Monday, October 17, 2016

SRC: Banana Blueberry Muffins

I can't remember the last time I made muffins.  And you know what, that is just a shame!

Muffins are one of my favorite breakfast treats and afternoon snacks.  During the fall I adore pouring a hot cup of coffee, grabbing a muffin and sitting on the back porch listening to the birds chirp and feeling the crisp fall air.  It's my own little quiet retreat before I face the chaos the day has to throw at me.

Now that the weather will finally be cooling off this week here in Arkansas, I couldn't think of a better item to choose for my secret recipe club assignment. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Roasted Marshmallow Coffee

Happy, official, first day of fall!

Even though it doesn't quite feel like fall outside, I couldn't keep myself  from whipping up a fun, fall-inspired coffee to sip on this morning.  While pumpkins definitely SCREAM fall, I didn't go there...yet.  (Trust me, there is plenty of time for some yummy pumpkin recipes, and I promise I have some to share!)

Instead I went for roasted marshmallows.  Channeling the goodness of cool air, bonfires and holding marshmallows over an open fire allowing them to get all brown, slightly charred and crispy on the outside while being melty and creamy on the inside!  Oh, my mouth is watering just thinking about all that goodness!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Taco Ranch Pasta Salad

Y'all, it is officially the last day of summer!  Can you believe it?  Tomorrow, at 9:21 a.m. to be exact, we can start wooing that crisp, fall air to come our way.  Break out the boots, sweaters and indulge in as many pumpkin spice lattes as possible!

But, it's not officially fall.  Yet. 

So today, let's focus on the season at hand.  Summer.  Steamy, hot, toasty summer.  And yes, here in The Natural State it still feels like 100% summer.  And I've got the perfect recipe to enjoy on this warm day.

Pasta salad is one of my favorites.  It's easy, quick and so very versatile.  It's can be customized to suite your tastes and you can use whatever you have on hand to create a delicious side or meal in a matter of minutes. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

SRC: Basundi (Thickened Milk Dessert)

Some of my favorite things about The Secret Recipe Club is getting to discover new food blogs, getting to know new people who share some of the same interests as myself, and perhaps my most favorite is being introduced to new foods from other cultures. 

This month I was assigned to The Big Sweet Tooth blog.  The brainchild behind the food, recipes and writing is Rafeeda.  Rafeeda is a wife, a mother of 2 sweet and feisty girls, who pours her heart and soul into the food she prepares for her family.  She features a plethora of recipes on her blog from some desserts featuring the all-time favorite Nutella, to recipes that pull from her cultural background.  I perused several interesting and delicious recipes before I finally settled on what I wanted to make this month.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

SRC: Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Monday y'all!

I have 5 words for you.  Bacon. Fat. Chocolate. Chip. Cookies.

Yes, you read right; bacon fat chocolate chip cookies.  Just when you thought that chocolate chip cookies couldn't get any better, Chelsy over at Mangia added a little bit of bacon drippings to to the batter of these beloved cookies.  And you know what?  It's absolutely ingenious!

Friday, June 24, 2016

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar

It's hard to beat a good cheesecake.  My most favorite cheesecake ever is one that I had when Spencer took me to Las Vegas.  It was a cheesecake from Wolf Gang Puck's restaurant; a cheesecake with crème brule topping and two types of fruit compote.  Oh my gosh, it was perfection on a plate.  Smooth, silky, creamy cheese cake with a light, crispy, sugar topping.  And the fruit compote was absolutely amazing.  I promise I still have dreams about the stuff.

I know I couldn't even come close to replicating the recipe from the infamous Wolf Gang Puck, so I don't even try.  Instead, I come up with different variations, some utilizing the oven and some that are simple no-bake recipes.  I remain successful doing this!

While a classic cheesecake is truly hard to beat, trying to execute them during the summer months isn't something I do unless it's a special request.  You're talking about at least an hour or more of baking time, water baths and such.  Among other things, heating up your house in the dead of summer. thank you!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blackberry Basil Lemonade

I love lemonade year around, but when summer rolls around I get an intense urge to whip up a big batch of the tart, cold drink.  Whether it be classic yellow or some version with various other fruits, it's pretty much a given that once those temps start spiking I will be in the kitchen squeezing some lemons. 

This year isn't any different.  At the first sign of the heat I was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of ice cold lemonade and we've been sucking it down as quickly as I make it. 

One of the batches I've whipped up so far included some basil from my garden and some big, juicy blackberries.  And I must admit, it's incredibly delicious.  Tart lemons, sweet blackberries and fresh basil make a tasty combination.
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