Monthly Archives: May 2010

Gourmet Jalapeno Cheeseburger

Are you ready for a burger that will knock your socks off?  I have just the one for you.  It has been in my repertoire for about four years and I am just here to tell you that it is everything that you want in a burger.  It is juicy and  flavorful. The kind that you might want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It is one to write home about.  Oh, my gosh the spicy sauce that you see dripping down the side of the burger is to die for.  You will want to make it for more that just these burgers or just take a spoonful and savor it!  It is that good.  The burgers and the sauce go together.  Don’t make one without the other or you will be disappointed.  We don’t want that.

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Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Bacon

Spinach, spinach everywhere!  I have loved the beautiful spinach I am getting in my CSA box each week.  It has been some of the best  that I have ever had, but I cannot prepare this every week.  I have to branch out and try something new,even though sitting down with a bowl of this would be quite rewarding. What did I come up with?  It had to be something quick and a dish that could use some of my other CSA goodies, a gorgeous oyster mushroom and an onion.  Anna’s rice pilaf recipe came to mind.  It’s not her original recipe.  I will share it at a another time.  It is quite delicious.  I used it as a side dish, but it could very well work as a main dish.  I have been known to add a little soy sauce and eat a plateful. 

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Frozen Creams with Strawberries

 

After making this I had some heavy cream  just sitting in my  refrigerator calling out to me every time I opened the door. Frozen creams are one of my favorites.  I love this dessert. Whipped cream and strawberries are the perfect match in so many ways. It is rich, creamy, decadent and yet so simple.   It is the perfect dessert for any meal.   Now with the temperature heating up this frozen delight will hit the spot.  And you could not ask for anything so easy.  If you can whip cream you can make this. 

It is also versatile with endless toppings.  You could use most any fruit that you have available.  Blueberries would be a great choice or fresh apricots with toasted almonds. My mouth waters just thinking about cranberries with oranges, sugar and  toasted pecans.  And more decadence could be orange marmalade with shaved chocolate.  My gracious the list could go on and on.  Create your own special piece of heaven.

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Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon and Kale

Let me tell you about my relationship with Kale.  It is non-existent.  I have heard of it, but never have purchased any much less prepared it.  So when these beautiful greens arrived in my CSA box  I really was at a loss as to what to make with them.   Searching the internet I came up with several good ideas.  Here is one that I think is a winner.  This vegetable can have somewhat of a bitter taste, but the balsamic vinegar and salt cuts the bitterness and it is just plain good.  Here is a great article to learn more about this type of cabbage.  Yes, cabbage.

Oh yea!  What about the scallops?  They are as good as they look.  Pan seared in bacon drippings .  Yummy!   Another thing this is really a 30 minute meal that can be prepared in 30 minutes.

My inspiration came from Cooking Light.  I love the magazine.  The photography is definitely something that you can drool over.  I just could not resist making these scallops that appeared in this month’s issue.  The results are simple, elegant and delicious.

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Boursin Spinach Gratin

I just had to cook this spinach recipe when I first saw it on Kate in the Kitchen’s Blog. When I made it the first time I was talking to a friend about it and she said “Wanda, you have taken a very healthy food and made it not so healthy!”  I don’t look at it that way.  I just made it delicious.  You don’t have to eat all of it. But  I could eat it in its entirety. It is so creamy rich and flavorful. The spinach with the richness of the Boursin cheese and the crunchy panko bread crumbs.  Nothing could be better. You have to try this.  It is heavenly. 

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Sugar Coma Redux

I could not let  another fabulous Sugar Coma happen without telling you about it. The first one I did was a blast!   The wonderful Broke Socialite really out did herself.  It was an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for a great way to spend some time with friends you should check out her future soirees.  I promise that you will not be dissapointed.

Now here is a recap of my Sugar Coma!    We met at Bradford’s on Bishop for lunch.  Our Sugar Momma was Run With Tweezers who has a great  blog . Check it out.

Note the bags in the back of the photo.  Yes, those were ours filled with all kinds of goodies.

Dessert was provided by Peachy Treats and Pink Cupcake Dreams.

These chocolate cupcakes filled with caramel and Yummy.

We were swept away by Atlantic LimoGa which meant having no worries about driving or parking.   We got to enjoy the drive and each other’s company.

1st stop Caryn’s Cakes

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Salmon Cakes

I love good crab cakes and this recipe is so much like them without the expense.  It meets criteria for an easy, quick and yet inexpensive way to feed a family and packs a lot of flavor.

I will have to admit that it has been awhile since I have used canned salmon, but when I saw the recipe posted on Sara Cucina Belle I was compelled to try it.  Sara writes a fantastic blog.  I just love the way that she includes her children in cooking at home.  What a great way for them to learn to cook and cook healthy!  Check out her blog for other helpful information.  She is on a spending diet  giving out  tremendous tips on budgeting your food dollar.  Information that all of us can use.  She has also adopted me from Dine and Dish to give me tips to build a better blog.  Hopefully here soon, that is when school ends,  I can implement more of them.

Okay so here is the recipe for some easy and flavorful Salmon Cakes.  I have made them for the third time.  Yes, they are that good. 

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Chocolate Pudding Pie and a Lesson Learned!

 

First of all let me say that this is a very easy chocolate pie and the filling comes together really quickly.   I chose not to make a homemade crust and it was very delicious.  But something went very wrong and you should know about it so that it will not happen to you!

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My Banana Pudding was Trumped!!

Here are the results of the Banana  Pudding lab and I will say they were outstanding!  The first time in a loooong time all the meringue was perfect.  We only used two extra eggs for a couple  that had a little trouble separating them.    I was extremely pleased.  

They were also pleased with their results and eager to share the leftovers with other teachers and friends.  

You take a look and see what you think.  If you want to give it a try yourself  check out the directions here

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