Valentine’s day is coming and we’re making white chocolate cranberry hearts. Yay, chocolate. We try to teach our littles that gifts should come from the heart. It should show people you are thinking about them. So, for valentine’s day (and other holidays) we make our gifts with our hands and from our hearts.
I’m not a football fan but this weekend is the Super Bowl and it’s always nice to have a snack. So for game day I’m making baked parmesan zucchini chips. Potato chips are a must have at any party. But since hubby and I have been working on getting this baby weight off, I thought zucchini chips would be slightly healthier to munch and crunch on.
The blend of sweet corn and potatoes in corn chowder is irresistible. It’s an ode to another time in my life. College. And one dish that reminds me of the blistering cold weather in Maine. There are few things better to break the cold than a good New England chowder.
There is nothing more gratifying than some crunchy, well seasoned french fries. Of course, after making several healthy dishes for family and friends, I’ve been a little more thoughtful about making my favorite food more healthful. It was also important to use that bag of 5 pound potatoes I bought last week. So I present to you baked rosemary french fries.
This spicy shrimp and grits recipe was very necessary after a hectic weekend. I needed a little reminder of my vacay with the ladies. A while ago my friends and I headed down to New Orleans for some good food and music. And that was just what New Orleans delivered. I couldn’t have asked for better food or a better time. It was just what I needed. No matter where we were, whether in a restaurant or a friend’s home, everything was delicious. So with the hectic weekend we’ve had and no sign of a break in sight, I’m missing New Orleans. Just a little.
It’s that time of year when people begin asking “what are you making for Thanksgiving?” “What type of pie are you having?” Pumpkin? Sweet potato? Well my friend threw out pecan pie. Huh. Well, that’s a new one for me. I’ve always stayed away from pecan pie because it’s always been too sweet for me. Of course, when we takes trips to the southern United States it doesn’t keep me from ordering it jus to see how it tastes.
What do you bring to a Thanksgiving brunch? Sweet potato pancakes. I’ve been mulling over this idea of Thanksgiving Brunch ever since we had brunch at my friends house the other weekend. The holidays can be a stressful time especially when there are so many family and friends to see. I remember when my husband and I were back and forth on the highway from afternoon until midnight trying to see all of our family during the holidays.
My friend likes to have parties. For me, a party always bears the question, what do I bring? So, what do you bring you ask? I usually bring dessert. What’s wonderful about these get togethers, is that usually everyone contributes something. In turn, there’s always a dish or two that becomes the topic of conversation. At one of the parties, I was introduced to homemade cornbread.
Memorial Day just wouldn’t be the same without Mama’s Potato Salad. There are some holidays that you just expect certain dishes. Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel like it’s the holidays with out it.
My friends know I don’t need a holiday to indulge in food but Cinco de Mayo is this week and I just wouldn’t be a true American if I didn’t make a dish. True American. Yes, I said it. As my Mexican friends have made very clear, Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in America than Mexico. Americans make a big deal over the Battle of Pueblo because it gives them a reason to party. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to introduce Mexican culture. Typically with Mexican food and drink. Funny huh. But whatever works.