Category Archives: snacks

grandma zam’s banana jelly muffins

There are some nights when I’ve got a big pot of sauce on the stove, meatballs in the oven, and am tossing a salad in catalina dressing when I think about my great grandmother. She left us a few years ago but I think about her often, especially as I share my time in the kitchen with my son. In honor of my Gramps birthday yesterday, here is a recipe that I have tried to perfect to taste like her’s and I’ve gotten it fairly close. It’s a great breakfast treat or afternoon snack, and it always reminds me of her 🙂 Here is Grandma Zam’s Banana Jelly Muffins.

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

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5 corned beef and cabbage leftover makeovers

It’s March 18th. The last Guinness has been poured, bagpipes have faded, and your Irish eyes are anything but smiling thinking of all the leftover Saint Patrick’s Day fare taking up space in your fridge. Corned beef and cabbage the next few nights, right? Wrong! If you’re wondering how to make over your Irish dinner, here are 5 of my simple and delicious re-purposing ideas for your 17th seconds 🙂

Delicious recipes to honor those corned beef leftovers!

Delicious recipes to honor those corned beef leftovers!

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restaurant style cold weather french onion soup

So I have been practicing my soup making skills. A dish that seems to be simple, I have always had a hard time getting the perfect flavor. So, like anything, practice makes perfect. This week I tried one of my favorite soups to order out: French Onion. The way the cheese chars over the sides of the crock and encases all the yummy sweet and tangy onion flavor is a staple in any pub. With a little deconstructing skills, here’s my take on restaurant style French Onion Soup.

Cold weather classic! (and now you can make it at home, too)

Cold weather classic! (and now you can make it at home, too)

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a favorite game day snack to please the crowd

Superbowl is right around the corner and I love, love, love party food. Sure, game day rolls around and we over eat, over drink, and only half of us leave the party happy, but what a fun day to celebrate with food! This recipe is one that just about everyone loves and it’s way easier than you’d think! Better than the prepared ones you get in the frozen food aisle, this recipe for Fried Mozzarella will leave all of your guests drooling.

Fried Mozzarella

Fried Mozzarella

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how to make the perfect eggplant

The art of making eggplant is a far more detailed process than one might originally think. To achieve the perfect delicate balance of soft tender vegetable with light and airy breading topped with just the right amount of crisp crunch takes practice. As an evolved eggplant lover it took my first experience with the properly prepared plum-colored veggie to really appreciate its hearty yet tender flavor. So as an ode to one of my favorite dish starters, here are my tips for foolproof Eggplant Cutlet.

Excellent Eggplant

Excellent Eggplant

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oooey, gooey cheddar pumpkin ale dip for your halloween monster bash!

This week, I’ve been working on creative ways to get rid of the last of my pumpkin ale. The end of October is here. Our little ghosts and goblins will ring for treats this Friday. November 1st will be upon us with the looming task of Thanksgiving and the switch from all things Octoberfest (my pumpkin beer!) to good wine pairings for turkey and stuffing. So here’s a unique and devilishly tasty way to mix your beer in the meal with my ghoulishly good Cheddar Pumpkin Ale Dip!

Beer and cheese, yes please!

Beer and cheese, yes please!

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A Trip to the Orchard and an Apple a Day

This month we are celebrating all things fall in our house. It’s a year of firsts with our son and we are taking full advantage of beginning traditions. This weekend, we spent the day roaming a local apple orchard and picking the perfect pumpkin! If an apple a day does keep the doctor away, then these two simply delicious recipes will be sure to keep your M.D. forgetting your face! Here’s my recipe for Baked Apple Chips and my husbands famous Barn Cider.

Enough apples to put doctors out of business!

Enough apples to put doctors out of business!

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