La Morena Chipotle Honey Garlic Game Time Wings

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Believe it or not, I used to play little league when I was a kid. I was assigned to play either shortstop or outfield and abhorred the precious weekend hours that I spent practicing, or worse, sweltering in the boondocks of the baseball field wearing the world’s itchiest uniform. Surprisingly, I did not make a career out of playing America’s favorite pastime. While I didn’t enjoy playing sports as a kid, I really do enjoy watching them. Football season has always been my favorite, I don’t know why, but football parties tend to have way better food, at least in my house!

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My family are sports people – especially the guys, during certain games we’re known to throwdown when it comes to food. My brother even does these potato skins for whichever team is playing – for instance he’ll make Texas chili potato skins if a Texas team is playing, or something with apple if a New York team is playing, etc. It’s really cool and super tasty.

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But my favorite part of game day eating is the chicken wings! I am obsessed with them – buffalo, barbeque, fried, baked, you name it and I’ll definitely eat it. My mom and I have been using this great wings recipe for a while, and have begun to tweak and test it out with other flavors and recently we hit upon a chicken wing recipe winner! I had stopped by Walmart to pick up some ingredients for our game day party, when I spotted La Morena. If you guys have seen my Chipotle Honey BBQ Ribs Recipe then you know, I’m a massive fan of La Morena’s sauces and peppers. Craving some of that savory heat that the chipotle sauce lends, I popped it in my cart.

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After two rounds (one may have been completely gratuitous), I nailed down this recipe. These Chipotle Honey Garlic Wings are pretty much addictive. If you’re like me and love sweet and spicy flavors, you are going to love them. The sauce used for these wings has a sort of asian base – with the addition of soy sauce and mirin, then La Morena chipotle sauce comes in and gives it this great kick. They are so, so good. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that La Morena has been around for over 25 years! It’s the only brand I use for chipotle sauce, and I had no idea they’ve been around so long!

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You can cook these wings covered or uncovered, but I recommend uncovering it halfway through to thicken out the sauce and allow the wings to crisp up. Also, I like to use onion powder instead of onion, simply because if you dust this on the top of your wings after applying the sauce, it dries out the skin a bit and gives the sauce something to stick on to. But this is purely a case of preference, you can add your onion powder directly to the sauce/marinade or just use one small finely chopped onion instead. Once the wings are done and you’ve removed them from the pan, if you find the remaining drippings/sauce to be too thin, just quickly boil it up with a teaspoon or two of cornstarch. If it’s too thick, just whisk in a quarter cup of boiling hot water directly in the pan.

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These wings make for epic game day food! What are your favorite game day snacks? How would you use La Morena to add more flavor to your game time celebration?

Chipotle Honey Garlic Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3lbs Chicken Wings
  2. 4-6 Cloves of Garlic Minced
  3. ⅓ Cup of Soy Sauce
  4. ⅓ Cup of Ketchup
  5. 4-5 tblsp of La Morena Chipotle Sauce
  6. ⅓ Cup of Honey
  7. 1 Tbsp Mirin (rice wine vinegar is also an alternative)
  8. 1 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar
  9. 2-3 Tablespoons of Onion Powder (or one small onion, finely diced)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Place your chicken wings in a deep baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup, chipotle sauce, honey, mirin, and brown sugar. Spoon over the chicken wings. Dust the top of your wings with onion powder.
  3. Bake covered at 375° for 20-30 minutes, uncover and continue to cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until done.
  4. The leftover drippings should be a thick sauce. If it’s too thick, whisk in ¼ cup of boiling hot water. If it’s too thin, transfer to a saucepan, add 2 tsp of cornstarch and boil until it has reached the thickness of a sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over your wings and serve. Garnish with cilantro (or even sesame seeds) if you like and enjoy!
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Quick & Tasty: Pasta Salad & Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon Recipe


I am terrible at meal prep. I always start off with great intentions, pinning meal plans, sifting through recipes, buying all my ingredients. I get such pleasure setting out my containers and thinking of how organized and prepared I’ll be, and all the pennies I’ll save because I won’t resort to takeout. Unfortunately, my schedule requires a 5am wakeup call and I often don’t get home until later in the evening – I can pull off a home cooked dinner, but lunches never seem to squeeze into my schedule. I’ve recently taken to preparing larger dinners, that way I can take leftovers for lunch, or relying on quick and tasty recipes that can keep up with my on-the-go lifestyle. One such recipe was inspired by Bumble Bee Tuna’s new SuperFresh® Salmon Fillets.

