Candied Bacon Recipe

Candied Bacon Recipe

The sweet, salt, and crunch of this accessory can turn a dish into something spectacular!  Whole slices, broken up, or hammered into bits could change the game for your entree!   Salads, sundaes, cookies, or snacks – - – it’s an all-purpose treat!   What you need: Bacon Slices (however many you want) – Opt for the Maple kind if you want an added flavor! Gluten-free? Get GF bacon! Brown sugar (1 TBS for every 4 slices) A pan that is lined with aluminum foil.  (This will do a number on your pan if you don’t!) Preheated oven to 400 degrees   1. Lay the bacon on the pan – close together so you don’t lose as much sugar. 2. Sprinkle brown sugar  - (see above ratio)  thinly covering them. 3.  Put in oven –...

Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds

Pie Pumpkins are a special variety of pumpkins that are usually available in the stores right about now.  They have way more uses than jack-o-lanterns…….If you’re making a recipe, you might as well save the seeds for this tasty snack.  Also – you might even save the guts to try your hand at a little pumpkin pampering with a Pumpkin facial, manicure, and/or pedicure!   Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (extracted from a pumpkin….) PAM or spray oil Tandoori seasoning Sugar 1. Preheat the oven at 400 – Get a cookie sheet – cover with foil & spray with oil. 2.Cut off the pumpkin’s stem & cut the pumpkin in half. 3. Spoon out the guts into a different bowl. 4.  Extract the seeds...

Bullets Make Good Smoothies: Pumpkin Spice

Bullets Make Good Smoothies:  Pumpkin Spice

If you don’t know what a Magic Bullet is, you’re missing out!  I hate cleaning a big ‘ol blender every time I wanna do something…. and I hate having to mess up more than one dish if I can help it. The Magic Bullet will mix your smoothie & let you drink it straight from the container – and it’s not as big as a blender! Pumpkin Spice Smoothie 1/2 a banana 2 heaping tablespoons of greek yogurt (plain or vanilla) 3 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin pie filling (baking aisle) or your own mixture of pumpkin puree/spice orange juice and/or  almond milk (or real milk) – (See picture/caption below!)   SHOOT!  (just kidding – I guess it’s just “mix,” but I was still going with the bullet...

Hot Sauce Recipes: A Sri Lankan Dip with Sriracha!

Hot Sauce Recipes: A Sri Lankan Dip with Sriracha!

There’s a bottle of bright, fire engine red stuff on almost every Asian restaurant table that looks lethal and boasts that it is “naturally colored.”    It’s a Thai hot sauce called “Sriracha” donning a large rooster on the side.  It’s quite alarming to the tongue, but has a lot of uses – much like our beloved Texas Pete or Frank’s Hot Sauce.  I recently used it in my Japanese dinner party to fashion a homemade spicy tuna roll, and just two weeks ago it showed up on a my table inside a crawfish bar in Louisiana!  It has a great taste & can add just the right amount of spice to your dishes!  I used this as an appetizer to an Asian Meal last week.  Very interesting taste!   Sri Lankan Dip 1 cup...

Valentine’s Day Oatmeal is Pink Hot!

Valentine’s Day Oatmeal is Pink Hot!

Valentine’s Day is next week, and the world will be covered in various shades of red & pink with hearts of all sizes adorning everything everywhere you go.  Right now, every website is recommending recipes and breakfast-in-bed ideas to treat your valentine with heart-shaped food  – cinnamon rolls, eggs, cupcakes, …….. With all the reminders of the HEART, it’s funny everything is either covered in chocolate or loaded with sugar during this holiday. Today, I made PINK HOT OATMEAL for a tasty treat that is quick, cheap, festive, and  contributes to my health! The red hots turn the oatmeal a beautiful pink color, and a few of them added a sweet ‘n’ spicy crunch in every other bite! Oatmeal is good for you, because it is low in fat & calories,...

“Wang” Dip: A Buffalo Chicken Dip for Any Party!

“Wang” Dip: A Buffalo Chicken Dip for Any Party!

As promised yesterday – Here’s the “Wang” Dip Recipe my mom shared with me.  I made it over the weekend to test it out – DELICIOUS!  This is a buffalo-inspired dish that will definitely be a party hit among the chili recipes and been-there-done-that dips at this weekend’s Super Bowl party! You can change up the recipe to alter the “hotness,” depending on your taste.  It’s also Gluten-Free (if you don’t use prepared ranch dressing)! Be sure to check out the “celery trees” instructions at the bottom to dress up your plate for a touchdown treat!   “Wang” Dip 1  can of “canned” chicken breast (big) (around 5 oz.) 2 – 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese @ room temp ¼ – ½...