Mom! Meatloaf!

Your mother’s meatloaf gets a run for its money with this Gourmet Meatloaf recipe. By combining a trio of beef, veal and pork, the flavor gets amped up enough to impress even the most experienced of meatloaf connoisseurs. Dried cherries also make a creative and unusual appearance in this recipe along with a little bacon for added smokiness. Crunchy chopped up veggies such as carrots, celery and onions complete the list of main ingredients needed for this recipe. Several different sauces and spices make the loaf a little [... more]

Almost Too Pretty to Eat

These irresistible Crispy Prosciutto and Avocado Salad Toasts are as beautiful as they are delicious! Yellow and red tomatoes, ripe green avocados, and purple onion slices create a colorful open-faced sandwich that is literally a feast for the eyes—and your taste buds. Lending a rustic feel to the dish, ciabatta bread drizzled with olive oil and crunchy slices of savory prosciutto create a base for the stacked fresh vegetables. Lastly, a made-from-scratch Cilantro Sunflower-Seed Vinaigrette, which resembles a thin pesto, finishes off the masterpiece. Now all you [... more]

A Go-To Grill Recipe

Grilling out is one of the benefits of warm weather. This summer, branch out from your typical burgers and hotdogs and try these delicious Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers. The homemade and oh-so-easy marinade takes less than five minutes to make, but it packs a whole lot of flavor. Fresh-squeezed lime juice and honey add freshness, while Siracha sauce, red pepper flakes, and minced garlic spice things up a bit. Once the chicken breasts have marinated at least one hour, place the skewers on the grill for six to [... more]

Cherry Whiskey Smash

If your dad is a whiskey guy, serve him this drink and it may just be his favorite gift of the day. The Cherry Whiskey Smash combines an alcohol trifecta of whiskey, amaretto, and ginger brandy. A little cherry juice and a splash of cherry cola temper the spirits and add a sweet-tart fizz to the drink. Maraschino cherries start and finish the cocktail for a little extra color and fruitiness, but save them till you get to bottom of the glass so they’ve had time to [... more]

Sweet & Saucy

Impress the dad in your life this Father’s Day by taking over grill duty and serving up these delicious Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs. Made with a homemade Peanut BBQ Sauce, these non-traditional ribs offer a creative take on a popular classic. Marinate the rib racks overnight in a sweet Thai chile and soy sauce mixture and then bake for 2½ to 6 hours. Finish your ribs on the grill after smothering them in the peanut barbecue sauce. Served with a Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw, these tasty [... more]

The Real Sangria

With a deep purple color and lots of aromatic fresh fruit, this Red Wine Sangria delivers big, bold flavors. Apple brandy adds depth to this refreshing beverage while the fresh-squeezed juices of a lemon and orange impart a citrus tang. The recipe’s main ingredient is Real Sangria, the number-one imported sangria from Spain. (European law restricts the usage of the name “sangria” to only those products made in Spain and Portugal.) Apple and orange slices and a handful of grapes contribute to the drink’s delicious fruitiness. While [... more]

Meringue Magic

Chocolate chip cookies hit the mark most of the time when you crave something sweet, but occasionally a little variation on this classic dessert doesn’t hurt. Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies replace the typical chewiness of chocolate chip cookies with a light, melt-in-your-mouth texture beneath a crunchy shell. These delectable goodies rival the meringue cookies found at a specialty bakery in appearance and taste, but they’re easy enough for a home cook to make. Consisting of a mere five ingredients, they take just a few minutes to whip [... more]

Creole Burritos?

This New Orleans-inspired meal takes the traditional dish red beans and rice and stuffs it in a flour tortilla. Packed with flavor, meatless Red Bean & Rice Burritos  jazzes things up with a homemade spice blend of parsley, paprika, oregano, black pepper, white pepper, and salt. The simple recipe makes enough filling for 10 burritos; that’s just the right amount for two people to enjoy during a week of work lunches. Plus, they’re portable, so you can grab them on the go and never miss a beat. [... more]

Un-Fried Green Beans

An egg-free, vegan-breaded green bean recipe doesn’t exactly get the taste buds somersaulting. But trust us, it tastes so much better than it sounds. In fact, these Breaded Green Bean Fries even give the fried alternatives a run for their money—and they’re better for you. In addition to the obvious baking vs. frying benefit, these fries call for unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk and extra light virgin oil instead of vegetable oil. And for the vegan breading, a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, [... more]

French Onion Minus the Soup

French onion soup takes on a new, but just as mouthwatering, form with this recipe. The brainchild of blogger Ree Drummond, French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms just might become your new favorite appetizer. In this recipe, the onions, which have been cooked in butter, wine, and broth and then flavored with a little Worcestershire sauce, serve as the stuffing for the mushroom caps. A sprinkling of gruyere cheese melts perfectly to seal in the onions. Serve these one-bite wonders as hors d’oeuvres at your next party or [... more]

Honey Brie

Known as the “king of cheeses,” Brie dates back to the year 774, when French emperor Charlemagne first tasted this soft cheese and immediately fell in love with it. Today, commoners like us are able to enjoy the mild, sweet flavors of Brie, usually as an appetizer. With its bloomy white rind, a wheel of this delicious cheese not only looks elegant but also keeps guests coming back for more. This recipe for Baked Brie With Rosemary, Honey, and Candied Walnuts calls for a few sprigs of [... more]

Simply Irresistible

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Toffee Fudge Cookie Bars kicks traditional chocolate chip cookies up a few notches. It all starts with a graham cracker crust that adds a delicious base to these chewy treats. Next, layers of homemade fudge and toffee chips provide a boost of rich chocolate and sweet brittle flavors. Top all of that with chocolate chip cookie dough and an extra sprinkling of toffee bits. The result is an ooey-gooey, rich and fudgy cookie bar. Once you’ve mastered this version, experiment with other [... more]

A Twisted Toast Treat

Bacon is America’s favorite breakfast meat, and for good reason. These versatile little slices of cured pork complement the flavors of so many foods and add a savory, salty crunch to any dish. For this recipe, crumbled bacon tops a delicious avocado spread that’s been slathered on sliced baguettes. The French bread is served as-is without any additional baking, creating a soft base for the toppings. Providing a tasty surprise, a drizzle of honey acts as a sweet foil to the bacon’s saltiness. Each savory bite of [... more]

Crisp & Clean: The GBC

A refreshing concoction of gin, basil, and cucumber, The GBC is likely to become your go-to cocktail this summer. To further enhance the drink’s freshness, the recipe also calls for lime juice (we recommend fresh-squeezed) and tonic water, which complement the gin quite well. Slicing the basil leaves before you toss them into your cocktail glass helps release maximum flavor. Before you serve, garnish with a cucumber slice and basil leaf. While the recipe may seem like an unusual assortment of ingredients, the end result is a crisp, [... more]

Creative Pizza

The French dish ratatouille comes in many forms. While it usually consists of a variety of stewed vegetables, the veggies chosen and how they are used often vary. This recipe for Ratatouille Pizza takes a few more liberties and turns the traditional stew into a pizza. This creative twist came about when the author discovered she had some dough in the freezer and leftover eggplant and zucchinis from a lasagna she had made. With an adventurous spirit, she transformed them into this tasty dish. The pizza is [... more]

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