Appetizers

Red Wine Meatballs Subs for #SundaySupper

When I think of my husband and a dish he would really love I tend to think of two things. meat and…..any kind of meat. He’s that kind of guy. He had a meat and potato dish every night for dinner when he was a kid. I make him steak for almost every special occasion we celebrate. When Gallo Family Vineyards reached out to partner with #SundaySupper with a theme of “A Father’s Day Feast, I couldn’t help but do something different for him.

GFV-family-logoI lost my father over ten years ago so when I met my husband he easily became the favorite man in my life. However, when he became a father, a whole different kind of love was born. We all have our different kinds of things we love to do for those special men in our lives. Nothing makes me happier than cooking for my husband, Isn’t he a lucky guy? I instantly thought of him and this theme when I bit into these little balls of goodness one night last week when gathering with friends. A few couples I’ve met over the years since having children get together every once in a while for different occasions. Whether it be a play date,  a birthday party or even my annual Christmas Cookie Swap I started this past year. We all have kids the same age so it may be madness when we gather but the kids have fun, the adults get to sip on wine and we share our favorite foods together. One of these lovely Mothers I happen to be talking about brought a plate of meatballs to serve with our Pasta that night. She then proceeded to tell me that she loves cooking with wine! My eyes lit up when she told me her secret ingredient was red wine! I immediately thought of Gallo and how I could make these meatballs using one of their red wines! The next day she gave me the rest of the ingredients and I got to work on creating these for my husband using Gallo’s Pinot Noir. I believe that the Cafe Zinfandel would work great in this recipe too. You can visit the Store Locator to go pick up a bottle, or two! Father’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate with family so don’t forget your wine and the $1 off Digital Coupon Gallo was so nice to offer. I also want to share a little about the Pinot Noir:

PINOT NOIR:
You can never go wrong by serving a bottle of our Pinot Noir. This medium bodied wine provides a smooth and light finish with aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors.

FOOD PAIRING NOTES:
Ripe berry and subtle earthy flavors stand up to meaty fish like salmon, and pairs well with port, roast chicken, and mushrooms.

I altered a few things from the recipe my friend gave me go with what I had in the house and what my family enjoys. Play with the seasoning if you’d like, you can always use dried herbs, I just happen to have fresh herbs growing on my back porch.

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Makes: 2 dozen meatballs
Ingredients:

1 lb. of ground pork
1 1/2 lbs. of ground sirloin
1/2 cup of red wine (I prefer Gallo’s Pinot Noir)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup of bread crumbs
1/2 Cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic Salt
Sub Rolls
1/2 Cup of shredded Gouda cheese

Instructions:

Preheat Oven to 350F.

Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Form into balls and place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes. Broil the rolls while the meatballs sit for 5 minutes. Feel free to eat them as is. I did. Feel free to freeze some. I did. Feel free to add them to your favorite pasta dish. I did!

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Nothing beats a crunchy roll! Place as many meatballs as you like in the roll and top with Gouda cheese (Yes it adds a fantastic smokey flavor!) What’s that under the meatballs you ask?? Well I wondered what to serve on my husbands rolls because I prefer nothing however I knew he would want something and since this dish was all for him I had to think of something “Manly” so I scanned the fridge and yes folks that’s Salsa! Perfect for him.

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

As you plan your Sunday Supper to celebrate that special Dad or Man in your life, feel free to check out Gallo’s Food & Wine Pairing Tool online. I know the best way to win my husband over is through a full belly so scroll down to see what other delicious meals were made this week using wine!

Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:

Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:

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Southwestern Meatballs Wrapped in Bacon #SundaySupper

When this weeks theme of Valentine’s Day Recipes for Two came up for #SundaySupper, I knew right away what I had planned to share with everyone. I made these for my husband and I for one of our Date Nights In. Anyone who knows me knows that Date Nights are very important to me because we have two little ones and making time to still be a couple is very important for any marriage never mind a marriage with small children. So every once in awhile I plan one of these date nights for my husband and I. This particular weekend I went all out. I decorated a table, made appetizers, salads, a main dish and a dessert. We had a very nice night minus one kiddo while she spent the night at Memere’s house. Now granted I haven’t made a date night as nice as this since October however I still plan our nice dinners to eat alone once the kids are in bed, so maybe that should give me a reminder to make something as nice and romantic as this again very soon for us. Hmmm…….maybe I could get a new recipe Idea from this theme hosted by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, thank you Susan for hosting this fabulous event today.

