Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Crunchy , Chopped Fresh Summer Veggie Salad and A Real Smok'n Cookout!

My son recently ordered a custom smoker.  We thoroughly enjoyed being his guinea pigs for all the marvelous goodies he's so passionately produced on that smoker (which I dubbed "Ye Ole Smokey")!  Our first tasting was the Mother's Day cookout.  It was so great, the guys asked to be reinvited for more smok'n on Father's Day.  All this in preparation for a huge cookout in June with a Dallas TV show theme.  Everything that came off that smoker was unbelievable!  Hats off to my son, "J.R.," the Pitmaster!

My take-along dish Father's Day was this fantastic, crunchy veggie salad, which I'd been tempted to make for some time.  Well, I can tell you that it was a big hit, for those who were okay with a little raw onion, that is...read on!

                                             Fresh and Ready To Be...
                                                 Dressed and Tossed!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BLT Salad Whole-Grain Tandoori Naan Pizza

There are two things I would normally avoid like the plague...doughnuts* and pizza.  But now, with this BLT Salad Naan Pizza, I can indulge without guilt

Satisfying without being heavy, this pizza is so easy, it can be enjoyed when you need something in a hurry.  It's delicious warm pizza style or cold folded into a wrap.  I love either with sliced grape tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes.  The spicy piquancy of the blue cheese and the slight tanginess of the creamy goat cheese offer an intriquing combination of flavors.

                                         Yay! Pizza Loaded with Pleasure...
                                                   Without The Guilt!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Grapes In Cheesecake Cream with Toasted Pecans and Gingersnap Crumb Topping!

Envision succulent grapes enrobed in a luscious cheesecake cream with the added texture of lightly toasted, chopped pecans and crowned with a crunchy gingersnap crumb topping.

Is it a side dish or a dessert...I'll let you decide.  You know we Southerners love our sweet side dishes...so, naturally, we would serve it as a side...or, a dessert.  If I take it to a gathering, I'm just gonna put it on the table with all the other sides.  I tell you what, I'm just going to call it a dessert.  All I know is that it's absolutely delicious and satisfying...so much for that!

I was intrigued when I saw Trisha Yearwood making her grape salad on the Food Network.  She said everyone looked forward to it at get-togethers.  I'd never heard of a grape salad before.  When I made it; though good as it was, I decided it needed more complexity in texture.  After much thought, I decided to use more pecans (and toast them), all in the filling.  Then, I crowned the dish with a gingersnap crumb topping.  Va-va-voom...right on spot!!  It was perfect!  Now, I love it, along with everyone else!

        Grapes Smothered In Cheesecake Cream, Who Wouldn't Love That!
         But, Add Toasted Pecans and A Gingersnap Crumb Topping...Wow! 
                              

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hearty and Crunchy Golden Panini Turkey Sandwich with Gooey, Melted Pimento Cheese

If you are craving a quick, yet satisfying lunch or supper with minimal ingredients, you'll love this easy and hearty panini!  Made with crunchy seeded bakery bread, this golden grilled sandwich just oozes gooey, delicious melted pimento cheese smothering toothsome, thinly sliced deli turkey!

I make it with prepackaged deli turkey and my daughter's amazing pimento cheese from Paula Deen's recipe!

                          Oh, Just Look At That Gooey Melted Cheese...
                                   Not Sure I Can Wait For It To Cool!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Over-The-Top Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella/Peanut-Butter Frosting and Peanut-Butter Mini-Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Frosting!


If you're looking for a real showstopper dessert, you'll love these luscious cupcakes!  They are so much fun and could be made in a variety of flavor combinations.

I was truly intrigued and inspired recently when I saw a photo of similar cupcakes topped with mini-cupcakes.  It was on the Google+ Community for Chocolate Lovers!! They don't generally post the recipe for the photos...it's just generally photos of very tempting chocolate desserts.  The mini-cupcakes were tilted, and I couldn't decide if I liked them leaning or would like them better perfectly centered.  Well, after making them for my daughter's birthday last week, I decided that I, indeed, like them best tilted.

I chose my moist, dense chocolate cupcakes and frosted them with my Nutella/peanut-butter frosting.  Then, I topped them with my tender, mini-peanut-butter cupcakes which I frosted with my rich chocolate frosting.  I, then, drizzled the assembled cupcakes with jarred, unsalted caramel sauce (salted caramel sauce is too much, as there is salt in the Nutella/peanut-butter frosting).  I should have drizzled more for the photo; as by the time I photoed the cupcake, the drizzle had soaked into it.

     It's Like Having a Little...
                                                  Bonus On Top!
             

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Finally, The Best Way To Keep Avocados!

Go ahead, take advantage of any sales on avocados and buy all you want, ripe or unripe*...you'll never have to worry about your avocados going to waste again!

A while back, I posted a good way to save leftover avocados (How This Avocado BLT Stacks Up).  However, I have since discovered an even better way; and I've been using this method successfully for a while.

Simply, it's freezing the avocados!  I explain the method below...easy peasy!
                             
                                           Aah, My Beloved Butter....
                                      Now I Can Have All I Want!