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Monthly Archives: May 2012

It is officially summer now!  And what better way to celebrate than a frozen cocktail?

I really like this recipe, because I think if you are having friends over, not only will everyone obviously love it – but it will look impressive too.

This does take a little plan ahead, but if you do that it’s so easy!

bottle of riesling
2 cups strawberries (i sliced mine a bit just to make it easier on the blender)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice


Mix everything except for ONE CUP of your reisling together in a blender until pureed.

put into ice cube trays and freeze.
NOTE: I didn’t have enough ice cube trays so I used cupcake tins and it was just the same.

once frozen put into a blender with the remaining one cup of wine and serve!

A perfect summer slushy!


literally just made this, this afternoon for me and my roommate.  I had to post it right away!  I found it on pinterest (of course) it was listed as a bacon and guacamole grilled cheese.  If you are in the mood for grilled cheese it’s not really that.  I found it to be just a delicious panini!

For this recipe, you need guacamole, which is a perfect time for me to share the easiest guacamole EVER.  It is cheating, but it’s so good I don’t care.  You need two avocados and a pack of Guacamole mix which I got at D’agastino’s.

This is seriously SO good, I used to make homeade guac all the time – but this is just too easy, and I think I even love the way it tastes more!

Sourdough loaf, cut into slices – this is what REALLY makes the sandwich, is some delicious bread.
2-3 slices of cooked bacon for each sandwich you are making
2-3 slices of your favorite cheese – I used cheddar
A handful of crushed tortilla chips (so yummy)


Fry up the bacon, while you are waiting for it to cook, simply whip up your guacamole – if you use a packet like I did it will take no more than 2 minutes!

Butter one side of each piece of bread, put in pan butter side down. Put on a slice of cheese or two to cover the bread, a heaping spoonful of guac, bacon, and crushed tortilla chips, top with another slice of cheese and 2nd piece of bread butter side up.

I don’t ever turn on the heat on the pan until everything is loaded up, in case i’m moving slow – I don’t want the bread to get burnt!

When the bottom piece is toasty enough, flip over!

NOTE: I originally was worried the cheese would not melt because the bread was so thick, but it DID.  I just had to flip the sandwich a few times to make sure it was heated through.

This was such an out of the ordinary, filling, yummy lunchtime meal for me!

My original Black Bean salsa/dip/whatever you want to call it, it’s dang good.

This is the easiest thing to make, and everyone who I’ve ever made it for has LOVED it.

1 can black beans – drained
1 half sized can of corn – drained
1 can diced tomatoes (plain or with chiles, whichever you prefer!) – don’t drain! it makes it a little runny and yummy!
10 jalapeños from the jar- chopped up (i use the pickled kind already sliced up, but if you prefer whole jalapeños – go for it!)
Cholula – my favorite of all the hot sauces, but any will do
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoons Cumin
1 teaspoon of salt (I usually end up adding more, but i’m a salt freak)


Throw everything into a bowl, mix it all up, and ENJOY.

See!  I told you!  Easy!

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.”
― Julia Child

Every cooking blog I go to seems to have professional photos of the dish they’ve just made, and they always look so perfect.  So then we have no choice but to feel disappointed in our end product, no matter how delicious it ends up!

Also, how do we sort out the bad from the good?  Anyone can make anything LOOK good, but who wants to try out a million recipes unless you know for sure how it’s going to end up? 

So that’s what the concept is here,

Nothin Fancy.

I am going to find the yummiest recipes I have and show you how simple they really can be, and let you know anything that might go wrong, and I promise no doctoring my pictures or calling in professional lighting to prove it tastes good.  You can figure that out yourself.