We have a major battle brewing at our house, and the lines have been drawn. The horse racing fanatics are taking on the taco lovers, and it is going to be a delicious war of the favorites! With everyone pushing their favorite Southwest and Mexican dishes, and claiming they will just DIE if we don't have them, I do believe that this is going to turn into a full Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration!
Our little guys would eat tacos or cheese burritos every single night of the week if we let them, and they have suggested that root beer would be the best beverage ever. Of course, I'll have a hard time choosing between a Lavender Mint Julep and an icy Strawberry Margarita...and Skipper is telling me that all he requires is a tall cold Dos Equis with fresh limes. Magical times! What is your favorite, and how will you be celebrating this first weekend in May?
Oh my goodness. It's time to buckle up your seatbelt and get ready for the best grilled cheese sandwich you will ever have in your life! Gruyere French Onion Grilled Cheese with Thyme Butter are going to become your new favorite!
The first time I made these, I made the mistake of only making only two perfectly golden, melted sandwiches. There were only a few of us at home, and not everyone is a fan of Gruyere cheese or caramelized onions. I cut the two into halves, and four of us circled the island to taste test these golden melted beauties, warm from the pan. Skipper took one bite, and immediately mumbled "MAKE MORE..."
If you've never made a compound butter, this is the right one to start with! So easy, so fast, so simple and so good! You'll be asking yourself why you haven't been making this for years!
Compound butter is exactly what you think it might be. Start with a good quality butter, softened to room temperature. Add your favorite herbs and spices - in this case fresh thyme, but you can also use dried thyme in a pinch. Blend it up good, chill it for several hours, and BAM! You've got yourself some of the best flavored butter you've ever had in your life!
We love this for grilling cheese sandwiches, or try it on your next batch of hot and melted cheesy bread. It's equally as wonderful slathered on top of a baked potato, or for something extra special, drop a spoonful on top of a grilled salmon fillet, hot burger or steak as soon as you take it off from the grill. You'll be AMAZED at how it turns something ordinary into something extraordinary!
When it comes to comfort foods, one of my favorite things to make is a warm and creamy slow cooker soup. Easy to make, slow simmered for hours, and perfect flavor - homemade is ALWAYS best! And there's nothing better than homemade Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup! The aroma as this creamy and dreamy soup slow cooks is just amazing!
There are times when my family likes a lighter cream of tomato soup, but if you want to ramp up the flavor, you have got to taste the difference that roasted tomatoes and fresh basil make! And color...have you ever seen a richer, deeper roasted tomato soup? I usually serve fresh cream on the side, so that everyone can "drizzle" their own happy little design in their bowl, and add as many rich creamy calories as they would like.
Loaded with smoky bacon, cheddar cheese and the most flavorful creamy ranch & onion chive cream cheese, these pretty little rollups are the perfect party food, and also make a great packable lunchtime rollup!
And they come with a warning. They have a way of disappearing while you are making them, or waiting for them to chill before serving. I've caught more than a few folks snitchin' these from the counter and from the fridge when they think I'm not looking. But who can blame them?
On a cold and blustery winter night, it's good to have a bowl of creamy and flavorful soup to calm the savage beasts. And if you are a fan of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup, you are going to LOVE this Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup! Saucy and loaded with tender chicken and pillowy cheese-filled tortellini, this will be your new favorite soup!
I've made this recipe with both fresh gnocchi and fresh three or four cheese tortellini, and hands-down, everyone LOVES the fresh cheese tortellini the best. The smooth and delicate cheese filling is just perfect in this flavorful herb-infused creamy chicken broth.
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