well, save yourself the trip and make your own egg mcmuffin. The best part, you can make these one at a time so no leftovers!
These barbecue biscuit cups were one of my favorite dishes growing up. Now, I realize they are still delicious, a quick, easy-to-make dish and a good change up in the menu routine. This is one the kids can help out with too! I recommend this dish for all the kids, and big kids, in your life.
Recently my family rented a cabin to celebrate my birthday. I was excited to be in charge of the food because nothing makes me happier than creating something delicious for everyone to enjoy. I had traditionally made this dish as a pasta salad, but decided to mix it up and use quinoa instead.
So growing up we were raised on beef. Rightly so as my we have always been involved in some segment of the beef industry. However, every once in awhile, I stray from the ways of my father, and squeeze some chicken into my diet. These chicken strips are super easy to make and flavorful. They also hold up pretty well as leftovers.
Mac and cheese is a comfort food, no matter where you are from. I had only ventured out and made homemade mac & cheese two other times before I put my lover for all things cheese to the test. This recipe combines four of my favorite cheeses that all provide great flavor themselves: smoked Gouda, Parmesan, Gruyere and sharp cheddar. Plus, I started with bacon, because I contend, everything is better with bacon!
The quick pita personal pizzas are one that works if you are looking for a dish for just one, or to feed your family. These pizzas are completely customizable based on your favorite toppings. This could also be a great opportunity to get your kids into the kitchen, maybe even an easy option for a sleepover so everyone can pick their own toppings.