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Microwave Fluffy Eggs

Have you heard of cake in a mug? Well, this is just as easy, if not easier! 

These eggs are perfect for hectic mornings on the run! Ready in under two minutes, these eggs come out with that same classic flavor of stovetop scrambled eggs. You can eat them straight out of the mug or plop them on a breakfast sandwich! 

The other great thing about these is there’s less clean up. You mix and cook the eggs in the same mug. No pan to clean just a single coffee mug.

Feel free to add different seasonings or cheeses, this recipe is totally versatile! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk (or cream)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter until melted, about 30 seconds. 

Brush it all over the bowl.

Break the eggs into the bowl. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

Microwave the eggs, uncovered, for 45 seconds.

Gently stir the eggs with a fork, then stir in the cheese. Microwave until fluffy and set but not completely dry, about 45-60 more seconds.
Serve immediately.

Blogs, Recipes

Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A really simple recipe that comes together in a snap. Pork tenderloin stuffed with bacon, jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, this recipe is  bursting with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin, the package usually comes with 2- freeze the other one or double the recipe if cooking for a large crowd
  • 2 jalapeno peppers , cored and minced
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 6-8 bacon slices, crumbled

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Cook the bacon in a large skillet. The skillet will be used for searing the pork, so don’t clean it out after the bacon has been cooked. Once the bacon is cooled crumble it. 

Trim the pork tenderloins of any fat and membrane. 

To butterfly the pork tenderloin, use a sharp knife to make a horizontal cut about one-third of the way up from the bottom of the tenderloin. Flip open the thicker, top flap (like opening a book). Then, take the knife and cut another horizontal line through the thicker part of the tenderloin to open it up even more (like a trifold). You should now have a flat surface of meat. 

Put a piece of plastic wrap over the laid out pork and pound it out to about a 1/3 inch thickness, be careful not to tear it. 

Once the pork has been butterflied, rub both sides with the Barbeque seasoning of your choice.

You can make your own Barbeque rub or take the easy road and purchase one. My favorite is Good Shit, yes you read that right! LOL! You can find it on Amazon. There’s a whole line of seasonings from Big Cock Ranch. Not only do they bring your meat to the next level, they make for a hilarious conversation starter or gift!

In a small bowl, mix together the diced jalapeño pepper with the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles and chili powder.

Spread the jalapeño pepper mixture on one side of the pork. Now it’s ready to roll!

Roll up the pork tenderloin, making sure you wrap up all that goodness inside! Then, using cooking twine, tie the rolled pork tenderloin up to hold in all the ingredients.

Remember the oven safe skillet you cooked the bacon in? Bring that back over medium heat, and sear the pork tenderloin on all sides. I know it’s rolled up, so what do I mean by sides? Simply rotate it about four times to get as much of the tenderloin seared as possible (about 5 minutes on each side).

Place the pork tenderloin in the preheated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, making sure the internal temperature is at 165°F. Take the tenderloin out of the oven.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and Enjoy!

Tip: While cutting the jalapeños, whatever you do, please please please don’t don’t touch your face. The oils in the peppers will BURN, I speak from experience, it’s VERY painful. The spice in jalapeños is found in the seeds and inner membranes.  To reduce the heat in this recipe, clean out all of the (light colored) inner membrane and seeds. If you like lots of heat, leave a little bit of membrane.

Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Recipes

Stuffed Chorizo Chicken over Yellow Rice

The smells of Spanish cooking never fails to set my tastebuds alight.

Spanish food looks good and tastes great. But the smell of Spanish food cooking adds to the anticipation of dinner, and to the experience of eating it!

I loving making recipes that remind me of being a little girl at my grandparents’ houses.

I love using Chorizo in my cooking, whether it’s for my mom’s Spanish Bean Soup, a breakfast hash or tacos! It adds little richness and spice to a dish. The two most common types of chorizo here in the United States are Mexican chorizo and Spanish chorizo.

Here’s a some quick tips on the difference.

Spanish Chorizo

Spanish chorizo is usually cured or smoked and wrapped in a casing. It does not need any further cooking or preparation to enjoy. I like to eat Spanish chorizo as-is on a charcuterie board with cheeses and a glass of red wine.

Mexican Chorizo

Mexican chorizo is most commonly sold raw and must be cooked before consuming. It should be pan-fried or browned like any ground sausage. I love Mexican chorizo, it’s a highly versatile ingredient for adding huge flavor to any dish. It works seamlessly with soups, chilis, sauces, or as a topping for potatoes, pasta dishes, and breakfast hashes.