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I like to make it special for my hunny. So I made a nice menu, don’t ask how I found time to do this, I haven’t since, however I vow to do it again soon because it was a real nice night. My husband got to spend time with our infant son alone while I cooked. I did spend from 2-7 in the kitchen preparing however it’s where I’m the happiest. When I thought of this appetizer I wanted something that tasted like a bite of a juicy but healthier hamburger! What is a hamburger without bacon??!

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Serves: 2 (8 meatballs)
Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 8 slices of center cut bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch oregano
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl combine turkey, chopped herbs, bread crumbs, scallions, garlic egg, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well and measure into eight large meatballs.

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Wrap each meatball with a piece of bacon and secure with a tooth pick. Place on the parchment paper. Bake for 40-45 min until the bacon is cooked to your likeness.

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For a dipping sauce mix a few tablespoons of ketchup, mustard and relish together. Makes the perfect sauce for your perfect bite!

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8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oThese foodie friends from #SundaySupper have brought you quite the recipes to cook for two! Grab yourself a glass of wine or a special cocktail and get pinning on what recipe you could make your someone special this year for a fun night or romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner!

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Easy Nacho Bar for a #SundaySupper Game Day!

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Sunday everyone!! Even though New England’s Football team didn’t make it this year to the Superbowl I still wanted to take part in this weeks even for a few reasons. One, I miss #SundaySupper, I took a few weeks off and two because of the theme!! Game Day treats! This event is being hosted by Heather over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. Thanks for hosting Heather!  I will use every and all excuses to make snacks! I love making snacks, a bunch of things to pick on when having family and friends over. I’ll admit, football and I, we don’t get along. I’ve tried numerous times to understand the game, I’m not sure if it’s because I just like to talk too much and I can’t pay attention or if I simply just don’t get it! I don’t mind baseball and hockey because I get it……I don’t mind watching a game here and there with my husband, however using every excuse I can to prep, cook and eat some awesome snacks, makes me like any Game Day! Hey it’s a win win for anyone that comes to my house for a game, they know they will always get yummy goodies. When I entertain with friends or family I often put together a few dishes because I just love making Appetizers. The Appetizers posted here are only maybe a third of what I’ve actually made, however I do tend to always make the same ones. That brings me to the dish I decided to share with you today. Easy Nacho Bar (3)

Who doesn’t love a good nacho?? So why not set up a Nacho bar and serve toppings so everyone can make them to their own liking. I’ve served this a few times now at family parties so let me walk you through what I do. For the main ingredients you only need three things. A bag of tortilla chips, a block of Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chili’s in them. (you can by Rotel diced tomatoes without the chili’s as well, I’ve made it that way too.) Simple isn’t it??!

The rest is up to you! What toppings do you like on your nacho’s? Make a small dish of each prepared topping and put them out with your Nacho’s. I find that when I use my crockpot to make the cheese it stays warm and melts really well in it. I then transfer it to my appetizer crockpot warmer but you can always just keep it in a crock pot. I like my appetizer warmer because I can add ground seasoned meats in the other two! Here is what you will need to set up your bar:

Main Ingredients: Rotel

16 oz of Velveeta Cheese (they make reduced fat now too!)
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with chili’s
1 bag of your favorite nacho chips

Toppings:

Ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning
Diced chicken seasoned with fajita seasoning
Sour Cream
Avocado’s
Diced Tomatoes
Crumbled Bacon
Green Onions
Shredded cheese
Pulled Pork

You name it you can put it on Nacho’s! I made a plate for my husband and I for NYE this year, I just used what I had in the house and put it on a large serving plate and we dug in. When serving it to friends it’s nice because they can put whatever toppings they like on it. Hey some people can be picky with their Nacho’s, me not so much. This is a good excuse for me to use my cutesy small dishes I have! Now dig in!

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Grab your grocery list because you are going to want to make some of these dishes for your next Game Day Celebration! It’s not too late to go pick up some things now for today’s game!

