Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Bean Guacomole

My daughter is going to be 9 OMG 9 next week. She is my baby. Where have the years gone. I asked her what she wanted on the menu for her family party. We decided on a taco bar instead of a bbq. Taco's are one of her favorite foods. So I have been testing and planning the recipes. This is one of my favorites. I love avocados in every way. I think I love guacamole more. I prefer chunky guacamole to the smooth creamy kind. Like this one. Chopped avocado, tomato, onion black beans, lime and cilantro. Yum! Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips. Aren't these curled ones cool? So what's your favorite kind of guacamole?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Super Easy Garlic Dill Pickles

Monday again.....where does the weekend go? I hope everyone had a great one. These pickles just scream summer to me. I have been making these for a few years now. Is there anyone that can resist a pickle? They go perfect with grilled cheese. You will not believe how easy it really is to pickle just about any vegetable. I have done cauliflower, carrots, peppers and of course cukes. There are many different versions out there. I happen to like garlic dill the best. Don't get me wrong bread and butter is fabulous as well.  I'm a dill garlic girl. 
Happy Monday!

3 pint jars (mason is works great or any jar with a lid)
2 Large English cucumbers
1 small onion
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, peeled (2 per jar)
1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seed (per jar)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (per jar)
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns (per jar) 
6 fresh dill sprigs flowers attatched (2 per jar)

Wash and slice the cucumbers into spears. Slice the onion into rings. 

In a large sauce pot, combine vinegar, water sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer.

Evenly distribute the onion rings to the bottom of jars. Add the spices and dill to each jar. Pack the cucumber spears firmly into the jars. You don't want to damage the cukes, but you do want make sure they are tightly stuffed.

Pour the brine into the jar, covering the cukes completely.

Tap jars gently on counter top to dislodge any trapped air bubbles.

Apply lids and let jars cool. When they've returned to room temperature, place jars in refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 48 hours before eating.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

County Fair Funnel Cake

This right here makes me feel like a kid again. The fact that I can share it with my kids is even better. I have the fondest memories as a child of going to the county fair every year with my family. We looked forward to it ever summer. Besides all the entertainment (pig races were my favorite back then), rides (definitely the scrambler), and other great fair food I could not wait to get one or even two of these. Light, fluffy and just a little bit crunchy this gets dusted with powdered sugar and served hot for a fun and tasty treat. The toppings are endless. Ice cream, hot fudge, or even fresh jam. For this version I opted for the traditional powdered sugar and added some fresh summer strawberries and whipped cream. My kids were in heaven. Funnel cake doesn't have to be a once a year treat...make it a County Fair night by serving all the fair favorites for dinner. You never to old for fair food!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Veggie Taquitos

What a week! I was a bit M.I.A. sorry for that. I took my little one camping for a night. We stayed with friends that were camping at the beach near our house. It was so relaxing even with seven kids running around. The coolest thing is the campgrounds are set right between the ocean and the bay. It is just absolutely gorgeous! Such a great way to enjoy the summer. Now onto these little bad boys. This is a perfect meatless Monday dish if that's your thing. Tons of yummy veggies and cheese all wrapped up in a crunchy tortilla. You won't even notice the meat is missing. Basically you can include any vegetable you like. I happen to love this mixture it has that southwest flair that just goes oh so well together. These are a great main dish or even as a appetizer. Serve them alongside your favorite guacamole and some sour cream.
Happy Monday!