I love Halloween for so many reasons, and this spooky Vampire Martini is one of them. It is SO much fun! A creepy concoction of vampire’s blood and vodka, oh my! The syringes look so real, it’s almost unnerving. What’s really going on here is a combo of my cantaloupe martini, dry ice and a syringe of raspberry purée. The raspberries turn a nice deep red color when cooked– and when put into a syringe (bought on Amazon or ask your pharmacist for plastic syringes) the smartest of vampires can’t stay away!
These little mummies will win over your heart and your stomach! They are just so darned cute you don’t want to eat them but trust me, once you have one you will be heading back for more! These little Halloweeño Jalapeño Popper Mummies are so easy to make, too. I always say you could wrap Crescent Roll dough on a shoe and it would taste good but the jalapeño popper is such a good compliment to the buttery, crispy Crescent Roll wrapping.They are a perfect addition to your Halloween appetizer spread or to bring to a Halloween party. These will disappear quickly so you might want to make two batches!
This salad is a take on my favorite salad at Houston’s / Hillstone Restaurant, their Evil Jungle Salad (also called Thai Steak & Noodle Salad). It is packed with so many flavors, I devour it every time I order it! I make my version gluten-free without noodles and more greens. I also add peanut sauce to mine- it seems like the perfect compliment to this yummy meal in a bowl!
Today was a really cold day here in the desert…cold and rainy. We see so few days like this– when it gets a little chilly we all LOVE it. We cozy in and build a fire and make delicious hot comfort food. Like this Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna…just about right for a day like today, and SO up my alley. This thing has “Erika” written all over it. Did I mention how embarrassingly EASY this is to make? It is. (more…)
National Jerky Day is June 12th and it got me thinking. How could I make a meal out of jerky and not have it feel like I was eating a football? I know what you’re thinking… JERKY??? Most people think all jerky is going to be as tough to chew as a football and wouldn’t EVEN consider putting that into a recipe! But NOT so!!! I have seen people in airports and on the streets devouring this stuff in a bag so I got my hands on some Krave Jerky. It’s so moist and tender- really flavorful!! I realized that this could be a quick answer to protein in salads, sandwiches and even cocktails!
The second I tried the Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky I thought this would be delicious on my favorite Quinoa and Berry Salad with a Fresh Pear Dressing. Give this a whirl and let me know what you think.
Perfectly refreshing for Mother’s Day and a great alternative to the Peach Bellini, this is herbal mixology at its best! Peach and basil go so well together and this drink goes down a little TOO easily…watch out! I am a vodka drinker so I substitute vodka for the bourbon and it sure does wet my whistle!
My Peach and Basil Bliss is a part of RedEnvelope’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktail series. I was so happy they asked me to participate- I have found many wonderful and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts over the years at Red Envelope!
Doesn’t this chilly weather call for a nice big bowl of steaming hot goodness? Well, The Best Chicken and Dumplings is definitely the answer for me today. There is something that just screams back to my childhood when I eat those cute little fluffy balls of dough swimming in that hot and flavorful broth…YUM. In my younger years I always thought this would be really hard to make…but honestly, they are very easy. There are a few steps here but nothing crazy. And believe me, this dish is SO worth any effort it takes to make them.
Speaking of making chicken and dumplings, I always make mine in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I waited until I was a mature adult before I invested in one of the babies and BOY OH BOY are they just awesome to cook in. Well, today is a lucky day for one of my readers…We are having an incredible giveaway that includes a Le Creuset Dutch Oven so they can make this scrumptious meal in it! Enter the giveaway here.
Oh. MY. There are no words for how delicious these cinnamon rolls are. These are BETTER than Cinnabon- super moist and so flavorful! When I see Cinnabon copycat recipes on the internet I think about how similar these are but mine are a little different. I use scalded milk. Why? Well, my grandmother used scalded milk and that’s the only way I have ever made them. I remember making a version of these when I was a kid and I used the HOT scalded milk…needless to say my cinnamon rolls did not rise and it was a major disaster. I also use a little more salt in the dough to enhance the flavor and cut the sweetness a little. Then of course is the apple filling. Once again, Oh. MY. These are the cinnamon rolls you dream about- gooey in the center, with a cream cheese frosting. Now add the tart apples and this is a serious cinnamon roll.
I always make these Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls the day before Christmas and heat them up Christmas morning… they are always a huge hit in my house and disappear instantly!
Butter Mint Chocolate Push pops are so fun and kids just LOVE them! I used my favorite brownie recipe and made a wonderful butter mint cream filling…the flavor is spot-on with the yummy butter mints you snake a big handful of when leaving a restaurant.