Boozy Brownies

Salted Caramel Boozy Brownies ~ fudgy boozy brownies drizzled with salted caramel. Starts with a box mix, ready for the oven in 5 minutes.

Dessert | October 13, 2018 | By

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This Boozy Brownies post and the following scrumptious recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was on her way to Peru in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!

Summer is my season, but I welcome fall and all that it brings: boots and scarves, all things pumpkin and tailgate season for those of us more interested in the social aspect of football. Which brings me to Boozy Brownies.

I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little competitive when it comes to bringing food to a party. Let’s be honest…Pinterest has me and the rest of the world in a frenzy about bringing THE best dish.

Now everyone has access to everything from cutting edge fashion to must-see travel destinations, ways to get fit and of course a recipe for every occasion.

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Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe is the ultimate party snack combining crunchy and salty plus a marriage made in heaven, Buffalo and ranch.

Appetizers & Beverages | October 4, 2018 | By

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe is the ultimate party snack combining crunchy, salty and that marriage made in heaven, Buffalo and ranch.

Snack mix, trail mix, Chex mix . . . whatever you call it, most of us have indulged in it over a cocktail or three. It has an almost addictive quality about it.  

I’ve found myself picking through premade snack mixes for my favorite parts and pushing aside others. Please don’t judge me; let’s stop the madness and make our own snack mix!

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe couldn’t be faster or easier and the best part ~ you’re guaranteed to have it exactly as you like it.

Crunchy, salty and boldly spicy. Read on.

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce.

Dinner | September 27, 2018 | By

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta ~ bites of spicy Cajun chicken, pasta, sliced mushrooms and bell pepper in a creamy Cajun alfredo sauce.

There’s just two of at the dinner table most of the time these days so I try to create dishes we both like. Some days are more challenging than others.

That’s not to say my husband is a picky eater ~ he’s not. But in his world, food should be (a) spicy, (b) fried (c) smothered in gravy or (d) some combination.

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta falls into the spicy category but it was definitely not a hit with him. That’s okay. Just as he prefers a cold beer to my glass of wine, we don’t have to agree on everything we eat.

That said, I loved it. LOVED. It.  I ate it for dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day. I even found myself grabbing a couple of pieces of cold pasta right from the fridge.  I was happy to polish it off myself. Every last bite.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaf, topped with a spicy hoison sauce.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | September 24, 2018 | By

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ Asian seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaves and topped with a spicy hoisin sauce.

When I look back on old posts like this one, it reminds me of photos my kids come across of me that they find hilarious. “Those glasses ~ that hair!”. 

The old photos from the original Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps post were just as awkward and cringe-worthy.

But what I had forgotten about this recipe because I hadn’t made it in a while is . . . dang! ~ it’s sooo good! I do remember how my husband and I almost arm-wrestled over the last wrap. He ended up eating it, but  I would have won. I totally would have won. 

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Cucumber Dill Salmon

cucumber dill salmon ~ salmon filet topped with creamy cucumber dill sauce served with brussels sprouts

Dinner | September 19, 2018 | By

Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber-dill sauce. Simple, sophisticated taste in just 20 minutes.

Today I’m throwing back to a few years ago when I first published this recipe. I’ve updated the photos ~ no longer using my iPhone in an attempt to show you drool-worthy food.  I’ve even added a video thanks to my husband that shows how easy it is to make this dish in 20 minute ~ or less.

There are just a few ingredients in this light, fresh salmon with a creamy sauce but friends, mayonnaise isn’t one of them.

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Peach Galette Recipe

peach galette recipe ~ rustic peach galette topped with coarse sugar and baked until golden.

Dessert | September 6, 2018 | By

Peach Galette Recipe ~ rustic, free-form flaky crust baked with sweet fresh summer peaches.

Last week my friend Audrey called saying that I had to buy some peaches from Altermatt’s, one of the local farms. Oh my gosh she said emphatically ~ they’re soooo good. 

