Pass the Jarlsberg….

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Anyone who knows me… Knows that 1. appetizers are my favorite and 2. I love cheese.

When I first had this recipe I was told that after one bite I would be hooked. Well guess what.. they were right. With only three ingredients this cheese and cracker delight is something YOU CANNOT GO TO A PARTY or HOST A PARTY WITHOUT. Three ingredients people…. three. There really are no measurements for this so you just have to eyeball it and make sure it is hot or mild enough for you!

Ingredients:

Jarlsberg Cheese (Get it at SAM’s)- Shredded

2-3 Serrano Peppers- Remove seeds and chop  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdvpdNpKeXM (This video shows you how to remove the seeds)

Mayo (Lighten it up if you want by using light mayo)- Only use enough to hold it all together.

Combine all three ingredients and serve with your favorite crackers.

 

Skinny Eggplant Parmesan- AMAZING

 

First of all…. I have never cooked and or eaten eggplant until last night. Italian is one my guilty pleasures.. I am all about some carbs people but sadly carbs don’t love me. My mom and Honey always order eggplant parm when we go to Italian restaurants and I have always thought WHY ???? Get some lasagna or something with meat. I stumbled across this recipe on one of my go-to skinny websites for recipes Laalooshwith a few changes to the original recipe I thought eggplant couldn’t be that bad when it looks like lasagna.. am I right?  Well I decided to give it a go…. Ya’ll the hardest part of this is picking a good eggplant. Side note (I attempted this recipe last week and went to the store twice to get home a discover my eggplant was rotten.) This time I bought FOUR eggplants and the two I cut into were perfect. This is now one of my all time favorite Italian recipes … If it has made the blog then I promise it is worth making its way into your weekly dinner rotations. You wont miss the meat when you get the crunch of the roasted eggplant with the cheesy goodness and pasta sauce. Lasagna……… you have met your match.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized eggplants, sliced into ½” slices (Non rotten eggpalnts are white and have seeds when sliced. Rotten eggplants are brown on the inside)
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1 25oz jar prepared marinara or pasta sauce (I always use Wild Oats Organic or Prego Heart Smart 45 Cal per serving one)
  • 1 cup Fresh basil leaves, chopped (If you don’t have fresh basil used dried seasoning probably two TBS)
  • 1 16oz container fat free cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices  Lite Provolone Cheese (I used sargento 40 Cal)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (I only had ground cayenne so I used probably 3/4 of a Tsp)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two large  baking sheets or three medium baking sheets with foil and coat with cooking spray.

 

The salting of the slices

Slice your two medium eggplants into slices and salt heavily and place in a big bowl and cover with a paper towel. Let the eggplant slices sit for 30-45 minutes until sweat beads have formed on the slices. This takes out all excess water and bitterness the eggplants might have. There is a lot of controversy on whether this step in neccessary. The original recipe did not call for it but after reading other recipes I think it helped my final product not be watery.

Once the eggplant slices sat covered for 45 minutes rise the slices and pat in a single layer between two sheets of paper towels to remove any excess water. YES this uses like twelve squares of your paper towel roll haha.

Breading and roasting of the slices

  1. Place liquid egg substitute in one bowl, and the panko in another, shallow bowl. ( I would use one cup at a time because after like 7 slices being dipped in panko it starts clumping up. When it starts clumping dump the old panko and put in the second cup to keep it coating evenly)
  2. Bread each eggplant slice by first dipping into the egg substitute, shaking off the excess, and then dipping in the panko.
  3. Place eggplant slices onto baking sheets, place in oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping over once, halfway through cooking.E The picture above shows the coated eggplant before baking.

4.In a medium sized bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, basil, oregano, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper.

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Roasted Eggplant after 3o min pictured above.

  1. To assemble, spray a 8X8 inch baking dish with non-fat cooking spray. Spoon about ½ cup of the pasta sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Layer the eggplant slices to cover the bottom of the dish over the pasta sauce and top with ½ the cottage cheese mixture. Top with some pasta sauce then repeat layers again, but ending with the pasta sauce and then top with the four slices of provolone cheese.
  2. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Remove foil; top with shredded mozzarella, return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese melts; let cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Cut evenly into 8 pieces.

 

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Nutrition:

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is 1 piece
Each serving = 5 Points +

PER SERVING: 217 calories; 7g fat; 22g carbohydrates; 17g protein; 6g fiber

Honey’s Famous Chicken Salad 

My Honey like I have said a million times before is known not only for her sweet Southern Spirit but also for her fabulous cooking. This chicken salad recipe has been passed down in my family for generations. In our family cookbook it’s called “Mothers Chicken Salad” because my Sugar (my great grandmother) used to make it all the time. This is a staple any time my Honey comes to town or if we visit her. No one can make it like My honey does. Enjoy!!! 