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If you follow me on instagram, you might know that I’m slightly seafood obsessed. I love indulging in a bounty from the sea. My favorite fish to order at restaurants is salmon, as it’s really a challenge to sea (heh!) what flavors a chef chooses to use on this versatile – but tricky – fish. Bumble Bee Tuna’s new SuperFresh® Salmon Fillets already come pre-seasoned and packed with flavor. With their own parchment paper baking pouch, they go from the freezer to the table in as little as 25 minutes – which makes it more than ideal for this quick pasta salad, while you’re making the salad the fish could be in the oven cooking.

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This quick and tasty pasta salad could, ideally, be made in one pot. It relies on fresh veggies like spinach, broccoli, and grape tomatoes, as well as plenty of herbs to pack in flavor – and it’s really customizable to your flavor palate. Don’t like grape tomatoes? Switch them out for asparagus, or grilled zucchini! It’s easy!

Spinach Pasta Salad

I love cooking up fresh spinach, it always amazes me how so much spinach cooks down into so little! Speaking of fresh – one thing I noticed while cooking the SuperFresh® Salmon Fillets is that there was no weird fishy smell at all when I took them out of the freezer. Turns out that because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish. Bumble Bee’s frozen protein has stayed that way from harvest to the oven unlike most of the “fresh” fish you find at the seafood counter. Basically, their fish will be fresh tasting, and fresh smelling.

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I prepared the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil with this pasta salad – they paired so well, especially with the addition of lemon – and made a perfect lunch the next day! The salmon would also be perfect with cajun pasta, or even mixed vegetables and a baked potato. The Bumble Bee SuperFresh® line also features tasty options like Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper, & Herbs; Tilapia with Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Seared Ahi Tuna.

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I’m obsessed with how easy this was to cook, and just love the flavor of their salmon – I can’t wait to try the rest of the line! Visit the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® website here for a coupon so you can try these delicious SuperFresh® products for yourself!

Quick & Easy Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. rotini pasta, cooked al dente
  2. 1 cup reserved pasta water
  3. 8 cloves of garlic
  4. 1 medium onion, finely diced
  5. 2 tblsp olive oil
  6. 1 tblsp oregano (dried)
  7. 1 ½ tblsp chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1 tblsp chopped fresh basil
  9. Zest of 1 lemon
  10. 1 tblsp red wine vinegar
  11. Salt & pepper to taste
  12. 1 cup grape tomatoes
  13. 2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  14. 1 cup steamed broccoli florets
  15. Bumble Bee Super Fresh Salmon Fillets (cooked as per directions)
Instructions
  1. After you’ve cooked your pasta and prepared your ingredients, in a large pot heat up olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Don’t let the garlic burn - if the garlic is browning too quickly, lower the heat. Stir in the fresh chopped spinach, turn off the heat once all the spinach has been cooked.
  3. Add cooked pasta into your spinach, add all other ingredients (oregano, parsley, basil, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, grape tomatoes, and salt & pepper).
  4. Serve alongside your Bumble Bee Super Fresh Salmon Fillets for a filling and tasty meal - and don’t forget to pack some away for lunch the next day!
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Recipe: Sweet Chili Garlic Wings

