Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

I hope you wonderful Thanksgiving and now is the time to think about how you will use all your leftovers 🤔. Thanksgiving leftovers are outstanding 👌 and sometimes even as good as the Thanksgiving meal, but without all the stress 😂. I know we all have our favorites and I’m here today to share some…

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Sausage Stuffing

Without a doubt, stuffing is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. My dad made AMAZING stuffing and as an adult, I’ve taken inspiration from the ingredients he used (i.e. sausage, celery, onion, poultry seasoning), but instead of dry stuffing in a bag, I toast (i.e. dry) fresh sourdough and cornbread. I also add a…

Dill Dip

I grew up with this dip, as I’m sure many of you did 😉. I can’t remember the last time I had this classic, but I was inspired because I have fresh dill. Two, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this is always a crowd-pleaser 👍 and I thought I’d help you with your…

Crispy Buffalo Wings

I love chicken wings 😋 My version falls off the bone and is super crispy even though they’re cooked in the oven. Chicken wings are the perfect snack for game time. Some of my other favorites include Muffuletta Pinwheels, Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Reuben Wontons. What I love about buffalo chicken wings are the…

Chargrilled Oysters

Chargrilled Oysters are a NOLA favorite. David and I fell in love with these when we visited New Orleans a few years ago and after visiting, we challenged ourselves to try to recreate the chargrilled deliciousness we experienced in the Big Easy and this recipe is spot on. These oysters are up there with New…

Vietnamese Meatballs (Bo Vien)

Pho Bo Vien is my absolute favorite pho ❤ What’s better than a piping hot bowl of beef bone broth, meatballs and noodles, topped with chopped cilantro and green onions? In my opinion NOTHING. This is a dreamy bowl of comfort and DELICIOUSNESS 😋 As you may remember, I made scratch Vietnamese Instant Pot Beef…

Friday Night Nachos

On Friday nights, I’m usually not a fan of creating a full meal and we typically opt for charcuterie or a dip, like my Pimento Cheese or Buffalo Chicken. Nachos are now making their way into our rotation and boy are they satisfying and delicious 😋 The reason I’m loving nachos is because they’re a…

Watermelon Daiquiri

Here’s another quick and easy cocktail for your summer entertaining🍹Simply cube some watermelon, dump it into a blender with ice, limeade and white rum and you have a definite crowd-pleaser. This cocktail is refreshing and perfect when you have watermelon on hand. When you blend watermelon you essentially have watermelon water and while this cocktail…

Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

It’s Labor Day weekend and you know what that means, grill time with friends ❤ This marinade, OH SO DELICIOUS and super easy to create. Yes, I know marinade chicken is nothing special, but this one is AMAZING 😋 with it’s lime zest, soy sauce and chili garlic and it completely hits the 5 universal taste…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cinco de Mayo & Nana Inspired Weekly Plan & Prep

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and we love mexican food, so my chorizo will definitely make a debut in the form of a Mexican Street Taco tomorrow evening. We’ll be making some margarita too because after a weekend of mulching, why not! Here’s our Newman’s Own Limeade Margarita recipe. Second plan – In the summer,…

Ham & Kimchi Fried Rice

Last week, I was VERY thankful for my leftover Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and Kimchi since I had Bluegrass Soy Sauce and Red Boat Fish Sauce arrive on my doorstep! I’m was so excited to try this soy sauce after reading Edward Lee’s cookbook, Smoke and Pickles (and since drafting this post, he just won…

Weekly Reflection & Plan

This past week was full of ham inspired dishes and I documented each dish because I amazed myself with the deliciousness of each meal and how far you can stretch ham leftovers. HOLD ONTO THIS POST IF YOU HAVE A HAM LEFTOVERS AFTER A HOLIDAY MEAL!!!! Sunday Easter Instant Pot Pineapple Honey Ham & Creamy…

Weekly Plan – I’ve hit double digits with my Food Blog

Can you believe it, its been 10 weeks of food blogging for me 😋! Boy has time flown ✈️ by and I’m really enjoying sharing my weekly plans with you and what’s inspiring me each week ❤️ This week is inspired by a visit with a friend and reminiscing about a yummy chicken dish she…

Kimchi

After a week of cooking with Korean Short Ribs, I was drawn to create my own Kimchi. This is inspired from attending a cooking school with with Edward Lee years ago at Stonewall Kitchen with my mother. Thank you Edward Lee and Smoke & Pickles for the recipe guidance and inspiration! I love pickles and…

