Saturday, December 7, 2013
What we have here is a perfect Winter cocktail. Sweet and delicious. You won't
even need to have dessert. Imagine yourself sipping this as the snow falls. A truly
comforting cocktail. I added some Godiva white chocolate to this traditional
creamy drink and it made it so much better than I could've imagined.
Have you ever watch the movie The Big Lebowski? It's a cult classic and such a great
movie. The main charter is The Dude and his favorite drink is The White Russian,
and ever time I think of this cocktail the movie instantly plays in my mind.
Chocolate White Russian
1 ounce Vodka
2 ounces Kahlua
1 ounce Godiva white chocolate liquor
3 to 4 ounces of milk
1) This recipe makes one glass. Put ice in glass and pour next four ingredients
in glass and mix.
Monday, December 2, 2013
There is always room for pie, right? Well I can say that with this pie because fruit
pies are my favorite. I tend to lean towards fruit desserts. This blueberry pie you can
pretty much make all year and it's oh so good. Sweet, tart, juicy and topped with
vanilla ice cream it's out of this world good. Did I mention that it's easy as well?
4 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, cubed
2 ( 9 inch ) pie crusts one for the bottom
and top. Top is optional. I made a homemade
pie crust but store bought would work great
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2) Mix blueberries and lemon juice in a large bowl and sit aside. While that is
sitting in another small bowl mix together sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon.
3) Mix the dry ingredients into the blueberries. Place pie filling into your pie
crust. Put butter cubes on top of berries. Decorate top of pie however you would
like. Bake for 50 minutes of until golden.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I have an amazing quick and easy side dish for the holidays or really any day.
I adore peas, I find them very comforting and nostaglic. When I was a little
girl. I would request peas to go with most of the meals my mom made. These
are so creamy and simple. A perfect dish to go with anything your serving.
1 bag frozen peas
1 1/2 cups frozen pearl onions
3 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
1) In a large skillet melt butter and add flour. Cook and whisk for 1 minute.
Add chicken broth and whisk, then add pearl onions and peas. Cook until
cooked through. Add cream cheese and spices and stir until cream cheese is
melted and then add heavy cream. Mix together and enjoy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hello my friends....Thanksgiving is about one week away and I'm already
in plan mode. Writing grocery lists and planning my menu. Do you plan?
Depending on my mood I like to switch things up...Some years I like the
marshmallow topping on my sweet potatoes and some years I like the
texture of this delicious and decadent sweet potatoes. You must try them.
Coconut - Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
5 large sweet potatoes
1/3 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup butter softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 cups chopped pecans
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes or until
soft. Let cool and scoop out the filling and mash.
2) In a large bowl mix salt, butter, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar,
maple syrup and half and half into the sweet potatoes. Mix until well blended.
3) Place in a 9 by 13 casserole dish. Mix the topping into a bowl and mix until
it looks like course meal. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes. Bake for 30 minutes.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The key to great pork chops is not over cooking them and giving them a great
sear that brings great flavor. Apple and pork go hand and hand and this dish
is so simply delicious and all you have to do is add apple cider and thyme.
I served this with baked sweet potatoes and green beans. A great Fall meal.
Apple Cider Pork Chops with Thyme
4 to 6 pork chops about 1/2 inch
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cups apple cider
1 tablespoon butter
1) Sprinkle both side of pork chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion
2) Heat skillet with olive oil for 2 minutes. Add pork chops 5 minutes on
each side or until done - time with be different depending on the size of your
3) Transfer pork chops to plate and add apple cider and stir getting all of
the goodness of the bottom of the skillet. Let apple cider simmer and add
the thyme and stir in the cold butter when it's melted. Pour over pork chops.