Make sure you check out all the Game Day deliciousness we are sharing this Sunday!

Game Day Appetizers:

Game Day Entrees:



Game Day Desserts:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter every Sunday!
We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world.
Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag
and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

2014 Superbowl Snacks

I remember the highest traffic day I had last year was for Super Bowl Sunday. Though I appreciate the audience I’m not banking on that this year. I’m writing this post to offer my readers the very best Game Day foods this Momma has to offer! These are my own picks, from my own experiences, snacks that I’ve made for my friends and got great feedback on. Making appetizers is one of my favorite things to do. Nothing beats a little bite of yumminess. I serve them a lot at my get together’s because I love making a bunch of little dishes!! It gives me the chance to try new recipes because instead of making an actual dinner for our guests I get to make a few different picky dishes! I have what’s called an Appetizer Night a lot for my husband and myself or even when we have another couple over. This allows me to make them ahead of time, I always choose food that I can either prep ahead and finish quickly when people arrive or something I can actually make a head of time and reheat when people are hungry and ready to chow down!!

Party Fav #1

Good Ol’ Fashion Pizza Bites: These are super easy to make and you can make them with either crescent rolls or actual pizza dough, I’ve tried them both ways. You can really fill them with whatever toppings you like on your pizza. What I would do with this party pleaser is prepare them, roll them and get them on a baking sheet before your guests arrive so all you have to do it pop them in the oven for 10 or so minutes! Make a fun dipping sauce to go with them, put some spice in your sauce!!

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Party Fav #2

Spinach Cups: I actually made these for the Super Bowl last year and they were a hit. The actual filling for them was to die for! I haven’t  made them since and now that I’m writing about it I want to try them again!

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Party Fav #3

Salsa Roll Ups: I made these last year too, I’ve also made them for a few other occasions too. Oh and they are made for Weight Watcher peeps too!! BIG hit. Super simple. Make ahead. End of story. If you want to make another version of this snack with a little meat to it, check out my St. Patty’s Day Party  from last year, same gist but it has some meat in it!! YUMMY!

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Party Fav #4

Wings and Things: Who doesn’t want Wings on Game Day?????? I don’t even eat them and they are must have in this house……I would do anything for my hubby, he’s been working so hard lately making our new house a home that on Game Day I’m spoiling him rotten with either Drumsticks with Heat, Spicy Fried Wings or Baked Sweet Chili Wings, I haven’t decided on which one, but all three are worth mentioning here because he LOVED all of them, I probably won’t do the Fried ones just because they are SOOO bad for you, BUT what he wants he gets that day!!

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Party Fav #5

Meatball Sliders! Not just any Meatball Sliders guys, Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders!!! These were to die for, serve them in a slider bun or as is with some tooth pics! If you want to go all out, use ground beef instead of Turkey, I try to stay a little on the healthy side so I do ground Turkey. These will be sure to please any crowd!

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Party Fav #6

Puffs Puffs Puffs!! Puffs of Pepperoni, these neat little snacks I made called Pepperoni Puffs. I’m making these for game day this year because it’s been awhile since I’ve made them and they are super easy. They are also super easy to make a head of time too. You can make these the day before and refrigerate them, pull them out on game day and heat them up in your oven! Wala-Simple!  Not to mention the quick and easy 6 ingredients it has!

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Party Fav #7

Sausage Rolls - This is a quick and easy make for Game Day. I’m actually attempting to make a Ham & Cheese Roll just like this for my daughter tonight for dinner! (Stay tuned) this is a great snack for everyone and anyone! Serve it with a side of sauce and dip as you eat!

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Party Fav# 8

Cheddar Bacon Bites - I made this one on a whim one day for something to snack on with my husband one night when the kids were gone. Super easy with the help of Pillsbury! You can’t just eat one of these!

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Party Fav #9

Humus and Cucumber Dip - I know it doesn’t sound appealing, if you don’t like humus you won’t like this dip, but if you do, you will LOVE this dip….sounds like an odd combo but it tastes awesome together and it’s healthy!!!! Snack away on Game Day
and feel good about it!

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Party Fav #10

Monkey Bread 4 Ways - I’ve made this dip quite a few times now, it’s always a hit and you really pick and choose your toppings for this picky bread! Dip with some seasoned oil and call it dinner!

