CELEBRATION OF LOVE & ALL THINGS VALENTINE...
Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Here are some of my favorite Valentine's Day Celebration recipes and ideas for you. Because it's all about the love today!
A romantic breakfast...
Something to sip on...
Something to snack on...
A Romantic Dinner for Two...
Valentine sweets & treats...
For more Valentine Favorites, check this out!
When I first started putting together a Valentine Dessert Board, I was thinking about my little ones…but it turned out to be a huge hit with EVERYONE. Filled with heart-shaped cookies and pastries, candy, fruit, and all things sweet, nothing is more easy, fun and relaxing than a sweet treat with your Valentines!
The secret of a great Valentine Sweets Board is to find your favorites treats – and to have a few surprises! The goal is to assemble a board filled with texture and color that fits with your theme. For Valentine’s Day that means lots of fresh fruit and heart-shaped treats in red and pink hues. It’s easy to add Valentine chocolates, decorated sugar cookies and cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
For my Valentine Dessert Board I used a loving mix of some of our favorite store-bought treats and some homemade items too. Mix and match your favorites for something wonderful and unique every time – whether you’re making it for your little ones, a school Valentine’s party, gal pals for a Galentine’s party, or to share with your special love!
Oh my goodness - I don't think I've ever had so many people beg for a recipe, so I'm sharing this one again! Spicy Maple Candied Bacon is crispy, chewy, sweet & smoky, and perfectly spicy. Who knew that Applewood smoked bacon could be glazed so perfectly?
Last Fall I discovered Crown Maple Syrup, an artisan quality pure maple syrup from Canada that is bourbon barrel aged. And I just KNEW that it would be the perfect thing for Spicy Maple Candied Bacon - it was like it was MADE for this!
Whether you call it maple bacon, candied bacon or caramelized bacon, this is Man Candy! Perfect in sandwiches, meat & cheese trays, crumbled on top of soups and salads, maple & bacon donuts, and simple snacking. Totally addicting!
For a romantic evening with your love, nothing is more fun and relaxing than a Valentine Charcuterie Board, personalized with all of your favorites! Perfect for Valentine's Day, but also wonderful for picnics or quiet evenings in front of a roaring fireplace. A bottle of good wine, and we're all set for a special night of snacking and quiet conversation. Skipper loves the Spicy Maple Candied Bacon and Genoa Salame Panino, so this is a special treat for him!
And doesn't a quiet night at home sound so much better than a crazy night at a crowded restaurant with long wait times and a limited menu for Valentine's Day?
There's just something magical about Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Raspberries! So silky and velvety on the outside - and bright, juicy and bursting with flavor on the on the inside. Not only perfect to look at, but perfect with every bite - a party in your mouth!
These are so easy to make that you'll never buy them again! All it takes is some perfect berries, GOOD quality chocolate (dark semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate) and you're in business! As I've said before, this really isn't so much a recipe as it is a process, but once you know the secrets, you'll be impressing your family and friends with beautiful chocolate double-dipped strawberries and raspberries too!
Fresh spring strawberries and raspberries are starting to show up at the market now - juicy red, plump and firm, with beautiful green leaves and stems. You'll be dipping, double-dipping, swirling and twirling, and sprinkling before you know it! There's always lots of excitement when Double-Dipped Chocolate Berries show up - whether it's for a crowd, or just a wonderful quiet party for two...
How do you make Ultimate Rice Krispies Bars even better? Start with the best recipe for Ultimate Rice Krispies Treats - bakery-style, super thick, soft and gooey with extra marshmallows in every bite. Then dip them in a silky smooth chocolate topping - either chocolate-butterscotch-peanut butter or white chocolate, drizzle with colorful chocolate and sprinkled with Valentine sprinkles - the Ultimate Valentine Rice Krispies Treats!
I kid you not - I saw something similar at our local market - six tiny treats for ten dollars - and about fainted from the shock. I can't believe anyone would pay that much for something that is so easy, so fast, and so much fun to make at home! My little ones just LOVE helping to make these treats. Perfect for Valentine parties big and small!
After making another batch of fresh Homemade Croissants last weekend, it was the perfect time to whip up a batch of one of our favorite sandwich fillings - Smoked Turkey & Muenster Salad. Whether you put this in a sandwich, scoop it onto crisp salad greens, serve in pretty little finger sandwiches for garden teas or showers, or simply eat it with a fork, this fabulous fresh Smoked Turkey Salad is loaded with tiny bites of tender smoked turkey breast, Muenster or Baby Swiss cheese, craisins, juicy red grapes and slivered almonds, and ALWAYS a huge hit!
