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High Heel Cupcakes

7 Sep

NFL season means a few things, one of which is that my boyfriend’s seven year old daughter is not interested in NFL season. As he and her twin brother cheered on the Pats, we made high heel cupcakes! This is the finished product but I’ll add the other steps.

All you need:

Funfetti or any cupcake mix

Frosting, any color

Variety of Sprinkles

Milano cookies

Pirouette Cookies cut into about 4″ pieces at an angle at the top

Cook the cupcakes according to directions. Let them cool. I would recommend decorating the Milanos before you put them in the cupcakes. Frost and decorate the cupcakes once they’ve cooled. Cut a 1″ slit into the top of the frosted, cooled cupcake. Angle the Milano in and stick it in to the cupcake. We secured the Pirouette pieces with frosting but if I was serving these elsewhere I’d recommend something being stuck on the bottom so it does not slide.

They were easy and adorable. Pinterest for the win! C’est si yum!Heel cupcake

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Easy Spicy Guacamole

4 Apr

My boyfriend recently listed his favorite things to eat and this guacamole was on the list. It’s quick, easy and delicious. You can also add optional ingredients depending on what is in your fridge.

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What you need:

1 avocado

1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Sriracha sauce

1/2 a scallion, green only, chopped

Salt and Pepper

Optional items:

lime juice

peas

chopped tomato

minced garlic

I usually mash the avocado by hand but this one was slightly less ripe than I expected. I put the avocado, Greek yogurt and Sriracha in the food processor and just pulsed a couple of times to break up the avocado. If you like your guac smooth, keep processing it or hand mixing it to your consistency preference. If you add peas, I recommend frozen and letting them thaw a little. They add an extra flavor that doesn’t overpower the rest of the guac.

Scoop the guace out of the processor and continue to mix by hand if it’s not all combined. I use the processor purely to chop the avocado. Finish with a sprinkling of the scallions. Serve with your favorite chips! C’est si yum!

 

Garlic Grater aka the Coolest Kitchen Gadget EVER

10 Mar

My mom brought me back one of the coolest souvenirs from her trip to California, a grater. Don’t be fooled, this grater is about the size of a saucer and has little teeth to grate your garlic on. It can be used for chocolate and Parm too! To clean just wash with hot water.

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Candy Cane Beet & Kumato Bruschetta

14 Feb

Candy Cane Beet & Kumato Bruschetta

Nothing like getting a text from your boyfriend that says, “starving.” No more, no less. Thinking of appetizers that would be filling but not take away from actual dinner, bruschetta popped in my head. So easy and really delicious.
What you need:
4 slices of bread (your choice, I had Tuscan Wheat Pane)
1 – 2 oz Mozzarella Cheese, chopped in to small cubes
2 Kumatos, sliced
1/2 Tablespoon of candy cane beet, chopped fine
Herbs de Provence
Salt and Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil (or butter)
White Balsamic (regular is fine)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the oil or spread the butter on your bread slices. In a bowl, combine, Kumato, beet, cheese, herbs and just a splash of white balsamic. Season mix with salt and pepper. You can totally use regular balsamic if you don’t have white in your pantry. Spoon over bread slices and bake until toasted and the cheese melts. (about 8 – 10 minutes)
Serve warm! C’est si yum!

Pumpkin Roll

31 Oct

Such an easy recipe. One of the great things about Fall is pumpkin roll (please note, I am NOT a pumpkin fanatic).  I can really only eat one piece or so but at parties and gatherings, this seems to be a favorite.  It is so easy to make too.  My mom gave me this recipe and I have made adjustments due to lack of ingredients in my pantry.

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What you need for the ROLL
 
2/3 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (I’ve made it without this because I didn’t have it in my pantry)
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup flour
 
What you need for the FILLING
 
8 oz cream cheese
3 TBS margarine (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
 
Mix ingredients for roll.  Spray and lay wax paper on a jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet). Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or so (when you touch it it’s kind of spongy – not sticky).  Invert on a tea towel coated with powdered sugar, and coat the cake as well.  Roll and let cool.  Mix filling and spread over cooled roll.  If the cake cracks don’t fret, it still looks nice and tastes delicious.
C’est si yum!

Easy Pulled Pork

22 Sep

I love my crock pot. I don’t use it nearly enough. Something about being able to throw a bunch of items into a pot and have it ready for you when you get home makes this a great “quick” fix meal. If only they cleaned themselves!

I made BBQ pulled pork the other night and it was super simple and delicious. This would have served two to four people.

All you need:

1 lb boneless pork ribs
1 cup Coke (I had some that was sort of flat and it worked great. Bubbles don’t seem to matter in a crock pot)
2 cups BBQ sauce, any brand
1/4 red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced

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I didn’t have brown sugar but if I did, I would have added a couple of Tablespoons to the mix. Combine all items in the crock pot. I kept it on low for about way too long because I got stuck in traffic coming home but it still tasted good. I would keep it for 4 – 6 hours.
Serve on rolls for pulled pork sandwiches or with sides like macaroni and cheese, baked beans and mashed potatoes!
C’est si Yum!

Spaghetti Squash

20 Sep

I love spaghetti squash. I am however not a believer that spaghetti squash replaces spaghetti but I do think it would work as a side if you are looking to do two veggies vs. a veggie and a starch.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise like so:

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Remove the seeds with a fork. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Place “face” down on tin foil (I still spray the tin foil to make sure it didn’t stick) and wrap.

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. You’ll know when it is ready when you can press the squash down and it gives easily (careful it will be hot). Remove from the oven and use a fork to scrape the squash out.

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I recommend seasoning with a little more salt when it comes out. You can make it sweet with honey or savory with a harder cheese like Parmesan. Serve hot! C’est si yum!