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Party Fav #11

Baked Chicken Egg Rolls - I made these from a Co-Host a few months ago and it’s worth sharing with you even though it’s not my actual recipe. I still have some in my freezer that I hope to pop in the oven for Super Bowl Sunday this year! You want to try these and there is a Sweet and Sour Sauce that’s perfect for dipping! Cheeseburger Bites – These were a big hit last year, I remember making these for a #SundaySupper post, it’s like a bite of crunchy goodness that tastes like a cheeseburger!! How can you not like that!

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Party Fav #12

Vegetable Spring Rolls - It looks intimidating, it looks hard, but I promise you, it’s EASY!!! VERY EASY. EASY PEASY!! They cooked awesome in the oven too, they are healthier when you bake them in the oven, I was hesitant on how they were going to come out but they were awesome. OK. Now. I. Want. Some.

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Party Fav #13

PIZZA!! Who doesn’t love Pizza! How about a healthy Pizza?? A Vegetarian Pizza that is NOT boring. These are seriously addicting! They are made in little bite size pieces for the convienance of your guests! You can’t just have I promise you that. Super easy and a great snack you can make ahead of time, actually I advise you to make this ahead of time, it’s better chilled!!

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Well there you have it my friends!! I may not like football, but I love cooking for friends and family so I can’t wait to get my butt in the kitchen and make up a bunch of these picky foods! What’s on your menu for Game Day????

Monkey Bread – 4 Ways

This is an awesome appetizer for all to enjoy. Even kids will get a kick out of this one! I’ve made it twice now, once for friends and once for our first annual cookie swap, when I saw my friends 7 month old munching on one, I was a happy Momma! I found it in the Food Network Magazine, I did it a bit different, the original recipe called for 3 cans of dough and to make it in a bundt pan but I didn’t want to make that much so I decided on the oven proof skillet and it worked great! I’m not giving an exact measurement for the toppings because you really need to use your own judgement, just poor each one you choose into a small bowl and roll away! If there are other toppings you can think of……go for it, I tried it with the everything bagel spice and it was AWESOME! You’d think the almond one wouldn’t be so great but it was one of my favs! So stalk up now and make it for New Year’s Eve, it’s the perfect snack to pick on!

What you’ll Need:

2 11 oz. cans of refrigerated  breadstick dough
cooking spray
olive oil
shredded cheddar cheese
chopped dill
parsley
shaved almonds, minced
everything spice (click here to whip up a batch)

What to do:

Spray an oven proof skillet (I used a cast iron) with cooking spray. Add your toppings into small bowls to get ready for rolling.

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Open dough and roll into small balls. Roll into each topping.  Place each ball into the pan filling it and alternating each topping. Drizzle olive oil on top for that crisp ending.

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Bake in a preheated oven of 350 for 35-40 min. (I used the baking spray towards the end to really crisp it up) Let cool for 10 min before serving.

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Fearlessly Creative Mammas – Featured Friday

Happy Friday!! Happy snowy Friday here in New England! It’s coooooold! We have at least a foot and a half of snow on the ground, I’m breaking in my new house with baking, cooking and decorating, I’m watching my toddler play outside in the snow with her Daddy, the fireplace is lit and I’m wrapping presents……..can we say what an awesome night that is! Those are at least 2-3 nights out of my week for the month of December. I’ve been a crazy busy Momma over the past few weeks so today’s feature will be the last one until the New Year! This Momma needs a break! Don’t worry I’ll be back to feature a new blog Jan 10, 2014 (wow that’s odd to type, 2014)

However let’s talk about today’s Co-host, or should I say Co-Hosts??!! Am I leaving you intrigued?? Well you should be because Kathleen and Samantha are joining me from a blog called Fearlessly Creative Mammas!!!! These lovely ladies live and blog from Idaho and are a mother and daughter team. How cool is that??!!! I’d love to team up with someone one day, twice the talent that goes into a blog is just so awesome!! Not only that but Kathleen decided to make one of my dishes for her site today! How sweet was that?? Go check out what dish she made of mine!!

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Samantha has three beautiful babies and enjoys cooking, sewing, watching TV and making Pinterest projects. She also runs  a home based business selling Origami Owl. She loves to travel and hopes to do more of it later on down the road, she traveled all of her life seeing several different countries and most of the United States because of her Dad’s job.