Happy Luna New Year! To help with your celebration of Chinese New Year today, I've put together a of our favorite Chinese New Year recipes, filled with savory and saucy appetizers, stir fry and other Asian dinners. Let's all celebrate the year of the Golden Pig!
Wishing you all luck, prosperity and great food!
BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL TAKE-OUT...
NOODLES & RICE...
PERFECT LITTLE ORIENTAL SAUCES...
This simple Homemade Croissant recipe and easy method will have you baking flaky, buttery and deliciously authentic French Croissants like a pro! With just a few simple and wholesome ingredients, you won't believe how satisfying it is to make these classic French pastries with your own two hands. Incredibly rich, with a buttery taste and so many flaky layers - perfect fresh and warm from the oven, with a spoonful of your favorite jam. Apricot, fresh strawberry or raspberry? Every layer and bite is heavenly!
I dream of lazy sunny mornings sitting at a Parisian outdoor café and enjoying warm croissants, homemade jam, and sipping on French-pressed coffee or honest to goodness hot chocolate with my handsome Skipper. Oh how I dream of this! But in the meantime, I'll bake up some perfect Homemade Croissants and we'll enjoy them at home on a relaxing day. These are the perfect French pastry to make for a special Valentine's breakfast with your honey!
My family adores Asian food, and homemade Teriyaki Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry is better than take-out! Not only quick and easy to make, but so colorful, vibrant and rich in flavor. Tender chicken combined with fresh and colorful sweet red peppers, sliced carrots, broccoli, snow peas, green beans, mushrooms and water chestnuts, lightly glazed with my Easy Teriyaki Sauce and tossed with cashews is one of the easiest dinners you can make.
Even if you don't have a team to cheer for on Sunday, you can at least be happy about the football food! While we are always surprised and dismayed that our favorite teams never seem to make it all the way, we still love to get together and celebrate the Super Bowl - with family and friends, and a selection of the BEST football party food!
These are some of our favorite crowd-pleasing football-loving favorites, and it's GAME TIME!
BUFFALO CHICKEN FAVORITES
SANDWICHES & SLIDERS
TATERS & NIBBLES
FAVORITE DIPS & DUNKERS
SWEETS & TREATS
For even more favorites, check out my Football & Superbowl Ultimate Party Favorites!
When Valentine's Day rolls around, I try to make something special for all of my little valentines - and the big ones too! For a special dessert, there's nothing better than Black Forest Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts.
Tiny individual Oreo cookie crusts, filled with a silky and rich no-bake chocolate cheesecake, topped with cherry pie filling and chocolate curls or a Ghirardelli chocolate heart. Easy, fancy and perfect! If you like French Silk Pie, you are going to love these even more! This one is another family classic.
There was a time when company for dinner in my childhood home meant Mom whipping up a beef stroganoff casserole - the popular 2 cans of condensed soup, ground beef, bacon and sour cream stroganoff. How times have changed!
This deeply-flavorful short rib rendition builds on memories of that dish - but takes it to the gourmet level - meltingly tender, beefy, velvety and rich. Slow-braised with red wine and sherry, fresh rosemary & thyme, mushrooms & bacon, crème fraiche & truffle oil. For the most memorable dinner ever, make the short ribs the day (or night) before you plan to serve this dish. A special recipe for a special dinner!
Caramelized Onion Gruyère Cranberry & Raspberry Tartlets are tiny puff pastry tarts filled with tender caramelized onions, perfectly melted Gruyère or Swiss cheese, and finished off with a drizzle of sweetly tart fresh cranberry and raspberry jam. A simple and stunning hot appetizer that is savory, butter and sweet - and oh-so-good!
Throughout the holidays and up through Super Bowl Sunday, we have a LOT of appetizer parties - and these little tarts are always a favorite. With a few shortcuts, you can have these ready to eat before you know it!
We all love Holiday Cocktail Meatballs, and spicy Italian Meatballs, but every now and then you just need to shake things up! My newest secret weapon are homemade Teriyaki Meatballs. I'm warning you now - these are seriously addictive!
Teriyaki Meatballs are not only easy to prepare, but they are tender and melt in your mouth - nibble after delicious nibble. My Easy Teriyaki Sauce is added to the meatball mixture and starts the flavor. The Asian-inspired meatballs soak in more of the fresh teriyaki flavor while they slowly simmer away in your crock pot, which caramelizes and creates a sticky-Teriyaki Sauce that keeps these perfectly moist and glazed.