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…

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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…

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 ๐Ÿ‘ 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 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…

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 ๐Ÿค” 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 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!…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‹. 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 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…

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 ๐Ÿ‘. 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 ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐Ÿ‘). 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, is 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 Easternย spice; and…

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…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 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…

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.ย  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 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…

American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey is a comfort food classic for sure, with it’s beefy, tomatoey, elbow macaroni goodness ๐Ÿ˜‹ 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 โค๏ธ. As I’ve mentioned before, I was my grandmother’s sous chef on a Sunday…

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…

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,…

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…

Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

I was looking for ham leftover inspirations and came across antipasto pasta salad and was immediately intrigued by the thought of pasta and pickled italian goodness (i.e. olives and pepperoncini peppers). Of course, I always throw my own spin on the recipes I see and tonight I’m sharing that spin! I hope you enjoy and…

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 & 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…