Hot Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized onions and cheese, yes please! This dip has great flavor and is a perfect dip for a summer campfire and those fall days ahead of us 🍁🍂🍃 It is inspired by the traditional store bought onion dip, but I take it to the next level with caramelized onion, Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce…

100th Post Reflection

This post is my 100th blog about food and drinks I enjoy 😋! And in celebration of this milestone, I wanted to thank all my readers and share some reflections on my journey, as well as my plans and goals for the future of this site! I think that reflection covers it! From the bottom…

Sweet & Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Summer is the time for light and refreshing meals and I always find that lettuce wraps hit the spot on warm days, like my Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps did a few weeks ago with my own garden greens 😋. Today’s spin features ground beef, since we had burgers with the fixin’s, including butter lettuce, over…

Some of my favorite restaurants in Dover, New Hampshire

I found this weekend to be particularly hard and I’m incredibly saddened by the hate in our society. I won’t spend time sharing my political views because this blog is focused on yummy “eats” & “treats”. Much of the food I feature here is inspired by great chefs that cook from their heart and heritage….

Breakfast Banh Mi

This Breakfast Banh Mi was inspired by seeing a Munchie Test Kitchen Video with Andrea Nguyen, chef and author of Vietnamese Food Any Day. Andrea’s Banh Mi was created with sui chicken 😋, a pickle of daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and a smear of mayonnaise and Maggi Seasoning Sauce. Since I had fresh…

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

This cocktail was inspired by Sonny’s Tavern in Dover, New Hampshire. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but Sonny’s makes the most INCREDIBLE drinks and has AMAZING food this cocktail bar could easily fit any metropolitan city and we’re lucky to have such a gem in our hometown! The cocktail I plan to share in…

Homemade Peanut Butter Frosty Paws

Jackie’s Eats & Treats also creates great “treats” for furry friends. I like creating my own Frosty Paws because I know what’s in it. Two, I find frozen dog treats can be expensive. These treats are super easy to make, just throw a banana or two into a blender with peanut butter, yogurt, peanut butter…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

In case you haven’t noticed, “treats” are definitely my jam, particularly during the summer because we do quite a bit of entertaining and who doesn’t like munchies while enjoy adult beverages poolside 😉 My recipe is super easy and I ALWAYS use fresh chicken. I also add ranch and red onion, which of course is…

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps taste better than any restaurants (i.e. PF Chang’s) and you need them in your recipe repertoire, trust me! Plus, they can be ready in 20 minutes 👍 I was inspired to create this dish for 3 reasons: We have an overabundance of lettuce ready from our garden and lettuce wraps…

Muffuletta Pinwheels

This is one of my absolute favorites to create because it is so yummy, a complete guilty pleasure and a total crowd-pleaser while entertaining 😋 The inspiration for these pinwheels came from a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans, I experienced a classic Muffuletta sandwich and boy was it a thing of…

Beer Butt Chicken

My favorite way to prepare a chicken is roasted with garlic butter and wine, but in the summer, Beer Butt is always our go-to. The beer can method steams the inside of the chicken and the result is juicy delicious chicken 😋, making it a favorite in our household. We’ve been known to smoke or…

Old Bay Hot Crab Dip

I love a yummy dip and this dip is no exception with crabmeat, cheeses and spices and it’s the perfect “treat” on a summer Friday night or when entertaining friends and family poolside, campside, lakeside, oceanside or fireside. I used the traditional McComrick Old Bay® Hot Crab Dip Recipe as my base and made some…

The Perfect Grilled Cheeseburger

Last Sunday I saw Jim Gaffigan’s segment on Sunday Morning about cheeseburgers being in “grave danger” and it prompted me to reflect on my own cheeseburger consumption 🤔 I am with everyone out there, I love a great sloppy cheeseburger; but Jim might have a point. As he stated, “To put it bluntly we need…

Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Enchiladas

This is a winner for sure and one you need to hold onto because it’s super easy to make; and it’s enchiladas stuffed with pulled pork and red onion, smothered with green chiles and salsa verde 😋 Please do not be intimidated by the red onion, green chiles or salsa verde because this dish offers…