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I LOVE chicken wings!!! Yes, I admit it, chicken wings are my thing. However, my favorite sort of wings – crispy and dosed in a good amount of great sauce – can be rather high in carbs. While perusing through the interweb looking for a possible alternative to frying and battering I came across a genius idea by the people over at the Serious Eats food lab where they used baking powder on their wings. By some mystical quizzical science that I am not going to pretend I can explain in this post, it turns flabby wings into deliciously crispy wings! No frying! No flour! What is not to love? I mixed the baking powder with my own proprietary seasonings that I will share below (fear not, this is not some list of 16 spices but rather a paltry 4). For those who may worry about any kind of aftertaste left by the baking powder, no worries, I’ve made these two times in the past week and there is no detectable aftertaste. Aluminum free baking powder can definitely be used as well for those with more sensitive palates.

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I took this recipe a step further and added a spicy sweet garlic sauce to bring these wings to a whole other level. Trust me these are amazing and delicious, and best of all they’re low in carbs! You can conversely use any kind of sauce including plain ole’ hot sauce as an additional accompaniment to these beauties.

Bon Appetit’!

Sweet Chili Garlic Wings Recipe
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For the Crispy Chicken Wings
  1. 2 lbs of chicken wings separated at the joints
  2. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  3. 1 ½ teaspoons of smoked paprika
  4. 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  5. 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  6. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
For the Spicy Sweet Garlic Sauce
  1. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  2. 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
  3. 6 tablespoons sugar substitute (I used Splenda)
  4. ¼ cup soy sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  6. ¼ teaspoon molasses
  7. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  8. 7 ounces chicken broth (1/2 of a 14.5 oz can)
  9. 2 tablespoons water
  10. 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
For the wings
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with coconut oil or Pam spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Place wings in a large bowl and sprinkle dry mixture over wings and mix thoroughly with hands. When all wings have been coated in mixture place on prepared cookie sheet. Make sure there is room between wing pieces depending on the size of your cookie sheet you may need to use two.
  3. Place wings in oven at 350 for 15 minutes and then increase heat to 400 and cook for 35 minutes.
For the sauce
  1. Place small saucepot on low heat. Heat sesame oil and sauté minced garlic. When garlic is golden at the edges add soy sauce, white vinegar, chicken broth, molasses and red pepper flakes. When liquid begins to simmer add sugar substitute. In a small cup mix water and arrowroot powder. When the sauce begins to boil add the arrowroot water mixture and stir. Turn off sauce. This makes a lot of sauce so I usually save half, it freezes very well.
  2. Garnish with chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy!
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Beer Battered Fried Calamari Recipe

I did a post sharing my Fried Calamari Recipe not too long ago, since then I’ve been wrestling with new ways to fry up my favorite seafood. Honestly, they don’t require more than a simple recipe, a little salt, and lemon juice – they’re just that good. But say we’re trying to gild the lily here? Well, then you could always batter them up in a wet beer dredging followed by a dry one and fry to crunchy golden perfection, I mean hypothetically of course!

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Honestly, I loved my first recipe – it was simple, it was easy but I wondered if I could find a way to add a little more crunch and a touch more color. I figured the best way to do that would do a wet and a dry dredge. My main concern was whether or not the coating would end up soggy because of the oil, or if it would become too heavy – both turned out to be unfounded. I always use peanut oil when I’m frying which has a high smoke point and a neutral taste (it also has a few other positive traits that make it a better choice than lard or shortening) – and it didn’t soak into the crunchy exterior of the calamari. The coating itself fried perfectly in tandem with the calamari – rendering a crunchy outside and a tender calamari inside. Good stuff.

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The beer did give it really good color too – the former calamari relied primarily on smoked paprika and frying for color. My first recipe is the lighter of the two, but I have to say I like them both equally. The trick to any calamari is not to overwhelm it with flavor, but rather to play up it’s natural texture and flavors with plenty of fresh lemon and lots of fresh chopped parsley – you can always serve it up with a side of red sauce or tartar sauce.

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How do you serve your calamari! Let me know if you use this recipe and your experience/recommendations in the comments below!

