March 28, 2015

Garlic & Rosemary Grilled Leg of Lamb


Whether you celebrate Easter or just love to grill, this Grilled Garlic & Rosemary Leg of Lamb will make a centerpiece that's sure to impress! 

Spring is here and Easter is just a week away.  For many ham takes center stage at Easter dinner. A delicious alternative or addition is a Grilled Leg of Lamb.  Lamb is suck a moist and flavorful meat that truly shines on the grill.

My kids and I prepared a whole meal to celebrate the arrival of Spring centered around this gorgeous bone-in leg of lamb.  Rosemary Grilled Potatoes, carrots and onions were a fantastic (and easy) accompaniment.

The carrots were in-credible!  I had never grilled carrots before and now I can't stop, lol!

For the recipes, head on over to Saber Grills Better Barbeque Blog, where the kids and I are recipe contributors.

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March 25, 2015

Pepperoni Cheese Straws #PepItUp

This post featuring Hormel Pepperoni and my Pepperoni Cheese Straws has been compensated by 
Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias

Pepperoni Cheese Straws

When I think of pepperoni, I think of my "boys".  My husband has been grabbing Hormel Pepperoni as a snack for as long as I have known him.  And my young "man" 13 year old son, fell in love with pepperoni when he was about 6 (or whenever it was I began making him the Pepperoni Pizza Muffins that I had included in my first cookbook).  Since then, I grab bags of Hormel Pepperoni often at the market and make my "boys" those muffins, pizza's, their favorite Pizza Dip or for them to have as a snack.

Hormel Pepperoni Cheese Straws

We all enjoy both the flavor and the convenience of the pre-sliced Hormel packs.  I can tuck some in their lunches, include it in recipes or include it with antipasti platters.  Every-time you put out pepperoni, it disappears!

These straws are easy to make and use simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce.

Why not whip up a dozen of these for your next family game or movie night? Check out all of the #PepItUp ideas and recipes, maybe you will find a new family favorite! 
AND Happy 100th Birthday to Hormel! 

Easy To Make Pepperoni Cheese Straws

4 Ingredient Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy


4 ingredients is all it takes to make yourself decadent & delicious tasting chocolate and peanut butter candy,               JUST like a Reese's Cup! 

4 Ingredient Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy

One of the most sought-after flavor combinations in the world is that of chocolate and peanut butter. This easy to make candy is so similar and so easy to make!

Today is March 25th...know what that means??  Do you?

It means its Chocolate and Peanut Butter Day!!  Woot!

Once again, Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook are hosting #ChocPBDay...ring the bells and toot the horns 'cause it's time for all things chocolate and peanut butter!  What a combination!  What's your favorite way to combine the two??

Last year, for this delicious occasion, I made these different & delicious Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cannolis...take a peek!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cannoli

How about a little history....

March 23, 2015

Egg Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Easter Egg Shaped Fruity Pebble Rice Krispie Treats

Last year I coordinated a fun collective post with 25 of my fellow Philly Social Media Bloggers on all kinds of Easter ideas. It was pretty popular so I thought I would do it again.

That’s right it’s time once again for #AllThingsEaster!  

From a Fizzy Bunny Mimosa to Strawberry Lemon Cake, Sweet & Savory Pies, Fun Treats for Kids and even 10 Brain Boosting Egg Hunt Ideas, we've got you covered with eats, treats and ideas to celebrate All Things Easter!

For even more ideas check out our collective post from last year that had 25 fabulous ideas for Easter breakfast, dinner, dessert, cocktails and even something unique to do with leftover Easter eggs.  Plus Easter basket ideas, Easter fun & printable's!

If you love Pinterest as much as I do...check out our popular All Things Easter Pinterest Board...follow along!

Whether you celebrate Easter, Spring or just a sunny day in general, we hope your day is filled with good times, good friends, good food and memories in the making!

Last year I did this crazy-fun Giant Deviled Egg as a way to use up leftover Easter eggs or to be extra festive on Easter.

