Monday, October 24, 2016

Maryland Style Crab Cakes



     Crab cakes are one of those things that everyone seems to have the "best" recipe. Some like them spicy, others filled with extra bread crumbs, etc., and some like them just plain with a lot of crab. Well I have had a whole variety of them and have come to the conclusion that Maryland style is certainly one of the best. A little restaurant used to be in my town that made some of the best I have ever had. The owner one evening gave me a little advise to make the perfect Maryland Style Crab Cake. Here is the result.

  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs mayo
  • 1 tbs honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • Butter for saute
Sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbs mayo
  • 2 tbs honey mustard
  • 1 tsp dill
1. In a large bowl combine crab meat, old bay, onion powder, mayo, mustard, bread crumbs, egg, and parsley. Mix well with hands and form into about 3 inch wide patties.
2. In a large saute pan melt butter and brown crab patties on each side until golden and crisp. Roughly about 3 minutes each side.
3. Mix mayo, mustard, and dill and drizzle over top upon serving.
You will definitely fall in love with these flavor packed crab cakes. Trust me, once you make them for the first time you will continue to make them this quick and easy way.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6-10
Serves: 2-3

Monday, October 10, 2016

Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie



     Who doesn't like a good spread of brie? What could be more perfect than a creamy cheese with crackers and a splash of fruit prior to a big dinner. This dish makes for the perfect appetizer for any dinner party. Enough for everyone to snack on prior to sitting down for the main course. With just four simple ingredients this brie will surely become your next table topper for any gathering. Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie.


  • Brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 tbs strawberry jam
  • 3 strawberries
  • Crackers
1. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry.

2. Take the brie and lay it out.  Spread the jam over the top.

3. Slice the strawberries up and arrange around the top over the jam.

4. Take the pastry and lay on top and fold underneath.

5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

6. Serve with crackers.

Such a simple and yet elegant appetizer dish that will surely be the hit of everyone who enjoys a good piece of cheese.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4+


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Balsamic Strawberry Dessert




     Looking for a quick and easy snack or dessert idea? Well here is one that is sure to please everyone. Who would have thought that Balsamic Vinegar could be used in a dessert recipe? The tartness of it, the strong aroma, the almost burning sensation of it going down, well it really does work. In some countries it is used quite a bit in dessert recipes. It is surprisingly very good combined with all the flavors. In my opinion it has an almost caramel flavor to it in this delicious fresh combination. Balsamic Strawberry Dessert.



  • 1 cup halved strawberries
  • 1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice cream
1. Cut the strawberries into halves or quarters depending on the size.

2. In a bowl combine them with the balsamic vinegar and sugar and mix. Let sit for roughly 30-45 minutes.

3. Spoon over the ice cream and enjoy!
     This truly is a great combination of flavors. Trust me, it is amazing. The perfect combination of sweetness, a bit of saltiness, and fresh with flavors.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Serves: 2

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grilled Shrimp Summer Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

     Looking for that perfect summer fresh salad? Wanting something that seems healthy but at the same time is fulfilling with tons of flavor? Then look no further than this delicious, fresh, bursting with flavor, Grilled Shrimp Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette.


  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Goat cheese
  • Citrus vinaigrette
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel the orange and slice it up along with the nectarine.

2. Take the red bell pepper and roast it until black. Peel off the outer skin and dice up.

3. Cut the romaine head in half long ways. Spray with some cooking spray and grill until black marks appear.

4. Salt and pepper the shrimp. Brush with some olive oil and grill on both sides until pink and finished.

5. Chop up with lettuce and construct your salad. Some shrimp, some peppers, some nectarines, oranges, and then sprinkle some goat cheese.

6. Top with a citrus vinaigrette or your favorite dressing. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fruity Pebbles Milkshake




     Yep, you read that right. Fruity Pebbles Milkshake. I was at my cousins one evening and her son was talking about this restaurant in another town that served breakfast cereal milkshakes. Well hell it sounded so good I had to run to the store and get the main ingredients to make this delicious fruity treat. Fruity Pebbles Milkshake.



  • 3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 cup fruity pebbles cereal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Pour the cereal into a food processor and blend until a fruity powder is all that is left.

2. Take ice cream, milk, and extract, along with powder and place in blender. Pulse until the perfect shake consistency has occurred.

