background preloader

Sides

Facebook Twitter

High Society Deviled Eggs < Deviled Egg Recipes. Recipe: sweet & sour pasta salad. Sweet and Sour Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 box tri-colored rotini pasta (cooked, drained and rinsed) 1/2 to 1 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion black & green olives (I usually pick these out but Dan likes them. Ew.) either cubed tomato or cherry tomatoes Dressing: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup vinegar 1/2 cup oil salt and pepper to taste Preparation Combine the pasta, veggies, and olives. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the pasta mixture. Mix well and chill for several hours to overnight. Caramelized Onion & Rosemary Focaccia. With as much bread as I have baked you would think that I’d have made a focaccia by now.

But no. Not until yesterday when I decided that the gloomy day outside my kitchen window was perfect bread baking weather. Well, focaccia baking weather that is. I had been meaning to try this seemingly simple Rosemary Focaccia recipe from Sargento, especially since I already had the mozzarella cheese on hand. Their recipe calls for a pound of frozen bread dough, but I made my pizza dough instead and measured out a pound to use for this.

The instructions said to bake for 18 minutes. This tasted great and it was really easy to make. Caramelized Onion & Rosemary Focaccia Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 1 lb. frozen bread dough, thawed 1 cup (4 oz.) Instructions Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Copyright AmandasCookin.com. Roasted Red Pepper Burrata Crostini. Are you familiar with the coonhound Maddie? She stands on things. That’s all. She’s famous because she stands on things. But not just any things, but more like everything. She stands between two refrigerator doors, she stands on a basketball hoop (!!) I realized this yesterday when I was walking, talking and gushing to a friend all about Maddie…like I knew her.

I urge you to hop over to Maddie’s world and just stare at how awesome she is. I loooove eating appetizers for a main meal. These are a recreation of what I had the other day at my favorite LA coffee shop, Coffee Commissary. I mean…there’s burrata. These crostinis are super easy, obvi, but there are a few steps like charring and then roasting the peppers. The crunchy toasted bread acts is so lovely with the soft, rich burrata.

Roasted Red Pepper Burrata Crostini Print this recipe! 1. 2. 3. 4. Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns. What do you get when you mix bread, cheese, Hunger Games, cheese, and cheese? Say it with me: Stuffed Cheese Buns. And guess what, they're really quick and easy to make. And they have cheese. Sorry I keep making a bunch of Peeta food. You may recall the goat cheese and apple tart from when The Hunger Games came out in theaters. Don't hate, but I'm not actually on "team Peeta". You know, sometimes I wonder if he's actually my great-great-great grandson. Anyways, even if we weren't related, I need a real man who can protect me from psychopathic teenagers in the woods.

But what food does Gale have to offer? See, since Peeta and I have the same mind, I know exactly what he would bake. Not that I'm actually going to make these again tomorrow night when we watch the movie. But Peeta, you still are my grandson, even if I'm not on your "team". These only take about an hour. You just roll it into a ball, stick a hunk of cheese in, and then pinch it back together so that it can't escape. Joy the Baker - Fried Guacamole. Roasted Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus. Hello my friends! So…this post is gonna be kindasortamaybealittlebit serious.

Like not really funny. At all. If you need some laughter in your day, check out this post by The Bloggess. And now on to the serious stuff. After reading this post by Bri of Designlovefest and this post by Madison of Espresso and Cream, it got me thinking about my own life. I thought about all the pressure I feel. To make my husband and kids happy. To come up with new/creative recipes and take good pictures for my blog. To keep our house in some kind of order. To maintain a healthy weight. To be a good mom. To be a good wife. Sometimes the pressure can be too much. Sometimes I cry. Okay, maybe I do more than cry.

