Party season is upon us, and that means that party food is upon us as well. Is there anything better than a fabulous spread of munchies? I don’t think so.
I’ve made this cheese ball for two parties in the past few weeks, and if you’re attending a party that I’m attending in the coming weeks, you’ll likely bump into this cheese ball as well! It’s that good, and I’m mildly obsessed. It’s creamy, and spicy, and cheesy, and crunchy, and garlicky, and just so many good things wrapped up in a perfectly spreadable little party package. Read more...(1033 words, 12 images, estimated 4:08 mins reading time)
Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am. And you know what? I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year. I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to. The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table. Read more...(850 words, 15 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Remember that outdoor concert I went to? The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes? Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too. My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since. Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe. Read more...(589 words, 10 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto. It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.
I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.
Have I pumped it up enough?
Ready to give it a try? Read more...(652 words, 10 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Ah, Labor Day weekend…summer’s last hurrah. A time to gather together, slap on some sunscreen, hang out at the pool one last time, and have a cookout. In honor of that last hurrah cookout, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite summer recipes from past posts to ease your menu planning along. And, now that I’ve had a good look at some of these again, they may be making an appearance at my own house this weekend. Bonus!
I’m not usually a big preparer of “copycat” meals, because in my experience, they’re never quite as good as the original. That said, I’ve had this one in my files for a while now, and I figured that I should give it a try. Why this one? Well, there was nothing scary involved (Why do so many copycat recipes include canned “cream of somethings” soups?), it’s ridiculously simple, and the Number One reason: I was pretty sure that even if it didn’t taste like the original, it would be tasty enough because I liked everything involved. Read more...(679 words, 9 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
Years of living down south taught me a lot of things. One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season! Read more...(648 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
March Madness kicks into gear this week, and it’s extra exciting around here because my hometown of Indianapolis is home to this year’s Final Four! When many people think of Indiana, basketball comes to mind. (Well, that and corn, if we’re being honest.) But, basketball is a way of life for Hoosiers across the state, and nothing gets this place pumped up like a few weeks of nail-biter games which culminate in a giant party in our hometown. Read more...(933 words, 9 images, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)
Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good. Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them. They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV. They are just…so…good. Read more...(570 words, 10 images, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind? You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire. Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory. Read more...(1011 words, 12 images, estimated 4:03 mins reading time)