I loooove all things artichokes! I use artichoke hearts in salads and dips and pasta dishes. There is just mysterious and wonderful about this thing called an artichoke. They are a bit like life…hard to read from the outside and yet once you’ve unsolved their mystery they are yours to do with as you wish. You just have to get to know them at a deeper level than meets the eye. Okay…perhaps I’m getting a little carried away and dramatic…all to drive the point of my passion for these wild creatures.
I’m not kidding when I say this is the easiest and best salsa ever! It’s almost embarrassing to share the recipe but share I must. I just can’t keep things like this to myself. AND I want you to get all the credit when you serve it! It’s your recipe now…
Suzi’s – make it in seconds…tastes like you slaved all day…Secret Salsa Hack!
quick recipes, Recipes, Salsas and Sauces, Snacks
You can serve this salsa immediately or make ahead a few hours or even the day before to allow flavors to blend. Store covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
1 8 oz. can Herdez brand Salsa Casera, come in mild, medium or hot (choice is yours)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1-2 green onions chopped or 2 tablespoons or so of diced red onion
Pour into a serving dish
Add cilantro and green onion
Stir and serve!
If you prefer you may put all ingredients in a blender or food processor
Soooooo Easy…only 4 ingredients and it is awesome!
One night this flavor combination just popped in my head so I quickly wrote it down…a few weeks later I had the opportunity to try it out and serve it at a luncheon. It was a hit! I originally served it as a spread with crackers and also with celery sticks for a gluten-free option. I’ve made it several times since and it is always well received. I hope you’ll give try it outand taste for yourself. Enjoy!
This makes a great party snack. Serve in baskets or put in small treat bags tied with ribbons. You can also use colored candy melts to coordinate with the occasion. I sometimes use colored sprinkles in place of the toffee.
5 cups mini pretzel twists
1 1/2 white chocolate candy melts (approximately 10 oz.)
2/3 cup toffee bits
Line a 1/2 sheet baking pan (13" x 18") with parchment
Spread pretzels evenly over the parchment, they will overlap slightly
Heat white chocolate candy melts in microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, heat for an additional 30 seconds, stir until smooth
With a large spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the pretzels
Sprinkle toffee bits evenly over the chocolate
Allow to cool
Break apart and serve or store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag
Don’t be fooled…these Apple Dumplings look difficult….. but they are soooooo easy! Just watch and see….
Apple Dumplings with Raspberry Sauce
In a small saucepan, mix 1 12 oz. package frozen raspberries (unsweetened)
and 2/3 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat until boiling...mix 1/3 cup water and 1 Tablespoon corn starch together, stir into boiling raspberries and sugar, stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
6 Rome Beauty Apples (or other)
2 Packages refrigerated pie crust rolls (4 crusts total)
1 cube (1/2 cup) softened butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg mixed with 1 Tablespoon water
Remove crusts from the refrigerator
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Peel and core apples - cut the bottom of the apple about 1/4 inch so it will sit flat
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon
Fill the hollowed cores with the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon mixture
Cut 3 of the crusts in half, roll each into a ball, knead until until mixed together
Using a rolling pin, on a lightly floured surface (granite counter works great), roll out to about 8 inches in diameter (so it will cover the apple completely)
Cut 6 small pieces of the remaining crust, about 1 1/2 inches square, place on the top of each filled apple, covering the core
Place apple upside down in center of dough circle
Carefully wrap and pinch dough around the apple making sure dough overlaps a the bottom
Place apples, pinched side down, on a baking sheet
Using a pastry brush, brush with egg wash (egg/water mixture)
Using a sharp knife, cut out 12 leaves, "score" each leaf with a line down the center and marks to resemble leaves
Roll 6 small pieces of dough to resemble stems, pinch and flatten at one end
On top of each apple, place a "stem" and 2 "leaves"
Brush leaves and stem with egg wash
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden
*Raspberry Sauce and vanilla ice cream, if desired
I hope you will push out of your comfort zone and make these “Classy” Apple Dumplings! Remember, if you can dream it… You can do it….and I just showed you how! You can do this! Confidence comes with practice! You’ve heard the saying….If at first you don’t succeed….try, try, again!
Helping people gain confidence in the kitchen is my dream! I’ve put off doing this because I was scared 🙁 I may look confident but to be honest….putting myself out there like this is SCARY! I’m taking my own advice and just doing it!
My greatest desire is that you find your passion and “just do it”
“Nana’s Family” Cookbook was originally created in 2004…
I created this special cookbook as a way of honoring my beloved grandmother, “Nana”. “Nana” was mother to 5 children, grandmother to 17 grandchildren and great-grandmother to more than I can count. “Nana” always had room at her table to feed whoever came to her door. “Nana’s Family” extends far beyond her natural born offspring. “Nana” taught us that there is no stranger and everyone was welcome to be a part of her family. This cookbook is a collection of recipes collected from “Nana’s Family” they are sure to wow and delight your family! Only 250 copies were ever printed…..it has never been available to the public until now!
I know you will enjoy the recipes and stories that await inside to delight you and your family!
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The truth is …..as much as I enjoy cooking and entertaining ….. thinking about what to make and take for picnics, BBQ’s, and potlucks used to stress me out. Now I don’t have to think about it or stress about it because I take the same things over and over. Yep….it’s true! That doesn’t mean that I never switch it up…..it means if I am in the mood to switch it up I do, and if I feel stress coming on over it I rely on my tried and true dishes that I can make quickly and easily and that still have the “wow factor”. I even have a couple of recipes saved on my computer to print and give out to guests upon request.
In the beginning I felt a bit guilty about rotating the same recipes….
Then….. one day…… I realized this HUGE TRUTH…… musicians, magicians, comedians and motivational speakers do this very same thing!!!!!! They play the same songs, do the same tricks, and tell the same jokes and stories over and over again. That’s how they get good at it and that’s how this idea saves time and energy! They play to different audiences so their content is fresh to each new audience. And yes there might be a bit of overlap from time to time but even that has its place. Just like they don’t have to learn new songs, tricks, jokes and stories for every new gig…..you don’t have to learn a new recipe every time!!!!! Repetition is now my friend and I am guilt free!
So….what is a signature dish?
Wikipedia’s definition of a signature dish is a recipe that identifies an individual chef. Ideally it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting. It can be thought of as the culinary equivalent of an artist finding their own style, or an author finding their own voice. In practice a chef’s signature dish often changes with time or they may claim several signature dishes.
Suzi’s definition of a signature dish is…any dish that you enjoy making and taking often. It can be one that people look forward to you bringing because it’s not one of their signature dishes. Or, it can also be one that you take to new or different groups. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t have to be one that you created on your own, though of course it can be. For me it is dishes that have received rave reviews when I’ve taken them and I love rave reviews 🙂
May your Holidays be stress free days!
Here are a two of my signature dishes…..feel free to adopt them as your own. They are yours now 🙂
Let’s face it….we are all very busy and sometimes getting dinner on the table can seem like a huge task. We are often tempted to run through a drive-thru AGAIN! 🙁 Fear not…. I have some great time and money saving Prep Ahead Ground Beef Meals for you to try. I promise, you will be able to get dinner on the table in about the same time as it would have taken you to get through the dreaded fast food restaurant. And….best of all you will feel good knowing you saved money and fed your family a much more nutritious and delicious meal.