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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!


Zesty Shrimp Po Boys

Warm and buttery garlic shrimp topped with a zesty horseradish creole sauce are the star features of this tasty Shrimp Po Boy. I loved this very simple and fast sandwich. It has tons of flavor and it can be made start to finish in 20 minutes.


I kept my zesty sauce very light on the creole seasoning as I was serving this to my children. If you like it spicy, feel free to increase the creole seasoning in the sauce. You can even add a sprinkle of additional seasoning to the shrimp as they are cooking in the butter sauce if you'd like.


Mardi Gras month is almost at an end. I am bummed but glad we had a successful month with such tasty recipes.


Delish. Enjoy!

Cajun Ranch Chicken with Alfredo Penne

Delicious marinated chicken on top of a bed of creamy alfredo penne. It is a flavor packed dinner that is a easy peasy to prepare. 

I like to use chicken thighs for a recipe like this, but feel free to use chicken breasts. Keep in mind that the chicken needs to marinate a few hours at least, preferably overnight.


We are charging through Mardi Gras month! Be sure to check out all the other tasty recipes.


This dinner is amazing all around. Easy to prepare and it has tons of great flavors. Enjoy!


Mardi Gras Lime Swamp Punch

Lime Swamp Punch is a creamy and tart punch that was loved by children and adults alike at our house. It is quite tart, but not overwhelmingly so. The classic flavors of lemon and lime come together nicely with the lime sherbet.


We're nearly though February which is Mardi Gras month here at Jam Hands. I love this month!




Creamy, cold and delicious. Enjoy!


Roasted Cajun Potato Wedges

Tender and spicy roasted potato wedges are easy to prepare and are a delicious, fit for all occasions sort of side dish. The recipe calls for olive oil but I just happened to have a little bacon grease so I used that instead. Delicious!


If you can handle it, the gorgonzola sauce that I've posted previously goes perfectly with these spicy potatoes. Pour it over the hot, cooked potatoes and stir to combine. The gorgonzola pieces will melt, becoming gooey and amazing.


Be sure to check out all of the other Mardi Gras recipes that have been posted recently by following the link here. Enjoy!

King Cake Bread Pudding with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Rich king cake bread pudding topped with a cream cheese bourbon frosting. This dessert (or breakfast) is indulgent and delicious!


As described in detail in the notes below, for my tweak to a traditional bread pudding I used cinnamon raisin bagels, but you should feel free to use croissants or cinnamon rolls if you'd like a less dense bread pudding.


The bourbon cream cheese frosting is just the best thing ever. Tasty and festive. Enjoy!

Warm Gumbo Dip

Spicy and creamy, this Warm Gumbo Dip is perfect from shrimp lovers. Alongside the shrimp are sauteed bell peppers, garlic and okra. Bake it up and serve with a sliced baguette.


If you aren't a fan of okra or can't find it locally, you can feel free to leave it out. I think the addition of 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar or colby would be a tasty addition to this.


February is Mardi Gras Month here at Jam Hands. There are lots of recipes for you to check out and enjoy.


So very good! Enjoy!


Cherry Oreo Truffles

My one and only Valentine's Day recipe this year are these divine Cherry Oreo Truffles. I think they are the best oreo truffle yet!


Tucked inside each truffle is a sweet cherry and on top is a delicious cherry drizzle. They may look fancy but they are a cinch to prepare.


This is one of those foods where when you take a bite you have an audible reaction. So good. Enjoy!

Romantic Recipes for Valentine's Day

Mardi Gras Jello Mold

I know I've mentioned this before, but I absolutely love Jello recipes. This beautiful pastel jello mold is a wonderful potluck dish for a Mardi Gras party, and would be perfect for Easter as well.


Adding sour cream to each mixture mellows out the flavor a bit and creates those gorgeous pastel colors.

The color theme comes from the Mardi Gras holiday with purple symbolizing justice, gold for power and green for faith.


I went a little crazy taking pictures of this dessert. It is just so pretty, I couldn't help it. I think it is a wonderful edition to my Mardi Gras collection of recipes here at the site.



The reason there are some purple specs in my grape layer is that I didn't have the water quite hot enough so it didn't fully dissolve. Learn from my mistake! Regardless, I still think this dessert is gorgeous.


Keep in mind that this dessert requires about 6 hours to chill and set up, so plan ahead. I prepared the Jello mold the day prior so it had plenty of time to set …