Beer Battered Fried Calamari
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1lb Calamari
  2. Peanut oil (for frying)
  3. Lemons
  4. Fresh parsley, chopped
For the wet dredge
  1. 1 Cup of Beer
  2. ½ Cup of all-purpose flour
For the dry dredge
  1. ½ Cup of all-purpose flour
  2. 1 Teaspoon of salt
  3. ½ Teaspoon of garlic powder
  4. ½ Teaspoon of smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Mix together the beer and flour in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix together the dry dredge ingredients in a separate medium sized bowl.
  3. After your calamari has been cleaned and cut into ½ inch rings, dredge the calamari in the wet beer mixture first, followed by the dry flour mixture.
  4. In a small pan, heat your vegetable oil – you want the oil to be about 2.5-3 inches high in the pan. You can test the heat of your oil with a grain of rice or a small piece of calamari. The grain of rice/piece of calamari should go straight to the top of the oil and bubbles should collect around it.
  5. Fry your calamari in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. Each batch should take two minutes each, as you don’t want to overcook your calamari (which leaves them rubbery and hard). The calamari should be light golden (not dark, like the heavier type found in restaurants).
  6. Set to cool on a paper towel. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley, and serve while still hot. You can also serve alongside your favorite marinara sauce, cocktail sauce, tartar sauce or garlic aioli.
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M&M’s Oscars Party & Red Carpet Ready Popcorn Mix!

DisclaimerCan you believe it’s already time for the Oscars? This Sunday while celebrities gather for the 87th year of the Oscars, my girlfriends and I will be gathering around the TV to watch them. Everyone knows that the real show happens on the red carpet – where us mere viewers gets to pick apart who we think will feature in the mornings best/worst dressed section of the news. This year, I’ll be having my girlfriends over for a viewing party where I’ll be happy to accept the award for the evenings best treat with these M&M’s Dipped Bananas featuring M&M’s new Crispy M&M’s and Red Carpet Ready M&M’s Popcorn Mix!

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I feel like M&M’s are the most versatile candy out there – you can bake them into cookies, cakes, bars, etc. But this year I thought I’d leave the oven off, because I think I can only fully appreciate all the work that goes into the Oscars and all the primping and prepping that actors and actresses go through by being as lazy as possible. Also I think the Crispy M&M’s do half the work for me – they’re already so good and have delicious crunchy texture, and when you have perfection then why mess with it?

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For the Red Carpet Ready M&M’s Popcorn Mix, you just pop your favorite butter popcorn and mix in M&M’s (I recommend going for the peanut), nuts, and dried cherries. It’s so, so, good! Mixing in M&M’s into the popcorn with dried fruit is probably the best idea I’ve had in ages! This is actually now my ideal movie watching snack. I can’t get enough of this mix.

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For the M&M’s Dipped Bananas, basically, you take the ripest bananas that you can get your hands on, and cut them in half. Then you take about 1/3 cup of peanut butter – if your peanut butter is too hard then you can heat it up in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds or until soft – and dip/roll the banana in peanut butter. Then you’ll want to cover the peanut butter banana in whatever toppings you like best – making sure not to forget your M&M’s! My favorite toppings are M&M’s and raisins. Raisins add that little tart bite – it’s amazing, trust me. You can also dip the bananas in chocolate instead (or in addition to the peanut butter if you’re feeling wild). You can stick the bananas on popsicle sticks, skewers, or sturdy straws if you like. I recommend that you refrigerate your dipped and topped bananas for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the peanut butter and your toppings to settle and avoid anything falling off. Enjoy!

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My friends and I will most likely be “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over a starlets gown from my couch with face masks on and not-yet-dry polish on our nails. We might not be an example of the height of glamour, but at least our M&M’s treats will be up to Academy standards!

This year M&M’s is commemorating the biggest night in Hollywood by debuting a commercial on national TV that shows our favorite M&M’s characters invading the movies! How do you plan on viewing the Oscars? Do you usually watch the awards solo or with friends? Do you have any winning predictions? What is your favorite way to enjoy M&M’s??? Let me know in the comments below!