Patriotic Charcuterie Board

Who doesn’t love a Charcuterie Board with its cured Italian meats, cheeses (the funkier, the better 😋), pickled goodness, fresh fruit/veggies with an accompanying tasty dip and bread and/or crackers. This is one of our go-tos on a Friday night or while entertaining because it hits all the taste buds and there’s something for everyone!…

Smoked Pork Shoulder

Low and slow, is the secret to all great smoking. We love smoked meats (i.e. beef brisket, pork butts, pork ribs) and have even experimented with salmon 😋. Sadly, when smoking meats, we are often challenged with the patience of low and slow because we typically start the smoking mid-day. Anywho, in this post, I’ll…

July 4th Eats & Treats

Our nation’s birthday, which is a great holiday for yummy festivities with friends and family while enjoying the summer weather ☀️ Today I’m featuring some of my favorite 4th of July cocktails and bites to help you prep for your celebration 👍 Some of the picks in this post have already appeared on Jackie’s Eats…

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are a beautiful and yummy benefit to growing your own garlic (you can also find them at farm shops or farmers markets). If a recipe calls for garlic or a scallion, you could easily replace with a garlic scape 👍. You’re gonna love these edible rings of goodness. My top favorite uses for…

Chicken Lo Mein

This recipe is better than any takeout Chicken Lo Mein. It is full of umami, has texture from the fresh veggies, a bit of zip and it is super easy to make! I went to Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace yesterday to pick up our salmon for Sunday meal and in the seafood fridge, I noticed some…

Savannah Foodie Tour and Pub Crawl

We visited Savannah for a short visit for our 10th anniversary and thought a food tour would be a great way to see the city and sample some of the local cuisine! We were inspired to book one because we follow a number of YouTube travel vloggers, The Endless Adventure, Kara and Nate, Flying the…

Heading to Savannah 🍑

We are off to Savannah, Georgia and I couldn’t be more excited to visit a new city and sample their local cuisine (e.g. fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pralines and of course those juicy peaches 🍑). The forecast is looking warm, which is likely to shock us since summer heat has been slow to…

Microgreens

Microgreens are one of those magical ingredients because they’re visually appealing and add freshness and texture to a dish. Since I planted Mesclun Greens in the last week of May, I’m looking for inspiration to use some of my microgreens. How have you used them, chefs and foodies, how have you loved them? For garnishing…

Shakshuka

Shakshuka, aka Shakshouka, a traditionally a North African dish of eggs poached in a delicious sauce that combines tomatoes with onions, garlic, chili peppers and spices like cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg. My spin will combine some of those spices and I’ll also plan to add sumac, which is a tangy Middle Eastern spice; and…

Mexican Black Bean & Corn Salad

This is a light refreshing salad with AMAZING flavors 😋 and so easy to make. Just defrost frozen corn, chop up some fresh veggies and cilantro; voilà a salad that pairs wonderfully with tacos, grilled chicken or burgers. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of grilled corn or frozen corn 1 can of black beans, washed and…

Birthday Mexican Fiesta

No better way to spend a birthday 🎂 then poolside with family and friends and I was lucky enough to have that, this weekend! I wanted to plan something special since we were entertaining and as I was searching Pinterest for inspiration and I came across a taco bar. Voilà, the evening was masterminded featuring…

These are a few of my favorite “Eats” & “Treats”

It’s my birthday weekend and I’ll be spending it in great company for fiestas 🎉; therefore, my Saturday post is focused on a few of my favorites recipes and posts with the condition that nothing would mean more to me on my birthday then to know what you have loved on my site, please and…

Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese

Today I’m featuring a creamy delicious Mac & Cheese my brother made over the weekend. But this ain’t your standard Mac & Cheese, this has a lobster cream sauce and succulent lobster meat to amp up the classic comfort food. While the recipe below features what my brother used for pasta and cheese, you could…

