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.
BRAISED SHORT RIB BEEF STROGANOFF
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.
EASY TERIYAKI SAUCE
We love Asian food, and this homemade Teriyaki Sauce is simple and easy - and the best teriyaki sauce ever! Perfect for stir-fry Teriyaki Chicken or Teriyaki Beef, salmon fillets or shrimp, drizzled over rice or fried rice, or served as a dip for egg rolls. So simple and easy to make at home, and better than anything you can buy!
Every home cook should have a few special sauce recipes up their sleeves, ready to pull out for fast and easy dinners, and this is one of my go-to sauces that everyone adores!
There's nothing better than easy holiday entertaining - and everyone goes NUTS for this Greek-inspired Antipasto-themed board! For the most festive times of the year, when family and friends spend time at our home, one of my favorite things to pull together is a Charcuterie Board - easily customized with cheese, meats, fruits, nuts and crackers already on hand, and each one is a little bit different.
COCONUT CREAM CAKE
Not only is this Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting dazzling to look at, but it tastes divine! Light and fluffy coconut cake is soft and moist - with natural coconut flavor and flecks of vanilla bean. Perfectly sweet all by itself, but topped with a silky Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting and fresh shredded coconut, it is a coconut dream come true!
There's something about this traditional southern cake that reminds me of a big fluffy snowball - perfect for a special winter celebration, but equally as wonderful dressed up with fresh florals for a warm and sunny spring shower or Easter celebration.
BANANA DATE BREAD
This is how our family-favorite Banana Data Bread was born. My family loves Banana Bread - plain and simple, every day. I love old-fashioned Date Bread, but wish the recipes I've tried were a little bit moister. Combining the two is genius! Flavorful and moist, tried and true, tender and filled with tender dates that caramelize into a golden sweet bread. Dates are the perfect addition to our family-favorite Banana Bread!
This flavorful Banana Date Bread is one of those rare breads that actually tastes better the day AFTER you make it - if you can wait that long!
We love Asian food, and homemade Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Udon Noodles are better than memories of our favorite Leann Chin Chinese restaurant in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Extra saucy Asian inspired noodles with sweet bell peppers, tender chicken and an addicting sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce are SO GOOD!
Freshly made and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes - these are a family favorite every time I make them!
ROSEMARY GREYHOUND COCKTAIL
One of our favorite cocktails to kick off the new year is a Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail...and I promised to share the recipe again! Fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit vodka, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and the most glorious Rosemary Simple Syrup are shaken together and then poured over ice. Garnished with a slice of juicy pink grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary, these are almost too pretty to drink!
These are also perfect for springtime and bridal showers. Pretty AND pink!
Happy New Year! I'm always surprised by everyones' traditions for the New Year, but serving pork for good luck on the first day of the New Year seems to be universal. Let's kick this one off with tender, juicy glazed pork chops that are seared and flavored with a spicy red pepper peach glaze. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, but special enough for a dinner party.
Keeping things simple and easy, these Spicy Red Pepper Peach Glazed Pork Chops are ready in less than 30 minutes and seriously delicious! The spicy red pepper peach glaze keeps the pork tender and saucy - just the way we like it!
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