Chipotle Honey BBQ Ribs with La Morena

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Chipotle Honey BBQ Ribs Recipe with La Morena

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When I was a kid I distinctly remember my parents taking me to an authentic Mexican restaurant downtown. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the heat and flavor of the food. Years later, the place has long since been gone – such is the nature of restaurants in NYC, very few stand the test of time. Recently I’ve been on a spicy food kick and – inspired by the food we ate all those years ago at that Mexican restaurant – after picking up some La Morena Chipotle Peppers at my local bodega (a.k.a. convenience/grocery store) I came up with this recipe for Chipotle Honey Barbecue Ribs!

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La Morena has pretty much been my secret ingredient for years now – the Chipotle Sauce & Peppers are seriously the easiest way to incorporate real Mexican and Latin flavors into your cooking. I’ve added it to sauces and marinades, even pasta and pulled pork. Speaking of pork, I made this rack of ribs and everyone in my family (picky eaters too) said it was the best ribs they’ve ever eaten – including my dad who is a real rib connoisseur. I’ve included the recipe below, but basically you start with a dry rub and halfway through cooking you dress the ribs in a finger-licking good Chipotle Honey BBQ Sauce.

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To make my Mexican-inspired ribs a meal I also served up some black beans – La Morena also has black beans, which means adding this to your meal is as simple as cracking open a can and heating the contents up. I also served up a quick salad with avocado, and what I like to call “the world’s best rice”. It’s basically yellow rice made from the box (or bag – both of which can usually be found in the Mexican or Latin food section of the store), cooked with 3 tablespoons of chopped capers or green olives, and a handful of chopped cilantro. It is the best thing ever – make it and you will thank me!

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I definitely think if you’re an apprehensive cook you’re going to be amazed with how simple putting together this meal is. The La Morena peppers bring that Mexican flavor and meld beautifully (or should I say flavor-fully?) with the brown sugar and honey dry rub – the best part is that you don’t need to go to a restaurant for that authentic drool-worthy flavor! Enjoy!

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Chipotle Honey BBQ Ribs
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Rack of Ribs
  2. 4 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp of Onion Powder
  4. 1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder
  5. 1/4 tsp of Celery Seeds
  6. 1 tsp of Paprika
  7. 1/2 tsp of Cumin
  8. 2 Tbsp of Honey
  9. 12 oz of your favorite BBQ sauce
  10. 1 can of Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  11. 1 can of Morena Chipotle Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, celery seeds, paprika, cumin, and honey.
  2. Place the ribs on a sheet of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet – make sure it’s large enough to fold the ends over. Rub the ribs down with your spice mixture. Cover the ribs with an additional sheet of foil and fold the ends of the bottom and top sheets up – effectively sealing the ribs inside, and place in a 325 degree oven for 50 minutes.
  3. In a food processor combine 12 oz of your favorite BBQ sauce – I recommend sauces that have ‘honey’ flavor, as it works best with the chipotle. Add in 3 tablespoons of La Morena Chipotle Sauce, and 2 Chipotle Peppers (you can add more if you like quite a lot of heat). You can store remaining peppers and sauce in baggies in the fridge or freezer.
  4. After the ribs have been in the oven for 50 minutes, remove the top layer of foil and apply all of the chipotle BBQ sauce over the ribs. Place back in the oven (minus the top sheet of foil) for 40 minutes – or until the meat is tender and has begun to pull back off of the bones.
  5. After the 40 minutes are up, remove from the oven and allow to cool off for at least 20 minutes. Serve alongside rice, beans, and/or salad and enjoy!
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Recipe: Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Recipe: Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Pasta with Scallops, Tomato, Basil

Pasta has always been my favorite blank canvas food. It allows for so much creativity in the kitchen. One of my favorite ways to eat pasta is with my family’s homemade Sunday Sauce (sometimes called gravy), it’s a heavy sauce that is as full of flavor as it is with love. However, a simple recipe – like this Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil one – sometimes is just what you need, it doesn’t take long and is filling and flavorful!

