Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites

Appetizers and Beverages | December 6, 2016 | By

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites: 5 ingredients/no cooking. Bite-size balls of creamy, tangy goat cheese, sweet-tart cranberries & pistachios on RITZ Crackers.

Ready or not the holiday season is upon us and I’m actually starting to feel — dare I say it — like I’m getting a handle on things. I love this time of year ~ it’s so festive and yes even a little chaotic having family and friends over. But because entertaining isn’t the only thing on my agenda ~ you too? ~ I need easy, delicious recipes that splurge on flavor and wow factor. Today I’m sharing no-bake, 5-ingredient Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites – sweet, savory, a little nutty ~ all rolled into bite-size balls served on RITZ Crackers with definite wow factor going on.


Baked Brie, Pear, Onion Jam Bites

4-ingredient Baked Brie, Pear, Onion Jam Bites: mini phyllo cups filled with warm, creamy baked brie topped with onion jam & tangy diced fresh pear.

Appetizers and Beverages | December 3, 2016 | By

I don’t know about you, but my head is almost spinning thinking December is here and I’ve hardly started my Christmas shopping. I talked to my sister-in-law today and her shopping is completely done. Which camp are you in? It’s such a fun time of the year but when I have a lot going on, I love a recipe that’s not only super easy and delicious, but foolproof and just four ingredients,  like this Baked Brie, Pear, Onion Jam Bites. I know it’s a mouthful, but what else could I call them? Mini pre-made phyllo cups filled with warm, creamy baked brie topped with caramelized onion jam & tangy diced fresh pear. It’s beyond easy but tastes deliciously elegant, pairs really well with a nice Pinot Grigio and oh yeah it’s worth repeating. . .it’s just four ingredients.


Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a great meal.

Main Dish, Soup | December 1, 2016 | By

My husband is always on the hunt for what he calls a “good bar burger”. It’s become almost a hobby for him, scouting out the best one. They need to be at least 1/3 pound of juicy beef, melted Swiss cheese and grilled onions all on a sesame seed bun, served with fries (preferably hand-cut). He adds a squeeze of mustard and it’s all washed down with a cold beer. The latest place was a total dive with a sign outside that said ‘no biker colors allowed’. Hmmm. It was cold and rainy that day so when I saw Roasted Cauliflower Soup on a handwritten menu, I decided to skip the burger and give it a try. This creamy, cheesy, hearty soup (chowder?) with bits of roasted cauliflower didn’t disappoint. I guess it’s true what they say ~ you can’t judge a book by its cover. . .


Homemade Granola

Homemade granola ~ tastier than store-bought, less expensive and super easy to make. A great start to your day or as a snack with yogurt and fruit.

Breakfast | November 28, 2016 | By

I love breakfast but unless it’s Sunday morning, it has to be fast. . .and good. . .like this Breakfast Pizza or even faster ~ a bowl of plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and  Homemade Granola. It’s so ridiculously delicious sometimes I eat it by the fistful. . .without yogurt. . .or fruit. Just sayin’. 


Turkey Lentil Soup

Turkey Lentil Soup - easily made with ground turkey OR leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. A hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Main Dish | November 22, 2016 | By

Soup is my go-to in the winter months. It hits the spot on a cold day and it’s a great way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. I’m always on the prowl for new soup recipes and Turkey Lentil Soup is one of my favorites for a few reasons: It whips up quickly but has the rich flavor of a soup that’s simmered for hours, it’s a triple threat of nutrition: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and I can make it using either ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when I can’t eat even one more turkey sandwich with gravy. Turkey Lentil Soup for the win.


Spicy Baked Salmon

Spicy Baked Salmon: just 4 ingredients + the salmon for a great weeknight meal that's elegant enough to entertain with too and on the table in 20 minutes!

Main Dish | November 18, 2016 | By

Is it just me or are you double checking the calendar to make sure Thanksgiving really is next week? The year is going so fast and with the holidays can come overeating (insert frown). No worries ~ I’m not going to give you a health food lecture. I love junk food more than I should even though I know when I eat smarter I feel better. In an effort to offer a balance between the Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies and Baklava Cups I posted recently, Spicy Baked Salmon is an easy, healthy, protein-packed meal and most important, it’s really delicious. With just four ingredients, it goes from oven to table in under 20 minutes.  


Mini Baklava Cups

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Dessert | November 16, 2016 | By

Happy National Baklava Day! I don’t know who makes up national food days, but I for one am grateful they do. I originally developed Mini Baklava Cups for Easter but when I started thinking about Thanksgiving desserts beyond pumpkin pie, Mini Baklava Cups kept popping up in my mind. Since my blog has seen an explosion of new traffic over the last few months ~ yay! ~ I decided it would be an ideal time to repost. Mini phyllo cups filled with a finely chopped nut mixture flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon. . .a miniature, quicker version of baklava, portion-controlled and every bite scrumptuous.


Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CallieCrew #CollectiveBias

Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza with a balsamic glaze and Callie Collection Wines for easy entertaining with friends and moments that stop time.

I’ve belonged to a book club for the last dozen years or so. We started out as (library) card-carrying, book-toting readers back when we had kids with curfews still living at home. The kids are all out on their own now but we still get together and though you’d think we have even more time now, somehow we don’t, so we now skip the book and somewhere along the way morphed into a Wine Club. The women in this club, my friends are each beautiful, strong, supportive and just happen to enjoy a glass of wine and really good food as much as I do, like this Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza


Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies~soft inside, slightly crisp bottom. A perfect blend of the sweet fall flavor of cranberries and semi sweet chocolate.

Dessert | November 14, 2016 | By

I was literally like a kid turned loose in the candy store today on the hunt for baking supplies for a virtual cookie swap I was invited to join. It’s basically a collection of cookie recipes from some amazing bloggers. What’s not to like, right? I was flattered that a non-baker like myself would be asked so I jumped ~ with both feet and  accepted! After much internal debate about what kind of cookie to make ~ the cookie bar was high! ~ and almost wearing out the tile floor in the baking aisle, I decided on Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’m so glad I did.


Au Gratin Potatoes

Easy Au Gratin Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy sauce, tender slices of layered potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. The ideal side for any meal.

Side Dish | November 11, 2016 | By

Few things make my day better than a whole pan of creamy, cheese potatoes. It’s the ultimate in comfort food; the food for those you love. . . and even those you just sort of like.  Au Gratin potatoes creamy, cheesy sauce, tender potatoes, golden brown slightly crispy top. Who’s with me?