Thursday, January 31, 2013

No-Bake Football Cookies



"Upon completion of this post, I do solemnly swear, to stop shaping food into little footballs....For now."

Find the cute little super bowl dessert recipe and "how to" here at SheKnows: No-Bake Football Cookies

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (shaped liked footballs)


You know when you go to a Super Bowl party and there's a huge pumpernickel loaf dug-out and stuffed with Spinach Artichoke Dip....

You know when you go to grab that little piece of pumpernickel bread to dip in the dip...and sure enough ....there are a bunch of pumpernickel floaty crumbs left behind by those ...who've dipped before you.

You know when (after you've gotten over the floaty crumbs, but....) right before you go to dig in...the guy who's had eight beers already....dips...takes a messy bite...and then dips again.

We've all been there.  You know the scene.  You know the guy...

Stop double dipping by making these Spinach Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  You'll find my Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe and the "how to" here at SheKnows... Football Shaped Grilled Cheese Sandwiches stuffed with Spinach Artichoke Dip

Cheers! Carolyn :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

If you love *blue cheese...

.....and you love spicy wing sauce

........if you love deviled eggs

...............then these are a MUST! 

Super easy and will be impossible to pop just one!!!

To save time, make these deviled eggs a day in advance, lightly cover with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge...remove about 30 minutes before serving. 

*Blue cheese too strong? Not for you? Try a Gorganzola cheese or Ranch dressing instead!

You'll find my recipe here at SheKnowsBuffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ultimate Nacho Grilled Cheese


I warned you a few posts back...there will be lots of posts coming up with tons of cheese and bread!

I wasn't kidding.

I kind of think these pictures speak for themselves. I used a corn flavored English muffin, but a plain one or even a white rustic bread would do. I mean.....why not shove loaded nachos in between two slices of grilled bread???

Find another photo, the recipe and the "how to" here at SheKnows: Ultimate nacho grilled cheese recipe

Cheers! Carolyn :)


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Football empanadas stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli, crispy bacon and cheese

football empanadas for super bowl

I stuffed these empanadas with all the ingredients that would go into a loaded up potato skin...  homemade mashed potatoes, chopped up broccoli, crispy bacon and lots of cheese!  A meal in and of itself, a tray of these would be super cute for your upcoming Super Bowl party! 

I cheated too, by using premade frozen Goya Empanada dough found in your grocer's freezer (this dough is my friend).  If going entirely homemade is more your is a delicious post I did a while back on Care's Kitchen for : Homemade Empanada Dough

For the recipe of this empanada above...and a look inside this little baby... check out my post here on SheKnows: Super Bowl Empanadas

Cheers! Carolyn :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Cheesefilled meatballs1

Why not add some excitement to tonight's dinner with a big hot bowl of Spaghetti and Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs! 

Imagine their faces when they go to cut into (what they think is) "just another one of Mom's boring meatballs"...and out comes a stream of melted, gooey cheese! 

Some garlic bread.....a salad...and dinner is served!

You'll find my recipe and "how to" here:  Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cheesesteak eggrolls with Sriracha ketchup recipe


Just warning you prepared for a series of posts coming up involving lots of cheese, bread and "super bowl friendly" food!  SheKnows is gearing up for the big game (among other things) and that means those who post for them...are developing recipes and ideas to get the party started with these guys, Cheesesteak eggrolls with Sriracha ketchup.

Inspired by an Irish Pub close by that has a version of these on their menu, I used choice rib eye meat and chopped it up after cooking. If you can find real steak sandwich meat ~ perhaps even better! 

As mentioned in the attached's important you use plenty of American cheese in this recipe, otherwise it tends to get lost - so cheese it up and get cooking!  The sriracha ketchup is a pleasant surprise! :)   Besides vegetarians...who wouldn't love these?!

Cheers! Carolyn

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Coleslaw and Sriracha


If you have a BJ's Wholesale Club near out and buy their bag of small crusty rolls from their Artisan Bread Collection (preservative and cholesterol free) and make these sandwiches today! (I do not get paid to promote BJ's, but I am a long time member of the store and these rolls are a staple in our home! They freeze well and when heated in the oven, turn into the perfect crusty roll for dinner rolls, garlic bread or sandwiches!) 

If you do not live near a BJ's, simply make sure you pick-up some delicious rolls, crusty on the outside and soft and chewy in the center!  I like to warm the rolls first too...just to give them that extra who doesn't love the smell of bread warming in the oven! 

Like I mention in my attached post on SheKnows...these Pork tenderloin sandwiches with red cabbage coleslaw and Sriracha (click on the link for the recipe) are addicting!

Serve them warm, room temperature or cool and be sure to make a lot! They will fly off the tray at your next tailgate or game day party! I promise if you like all the ingredients in this sandwich  - you will love these! Enjoy!

Cheers! Carolyn xo

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mushroom Bruschetta on Cheese Toasts


I posted a mushroom bruschetta a while back. This one is similar...but even easier!  It's a good one to have on hand as it can be eaten at room affordable and delicious! I made this recently for this post and ended up using the leftover mushroom bruschetta in a cheese and mushroom quiche ~ equally good!

That's if you like mushrooms. I know there are people out there who can't stand their taste or texture.  Like cilantro, mushrooms can be polarizing...divide a room...start rumbles. 

Now I'm picturing a mushroom rumble and it's not pretty...I hope I never get into a mushroom rumble...and that's all I have to say about that.

Here's the link to my recipe on SheKnows: Mushroom Bruschetta on Cheese Toasts

Cheers, Carolyn :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spice-rubbed Pork Tenderloin wrapped in Bacon


So, you'll notice the bacon doesn't "totally," "technically," "100%" adhere to the pork...but does it really matter? 

Not in this case!  It does so just enough (cook it bacon seam side down as noted in the recipe) combination of the sweet and savory spices on the pork tenderloin and the smokey, (slightly) salty bacon...make for a match made in heaven! 

Hot mashed potatoes, simple french string beans and warm apple sauce would make perfect, "homey" sides...but you decide!!!  Anything goes ~

If there are leftovers (and there won't be) use them in a sandwich the next day! This is surprisingly quick AND one the whole family will love! Enjoy!

Click below for the recipe:

Spice-rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon

P.S.  It's nice to be back :) xo, Care

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Carrot Ginger Soup with Hot Chili Cilantro Oil

Carrot ginger soup with hot chili cilantro oil recipe

It's been 211 days since I last posted on, Care's Kitchen.  Life's been busy.

First off, I hope those of you reading are well!  It's nice to be back!  Over the past few months we've celebrated holidays, birthdays, graduations, new schools and new jobs!  Like so many families, we've had our hardships too...medical scares and loved ones passing.  There was a super storm that wreaked havoc on our state and an unspeakable national tragedy in Newtown, CT.  (My heart...and I'm sure you agree...will never stop breaking over this.)

So here we what?  In 2013 I want to do better. I want to be a better mom, a better friend, a better sister, daughter, wife and neighbor.  What's it all for, if not for those around us we love. I want to remind myself to be thankful for every day and to (at times) stop and take in the little things that make an otherwise ordinary day ....special.

On a very positive note, I'm excited to let you know I was contacted by the editors at the website, SheKnows to be a contributor to their Food and Recipes section.  It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to make some extra money doing what I love to do ~ cook and photograph food!

Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me during my months off. From here on forward, I will post when I can and link to my posts on SheKnows.  Let's start with this Carrot Ginger Soup with Hot Chili Cilantro Oil.  I've made it four times over the past month ~ it never disappoints!

Here's to great things ...and great food in 2013!  Thank you all!

Cheers xo