Tip: Add more sugar and miracle whip once you’ve let it sit in the fridge before serving. The chicken tends to soak it up so add some if not serving immediately. 

Once you try Honey’s recipes… You never go back :) 


This Pudding is B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Here’s the thing, I don’t even like banana pudding or any pudding for that matter.Actually  I take that back.. one of my favorite desserts is sticky toffee pudding with ice cream but it has the consistency of a brownie.. are you confused yet? I have tried sticky toffee pudding back in the states and it was okay but if you ever find yourself in Scotland GET THE STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING. Back to bananas… The first time I ever had this dessert my sister Morgan made it for a family cookout and I was not about to try it. Morgan told me I had to and I was like what the heck is this??????  I WANT THE WHOLE PAN. When I say you could eat this entire thing YOU COULD EAT THIS ENTIRE THING. Make this taste this whatever you have to do but I promise you.. everyone will want the recipe so you better have it on your phone. It is thick and creamy with no icky pudding consistency. I have since made this for many parties, cookouts and just friends who want banana pudding. It is an instant hit every time. There are two secret ingredients (do not substitute anything for this recipe or you wont get the full effect.) Sour cream?? I thought the same thing but without it you don’t get the thick creamy goodness this dessert entails.

Warning: You won’t have any leftovers!

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Ingredients:

1 Instant Pudding (3.4 Ounce) French vanilla

1 Instant Pudding (3.4 Ounce) Banana Pudding

1 Cup of Milk

6 Bananas

1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 16oz container of Sour Cream

8oz Container of Cool Whip

1 box of Vanilla Wafers

Directions:

1) In a medium bowl, combine pudding mixes and milk and stir until mix is dissolved. Refrigerate 15 minutes, until partially set.

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3) Fold in sour cream and whipped topping.

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4. Cut up 6 Bananas and make a single layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 9×13 inch dish.

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5) Fold Bananas into the creamy mixture

6) Spread pudding evenly over wafers. Crush wafers and sprinkle on top then do another single layer of wafers on top. Refrigerate until serving.

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The Best Fajitas You Will Ever Make

I love going to a Mexican restaurant and diving into the huge basket of endless chips and salsa while drinking margaritas upon margaritas. Some nights, however, I want to have a fiesta night at home. After making this batch of fajitas… I might be having my fiesta night at home more often.  Claire… These are for you!

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Ingredients:

1.5-2lbs of chicken tenders
2 limes
1 mini can of tomato sauce
1 medium yellow onion
2 red bell peppers
1 green bell pepper
1 Orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 tsp cumin powder
1sp garlic powder (I was out of garlic powder so I used garlic lovers by flavorgod)
1 tsp chili powder
3 tsp of olive oil
1 packet of truvia or just a 1/2 TBS of real sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut up chicken tenders into smaller strips. Place in bowl.
Then add:garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper
Add 3/4 mini can of tomato sauce and juice of one lime.
Last add 1.5 tsp of olive oil.
Toss the chicken in marinade set aside.

Turn the skillet on medium high heat and dump the chicken into a single layer.

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While cooking the chicken go ahead and cut up veggies.

Chop 1 onion into thick slices then place in bowl.
Next chop all of your bell peppers into strips and place in the bowl with the peppers. I took the same seasoning I used on the chicken (garlic, cumin, chili and salt, pepper and literally but a dash of each on the veggies)

Add 1.5 tsp of olive oil and remaining tomato sauce to veggies and toss well set aside.

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Once your chicken is fully cooked place in a bowl.

Spray skillet with non stick spray and turn the heat down just a bit and begin sautéing veggies until soft and onions are translucent

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Once fully cooked add chicken back to veggie mixture and add the juice of 1 lime.
Take out of the skillet and you’re ready to serve!

I garnished mine with sour cream, lettuce, avocado and cheese!!!

 

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Let’s Get This Party Started 

  Throwing parties is one my specialties. I love a good birthday especially if it’s for my niece. This post is extremely belated but I must say this party was top notch. Bryce turned one this past September and her mom and dad spared no expense to make sure it was an enjoyable experience for all of the guests. I of course was tasked with coming up with the menu and putting the dishes together while my sister Morgan handled all of the decorations. Two of my favorite dips were served at this party so I was happy girl! Parties can be overwhelming but if you plan ahead it’s super simple. Some advice I have if you’re tasked with the food is to make as much as you can ahead of time and put a sticky note on the dish with the bake temp and time. Press and seal will be your best friend. Serving dishes also help make your party look put together and like a professional planned your event.

The first dip on the list is my all time favorite. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve made Hissy Fit Dip. People ask me all the time for this recipe!

