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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!

Ravioli with Italian Cheese & Herb Cream Sauce, Chicken and Veggies

Happy Saturday peeps! Today I have a throw it all together dinner recipe that my mom came up with. It is so tasty, let me tell ya. It isn't baked, so no need to heat up the kitchen by using your oven. The combination of the roasted bell peppers and sun dried tomatoes really adds a ton of flavor so I highly recommend using both if you can. Enjoy!



Ravioli with Italian Cheese & Herb Cream Sauce, Chicken and Veggies
Makes 6-8 servings

1 container Philadelphia Cooking Creme - Italian Cheese & Herb20 oz package four cheese ravioli4 oz sun dried tomatoes, chopped1 lb grilled chicken, cut into cubes10 oz fresh spinach10 oz. roasted bell peppers (jarred kind, which was 2 bell peppers worth)
1. Cook the ravioli until al dente. While that is boiling, add the cooking creme to a sauce pan over medium heat and stir until melted. Pour over cooked pasta. Stir in chicken, spinach, peppers and tomatoes. Serve warm with breadsticks.

Recipe from my mom

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Last time around we tried out Chocolate Chip Donuts which were delicious. Today let me introduce you to a moist pumpkin treat -- Pumpkin Spice Donuts. Topped with cinnamon and sugar, they are sweet but not overly so. Please note that this recipe uses a donut maker to bake the donuts.




Pumpkin Spice Donuts
Makes about 18 donuts

1¾ cups flour1½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon salt1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1 teaspoon cinnamon⅓ cup vegetable oil½ cup brown sugar1 egg1½ teaspoon vanilla extract¾ cup pumpkin (canned)½ cup milk
For Topping:

½ cup melted butter⅔ cup sugar3 tablespoons cinnamon
1. Preheat the donut maker. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer at medium-high speed, mix together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until combined.

3. Pour dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix on low speed until moistened. Do not over mix. Fill each donut reserv…

Shredded Beef Nachos

This weekend I have a special treat for you guys. Flavorful and delicious Shredded Beef Nachos. The recipe for the shredded beef comes from Epicurious and originally, Texas Cooking.

While the ingredient list may seem a little long, it is broken up into three sections. The marinade for the meat, the ingredients added and simmered with the meat until it is falling apart, then the garnishes to serve it. It is amazing with a spiciness that isn't overwhelming but still packs a little bit of a bite. Ready for the recipe?

Shredded Beef Nachos
Makes several servings

Marinade:
¼ cup Worcestershire sauceJuice of two limes1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp chili powder½ tsp salt½ tsp black pepper½ cup vegetable oil or olive oil
Shredded Beef (Machaca):
2-3 lb Chuck Roast or Skirt Steak, trimmed and cut into lb portions.1 Large Texas Sweet Onion (yellow onion) diced2 Chipotle peppers in adobe sauce + 1 spoonful of sauce½ green bell pepper diced4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed1 Fres…

Chocolate Chip Donuts

Normally I am not a huge fan of lots of appliances in the kitchen, but my mom picked up a little Sunbeam Donut Maker and I have to say, I love it. Having made both fried and baked donuts in the past, I prefer this appliance as it is very convenient, it cleans up quick, and most importantly it makes some damn tasty little donuts.

The recipe provided in the manual for these Chocolate Chip Donuts made tender and delicious treats that my family loved. I topped them off with a dark chocolate glaze and chocolate sprinkles. Ready for the recipe?


Chocolate Chip Donuts
Makes 10-12

1 1/2 c. flour1/2 c. sugar1 1/2 tsp. baking powder9 Tbsp. butter, melted3/4 c. milk1 egg, lightly beaten1/2 cup mini chocolate chipschocolate glaze (recipe follows)chocolate sprinkles
1. Preheat donut machine. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Whisk in the butter, milk, egg and chocolate chips until the mixture forms a smooth batter.

2. Spray machine with cooking oil. Fill bases of pr…

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

One of the new recipes we tried out this Easter was this delicious Twice Baked Potato Casserole by Six Sisters' Stuff. Instead of going through the hassle of having to scoop out and refill potato skins, it is all mixed up and baked in one giant casserole dish. It received many compliments at our dinner and I bet it will at yours too. Many thanks to Six Sisters' Stuff for sharing this! Ready for the recipe?

Twice Baked Potato Casserole Makes a 9"x13" dish 5 lb russet potatoes10 slices bacon8 oz cream cheese1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted1 c. sour cream1/4 c. chives, minced2 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated2 tsp. kosher salt1/2 tsp. pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a large saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender and easily pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain; return to pa…

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

This past Easter we tried out a bunch of new recipes, one being this delicious Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake which I saw originally posted over at Easybaked.  A few things to note, besides that it is yummy, is that the lemonade 'frosting' is more of a filling mixture that is spread all over the cake and between the layers. If you make it and prefer a stiffer more traditional frosting, add a bit of powdered sugar (just a little at a time until you get the consistency you like).

Secondly, I only used half of a packet of lemonade in the filling and it was quite tart with just half. So I would highly suggest you taste test it with half and see if you want to use the rest. Many thanks to Easybaked for this awesome recipe.


Doesn't that look so good? I agree! Ready for the recipe?


Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake
Makes one 9" layer cake

One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
1/2 packe…

Teriyaki Avocado Pineapple Burgers

If you haven't lived in California you may have never heard of the delight that is the Teriyaki Avocado Burger. It used to be available from a food joint named Spike's Teriyaki Bowl which have closed down. I have heard rumblings that one of Spike's children has opened a place, B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers that serves similar food items.

Anyhow, back to the burgers. They are so delicious! When we lived in California we would make quite a long trip to get Teriyaki Burgers and Teriyaki Rice Bowls.  Now that I live very far away, making it at home is a great substitute. This is more of an outline of ingredients than a recipe per se, but I hope you enjoy it. Onto the recipe!


Bacon Horseradish Chip Dip

Delicious, easy to make and the flavors are awesome. Enjoy!

Bacon Horseradish Chip Dip
Makes many servings

8 oz. cream cheese, softened (regular or whipped, I used whipped)
12 to 16 oz. sour cream (Use as much as you need to get the desired consistency)
1/2 cup (or more to taste) real bacon bits, a small handful reserved to sprinkle over the top
1 - 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, to taste
3-4 Tbsp. prepared horseradish, more or less depending on how strong you want it
pinch of salt (I skipped)

1. Mix all ingredients and store in the fridge. Before serving, sprinkle with reserved bacon bits.

Recipe from Just A Pinch

Bacon-Corn Chowder with Shrimp

As it turns out, bacon does make most things better. Today we have a lightened up recipe for Bacon-Corn Chowder with Shrimp, recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. It is delicious and light while still being filling. Ready ready?