Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Southern Style Salmon Patties 2.0




If you are thinking along the same lines that Kevin did you are asking yourself why in the heck I named this dish Southern Style Salmon Patties 2.0. Well, the reason I named it that was because this is my "Upgraded" version of the Southern Style Salmon Patties I learned how to make when I lived in North Carolina. I learned how to cook those first Southern dishes from my ex Mother in Law. That woman is a seriously good cook, but what was so funny is that (and I found out later is quite the norm for many cooks in the south) she didn't use measurements. It wasn't a cup of this and a tablespoon of that. It was a bit of this and a pinch of that, etc. When she taught me how to make cornbread one of the instructions read "add enough to make it the thickness of pancake batter". I was a bit confused at first and had a lot of trial and error. But eventually caught on and still consider those recipes some of my favorite ones

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vampire Kiss Martini for #Halloween



I love Halloween parties so of course I was tickled to no end to be able to come up with a special spooky drink to celebrate with. I had this awesome martini glass that was my Mom's and knew it would be perfect for a Halloween style martini. Then I set to work thinking of cool Halloween drink names. Being a huge zombieholic I of course thought I would go in that direction, but I had just been watching one of my favorite TV shows "Vampire Diaries" and it just seemed so right. I mean Vampires Kiss sounds like a great name for a martini right? Not so much Zombie Blood. Naaa that is more of a shot drink name I am thinking.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Manic Monday Party #15


Hi everyone, it is that time of the week again. It always seems to sneak up on us doesn't it? It is Monday, what in the heck am I making tonight???? Luckily I planned a head for a change and thawed out some forzen marinara sauce I had and picked up some turkey sausage. So spaghetti is on the menu tonight. Simple and easy! I was going to make some bread today, but that would require a shopping trip and I am not really wanting to go. To much to get done here today!!

Last Monday our Manic Monday had it's normal entries for last minute meals, but we also had a Halloween theme. We had some terrific posts for both. But these are the top 3 viewed/voted for posts.


Embalming Fluid from Noshing with the Nolands



New York Style Pizza Crust from Sumptuous Spoonfuls 



and we have an extra feature this week because there was a tie!


Loaded Cajun Deviled Eggs from Inspired by eRecipeCards


Some great posts last week!! I had a blast Sharing them on Facebook and Twitter, and pinning on Pintrest. So let's do it again this week? I am shooting for a new high so make sure to post up to 3 posts and tell your friends. The more the merrier!!


Here we go.....

As usual you can post your meal ideas for Manic Mondays but today I thought we would have a Thanksgiving side dish theme as well, so post away. Share your favorite side dishes for the holidays!!

Now, As for the rules;

Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
Make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. I just love doing that!! 

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

It would be wonderful if you would leave me a comment. I love to know who is here and spread the word, the more the merrier!!

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!




Want to grab my button? Go for it!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Goblin (Deviled) Eggs for Trick or Treat #SundaySupper #Halloween Party




I was so excited when I saw the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper was Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe part of the reason is that, even though we were broke, my Mom made such a big deal about Halloween. From figuring out a homemade costume, to decorating the house, to giving out the candy and trying to scare the trick or treaters. It was just tons of fun.

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Ghoulash" for #Halloween



Hello and happy almost Halloween. Halloween has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was little. We were pretty broke while I was growing up, but my Mom always had fun creating costumes for me out of whatever we had on hand or Goodwill finds. I think that is why I ended up being so creative with my kids. I loved making their costumes and come up with crazy ways to decorate the house. Shoot I have even dressed my dogs up (yes...yes, I am one of those people).

I know I have told you that my Mom wasn't much of a cook (love you Mom) but my Grandmother prided herself in a lot of her traditional holiday meals. Well they were our traditional meals, meaning meals she always made for certain holidays. She always made a huge batch of oyster stew for New Years, fresh bread at Easter with the glazed ham, and this was one of my favorites that she made for Halloween. I can remember when I got older I asked her why she called it "Ghoulash" and she said it was because it was frighteningly good! Gotta love Grandma!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples



I have been trying to come up with some new side dishes that include ingredients that you might not think about using together. I of course have a difficult time not using pasta or rice because, well I a just a huge pasta lover. Rice runs a close second. So I knew I wanted to start with one of those as a base. Pasta of course won the battle. Caramelized onions are another love of mine and I like to use them in many of my dishes. Shoot, sometimes I just caramelize a bunch of onions to have in the fridge so I can use them on sandwiches or in omelets.

