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Peppermint Sandwich Kisses

2 Jan

While doing some recipe research for inspiration, I came across a few recipes for kiss cookies and I was immediately intrigued. Not only had I never tasted a kiss cookie, but I’d never even heard of it! These soft and crumbly cookies that you can just pop in your mouth looked too good to be true and I had to give them a try. Conveniently, a friend of mine (shout out to Yonina Wind) asked me to bake something for an event she will be attending and I jumped at the opportunity just so I could make these cookies! Wow, that sounds kind of selfish, huh?!? I should have said that I was so happy to bake for her and already had the perfect recipe in mind. Either way, I made the cookies…and they were even better than I expected. Instead of just making a plain kiss cookie, I found inspiration in one of my favorite candies; the York Peppermint Patty. I sandwiched silky smooth melted chocolate between two teeny tiny peppermint green cookies and voila! Peppermint Sandwich Kisses! Enjoy. Oh, and if you (or anyone around you) are allergic to eggs, these cookies are perfect for you since there are no eggs anywhere in this recipe! Continue reading

Creamed Corn and Crab Pumpkin Soup

17 Oct

Sometimes, a delicious and unique recipe only needs a few simple and healthy ingredients. In this case, all of the items came right out of my pantry and freezer and I’ll bet you have similar inspiration in your own kitchen! While I do love to use fresh ingredients, sometimes I just need to open some cans and combine in a pot. This was one of those days! I took the red-eye from Seattle to New York with my husband and 2 children and while they slept the whole way, my chair wouldn’t recline so I was stuck with Zach’s legs in my lap and some very rude people in front of me talking loudly for 4.5 hours straight. Oh man, I could talk about that flight forever, but I would rather tell you all about the soup instead.  Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Gushers Meatballs

11 Oct

I would like to thank The Girl Who Ate Everything for coming up with the idea to stuff meatballs with Gushers! The concept seems outrageous but who doesn’t love a little sweet and sour with their meatball, right?!? Gushers really take me back to my childhood and it’s been years since they’ve had a place in my pantry. Speaking of nostalgic snacks, I just have to mention that Dunkaroos are one of my favorite staple snacks (they are only 3 Weight Watchers points) and I keep a few boxes in the house at all times. So now Gushers have joined the party! I altered one of my favorite meatball recipes from my mother to make sure the meat would complement the sour flavor of the gooey jelly fruit candy. Continue reading

Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche

20 Jul

We don’t have a printer in our house. I know that sounds strange, but Justin works only a few minutes away so if we need something printed, it gets done at the office. Don’t worry…we plan to buy a printer at some point, but we just keep pushing it off. So I sent Justin an email asking him to print a few recipes and when he came home after work, he handed me a stack of paper with his own addition right on top: Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche. I know that watermelon is all over television and the blogs these days, but that doesn’t mean this recipe isn’t worth trying here. I mean, there’s a reason everyone is talking about the watermelon/tuna companionship! It’s simple, beautiful and bursting with flavor. Continue reading

Huevos Rancheros with Homemade Tortillas

5 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t really celebrate this holiday, but why not use it as an excuse to cook something delicious?!? And I do love Mexican food. So I decided it was time to put together an American variation on huevos rancheros and enjoy this traditional Mexican breakfast dish for dinner with Justin. Instead of buying tortillas, I thought it would be more interesting to make my own and, boy, was it worth it! I don’t think I can go back to store-bought flour tortillas (unless I am really lazy). They were just so simple to make and didn’t take much time at all. Continue reading