A Different Kind of Steak and Cheese

These days, inviting your friends for dinner can be both fun and stressful: between special diets, allergies, and just plain picky eaters, you can never be quite sure that what you’re making will please everyone. Luckily for you (and the picky eater – who I’m sure has other redeemable qualities to warrant your invite), tapas make for the perfect dining solution. You and your friends get to try a variety of recipes in a single meal, pick and choose what they please, and still discover new flavors. We can’t [... more]

Skinny Donut Holes?

Doughnut holes, those doughy balls of goodness, become even more delicious when smothered in powdered sugar and a decadent vanilla glaze. But get this: The creator of these Skinny Bakery-Style Donut Holes swears that they’re only 22 calories apiece. We don’t know how, but we’re not complaining! The recipe yields about 170 donut holes, so you may want to halve it or freeze some of the dough for later. When making them, be sure to keep them bite-size—the dough really rises. Enjoy them while they’re still warm.

Sloppily Scrumptious

Perfect for summer lunch or dinner, this version of the sloppy joe lives up to its name (don’t wear white!), but provides a flavor experience unlike that of the sandwich you may have grown up on. Many of the sloppy joes our mothers made in the day used a premade packet of “spices,” but Chipotle Stout Sloppy Joe Sliders call for a homemade concoction of ingredients not usually associated with this sandwich: adobo sauce, molasses, and (surprisingly) Chipotle Stout beer. This spicy blend of ingredients creates a [... more]

Kudos for Cauliflower

Some less-popular vegetables, such as cauliflower, don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Yet, this heart-healthy vegetable, which can help prevent cancer and reduce your risk for a host of diseases, delivers serious benefits. It also tastes great prepared a variety of ways. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower makes a delicious side dish, especially when paired with seafood (try it with Scallops with Herbed Butter). Top with thyme and some Parmesan, and you’ll be craving these every night for dinner. As an alternative, blend the ingredients together to create mashed cauliflower. [... more]

The Fried List

Northerners like to say that Southerners will fry anything. Well, we don’t know about that, but after seeing this recipe, we just added avocados to the list. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce makes a hearty appetizer or side dish and offers a healthy alternative to the popular potato version. This recipe calls for two avocados sliced into wedges and then coated in breadcrumbs before frying to achieve that delicious crispy texture. The breaded exterior is a [... more]

Veggies Galore!

Springtime Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs may seem like the strangest combination of foods (not to mention its weird name), but once you taste it, you will surely be a fan. The distinct flavors of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh Parmesan cheese, and poached eggs meld together perfectly to create a hearty and healthy entree. And because the dish requires only a small amount of measuring, roasting, and poaching, it makes a great option for busy weeknights.

Get Your Grill On

Some of summer’s best recipes call for grilling, and this recipe for Grilled Cherry Tomato Skewers on Toast takes advantage of the season’s fresh bounty. Roasting the tomatoes enhances their natural flavor. Let them soak in an olive oil-based marinade before grilling, and season to taste afterward. Be sure to soak the wooden skewers for about 30 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning. These tomatoes taste great alone or atop a slice of crusty bread smeared with creamy ricotta cheese.

Meatless Mexican

When you think of tacos you probably picture ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese, right? Well, this recipe offers another, more creative option. With no meat in sight, Roasted Veg Tacos With Avocado Cream and Feta refreshes on a hot spring day while also helping you use up those vegetables that have been taking up space in the refrigerator. Fresh and light, these tacos still offer the classic Mexican flavors we love all wrapped up in authentic corn tortillas. This blogger uses sweet corn, onions, peppers, summer [... more]

Better Than a BLT

I can’t get enough of seasonal tomatoes. I’m enticed by their vibrant red color and their incredible flavor, especially if they’ve been picked at their peak. Ripe tomatoes steal the show in a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. For a healthier twist on a traditional BLT, try this BLT Chopped Salad recipe. Lime vinaigrette drizzled over bacon, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the unexpected avocado, corn kernels, plus crumbled goat cheese combine to create the most delicious BLT I’ve ever tasted.

Simple Spring Salad

Soaring temperatures this time of year in the South can push even the most avid cooks out of the kitchen. No need to worry though, because we found a salad that is fast and easy to make and won’t require turning on the stove. Featured on the blog Two Peas and Their Pod, delicious Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad requires only those three ingredients in its name plus a little cilantro, green onion, and lime juice for extra zest. A variation of the blogger’s favorite sandwich, this [... more]

A Crazy-Good Combo

Some food combinations are no-brainers: peanut butter and jelly; bacon, lettuce, and tomato; shrimp and grits. But others take a little more creative thought. This recipe unites an unlikely pair—tangy pimento cheese and savory thyme—but the combo works perfectly. While the homemade pimento cheese bursts with creamy richness, the thyme contributes a slight sweetness to the appetizer. Baked until fluffy and golden, these Pimento Cheese & Thyme Gougères will have you asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  

Asparagus in a Blanket

How do you like your asparagus prepared? Oven-roasted, steamed, grilled, pickled, sautéed, microwaved, deep-fried, blanched, or broiled? The options seem endless and each is delicious in its own right. I am excited to share with you another tasty option: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus. Adding that one extra ingredient to this green veggie spear will elevate the flavor and turn it into a favorite finger food. Trim an inch from the end of the asparagus and cut prosciutto strips in half. Wrap the thin slice of meat around the spear, [... more]

Sweet Tooth Soother

Chocolate cravings happen a few hours after dinner. You’re settled in for the night and then—wham!—it hits you. And it never fails that there’s no chocolate to be found! Why not keep something on hand for when that massive sweet tooth hits? This dairy-, egg-, and gluten-free (don’t let that scare you) chocolate pudding uses almond milk and maple syrup to seriously amp up the rich flavor. Even though this recipe takes a lighter route, you won’t be disappointed. Rich, creamy, and equally decadent, Vegan Chocolate Pudding [... more]

DIY Snack Food

A staple in many pantries, Cheez-Its make the ultimate party snack. Set them out and before you know it, the whole box of crackers is empty. Although the store-bought variety tastes great, this Homemade Cheez-It version leaves room for endless variations. Stick with traditional ingredients, or opt for ground mustard to deepen the flavor. These crunchy, cheesy squares only take a little more than an hour to make, but once they’re done they’ll be gone before you know it.

Soup’s Still On

While daytime temperatures continue to warm up for good, cooler nights will linger a little while longer. That means you have a few more chances to enjoy creamy, soul-warming soups. This flavor-filled tortilla one takes no time to prepare! Slow-cooked in a Crockpot (if you don’t have one, you should invest in one ASAP), Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup works perfectly for a large gathering—or just your hungry family. If you like your dishes with a lot of heat, leave the jalapeño seeds in; if not, remove the [... more]