4 posts from month 06/2015

Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup and Maple Whipped Cream

It's berry season!  Everywhere you go there are farms stands selling berries and even the grocery stores are overflowing with flats of fresh berries on sale. And since homemade pancakes are a weekly occurrence in our house I decided to try making a syrup out of a berry that we really don't eat that often, blackberries. The syrup in this recipe is really easy and you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge, which I did, until someone went in and finished off ... Continue Reading

Black Bean Tostada Stacks with Poblano-Jalapeno Crema

     When I came up with the idea of making black bean tostada stacks as an appetizer I could picture in my mind what they would look like.  And pretty much they look exactly like I hoped but I must admit it took a few tries to get it right.  The first time I made it I used 6-inch white corn tortillas and it was beautiful but really too big for one person as an appetizer and then when I tried to cut into it the pretty presentat... Continue Reading

Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

This recipe I made with my cooking club girls in mind.  We all love cheese and we all love spice and this little bite of heaven has both of those.  And, Andrea, the slice of jalapeno on top was for you.  I had to borrow a page from your book on that one for presentation.For the recipe itself  I used a finely grated Parmesan as one of the cheeses, just to give it a more complex background flavor.  The other two cheeses I used were an aged white ... Continue Reading

Mini Meatloaf with Habanero Spiked Ketchup

I am bringing meatloaf back to the dinner party.  For people who like meat, most enjoy a good meatloaf.  I don't know if it's nostalgia or they just like it but I'm one of those people.  Yet it's mostly considered a family night meal and not necessarily something you'd serve for company.  So I thought I'd try to dress it up a bit and maybe change it's reputation.  I made free-form little meatloafs so each person can have their own and I added ... Continue Reading