Kathleen lives with her husband Nick and like Samantha (and myself) doesn’t really like the cold so she tries to escape some place warm when she can. Her first blog was started to document her and her husbands travels. You can check it out here Pebble Pirouette.  She still travels a lot for her husbands job and gets to accompany him a lot of the time. (how lucky!) Also, like Samantha she gets restless when they live in one place for too long. Me, I’d like to stay here forever because I hate moving but I also hate the cold of New England too! Kathleen used to work outside of the home but she quit her job to move to China for a year. (WOW!!!) She enjoys cooking, crafting, photography and enjoying her three adorable grandchildren.

So let’s talk about what these lovely ladies blog about! Crafts and food, can’t get much better than that, also Kathleen was the first Featured Friday hostess (with the mostess) to reach out to me first! Yup she found me through someone else I had featured and she contacted me, how nice is that……for once I didn’t have to beg someone teeheee….Thanks Kathleen! Anywho……these gals have some great DIY crafts that are perfect for gift giving, entertaining, or simply to decorate your own home! Let’s talk about a few I found pretty amazing. I’m not sure if Samantha or Kathleen made this one but their homemade Ruffle Tree Skirt is awesome! So cute, I just wish I could pull something together like this, not so sure I could. Check it out! Samantha made these really cute Burp Cloths, I know I can never get enough burp cloths (specially since my lil man is teething!) I love how personal it is and how cute they came out, now to teach this Momma how to sew…….hmmm. I also love the Tutu cute crib skirt! How awesome would this had been when my Maddie was a babe (she’s not a babe anymore, it makes me sad) One more craft then we will move onto FOOD! Kathleen was part of this Handmade Gift Exchange (which is really cool by the way!) and made these cute personalized letters that you could easily make as a gift for someone. Make one for their last name or I like the idea of making one for a child and let it stand on a shelf in their room. Love it! I think I could handle this one…….I think.

Now lets talk food!! These ladies have some great dishes to speak of. They have quite a few Gluten Free items you may want to check out, a few that stood out to me was Kathleen’s Italian Vegetable Pasta. Great dish with lots of veggies! Another one that struck my fancy was her Parmesan Cream Cheese Chicken. OM Yumminess! So the dish that I decided to make was Kathleen’s Baked Chicken Egg Rolls. I have a Baked Vegetable Egg Roll recipe I’ve tried but I loved the addition of chicken in this one! I had to substitute the bag of Cole Slaw Mix with a can of Chop Suey Vegetables from La Choy that I had on hand because the market I went to believe it or not didn’t have a bag of Cole Slaw Mix and I surly didn’t have time to be shredding cabbage with two sick kids all week.

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This was the perfect substitution I just cut it up a bit and added it to the mix! I kept everything else the same as she called for, I didn’t really measure the seasonings, I just went with it, for Asian Seasoning I kind of made my own because I didn’t have any and couldn’t find any at the market. I cooked the chicken in my crockpot with the Asian Seasoning for a few hours on high the day before.

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I even assembled them that evening but never actually baked them until the next day when hubby and I needed lunch. I did spray some pam spray oil on them, I used the butter flavored kind and sprinkled a few sesame seeds on them to give it the full Chinese affect! I kept them moist with a paper towel and and froze the other half of them like Kathleen suggested. Which I’m super excited about having for dinner some night when I don’t feel like cooking!

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These were to die for people……..To. Die. For. It had an awesome kick and it was the perfect snack/lunch for us!

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Don’t let the assembly part scare you it’s not hard to roll up or keep together, it’s really simple! I made a simple homemade Sweet and Sour sauce while they were baking, super easy and well worth it for dipping.

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A snack/lunch we will be making again, but for now I’ll enjoy them again some night when I take them out of the freezer!! Thank you so much for letting me feature the Fearlessly Creative Mamma’s! Connect with them now!