Hissy Fit Dip

16 ounces of sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

8 ounces Velveeta®, small cubed

1 cup white American cheese, shredded

1 pound pork sausage, crumbled, cooked and drained

1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1/4 teaspoon curry

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Dash of garlic salt or powder.                    sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven 350

Brown the sausage and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl then add the cooked sausage. Transfer mixture into a baking dish cook for 45 minutes or until bubbly!


The next dip on the list is a cold dip called Neiman Marcus Dip. This is absolutely addicting and extremely easy. It’s basically crack… Make this and you’ll never want another cold dip again.

Ingredients

4 Cups Shredded Cheese – Cheddar or Mix Blend

1 Cup Chopped Green Onions

1 Cup Slivered Almonds

1 pkg of Real Bacon Pieces

2 Cups Mayonnaise

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with Ritz crackers!!!



Next up is your classic fruit kabobs and brown sugar dip!

Pick your favorite fruit and place on kabob sticks. I chose strawberries, grapes, blueberries and cantaloupe.

Skewer sticks for the fruit

Brown sugar dip

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Garnish: brown sugar

Directions- combine everything together and top with a lot of brown sugar. I made this the night before and the trick is to not mix in the brown sugar and let it chill over night.

Chill over night ****


These yummy finger sandwiches were a hit! The top ones are a honey mustard ham biscuits and the bottom are my Honey’s classic cucumber sandwiches.

Ingredients: (double if you need more)

-1 can flaky biscuits

-1 tablespoon stone-ground Grey Poupon Mustard

-slices of deli ham

-Head of lettuce

-Swiss cheese

-Toothpicks

Below are the TWO inside spreads that will go on the inside of biscuits before putting meat on.

1.Chive Butter 2. honey mustard

-2 tablespoons green onions, chopped

-¼ cup butter, softened
-3 tablespoons stone-ground Grey Poupon

-2 tablespoons mayonnaise

-2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS:

Bake the can of biscuits as directed on the can. While those are baking get all of your ingredients ready to go!

-in a small mixing bowl combine the ingredients for the Chive butter and set aside.

-in another small bowl make the honey mustard mixture. It looks like this

 Half all biscuits as pictured below.


On the top half inside spread the butter and on the bottom half spread honey mustard. This way both sides have something yummy. If you want the sandwiches bigger keep the biscuit whole instead of cutting biscuit into a crescent shape.

Next place your ham, slice of Swiss cheese (half it) and lettuce.

Place toothpick in the middle to keep it all together!

These are perfect.

Make extra honey mustard sauce for dipping if you want.

 Yummmmmmmm


Don’t let the green fool you… These classic southern finger sandwiches are fabulous. I grew up on these and once someone gets over the color they are hooked. If you serve in the south people usually know what a cucumber finger sandwich is!!

Here’s the recipe from my honeys cookbook!

 



These antipasto skewers are beautiful and so easy to put together. They look difficult which makes people think “dang I’m not making those I bet that took her and hour” when in reality……

Marinated olives

Roasted red peppers

Mozzarella balls

White cheddar cubes

Cheddar cubes

Pepperocini’s

Salami

Skewer sticks

This can vary with whatever you personally like! I don’t like olives so I ate everything but the olives.

Here are a couple of pictures from the party !!!!!


  
  

Do you dare to go Silver?..

  Ohhhh silver, where do I even begin? I guess I should start by clarifying what kind of silver I’m talking about. I’m talking about silver serving pieces in all their beautiful “antiquness” glory! I think I have a soft spot for silver service because of my great grandmother “Sugar” and my grandmother “Honey.” They both used silver on all special occasions and have passed various pieces down to me. 

As much as I love the look of silver, it can be quite the challenge to keep it looking beautiful. Silver pieces seem to tarnish so quickly, which is why I’m sure most people choose not to use or own it. Also silver that is in good condition can often be pricey and another good reason not to use it. 

I’ve got an amazing tip for cleaning extremely tarnished silver. The kind of tarnish that makes the piece not even look remotely like silver. I’m talking the piece that’s marked down to a measly $10 because it looks that bad! Get ready to blow your friends mind with the easy, easy, easy trick.  

 

  1. Line your sink or large plastic bin with foil. Make sure the bottom and sides are covered. Plug your drain. The foil creates the chemical reaction. 
  2. Next, add warm water. Enough to cover the piece you’ll be cleaning. 
  3. Add a few shakes of baking soda, splash of vinegar, and a few shakes of salt.
  4. Put the piece of silver in the mixture and watch the magic happen.

Literally, before your eyes the tarnish will start coming off. You don’t want to leave it in the mixture too long due to running the risk of deplating. 5min is probably safe. Once finished simply buff with a soft rag or even use some silver polish. 

This trick is for very dirty silver as mentioned above. This method should never be used as primary cleaning of silver pieces.  Use store bought silver Polish to keep your pieces in top shape.