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Stuffed Jalepeno Pepper Poppers

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Holiday Entertaining, Uncategorized

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These are so easy to make… are you beginning to sense a theme with my cooking? Yesterday I whipped up a platter of these and brought them outside to my sons’ friends that were hanging out in yard with him. Yes I realize teenage boys will eat anything, but they will also tell you if it isn’t good while they are eating it. They inhaled the peppers.

One boy picked one up off of the platter and said, very seriously, “Everything is better with bacon.” If I had a teenage daughter I would have immediately proposed an arranged marriage.
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Stromboli, or Pizza Bread to the Rest of Us

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food

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Stromboli is a rolled backed sandwich. It is THE perfect food for making and serving to crowds. I made three of these for Super Bowl Sunday and they were inhaled in moments. Honestly. I walked around the kitchen for a few minutes looking for the rest of them before realizing that they had been eaten already.
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Praline Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Holiday Entertaining, side dishes

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For the month of November there is something fun happening over here at this little cooking blog. I asked some of my favorite bloggers to share a recipe that they will be making this holiday season. Whether it is a holiday specific recipe or just something they will be cooking for their families while they are in the midst of the rat race know as the holidays.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Metalia. Surely all of you are reading her blog? She is a working mom of two young ADORABLE children and she is hilariously funny.

When I asked her if she had a recipe she immediately told me about this praline sweet potato pie. She had already made it a few times, FOR PRACTICE, so that she would know how to do it for Thanksgiving. God, I love her. And now that I have read the recipe and seen the photos, I would practice making this pie and practice eating this pie for the entire holiday season. I do need practice eating stealthily in my pantry I think.
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No Cook Recipe - Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, side dishes, summer living

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Oh my. When I die and go to Heaven, shut-up you in the back, this is going to be served everyday.

Back in the days before I had to go gluten and dairy free this was one of my most favorite summer meals. I think out of all the foods I have had to give up, it is the only dish I truly miss.
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The Summer Barbeque Recipes: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Spicy Butter

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Holiday Entertaining, side dishes, summer living

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Who doesn’t love corn-on-the-cob?

My favorite thing to do with corn on the cob is to grill it.

Step One: Peel off the first few layers of husk.

Step Two: Soak the corn on the cob in water for at least 15 minutes while you warm up the grill

Step Three: After soaking gently pull back the layers of the husk and remove the corn silk as much as possible.

Step Four: Brush a little oil on the corn, then wrap the husk back around the corn, and wrap the entire corn on the cob in tin foil

Step Five: Put the corn on the grill over medium heat. Turn every couple minutes. Then move the corn to a more indirect source of heat like the upper rack of the grill.

Step Six: After about 15 minutes remove the corn from the heat.

Step Seven: Keep the corn wrapped in the tin foil to keep it warm on your buffet table.

Now, you can melt some butter and serve the corn with that. But how about making a spicy butter to give the corn on the cob an extra little zip? Your guests will love it.

In a small sauce pan mix together (enough for about 10-12 ears):

1 cup butter
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/4 tsp garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Heat long enough for butter to melt. Put a pastry brush out with small saucepan so your guests can brush the spicy butter onto their corn.

Once you have your corn cooked this way, you will be hard pressed to go back to regular plain, boiled corn.

The Summer Barbeque Recipes: Pasta Salad

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, side dishes, summer living

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(I will add photos later. I am still cooking my food for this weekend, but wanted to get the recipes up since I have had so many requests for the Fourth of July recipes. I am also cooking entirely on my outdoor grill. Have I mentioned here that we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel? We are at the point right now where we have no appliances. Woooo hooooo. Or something like that.)

Along with the potato salad it is a law that you must have pasta salad. Yes, really. I generally make more than one but this one is an old favorite stand-by that everyone loves.

It conforms to the trifecta of a good recipe:

1) Easy.
2) Can be made in advance, actually it is preferable to make it the day before so that the flavors can meld together.
3) Loved by everyone.

1 (16 ounce) package of pasta, I like to use the tri-color ones

can black olives, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed*
cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 pound Genoa salami, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 pound pepperoni, pizza style, cut into bite sized pieces

3/4 cup olive oil**
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar**
ground black pepper to taste**

(fresh mozzarella is delicious, but you can use the regular kind too)

(*you can substitute your favorite Italian dressing instead. Buy an extra bottle to leave on the buffet table for people who want to add a little more zing to their pasta salad.)

Cook the pasta.

Drain the pasta and run under cool water.

Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Refrigerate until your guests arrive.

The Summer Barbeque Recipes: Potato Salad

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Holiday Entertaining, side dishes, summer living

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Summer entertaining is my favorite. Probably because it is easy to prepare most of the dishes before hand so that you can relax and enjoy your company. Also, because men always seem to want to work the grill so if you plan your food wisely the menfolk will do the actual cooking on the day of the party. Men always look better standing at the grill in 100 degree weather, holding their bottles of beer. I just look hot and sweaty and borderline alcoholic.

This week I thought I would share some recipes for those of you entertaining this weekend. Everything can be made in advance.

First up today, the ubiquitous potato salad. It is a summer barbeque staple. Honestly, I think it is written in the Constitution that you must serve this at any and all Fourth of July functions, or else be deported.

My husband is currently eating his second helping of it and said, “You have to give me this recipe!” I guess in case I meet an untimely death he wants to ensure that he can still eat this potato salad.
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Summer Living Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, summer living

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I love this recipe for a few reasons. It is easy to make. The kids love it, but seriously who doesn’t love ice cream. And it is a project that kills some time. Perfect for when the kids are driving you up the wall on those long summer days or when they have friends over and you hear the dreaded, “We’re bored.”

Aside from the rock salt, you probably already have everything you need at your house right now.

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How to Make Crack, a.k.a. Bean Dip

Categories: Entertaining, Food, Uncategorized

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So you are going to a million and one holiday gatherings and have no idea what to bring with you. What about this bean dip recipe? I call it crack because once you start eating it you will not be content to stop until it is all gone.

You will want to make it every day. But alas you can not unless you would like to invest in a new wardrobe consisting primarily of elastic waist pants. Susan would not like that.

Every time I have made this and brought it to a party it has been gone in a matter of moments. I gave the recipe to my friend Heather awhile back and she brought it to a party where one party goer was so impatient for more he grabbed a measuring cup to eat it with. That information simultaneously pleased me and made me recoil in horror.
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Solicited Advice: Serving The Main Course At A Neighborhood Progressive

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Meal Planning

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I’ve been known to bristle at unsolicited advice. I’ve even been known to become downright unpleasant when faced with someone’s well intentioned but unasked for advice. Today though, I am going to ask for advice and I’m going to do so with a grateful and open heart.

Have you ever been to a progressive dinner party? This is a party which moves from house to house hopefully within walking distance of each other, you know, for ease of movement and imbibing purposes. A few houses host different courses of the meal, a house for appetizers, a house for soup and salad, another for dinner and a final house for dessert.
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