Maybe sometimes I bawl my eyes out because I often feel like I might not be doing enough. Or that I’m not good enough. And sometimes what I really need is this. Or some ice cream. *sigh* Okay. If you’re not a fan of sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers would be a fine substitute. Ingredients Instructions. Onion Dip. So the hubby and I are taking a trip across the pond. Two really huge ponds actually. We’re heading to Paris and London for about 9 days in early May. Why those cities? Well, Paris is one of my favorite cities and my hubby has never been to London. I’m super excited but also a little scared and overwhelmed. Mostly because we’ll be leaving our girls for a long time. But also because I’m not exactly sure what we should do when we’re there. Here are some things currently on my list of things to see/do/eat: Paris London We know there are tons to see/do/eat in those cities and we need some recommendations.

Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves minced 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake 1 cup sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Heat a pan on low heat. Why I Blog. Last night after reading about an event that one of my favorite bloggers got invited to, I told my husband I thought that was so cool. He said that for me to get an invite to something like that my blog would probably need to have a singular focus.

Like I would have to write only about food or motherhood. I don’t know if I would ever be able to do that. I love sharing my love of food. Although it would be super cool to be invited to blog-related conferences or events, that’s not why I’m writing this blog. My blog may not have very creative recipes, stunning photos, or tons of followers but it’s 100% mine. What is one thing that you do completely for yourself? Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 1 cup (plus more for topping) cheddar cheese, shredded 8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled ¼ cup (plus more for topping) parmesan cheese, grated 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bacon Rangoons (Bacon Cream Cheese Wontons) Recipe. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed so you never miss out on a new recipe. Happy cooking! Bacon Rangoon Ingredients 16 oz. lite cream cheese2 tbsp chopped red onion or shallots1 tsp Worcestershire sauce1 tsp soy sauce1 tsp black pepper4 chopped green onions10 strips bacon (Get Gourmet Bacon Delivered to Your Door!) 1 package wonton wrappers3 cups vegetable oiloptional: 16 oz. fresh or canned crab meat, drained & flaked Bacon Rangoon Preparation Cook the bacon until just crispy in a frying pan or by microwaving between sheets of paper towels for 4 – 5 minutes. After the bacon cools slightly, put it in a blender or food processor and blend into small pieces. Dice green onions and red onions or shallots. In a medium sized bowl, warm the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Fill a small bowl with a bit of water. If you have a Fry Daddy or other fryer, fry the wontons according to the directions supplied with your fryer.

Makes: 30 pieces. Cinnamon tortilla chips with fruit salsa. Sophistireaders, I’d like you to meet Marcia (pronounced Mar-see-ah, not Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!). She’s the friend who helped me try my failed Turkish Delight recipe back in December. For ages, she’s been telling me about these cinnamon tortilla chips with strawberry pineapple salsa and a sweet glaze she had at a party once and then adapted herself. Last week, we finally managed to get together, and she showed me how to make them. Oh, yeah. And they’re soooo good. She uses Tortilla Land Uncooked Flour Tortillas (I think I’ve mentioned them before—they’re amazing.)

Cinnamon tortilla chips 4 uncooked tortillas 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. 2. 3. Fruit salsa 1 cup (150g) frozen or fresh strawberries 1/4 fresh pineapple, skin and core removed 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional) Use a food processor to combine all ingredients until strawberries and pineapple are finely chopped. Sweet glaze. Skinny Taco Dip. A must have at every large get together: birthdays, football, holidays – this dip always disappears! This is my daughter Karina's favorite dip, which she has nicknamed "the stuff". It's easy to prepare and everyone always wants the recipe when they try it. Serve it at your next party with your favorite baked tortilla chips and play around with the toppings – try jalapeños, scallions or avocados.

Skinny Taco DipServings: 24 • Serving Size: 1/24th of dip • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 ptsCalories: 59.2 • Fat: 3.6 g • Protein: 2.2 g • Carb: 4.7 g • Fiber: 0.6 g Ingredients: 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese 8 oz reduced fat sour cream 16 oz jar mild salsa1/2 packet taco seasoning 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded fine 2 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese 2.25 oz sliced black olives Directions: In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer. Simple Orange Chicken with Broccoli. A busy weeknight needs just such a meal as this. Quick, nutritious and downright delicious. Another meal from the infamous cookbook, this dish was light and refreshing. It wasn’t overpoweringly orange, but the delicate hints of orange, combined with the garlic, ginger and soy sauce culminated in a simple meal that pleased just about everyone around here (except for the unnamed finicky 2-year old who tried to pick out all his broccoli).

