Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

Three Days in Mexico with Altos Tequila

From Jalisco to Mexico City, find out all about my amazing trip with Altos Tequila. Distillery tour, historic markets, ATV tour of the agave fields, an incredible hands-on cooking lesson and, of course, tequila tasting.

This post is being sponsored by The Daily Meal and Altos Tequila featuring a distillery tour, copious tequila tastings and an opportunity of a lifetime. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

When I received the word that I was to partake in a whirlwind adventure involving foreign travel, distillery tours, cooking classes in Mexico and tequila tastings I pretty much-starting packing immediately – even before I informed Mr. Fantabulous. Looking at the itinerary, it was a jam-packed three-day jaunt starting from Jalisco and ending in Mexico City. What stuck out for me were 3 things: Olmeca Altos distillery tour and tasting, Mexican cooking experience, and cocktail class, and “pack an outfit that you don’t mind getting dirty or leaving behind”. That last part I was so stoked about. Anytime I can get my hands dirty and get in the thick of things, I’m game!

Day One – Arrival at Olmeca Distillery

Hitting the airport at dark o’thirty in the morning, I welcomed the 5 hour flight for some snooze time. Arriving at the airport I met some fellow writers and hit the ground running. Instead of heading to our hacienda we kicked off this trip with a tour of the Destilería Colonial de Jalisco in Los Altos with Maestro Tequilero Jesús Hernandez. Pulling up to this beautiful place we were immediately met with libations and snacks. As I stood there and gazed upon the beautiful stone building, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the beauty of this place. From the fields of Blue Agave plants to the red soil, it truly was captivating.

Altos Tequila For a smooth, sophisticated tequila, go with Altos Tequila!

Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream Pie

An Oreo® Cookie Butter cookie crust with a layer of chocolate ganache and the most decadent, dreamy, creamy cookie butter cream filling you could ever imagine! It’s truly bliss in every single bite!

Now before we delve into this I know what you’re thinking “can I use peanut butter instead?” and the answer is “Yes!” It’s pretty much an even swap plus a bit more sugar but trust me when I say this, don’t!  Don’t go the ‘instead’ route or crinkle up your nose because you’ve never had let alone heard of cookie butter. I love peanut butter but cookie butter, oh how I LOVE YOU! It’s seriously the next best thing since peanut butter, bacon (well okay.. NOTHING is better than bacon), chocolate, Vin Diesel, sprinkles, teacup piggies and air! It’s basically ground Speculass (Speculoos) cookies mixed with spices and some coconut oil that is seriously AWESOME in a jar!  It has the same creamy texture as peanut butter but no nuts whatsoever.

So step away from the creamy peanut butter and trust me on this one. This pie is the ULTIMATE!

Ultimate Cookie Butter Cream Pie

Okay so let me fill you in on the back story of how this came to be as it wasn’t even a thought in my head to make. I had gone to Walmart for my weekly shopping excursion and half way through the store I got hungry. Like we’re not talking a little hungry but A LOT hungry!  Like to the point I was scrounging through my purse to find something, anything to tide me over. FYI – cough drops do NOT help when you’re starving but my throat never felt better. LOL Anyway, as I was pushing my buggy (yes I’m from Pittsburgh and we call our shopping carts ‘buggies’) when on the end cap of the aisle was this glorious display of Oreo cookies. And there it was, as if the heavens were shining down on that single package. “Oreo Cookie Butter Cookies”. Wait, what??? What is this?
This pie is going to be your go-to let me impress someone pie!

Three Meat Stuffed Italian Banana Peppers

Fall is here in the ‘Burgh which means we have an abundance of banana peppers! Today I’m taking the classic stuffed banana pepper and putting an Italian spin on the meat filling and using my Spicy Banana Pepper sauce as well! Perfect for dinner now and dinner later (freezer-friendly!)