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Cinco De Mayo for #SundaySupper!!!

cincoNot only is it #SundaySupper time but it’s also a theme that I personally love!! Who doesn’t LOVE Mexican food? Well this Momma does and so does her family so this week you are going to love these dishes!! This even is being hosted by a personal fav of mine! Jen from Junita’s Cocina!!! Thanks for hosting such a mouth watering event Jen! When I was trying to decide what to make I thought back to some of the dishes that I’ve made in the past, I was tempted to make one of them again, but wanted to try something different. I used this event and this day as an excuse to make a few Mexican dishes! I’ve always wanted to try my own homemade Salsa before, I’ve also wanted to make a Mexican salad all on my own (meaning not from someone else’s recipe) and I also wanted to try Tacquito’s too soooooooo………I decided to make the Salsa using that primarily as my dressing for the Salad and then I made Tacquito’s for my family Saturday night for dinner, so stay tuned for that recipe!!

Now for a Salsa, I wanted something simple, I wanted to make it in my new hand blender I just bought from Pampered Chef and I wanted to make it at the mouth watering temperature that was right for my family!! I also like my Salsa a little chunky as well. I was highly impressed with myself, either that or Salsa is really that easy to make on your own and I’ve just been missing out on the goodness of homemade! I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to store bought again, it has a certain “freshness” to it that jarred Salsa does not have.

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Homemade Easy Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 Cups of Salsa

Homemade Easy Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes w/green chilies
  • 1 Fresh tomato
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1/2 Cup of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (I chose to not seed them, if you want to cut the heat, de-seed them!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop up the tomato, onion and jalapeno's (don't worry about the size they are gong in the blender!) Pour can of diced tomatoes in a processor followed by the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add the cilantro, salt and pepper at the end so you can taste as you go. Puree to your desired thickness. I had a manual processor and it worked great. I just kept tasting and adding cilantro until I got to the taste I wanted.
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Now for the salad I decided to just cook some chicken breasts in a Fajita seasoning. I bought a Fajita seasoning mix packet, cut my chicken into thin strips and sauteed them on top of my stove! How easy is that for a little kick in the salad. As far as what I put in the salad, well I used what I liked, you can use whatever you’d like but here are some idea’s.

Chicken Fajita Salad

Chicken Fajita Salad

Ingredients

  • Romaine Mix Lettuce
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, sliced
  • 1 pkg. of Fajita seasoning mix
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of light sour cream
  • Other additions: Tomatoes, Corn, black beans, green chilis

Instructions

  1. Saute chicken strips with a little bit of olive oil and fajita seasoning, turning them until they are cooked through.
  2. Lay them on top of the lettuce and top with your favorite Mexican additions!
  3. Use sour cream and homemade salsa above for dressing.
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Now onto what everyone else from this fabulous group has brought to the family table!!

Cinco de Mayo Appetizers & Sides {Aperitivos}:

Cinco de Mayo Main Dishes {Platos Principales}:

Cinco de Mayo Desserts {Postres}:

Cinco de Mayo Drinks {Bebidas}:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

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New Cooking Adventures for #SundaySupper

So this weeks theme is all about trying something new. Something we’ve never made before, something we would like to experiment with. So let new cooking adventures consume your Sunday!!! Grab a cup of coffee and dive into new ventures in the kitchen this week! This fabulous event is hosted by The Foodie Army Wife. Thanks for hosting such a daring event Conni!!

Besides once you see what I’ve chosen your going to want to check out my recipe, one because it rocked and two because, well I despise anything fishy. I vowed to never cook anything sea worthy in my kitchen. Like ever. Never. However………I did it. I’m not sure what made me choose a seafood dish, there are plenty of things I have yet to try. Baking a cheesecake for example, or making Polenta, or how about a simple coffee cake, I’ve never made any of those, I’ve never even made a Prime Rib or Beef Tenderloin yet! Gosh the more I write this the more I wonder why I chose a fishy smelly dish!

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SundaySupperOh yes that’s right, my husband. He loves Scallops and I love making him happy. I love making him things he loves. I knew I wouldn’t eat them and I was afraid it would smell up my kitchen, or worse even, my whole house!! AH! However when my mom and I passed the “Fish” department at the local Meat store down the street (our new favorite place since moving) I couldn’t help but grab a package of scallops. Mom promised me that they wouldn’t smell up my whole kitchen. I knew my mother-in-law was coming for dinner this week so I planned it around that and now had 3 people I could feed them too (luckily my sister is on my side when it comes to smelly yucky fish items!). I went on the search for a Scallop recipe that would be easy yet good, how was I to know since I don’t even like them you ask??? I didn’t……I went with my mom’s opinion on baking them in a breadcrumb mixture. Not only a breadcrumb mixture but when I read the recipe and realized the only thing I didn’t have in my kitchen was the actual breadcrumbs, I decided to make my own!! I used a handful of whole wheat saltine crackers and Italian seasoning and popped them right in the food processor and wala……..instant breadcrumbs!!! Yay me!

