Friday, July 31, 2015

Coconut Pecan Frosting

One of the best tasting frosting's in the world and by far my favorite.

This frosting is typically made for a German Chocolate Cake, but you can use it on any chocolate flavor cake you like. My mother made the recipe for us when we were kids and it was a favorite in our house. The sweetness from the sugar and coconut and the crunch of the pecans is just over the top delicious.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bacon, Bleu Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

Bacon and bleu cheese dressing share top billing in the ingredients and combine for the tastiest twice baked potatoes!

The combination of bleu cheese and bacon is not uncommon. Many restaurants add bacon bits on top of wedge salads with bleu cheese dressing. There is special chemistry between those two ingredients on their own and when you add it to the mix with baked potato ~ get ready to have your taste buds do a happy dance!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baked Taco Dip

Tag sale finds lead me to wanting something with Mexican flavors. Hence, Baked Taco Dip for a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon.

Friends are moving and I helped them with their tag sale this past weekend. Much to my delight I ending up with some great treasures that remind me of Mexico. I decided that this rainy Sunday required some relaxation and a nice little snack of tortilla chips and this homemade Baked Taco Dip.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mozzarella and Genoa Pasta Salad

"Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad." - Melvin Udall (As Good As It Gets)

It has been many years since the movie As Good As It Gets was first released, however that line spoken by the character Melvin Udall and portrayed by Jack Nicholson has stuck in my brain. So every time I make pasta salad I think of that line and it was no different this past weekend when I put together a pasta salad to take along on a picnic at a friends house.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Italian Mac 'n Cheese

Whoever came up with blending pasta and cheese ~ sheer genius! My version of Italian Mac 'n Cheese has ingredients you find in basic Italian dishes. It's creamy and delicious.

One of the consummate comfort foods of all time ~ macaroni and cheese. The mere mention of the name evokes special food memories from childhood. Everyone can relate to macaroni and cheese and everyone's family has that "special" version made by mom or grandma that was passed down from generation to generation. We can envision our mother in the kitchen, apron donned and putting together the quintessential supper for the family.You can see her grating fresh cheese within your mind or stirring the butter and flour to make a roux and then carefully adding in the cheese a little at a time, stirring to make a beautiful creamy cheese base for the macaroni and cheese.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shrimp with Lemon-Mustard Dill Sauce

A light, refreshing summertime meal that is a breeze to make.

Shrimp is so versatile to cook with and when it's on sale I grab a two pound bag. We both love it and with getting two meals from one bag it makes sense on our food budget. And with the summer heat finally hitting here I wanted something on the lighter side. Shrimp with Lemon-Mustard Dill Sauce over angel hair pasta was a perfect fit for lighter eating.

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