I am a popcorn fanatic. So much so, that I have it approximately four times a week for breakfast/lunch. Yeah, I know, not a very healthy diet. But there are so many flavors to add to your meal! There is a store, Uncle Bob's Popcorn, in Tucson, Arizona, that has the best popcorn seasonings. Cheese, white cheddar cheese, cinnamon, apple - but my favorite is their jalapeño seasoning. It's perfect for popcorn. I use the microwave popcorn and pour the seasoning in, shake it up and eat the whole ... Continue Reading
A delicious caramel popcorn recipe – perfect for gifts or entertaining.
Enjoy the health benefits (and the taste) of pecans during April – National Pecan Month!
According to the National Pecan Shellers Association, April is National Pecan Month - a time to celebrate the "All American Nut" for its delicious taste and numerous health benefits. Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, and they have quite a history on this continent. On April 6, 2001, the goodness and wholesome of pecans was proclaimed in the U.S. Congressional Record, and National Pecan Month was established. Senator Max Cleland (D-Georgia) asked his ... Continue Reading
A delicious pot pie is the perfect way to use turkey or chicken leftovers.
Everyone has had frozen pot pies - especially during your first couple years of college! After Christmas this past year, I was thinking of new ways to use the leftover turkey. So, I thought why not pot pies. But what to use for the crust on top, which I think is the best part as long as it is flaky. My first try was a moderate success. The inside was delish and the crust was okay. I used Pillsbury crescent roll for the crust. The second time I made them was a bust. This time I used the ... Continue Reading
A delicious and refreshing eggplant recipe.
Eggplant is one of those vegetables that no one in my family likes but me. That doesn't mean that I have to do without enjoying one of my favorite vegetables though. Every now and then, I treat myself to a delicious lunch using a recipe that includes eggplant. This time, I have combined eggplant with both pasta and feta cheese - two other favorites of mine. If you are watching your carbs for health reasons, you can use a bit less pasta and a bit more vegetables in your serving. I also ... Continue Reading
Brighten up your cupcakes, and your day, with these fun color trends.
Plain white cupcakes are the base to many colorful ideas. Want to go beyond bright frosting without changing the flavor? Try putting something inside! The trend first started with people putting sprinkles in their batter that would explode during baking. Now, bakers are thinking of new ways to colorize their cupcakes. I even spotted a tie-dye cupcake online and had to try it myself. Batter Up I took the easy way out and bought a french vanilla cupcake box, but if you have a favorite ... Continue Reading
A chicken recipe for the garlic-lovers in all of us!
I recently found myself with an over abundance of garlic. I had 4 heads of garlic in my kitchen that needed to be used, but what on Earth could I cook with so much garlic? That is when I discovered 40 clove garlic chicken. Initially I was skeptical of a dish with so much garlic, but roasted garlic is not harsh and actually has a nice natural, nutty taste that is great on bread, so I gave it a go. The recipe itself is pretty simple and can be cooked in a hurry. Everyone in the house loved the ... Continue Reading
A tasty take on the healthy vegetable.
Brussels sprouts can be an acquired taste for some. But half the battle is knowing how to cook them properly. Some people just drop them in a pan of boiling water and boil them until there is very little of the delicious taste left to them. Soggy, bland Brussels sprouts are not high on anyone's list of most popular foods. But they should be. Here are just a few reasons why: Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetable family just like broccoli, kale and cabbage and are ... Continue Reading
Add beets to your next dessert for an extra punch of sweetness.
When you think of health food the last thing that probably comes to your mind is brownies. However, this gooey, chocolatey delight can be made with a healthy ingredient that really packs a nutritious punch- the beet. Beets are naturally sweet and incredibly high in sugar. In fact, beets are the second biggest producer of sugar aside from sugar cane. This makes them a perfect addition to a sweet treat like fudge brownies. Beets are so much more than just sugar though. There are a number of ... Continue Reading
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these yummy green drinks – from healthy shakes to cocktail martinis!
Whether you've a touch of the Irish in your genes or not, nearly everyone celebrates St. Patrick's Day by wearing, eating and drinking green. While green mashed potatoes don't really sound appetizing, many green drinks (alcoholic and non) are delicious. It wouldn't be St. Patty's Day without a good drink and the Irish have been very kind to share with us their taste for alcohol. Drinking green beer, while popular in the US, is scoffed at by the Irish. But there are an abundance of green drinks ... Continue Reading