Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic is so simple and delicious it’s almost ridiculous. The ingredient list is minimal Brussel sprouts, red onions, smoky bacon, olive oil, honey, and sweet balsamic. You can easily find every item at your local grocer or even your own home in most instances.

Just for fun, I decided to do a little research on Brussels Sprouts to see what I could dig up as far as information.Want to know what crazy and fun facts I managed to find out rummaging on the worldwide web? Some of them you might actually find slightly interesting.roasted-brussel-sprouts-with-bacon-and-balsamic

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Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce

Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Sauce come together in almost no time at all; made with Crescent rolls, deli sliced sandwich pepperoni, sliced provolone cheese, crisp green bell peppers, and RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce,  baked to perfection in the oven, then brushed with hot garlic butter and served with more delicious RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce for dipping .

First off,  I want to say, “Happy 80th Anniversary to RAGÚ®” How amazing to be able to celebrate 80 years of being Simmered in Tradition. From Italy to America, the founders have blended garden-grown ingredients and never compromised their high standards for making a really great sauce that families across America have grown to love over the years.

Some of the reasons I love about using RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce  in my favorite recipes is the delicious home-style taste, quality ingredients and convenience of not having to spend hours in the kitchen making a pot of homemade sauce every time I want to make one of our favorite quick and easy snacks like my Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

easy-peasy-pepperoni-rolls-with-ragu-sauceEasy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce can be ready in almost little or no time for snacks for the kids or even Game Day appetizers.You can fill them with a variety of your favorite pizza toppings such as green bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions, bacon,  or sausage. Whatever you like your options are almost endless. Continue reading

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.

This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with leftover tender grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce with fresh broccoli over your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, penne pasta, o even gnocchi.

chicken-and-broccoli-alfredo-recipe-1I love marinated grilled chicken and make it often, so we often have leftover grilled chicken in the refrigerator,  which is perfect for a jumpstart on making my  Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe on a weeknight a little faster. So don’t be afraid to use leftover chicken versus starting from scratch when making this recipe. Just marinate the boneless skinless chicken in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper for about an hour. Grill till done.It’s that simple to make. Continue reading

Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe

This Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe is a wonderful leap in the right direction, combining the fresh delightful flavors of fresh raspberries, blackberries, quality balsamic vinegar, garlic, Vidalia onions, pure organic honey, tarragon, and fresh sweet basil.

Fresh mixed berries are some of the healthiest foods on planet Earth. New research is constantly being published and those juicy sweet ripe berries are being recognized and analyzed for their health giving properties.Fresh Berries are extremely high in antioxidants.

fresh-mixed-berry-vinaigrette-recipeThose delicious tasting fresh organic blackberries I included in my Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe are so much more than just powerful antioxidants. Blackberries are also extremely high in some of the highest forms of chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds: vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They also have high levels of the soluble fiber known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.  Continue reading

POTATO SALAD WITH ARUGULA, PEAS, & DILL

Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill is a fantastic potato salad perfect for any season; made with sliced Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Red Onions, Feta cheese, Sweet Peas, garden Fresh Dill weed,  dressed in a creamy deliciously thick Greek Yogurt sauce.

A few years back my friend and Author of Erica’s Recipes Blog made a wonderful potato salad that I used in a Blogger Roundup called, “20 Salads to remember this Summer” on my blog. I fell in love hardcore with her salad called Spring Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill to the point of instantly being inspired to make a revamped version of my own for you guys.

spring-potato-salad-with-arugula-peas-and-dill2What did I keep?…

Erica was brilliant combining  Red Potatoes, Peppery Arugula, Sweet Peas, and Fresh Dill weed herbs,  those, of course, would stay. Heck, those are the ingredients that drew my attention from the start after seeing her recipe. Continue reading

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

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I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.

In the mid-1950s, the New Orléans-based Italian restaurant Pascal’s Manale opened it’s doors in 1913 on Napoleon Ave,  New Orléans, LA  and invented the BBQ shrimp recipe. The story is told as one of the restaurant’s frequent customers,  a Mr. Vincent Sutro, had just returned to the New Orléans area from a trip to Chicago, and he began discussing a fabulous dish he had in Chicago with chef Jake Radosta.  He then asked the chef if he could reproduce a similar recipe for him that evening for his meal.

new-orleans-style-bbq-shrimp-2The Pascal’s Manale Restaurant’s Chef Jake  Radosta tried to no avail to recreate the original Chicago dish based on the customer’s description. What he served to Vincent Sutro ended up not coming out the same as the shrimp dish did in Chicago during his trip, however, he insisted that the shrimp recipe was even better. The Pascal’s Manale restaurant decided to put the dish on the menu, where it’s been ever since. Continue reading