cajun boiled peanuts

homemade boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a Southern thing, or so I am told. I know nothing different than boiled peanuts. Sure, there are roasted, salted, honey roasted and candied. But: I know boiled. Raw “green” peanuts  boiled in a spicy, salty broth… Cooked peanuts take on a different texture than traditional roasted; they are nutty and meaty, almost like a bean but not as mealy. And, fun to eat, like Edamame. Sometimes; food you have to work at tastes better…. for instance: Seafood. Crab legs, lobster, peel and eat shrimp… Candy. Tootsie pops, blow pops…. And: seeds and nuts: pistachios, sunflower seeds, […]

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homemade tortillas

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There is something about making homemade tortillas. Something that goes beyond the food aspect of it. Maybe ….it’s because right now in our homeschool  I’m teaching a period of history that is before the discovery of baking powder, yeast or other leavening. Most cooking was done by the meal, and over an open fire.  Maybe…. it’s because there is something about adding water to flour and somehow, a bread like product is produced once you roll it and heat it on a cast iron skillet. Maybe…. it’s because it takes me back to ancient times, where life was more simple […]

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easy homemade hummus and other trends

I’m in a season of clean eating… I say season, because there are still  going to be seasons of feasting, and enjoying the occasional indulgence of a big slice of homemade cake with caramel buttercream. Isn’t it funny how the term “clean” eating has replaced healthy eating? I wonder if it subconsciously helps people eat better? Clean always sounds nice. A clean house, a clean car, a clean shirt, clean sheets. No wonder a “clean diet” has gotten so popular. We associate dirty with bad, so I wonder why we don’t call an unhealthy diet a “dirty diet”? Just wondering…

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baked mini tacos

These little guys are the perfect portion controlled nibble for your next fiesta, or Superbowl party… or Taco Tuesday. If you follow my other blog, you’ll know that I am off white flour/sugar/processed foods  for a bit, (maybe longer than a bit) How long is a bit, anyway? In my book, a “bit” is anywhere from 3 minutes to three weeks. But, what is “my book”? Haaaaaahaaaaa, one day I will write a book, call it “My Book” and explain what I intend to say when I speak/write. I’m sure it will go something like this: Chapter One: Recipe explanation: […]

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mango salsa and summer stories

This is summer in a bowl. Sweet, salty, tangy and fresh, with a slight crisp from jicima, it’s a tropical vacation for your tongue. I live in an old neighborhood. And, with old neighborhoods, come established trees. An established home with a yard that feeds you is a perk and a blessing. A friend once commented to me, “Mangoes are such generous trees.” And, she is right. This time of year,( this summer in particular), locals have more than they can handle. It’s the zucchini of the south.

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homemade pretzel buns

My husband thought I was a bit crazy making these once he saw all the steps involved.  He had no clue what goes into pretzel making I suppose… You see, pretzels have that chewy, slightly  briny exterior for a reason. They take a swim before they bake. And, that extra step makes all the difference and yes, it’s well worth it to make your own. Pretzel buns are expensive, and It’s just plain  fun to save money. That was my logic when the hubby raised an eyebrow as I heated up the big stockpot. Then, when they came out of […]

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endives with blue cheese, prosciutto and red wine reduction sauce

There are a few things in life that I had never tried until I was in my thirties such as: endive marscapone homemade fruit cake spiralized veggies squash soup arugula vegan “meat” loaf fried Oreos salted caramel Keurig brewed coffee This year, I decided that I need to try a few new items….. With our local fair coming into town, I’m sure that won’t be hard. However, I would like to experience some (ah-hem) more classy cuisines as well.  For instance, exotic fruits and veggies…..I’d love to try that fruit that, (in some countries) is illegal to eat in public […]

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Nudo olive oil tasting and giveaway

I’m sure a lot of you have been to restaurants where bread is served along with olive oil and herbs for dipping, instead of butter. Not only is this heart- healthy but it’s also a nice change from attempting to spread cold butter on soft bread. Which, usually results in a cold mound smooshed into a once fluffy bread. I get impatient with cold butter at times, I must admit. That’s why I love bread dipping… For this bread dipping, I samples Nudo Italian olive oils, exquisite fine extra virgin olive oils that have been infused with the flavors of […]

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mini caprese bites with rioja wine reduction

Note: This is a sponsored post for RIOJA wine, however opinions expressed are my own.   The steamy days of summer are just beginning to ease their way into our memory, and the lure off Fall is beginning to beckon me with its rich flavors again, spiced coffees and latte’s , buttery squash and crisp apples, warm apple cider and crisp leaves underfoot….the sun seeming to shine just a little more amber, and the evenings appearance  an hour earlier. Wait. I live in Florida. We don’t have Fall. But, I am able to grasp the small little compounds in my […]

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creamy garlic, spinach and chicken flatbread

I was recently selected to take part in creating a recipe for a new line of sauces that Progresso recently launched. My assignment? Something quick to prepare.. as in 20 minutes or less. They must have known that I would have some busy afternoons and evenings ahead of me…because there were quite a few 20 minute meals birthed from this sauce. My favorite, however were these flat breads I whipped up. The time investment? 10 minutes. MAX. 🙂 As most of y’all know… I am a homemade sauce kind of girl, and I seldom go for the convenience foods.. but, […]

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bruschetta

This is a great substitute for salad if you’re short on lettuce. My husband is always asking me to make it. Here’s how: take a bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped 1 med ripe tomato (diced) 1/4-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (diced) 2tbs good quality olive oil (no substitutions) 2 tbs Italian seasoning 1 tsp KOSHER salt (reg salt? ok, but not as good with this) If you have a salt grinder, that’s excellent. Just reg salt doesn’t do the trick Mix it all together and put it in the fridge for 20 min to marry the flavors. I try for […]

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