Friday, July 24, 2015

Spiked Cherry Cheesecake Bonbons with Dark Morello Cherries and Toasted Pecan Coating

You all know how much my son loves desserts with cherries!  Naturally, I was inspired when I saw Dan at Mantitlement's recipe for Moonshine Cherry Cheesecake Bites.  Using his recipe as a guide, I did my twist on it using amaretto liqueur, firming and making the batter more workable with cake mix (which also added more texture and even more flavor) and completing with a coating of crushed toasted pecans.  I imported the idea of the cake mix from my recipe for Marbled Candy Barks with Cake Batter.  I also substituted the maraschino cherries with dark morello cherries.

We enjoyed these divine coated spiked cherries as a prelude to other desserts at a recent "After-The-Fact" family birthday party, and they were gobbled up in no time!   The party was to celebrate several birthdays for which we'd all been unable to gather at the same time.

I can't give Mantitlement enough accolades!  Dan, in collaboration with his wife Christie, offers such unique recipes with fabulous photos!  Their creations include delicious family-friendly recipes, along with marvelous appetizers and beverages.  Do check them out...you'll love the site!

By the way, accidents sometimes do actually become wonderful creations.  I forgot not to completely cover the cherries with the batter, so I added an uncoated spiked cherry on top of each coated spiked cherry; and Ta-Dah...

                                               A Wow Presentation...
                                      Offering A Little Bit Of Heaven!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fourth of July Recipe RoundUp!

I've rounded up 10 of my favorite recipes and popular posts for you to enjoy a laid-back Fourth of July!

For a star-spangled Fourth, select from this full, easy menu of proven hits including appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts!

Let the fireworks begin with an explosion of flavors...
 
Pimento Cheese Filled Deviled Eggs ~ Southern with Style



Bacon-Avocado-Tomato Crostinis



 Easy, Light and Refreshing Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese 



 Light and Refreshing Orange Salad Enhanced with Pomegranate and Tossed with Toasted Pecans


Mouth-Watering Oven-Barbecued Beef Ribs and Barbecue Butter For Asparagus



Friday, May 22, 2015

Marbled Candy Barks with Cake Batter: Dark and White Chocolate ~ White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy!

I absolutely love both of these incredibly delicious and addictive flavors of candy bark...and know you will too!  The clever addition of cake batter is what makes these fantastic barks so unique.  At first, I was completely crazy for the dark chocolate one.  Then, I developed the peanut butter one...oh man, I believe it's now my favorite!  I'm still crazy for the dark chocolate one, though...you decide which is your favorite.

I've presented these barks as gifts several times recently, and they quickly disappeared. This is one candy I want around all the time; and because it's so easy to make, that's no problem!

As always, it's best to thoroughly read your recipe before starting.  The two flavors of candy bark I've posted here are slightly different in ingredients and methods.

I present you again, two recipes in one post...
                
                                            Don't Turn Your Back...
                                          It'll Be Gone In No Time!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pan-Steamed Yukon Gold Potatoes Finished with a Golden Crust

Pan steamed and finished with a golden crust, this is an incredibly easy way to prepare and enjoy the buttery taste and velvety texture of Yukon gold potatoes.

I developed this recipe as an accompaniment to a wonderful dish which I plan on posting soon.  In the meantime, I know you'll find these versatile and beloved potatoes a gratifying side for many entrees.

                                           So Delicious and Satisfying...
                                        This Could Easily Be My Lunch!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delightfully Seasoned Beef Taco Pie with Pepper Jack Cheese ~ My Happy Pie!

Packed with flavor, this family-pleasing dish is easy to make; but definitely not mundane!  I love the delightful and surprising bite of cinnamon along with the beef.  The pepper jack cheese and the chili powder offer just the right amount of heat, and the cheese adds just enough salt...no need for additional salt and pepper.

Though the pepper jack cheese does not offer over-powering heat to this delicious taco pie, you can substitute Cheddar cheese for those with more sensitive palates.  For a little additional flavor, I chose to use canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano.  This scrumptious casserole makes a wonderful weeknight meal or take-along dish, and it freezes well.

A fun and comforting pie, it makes me so happy...I just can't seem to get enough of it!

                                              Family Night Fun...
                                            With My Happy Pie!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tender, Fall-Apart Herbed Chicken and Long-Grain White Rice Casserole With A Homemade Mushroom Sauce

Your family will beat a path home for this tender, fall-apart chicken casserole!  Inspired by one of my favorite retro cookbooks, it's one of those dishes my family always loved...I need to visit those cookbooks more often.

Not only is this satisfying casserole perfect for weeknight meals, the uncomplicated homemade sauce qualifies it as an excellent dish for impressive, cozy entertaining.  In addition, you'll find it makes a wonderful take-along dish that's sure to please all.

If you have a heavy schedule (as most of us do), this flavorful casserole is ideal for preparing ahead and freezing.

                                               Welcome Home...
                                            Mama Loves You!