3. Pour into glass and serve.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Serves: 1

The perfect, wacky, evening snack when you are craving something sweet and delicious. Definitely gives this a try. Quick, simple, and easy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Peach Drumpcake




     Here's a funny story, was at the river with my friend and had brought a bag of fresh Doughnut Peaches I bought at my local grocery store. They look like little doughnuts, (given the name), and are full of delicious flavor. Sweet, soft, and perfect. We were talking about how to incorporate them into a fantastic dessert. So, we came up with this great combination of a dump cake with a crumble topping and gave it the name; drumpcake. Quick, easy, and so so good. Peach Drumpcake



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 fresh doughnut peaches
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk

1. Make the cake mix according to the box; Combine mix, eggs, water, and oil and mix together until smooth.

2. Cut up the peaches into bite size pieces and mix into the cake mix. Cook according to box.

3. Meanwhile in a little sauce pan over medium high heat melt the butter. Mix in the brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon. Combine until a chunky sauce has formed.

4. Just as the cake is finished, let it cool for a bit then spread the oat mixture over top.

5. Combine some powdered sugar and milk to make an icing and pour over the cake. Serve.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
Serves: 8+

Sunday, August 28, 2016



      Affogato is an Italian drink or dessert that is great for after dinner in place of a piece of cake or pie. I know in my family's house coffee itself is usually offered to guests following dinner along with the dessert for the evening. However, why not combine those two into a simple, yet delicious drink; Affogato. The name simply means "drowned" in Italian. Affogato.
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato
  • 1 shot hot espresso
  • Sprinkle sugar or chopped chocolate covered coffee beans
1. Brew espresso
2. Scoop ice cream into cup
3. Pour shot of espresso
4. Sprinkle chopped coffee beans.
5. Drink and enjoy
     Simple, delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to any great dinner. A great idea to add that little something different to this could be the addition of amaretto and make it just for adults. ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Creamy Chicken BLT Pasta



     Saw a recipe pop up on my facebook newsfeed and thought, I can make this.... Chicken, bacon, pasta, cream sauce, tomatoes, spinach, what better quick and easy meal. I decided to turn this dish into my own. So here goes. Chicken BLT Pasta.


  • Ziti pasta
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Large handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Fresh Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt/pepper

1. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towel.

2. In same skillet brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Remove and set aside to cool before dicing up.

3. Toss in the garlic and saute until fragrant. Toss in tomatoes and spinach and saute until spinach has wilted and tomatoes begin to burst a bit.

4. Pour in the white wine and simmer until reduced by half. Pour in the cream and stir to incorporate.

5. Chop up the bacon and chicken and bring to a slow boil. Grade in the cheeses and mix. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

6. Cook pasta according to box. Mix into the sauce and serve.



This pasta was delicious. Full of flavor and perfect just like a good BLT sandwich. Enjoy!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Plum Crostata


    There is something about fresh fruit that just makes you want to bake something sweet. I found these delicious black plums at my local grocery store. I thought; why not make a great pie sort of dessert. This crostata was full of flavor and just had just the right amount of sweetness. I did find, however, that I needed to add just a bit more sugar. Once the plums were cooked, they became a bit bitter. So I would recommend adding just a little over a cup of brown sugar to cut the bitterness. Plum Crostata.



  • 4 black plums
  • Zest from 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 pie crust
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • Sugar

1. Slice the plums into equal slivers. Place into a bowl.

2. Zest half a large orange into the bowl.

3. Toss with the brown sugar, lemon juice, and pinch of salt. Let sit about 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile roll out the pie crust. (I just bought a frozen store one).

5. Fan out the slices of plums as picture below.  Fold up the edges of the pie crust as picture.

6. Whip the egg with some water and brush over the outer edge of the pie crust and sprinkle with some sugar.

7. Bake in oven on a tinfoil covered sheet at 350 degrees for roughly 20-25 minutes or until pie crust has browned.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25
Serves: 4






Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summertime Napoleon

Summertime Napoleon



This is the perfect Summertime meal. Perfect for even vegetarians, (minus the meat). I made a fresh batch of homemade pesto sauce for sale and had some leftover. I was craving something other than pasta so came up with this great idea to grill some of the local produce I had come across and make a stack sort of veggie dish perfect for those hot summer evenings. I had just ran out to the store and picked up some great sliced prosciutto to add that little something extra to this dish. It was great. Quick, simple, and full of flavor. I felt healthier just eating it. Summertime Napoleon.




  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 large zucchini
  • I large tomato
  • Sliced Prosciutto
  • Sliced fresh mozzarella
  • Pesto
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper


1. Slice the eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Drizzle and rub some olive oil over the sliced eggplant and zucchini.


2. Over a hot grill pan, or grill itself, grill the eggplant and zucchini in batches until grill marks appear on each side and the meat is tender.

3. Now for the easy part. Layer a slice of eggplant, then prosciutto, mozzarella, zucchini, then tomato. Continue until you have a nicely layered stack or fanned out veggie plate. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle some pesto and viola!

This dish with very little meat in it will easily become one of your favorite meals of the summer. So full of flavor and just that perfect fill up when you don't feel like really cooking.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3+