Saturday, 22 April 2017

How to make 'Crispy Smash Potatoes"

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Barbecue season is here in Arizona, however, just around the corner- for those in the northern states. I say this, as this potato is a great side with burgers, steak and chicken! You make these in the oven, so actually even if you are not ready to fire up the "Q", you can make this easy delicious side!

I’ve been buying the most gorgeous baby potatoes so sweet and creamy inside they’re literally addictive! If you're looking for a easy potato recipe during the week you have to make these Crispy Smashed Potatoes! 

Do the busy work—boiling and flattening the potatoes—up to 8 hours ahead. Let potatoes cool completely, and store them on the pan, lightly covered, in the fridge. Then all you have to do at the last minute is coat with oil/butter, salt, pepprt and roast.

Crispy Smash potatoes are delicious on their own, but, you can add a variety of toppings. In my April 2013 blog, "Smash Hot Potatoes" I added rosemary. Today, I am showing you how to make this step by step.....even a child could do this smash with a cup! 

 

First boil the potatoes in salted water until soft.



Then, cut a small slit in the top of each potato.


 Next take another baking sheet and.....


  

You may need to spread a bit with a fork.

Next brush on the butter or olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Bake at 450 F degrees for 20-25 minutes until crispy.....enjoy!


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chicken Tarragon Salad




 There are many things I like about this recipe...first off is the fact that I made it, instead of getting it from a store.  That's not to say that there's anything wrong with chicken salad from a store, but I always like to have control of my chicken pieces, which equates to no fat, grizzle or bones.  I just love all the flavors in this recipe, the apples and celery....yum! The second thing I appreciate is that it's not overly "dressed", which translates into a lot of mayonnaise.  I think you will really like this dish, and if you look closely, you will see the almonds, tarragon, celery, apple, red onion, and dried cranberries! Do you like my Mom's baker?  It is a Guardian circa 1950's!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Tablescape





One of the guarantee's of an unforgettable Easter holiday, is to set the right tone for your Easter dinner tablescape. When you are planning to host your Easter dinner, the first thing to do is to remember that it is Spring now, so the best options to decorate the table are fresh flowers, green grass and porcelain rabbits and eggs. To create a beautiful tablescape or tablescapes for your guests, you don’t need to spend large sum of money. Instead of paying a fortune for decorations of your dinner table, maybe you can choose to DIY them. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sweet Potato Pancakes



This week I am on a wonderful retreat to my favorite spa with my daughter! Pearl Laguna is a retreat I have been going to for a little over seven years now. It is a hiking, yoga and cleanse retreat. Fits me perfect! Work hard from 7 AM to 1 PM with morning yoga and a rigorous hike, followed by a 20 minute weight session or a pool class. Then its lunch and relaxation with a different mask each day and a luxurious massage. In between, I use the infrared sauna, take a nap or lay by the pool. After a relaxing afternoon, we do a evening yoga class and dinner. This year I brought my daughter with me and she is really enjoying revitalizing after having two children over the past 3 plus years.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooksters



Think- thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just blow your mind!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Bailey Irish Cream Tiramisu- eggless





It's almost St. Patrick's day and I have a easy recipe that you will love!!

This is a quick Tiramisu Recipe and is perfect for any occasion!  The  ladyfingers are soaked in Baileys and coffee then layered with mascarpone whipped cream. It will be your new favorite no-bake dessert! Twenty minutes of preparation time and then just pop it into the refrigerator over night or at least 6 hours!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Herb Vinaigrette -Jamaica Inn's Chef Maurice




We are back from our island paradise in Ocho Rios, Jamaica....boo hoo! I love it there so much! Wee Bear says it's the only time in the year, I truly relax. He is right, I sit and sip coconut water in a lounge chair and stare lazily out to the sea. I enjoy watching the fishermen go by, the "Big Birds", who land in our tree and dive into the ocean right in front of me to catch a fish. I love taking my raft and heading down our stairway to the ocean and floating along with the waves. I love getting massage on our veranda, going to the local salon for a pedicure and manicure and talking to the locals about life in Jamaica. One of my very favorite things to do while in Ochi (local talk), is "Releasing the Sea Turtles". We were lucky enough this year to participate in the release. They are usually being hatched in August and September, but, this year there was a late group of 94! I wrote more about this below today's recipe. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Woodland Baby Shower ideas!

