Irish Guinness Beef Stew ~ tender seared beef, chunks of potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick rich beef-Guinness gravy.
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete for my sister-in-law Gloria without hats and strands of beads for the group, including my reluctant brother-in-law. Irish green shirts, a round or three of drinks, plenty of laughs and some good Irish food like this Irish Guinness Beef Stew round out the day.
Her enthusiasm is contagious; it’s a party you don’t want to miss. This stew has everything you need for St. Patrick’s Day: chunks of tender seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick stew enhanced with the flavor of Guinness beer. Just don’t forget the hats and beads.
Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart ~ simple, deliciously light rustic chocolate raspberry tart. Golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.
Today I’m here with a Public Service Announcement: Do not make reservations this Valentine’s Day. For the record, I’m coming from experience(s) that include rushed meals, lost reservations, limited menus and a less than stellar meal.
Let’s shake things up this year and make dinner (heart-shaped pizza excluded) along with this luscious, decadent easy dessert for afterward. Or before . . . no judgement here. Because you’re guaranteed to have room for dessert if you start with it.
I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day. Or even Galentine’s Day. Celebrate to your heart’s content . . . with a dinner at home. Why you ask? Because it’s just a damn good idea. Granted you’ll have cleanup, but the meal will be infinitely better.
White Chicken Chili ~ creamy, loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies. Topped off with sliced avocado, extra cheese, tortilla strips and sour cream.
As recipes go, this one doesn’t get any easier. Just load the ingredients into your slow cooker then while you’re doing whatever it is you do that brings home the bacon . . . WAH BAM! Thick, creamy, delicious chili loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies.
Of course, what starts as simple doesn’t have to stay that way. Feel free to dress it up with as many garnishes as you like, including a big dollop of fresh guacamole.
Make a batch on Tuesday. Eat leftovers on Wednesday (it’s even better reheated). If you’re lucky, there’ll be enough to freeze an individual container for lunch one day when there’s “nothing in the fridge”.
Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork ~ full-on bold barbecue flavor. Tender, juicy pulled pork braised in beer and Indiana’s #1 BBQ sauce, slow simmered for the ultimate football food.
Wings and dips are
good great, but by halftime, the party is going to need some solid sustenance. This Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork is it. Full-on bold barbecue flavor, tender juicy pork seasoned and slow-simmered in beer and barbecue sauce for the best taste.
Beef Enchilada Dip ~ spicy ground beef, cheese, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies and enchilada sauce, topped with more cheese and baked ’til bubbly.
The Super Bowl is almost here. Maybe that means you’ll be hosting a few friends and their appetites. Or maybe you got lucky and just need to bring a dish. Something other than your shining personality, though bring that too. Someone has to be the life of the party after all.
The fact is you
should must bring something crowd-approved and usually that means bold spicy flavor, like this Beef Enchilada Dip.
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made all in one pot, loaded with tender bites of chicken, orzo, carrots, spinach, dill and of course, tangy lemon flavor.
For the flu-stricken, cold-stricken or anyone in need of a little comfort, this recipe is it. It’s National Soup Month and although this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup won’t cure what ails you, it’ll sustain you until it passes.
A little Chicken Soup for the soul . . .
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken ~ easy 4 ingredient juicy, bold flavored chicken for tacos, burritos or salads with just 5 minutes prep.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become better organized. I’m already teetering on the brink of failure, like a toddler in mama’s high heels.
Thanks to my disorganization, I now have multiple packages of boneless chicken in the freezer. This got me thinking about some of my favorite chicken recipes and this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken tops the list.
Four ingredients + 5 minutes = the most incredibly juicy, bold-flavored chipotle chicken with an aroma that’ll practically bring you to your knees.
Cheese and Charcuterie Board ~ simple, stress-free entertaining. A display of meats, cheeses, bread, fruit and nuts. Goes perfectly with wine.
I’ve always loved hosting friends and family in our home long before I started blogging. The first time I invited the family over, I was a naïve, clueless newlywed. This was long before Google and Pinterest so not knowing what to make, I cooked pretty much. . .everything.
It looked like an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Golden Corral and I made everything myself from scratch having refused offers of help. That didn’t make me a kitchen ninja. It just made me a crazy woman.
I’ve done a lot of entertaining since then and I’m much more relaxed now (don’t listen to a word my kids say). One reason is that I’ve simplified things and learned to serve food like this Cheese and Charcuterie Board that makes an appearance at almost every gathering at our house.
AWARD WINNING Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup from the PAISLEY FARM HOLIDAY BLOGGER RECIPE CHALLENGE recipe contest. Free products provided by PAISLEY FARM; recipe, narrative and photos are my own.
It’s hard not to get excited for mail delivery this time of year. Christmas cards, packages you forgot you ordered from Amazon (oops!) and 7 jars of goodies from Paisley Farm to my doorstep.
Okay, maybe you didn’t get that package, but I did because I was invited to participate in the Paisley Farm Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. I accepted, entered this Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup recipe took first place.
Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites ~ 2 bite-size golden, flaky puff pastry topped with maple bacon onion jam, sweet caramelized pears and salty, bold blue cheese. A simple, elegant appetizer as festive as the holidays.
Puff pastry may be the best kitchen hack ever ~ prepared, frozen sheets of dough that bake and puff into beautiful, golden flaky pastry. The dough easily transitions from sweet to savory with the help of a few pantry and refrigerator items.
I never seem to have enough time around the holiday season, despite my best planning and intentions. So it’s all about having quick, easy A-Game recipes in my hip pocket. Or in this case, the refrigerator and freezer.
I could practically create a week’s worth of meals wrapped in this buttery, flaky crust. In fact, I just may. I happen to have a box or three in the freezer right now.