• Baked Cheesy Spinach Dip

    Baked Cheesy Spinach Dip

    This Baked Cheesy Spinach Dip has been a staple at recent family and friends gatherings at our house. It is not only delicious, but it is also easy to prepare especially because it can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and baked before your guests arrive. I mean it could be prepared the night before, which I love and is very helpful. Easy entertaining at its finest. Now, I’ll be honest, this Baked Cheesy Spinach Dip is not the healthiest of appetizers. It contains a lot of  mozzarella and parmesan cheese as well as sour cream and cream cheese. The healthy parts are the spinach and the garlic. Which is…

  • Trader Joe's Charcuterie Board with Shopping List

    Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board with Shopping List

    Let’s face it. This is the party season. The holidays are almost here, my friends, and this Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board with Shopping List is perfect for the busy entertainer. Your shopping is simplified and your execution made easy with the model below. A little light prepping and chopping is needed but not too much. Wash the veggies, cut the cheeses, and arrange into a beautiful spread for all to enjoy. Prep it all ahead of time, refrigerate in storage containers or Ziploc bags and arrange just before your guests arrive. Leave the Boursin Cheese in the foil wrapper and sprinkle the top with the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.…

  • Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto for President!!! All summer long I enjoy beautiful homegrown or market bought basil in the form of Pesto. Basil Pesto is the bomb. Seriously! This Pesto is so versatile… It pairs well with a variety of dishes. The recipe is very simple and it is nut-free. Not because I can’t have nuts, I just never added them to the recipe to start and I feel it’s just as delicious without. If you feel so inclined, add a good handful of pine nuts or walnuts to your batch. Have you ever made pesto and it turned brownish and yucky by the next day? Yeah, it’s happened to me a…

  • Charcuterie Board

    Charcuterie Board

    Are you ready to receive those guests?  Whether for the holiday season or a friendly get together, a simple Charcuterie Board with all the delicious bites is sure to get your guests eating and enjoying themselves.  The word Charcuterie is French, and it means cold cooked meats. While I love the cold cooked meats idea, I do need to pair them with cheeses, breads/crackers, fruit, veggies and nuts. I mean, why not?! So, this is my kind of Charcuterie Board. Add a glass of fine wine and i’m content! The more colorful, the better. And all these different textures on one platter make me so happy. So, for a holiday…

  • Panna Cotta with Topping

    Panna Cotta with Fruit Topping

    Panna Cotta is such an easy dessert to make and it is so tasty. Trust me, when i say that your dinner, lunch, brunch or breakfast guests will be impressed with this one. Prep ahead of time and serve whenever you want. All you need is a few ingredients and a little time; by little, I mean 15-20 minutes of prep and about 2 hours of resting in the fridge. In a blink you for yourself a fancy dessert; Panna Cotta with Fruit Topping. There are many ways you could infuse this simple recipe with an array of flavors. I like it plain and I also like it with a…

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Eggs

    The Brunch Edition

    This brunch came together due to the rainy, icy Sunday we had last week. Thank you, Spring! In a way I’m thankful but then I’m not. This ugly weather canceled our plans for the day and we were confined, yet again, to the house. What’s better than spending the day cooking and eating?? Especially when you’re in the house with all your loves and you have delicious mimosas and beermosas flowing… Not a whole lot, right?! In comes The Brunch Edition. Everyone loves brunch! I even got my husband to love brunch. When we first met he proclaimed that he didn’t eat breakfast, EVER. I was shocked as I love…

  • Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon

      Happy weekend, friends! When your kids ask for pancakes for breakfast you don’t deny them. You make them and then reward yourself with a couple, or five. These Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon are to die for. Of course my kids did not eat these as they prefer their pancakes plain with syrup. So scratch the poppy seeds in this recipe for a batch of plain delicious pancakes. I love anything with Poppy Seeds so much. My obsession started when I was growing up in Eastern Europe. It’s a very popular dessert filling especially around the holidays.  So I found this Poppy Seed Pastry Filling at my local Kroger.…

  • The Best Chili Recipe

    Back revisiting this favorite of mine. This time though, I made a vegetarian batch of The Best Chili Recipe. I nixed all the meat and the beer, and I added mushrooms to the mix. It was just as delicious. Of course I garnished my portion with avocado slices. Because I love my avocados on anything. Don’t you? Need the non vegetarian version of this recipe? Keep scrolling… I’ve been using this chili recipe for the past 10 years, at least. I’m pretty sure I mixed a few recipes from various sources to get to this lovely mix of spices. We love it at our house! This recipe makes a large…

  • Refreshing Bourbon Cocktails

    Who doesn’t love a tasty and refreshing cocktail? I know I do! Especially while trying to unwind after a long day or a long and busy week. Now, I have to say that I am new to the Bourbon craze. Frankly, I don’t know much about Bourbon. But, the few cocktails I have tasted here and there, from my husband ordering them at a bar or restaurant, awoke my senses. It is definitely an acquired taste; the more I drink it, the more I like it. Don’t judge me! 😉 So I toyed around with some simple syrup varieties and decided to try a bourbon cocktail using a jalapeno batch…

  • Mango+Peach+Mint Sorbet

    This summer treat is the easiest to make and it is so delicious. You can even make it a boozy treat if you wish, for all the adults (21+) at your party. I added a little Elderflower liquor like St-Germain to the mix, but I suspect that it would be delicious with Rum, Tequila and even Vodka.