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Recipe Adapted From: Everyday Gourmet

Baked Spanish Scallops

Baked Spanish Scallops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3-4 Appetizer Sized Dishes or 2 Dinner Servings

Serving Size: 5-6 Scallops

Baked Spanish Scallops

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pounds seas-scallops, rinsed, drained, and dried with paper towel.
  • 3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, minced garlic. Set aside.
  3. Pour melted butter into oven proof casserole dish or pan. Roll Scallops in butter and arrange them evenly in the dish.
  4. Top each scallop with 1 tbsp. of bread crumb mixture.
  5. Bake in oven until scallops are firm, about 20 minutes.
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They were a hit!! I have no clue, however all three of my taste testers swore up and down that they were delicious and the perfect appetizer dish! I loved that I was able to make my own breadcrumbs in a scramble too! Let’s see what everyone else tried!!!

New Expeditions (Sides, Starters & Staples)

Homemade Corn Tortillas from Pescetarian Journal

Easy Oven Polenta from Shockingly Delicious

Homemade Spiced Flour Tortillas from Chocolate Moosey

Naan from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Homemade Tofu from Kimchi MOM

Indian Moong Beans from Magnolia Days

Baked Lemon Coconut Risotto from Soni’s Food

Homemade Peanut Butter from Home Cooking Memories

Homemade Ricotta Cheese from Webicurean

Portuguese Chorizo Bread from Family Foodie

Savory mushroom and herb steel cut oat Risotto Foxes Love Lemons

Grilled Asian Snap Peas and Peppers from Neighborfood

 

Grand Quests (Main Dishes)

Traditional Pork Tamales from Gourmet Drizzles

Braised Lamb Brisket with Lemon Oregano Yogurt Sauce from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Rice Burger from The Urban Mrs.

Pan-fried Scallops with Garlic Chili Linguine from Food Lust People Love

Miso-Glazed Salmon from The Foodie Patootie

Penne with Mustard and Chives from My Other City By The Bay

Arepas Rellenas (Stuffed Arepas) from The Wimpy Vegetarian

Spanish Baked Scallops from Momma’s Meals

Black Beans and Cheese Empanadas from Basic N Delicious

Pork Dim Sum from Small Wallet, Big Appetite

Venison Steak Gyros from Curious Cuisiniere

Baked Tilapia with Parmesan Basil Sauce from Growing Up Gabel

Vegetarian Hortobagyi Pancakes from Happy Baking Days

Caribou & Andouille Chili from The Foodie Army Wife

 

Escapades (Sweet Treats & Spirited Companions)

Vegan Chocolate Mousse from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

Zebra Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Multilayer Bars from What Smells So Good?

Rut-Busting Wines For New Cooking Adventures from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows from Vintage Kitchen

Strawberry Raspberry Fruit Leather from Juanita’s Cocina

Making Macarons: FAIL! from girlichef

Macaroons from Noshing With The Nolands

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from The Messy Baker

Bircher Muesli from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Hello Kitty Rice Krispies from The Ninja Baker

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from In The Kitchen With KP

Dorie Greenspan’s Orange Almond Tart from Hip Foodie Mom

Ombre Mini Cakes from Daily Dish Recipes

Chocolate Dipped Madeleines from Big Bear’s Wife

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday, April 28th to talk all about our foodie fears! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 3:00 pm AKST/7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

Featured Friday – Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Another Friday upon us!! This weeks Co-Host is another #SundaySupper pal of mine. I’ve been following Erin’s blog for awhile, she’s got some amazing recipes and her pictures just make you want to eat whatever it is she makes right off of the computer screen! Erin blogs over at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts!! I think my favorite section of hers is her “Dessert” section. She has got some great treats over there. Though I’m not much of a baker, I can dream. I can visualize myself whipping up one of her scrumptious treats!

