Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pomegranate and Cranberry Margaritas

      Dear Margarita, oh how I love thee. My go-to cocktail by far is the good ole ' -
      Margarita. It will never let you down and it will always be just as tasty as it can be.
      You can drink them in the Summer and even the Winter....this particular Margarita
      will prove that. I had one when I was out with friends last week and I knew I had
      to go home and recreate it. I think my version came out even better.

           I like to make big batches of cocktails and hand them out to my neighbors. Tis,
             the season for giving and faces will light up with this drink in hand. Enjoy!!

                                           Perfect to serve at your Holiday dinner party.

                                                 Pomegranate and Cranberry Margarita

                1 cup Cabo Wabo Tequila
                1/2 cup triple sec ( orange liqueur )
                3 limes, juiced
                1/4 cup sugar
                1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
                1/2 pomegranate juice

                For Garnish....ice, cranberries, pomegranate seeds and limes.
                Extra sugar for the rim.

      1) Mix all 6 ingredients in a shaker. Serve with sugared over ice and add garnishes.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Skillet Creamed Corn

            I have a deep deep love for side dishes, do you ? During the holiday meals it's
           what I look forward to the most and this dish was no exception. How can you go
           wrong with skillet creamed corn and bacon. Be still my heart! I could eat this as a
           meal in it's self. Christmas is fast approaching and let this be on your holiday table.
           Add a little red and green bell peppers for the garnish and you have a gorgeous -
           festive dish. I love how easy this comes together and you will too. Enjoy!

                                                            Skillet Creamed Corn

          8 slices bacon or turkey bacon, chopped
          2 bags frozen corn, thawed
          1 medium onion, chopped
          1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
          1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
          4 ounces of cream cheese, cubed
          1/2 cup half and half
          2 teaspoons sugar
          1 teaspoon salt
          1 teaspoon pepper

     1) Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp, remove bacon, and drain on paper towels,
     reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Set bacon aside.
     2) Saute onion and bell peppers until almost done, add corn and cook until for about
     5 min. Add cream cheese and half and half. Heat until creamy and sugar, salt and
     pepper. Top with bacon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa and Broccoli

               It's Fall you should be comfy and cozy. You also should be eating a little bit
            of comfort food. I'm not saying everyday but once in awhile I like to indulge . It's
            all about moderation. This meal has a few of my favorite things cheesy pasta and
            kielbasa. Now that in itself is amazing and I threw in some broccoli so you could
            get your greens in there. My kids loved this dinner and asked for seconds. Success!
                                          Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa and Broccoli

         1 box rotini pasta or your favorite
         1 package kielbasa, diced
         1 head of broccoli, cut up
         4 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
         1 cup of parmesan, grated
         2 cups of half and half
         4 tablespoons of butter
         salt and pepper
         1 teaspoon garlic powder
         1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

         1) Heat a pot of boiling water. While that is cooking....cook your kielbasa in a frying
         2) Place pasta in boiling water. 3 minutes before pasta is done place your broccoli
         in the same pot and boil.
         3) Drain pasta and broccoli.
         4) Return to pan and add all of the ingredients. Stir on low until a little thickened
         and fully mixed. Add Kielbasa. The sauce will be cheesy and not to thick.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Endive Spears with Figs, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

            Can you believe it's already November? Where has this year gone? I'm already
       in party planning mode for the upcoming holidays. This right here is the most tastiest
          party appetizer, ever. ( In my humble opinion ) Not only is it tasty but it super easy
             to make and you don't need to cook. Pick up the spears and eat as is. I love that.
                 Fresh Figs are so delish. I already wish I had more of these to eat. Enjoy!

                                         Endive Spears with Figs, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

                        Fresh Figs...dried would work also
                        Honey for the drizzle

          Wash Endive...assemble with figs, walnuts, gorgonzola and honey. You can make
          as much or as little as you'd like. I made a lot so you'll need the desired amount that
          you would us for your own guests.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

When I walk into a grocery store when it's Fall and I see pumpkin cream cheese...
my heart goes pitter patter. It wasn't until now that I decided to take matters in
my own hands and make my own this way I can make it all year round.
Sounds good to me. It is so easy and incredibly good. It has a whipped texture
that I love. Buy some of your favorite bagels and pour a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

1 (8oz) package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup pumpkin pie mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
a dash of ginger and cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1) With an electric mixer beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until -
whipped. Add your spices and vanilla. Serve with bagels.

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