I’m such a lover of frozen fruit. Have you ever tried freezing grapes, melon and bananas? They are a fave around here and this past week, I wanted to create a delicious, healthier, summer treat for the kids. Instead of calorie-filled ice cream, these frozen chocolate banana pops were a breeze to make. When I was little my Mom used to freeze the bananas that were on the edge of tossing. Later, she’d give them to us frozen or use them for banana bread. Nothing ever went to waste in our household. Last week, my daughter had a sleepover with her friend, little did she know that I had popped in some bananas the night before. While they slept the bananas were freezing.
I love buffalo anything! Being part Italian, I also love a mean stuffed pepper. As game day approaches, I thought a fun and clever food would be to stuff some peppers up buffalo style. They are easy and super pleasing and of course, peppers help to make this dish healthy. This dish preps up in no time and is a great way to recycle leftovers too. These buffalo stuffed peppers are a family pleaser. The leftovers also re-heat wonderfully. That is if there are any! For an extra kick, try topping the peppers with blue cheese instead of mozzarella and bake as usual. Here’s how they came together:
I absolutely love pasta fagioli soup. My family does too and after the blizzard that we all went through a few days ago, it was the number one request for dinner. This soup is super yummy and comes together for a hearty, healthy and filling family meal in around 30 minutes. There is nothing like warming up to a bowl of delicious homemade soup after shoveling heavy wet fallen snow. I think you will enjoy this one too. Serve it up with a nice crusty baguette. I promise, you might find yourself licking the bowl after!
Summer time brings warm weather and that means eating plenty of cool foods in our household. One of my favorites is tabouli (or taboulli or taboulleh- depends who you talk to). This is my simple homemade tabouli recipe that is an easy salad and always a crowd pleaser. I’m here to tell you that it is SO simple to make. It’s also super delicious! Try eating it plain or scooping it up with pita chips.
Fudge is a holiday classic around here and we love to make during this time of year as gifts for friends and family treats. This recipe is easy and you can certainly substitute any type of chocolate chips. Try your own combinations including mint chips, butterscotch, semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate. Our favorite is peanut butter!
Every once in a while, you come across a new product that can revolutionize the way we cook.
A few weeks ago, I received a Wonderbag in the mail. I was thrilled. The Wonderbag promised slow cooker results without any need for electricity or gas. Oh my goodness, as a family that uses our crock pot a few times a week in the winter, I had to try it!
Black Candy Apples
As the arrival of fall nears, we begin to think about the delicious treats of autumn. In our house, apple picking and candy apples go hand in hand. This year, I decided to put a twist on traditional and make spooky apples. I turned our traditional red candy apples into spooky black candy apples!