Just over this past year or so I have discovered that I really enjoy Brussles sprouts. When I was a child I couldn't stand them. Mostly because all my Mom did was steam them with no seasoning. I didn't like that strong cabbage flavor, I didn't like them hard, and I surely didn't like the smell of them cooking! So when Kevin and I were looking through some food magazines before Thanksgiving last year, we ran across a recipe using Brussels sprouts and Kevin told me liked them and wondered why I had never made them, I decided I needed to let my childhood aversion of them go and give the little green guys another shot.

OK so now I have pasta, onions, Brussels sprout, but I knew I wanted another level of flavor. I decided with the bitterness of the Brussels sprouts, and the smokiness of caramelized onions, i wanted to add something sweet to balance it all out. What came to mind? Apples. I mean I do live in Washington and right now you have a difficult time going anywhere without tripping over an apple! OK I am exaggerating a bit, but there are a butt ton of apples available in Washington right now!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts



So I am still getting used to the new place. Electric stove, small oven, dishwasher that is too close to the oven door. Yes my friends, to open my dishwasher I have to open my oven door first or the handles bang into each other. Nice placement planning right? But Kevin says the house has "character", which it does, I just miss my big kitchen with a gas stove *sigh* I know you all will probably get tired of hearing me say that but I can't help it, I am a whiner at times. Especially when it comes to anything that has to do with my cooking. Kevin would tell me to suck it up but nope, not gonna do it. 

OK so off my pity party and on to the food. This meal came out so good. I was nervous *insert previous kitchen whine here* but with Kevin's help (he has always cooked on electric until I came into his life) he was able to calm my fears and I got this and the side dish done, on the table, and not burned, YAY!!!

I first got this idea from a pin that my daughter shared with me (Oh boy I love Pintrest!). I like to find recipes that I am drawn to but have a different way I want to go with. You can find the recipe I based this off of at Kaylyn's Kitchen. I knew I had chicken breasts and some of my homemade pesto in the freezer, and fresh mozzarella (there is no cheese better than fresh mozzarella for cooking) in the fridge. I always have seasoned bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, so this meal was a done deal before it even started!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Manic Monday Party #14



I can't believe that it is almost Halloween can you? This year has just flown by. I do love this time of year though. I love the costumes, and the candy, and the creepy decorations. I wish we had moved a month earlier so I could have decorated, but there was just no time to dig everything out while I was trying to get other stuff put away. But you can be sure that I will be all decked out for Christmas!

I was so excited last week. This was the biggest Manic Monday yet! You all posted some wonderful food!! Let me share with you the top 3 posts from last weeks party.


Mushroom Barley Soup from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen


Meat Lovers 4 Layer Pizza Dip from The Slow Roasted Italian


Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes

I wish I could have featured everyone's posts though, there were so many tempting and tasty ones!! 

Now on to the fun stuff....

As usual you can post your meal ideas for Manic Mondays but I thought with Halloween coming up it might be fun to post some of your favorite Halloween treats. Scary or sweet, whatever they might be, let's see them!!

Now, As for the rules;

Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
Make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. I just love doing that!! 

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

It would be wonderful if you would leave me a comment. I love to know who is here and spread the word, the more the merrier!!

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!

Want to grab my button? Go for it!!




Friday, October 19, 2012

White Wine Braised Chicken



Last night was the first night that we have had the kids over for dinner since we moved. They have been getting settled into their new place and we have been getting settled into ours. It was nice to have a bit of family time so we could all relax and take a deep breath after all the craziness (moving sucks...just saying). So I really wanted to make a nice hearty home cooked meal for them. Plus I had gotten a phone call from my son saying, "Mom I really miss your food!". Tasty dinner coming right up!!

I have been making sandwiches, and fast food knock offs all week. I decided I wanted a meal that was balanced, filling, and full of good stuff. I mean we know what kids eat when they are on their own right? Protein, veggies, and some nice crusty bread seamed like a wonderful choice. I really do miss cooking for the whole family. It is nice for Kevin and I to have our own space but I'm seriously going through the empty nest thing here!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Caprese Meatball Subs



Pardon the in your face picture, but I think I was trying to eat this sandwich through the camera!! I have been having a love affair with anything "caprese" lately. I adore caprese salad and even turned it into a sandwich with my Open Face Chicken Caprese Sandwich! So the other night Subway was mentioned on my Facebook page as an alternative meal due to the fact that I had a major blond moment and forgot to thaw out the meat I needed for dinner that night. Well Kevin isn't a big fan of Subway so that didn't go over to well (plus I really needed to cook so you all would have a post to read). Luckily Kevin agreed to go to the store for me on his way home from work and the meal crisis was avoided. Yay!! But that did give me an idea. 