For this recipe, I used Mexican chorizo since I will stuffing it into chicken.

I always like to marinade my chicken, especially if I’m using breast. I find chicken breast to not have much flavor on it’s own.

I usually make my own marinade but I had a bottle of Goya Mojo Chipotle Marinade in the frig and it’s pretty good so I figured let’s save some time!

The first step of this recipe is to dump your chicken breast into a ziplock bag and pour enough of the marinade in to cover the chicken.

If you have the time, marinate it over night, if not at least 1 hour.

Now it’s time to get to slicing and dicing! This is where my boyfriend, Brian comes in handy!

Before you start, make sure you have a trash bowl next to your cutting board. I learned this tip from one of my favorite chefs, Rachael Ray! I use my Meme’s old metal colander, it makes me feel like she’s in the kitchen with me!

Evenly, dice the onion, garlic and red bell peppers.

Here’s another tip! When you cut your red bell pepper or any pepper make sure to cut it skin down. This will make it so much easier for your knife and you!

While you are slicing and dicing, heat your skillet. Place the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat and break it up into tiny pieces with a wooden spoon while cooking. Transfer the chorizo to a large bowl lined with a paper towel and let the oils drain from the chorizo.

Next, using that same pan, wipe out most of the oil with a paper towel, but leave some of the chorizo oil, and sauté your onion. Sprinkling the Saxon Con Azafran (I use the Baida brand). Continue to sauté for about 4-5 minutes until tender, then add the red bell pepper and sauté until tender. I add the garlic last because garlic can burn if cooked too long and that is not good for any dish. Sauté all together, for 4-5 minutes until fragrant.

Transfer the veggies and chorizo to a large bowl and stir together. This is the filing a.k.a Chorizo stuffing for your chicken!

By now, the aroma from your kitchen should be calling to your family and neighbors to come over for dinner!

PreHeat your oven to 325F

Next up, prepare the yellow rice! I personally love VIGO yellow rice! It’s made right here in Tampa! If you have never visited the VIGO store in Tampa, you must! They also offer field trips for students!

First melt the butter and EVOO in a saucepan. Then add the rice. A great tip I learned from Gordan Ramsay is to first toast your rice!

The secret to a better pan of rice lies in seasoning and flavoring the grains before they even hit that pot of boiling water.

Once the grains are coated and start to toast (you should smell a deep nutty aroma), take it a step further by tossing in some aromatics — like chopped shallots, garlic, ginger, and/or spices — into the pan. For this recipe, toss in the garlic! Toast for just a few minutes, until the rice starts to look slightly brown on the tips and smells fragrant and nutty. Then add in the 2 cups of chicken broth. Stirring occasionally, bring the broth to a boil. Cover saucepan tightly. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Now it’s time to take out all the stress from the day! Grab your mallet or rolling pin; chicken, and cutting board.

Place the chicken on the cutting board and cover it with wax paper or plastic wrap (keep it covered, you don’t want chicken juice on your rolling pin or mallet). After giving the chicken breast a good pounding on both sides, use your rolling pin to roll it out like pie dough to approcimately 1/4 thick (but keep it in the covered since you don’t want chicken juice on your rolling pin.)

Sprinkle Badia Sazon With Saffron over the chicken. Take a scoop of Chorizo stuffing about 1-2 tablespoons and place it at one end of the chicken breast. Do not let your scoop touch the chicken, you are going to want to save the leftover stuffing for future meals, I used mine in quesadillas the next day! It’s also good in a breakfast hash or even as a salsa!

Unravel the cheese… yup I said unravel! It’s like a ball of yarn but cheese! Super fun!

Cut 2-3 inch strips and place on top of the Chorizo stuffing.

Now roll the chicken, making sure to tuck in the cheese and stuffing. You’re basically rolling the chicken like you would a tortilla for a burrito.

You can use tooth picks or kitchen twine to tie the chicken, so it does not come undone. I used twine but tooth picks are much easier. 😉

Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat and drizzle with EVOO. You don’t have to use cast iron – a large skillet will do but I much prefer cooking with cast iron!

Sear the stuffed chicken breasts for 4 minutes on each side until browned. (They will not be fully cooked. You will finish them off in the oven.)

Some of the cheese will ooze out, but don’t worry it will taste amazing like fried cheese!