She wanted to make a peach pie but was leaving for the weekend and didn’t have time. I was leaving for New Orleans for a food blogger conference so making peach anything wasn’t in my immediate future either.

That didn’t stop her from emphasizing ~ “you just have to get some”. Not only is Audrey a good friend and the single best gift receiver you’ll ever meet, but her enthusiasm for well, almost everything is contagious. By the time I got home I was having serious peach FOMO.

I never made it to Altermatt’s, but bought these beauties at the farmer’s market and whipped up a peach galette in under 15 minutes. No joke. 

peach galette recipe ~ Peach Galette Recipe ~ basket of whole fresh peaches

In full disclosure, I’m a fan of store made crust and used it in this recipe. It was every bite as flaky and delicious as it was in this savory pie. Haters don’t hate. This peach galette is delicious. 

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ~ authentic Mexican flavor with just 10 minutes hands on time. Take your enchilada recipe to the next level.

Dinner | August 28, 2018 | By

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ~ authentic, classic Mexican flavor with just 10 minutes hands on time. 

I’ve made Enchiladas lots of times using canned sauce and eaten them even more times in restaurants. I’m pretty sure the deep, rich flavor of the restaurant sauce didn’t come from a can. 

It wasn’t until we had a bumper crop of jalapenos (because how many poppers can you eat?!)  that I decided to make my own. This recipe almost as simple as opening a can, but better. So much better and with the bold, authentic flavors you crave. 

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Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini

easy hummus recipe without tahini

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ delicious, creamy hummus with a hint of lemon. No tahini needed and this healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

I haven’t sworn off tahini and have nothing against it, but the last time I bought it I could only find it in a super size jar that could have easily come off the shelves of Sam’s Club (but didn’t). I couldn’t use it all before the expiration date and ended up throwing a good portion of it away.

When we were in Florida last March, I bought a container of the local grocery store’s own hummus and was really disappointed ~ thick, tasteless and a little clumpy ~ whaaat? I swore when I got home I would make the kind of hummus I like to eat ~ creamy, full of flavor with just a hint of lemon.

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini recipe rivals any I’ve had with tahini and since I usually have everything on hand to make it, it’s easier than a trip to the store for pre-packaged and takes about as much time.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

fresh tomato salsa ~ no cook recipe, diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, cilantro and lime. Tasty appetizer or top any Mexican dish.

Appetizers & Beverages | August 16, 2018 | By

Fresh Tomato Salsa ~ light, spicy fresh tomato salsa with a hint of lime and no cooking involved. Also called pico de gallo ~ it’s a delicious appetizer with tortilla chips or topping your favorite Mexican dish.

We planted our garden again this spring and watered and fertilized all the plants; probably watering more this year than I can ever remember because of the stretches of 90+ temps.

We lovingly cared for these little sprouts like they were our children, anxiously waiting for the first sign there would be a harvest and watching as some of the tomato plants grew as tall as me. Don’t be too impressed ~ I’m only 5’2″.

Our reward for all this tending is lots of tomatoes. I’m talking Lots.Of.Tomatoes. We’ve eaten them in pasta salad, sliced on BLT’s and even a goat cheese-tomato appetizer. Some have a future in marinara but for now, our favorite is this Fresh Tomato Salsa with a basket of tortilla chips and a couple of margaritas

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Beef Kabobs

beef kabobs ~ marinated, skewered beef, peppers, mshrooms and onions

Dinner | August 6, 2018 | By

Beef Kabobs ~ steak and vegetable kabobs marinated in simple, everyday ingredients to lock in delicious, bold taste. Grill with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms for a complete meal on a stick. 

It’s hard to believe we’re post 4th of July and Labor Day is fast approaching. Seems like only yesterday I flagged down the ice cream truck for a sweet treat. Wait ~ that was yesterday . . . and many other warm summer days. 

Before we start buying Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer and indulging in pots of spicy chili while we root on the home football team, let’s fire up the grill again for these tender, juicy Beef Kabobs. Otherwise known as a meal on a stick.

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