I made this sometime on a lazy day this past July, it features my favorite ingredients – basil, tomatoes, scallops, and – of course – garlic! I also recommend you serve with some pecorino romano on the side – I don’t mention it in the recipe, as that sort of something my family does with all pasta’s ;)

Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil
Serves 6
A tasty comfort meal, that's perfect for any day of the week!
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Ingredients
  1. 25 Grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise down the middle
  2. 1 Tsp of salt
  3. 1/2 Cup of basil, chiffonade
  4. 1/4 Cup olive oil
  5. 1 Shallot, diced
  6. 4 Cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 2lbs Small scallops
  8. 1 Package of your favorite spaghetti (or angel hair), cooked according to the directions on the package
Instructions
  1. Brill a large pot of water to a boil, cook your pasta according to your preference or just by following the directions on the box of pasta. While your pasta is boiling prep your ingredients.
  2. In a large saute pan heat the olive oil at medium heat, add the diced shallots and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more, then add your sliced grape tomatoes and basil, cooking for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the scallops and reduce heat to low. Turn off the heat once the scallops have cooked – this should usually (in my experience) take anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes, it’s important to keep an eye on your scallops as you don’t want to overcook them.
  3. Once the pasta has cooked (preferably when it’s al dente), drain and return to it’s pot. Mix in the scallop mixture and add salt, serve and enjoy!
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Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake

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If you’ve been following along then you probably know this already, but, back in July I attended Blogger Bash – an amazing, small but powerful conference that featured an impressive array of brands and equally impressive social media influencers. It was amazing and just so much fun that I still haven’t even gone through all my pictures. One of the fantastic Blogger Bash sponsors who hosted a hugely popular lunch was Johnny Rockets! I’ve been to Johnny Rockets a handful of times, always with friends, and have always always always ordered one of their milkshakes. If you’ve been to Johnny Rockets then you know, you just don’t go there and not have a shake.

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Inspired, my family and I sat down and brainstormed what kind of milkshake we’d most like to have. After countless ideas cooked up and shot down, we finally decided that a Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake was the way to go – and here it is!

I do hope you enjoy this, it really is so delicious I’ve been dreaming of making another batch since we had these! Everyone loved these, I served them in mini mason jar glasses, so I’d say this recipe serves about 3-4, and can be easily doubled if need be!

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Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake
Serves 4
A refreshingly decadent Strawberry Shortcake milkshake - we serve ours as a dessert or alongside burgers (or veggie burgers) and sweet potato fries!
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Ingredients
  1. 10 Strawberries, rinsed and removed of stems
  2. 1/2 Tsp of Lemon Juice
  3. 1 Pint of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  4. 1/3 Cup of Milk
  5. 5 Gram Crackers
  6. 7 Oreo Cookies
  7. 4 Tablespoons of Butter
Instructions
  1. Puree all of the strawberries and lemon juice in a food processor, set aside.
  2. Place your gram crackers into a sandwich bag, once sealed use the end of a heavy object and crush the crackers until they are very fine crumbs. After removing the filling from your Oreos (or other brand chocolate sandwich cookies), also place them in a sandwich bag, seal, and crush into fine crumbs as well.
  3. In a small pot, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix two tablespoons with the gram cracker mix, and the other two tablespoons separately with the chocolate cookie mix. The butter is key here as it really gives the milkshake great flavor.
  4. In the cups you plan on serving with, layer in a thin layer of either (or both!) gram cracker or chocolate cookie mixture. Then layer in a thicker layer of your strawberry puree.
  5. Using a blender, blend together 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream and 1/3 cup of milk. You can get creative and blend in other ingredients like more strawberries or vanilla in here if you like. Once smooth (but still thick – you don’t want to over-mix), layer over your strawberry & gram crackers and that’s it! Garnish with gram cracker crumbs or whipped cream and you’re done – enjoy!
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Recipe: Scallops in Lemon Vermouth Butter Sauce

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I’ve loved scallops for as long as I can remember – in fact that goes for most seafood. I like to blame my mom for this, she introduced me to the best food early on in life and I never looked back. Because of this early intro to seafood, I’ve had quite a while to explore how to cook and consume them. My most favorite scallop recipe has to be this one, the lemony butter sauce with most definitely have you licking your plate and the scallops turn out tender and delicious.

