Sweet (Potato) Dreams Nachos

A meal to stuff yourself with during a lazy evening on the couch comes in the form of this cleverly layered savory dish. Send yourself into a nutritionally sound food coma with Sweet Potato Nachos. 2 Sweet Potatoes 1 Lb. Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined 1 Poblano Pepper, Sliced 3-4 Baby Bell Peppers, or 1 Regular…

The Perfect Bar for a Date

Oatmeal Date Bars Anyone familiar with the beloved children’s books that document the escapades of Amelia Bedelia might recall a specific moment involving dates. Asked to make a date cake, this unlikely heroine uses her literal reasoning skills to clip the dates out of a calendar and mix them into the batter. This option occurred to…

Friendspiration All Around!

Visiting specialty food stores is a practice in exploration. These stores not only offer specific special novelty ingredients you won’t see at your friendly neighborhood grocery store, but they often feature various staples available at extra friendly prices. So. When a friend whose family hails from India tells you to check out a specific local…

Bake Another Little Piece of my Heath

I purposefully purchase too many bananas, just to allow a few to teeter on the edge of too-ripe-to-enjoy. These speckled brown beauties might be baked with immediately, or sent to a corner of the freezer – peels and everything. Cryostasis enacted. Thawing takes very little time and the globular banana mush lends itself well to baking…

A Pepper Journey – From Plant to Plate

Pepper Plant (no relation to Robert) has survived – from seed to sprout, to current pepper producing champion – for over a year in the backyard of Blue House. A month or two ago, fat bumblebees buzzed around delicate white blossoms that have now been replaced by an abundance of green and orange peppers. These…

PB & Chocolate Jam Cracker Yums

Encapsulate a tart gush of jam between crunchy graham cracker crust and smooth chocolate peanut butter. Every layer of flavor is rounded out with a salty bite that keeps this sweet treat sassy. 1, 12 oz Package Dark Chocolate Chips (Hershey’s or Ghiradelli) ¾ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter 1 Sleeve Graham Crackers, Pulverized ¼ Cup…

Shandy is Dandy

Force your company on an out of town friend, but always come bearing gifts. Baked goods are a must if that skill is at hand (in this case brownies). Flowers never fail. And beer. Period. These three create the holy trinity of gift giving delights to flatter your host or hostess into always letting you return (despite…

100 Bad Guys with Sword(fish)

When shopping for dinner, it is best to go to the grocery store with a plan. But. Be prepared to forget about that plan entirely if: What you want they don’t have What you want has seen better days What you want is overshadowed by stellar ingredients that catch your eye and can’t be denied….

Beer Boiled Penders

If anyone ever gifts you a 50 lb. bag of green peanuts hauled back from the great state of Alabama (thanks mom!), do not deny this gift and do not fear it. Brazenly accept these raw legumes. Set some aside to boil immediately, then embark on the slightly tedious task of dividing the rest up…

Almond Night Long

The delicate sweetness of almonds is showcased in these cookies that house an arsenal of almond attributes. Smooth amaretto is bolstered by the creaminess of almond butter. Light and chewy, these little circles feature the crunch of slivered almonds that double as a great nibble during the baking process. 1 ¾ Cup AP Flour 1…

Rum Away with Me – Pineapple Coconut RuMuffins

Two golden pineapples purchased at the peak of ripeness. They  ventured to another city, carefully nestled in their own travel bag. Set on a foreign counter, they relaxed, observing the silly goings-on of a weekend vacation between friends, making it all the way to the end of the trip without being moved from their counter…