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When Emily approached me about partnering with her to give "Sweet One", my daughter-in-law a baby girl shower....I instantly said, "Yes"! From there it just went "Wild"! Emily and I had so much fun creating a animal forest scape throughout the living, dining and family rooms! Here is how we did it!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Pork Tenderloin in Lime Sauce

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 This is one of Wee Bear and I favorite dishes! And, I recently had requests by two of my adult children to make this deliciousness for them! I had no idea that Tink loved this dish and TT requested me to make while we are on a our annual ski/snowmobiling trip this year. It is really pretty simple to make, and I was surprised it wasn't already on the blog! 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentines Day Lunch Box






The countdown to Valentines Day is on — and one of the things Mom or Dad can do to celebrate this love-filled day is make a special lunch for her/his tot. Whether you're packing a lunch box or serving your little one at home, these sweet Valentine's Day lunch ideas will have your kiddo head over heels by lunchtime!

When Valentine's Day is on a school-day, send your little Valentines out the door with a sweet lunchbox full of love. Plus, hopefully surprising them with some fun, but healthy, Valentine's lunch options in their lunchbox will help to counteract all of the sugar they're sure to have at their class party!


 Whether your little one likes proschuitto and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, you can cut the bread into a heart shape and make his/her favorite sandwich. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Chocolate Shortbread Hearts




Years ago this recipe was taught to me in a Eva Kenly class. I have made them nearly every year since for Valentines day. It's been my go-to recipe for Chocolate Shortbread Cutouts ever since. It's the easiest recipe ever and the taste is heavenly! Now, years later, my daughter, and now my grand daughter is making these delicious hearts...this pictorial is my daughter Tink(Holly) and grand daughter, Madison Lee (my name sake). Four ingredients, very quick to make and bake!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hidden Heart Pound Cake- JJ's


 

 A whimsical treat, easy to bake!

 

How cute is this? I just start smiling as I am cutting through, giddy about how every time it turns out perfect ! This cake is solid and moist, heart is as plain as day and the color not compromised.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Coconut Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A friend of mine, and fellow golfer/sewist told me of this recipe, she said it was her favorite cookie. I thought it sounded a lot like a Mrs. Field's cookie I once had and liked. I asked her to email it to me! 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Superbowl Wingfest- 5 preparations for wings!





Americans eat 1.33 Billion chicken wings at Superbowl 50......yes, that is 1.33 Billion with a B!  With the second most important eating day upon us there is no hotter time of year for chicken wings!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cinnamon Fireball Wings!

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 Your favorite Cinnamon Whisky and chicken wings? Football never tasted soooo good! Cinnamon whisky tastes great in a mixed drink, or even straight up.....but, I'm not here to tell you how to drink your whisky. I'm here to give you the most epic football "hot wings" you will ever serve at a big game!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Franks Red Hot Healthy Wings


A few years ago my daughter, Tink, made us a pizza using Frank's Hot sauce. She marinated the roasted chicken in Frank's and used the marinated chicken as one of the toppings.... I loved it!! Hense, this healthier recipe using Frank's! Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Teriyaki Wings- Healthier

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The play off games are beginning for professional football....and we want to have our favorite wings! But, we made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier. I have the solution! This is the third recipe in my "Healthier Wing Series"! Get the Wet One's out, or at least some damp paper towels, these oooey goooey wings will delight your taste buds!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Baked Tuscan Bread Soup

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Wee Bear and I have spent a lot of time over the years in Europe on vacations, whether it be skiing, cruising, road trips or just renting a house for a while. By far our favorite soup is a Tuscan vegetable soup. In Tuscany it is called Ribollita which in Italian means reboiled or reheated and simply refers to it as left over vegetable soup. It is delicious in cold weather and light enough in calories that I can safely put it into the "Figure Friendly" category, sans the bread! The recipe looks humble, however, this recipe blew us away! Just look at these pictures! The soup is gently simmered and baked and the bread ends up almost like a dumpling, breaking apart in the savory broth. Wee Bear had to stop between spoonfuls and proclaim how much he loved it!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Coriander Lime Wings

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Here is the 2nd recipe in my series on healthy chicken wings. This one reminds me of my time in Jamaica, the lime brings back good memories from our "Pig's, Limes and Pepper's" business! The Caribbean flavor is a take on "Jerk" seasoning, but mild. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

Spicy Sweet Chicken Wings- Healthier

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Chicken wings and football...nothing beats it! What's a Super Bowl without chicken wings? They go hand and hand with a cold beer. However, these little fried bites can wreck havoc on your waistline, especially if you are having them every Sunday!!