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Erin is a Momma to a beautiful 7 year old boy, married to her love and currently living in Colorado which has always been a dream come true for her and her husband. Like me, Erin went to school for finance but once she had her son she decided to stay home. She writes her blog as a way to share her recipes and branch out and try new things, it has turned into so much more than she thought it would. You go girl! Erin met her husband in high school and currently their parents live across the street from each other! Fun! Her family enjoys the mountains by hiking in the summer, snow shoeing in the winter and everything else in between!

Erin also has a section on her blog where you can shop for your favorite kitchen gadgets! From utensils, bake ware and food processors to the very famous Kitchen Aid mixer! Check it out! You can also find some great weekly grocery deals at your favorite stores such as Target, Shaw’s or Trader Joe’s!

Now lets talk favorite recipes!! My only question is why do I always have to pick the best blogs to Feature??? It just makes my job harder when I have to choose a recipe. I wanted to choose something from Erin’s Dessert section so bad, but my week just didn’t have that cut out for me! :( So here are the ones I contemplated until I laid out my week and saw I just didn’t have the time!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake – I think I’m going to make this over the weekend, or at the end of the week, this is the one I wanted to feature but I didn’t have time to make it because I like to have my dish made by Wednesday so I have the time to edit my photographs and of course rant and rave in my writings to you lovelies!

Garden Fresh Salsa – I just got a new processor from Pampered Chef, this recipe looks perfect for trying it out for my very first Salsa recipe!

French Toast Muffins - Well hello the reason why I want to make these are in the name of the recipe! Who wouldn’t. I haven’t made Madison muffins lately because the last few I’ve made she hasn’t liked all too much so I’ve lost my confidence :( I think these may do the trick though!

Cheeseburger Soup – I wish Soup season wasn’t coming to an end here in New England because I saw this one during a #SundaySupper theme and instantly wanted to try it!!! If we get one more cold afternoon before the flowers bloom, I’m giving it a shot!

Five Spice Pork Lo Mein - You know me, I’m all about a new Chinese dish I can make at home, this one looks delish!!

OK so those are just a few favorite that I wish I could make. Like Now. Let’s move onto what I did make!! Erin claims to have an obssession with little balls of meat. Well another thing we have in common because so do I!!!!!!!! I have come to love making new meatball recipes because well it’s fun, they all taste different and it’s EASY!!! So when I came across this one I knew I had to turn it into dinner!! Soooooooooo………I served it with some rice and used the dipping sauce to drizzle over the meatballs and rice…….served it with peas………wala! Dinner was served this week!!! Here it is…….make sure you go check out the actual recipe!

 

 

Asian Turkey Meatballs

 

 

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The only thing I would do differently is not add the dipping sauce to the rice if your making it an actual meal. It is awesome for dipping, but too salty for an actual sauce. Pouring some over just the meatballs was perfect!! I think I’m falling in love with Asian meals because I’ve made a few over the past year and I’ve loved every one! (Still have one to share with you all!) Thanks for another awesome dinner Erin, my daughter even gobbled them up!! I’m impressed because she is quite picky!! Another ball of meat I’m quite happy with!

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And of course all the other yummy recipes that Erin has over at Dinners, Dishes & Desserts! Stop on over and tell her this Momma sent you! Thanks so much for “Cooking” with me in my kitchen Erin!!!

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Cheddar Bacon Bites

Are you looking for the perfect appetizer to serve to friends or family? Or how about a little treat before a Sunday dinner? Even a snack for that picky eater you may have? Well this one is for you!! I made this one night and they went FAST! Plus they were simple to make too………good ol’ Pillsbury comes through again! I added red pepper flakes to a few for me and my husband.

Bacon Cheese Bites

Cheddar Bacon Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 Circles

Serving Size: 1 Each

Calories per serving: 80

Fat per serving: 6g.

Cheddar Bacon Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup cooked real bacon pieces or 4 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press each rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
  2. Spread dressing over each rectangle to edges. Sprinkle each with bacon, Red Pepper flakes if using, and Cheddar cheese. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle; tightening as you go, press edge to seal. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 4 slices; place cut side down on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
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