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Blueberry Limeade Cupcakes

There is a (very popular) local bakery that has a buy one, get one free offer on cupcakes on Mondays.  A few friends of mine brought it to my attention a few months ago, so I had no choice but to head on over to the bakery one week to give their cupcakes a try. Of course, since my jeans are tight enough as it is, I took my hubby with me so I would not be tempted to eat two cupcakes.

I chose a chocolate bacon cupcake and he chose a strawberry lemonade cupcake (at the suggestion of the aforementioned friends). We each enjoyed a taste of each other’s cupcake and compared notes. You will never hear me critique food made for me by friends and family (geez, I’m thrilled when someone actually offers to cook or bake for me!)… But, pricey bakery cupcakes are fair game in my book. And, in the case of these particular cupcakes, I was quite underwhelmed. My hubby, who has done quite a bit of cupcake testing over the years, was also rather unimpressed by the cupcakes.

I liked the concept of the strawberry lemonade cupcake, a strawberry cupcake with lemonade flavored frosting, but it was sickeningly sweet. I was convinced that I could do better (which is something I claim a lot at bakeries, I confess… Whether or not it is really true remains to be seen). I made a mental note to give my own version a try in the near future.

Last weekend I finally had a chance to bake some cupcakes of my own (for the person who recommended the strawberry lemonade cupcake, strangely enough)… I didn’t really plan ahead, so I had to make a few flavor substitutions.  I was running low on strawberries, so I made blueberry cupcakes instead. And, since I had a stockpile of limes sitting on my kitchen counter, I opted to go with a lime flavored frosting instead of lemon. I happen to like lime better anyway. So, these blueberry limeade cupcakes were born.

Personally, I was thrilled with how they turned out… I tasted the frosting quite a few times, making sure it was the right balance of tart (if you’re going to make a limeade cupcake, it needs to be tart!) and sweet.  Then, I tried them out on quite a few people… My hubby, my dad, and the friends who enjoyed the cupcakes at a cookout were all happy with the recipe.

From now on, I’ll be skipping the bakery and making my own… Now I just have to tackle the bacon cupcakes! Continue Reading

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Don’t you love that moment when your spouse (or kids, friends, you get the idea) eats a dish containing a food that they supposedly “don’t like” and have a food epiphany? As soon as someone tells me that they don’t care for a particular food, I consider it my personal mission to create a dish using that food that will change his/her mind.

My husband used to think he didn’t like tomatillo salsa. He was wrong.

The thing about traditional (uncooked) tomatillo salsas is that it can be rather watery and lackluster when it comes to the flavor… If you like tomatillo salsa, that’s great. I actually like it. And, I often get my own little cup of it when we are chowing down on chips and salsa.  But, I do understand why my hubby never really cared for it. Continue Reading

Garlic Scape Taco Sauce

When it comes to cooking, I tend to keep things simple this time of year.  Once our CSA starts up in the late spring, I find myself doing much less grocery shopping.  Instead, we do our best to eat the fresh produce that we get from our CSA, supplemented with a few essentials that I try to pick up at the local farmers’ market.

While I enjoy eating all of the fresh produce and keeping things simple in the kitchen, it does hinder my recipe development process a bit. Most of the vegetables that are available locally are not really what I consider to be cooking vegetables… We get lettuce, spring onions, radishes, and other great salad ingredients.  But, one can only write so many blog posts about salads.

In the past, I have often made up for my lack of creative cooking with lots of dessert recipes. However, one of the unexpected side effects of my pregnancy has been the fact that I don’t have much of a taste for sweets anymore. I’m not really complaining… But, it has left me with fewer ideas for new recipes and blog posts.

I will be the first to tell you that today’s recipe isn’t groundbreaking… And, it wasn’t the result of some great inspiration on my part.  Instead, it was just a way to use a few of the ingredients I still had on hand from last week’s CSA share.  I was planning to make shredded pork tacos for dinner (with a lovely organic pork roast I picked up at the farmer’s market), and I remembered that I had two big bags of garlic scapes in the fridge.  Since I also had a big bag of fresh cilantro, I decided to make a green garlic scape taco sauce with the two ingredients. I needed something to tie the sauce together, so I went searching in the pantry. I came up with a can of mild green chiles, and I knew I was in business.

After throwing everything together in my mini food processor and adjusting the taste with a bit of lime juice and salt, I had a surprisingly good taco sauce on my hands. While it wasn’t as fancy as a tomatillo salsa, we didn’t mind at all.  (I will add, though, that tomatillos would be a great substitute for the canned chiles here if you happen to have some on hand.)  It had a nice bright and fresh flavor from the cilantro and the garlic scapes added a nice punch of garlic. It was fresh, simple, and fast… And, we certainly enjoyed it drizzled over our tacos for dinner!  Continue Reading

Cucumber Bean Salsa

I love the spring… But, I also find it can be a difficult time of year to cook.  You see, by this time of the year, the weather is turning warm, and I am starting to crave lots of fresh fruits and veggies. The problem is that none of those fruits and veggies that I so desperately want for dinner are in season quite yet.  It’s still a bit early!

At my house, we do our best to eat local organic produce… We belong to a CSA and I make frequent trips to the local farmers’ market, but neither of those are up and running until at least mid-May.  In the meantime, I do my best to continue to use the veggies that I have stockpiled in my freezer from last season. But, fresh and frozen are not the same thing. And, when I really crave fresh veggies, I figure that’s a craving that is worth giving in to.  So, I supplement with organic produce from the grocery store.

I don’t know about where you live, but my local grocery store doesn’t exactly have the widest selection of organic fruits and veggies… And, the ones that they do have tend to sit on the shelves a while, so they’re not always real fresh. So, when I do end up buying produce at the store, I have to go with what’s readily available.  And, that can change from week to week.

That was the inspiration for this simple cucumber bean salsa.  I knew I needed a fresh side dish to go with our dinner one night earlier this week. I had some tortilla chips at home, so I figured I could make a quick and easy salsa with whatever looked good at the grocery store.  This week, I found nice English cucumbers, and some red bell peppers.  I decided to pair them with some black eyed peas I already had in my pantry. I already had a big bag of limes, so I knew I could make a quick citrusy vinaigrette to tie it all together.

My hubby and I enjoyed eating this salsa with some nice salty tortilla chips… But, you could actually serve it as a side salad, as well.  Either way, it’s fast and fresh… And, you can probably find the ingredients at your local grocery store! Continue Reading

Layered Chipotle Hummus and Guacamole Dip

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband loves telling people that his wife plays fantasy football, but he doesn’t. Secretly, I think he enjoys it.

While I certainly enjoy watching the game (especially if the Ravens are playing!), I think my favorite part of watching football is the snacks.  Even if you’re not a big football fan, I think you can probably relate.

When it comes to snacking, guacamole is at the top of my list.  I could eat it every day. I wish I were joking. Last year, I shared my go-to recipe for guacamole with you… And, it’s still my favorite. I make it a bit more often than I’d like to admit!

This year, though, I’m mixing it up a bit with a new recipe for guacamole dip.  It features my favorite guacamole layered with a chipotle hummus and fresh tomatoes. It’s some serious game day party food. And, it’s a pretty healthy snack, too! Continue Reading