Take the skillet off of the heat, and pour in 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F.

Now it’s time to plate the dish! I love creating the presentation of the meal!

Take a ladle and press the rice to form a dome, then place the chicken next to it with the cheese oozing onto the plate. YUM!

Get creative and post your plated presentation below in the comments, I’d love to see it!!!

Ingredients:

Goya Mojo Chipotle Marinade

4 Chicken Breasts

1 large Onion – diced

5 garlic cloves- minced or diced

2 red bell peppers – diced

1 pound Mexican Chorizo

1 ball of Oaxaca Cheese

2 teaspoons Badia Sazon With Saffron

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth

Yellow Rice Ingredients:

10 oz. Vigo Yellow Rice packet

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Olive Oil – EVOO

1 clove garlic – minced or diced

2 cups Chicken Broth

Instructions:

1. Place the chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over the chicken. Leave in refrigerator at least one hour or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 325F.

3. In a large skillet, sauté Chorizo until cooked through. Place the chorizo in a large bowl lined with a paper towel.

4. In the same skillet, sauté the diced onion, sprinkle with Badia Sazon With Saffron seasoning. Add the diced red bell peppers, stirring occasionally until soft. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.

5. Pour onion, red bell pepper & garlic mixture into a large bowl. Add the chorizo into the bowl and stir together.

6. Lay down 2 sheets of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Use the smooth side of a mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken. Start in the center of your chicken and work your way out, until chicken is 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.

7. Scoop the Chorizo stuffing onto one side of the flatten chicken breast.

8. Lay a 2-3 inch slice of cheese on top of the chorizo stuffing.

9. Roll up the chicken, tucking in the stuffing and cheese.

10. Stick a couple of toothpicks in near the opening to keep it all together.

11. Heat up a pan to medium-high heat (I used a cast iron skillet) and sear the meat on both sides about 4 minutes for each side.

12. Pour in 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth.

13. Lower the heat and continue cooking the meat on the stove until it’s done or, if you’re using a cast iron skillet, you can put the skillet in the oven. Just make sure you cook it until the center reaches 165ºF on a thermometer

14. Serve immediately over yellow rice. Enjoy!

Yellow Rice Instructions

1. Melt butter and EVOO over medium heat in a sauce pan.

2. Pour packet of yellow rice into the saucepan. Toast the rice until the edges are slightly brown.

3. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.

4. Pour 2 cups of chicken broth into the saucepan and bring to boil, stirring for about one minute.

5. Cover saucepan tightly. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Recipes, Small Bites

Buffalo Chicken Pull apart Roll ups

I love a good tailgate!

These Buffalo Chicken Pull Apart  Roll-ups are just the recipe you need for game day! 

It’s a great appetizer that is made in minutes and always a hit. If you love buffalo chicken dip, these will be your new favorite. 

If you love Buffalo chicken recipes, make sure to try my Buffalo Chicken Rolls with Blue Cheese Frosting. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 lb ground italian chicken sausage
  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning packet
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 8 ounce blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tubes Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust

INSTRUCTIONS 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the ground meat and sauté for 5 minutes and break it up with the back of a wooden spoon. Add all the ranch seasoning and stir to combine. Continue to cook the ground meat and break it down with the back of a wooden spoon until it’s fully cooked and no pink remains.

Once cooked, add ½ cup buffalo sauce and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

In the same skillet, saute the red onion and garlic. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. 

Pour onion mixture and cooked meat in a large bowl, stir to combine. 

Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix until well combined. 

Place parchment paper on the counter for your workspace. 

Unroll one pizza crust dough out onto the prepared parchment paper, I like to work with one at a time. 

Spread chicken mixture evenly on dough to within 1/4 inch from sides. 

Sprinkle ½ of the blue cheese and ½ of the mozzarella cheese over the chicken mixture.  

Starting with one long side, roll up dough; spread a thin layer of ranch dressing along one side to help it seal. 

Repeat with the other dough and place both in the refrigerator for one hour or overnight. 

Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 9 inch springform pan.

Place seam side down on cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 8 equal slices; place cut side down in the prepared pan. 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. 

Top with green onions and a drizzle of ranch dressing and if desired, additional Buffalo sauce.

Healthy, Recipes

Taco Cauliflower Rice Casserole

The BEST Keto Taco Casserole is here!

This Keto Taco Casserole is loaded with cheesy taco goodness without any of the carbs. This low carb friendly dish really hits the spot.