Oh Fall how I love you. The cooler weather, hoodies, farmer’s markets with Fall fruits and vegetables and comfort food. For me I’m all about “stocking up” for the winter food-wise. I’ll make huge batches of soups  or chili for both dinner and the freezer. Pans of lasagna or stuffed shells make great freezer meals and then stuffed “stuff”. Growing up this time of year, early October was our “busy” season in the house. Mom was a canning madwoman between apple sauce, apple chutney, 87 million stuffed cabbages and pretty much everything else she could stuff. She’d regular stuffed green peppers (which I HATED – still do actually) for the family and my one brother she’d make stuffed banana peppers.

First, I cannot stand green peppers. They taste complete different from red/orange/yellow peppers.. they are more bitter. And of course Mom never grew the ‘fancy’ peppers. LOL And for the banana peppers my brother would get those from a neighbor and only he would eat them. I never had them as I was a wuss and thought they were hot. Yeah I know, idiot. LOL

Italian Meat Stuffed Banana Peppers

It wasn’t until years later did I try one at a restaurant and was like “Whoa!  These are awesome!”. Now it did take me a few tries to get the heat level right as I will tell you this, the first time I made them they were so hot that I actually had a blister form in the roof of my mouth!

That is not these. *smile*
These have just a hint of heat with amazing Italian flavors!

Tony’s Pizza with Touchdown Nachos

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WinWithTonysPizza #CollectiveBias

Be the MVP of Friday Night high school football with these Loaded Touchdown Nachos and a few Tony’s Pizzas!  Cheer on your hometown team to victory and serve them up some deliciousness to celebrate their win!

From the time I was 3 I can remember spending every Friday night either at my high school football stadium or at the away game. Having 4 older brothers that all were deeply-seeded in football we lived and breathed high school football. I can remember being an honorary member of the team wearing the smallest jersey they had (which was the length of a nightgown on me) and a scuffed up helmet that wobbled on my head. I would stand on the bleachers sipping my hot cocoa, cheering on my South Park Eagles as loud as I could and doing all of the cheer moves the cheerleaders were doing. I LOVE High School football! It’s what I was raised on. When I got old enough I joined the band for two reasons – because I loved to play the sax and because I got to be at the games.

Touchdown Nachos
The cold bleachers, the snowy nights where you’d shiver and wrap yourself in a warm blanket, numerous cups of cocoa and the lights of the field. God I love that. Today I’m teaming up with Tony’s Pizza, the makers of Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Pepperoni Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Supreme Pizza, and Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza today to showcase one of my favorite dishes to serve with their awesome pizzas. Tony’s Pizza is all about hometown pride. “We got spirit, yes we do! We got spirit, how about you?” Well Tony’s Pizza has spirit and they want to hear about yours!.  Enter their sweepstakes today for a chance to win $3000 in cash prizes for a qualifying high school team as well as Walmart gift cards!

#WinWithTonysPizza #Sweepstakes – Walmart (9/19 to 10/17) Go team, GO! Go get Tony’s Pizzas!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DunkinCreamers #CollectiveBias

Fall is here which means it’s the perfect weather for a great cup of coffee, these super moist Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins (with secret ingredient!) and Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers!

Oh people have I got one amazing recipe for you today!  I’ve teamed up with the amazing folks from Dunkin’ Donuts® to showcase not only the delicious their coffee creamers but also the versatility of them! Now we all know Dunkin’ Donuts® for their amazing donuts but did you know they also make coffee creamers?!  They have some amazing flavors including, Dunkin’ Donuts® Extra Extra Creamer, Dunkin’ Donuts® Caramel Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts® Vanilla Creamer for starters. What I love about these is they marry beautifully in baked goods.

Yes, in baked goods!  These creamers are the true star of my muffins!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins

With Fall here, it’s time to break out the “warm” spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pretty much pumpkin everything. A cup of coffee without a muffin just seems…wrong. Luckily with this recipe, you’ll never be wrong again. Now, normally when you make muffins you put either milk or buttermilk in the batter to add moistness, however, today we’re not using either of those. Nope, today we’re going with something unexpected!

Reach for your Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamers when you’re baking!

Subscribe today for Deliciousness!

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Shop With Me!

Tracking Pixel


Instagram
Load More
Something is wrong. Response takes too long or there is JS error. Press Ctrl+Shift+J or Cmd+Shift+J on a Mac.
Recipes You Love
Galleries