Best Ever Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

This recipe comes from a friend I worked with in the music business, TJ Bryan.  Currently a DJ on WJRZ and the owner of Shore Flicks in New Jersey, TJ really knows his way around a kitchen.  These chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats check off all the boxes: sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy.  For me, the butterscotch chips give this such an interesting flavor - such an unexpected choice.  Try them for your next bake sale or party.  Heck, take them to share at your office – you’ll be a star! Here is his recipe: TJ’s Best EVER Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats 1 c. sugar 1 c. light corn syrup 1 c. peanut butter 6 c. Rice Krispies 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. butterscotch chips   [sc:adsense ] Over medium high heat bring the sugar and corn syrup … [Read more...]

Cranberry Salsa – Replace Canned Cranberries With Fresh At Your Table

It's the holiday season and if you are looking for a new twist on some of the typical table favorites, try Cranberry Salsa! This condiment combination of sweet, tart, and a little spicy. It is great alongside all the typical turkey and ham as well as a favorite on crackers before the holiday meal. Cranberry Salsa Ingredients: 1 minced jalapeño ( remove seeds and membrane - unless you want it to be very spicy) 2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon  grated orange peel 3 tablespoons orange juice 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 3/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup honey Directions: Mix together and keep refrigerated. For best results, make Cranberry Salsa at least one day before you serve it so the flavors have a chance to blend. … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Taco Bites

Vegetarian Taco Bites A little Tex-Mex taste at your next get together.   This recipe will make about 4 dozen bites. What you’ll need:  A package of won ton wrappers or egg roll wrappers (if you use egg roll wrappers, cut each wrap into quarters) 2 8oz packages of cream cheese – softened 1 16 oz carton of sour cream 1 – 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon oregano 2 - 3 tablespoons chili powder  assorted toppings: salsa, sour cream, chopped green onion  mini muffin trays** cooking spray [sc:adsense ] Mix ingredients together. Spray muffin cups with cooking spray and then press a wrapper into each cup. Fill with mixture. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Afterward they'll look like this: Serve with options like chopped green onions and salsa as … [Read more...]

Perfect Teacher Gift – Homemade Cocoa Mix

Looking for a holiday gift for your children’s teachers (or maybe even a co-worker or 2)? Food Network has a great recipe for make-it-yourself hot cocoa mix.  Have your children get involved by helping mix the ingredients and decorating the containers.  I used a mason type jar for ours, but you can get creative.  One option is a bag of mix tucked into a great mug with a decorative spoon tied to the handle.  Don’t forget to enclose a note or sticker with serving instructions! Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – makes approx. 4.5 cups 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup cocoa 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 pinch cayenne pepper [sc:adsense ] Use a wire whisk to mix ingredients together in a large bowl. To serve, put ¼ cup mix in a mug and add 6 – 8 oz. … [Read more...]

Bacon Blue Cheese Dip

It’s party season and there’s lots of reasons to celebrate.  I love discovering something new to share with guests or take along to a gathering that is not predictable party fare. This is one you should try– Bacon Blue Cheese Dip.  Easy and different. Here’s the bonus – although this dip is terrific with potato chips, it is also a winner with slices of apples, celery sticks, carrots, and grapes – I highly recommend you offer those choices to your guests. Ingredients 8 slices of bacon – chopped 3 cloves of garlic – minced 2  8oz packages of cream cheese - softened 1/3 cup milk 3 green onions chopped 1/3 cup chopped walnuts - toasted 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese [sc:adsense ] Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in a skillet on stove top … [Read more...]

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

I stumbled upon this fabulous eggplant parmesan recipe posted by the fine folks who work with Martha Stewart. I downsized it for my family, and chose to bake slices on parchment paper instead of oiling the cookie sheet.  It’s so easy and a really satisfying meal.   Plus, the eggplant is baked not fried, so it’s “lighter” (aka No Guilt) and won’t make near as much mess to prepare.  Serve it to company, serve it to the kids.. Do not be surprised when they ask for seconds. Eggplant Parmesan does not have to be a heavy fried affair, here’s how: Baked Eggplant Parmesan Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 medium sized eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2” rounds 1 egg ½ cup plain dry breadcumbs ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon oregano ¼ teaspoon dried basil 1 jar spaghetti sauce … [Read more...]