I have so much to share with y’all.
Meet my 18 month old niece Liza.
Last week she and my sister came down for a visit – way overdue!! My niece is just so intelligent. The girl knows good food; she loved her some salmon ceviche. Do you have any idea how proud that made me???
A slice of lime – yep, she chowed down on that too. That’s my girl.
Homemade pudding pops…
The girl is so stinkin’ cute I just can’t take it.
However, she did get aggravated at the dogs when they wouldn’t just get their lazy asses out of their house.
She really tried to be patient…
But then she started to get kinda pissed. Yep, no doubt seriously pissed. Ok, now we’re at throwing the hat down pissed. Dogs, you lost your chance; me and my tiny aqua Vans are walking. Yep – I slammed my hat down, WHAT??!!
Isn’t she the cutest thing EVER?
Ok, so now let’s get to the food. Grace and I made biscuits. She makes the best – and she uses a measuring method she calls “Dump and Pour”. Love it. We made two versions – her traditional buttermilk biscuits and, of course, jalapeno cheddar.
You could use an egg poacher to make the eggs, but I don’t have one – and I don’t see the need in wasting money on one. I just spray glass prep bowls (like Pampered Chef) or ramekins with nonstick spray, crack in the egg and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until poached. It usually takes it about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. I like my yolk runny; and yes it’s messy as all hell but so worth it.
For the rest, I used Jimmy Dean Bacon Lover’s Breakfast Sausage and Cabot’s Farmhouse Reserve Extra Sharp White Cheddar (that cheese is off the charts awesome).
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I just got my copy of the book and it’s awesome.
Their cheese is the bomb, by the way; I used their Pepper Jack cheese in my taquitos and it worked so well.
Feel free to leave the hot sauce out of the avocado mixture if you want to wimp out – but I love heat. (Ok, fine, they will still be just as fantastic without it).
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Bacon Goat Cheese Burgers with Honey and Arugula – I’ll take a one. Or four.
Spinach Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese – Looks so good.
Pomegranate Hummus – Why haven’t I thought of that?
Chicken Baked Ziti - Comfort food!
Chimichurri Fries with Queso Fresco – Love this.
Dill Pickle Butter – I think I would slather this on anything not moving.
Everything Bagel Cheez-Its - OMG Cheez-Its are one of my biggest weaknesses.
Baba Ghanoush – Yes.
Crabcake Eggs Benedict – Crab makes everything better, especially Eggs Benedict.
One Bowl Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread – Ok, seriously? This girl is speaking my language.
Yes. I know I’ve already shared White Chicken Chili here on the blog before. I have a habit of making recipes, reinventing them, only to reinvent them again. Good thing I keep record.
(Well, most of the time).
This one is different.
When I was growing up my mom always made the best chili. She would typically use Chili-O mix and Bush’s Chili Beans, along with everything else she put in it, but no one else’s compared to hers. There was nothing like a bowl of that chili with shredded sharp cheddar and crushed saltines.
I would go to friends’ houses and their parents would make chili with kidney beans. WHY, why, why would anyone ruin their chili with those nasty things? They actually look like little kidneys; not to mention they’re gross as all hell. I’m so not a picky eater; I love all beans and peas, but those little bastards contain a special kind of ruin-my-appetitedness.
That reminds me – I have a chili recipe that involves some crazy good stuff that I’ll be posting soon! When it comes to preparing my own personal chili bowl – I completely whore it out with as many beautiful and delicious adornments as humanly possible – cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, avocado, fresh cilantro, Cholula, Fritos, etc. I can’t eat it if I don’t have all the things in place. Sometimes I just want cheese and sour cream and Frito’s, but it just depends on my mood; I might just want cheese, avocado and hot sauce, but Frito’s are a necessity no matter what.
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Wouldn’t that be great?
I’m pretty sick of the cold weather already. It’s January and I’m praying that we make it through until Spring without an ice storm like last year, when I got stuck at work for 3 solid days. I had to wear underwear and scrubs handed out by the hospital and I didn’t sleep at all. Seriously – very little – maybe a 20-30 minute nap two or three times. Thank you Tiny Baby Jesus they had plenty of toothbrushes. It was traumatic, to say the least. And my poor husband had to deal with my frustrated and exhausted ass when he picked me up after driving through the ice to get to me when I could finally break free.
Let’s all hope that it will be more like about three years ago when we got an early spring in February (well, here in Alabama we did) when it spiked into the ’70′s in February and winter just never looked back. That kinda winter needs to come back more often. These pretzel bombs are definitely a good substitute for the real deal Caprese during the blah winter to hold you over until summer. The balsamic dipping sauce is pretty much the bomb; I could pretty much drink it.
I’ve learned to keep a good stash of petite diced tomatoes in my pantry; I do so much with them.
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