Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. I love it and my husband hates it which is kinda funny because I really don’t like nutmeg. Have you ever heard a chef say “just grate a little bit of nutmeg on a green vegetable to give it a unique flavor?” Ick! I think that flavor is awful!:) But I love nutmeg in sweet things and eggnog is the most classic of all nutmeg sweets.
When the holidays roll around and you realize the enormous list of people you have to buy for it becomes daunting to think about buying “little” gifts for neighbors, teachers, tutors…. And when you realize this not only are you out of energy, but you are out of money! These pecans are the perfect “little gift” for all those people on your list that you need to give something to, but not much.
It the party season and it seems that every night of the week there is a party of some sort to attend. It is so much fun to see friends and catch up over a cocktail and yummy food and remember that calories don’t count during the month of December:)
8-10 oz Chorizo
We all need a cocktail recipe in our back pocket for holiday get-togethers and this one is delicious! It tastes like a grown up fall apple cider and it goes down very easy:) You can make a large pitcher of this and just pour over ice when your guests begin to arrive. I will be serving this before Thanksgiving dinner!
Makes 1 cocktail
Ok, so now that you have Thanksgiving dinner covered and breakfast covered you need snacks for guests. Or you might be asked to bring an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner or a party. These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are DELICIOUS! And they are easy to make, especially if you use a melon baller to help scoop them into perfect balls.
Makes about 2 dozen
Hummus is one of those things we always have in the fridge at my house because it is a great snack with raw veggies or crackers. I typically buy the pre-made hummus at the grocery store, but it always has this metal taste or mass produced taste that just kinda bugs me. SO…I started messing around with recipes to see if I could make my own and I came up with a perfect, quick, EASY recipe for homemade hummus.
It has been a long week and its only Thursday! We have not been home one night for a family dinner so I am excited to have everyone around the table tonight to talk about their day and week and of course answer trivia questions:) Yes, my family plays trivia every night at the table. It helps the conversation and keeps them at the table longer because once dinner is over everyone goes to their rooms to do homework or more importantly answer snapchats! So the longer I can keep them the longer we can hang out with them without them really thinking we are having family time.
I was about to type that I think spring is my favorite time of year for food, but then I realized that I love all the seasons for different reasons. When every season arrives I am ready for the change of flavors. And right now with spring in full swing I am loving all that it has to offer. I love the herbs, the vegetables, the colors, the fruit…. Its all so happy and bright and delicious!
Makes about 6 cocktails
I don’t think I have been to one buffet where they don’t have boiled shrimp or crab claws and now I know why. I have never really thought about until I began putting this menu together. If you are cooking a large menu you need to have items that are easy and simple and don’t take up a lot of brain power. Boiled shrimp is it! Everyone loves it and it looks fancy and it takes about 4 minutes to prepare-I swear!!!
I have been waiting all year to make this dip. It truly is one of the best dips on the planet! Ask anyone that has ever tried it and they will say “it’s addicting”. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities about it-it is calorie laden, cholesterol laden and I am certain one day they will find that buffalo sauce causes some form of cancer. But, it is soooo good!
It’s here! The day we have all been waiting for since Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s Super Bowl Sunday! The second most fattening day of the year. I have been told that calories don’t count on Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday. Man, I hope they are right!
I love arugula! Not everyone does because it has a very strong flavor, but hey its not stronger than the it’s hip kale counterpart. You can put arugula in everything! Wilt it in a soup, serve it raw with lemon and olive oil, put it on a sandwich. It’s just so good! It’s peppery and kinda lemony. Give it a try.
During the winter I crave fruit, especially citrus fruit. We go through a lot of oranges, grapefruits and tangerines and I peel every one! Because my precious offspring just cannot do it. They can whip a lacrosse ball 75 miles an hour into a goal, but they cannot peel an orange. Go figure! But, I guess that is why they keep me around:)
Happy New Year! The holidays are over and everyone is on their gym/juicing resolution. How long do your resolutions last? I personally am not into the detox, juicing, fasting thing. Many, many of my friends are and more power to them, but, I just can’t. The other day I went and bought $50 worth of cold-presssed, fresh juice. I tried, I promise I tried, but I just couldn’t do it. They are SO gross! I would rather have 5-10 pounds to loose than drink that stuff. But, to each his own! In the Hood house we try to strike a balance of healthy and bad-80% good and 20% bad. I don’t want my kids to worry about food/calories their whole lives. I want them to enjoy food sitting around the table and forming relationships over a fabulous long dinner. I feel like if they exercise and eat reasonably well then thats all I can ask for. Life is way too short to not eat the dessert or the steak.