I’m a big fan of casseroles because they allow for easy cleanup, and are great for meal prep. This keto taco casserole is sure to be a regular on your meal plan!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • homemade taco seasoning, two tablespoons store brought
  • ¼ cup water
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes sliced into wedges

HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING

  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the homemade taco seasoning, add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until evenly mixed. Set aside. 

Add oil to a large pan or skillet and bring to medium-high heat. 

Add in cauliflower rice. 

Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain and place cauliflower into a bowl to set aside.

In the same pan, add garlic, onion, ground beef and bring to medium-high heat. 

Cook until ground beef has browned, crumbling the ground beef as you cook it. Drain out excess fat.

Sprinkle taco seasoning across ground beef. 

Stir in the black beans. 

Add ¼ cup water and diced tomatoes (including the liquid). Stir and cook on medium heat until everything is evenly mixed and the sauce has thickened.

Add the cauliflower rice back in and mix with the taco meat, cooking for a few minutes on medium heat. Drain any liquid from the pan. 

Add taco cauliflower rice into a 9 x 12 inch casserole pan. Sprinkle cheese across the surface. 

Bake in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with cilantro. 

Serve with lime wedges.

Healthy, Recipes

Southwest Salmon Burgers with a Chipotle Drizzle

These Salmon burgers are so deliciously satisfying plus a light and healthy alternative to a regular burger. Each bite is hearty and juicy bursting with southwest flavors and topped with a creamy Chipotle sauce that takes it to Rockstar status. 

Here’s what to know about making this salmon burger recipe:

Fresh Salmon… I like to use fresh salmon but you can use canned too. 

A food processor is handy, but a knife works too! 

Refrigerate before cooking. Firming the burgers for 15 minutes does wonders for the texture.

Pan fry for 5 minutes per side. 

They will come out lightly crispy on the outside and browned to perfection.

Once you’ve cooked up your salmon burger, pair it with this tasty and delicious Chipotle drizzle for maximum deliciousness!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ pounds salmon, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped
  • ½ cup fresh corn
  • ½ cup zucchini, diced fine or grated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • olive oil
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon water

Chipotle Drizzle

  • ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt, (*see vegan note)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, (Sir Kensington’s is best here)
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, using your hands combine the salmon, green onion, corn, zucchini, garlic, cilantro and ½ of the black beans.

In a food processor combine the remaining black beans, avocado, lime juice and pulse well. Add egg and the spices, pulse until blended.

Add the mix to the salmon mixture and stir well. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

Heat a large pan with a small amount of oil. 

Fry patties over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Serve over salad or with a bun!

Don’t forget the Chipotle drizzle!

Chipotle Drizzle

In a food processor, place the yogurt, mayo, chipotle pepper, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and generous pinches of salt and freshly ground black pepper and blend until smooth. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Store in a small jar in the fridge, or in a squirt bottle for easy use.

Keeps up to 2 weeks.

Healthy, Recipes

Cabbage Roll Casserole

This Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe makes dinner easy, delicious, and keto friendly. It’s the perfect all-in-one meal to satisfy any comfort food craving. Another great thing about this cabbage roll casserole is that it can be prepared the night before and then simply baked before serving. This makes it the perfect meal for guests and busy weeknights! 

Feel free to switch out the turkey for ground beef, cheddar instead of mozzarella or rice instead of cauliflower. This recipe can be customized to whatever you want! 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 pound Ground Mild Italian Turkey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Sea salt
  • ½  teaspoon Black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium head Cauliflower (riced; about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 medium head Cabbage (chopped/shredded; about 6 cups)
  • 3 cup Marinara sauce
  • 3 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for up to a minute, until fragrant.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add the ground meat. Season with seasonings.

Cook, breaking apart with a spatula, until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain if needed.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a 9×13 baking dish, stir together the rice cauliflower, and chopped cabbage. 

When the ground turkey is cooked through, stir in marinara sauce and pour over cabbage and cauliflower rice. Fold in 2 ½ cups cheese, save the remaining cheese for topping. 

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the cabbage is crisp-tender.

Top with shredded mozzarella. Continue baking for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and the cabbage is completely cooked through.

Pasta, Recipes

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

This pasta bake recipe features the classic flavors of Spinach Artichoke Dip

Do you love Spinach and Artichoke Dip? I totally do! So I figured why not turn it into an easy pasta dish! It’s simple to make and delicious – just toss the pasta with the thick, creamy spinach & artichoke sauce and top with panko and Parmesan mixture. After 25 minutes of bake time, you’ll have a flavorful yummy dish that is sure to please your entire family!

