Archive for the ‘Appetizers & Dips’ Category

Avocado Pico de Gallo

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Pico de gallo can bring a fresh kick to your tacos, rice, and even your hamburgers and summer barbecue foods. This recipe incorporates an avocado for a little spin on traditional salsa fresca.

Avocado Pico de Gallo

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime peel, finely shredded
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small avocado, halved and seeded

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime peel, lime juice and salt.
  2. Chop avocado into 1-inch chunks, or as desired. Add to above mixture and combine. Enjoy with chips, tortillas or add to a main dish.

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Six Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for some new recipes to whip up for mom, we’ve got you covered. Here are six creative, different or new recipes to serve for Mother’s Day brunch.

Spinach and Ham Egg Bakes

Great if mom plans to be on the go this Mother’s Day, or as single servings for your siblings, children and loved ones who are celebrating with you.

Berry Breakfast Pizza

More simple and just as sweet as you can imagine. Substitute mom’s favorite berries or give her a variety of these pizzas to choose from.

Berry Breakfast Pizza - Better Homes & Gardens

Sour Cream Pancakes with Maple Pecan Butter

Need we say more? Whether your pancakes aren’t as great as mom makes or if they usually rival hers, these will definitely make her smile.

Cappuccino Doughnuts

While making doughnuts is a little more work, these are definitely worth it for mom.

Cloud Eggs

These have recently become quite popular, so give them a try this Mother’s Day.

Peach Melba Mimosa

Serve up one of these for mom to enjoy while you get everything ready in the kitchen.

What are you cooking, baking and serving for Mother’s Day? Share your ideas in the comments or on Facebook. Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

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Homemade Pretzel Recipe

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Homemade pretzels are perfect for an afternoon snack or for freezing and saving for later (just pop in the microwave for fifteen or so seconds and voila!). Make these with the kids or bring them along on a beach trip this summer, and if desired, add your favorite toppings or dip into mustard.

What You’ll Need:

    Pretzels

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package
    active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
    (do not exceed 100°F)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose
    flour, separated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt,
    if desired

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast into the cup of water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until a creamy foam develops.
  2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour, then add vegetable oil and table salt and combine. Stir in the rest of the flour to complete the dough.
  3. On a well-floured surface, knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until elastic. Form into a ball and cover; let the dough rest for one hour.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommended). After the dough is finished resting, cut the ball into 12 even pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 16 inches long with a thickness about the size of a pencil.
  5. For a traditionally shaped pretzel, form each rope into a “U” shape and cross the ends to make a large loop. Spread the ends apart, bring them up towards you and press into the top of the loop. Or, get creative with the shape – form hearts, letters, symobls, etc.
  6. Let the formed pretzels rest for 30 minutes on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Stir in the baking soda, and one at a time, cook the pretzels in the boiling water for about one minute. Remove from water and place directly onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the pretzels are golden brown; approximately 10-14 minutes. Enjoy!

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