burgermonth 2017

Avocado Overload Chicken Nacho Burger

This “Avocado Overload Chicken Nacho Burger” post is part of the #burgermonth celebration happening all month long at GirlCarnivore and across the interwebs with 100 other talented foodies!! Be sure to follow #burgermonth to check them all out! While this epic burger creation is my own for #burgermonth 2017, I would love to thank American Lamb Board, Anolon, Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, Char-Broil, Curly’s BBQ, Cuttingboard.com, Melissa’s Produce, Primal Stone, Spiceologist, Thermoworks, and Veal Made Easy for the kick butt grill prize packages! Enter to win here. I like to consider myself somewhat of a foodie. I love to try new foods and visit new restaurants… fancy places, diners, dives, I don’t discriminate (well, I kind of discriminate against chain restaurants, but that’s another story). While Indian and Mexican …

Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style

Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style

Disclosure: “Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style”  is sponsored in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) but all opinions are my own.  I love sushi (so do three of my five daughters). To clarify, when I say sushi, for everyone except my adventurous 16 yo, I mean the “safe” rolls, specifically anything that doesn’t have raw fish in it. The closest to raw I will get is seared tuna. The thing is, sushi isn’t cheap (and if it is, be afraid, be very afraid). Last week I took my girls to a local restaurant that serves half-price sushi at lunch, our bill for 5 people was STILL $70 (not including tip) shh… don’t tell my husband. Since I had such good luck making California Rolls and Vegetable Rolls a while back, I …

Lazy Baker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread

Lazy Baker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread

I love biscuits. What’s not to love about a biscuit? All that flaky-tender goodness in a little round package! But I’m a lazy baker. I really don’t like to turn out dough or cut out biscuits, and I HATE to clean up the counters after making any kind of rolled out dough. It’s such a mess! One day when I was craving some biscuits I decided to try a “lazy baker” method and just put the finished dough in a baking pan. I was really happy with how they turned out. The first time I made Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread they came out a bit salty. So I played around with the recipe until I found the perfect combination of dough, cheddar, and bacon to create a moist “biscuit” bread. It has …

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

I’m a sucker for lemons. It’s such a versatile fruit. They add a fresh burst of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes, and have a way of making other ingredients in a dish sing. These 25 lemon desserts range from the classic Lemon Bar to old favorites made with a twist! After checking out all of these yummy lemon dessert creations you’re gonna want to pick up an industrial-sized bag of lemons the next time you’re at the store! 25 Luscious Lemon Desserts Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle – Life of a Ginger Lemon Thyme Tea Cakes – Pastry Chef Online Lickety Split Lemon Torte – Peanut Blossom Strawberry Lemon Cake with Basil Buttercream Frosting – The Shady Lane Lemon Heavenly Oreo Dessert – Mandy’s Recipe Box Lemon Pudding With Cream Cheese Frosting – Whole and …

Quick & Delicious Hot Sandwiches Even Your Kids Can Make

Quick and Delicious Hot Sandwiches Even Your Kids Can Make

“Mom! What’s for dinner?” “I’m working. Make a sandwich.” “Not sandwiches again!!” “It’s that or go hungry.” “UGH!!!!” The past two months I have been working as much as I possibly can because my husband lost his job and bills don’t stop just because your income does. On top of all the extra work, my 16 year old is in duel enrollment (taking both high school and college courses) so I have to drive her to the college every Tuesday and Thursday night. Because I’m not available as much as usual, my girls have had to become a lot more self-sufficient. The bulk of our groceries this month have been cold cuts and bread. The girls have been eating so many cold sandwiches in fact, that when I brought home $5 Fav pizzas from Papa …

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Boozy Shamrock Shake – Adults Only St. Patrick’s Day Treat

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? It’s a lot of fun! The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake comes out of retirement, it’s a great excuse to have a cocktail or two, there are awesome parades in very Irish cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, (wait Philadelphia? Yes! Philadelphia had it’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1771!) and it doesn’t hurt that I look amazing in green. 😉 I’m lucky enough to be married to a true Irishman. We met 24 years ago, fittingly, in a dive Irish pub in Port Chester, New York. I was joking with the bartender about being Irish–trying to get a free drink–and he pointed to Colm and said “He’s from Ireland, maybe he’ll buy you one”. I started …

Chocolate Irish Crème brûlée

If you have followed me for a while you probably know that my husband will spend the next eight months in Arizona for a job. The girls and I are staying behind in North Carolina. My husband and I decided we just can’t uproot the girls again, especially for a temporary job. Our hope is that once the season is over he will find a job back in our area. So over the past two weeks we have been doing a lot of special things with my husband, like taking him to his favorite Indian restaurant, out to the movies, treating him to surprise lunch with our girls at a great little Mexican place we discovered, and making him many of his favorite foods. Well, crème brûlée happens to be one of my …

Carolina Sweet Tart

Carolina Sweet Tart

After we got engaged Colm and I talked a lot about where to get married. We had no family in Connecticut (we didn’t move to North Carolina until much later) and I really didn’t want to go back to Iowa to get married when most of our friends were out East. Colm joked that we should get married in Belfast (Northern Ireland, where he is from). And I said “Yes, we should! That would be amazing!” We arranged a trip to Ireland that February to make plans. Colm told me he knew the perfect place to have our wedding, Belfast Castle. We would be in Belfast on Valentine’s Day so Colm surprised me with reservations at their wonderfully extravagant prix fixe dinner. A friend of Colm’s worked at the castle and arranged for us to have …

Purple Passion Potion #5

Purple Passion Potion #5

Many moons ago, when I was in college, there was this “totally awesome” drink made out of Everclear called Purple Passion. It came in a 4 pack or a 2 liter bottle, tasted a little like grape soda on steroids and was very popular with college girls (of legal drinking age, of course) because it didn’t have a super strong taste of alcohol. The bonus was you only needed a couple drinks to feel buzzed. It made a resurgence in the mid-90’s and again in 2014, but they changed the recipe and it was never as good as the original. I was feeling very nostalgic for Purple Passion the other day looking through some old photos, so I decided to set out and recreate the recipe. I didn’t have any Everclear …

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Looking for a beautiful & delicious dessert to serve your Valentine? My Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle is the perfect dessert to woo her heart (and her sweet-tooth)! This scrumptious trifle is created with home-made lemon pound cake, raspberry jam, fresh strawberries and blueberries, layered with a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. It’s a can’t miss dessert for your cheesecake lover.