One of the sandwiches I loved at Subway was their meatball sub. I wanted to make a meatball sub, but add a twist to interest Kevin. If you have been with me for a while you know that he used to despise pesto until he tried my homemade pesto. Now he loves it and I have used it in several recipes. Anyway, I remembered seeing a recipe by Kelsey Nixon for Caprese Meatballs in the slow cooker, so I decided to take that idea and use it for my sandwiches. I didn't do mine in the slow cooker though. I baked them and finished them in my homemade marinara sauce. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Healthy Mexican Pizza




I love taking my fast food favorites and lightening them up. It takes the guilt out of the equation for me while I can indulge in something that used I used to feel guilty eating. This is a knock off of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza, something I used to eat all of the time, but the Taco bell version was so full of fat and calories it was insane!! So I gave it up and figured I would never be able to enjoy one again. Then I decided to start picking some of my old fast food favorites and challenging myself to "healthify" them. So not only I, but everyone else could enjoy them without feeling like we needed to eat them in a closet somewhere! I did that with my Healthy Chicken Taco Bowls and to everyone's surprise here at home they were a huge hit. So when I announced I was again making a healthy version of a fast food fave I wasn't met with much resistance.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday - Raspberry Lemon Drops




Happy Tipsy Tuesday my friends! I am so excited to bring you today's drink! Why you ask? Well I will tell you. This is a drink my son made for me. I have mentioned in the past he is a bartender extraordinaire, and he has come up with some wonderful drinks for me to post on Tipsy Tuesday in the past. But I had a special treat with this drink. I got to watch him at work for this one. Yes, I went to  see him "in the act" for this weeks post. He is so good (yes Mom is bragging) and the customers just love to watch him do his thing. I can tell you that if it was me behind the bar shaking those cocktail mixers as fast as they do the drinks would be everywhere but in the glasses!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Manic Monday Party #13

Welcome to Manic Monday! I know it seems like forever since the last party, but with moving and other issues I have been away from you all for over 2 weeks! But now I am back and hope to make this the best Manic Monday Party ever!!!

Here are the featured posts from the last party..


Buckeye Brownie Bites from Flour Me with Love


Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole from Noshing with the Nolands


Crock Pot Banana Bread from Recipe Round Up


WOW there were some really great recipes last time. I am glad you all vote because it would be so hard for me to pick just a few to feature!! 

So with that said, let's get this weeks party started!

As always, you can share what ever recipe posts you would like to share, with an emphasis on quick and easy meals or desserts. However this week I thought we could zone in on your favorite soup and sandwich recipes. With the fall temps it is the perfect time for soups, stews, and sandwiches!

As for the rules;

Link up the picture to the post not your main blog page
Please link back to this page on your blog post.
Make sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes all week long. I just love doing that!! 

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

It would be wonderful if you would leave me a comment. I love to know who is here and spread the word, the more the merrier!!

Remember to vote for your favorites and please don't forget to click on the other recipes and show them some foodie love!



Friday, October 12, 2012

Ham and Bean Soup



Again, as I wander through old picture files, I find a picture for a recipe that I never posted. It is like a game now for me, hide and go seek with pictures! I can't believe I didn't post this soup before. It is one of my favorite soups. This just screams cool fall evening, or winter night curled up by the fire. It really is a soup that puts my tummy in a happy place. Maybe it is because it is one of the first things I ever learned to cook from scratch, I don't know. I know I used to love having the soup simmering for a few hours, it made me feel like a real cook. I do know I love it and so does my family!!

I use dried beans for this #1 because that is the way my Ex's Mom showed me how to make soup, and #2 because I think it just gives the soup much more time to develop flavors. But you can easily use canned beans if you want to speed up the meal. You could also do this in a slow cooker. Just add the soaked beans with the other ingredients and set it on low if you need it to cook all days while you are at work.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chicken Parmesan BLTs



Hello to you fabulous foodies! Have you missed me? I sure have missed you!! I can't believe this move has kept me away for 2 weeks! I can tell you that moving blows and I will never move again if I have anything to do with it. If we have to move, we will hire someone to do it next time instead of thinking we are 20 years younger and our backs, among other parts, were up to the task. My chiropractor asked me if I had been in a car crash!!! 

I am still trying to find places for all of my kitchen stuff, as this kitchen is waaaay smaller than my other one. It is proving to be quite difficult but I will prevail! I refuse to have my butt kicked by pantry items and pots and pans!! I am also having to learn how to cook on an electric stove, something I am not happy about I can tell you. Luckily Kevin had an electric stove before we met so he is helping me figure it out, but as soon as we can you can bet we will be installing a gas stove!!

Since I am organizing, and learning, I have not been able to cook any meals for the blog in my new home. I cooked our first real dinner in the new place last night. A simple pork loin with rosemary and garlic, mashed potatoes, and sauteed asparagus. After eating on the go for the last few weeks it was so nice to sit down to a nice quiet meal, just the two of us.