Holidays often bring our creative juices when it comes to making fun treats for the kids. Just think of the surprise and delight on your little ones faces when they lay their eyes on these delicious egg-shaped creations!

March 19, 2015

Stuffed Cabbage Rice Bowl


I've got a delicious Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage 

aka Golumpki dish for you today! 

Deconstructed Golumpki (Stuffed Cabbage) Rice Bowl

My grandmother, Mary, who passed away last year (at 102) was 100% Polish. She was quite the cook. My grandmom didn't just cook, she was passionate about it and loved to try new things.  Of course I had Golumpki's, aka Stuffed Cabbage, in my life...a lot.  I can remember grandmom always sending us home with trays of her Homemade Pierogi's and Stuffed Cabbage after every visit.

I never saw any kind of sauce with her stuffed cabbage.  It wasn't until I was a working adult in my 30's that I came across a co-worker, Ali, eating left over stuffed cabbage for lunch and saw that it was smothered in a tomato sauce...I was stunned.  I thought she was crazy, lol!  She ended up having her boyfriend make me some the next week and I have to say, his sweet tomato sauce was delicious!

I never did mention that to my grandmother.  My husband who also grew us eating stuffed cabbage, cringes at the very thought of sauce. Funny, the first Polish festival my husband and I went to years ago served their Golumpki that day with sauce. Hmmmm. What do you do?

As a kid I wanted nothing and I mean noooothing to do with the cabbage part.  I loved the inside and would peel off the cabbage and slide it to the very edge of my plate, always getting in trouble with my dad for not wanting to eat it - even though he clearly loved cabbage himself and would be more than pleased to eat my "extra". I guess it was the point of me not eating what was made for me (I did have a history of clogging the toiled and smelling up the flower beds with what I wouldn't eat and hid for what I thought was stealth-like  After a few years my dad gave up and began happily eating my discarded cabbage :)

To this day, I still want nothing to do with the cabbage leaves that envelop the delicious treasure awaiting me on the inside of a Golumpki ...lucky for me, my husband happily eats mine.

I like sauteed cabbage with bacon.  So I thought to myself, why not make a Golumpki Rice Bowl with the cabbage the way I like it and BAM, that's exactly what I did!  No blanching, no boiling, no wrapping, no being gentle with the leaves! Instead...easy peasy and everyone who was at our house that day was so happy with it!  The kids loved the sauce and the adults ate it without.  I have to say the sauteed cabbage was wonderful!  I actually wanted to add some bacon, but I controlled myself! Instead my daughter (10) sauteed the cabbage in bacon was so good!

March 17, 2015

Dairy Free Sweet Potato Bisque


Are you ready for a smooth, creamy, nutritious & delicious Simple Sweet Potato Soup? 

Dairy Free Rich & Creamy Sweet Potato Bisque

I am...and I had 4 bowls last weekend...I just can't get enough!

Today it was 60 something I type this, it's getting cooold! Tonight will dip to 27.  Snow is in the forecast for Friday. The weather is very indecisive around here, but that is what keeps things in Pennsylvania interesting!

Once the first warm-ish day hits each year, everyone around here thinks spring has come...My birthday is March 30th, so I can vividly recall snowstorms on my birthday and into the first week of April.  So as much as I enjoy spring weather, I enjoy a roaring fire and a good snow too!  

Whatever the weather. "I" am a soup girl...always have been!  I make it, I order it out, I think about it...I could probably exist off of it since the varieties of soup are endless! 

This Sweet Potato Soup which I am calling a bisque due to its richness and creaminess. may be one of my favorite soups...ever! Somehow, I never got around to making it...not once this fall or winter. And now that I have made it, I can't stop making it, lol! It's actually dairy free.  You will never miss the cream, it really doesn't need it, the richness of the sweet potato is all you need and it is SO stinking delicious!

I added a Spicy Cinnamon & Sugar Breadcrumb Crumble because I always look for some type of crunch in my thicker soups.  It makes this soup, a show-stopper!