5 posts from month 04/2016

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I know I'm going out on a limb here calling this the 'perfect picnic pasta salad' but I am standing by it!  And I'm one who doesn't typically love pasta salad because it's often too goopy for my taste.  And bland.  Dreadfully bland.  But not to worry this pasta salad is neither goopy or bland.  In fact the pasta has a ton of flavor to it and it's all thanks to few tricks.  Here's the play by play. Make sure you have the mayonnaise, mustard and cheese mixture whisked together and ready ... Continue Reading

Salted Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cookies

As a kid Peanut Butter cookies were always a favorite for me.  Maybe because I grew up eating so many peanut butter and honey sandwiches...I don't know.   And still peanut butter is one of those things I've continued to crave even as I've grown well into adulthood.  It brings me back to childhood and is just soooo satisfying.  So when I was thinking of what kind of sweet I'd like to bring along on my Mother's Day Picnic peanut butter cookies immediately came to mind.  But to satisfy the ... Continue Reading

Olive & Artichoke Tapenade

Tapenade is traditionally made with Kalamata olives and capers and is a delicious, briny/salty spread that pairs really well with cheese.  My version is the same idea but with a few extra flavors that make this tapenade especially addictive.  I may be biased so please, you be the judge.  A great thing about tapenades are they are super easy to make.  Just a few seconds in a food processor and you are done.  And they keep for days or even up to a week or more (thanks to the acidic nature ... Continue Reading

Flank Steak Fajita Roll Ups

Flank steak makes a wonderful fajita because it's a flavorful cut of meat that isn't too expensive and, when cooked right, it's super tender.  I really like to marinate the steak as long as possible, at least for a few hours, but overnight is even better.  The steak is the star of the dish here, closely followed by the sweet peppers and onion and the creamy Garlic Parsley Spread so it's important to get the cooking of the steak right.  Cumin is a classic flavor with fajitas but if you ... Continue Reading

Roasted Garlic & Parsley Spread

Roasted garlic is one of my favorite ingredients to use in sauces and spreads because it has a mellow, sweet nutty flavor from the roasting process that doesn't give off that big raw garlic punch.  Don't get me wrong - I personally love the raw garlic punch - but this is a more toned down way to use this ingredient for those who may not share my views on raw garlic.  Because you first roast the garlic you can use a LOT more of it than you would if it were raw.  For this recipe I tried it ... Continue Reading