Anyone planning to make pecan pies this Thanksgiving? Well if you’re looking to save a bit of time, and still make a total crowd-pleasing dessert, allow me to recommend these adorable little Easy Mini Pecan Tarts!
They are everything you love about pecan pie, but when made “bite-sized” with my favorite little phyllo cups, they can literally be made from start to finish in 20 minutes. Boom. And I’m pretty sure they will be the rockstar of your dessert table. There’s something about mini desserts that draws everyone in. And who can resist that classic sweet pecan filling paired with the crisp flaky brilliance of phyllo?! I’m pretty sure they were a match made in heaven.
Brief disclaimer: These nuts are 100% irresistible.
Oh my word. I made them for the first time with my parents on Thanksgiving, thinking they might be a nice snack to keep out for the holiday weekend. But….I’m pretty sure they disappeared by the end of the day. Even with everyone’s stomachs full from our Thanksgiving meal — they were still irresistible!!
Move over cinnamon rolls! There’s a fabulous, new breakfast treat in my kitchen!!!
Meet…….these adorable cinnamon bun pie pockets. :) The name pretty much describes them. All of the cinnamon-sugar-and-cream-cheese goodness of cinnamon rolls, tucked in between some delicious (pre-made!) pie crusts, and then drizzled with a little extra glaze…DE-LISH!
There are some flavors that are just meant to be together. Peanut butter and jelly…. Strawberries and cream…. Salt and pepper… And one of MY favorites…chipotle and lime. Yum!
The wonderfully smoky, sweet and slightly spicy chipotle mixes perfectly with the tangy, sweet lime to make a delicious seasoning perfect for just about any meat, fish, seafood, salad dressing, vegetables, sauce…you name it!
I tend to think that a meal’s not a meal without dessert. :)
But often, after already spending time in the kitchen making dinner, the last thing I want to do is spend a ton more time on another course. So I’m always stoked to find a new desserts that can be pulled together in a snap!
To kick of a morning of meetings on Mardi Gras, I decided to bake up these delicious sticky buns for my coworkers! YUM!
I have actually had a lovely surplus of puff pastry sitting in my freezer this month, after stocking up from a $0.99 sale at Aldi (wahoo!). So was excited to put a box to use — especially on a Barefoot Contessa recipe! I’m telling you — the woman is brilliant. Still have yet to find a recipe of hers that I don’t immediately fall in love with.
Somehow PF Changs came up in conversation yesterday when I was talking on the phone with my Mom. And ever since, you can guess what two words have been on my mind….lettuce wraps. :-) YUM. Ironically, I happen to live right by a PF Changs, but have probably eaten there more in other cities than here at home. Go figure… But whenever I do, their classic lettuce wraps are always at the top of my list.
I’ve experimented with a few recipes of my own over the years — some great, some not-so-much — but have settled upon this one as a favorite (with a few modifications!). Great flavor, fresh and healthy ingredients, and best of all…the recipe makes a delicious “pouring” sauce to finish them off! As noted in the recipe, you can experiment with adding the Chinese mustard and/or Sriracha to kick up the heat. Or, feel free to keep it “mild and mellow” as well. :)
Last week, I hopped on a plane to fly away from freezing cold weather and snow to….more freezing cold weather and snow! :) Ha…actually, was flying to visit my friend Courtney, who just moved to Denver. (Where, at least, the chilly temps and snow are accompanied by breathtaking scenery and SUNSHINE – wahoo!)
Spent a lovely few days enjoying the Colorado life, skiing, snowshoeing (my new favorite!!!), enjoying some fabulous food, coffee, and wine at some local favorites, spending time with Denver friends, and of course…one of our favorites…cooking together!!