Tag Archives: homemade

An Okie Girl’s Take on Homemade Spicy Peanut Sauce

True confessions: My refrigerator is a messy, messy beast. I have 9 types of mustard ((that is a whole other story)), at least 7 jars of pickles ((spicy pickles are my fave!!)), ketchup, mayo, several salsas, sriracha, wing sauce, olives, pasta sauce, some random leftovers, cookie dough, jams, soy sauce, eggs, cream, milk — well, you get the picture. I cringe at the thought of sharing an unfiltered photo. But, I simply opened the doors, resisted the urge to repair the mess & told the fridge to smile and say “cheese” — haha, cheese!! Prepare to be “fridge flashed” ((eek))!! Continue reading

Toasted Walnut & Garden-Fresh Sweet Basil Pesto ((Homemade))

It has been a tough season for the garden! I had one squash to harvest ((boo to the squash bugs)), a few beets, pithy radishes galore, not one bean and the tomatoes have begrudgingly produced – if that is even possible. But a few things have been outstanding – and I am not referring to the weeds.

Continue reading

Creme Brûlée Bars

While meal planning for our yearly family vacay at the lake, I began daydreaming about dessert possibilities. I knew right off the bat I would be making these Cheesecake-filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars ((and they were SO good)). But I was torn over the next dessert – Table Rock in July needs Continue reading

French Onion Dip ((the real deal folks))

I am a dip glutton. Wow — that sounds horrid. What I mean is, I love, love, love dip!! But it has to be really good. And when it is REALLY good, I have a hard time walking away. Being a self proclaimed “dip glutton” means I know a really good dip when I taste one. And this, my friends, is a GOOD dip.

Continue reading

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup can officially go down as one of my favorite meals ever! I have always been partial to this soup on restaurant menus & one of my very favorites has always been Chili’s version of this recipe.

Many years ago I found a make alike recipe that helped me “crack the code” on how to make this yummy soup. For some strange reason, this soup I love so much got put on the figurative “back burner”.

Continue reading

Homemade Oven-Roasted Restaurant Style Salsa ((This is as GOOD as it gets!))

This could totally be one of “those” recipes. You know, one of the recipes that is kept secret — locked up and never shared in it’s entirety?? Good for you – I am bad at keeping a good thing secret! In addition to being the most perfect salsa tasting salsa, it is just so very easy to make. You must try this at home! Continue reading

Speedy Chili-Mac aka Mexican Goulash ((just like Grandma’s))

One of my favorite ways to stretch our grocery budget is to make my own beans. Not canned, not frozen – but dried beans. If you have been following me over the last year, you know all about my love for dried beans! I also love bulk cooking meat & making my own seasoning blends. This recipe combines so much of my cooking point of view — which makes me super excited to share this recipe with you!  Continue reading

7-Minute DIY Salsa

One of my favorite things to make in the kitchen is homemade restaurant style salsa. It is so quick, ultra simple and crazy good. Just a few ingredients & a whirl in the blender stand between you and one of the best things about Mexican food! No more under seasoned, overly spicy, too chunky, salt overloaded, gaggy garlic or onion extreme. When you DIY it, you make it just the way YOU like it. Continue reading

Becoming a Pasta Maker ((Napa part 4))

I must say, the idea of a head chef and restaurant owner personally training me in the art and science of pasta making seemed very exciting…until the morning came to be taught. I was nervous — like first day at a new school nervous. I needed my BF to be tagging along, or my hubby – or let’s be honest, even the idea of bringing my 8-year-old was starting to become very appealing. But it was just me. I walked into the restaurant and decided it was time to begin acting like I wasn’t nervous, I slipped on the white chef’s jacket and introduced myself. With my introduction, I quickly deflated any notions he may have had about me. “I know nothing, I have never made pasta – I don’t even have a pasta maker.” I said with a short laugh and a smile.

Continue reading

When all else fails…make PLAY DOUGH!!

Some days are diamonds…some days, well… some days call for making play dough! Today was actually a great day – the kiddos were pleasantly kind to each other and were very cooperative in getting their schoolwork done. Even with a nice pace to our day & everything going my way, it was interesting to see what happened to the mood of my herd when I presented them with some freshly made, delicious smelling, homemade play dough.

Continue reading

 
%d bloggers like this: