Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gingerbread Christmas Bites

No Thanksgiving post, sorry.  My job at this years feast was the stuffing and cranberry sauce. When it comes to the stuffing, or "dressing" as it may be incorrectly referred, everyone has their own recipe. A unique, family recipe that done any differently would disrupt the perfection of the meal.  My family prefers a southern cornbread stuffing mixed with pecans, mushrooms, and sausage. And I know that my brothers would second the notion to any alteration.  So, yea, I skipped the Thanksgiving post and opted to  give you something more holiday-ish.

When asked if these bites were delicious, Mr. F described them as "Christmas in your mouth."  And I would have to agree.  Warm gingerbread cookie dough filled with a sweet cream cheese frosting...yum! Did I mention how amazing my house smelled?!  Too bad Mr. F only got to eat one, the rest of these morsels went to a holiday crafting party at work. They were easy enough to make after work and heated well in the microwave before serving.  If you need a party dessert dish, this is it.

On a side note, I keep telling myself that I am going to bake more this holiday season.  Maybe it's because I keep thinking there is so much time left before Hannukah and Christmas and how fun it would be.  Then I think of my poor refrigerator filled to capacity and my body still trying to work off the linzer torte from Thanksgiving.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Southwestern Chicken Chowder

I must have the sweetest blood on the planet because I have no explanation for the attack of mosquito's that occurs every time I walk outside.  I could be in a crowd of people, yet I would be eaten alive if I didn't have bug spray.  Five minutes is all is takes and I go from perfectly fine to red polka dotted and itchy.  Ridiculous, I tell you...freakin ridiculous!

You would think that the vampirous appetites of mosqutios would be non-existent due to the cooler weather.  And you would be right, except in the swamp and breeding grounds that are Florida, cooler weather lasts about week.  That said time frame occured last week...now, its over! Yay, wasnt winter fun!  Back to the humidity and bugs.

So during the winter blizzard of 2011, Mr. F was craving a filling chowder.  I'm usually not a huge soup fan unless cream, pasta, or something rich and hearty is an ingredient. And for all of the above reasons, I can sometimes crave a chowder. I came across this simple spicy Southwestern Chicken Chowder and knew it would hit the spot. I found that the heat of the chowder was based on the heat level of the salsa added. We chose a spicy salsa and weren't disappointed. Adding some chopped cilantro, squeeze of fresh lime, and sour cream made the dish and cooled down the spiciness.  At least, Mr. F agreed after polishing off two bowls.

Definitely a "keeper" recipe!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Southwest Cumin Salad

Does it feel like Halloween lasted FOREVER this year, or was it just me?  Maybe it was because it fell on a Monday so the weekend was crammed-packed with Halloween everything. Astonishingly enough, I think I might have already overdosed on baked goods and dessert parties.  I know, I feel terrible just admitting this.  Don't worry, I feel a second wind coming on soon.

To take my mind off all the chocolate and refined sugar coursing through my veins, I have started making this addictive salad. Of course the salad components are extremely important; however, the creme-de-la-creme is the cumin vinaigrette. Cumin?! ...may not sound appealing but wait till you taste it!  Side note: This is the same message I gave to a co-worker who told me that my pumpkin cookies looked like crap...but tasted soo good! 

The Southwest part is a little of this and a little of that: Teriyaki & Ginger chicken, black beans, corn, red onion, avocado, tomato, dollop of sour cream, and crushed Tostitos Black Bean Chips.  Mix it all together and just start inhaling.  You won't be sorry.

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