Slow Cooker Cherry Spice Cake Cobbler

Slow Cooker Cherry Spice Cake Cobbler. An effortless homey, dessert to brighten any day! -

We have had an insanely busy January.  It’s actually busier event-wise than December however with the good fortune to not be shrouded in the holiday mania of December.  My daughter is at the zenith of her high school swim season and rounding the bend on college testing.  My son has just wrapped up his robotics league season with a trip to the State meet, a Brain Bowl competition and will be wailing on the trumpet to the National Anthem at an upcoming Denver Nuggets basketball game.  In between … CONTINUE READING

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Floats

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Floats. A festive flavor combination perfect for Valentine's Day or any day! A secret to make these last longer too! -

I think strawberry ice cream gets the short end of the stick.  I don’t know exactly what percentage of milkshakes ordered at fast food restaurants are strawberry over the mainstays of vanilla and chocolate, but I’d guess not a ton.  Having said this, I will confess I’m a vanilla milkshake girl myself, and that has been a favorite flavor of the ‘primary’, non-exotic varieties of ice cream since I was a child.  So maybe that makes me an ice cream hypocrite. Strawberry ice cream however … CONTINUE READING

25 Unique Pesto Recipe You Really Need to Make

25 unique Pesto Recipes You Really Need to Make

I recently shared a recipe for Sriracha Hummus.  Hummus is one of those foods that people normally buy at the store, but is very fast and inexpensive to make.  A few simple ingredients are thrown into a food processer or blender, and within five minutes you have hummus. Another recipe that is very similar in ease of making is Pesto.  It too seems to bear an ‘a ha’ quality when people actually make it themselves and are left wondering why they hadn’t before.  Traditionally pesto is made of … CONTINUE READING

Cuban Garlic Chicken Bowls with Beans & Rice, Fried Plantains & Mojo Sauce

Cuban Garlic Chicken Bowls with Cuban Black Beans & Rice, Fried Plantains & Mojo Sauce (recipe) -

I really want to visit Cuba.  I mean REALLY.  When we were thinking through vacation ideas last summer Cuba popped up and my heart started racing (we ended up in the Canadian Maritimes).  With the shift in the trade relationship with the U.S., it seemed a perfect time to go.  Granted, travel isn’t yet set up to hop a plane for a vacation as with most destinations; it just seems that going when a country opens to travel is the perfect time to catch the culture in a more authentic state. It … CONTINUE READING

Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)

Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos). A flavorful blend of black beans, rice and spices that is easy to make and a unique side dish! -

The other day I was making a large pot of Gallo Pinto, Costa Rican beans and rice (a typical staple for breakfast there) and flashed on a Cuban restaurant I used to go to for lunch years ago when living in California.  A coworker took me there for the first time and it may have been the first time I’d had Cuban food.  The place was a bit of a hole in the wall (which I loved) and I recall getting a plate of chicken, fried plantains and black beans and rice.  It was plate rich with distinct … CONTINUE READING

Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Green Chile Cannellini Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Green Chile Cannellini Bean Soup. A perfect, lightly spicy, soul-warming soup! -

I wasn’t sure how to start this post and my cheeky teen suggested “It was a dark and stormy night and all I could think about was my need for soup.”  Going on to say “as the soup sloshed on the sides of the bowl, all I could imagine was a tiny ship riding the waves”. While she waxed poetic, I had to acknowledge that indeed all I do think about these days is soup; whether on a dark and stormy night or at 6 a.m. on a frigid winter’s morn.   We are currently undergoing ‘a warming trend’ which … CONTINUE READING