Memorial Day Weekend Eats & Treats

It’s the unofficial summer kick-off and no better way to spend a quarantined weekend than creating delicious food to accompany your holiday beverages and R&R. Keep reading this post if you’re needing inspiration and cooking sanity this holiday weekend because I’m highlighting my favorites for the perfect summer celebration. Dips & Bites – Jackie’s Eats…

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Pork Wontons

Homemade Pork Wontons are a yummy Chinese chopstick food that make for a great ‘treat’, aka appetizer/munchie or even a main dish on a Friday or Saturday night which is exactly what we did! These wontons have all the great flavor of Chinese takeout and are way better than any store bought! This was my…

Easter Ham Leftovers

Easter has come and gone and now you need to use those leftovers. Never fear, Jackie’s Eats & Treats, has you covered with a few great recipes! Well let’s not delay with chit chat and let’s just get onto the recipes πŸ˜‰! Pineapple & Ham Fried Rice – This could be a quick and easy…

Super Bowl Munchies

This is Jackie’s Eats & Treats after all and you know I love my munchies, aka ‘treats,’ which are perfect for the Super Bowl. This post features some of my favorites munchies just in time to inspire your 🏈 festivities. I love a good game, but sometimes the ‘treats’ take center stage for me. Am…

Chorizo Lasagna

This dish was inspired by a staycation goal to full my freezer with homemade ground chorizo and another Matty Matheson, Just a Dash video, Naughty or Nice Chorizo Lasagne. If you didn’t catch my other Matty Matheson inspired meal I cooked during my staycation, check it out here, Verde Chicken Soup. I know Chorizo Lasagna…

Spicy Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love a chex mix? I know I’m certainly a fan and this spin on the classic has a salty & spicy punch and it is completely addictive! I’m bringing this recipe to you just in time for football playoffs because chex mix is the perfect munchie during a game! A Chex Mix is…

Happy New Year & Welcome New Decade

Can you believe we are days away from welcoming 2020 πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ. This was a year of adulting milestones for me because my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage, 10 years in our beautiful tudor home and my 2003 Nissan Altima hit the 200K marker (don’t worry, JLo is a champ and is running…

The Perfect Charcuterie Board

Happy Holidays folks πŸŽ„πŸŽ… and tis the season for indulging πŸ˜‰. I don’t know about you, but Charcuterie is one of my favorite ways to indulge. I mean it has it all, i.e. cured meat, cheese, pickled veggies, nuts, fruit, jam and crackers. It’s also the perfect way to create a beautiful spread and hold…

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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

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 πŸ˜‰. 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 πŸ‘ and I thought I’d help you with your…

Crispy Buffalo Wings

I love chicken wings πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ 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 πŸ˜‰. 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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ˜‹), 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 πŸ˜‹. 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 β˜€οΈ. Today I’m featuring some of my favorite 4th of July cocktails and bites to help you prep for your celebration πŸ‘. Some of the picks in this post have already appeared on Jackie’s Eats…

Birthday Mexican Fiesta

No better way to spend a birthday πŸŽ‚ 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. VoilΓ , the evening was masterminded featuring…

Memorial Day Eats and Treats

It’s Memorial Day weekend and time for some throwbacks to my dishes that are great for entertaining because Jackie’s Eats & Treats can entertain πŸ˜‰ 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. Check…

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 Glazed Ham &…

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon

I love scalloped potatoes and on this Easter, that was the side dish for our Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham. However, this isn’t your typical scalloped potatoes, it has layers of creamy cheesy goodness, crispy bacon, thinly sliced white onion and green onions πŸ˜‹ Yum! This dish could easily be created ahead of time, which is…

Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham

I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of ham; but if you season it the right way, it can be pretty fabolous. For Easter 2019, I used the Instant Pot to warm the ham since my Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes were in the oven. The Instant Pot is great because it concentrates flavors and mine was concentrated…

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

Can you believe it, its been 10 weeks of food blogging for me πŸ˜‹! 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 my Korean Short Rib Ragu, 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…

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 Thanksgiving with friends in Reno, Nevada. This trip was back in 2011 when I was really starting to experiment with new flavors in…

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‹ 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 πŸ˜‹ 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…

Reuben Wonton Bites

It’s nearly St. Patty’s day and boy do I have a delicious party “treat” for you. I love a Reuben and creating yummy “treats” with those same flavors. Today I prepared Reuben Wonton Bites for a St. Patrick’s party at work. These are cheesy, crispy deliciousness with all the Reuben goodness. Simply grab a mini…

Instant Pot Corned Beef

As I mentioned in my weekly prep blog, I consider myself quite the Reuben connoisseur. I love the grilled rye bread, pickled cabbage, swiss cheese, salt-cured beef and that creamy thousand island dressing. In my opinion, the key to a great Reuben is cheesy goodness and melt in your mouth beef brisket because no one…