Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FunBites Food Cutter Dessert Dippers

Recently I was offered the fun opportunity to test out a groovy kitchen gadget.  The FunBites Food Cutter was featured on the ABC show Shark TankFunBites promotes their tool as a novel way to encourage picky eaters to play with their food.  The cutter also makes fun shapes out of sandwiches or other foods.  It's safe for kids to use, and BPA free.  I consider myself a kid at heart, and who wouldn't want to eat food cut into fun shapes?  Not wanting to do the usual sandwich or lunch box snack, I wanted to create something using FunBites that would be delicious and fun for KIDS OF ALL AGES.  Not only are these little bites easy to eat and a fun treat for children, but the FunBites Food Cutter is also great for adult treats.  I used store bought pound cake, and a batch of my Simple From Scratch Brownies, and easily cut everything into shapes (the hearts were my favorite.) The curved blades cut easily through the cake and the matching popper made the shapes super simple to pop out.  I simply skewered the cake and brownie bites and served with with a wonderful homemade Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce for dipping.  It made a fun dessert for the husband and I, and I can't wait to try this idea for a party.  Not only is FunBites great for pancakes, deli meats, cheese, Bento and lunch boxes and more, but as you can see here adults can enjoy a treat made with FunBites too!
FunBites Food Cutter
Dessert Dippers
Yummy AND Fun!

As Featured on Shark Tank
Such a cool tool
and packaged so cute!
The FunBites Food Cutter consists of a Made
in the USA, BPA-free plastic
safe "blade" and a matching popper.
Great for burgers, sandwiches, fruit, quesadillas
and more.  But check it out with yummy pound cake...
FunBites is available in a variety of shapes
but I just love the cute little heart. 
It's like a puzzle!  No wonder it encourages picky eaters!
Here's a close up of my pound cake
and brownie skewers.
So delicious dipped in my
Homemade Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce
Get some FunBites Food Cutters for your kitchen.
Whether you have kids or not, it's a cool tool
for making food fun!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce

My mother-in-law once told me about a book she read that listed "the best of everything."  I can't recall all that was in the book but I do remember them saying that Peugeot made the best pepper mills.  I have two of them and I would have to concur.  The other item from the list that stood out was Sara Lee Pound Cake.  Now don't get me wrong, I love to bake and I really enjoy making things from scratch.  Occasionally time doesn't allow for that, but I still want a dessert that is a crowd pleaser and tastes great.  I made this simple sauce, that's bursting with berry flavor and I knew it would be perfect served over a simple slice of pound cake.  It's a vibrant red color, both tart and sweet.  The humble slice of pound cake became an elegant, time-saving dessert once it was topped with Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce.  I think it would be fabulous over brownies, ice cream or Angel Food cake too, and it might even be good as a dip ;) 
Sweet and Tart and Vibrantly Red
Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce
Great over ANYTHING!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Taco Salad with Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing

Yay for Taco Tuesday and Yay that Spring and warmer weather are finally here.  I can pack up the chili and mashed potatoes and stew and stuff until Fall and start feeding my family fresh salad for dinner.  There's no question everyone in this house loves taco salad.  And there are so many variations.  But my favorite is truly just taco ingredients served in salad form.  Which is tasty but not very exciting.  So I whipped up a Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing to go along.  And, to take it to the next level I made a pretty presentation using my Le Creuset Chip & Dip set.  It's not just for chip and dips!  Mr. DD and the Little Devil were really impressed with the presentation.  It made an ordinary Tuesday night meal extra special.  You could just throw it all in a bowl, or layer it too.  Add black olives or avocados if that's your thing.  Just add some Homemade Taco Ranch and enjoy!


Homemade Taco Ranch Dressing
Make Taco Tuesday Special...


Check out the fun presentation...
Think outside the box. 
I used my Le Creuset Chip & Dip Set

You need some Homemade Taco Ranch
to make your Taco Tuesday Tasty!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Fried Cabbage & Bacon

So my Devilish Nephew (who is my pseudo-son) lives in Houston.  He's engaged to be married this Spring.  Whenever he comes home to visit, I try to stuff him with food.  Because nothing feels better as a Mom (or pseudo-mom in this case) than making sure your family has a home cooked meal.  He and his sweet fiancee came home for an engagement party/shower a couple of weeks ago.  I usually prepare a Mexican food feast for him, but I knew the menu at the shower was going to be Mexican.  So I went back to my roots and opted for a home style meal instead.  We had Fried Cabbage and Bacon, Cowboy Beans, Cucumber Salad and Cornbread.  My nephew was fat and happy with the results.  From time to time he calls me for recipes, and I've shared many and gifted him many cookbooks.  When dinner was over he said, "I'm gonna need that cabbage recipe before I go home." Which I think is the greatest compliment of all!




Home Cooking at its best...
A home cooked feast for my sweet nephew!
Here he is along with his beautiful fiancee.
Aren't they just gorgeous?
And clever too.  I told you they came home
for a shower.  The hosts of the shower were
some of the nephew's fraternity brothers.
The "Host" gifts were six-packs of beer
that is brewed in Houston with a cute tag.
Thanks for BREWING up a great shower!
Isn't that cute???

Monday, March 16, 2015

Copycat Chili's Queso


Mr. DD is a Queso  Connoisseur.  Seriously, I think his blood type is Ro*Tel and Velveeta.  Not only does he think it's one of the four food groups, he thinks it is a condiment.  Salt, pepper, ketchup, and queso should be available at all times.  It gets a little redundant so I'm always on the lookout for queso variations to try out.  Everyone raves about the queso at Chili's so I thought I would give this one a try.  It's rich and hearty and I think you'll rave about it too!
Queso Connoisseur Approved!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Chimayo Salsa

I don't have to tell you that Santa Fe is my favorite place on earth.  I love everything about New Mexico, especially the food.  When we visit we really enjoy shopping at the Farmer's Market.  Usually we aren't able to bring home much of the fresh produce but we love to stock up on the dried peppers and chile powders.  Chimayo is a small village located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the northeastern part of New Mexico, now famous for the special Chimayo pepper native to the area.   The landscape and environment of the area, along with the need for infrequent watering produces a chile pepper with a unique flavor and aroma  With only 500 acres growing this pepper, it's a rare commodity among chile lovers.  If you get the opportunity to visit New Mexico, pick up a variety of chile peppers and powders to play with.  Even if you aren't visiting anytime soon, you can order online from a number of sources, including The Chile Guy.  I encourage you to pick up some Chimayo Chile powder soon and give this salsa a try.  (Of course you can substitute any quality chile powder you like but Chimayo has a little piece of my heart.)  It's a wonderful, restaurant-style salsa, suitable year round, but extra tasty in the fall and winter when fresh tomatoes aren't available.
The flavors of New Mexico in a bowl.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Raspberry Sweet Rolls

The other night we had breakfast for dinner.  Mr. DD made Eggs Benedict with his Classic Hollandaise Sauce.  I wanted to make something on the sweet side to accompany it, but Little Devil doesn't like cinnamon (the horror).  She does like raspberry.  And Mr. DD loves anything raspberry so I knew before I ever bought the raspberries that these rolls would be a hit.  The bread itself is super light and it makes an outstanding dough, and base for rolls.  I can't wait to try it with other fillings.  I already know that raspberry will remain our favorite.  The tart raspberry filling is perfect with the sweet dough and glaze.  We've already eaten an entire pan.  They are that good.  So good that I'm off to get more raspberries right now!
Some of THE BEST rolls we've ever had!
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