Homemade Chorizo

How do I love thee, let me count the ways…Boy, does chorizo take sausage to an entirely new level, with it’s spice and acid. I fell in love with chorizo after spending a Thanksgiving with friends in Reno, NV. This trip was back in 2011 when I was really starting to experiment with new flavors…

Korean Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

Thank Nyesha Arrington for this inspiration ❤️! When I was searching Tastemade for some new cooking inspirations, I came across her Short Rib Dumplings and I was immediately drawn in because she focused on recreating one of her grandmother’s Korean recipes. My grandmother definitely influenced my love for delicious food and I remember many Sunday…

Weekly Plan & Prep – My inspirations for the week 😉

The plan is in and boy am I excited. This week I spent some time watching Tasty and Tastemade for some new inspiration and I found a gem for Sunday supper and it will also set us up well for work week meals! Nyesha Arrington’s Short Rib Dumplings 😋 are the inspiration for the week….

Tacos Al Pastor (aka Mexican Style Pork Tacos)

Get ready for this taco deliciousness! This recipe offers heat, acid, freshness and umami 😋 I saw Tacos Al Pastor on a Tasty video and I felt the need to recreate the dish because it reminded me of a gyro or shawarma cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie always entices…

Weekly Plan & Prep

I’ve been ready with my plan for days now because I saw a Tasty video for Tacos Al Pastor and was immediately drawn to it and it inspired me to recreate the dish. The recipe calls for 4-5lbs of pork shoulder and I’ll have lots of leftovers, so pork dishes will be on the menu…

Chimichurri Sauce

We visited the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and discovered Chimichurri. That sauce completely blew me away, so bright and fresh. I think I had it every day at our resort and I remember coming home feeling inspired to recreate that deliciousness. My recipe doesn’t stack up identically, but pretty close. According to wiki, Chimichurri…

Weekly Plan – Week 4

The plan is in and it’s stock focused meals for the week since I’m creating Instant Pot Chicken Stock later today. Again, I focus on what I have on hand to avoid waste and draw inspiration from those items. After roasting chicken a few weeks ago, I froze the bones and some of chicken bits….

Food Plan/Prep for the Week

Week 3 for sharing my meal plan and inspiration! After yesterday’s Seacoast Winter Beerfest (which was so fun), I’m feeling comfort food for this Oscar Sunday and the Instant Pot is calling my name. Week of 2/24 Instant Pot Hamburger Helper – While looking for inspiration this morning on Pinterest, I came across Instant Pot…

Week/Food Prep – Week Two

I love when we plan Sunday roasts because it provides such great work week dinners and again takes that mystery of planning a meal after a long day. This Sunday we plan to roast a chicken (stay tuned for that 👍) and the options are endless with chicken: enchiladas, chili, stir fry, pasta, soup (with…

Homemade Butter

Once you’ve made your own butter, you might never go back to store bought…trust me. I got this inspiration from a friend when we started talking about our love for bread and butter because there’s nothing like it and it’s one of those simple, perfect classics ❤️ So, how do you make fresh butter, shake…

Adult Milkshakes

Bailey’s and coffee, a match made in heaven ❤️ Adult Milkshakes are a fun “treat” from time to time and last night we went for it! I must admit my milkshakes are pretty amazing, thanks to salted caramel ice cream 🍨 I added 3 scoops of Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Gelato (this is only a…

Spinach & Artichoke Dip meets Pimento Cheese

TGIF Fridays are my favorite for “treats”. We tend to relax at the end of the work week and munchies and cocktails are usually our game 😉 Happy Hour with friends, cheese and crackers/bread, dips, pinwheels (get ready for that recipe soon), Trader Joe’s goodies, etc. Tasty and BuzzFeed videos tend to be my inspiration…

Whiskey Blackberry Lemonade

My first “treat” to share 🍾 David and I ❤️ our cocktails. We go to bars and try their cocktails and then attempt to recreate at home and we’ve actually mastered a few (more to come on those). This cocktail, however, was my own creation during the holiday season (this was our Christmas cocktail when…

The Adventure Begins

Food is something that excited me. I love creating new dishes and pulling out my favorites on a cold winter ❄️ day. My inspiration comes from dining out, flipping through Instagram and Pinterest or watching a food program. While this blog will be focused on food, I can’t leave out the delicious liquid goodies 🍷🍺🍾🍸🍹….