If you’ve tried the other orange chicken recipe on this site, I would describe this newer version as more of an “orange chicken stir fry” rather than an authentic mall-style orange chicken. One Year Ago: Gingerbread White Chocolate BlondiesTwo Years Ago: Fantastic Homemade Bagels Simple Orange Chicken with Broccoli Ingredients Directions In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Printed from Mel's Kitchen Cafe (www.melskitchencafe.com) Skinny Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving, but this year since I am pregnant and on a really strict low carb diet (for my diabetes) real mashed potatoes are out (bummer).

I recently started researching alternatives to some of my favorite dishes because there is NO way my plate will be without a big ole pile of mash potatoes. I came across this recipe that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. Hmmm not a big cauliflower fan so I wasn't sure. If there is a choice of either celery or cauliflower in a veggie dish 9 times out of 10 I will choose the celery. ***BEST MOCK mashed potatoes I have ever had! What you will need: 1 head of cauliflower 1 tablespoon of cream cheese1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic1/2 teaspoon of salt5 or so dashes of pepperChives for garnish Directions:Wash and cut cauliflower into small pieces. These were seriously unbelievable! BLT Bites. Welcome! If you're new to The Finer Things in Life, you might like to subscribe for free updates. Subscribe via RSS to read updates in your favorite feed reader, or via email to have new posts delivered directly to your inbox.

Thanks for visiting! You know all those cherry tomatoes I have overflowing my countertops? I don’t mind so much. These are yummy! BLT Bitesabout 20 cherry tomatoes1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled1/2 c. mayonnaise1/3 c. chopped green onion3 T. Linked to Once a Month Mom. This post may contain affiliate links. Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits Recipe : Food Network Kitchens. Baked Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Bruschetta Bites | PETA.org - StumbleUpon. Finger foods are my favorite kind of food—to eat but not to make. That’s because they usually take a bit more work to put together than the full-size versions. Luckily, that’s not the case with these delicious bruschetta bites. They’re bursting with flavor and can be assembled in 15 minutes or less!

So, preheat your oven, grab a loaf of your favorite baguette, and get out the cutting board. Bruschetta bites are the perfect edible addition to any gathering, and they’re great to serve at holiday parties. Baked Bruschetta Bites 15 sugar plum tomatoes, diced 12 basil leaves, cut into ribbons 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 Tbsp. onion powder 1 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp. soy sauce 1 tsp. black pepper 1/2 loaf French baguette, thinly sliced Preheat the oven to 350ºF.In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the bread and mix well.

Makes 4 servings. Frites &fries - Garlic Knots - StumbleUpon. Most of my early food memories had to do with all the garlic dishes that my grandmother made. Preschool-me was so fascinated by the fact that Grandma smelled like garlic 24/7 and I was always so amazed that something so small could create so much flavor. My grandmother’s native Shangdong province uses a lot of garlic in their cooking so it wasn’t surprising to see my mom or my grandmother use up an entire bulb of garlic for a small dinner. Loving garlic is in my blood. When I make something with garlic in it, I tend to go nuts and use way more garlic cloves than necessary because I love using it. You don’t have to use the same amount of garlic I used in these garlic knots but here’s a rough guideline.

Guide to Garlickyness (based on number of cloves used for these garlic knots): For 40-50 knots (adapted from White on Rice Couple): Dough: 1 ¾ c. water (about 115F)¼ c. olive oil1 tsp. sea salt1 tbsp. granulated sugar1 ½ tbsp. active dry yeast5 ½ c. all purpose flour Garlic Coating: Asparagi con Prosciutto Crudo {Roasted Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto} Martha Stewarts Herb Garden: Favorite Herb Recipes.

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes -EW. White Pizza Dip. How To... Cook Healthy Mozzarella Sticks.