Food Reflection/Prep/Plan: Summer Week 1

What a week! My garden went in, the pool is blue, and the inspirational juices are flowing heading into summer! I’m most excited for my tomatoes and greens. The chili verde tomatoes are a hybrid from Wentworth Greenhouses and are magical. We use these tomatoes in salsa verde and gazpacho. The Lemon Plum, Grape and…

Homemade Mustard

Summer is here and that means grill season! I prefer to makes my own spice blends and condiments, like Chimichurri Sauce and Kimchi. Today’s feature is a nice simple condiment, Mustard. I’m ashamed to say, this is my first time making this condiment because it is so easy to make. Thanks Tasty for the inspiration!…

Memorial Day Eats and Treats

It Memorial Day weekend and time for some throwbacks to my dishes that are great for entertaining because Jackie’s Eats & Treats can entertain 😉 If you’re responsible for a poolside/campside/fireside munchie, I might suggest the following: Queso Fundido – This is crowd-pleaser and will turn heads with it’s crispy chorizo and cheesy goodness. Ham…

Summer Kick-off and Craft Beer

This week’s prep, planning and reflection will be focused on SUMMER 🌞. Oh summer, I have missed you and whenever you’d like to arrive, I’m ready 👍. All jokes aside, this has been a rough spring in New England, but I’m hopeful since this is the unofficial summer kick-off weekend and the weather seems to…

Chicken Tikka Masala

This Chicken Tikka Masala is deliciously creamy and flavorful and it is very easy to make, if you have some time! Indian food is a favorite for David and I struggle with our local Indian Restaurants because we’ve been spoiled with UK Indian in our many travels across the pond. Yes, we can get Indian…

Taco Tuesday with Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s Taco Tuesday and since we have ground beef in our fridge, it’s Ground Beef Tacos for this Taco Tuesday! I LOVE TACOS and boy can I make delicious tacos; Korean Short Rib Tacos, Tacos Al Pastor, and my Carnitas Street Tacos which I NEED to post. But tonight it’s simple Ground Beef Tacos since…

Homemade Taco/Chili Seasoning

Tacos and Chili, two classics prepared in most kitchens on regular rotation. When I’m making both, I prefer to make my own versus buying a seasoning package from the store. That’s because no additives are included, I know the spices used, I can control spice levels and add additional spice based on my likes. I…

Weekly Plan/Prep and APAHM Reflection

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) and this week’s plan, prep and reflection is in celebration of APAHM.  May honors the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US and that’s what I plan to do in this blog, celebrate their delicious food. I LOVE Asian food…

Throwback Thursday – Sonny’s Tavern & The Lemon Meringue Cocktail

David and I kicked off the week, with a visit to one of our favorite spots in Dover, NH; Sonny’s Tavern ❤️ and of course with a visit to Sonny’s I decided a throwback to my Lemon Meringue Cocktail was needed. Two, it’s Thirsty Thursday friends. We’ve considered Sonny’s our local spot since they opened…

American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey is a comfort food classic for sure, with it’s beefy, tomatoey, elbow macaroni goodness 😋 I remember my mother making Goulash when I was young, which is essentially American Chop Suey and on Mother’s Day; a throwback was necessary. I don’t remember the meal being a favorite when I was young because…

Weekly Plan & Prep – Mother’s Day Inspiration

Last week I featured a recipe from my nana’s kitchen, Herbed Rice Pilaf, and this week as I prep, I’ll turn my attention to one of the classic comforts from my mother’s kitchen, Goulash, aka American Chop Suey. This is definitely a comfort food with it’s beefy, tomatoey, macaroni goodness. I’m sure many of us…

Herbed Rice Pilaf

I was looking for inspiration as I was planning for the week and I decided to head into my childhood cookbook to see what would catch my eye and my Nana’s Herbed Rice Pilaf immediately brought me back to her kitchen ❤️. As I’ve mentioned before, I was my grandmother’s sous chef on a Sunday…

Kimchi Tots

Throwback Thursday 😉, to some loaded tots we made a few weeks back. These aren’t your standard tots because they are loaded with cheese, my Kimchi and a * Kimchi Aioli 🌶️, so yummy and the prefect Friday night tidbits! Simply make some tater tots and when they’re almost done and crispy, add some cheese…