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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Easy and Scrumptious Cheese Crisps

You know those little bits of cheese that just ooze out of your sandwich onto the grill...I, with great anticipation, just scoop them up and devour them!  Bet you do too!  So, it occurred to me...why not just intentionally make them in larger pieces!

These delectables are easily made with a panini press.  I'm sure other grill presses would work well too.

I experimented with some different kinds of cheese.  Of the three types of cheese I tried, the Parmesan and Mozzarella were the favored ones.  The Parmesan crisps, naturally, have a delightful tangy flavor and the Mozzarella crisps have a more mellow flavor.  I also tried mixed Colby and Jack cheeses, and they were good.  Enjoy these crunchy bites as an appetizer, soup or salad topper or simply as a snack!

I'm curious what type(s) of cheese you would try to make these crisps?

                                               Just Off The Press....
                             Crunchy and Cheesy...They Won't Last Long!