Watermelon Daiquiri

Here’s another quick and easy cocktail for your summer entertaining๐ŸนSimply 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…

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 ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ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…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹, 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 Bayยฎ Hot Crab Dip Recipe as my base and made some…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‹ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹), 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 โ˜€๏ธ Today I’m featuring some of my favorite 4th of July cocktails and bites to help you prep for your celebration ๐Ÿ‘ Some of the picks in this post have already appeared on Jackie’s Eats…

Mexican Black Bean & Corn Salad

This is a light refreshing salad with AMAZING flavors ๐Ÿ˜‹ and so easy to make. Just defrost frozen corn, chop up some fresh veggies and cilantro; voilร  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 ๐ŸŽ‚ 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. Voilร , 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 ๐ŸŽ‰; 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…

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!…

Summer Kick-off and Craft Beer

This week’s prep, planning and reflection will be focused on SUMMER ๐ŸŒž. Oh summer, I have missed you and whenever you’d like to arrive, I’m ready ๐Ÿ‘. 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…

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…

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 โค๏ธ 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…

Kimchi Tots

Throwback Thursday ๐Ÿ˜‰, 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 ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ, so yummy and the prefect Friday night tidbits! Simply make some tater tots and when they’re almost done and crispy, add some cheese…

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp is an absolute favorite in our household. However, these aren’t grilled or served in BBQ sauce. These are prepared in butter sauce flavored with Louisiana Hot Sauce, Worcestershire, creole spice, lemon and white wine, so tasty! Typically you see BBQ Shrimp served with bread so you’re able to scoop up all…

Jackie’s Margaritas

Just in time in Cinco de Mayo here’s my Margaritas recipe.  This margarita recipe has the right balance of flavor, making the perfect margarita!  It’s super easy to make and even easier to remember because it’s equal parts of the main ingredients (i.e. tequila and limeade)!  Plus I add fresh lime juice, which evens out…

Jackie’s Italian Dressing

This dressing is a delicious dressing with a creamy component, without the cream and extra calories. Use this dressing on salads, including my Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad. You can also use it as a marinade. Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2TBS water 2TBS of lemon juice 1 small shallot,…

Ham & Cheese Biscuits

Oh, the deliciousness of a Pillsbury biscuits and the many yummy things you can stuff or roll into one; Apples and Brie, Pepperoni and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken dip, the list is endless. Tonight is Ham and Cheese for us since we have leftover ham. Biscuit recipes are easy peasy, just stuff, pinch and bake, my…

Cheddar Jalapeno No Knead Bread

There is nothing better than fresh made bread. No Knead is a great easy bread to bake since there’s very little that needs to be done to create perfection; just a few simple ingredients and the time to allow the bread to ferment. This recipe and inspiration is courtesy of Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street…

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…

Ooey Gooey Queso Fundido

This dip definitely hits the spot with it’s ooey gooeyness. It has heat, creaminess and crispy bits of chorizo on top; making it a delicious afternoon/party treat. Yesterday we joined my brother, who’s a professional chef, for a maple beer boil and I needed to bring my game ๐Ÿ˜‰. Since sausage and beer is perfect…

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…

French 75

It’s Friday and cocktail time! A French 75 is one of my favorites โค๏ธ. The cocktail is made with gin, champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup and garnished with a lemon twist. I love ๐Ÿ‹forward cocktails and this drink offers smooth, bitter and sweet notes; making it very drinkable! According to wiki, the history of the…

Pineapple Vacation

After visiting Cinco De Mayo last night, I started missing the winter “spring-break” we’ve been known to take.ย  There’s nothing like escaping the cold in the tropics in the midst of cold weather โ„๏ธ and while spring is in the air, it still feels too far away. I decided on this afternoon cocktail because we…

Pimento Cheese Spread

I’ve got you covered for TGIF! Friday nights are the time for tasty “treats” and bites in our household, something super easy after a week of planned meals and work. Tonight’s recipe is Pimento Cheese which is a favorite! Pimento cheese has become mainstream in restaurants and you’ll find it as a starter or “small…

Dinner at Sonny’s Tavern

Sonny’s Tavern is hands down one of our absolute favorites in Dover, NH. It’s the ultimate gastropub, serving up amazing cocktails, beers, and delicious food. Sonny’s could easily be in NYC, with it’s inventive cocktail menu and chic ambiance; and we’re lucky to have such a gem in our town. Mark Ryan, is Sonny’s very…

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is one of my favorite condiments. So bright and fresh! I’m channeling spring with this recipe because each spring, I plant salsa verde hybrid tomatoes because there’s nothing like your own fresh tomatoes in salsa. This salsa verde will pair wonderfully with my Tacos Al Pastor that I’m preparing this evening. It will…

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…

Brockmans Gin & Tonic

Oh, Brockmans, how I love thee โค๏ธ. I was never a G&T fan until I discovered Brockmans across the pond visiting some friends. Gin is like our craft beer here in the US, it has taken off and each Gin has a completely different profile/botanicals unlike anything we experience stateside. However, I’ve noticed more unique…

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

This is a guilty pleasure recipe, for sure, and soooo delicious. However, if you cut your portions small, you’ll feel less guilty ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love creating this meal before a weekend because it makes for incredible brunch on Saturday or Sunday with a poached egg ๐Ÿฅš Two, this casserole tastes even better the next day!…

Seacoast Winter BrewFest

I mentioned I’d share adventures from time to time and TODAY is the Seacoast Winter Brewfest in Portsmouth, NH. I โค๏ธ beer and those that know me, know I’m partial to IPAs (Indian Pale Ales), particularly the NEIPA (New England) and the DIPA (Double) ๐Ÿบ We are living in Craft Beer Revolution and I’m happy…

Lemon Meringue in a Glass ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s thirsty Thursday friends, time for some cocktails. This drink is inspired by one of my favorite local spots, Sonny’s Tavern. They make incredible cocktails and their food is pretty delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ too. I’m pretty sure I don’t make the drink as well as Sonny’s Tavern, but my rendition is still very much a lemon…

Adult Milkshakes

Bailey’s and coffee, a match made in heaven โค๏ธ 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 ๐Ÿจ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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…