Dutch Pancake With Lemon Curd Butter & Peach Compote

Dutch Pancake With Lemon Curd Butter & Peach Compote
This was the perfect breakfast to surprise my Hubby with this morning. It’s an easy and impressive way to serve a treat to the ones you love. Dutch pancakes take a little time to prepare and can be served a thousand ways. Made to be savory or sweet, today I made it with a lemon curd butter and a peach compote my mom made. Instead of making one big one which is the norm, I made 4 individual ones in my 6″ little cast iron skillets. Drizzle with the curd butter, top with powdered sugar and put a little fruit compote on the side! Continue reading

Mediterranean Hummus Platter

Mediterranean Hummus Platter
Who doesn’t love Hummus?! It’s like a meal and a snack! I read somewhere that making your own beans from dried is so much better for you so I started to make my own – starting with chickpeas. The crock pot is essential for this task and if you start them before you go to bed they’re done by morning. I store them and use them for all kinds of wonderful dishes…Hummus of course being the #1 motivation. Continue reading

Hot Reuben Crock Dip

Hot Reuben Crock Dip
Linda and I are only two of three sisters. Our third sister is the dip master – as in she loves to make dips. She has her go-to dips as we all do and this Reuben Dip is one of them… Sort of…??? Actually, I changed it because I was taking it to an outdoor pool party and I didn’t want to ask the hostess if I could use her oven on a hot day to heat my dip. This got me thinking of how I could make it in a way that it could just stay hot without putting out the hostess. By starting with the base of a Bechamel I was able to keep it warm for a long time and still have a consistent texture. It worked great and was a hit at the party! Sometimes you just have to think outside the box! Continue reading

Minty Blueberry, Cucumber & Creamy Goat Cheese Salad

Minty Blueberry, Cucumber & Creamy Goat Cheese Salad
If you have a Wegmans in your area you’ve seen a version of this salad before. I’m not a fan of store bought dressings, I love to make my own. When recipes call for a brand of dressing I go off the grid.  I also believe that every recipe can be made even better. Well, I took the idea of blueberries and cucumbers from a picture and made it my own! It was a huge hit with my family and a real winner in my book! Great for the 4th of July, great for summer, great for parties and great for you! Continue reading

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac & Cheese

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac & Cheese
If you remember my post about the Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed Shells, I told you… If you have some mixture left over don’t throw it away! I’ll be using it another way in a post coming up soon. Well, this is it. I froze what was leftover, but if you are making it without the leftovers, here’s how… I made it for the girls at my Hubby”s office for lunch and they said it was the best Mac & Cheese they ever had!!! Yay!!! Continue reading