Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Warm Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs & Bacon

Here’s an easy, yet flavorful recipe for potato salad. It’s not your typical mayo-based deal, but I can’t exactly say it saves on calories because I’ve added some smokey bacon to give it extra flavor. But the true stars of this dish are the dill and basil, giving the potatoes that yummy freshness! Aside from that, I can’t help but think of spring and mucking about in my herb garden when I eat it and I just know warmer temperatures are just around the corner.  This recipe goes great with my chicken recipe and it makes enough for 6 people.  Perfect for any picnic! Try it and enjoy!

 

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Simple Fried Raviloi with Spicy Marinara Dipping Sauce

I’ve been to several restaurants that feature fried ravioli on their menu.  While I enjoy it, I often find the sauce to be lacking in flavor and the ravioli soggy.  One of Craig’s favorite lines is ” Why dine out, when the majority of what you get can be made better at home, for half the price”?  I don’t disagree, but I do have my days when I don’t feel like being in the kitchen and let’s face it – it’s nice to be waited on!  That said, I’d been dying to create my own version of fried ravioli and here’s the end result.  Some crispy, cheesy ravioli with a spicy dipping sauce that has a hint of sweetness.  Enjoy!

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Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese & Lemon

Here’s a great sugar cookie recipe that comes with a little extra lemon zing.  We’re big cookie lovers in our house, but they have to be soft and chewy. These meet the mark and go perfect with a nice cup of “Joe”.  Enjoy and please remember to share.

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Pulled Pork with Carmelized Onions

I was having a conversation with my sister earlier this week about food – yes, I know; big surprise right? We were discussing our favorite foods and without hesitation we both said “pork”.  I’m not sure which I enjoy more about pork, its flavor, juiciness or high degree of versatility, but I’d happily enjoy it if stranded on a desert island for any amount of time.  Lately, pulled pork has been my version of choice. And here’s a great recipe that calls for Diet Pepsi…not exactly typical I know, but it really does hit the mark, by lending a subtle sweet flavor that works beautifully with the savory ingredients.  Try this simple yet delicious recipe and I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Nutella Mocha Mousse

Last Sunday was all about cooking. I set aside the day and made multiple dishes. The show stopper however was this Nutella Mousse, made with hazelnuts and cream. I have to admit, I’ve never really been impressed by Nutella, but this dessert has changed my mind. This recipe is adapted from Micheal Symon’s Hazelnut Mousse on the Cooking Channel. I altered the ingredient amounts somewhat since I am trying to be waistline conscious, but fear not as this dessert packs a full-bodied mocha flavor that you simply can’t get enough of! Enjoy

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