It’s Saturday and it’s almost Christmas so that means parties and more parties. If you are hosting one of these festive occasions this is a great drink to get your guests in the holiday spirit. Now, I know a lot of people don’t like eggnog, mostly because of the texture. But, if you mix store-bought eggnog (I mean who in the world has time to make their own eggnog??) with vodka and a few other yummy ingredients then you get the hint of eggnog without the thick calorie laden drink you are thinking of.
I promise I will post something about everyday weeknight meals, but it is the holiday season and that means small bites. People ask me all the time what they can serve that is easy to eat, not messy and not sweet. This is one of my go to recipes. You can put it out on a buffet or you can pass them on a tray easily. I am not sure when I came up with this recipe or where the inspiration came from, but this is not some crazy, out of the blue appetizer. I am sure many, many people have very similar recipes in their back pocket.
Southwest Spicy Chicken Bites
Small little bites that will tide people over until dinner is ready.
- 1 large chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes
- 1/2 lb. Thin cut […]
A very dear friend of mine, Rebecca, introduced me to this amazing dip! She served it at her annual Christmas party several years ago and I remember about 4 of us stood around the food table and devoured this dip. It was SO good! It is rich, creamy, spicy and just YUM.
1 (16oz) package frozen crawfish tails (thawed, rinsed and […]
The week has finally arrived-Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday as I have mentioned before. No gifts to worry about, no tree to decorate, no holiday work parties… just food, drink and family.
So, I was at Costco (the greatest place on earth) and they had PEARS! My family loves pears. I promptly bought two boxes, yes that is 24 pears. Seems like a lot, right? Nope-they are almost all gone. We use them in smoothes in the morning, snacks after school, in yogurt… They are such a great fruit and very Fallish.
Ah artichokes! I love them and thankfully so does my entire family. If I see fresh artichokes in the grocery store I immediately buy a few. They have a short season of March to May with normally a bumper crop in October. Well…its October!!!
It’s Fall and that means Homecoming! The football games are in full swing and the parties and tailgates are in even more full swing. Let’s face it that the reason we have Homecoming is so that we have an excuse to get together and have a party!
Makes 1 drink
Sweet and Salty is the perfect flavor combination. Who does not like it? It’s seems like it shouldn’t work, but we just can’t get enough of it. It’s addictive! Think of salted caramels, chocolate covered pretzels or kettle corn. YUM!
Makes 30 Pieces
Now that summer is officially over and you have to put away the linen, even though it is still 112 degrees outside, the “party” season begins. Not the holiday season, but the tailgate, dinner club, football watching party season. I personally think Fall is the best time of the year. The weather cools off and football is on, ALL the time, and everyone is looking forward to the holidays and the food. It’s just an exciting time of year.
This jalapeÃ±o appetizer is very easy, but looks and tastes complicated. Serve these fabulous little bites with a cold beer or a Berry Mojito. I put these out while I was finishing up the burgers I was making and they were gone in about 5 minutes. So be sure and make a lot!
Makes 24 pieces
Makes 1 Cocktail
There is a secret among moms who have kids that play sports. If at all possible and the timing is right we are drinking at our kids games. I mean, come on, there are only so many flag football, lacrosse, basketball, baseball games you can get excited about your little darling playing.
Well, I think we made it! I don’t want to celebrate too soon, but we only have 5 days left of school. My kids, me, the dogs… are so ready for school to get out for summer. Now, because I am a woman I reserve the right to change my excitement to counting down days until school starts… that will begin in about 2 weeks. But for now we are fired up about sleeping in and not “requesting” that homework gets done. Frankly, after this year I do not care if my kid’s brains turn to mush this summer just as long as I don’t have to fight about, “read your book”, “study for Spanish” or “go to BED”. Can you hear my voice? Just imagine Charlie Brown’s teacher, “Wah, Wah” and that is what my kids hear.