Pasta bake recipes are perfect to make ahead! You can totally add some chicken to this bake to make this into a more filling meal, or leave it out. Completely your choice.

Looking to make this even easier? Just buy a container of Spinach Artichoke dip, stir in with the cooked pasta and bake.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 8  ounces medium pasta shells
  • 2  tablespoons olive oil
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ¼  teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 10  ounces fresh baby spinach, or frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
  • 1  (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2  cups heavy cream (1 pint)
  • 4  ounces grated Parmesan (about 1 cup)
  •  Black pepper
  • 4  ounces grated mozzarella (about 1 cup)

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS 

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high. Turn down to medium-high, and cook the pasta according to package instructions until 2 minutes short of al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the oven). Drain and reserve.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the onion, garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach little by little until wilted, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped artichokes.

Stir in the cream and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 

Stir in the Parmesan until melted. 

Remove from the heat then carefully stir in the cooked pasta, or transfer to a large bowl to mix together, if necessary. The liquid might appear wet and loose, but it will thicken up as it bakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pasta to a 2-quart casserole dish. 

In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, Parmesan and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta dish.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbling around the edges and topping is lightly browned. 

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipes, sweet tooth

Brownie Shortbread Cups

These brownie shortbread cups will hit all your cravings… both buttery soft shortbread and gooey fudge brownies. You can have the best of both worlds.

These brownie shortbread bars have two layers. The bottom layer is a simple shortbread crust made from little more than butter, sugar, and flour.The crumbly cookie crust comes together in a single bowl before being patted out in a muffin pan. While the crust bakes slightly in the oven, prepare the brownie batter, you can also use your favorite brownie mix box. After baking in the oven, the cups are ready to devour. The combination of shortbread and brownies is pretty phenomenal if you ask me

Let’s get to baking!

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1–1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the brownie:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1–1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

OR

2 boxes your favorite brownie mix and the ingredients needed

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line an 8 or 9” square baking pan with parchment paper or a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Lightly grease with cooking spray and set aside.

Begin by preparing the crust. 

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour and salt and stir just until combined to crumbs. Gently press the mixture down flat into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until set. 

In the meantime, begin making the brownie filling.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, gently melt together the butter, chocolate chips, and sugar, stirring regularly to melt evenly and prevent scorching the chocolate. Once melted and smooth, set aside. 

In a large bowl, beat the eggs on medium speed with a mixer until they lighten in color and fluff up, about 2-3 minutes. Gently stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, stirring just until combined. 

Pour the batter on top of the prepared shortbread and smooth. 

Increase the oven heat to 350 and bake for an additional 30-33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out only with a couple of small brownie crumbs. Do not overbake. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely prior to slicing.

Recipes, Small Bites

MARGARITA GRILLED SHRIMP

These Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers are loaded with flavor and charred to perfection. If you like grilled shrimp, you are going to love this recipe! 

They can be served as an appetizer or turned into a meal, just serve over rice. 

It’s the perfect weeknight meal or poolside dish! This past weekend, I served them with mini taco shells, a spicy mango dipping sauce and a chili lime aioli.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon  cumin
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon tequila, optional
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Wedges of fresh lime, for squeezing over top of grilled shrimp

Chili Lime Aioli

  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili seasoning
  • 2 2/12 tablespoon Lime juice
  • 1 lime zest

Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Small Mango ,peeled and diced, about 3/4 C
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh cilantro ,chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Canned coconut milk 

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a bowl & marinate shrimp for 20-30 minutes.

Thread shrimp on skewers and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from skewers and place in a serving bowl.

Chili Lime Aioli & Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or in the blender. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to marry.

Serve shrimp on a platter with both dipping sauces.

Cocktails

The Classic Mojito and Pink Champagne Mojito

If you’re in the mood for a fun summer drink, this mojito recipe is just what you need!
It’s refreshing, delicious, and super easy to make.

Mojitos are ultra refreshing on warm days, and I feel like I’m on vacation every time I get my hands on one.

Here’s two super easy Mojito recipes… the classic Mojito and the Pink Champagne Mojito!

