Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Short and sweet's my version of Shrimp Fra Diavolo!

Spice it up or down however you desire and be sure to serve with a side of delicious bread!


You'll find my recipe here at SheKnows: Simple spicy shrimp with pasta

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sausage Pizza Tacos

 Before you say, "no way!"  Stop and think for a second...

What's in a typical taco?

Ground meat, spices, taco sauce...a little salsa with peppers and onion. Lettuce, cheese, cilantro...maybe a few other things???

Well these sausage pizza tacos are not that far off.

Ground sausage (spicy and/or sweet), sauteed peppers and onions...a little pizza sauce, fresh basil and cheese....

So go ahead and marry your two favorite foods! They're a fun spin on family taco night!

*You could replace the sausage with any ground meat...just make sure to drain the grease before mixing in the sauce and then stuffing the shells.

For the recipe and how to visit my post here at SheKnows: Sausage Pizza Tacos

Friday, November 28, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cocktails...

A fun and festive photo project I did last year for SheKnows....

Cheers to all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :) 

For additional photos and the 12 drink recipes click here ~ 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Whisky Cake Recipe

Whisky Cake

Here is a whisky cake recipe I am thrilled to share with you all!

Growing up, my mom would always make this weeks before Christmas...

In the early years, she didn't have a heavy duty stand mixer...the batter is quite dense so I recall the mixing seemed awfully intense.

She used to shell the pecans too... by hand

...and always doubled the recipe.

It's these reasons above this cake had the misfortune of being deemed..."A lot of work....!"  

I remember coming home from school and seeing the big jug of whiskey sitting out on the kitchen to a bowl full of nuts...with their shells.

Boxes of golden raisins, mixing bowls and far as the eye could see....

It all pointed to one thing...I was about to be put to work!

I quickly learned how to (on whiskey cake day) mysteriously disappear to the neighbors I'd go!

When I'd return home, there was almost always a fire roaring in our kitchen fireplace and the house smelled heavenly...butter, eggs, flour, sugar...cinnamon, raisins, whisky and nuts...all being happily warmed and cooked in the oven!

So you see why I love this recipe. It makes me happy. It's special. :)

My mom still makes it...and now so do I...with my KitchenAid stand mixer and bags of already shelled pecans by my side ~ modern conveniences :) haha

It's actually quite simple to make and cooking times will vary according to your oven...when a knife or chopstick comes out of the center clean - it's done.

It cooks low and slow...and you'll find this keeper of a recipe here, at SheKnows... I hope you come to love it as much as I...Whiskey Cake

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Gluten-free quinoa stuffing recipe

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Here is a gluten-free quinoa stuffing recipe that would make a nice, healthy addition to any Thanksgiving spread!

Your gluten-free diners will appreciate this recipe, because it incorporates a lot of the classic ingredients you find in a traditional stuffing.

I found the stuffing tasted even better after it sat for a while and had time to allow the flavors to sink into the go ahead and make this one in advance.

Serve it at room temperature or if you prefer a warmed version, reheat it in the oven at 300 degrees (cover with foil) for about 10-15 minutes... You'll find the recipe here at SheKnows: Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing Recipe

Thursday, October 30, 2014

3 fall cocktail recipes

PicMonkey Collage

Cinnamon and sugar...

Cranberry, ginger...

Nutmeg and pear.....

Here are 3 cocktail recipes perfect for the season! 3 Fall cocktail recipes