Curing bacon at home has been a pretty popular topic for food blogs over the past couple years. Unfortunately, every time I thought about making bacon myself the inevitable “It’s too hard” tape would start playing in the back of my mind. Curing bacon is something that butchers, chefs, and guys who want to be butchers or chefs but actually work at a computer desk all day do. No way am I good enough or brave enough to try such a culinary feat. (But I did! Video below!)
I’m a sucker for pumpkin cheesecake, it’s one of the few desserts that I have true difficulty resisting. I don’t have a big sweet tooth but I’m quite the cheese addict and I love pumpkin recipes, put the two together and common sense goes out the window. I set out to make a pumpkin cream cheese dip that could satisfy that craving but be a little lighter on my waistline.
One of my absolute favorite things to make for a fast healthy breakfast is a smoothie. I love the flavor, color, and health value of green smoothies in particular because a lot of people don’t get enough leafy greens in their diet. This lactose free smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamin rich spinach and kale, antioxidant filled blueberries, a potassium packed banana and a generous cup of Lactaid milk!
I’m always on the lookout for easy asparagus recipes. Asparagus is one of those vegetables Eric and I can’t get enough of, so I buy it in huge quantities, then find myself frantically working it into every meal to use it before it goes bad. Often that means a lot of roast asparagus and using it in pasta, risotto or curry. Then I got an incredibly useful cookbook in the mail called The Vegetarian Option, and found this inspired recipe for an asparagus frittata.
I used to work at Starbucks, and the funny thing was that I didn’t even really like coffee that much when I got the job there. But I needed a job and it was only a 5 minute drive from my house. Everyone seemed friendly there so I thought it would be a great place to work. My introduction to the world of coffee started like a child entering a frigid wading pool one inch at a time.
Another strawberry dessert! I was needing to use up my strawberries and thinking about what I’d make with them when I walked into our local grocery store and saw angel food cake bars for $1. I looked at the list of ingredients and was surprised to see that it looked like something I could actually make myself (not a bunch of chemical sounding ingredients). So for only $1 I couldn’t resist.
I guess this could be considered a milkshake recipe, or even a smoothie recipe, but calling it a frappe just sounds so sophisticated. Peach and banana are a perfect combination, and this is a great use for bananas that are turning brown. Just peel them, cut into a few chunks, and freeze in a ziploc bag until you’re ready to make this. You can also make it without freezing the banana.
I’ve had kind of an abundance of brown bananas lately, I buy a bunch eat a couple, then forget about them. When it comes to brown banana recipes , muffins are an easy way to go. I prefer mini muffins because a whole muffin is often more than I want to eat. I decided a couple days ago to try making my own banana muffin recipe.