INGREDIENTS

Classic Mojito

5 mint leaves, more for garnish

2 ounces white rum

1.5 ounce Stirrings Mojito Mix

Ice

Club soda or sparkling water

Lime slices and mint leaves, for garnish

Pink Champagne Mojito

6 to 8 fresh mint leaves

1 ounces of simple syrup

1 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

2 ounce white rum

3 ounces rosé champagne

1 lime, cut into wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

Classic Mojito

Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime slices and more mint.

Lightly muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until aromatic. Add the rum, mix, a handful of ice and shake.

Pink Champagne Mojito

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add the simple syrup and the mint leaves. 

Muddle with a muddler. 

Add ice, some lime wedges or slices, rum, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker. Shake. 

Strain into a glass filled with ice.

Top with rosé champagne, garnish with lime slices and more mint.

Cakes & Pies, Recipes

Tiramisu

Simple ingredients for a delicious dessert!

Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert made with layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and incredible mascarpone cream. It’s perfect for summer when you don’t want to turn your oven on. 

I love making classic Italian desserts! Tiramisu is probably the most iconic Italian treat and this one does not disappoint! It’s so easy and comes together pretty quickly. 

Tiramisu requires a short list of ingredients, but the combination tastes incredible. I like to add a dark rum to the coffee and cream for more depth of flavor. Look in the international section of your grocery store for the lady finger cookies, that’s where I found mine. 

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CREAM:

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup/100 grams granulated sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone (8 ounces)

FOR THE ASSEMBLY:

  • 1 ¾ cups good espresso or very strong coffee
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum 
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  About 24 ladyfingers (from one 7-ounce/200-gram package)
  • 1 to 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, for shaving (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Using an electric mixer in a medium bowl, whip together egg yolks and 1/4 cup  sugar until very pale yellow and about tripled in volume. A slight ribbon should fall from the beaters (or whisk attachment) when lifted from the bowl. 

Transfer mixture to a large bowl, wiping out the medium bowl used to whip the yolks and set aside.

In the medium bowl, whip cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until it creates soft-medium peaks. 

Add 1 tablespoon of rum, mascarpone and continue to whip until it creates a soft, spreadable mixture with medium peaks. 

Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the sweetened egg yolks until combined.

Combine espresso and rum in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Using a sifter, dust the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish (an 8×8-inch dish, or a 9-inch round cake pan would also work here) with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.

Working one at a time, quickly dip each ladyfinger into the espresso mixture — they are quite porous and will fall apart if left in the liquid too long — and place them rounded side up at the bottom of the baking dish. 

Repeat, using half the ladyfingers, until you’ve got an even layer, breaking the ladyfingers in half as needed to fill in any obvious gaps (a little space in between is O.K.). 

Spread half the mascarpone mixture onto the ladyfingers in one even layer. 

Repeat with remaining espresso-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture.

Dust top layer with remaining tablespoon of cocoa powder. 

Top with shaved or finely grated chocolate, if desired.

Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (if you can wait 24 hours, all the better) before slicing or scooping to serve.

Recipes

Bacon & Sweet Corn Grilled Pizza

Sweet grilled corn, bacon, mozzarella and goat cheese mingle together on homemade pizza dough that’s grilled for maximum flavor and a perfect char.

This pizza is perfect for a Barbeque party!

INGREDIENTS 

1 recipe homemade pizza crust

2 ears sweet corn

2 tablespoons olive oil divided

4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

2 clove garlic minced

1 red pepper, diced

1 red onion, diced

½ teaspoon garlic salt

pepper

4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced or shredded

1 Jalapeno, seeds removed sliced

2 ounces Goat cheese crumbled

Parsely, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS 

Preheat the grill to medium-low heat.

Shuck the corn and remove and the silks are still left. Rub the corn with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and place on the grill. Cook, turning occasionally until charred, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, then remove the kernels from the cob.

In a pan over medium heat, saute the red pepper, onion and garlic. 

Sprinkle the cornmeal on a cutting board or pizza peel and turn the dough out onto the cornmeal and roll into a 14-inch circle. Brush the top with 1/2 of the olive oil and sprinkle of garlic salt and pepper. 

Place the crust olive oil side down on the grill and cook until puffed and browned.Flip and brush the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil onto the dough, then sprinkle on the sauteed veggies, bacon, parsely, mozzarella, jalapeno slices and charred corn kernels.

Half way through the grilling, sprinkle on the goat cheese crumbles. 

Grill the pizza until the cheese has melted and the crust has a nice char. If the crust is cooking too fast, move the pizza to a cooler part of the grill.