Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Jersey Vacation

               Hello all, I hope you have enjoyed your the season winds down I like
               to reflect on all that I did and the new memories I have. I spend most of my Summer
               vacations on the East Coast with my family. It's all about family bonding, beaches,
               food, love and fun. Here are some pics of our Jersey Shore vacation. Enjoy.

Beach Life

              Even on vacation you have to have homemade food. Meatballs and Italian sausage
              with peppers and onions. A New Jersey staple.

                           Playing boardwalk games and winning a unicorn was a huge highlight.

                                                                       Mi Familia

You can follow my everyday life here on Instagram.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wahlberg's American Chop Suey

Chop Suey is a New England specialty - One night when I was watching the
popular TV show Wahlburger's... Their adorable mom was making her famous
American Chop Suey and I knew I had to try it...her version is great. I usually 
make my own mother's recipe but this one intrigued me because Alma Wahlberg
added bacon - I was sold. You won't believe how easy and delicious this meal is.

Wahlberg's American Chop Suey

1 pound bacon - diced
1 pound hamburg
1large onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
3 cans whole tomatoes
1 box elbow noodles
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder

1) In a large pot cook bacon until halfway cooked. Then add onion,
bell pepper, hamburg, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook until the
meat is cooked through. Next, add canned tomatoes and crush them
by hand over the pot. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. and
cook the elbow macaroni. Once cooked, drain and add to the meat.

Note - I added garlic powder and 4 cloves of fresh garlic to the meat
mixture when it was cooking. 

Here is my moms version here

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

     I have a weakness for peanut butter cookies. I have fond memories of my mother making
     them for me when I was a little girl. She would make batches of them and all of my  -
     relatives would come over and pick up a dozen. My children today adore this cookie just
     like their mom did. Simple and nostalgic always wins. What is your favorite cookie?

                                                    My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

                                                    1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
                                                    1 cup butter - room temperature
                                                    1 cup brown sugar
                                                    1 cup white sugar
                                                    2 eggs
                                                    1 teaspoon vanilla
                                                    2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
                                                    1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                    1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                                    1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                   1/4 cup sugar to roll the cookie dough in before baking

           1) In a large bowl cream together, peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, white sugar.
           Beat in eggs and vanilla.

           2) In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
           Mix into batter. Place in a refrigerator to cool for 30 to 40 minutes.

           3) Roll into 1 inch balls and roll into the sugar and flatten with a fork in a
           criss cross pattern. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes. Do not over
                              Light, chewy, buttery and crisp - everything you want in a cookie.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Mascarpone

                 Here is a quick and simple Summer dessert that needs very little effort and is
                 perfect for entertaining for a large or small crowd. The honey mascarpone you
                   could seriously eat by itself. Warm stone fruit is truly something special.

                    I hope you give this dessert a try. It's so simple you truly don't need a recipe.

                                                 Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Mascarpone

                                                 Stone fruit - I used, plums, nectarines and peaches
                                                1 small container mascarpone cheese

                1) Preheat your grill and oil the grates. Cook stone fruit for 3 to 4 minutes on
                the cut side. Mix your mascarpone and honey - put in the center of each piece
                of fruit. Drizzle with more honey and garnish with almonds.

               Note - this would work great with an indoor grill. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pineapple and Bacon Salad with Toasted Coconut

                     I have to say that this has to be one of my all time favorite salads. It has a
                     perfect combination of salty and sweet with an added crunch from the
                     macadamia nuts....not to mention the toasted coconut is divine in this.

                                        Pineapple and Bacon Salad with Toasted Coconut

                                        1 large head of romaine of a bag of mixed greens
                                        2 cups of fresh pineapple, cubed
                                        red onions, sliced
                                        8 slices bacon, chopped
                                        1/2 macadamia nuts or almonds
                                        1/3 cup toasted coconut


                                        1/4 cup pineapple juice
                                        3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
                                        1/4 cup olive oil
                                        salt and pepper

                   1) Assemble the salad to your liking, mix the dressing and add on top.

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