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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Steak Sandwiches with Green Onion Mayo

When I saw this recipe from Miss in the Kitchen pop up in my reader I knew I had to make it, and pronto. I went with a chewy ciabatta sandwich roll and smoked Swiss cheese. In retrospect the cheese overpowered the other flavors, so I would recommend regular Swiss. So tasty. Ready for the recipe?


Bodacious Broccoli Salad

This is probably the most basic broccoli salad at Jam Hands. No seeds, no grapes, no dried cranberries. Just the basics. For my salad, it was pretty light on the actual dressing, so if you like a more saturated broccoli salad I would bump up the dressing recipe. Enjoy!

San Remo Seafood Dip - Olive Garden Copycat

The Olive Garden used to have the most amazing seafood dip, San Remo Dip, on their menu. Like any good chain, they got rid of it. We were appalled, then we went to the interwebs and found our own recipe.

All in all, a perfectly suitable substitute. A little on the thin side, so next time I would simmer for a longer amount of time till it's nice and thick. Yum! Serve with your favorite bread sticks, sliced baguette or crackers.

Homemade Baby Food

Last weekend I buckled down and made baby food. Lots of baby food. Shown from left are: (In ice cube trays) chicken breasts with broccoli, potatoes and cheese, mashed avocado, sweet potatoes and sauteed apples, sweet potatoes and squash, herb turkey breast and potatoes, beef and mixed vegetables.

This was one day of work, though most of that time was waiting for the food to freeze so I could transfer to a freezer Ziploc and freeze the next batch of food. Not too shabby.

I have just a few tips for those who are new to making baby food.
Puree the meats first, and puree them while they are cold, adding liquid as necessary. Once they are very smooth, add in your veggies and fruits and puree.Transfer to a container and chill the baby food before freezing, otherwise you get some nasty ice crystals.Start setting aside a portion of food from your family meals to puree for baby. As long as you don't go crazy with the salt, it is a very easy way to introduce a variety of foods to baby, and …

Beer Bread

This beer bread comes together quickly with no kneading required. The beer gives it a slight sweetness and a great flavor.

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef

I was a bit skeptical about cooking Corned Beef in the slow cooker, but it turned out great. All of the side veggies tasted delicious, and the corned beef was perfect.  Serve this with your favorite bread, I recommend Beer Bread.


Frozen Pistachio Pie

In honor of Pi Day, I set out to create a pie that worked for Saint Patrick's Day as well, and came upon this recipe for Frozen Pistachio Pie. If you are a pistachio lover like me, I hope you enjoy this.

Impossible Banana Ice Cream

Are you ready for quite possibly the most simple recipe for ice cream ever?

I call it Impossible Banana Ice Cream because it has one, and only one ingredient. It is not a sorbet, it is a creamy, luscious, wonderful ice cream. Add the toppings of your choice, like whipped cream, cherries, nuts, and hot fudge.

I also added some caramel sauce and some mixed nut topping, but that isn't necessary as it is quite flavorful and delicious all on its own.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

The Zuppa Toscana soup from the Olive Garden is a dish loved by many. I don't get out to eat very often so I decided to try making it at home.

I made this in the morning and served it for dinner. I think giving it some time in the fridge lets the flavors develop well. I used regular Italian sausage. Spicy or sweet Italian sausage would also be delicious.

Old School Cheesy Tuna Buns

Comforting, cheesy and delicious.