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This easy recipe makes for a great birthday or date night meal – I tend to think these size scallops make for “special” meals because they are rather expensive (I picked up four for about $15 at Whole Foods), however you could always try the recipe with the more affordable smaller scallops and just coat them entirely before frying them. You can serve these with yellow rice and salad, or creamy mashed potatoes and steamed veggies, or crusty bread – whatever you like best.

Scallops in Lemon Vermouth Butter Sauce
Serves 2
Probably one of most favorite dishes, serve these scallops alongside mashed potatoes or even pasta! It's amazing!
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Ingredients
  1. 5 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  2. 4-8 Large Scallops
  3. 1 1/2 Cups of Breadcrumbs
  4. 2 Cups of Vermouth
  5. 3 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Parsley
  6. Juice of 1 Lemon
Instructions
  1. Take your scallops and coat both sides with breadcrumbs. I prefer to use Italian style breadcrumbs, but plain works just as well too.
  2. In a small skillet melt two tablespoons of butter, and fry your scallops at medium heat until golden brown on both sides. To ensure your scallops are not overcooked I usually remove the scallops from the heat right when they’re about to be cooked through.
  3. After you’ve removed the scallops from the pan, add the remaining three tablespoons of butter, 2 cups of Vermouth, and juice from the lemon. Stir and allow to simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley, reserving the third tablespoon for garnish.
  4. Serve your scallops, pour the sauce over them, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and enjoy!
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Recipe: Five Minute Half-Sour Pickles

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I’ve loved pickles ever since I was a kid – in fact I loved them so much that close family members knew that spare pickle spears (the ones you get with a burger and such) were to be immediately surrendered to me. I could eat them all day – in fact, one summer not too long ago I bought a massive jar and finished the entire thing off while watching black & white films with my sister. I probably should have died from salt intake, but boy is it amazing what the human body puts up with!

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Here’s a super simple, easy recipe for half-sour pickles. Now I’m a mostly indiscriminate pickle lover except for one type – those sweet butter kind. I hate ‘em. Which is why you’ll never catch me makin’ them. Now these, they’re not like normal salty green hamburger pickles – the garlic flavor really gives them this mouthwatering freshness and bite! They go great with burgers and sandwiches, as well as all by themselves. But seriously, this recipe is so easy that you’re going to love impressing people with your “home-made pickles” – they’ll think you’re a culinary genius!

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Five Minute Half-Sour Pickles
Super simple, super quick pickles. Perfect for parties, BBQ's, or last minute pickle cravings!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Kirby Cucumbers*
  2. 3 Cloves of Garlic, thoroughly smashed
  3. 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  5. 1/2 Cup of Water
  6. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Slice up those kirby cucumbers to ideal pickle size – you can do spears or the normal “chip” shape. Pop them in a glass heat-safe bowl or cup – something that they’ll fit comfortably in – then take your vinegar and pour it on top of your cucumbers.
  2. In a small pot or pan, combine your water, sugar, pinch of salt and 3 smashed garlic cloves. Once the mixture begins to boil remove from heat and pour it over your cucumber/pickle mixture.
  3. Five minutes is enough time for your cucumber slices to absorb all that flavor and emerge as tasty pickles! Take them to BBQ’s, picnics, and the next time you have an insatiable craving!
Notes
  1. * The recipe should turn out the same if you use normal or hot house or “English” cucumbers, in case you can’t get a hold of kirby.
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