Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In n Out AND Indian Sliders!

WE LOVE SLIDERS! Ok we love burgers but sliders are just so much cuter! I decided to satisfy our In N Out cravings but making some Animal Style sliders over the weekend and they were AMAZING! Almost like the real thing and will hold us over until the next time we can make it to In N Out.

Another recent creation were Indian Sliders inspired by Rachael Ray's lamb burger. I just turned them into sliders and used beef instead of lamb. YUM YUM!

Lots of Meaty Dinners!

We're definitely meat lovers at our house and we've been having some yummy meaty dinners! First off some pork chops braised in a sauce made with a combo of Mango Pineapple Salsa and broth. It's so simple yet perfect for summer. Don't you just think of mango and pineapples when the weather gets warm?

We received some Stonewall Kitchen gourmet jams and jellies as a gift and one of the jars was Hot Pepper Jelly which I found is perfect with lamb. So I made some grilled Lamb Loin Chops and served the jelly on top. AMAZING!

We also had some huge chicken legs braised in a Coconut Curry Sauce. The sauce was just curry powder, ginger, garlic and coconut milk with LOTS of red chili peppers! So simple yet so flavorful served over rice noodles, hubby favorite!

Next we have some pork chops simmered in a spicy pickled jalapeno sauce. Our favorite brand is Embasa and it comes in a can with pickled carrots as well. SO perfect to add a Mexican twist to anything!

I found a recipe for Greek Braised Chicken Thighs and thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did! We don't eat a lot of Feta but we're definitely gonna start! I just love the texture and saltiness!

AND last but definitely not least, I made the most amazing Pepper-Stuffed Pork Chops! Yes the filling fell out a bit but who cares? :)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yummy Appies!

We LOVE appies especially healthy ones so when I saw these Mini Salmon Cakes I knew I had to make them. I healthified them with Fat Free Mayo and omitted the butter. The mixture was a bit too wet so I freezed it for about 15 min before forming the cakes. Turned out perfect and how much do you LOVE my mini dishes?

I LOVE Athenos Hummus especially the Roasted Red Pepper flavor. I like using it for a dip and I also like making Mini Pita Bites out of them. I baked the pita in the oven for about 10 min and then topped them with the hummus, red onion, fat free feta and pepperoncini. Delicious!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

More Deviled Eggs!

More deviled eggs from my D'Lish Deviled Eggs cookbook! These are Thai Shrimp. SO good!
Next up more Shrimpy goodness with Cocktail Shrimp. Not as good as the Thai but still tasty.
Finally our favorite so far, Boursin Garlic Cheese! Can't beat cheese in our deviled eggs!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Meal!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! The weather started out beautiful in San Francisco but then got foggy just in time for fireworks (of course)! We still have a wonderful time though and started our patriotic meal with a Red White and Blue Cocktail. It's just vodka and cranberry juice garnished with some blueberries.

Moving on to the main course, I made Ribeye for the first time in my life and it turned out awesome! I can't believe I've never made it before but it was super simple. I just dredged the meat in some flour, salt and pepper and browned it about 4 min on each side. DONE! Served over some couscous and dinner was served!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Cookbook FULL of Deviled Eggs! (Review)

My hubby LOVES deviled eggs. In fact, it would've been a deal-breaker if I couldn't master his mom's recipe. (Ok...kidding...a lil...) So when I came across this D'Lish Deviled Eggs Collection cookbook, I just knew I had to get it! I swear EVERY single recipe looks amazing and I love how there are pictures for all of them! I had THE hardest time deciding which ones to make first but finally settled on the Southwest Salsa and Red Hot Buffalo. I used my mini food processor to make sure the filling is smooth enough for piping but some of them didn't turn out as pretty as I would've hoped. Oh well...practice makes perfect right? I cannot WAIT to try out some more recipes! I've got my heart set on the Indian Curry and Cocktail Shrimp...YUM!

Sandwich Meals and Favorite Fries!

After eating out for 3 days straight on our trip, I wanted to make us something comforting when we got home. Enter Stuffed French Toast! Ham and cheese stuffed inside 2 slices of bread then coated in egg wash and fried. What could be more comforting right?

I was walking through the grocery store the other day and found Spicy Sweet Potato Fries by Alexia. We LOVE sweet potato fries so of course I had to try them out. They were amazing and the nutritional stats aren't bad either since they're baked, not fried. They've got just a hint of spice, nothing too overpowering and you still taste the sweetness of the potatoes.

Of course you can't have fries without burgers so I made some quick cheese-stuffed sliders with them. No special recipe. Just ground beef stuffed with a piece of pepperjack cheese inside a mini bun!

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