• Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
    Appetizers,  Recipes

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers are a wonderful appetizer you can also serve them as an entree. Everyone will love being outside to grill! This is a good balance of sweet and spicy. And really grilled pineapple is so amazing anytime of year if you find its too tart you can always soak in in salt water for about 10 minutes. Pineapple is usually available year round ay the store.

    Pineapples were spread around South America by the natives of Brazil and Paraguay and it eventually reached the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, where it was cultivated by the Mayas and the Aztecs. Columbus came across pineapple on the Island of Guadeloupe in the late 1400’s and its also said that Marco Polo reported many Chinese markets had Shrimp in abundance as early as 1280. However in Louisiana it wasn’t harvested until  the 17th century by hand!  The first mecanical shrimping was not available until 1917.

    Now you have had a bit of a history lesson for the day I hope you enjoy your Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers!

     

     

     

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer
    Ingredients

     

     

     

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer
    Marinated Shrimp, pineapple, red peppers and red onion.

     

     

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer
    Ready to go on the grill!
    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer
    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer, on a hot pre heated grill.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

     

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
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    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewer

    Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 90
    • Cook Time: 10
    • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
    • Yield: 6 1x
    • Category: appetizers
    • Method: Grilling
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    1 pineapple

    1 red onion

    1 red pepper

    18 large shrimp (I used 16/20 size)

    1 cup oil

    1 jalapeño

    1 tablespoon salt

    1/2 cup honey

    1 tablespoon lime zest

    1 lime

    1/2 cup cilantro

    Instructions

    Cup pineapple I leave the skin on for presentation purposes but you don’t have to. Cut the peppers and red onion is squares set aside.  You will need 2 bowls  non-reactive because you marinade the shrimp and the other half will be for brushing once on the grill. Next you will peel and deviate the shrimp and make the marinade and divide it in half. Whisk together the 1 cup oil, 1 jalapeño, 1 tablespoon salt ,1/2 cup honey, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 lime juiced ,1/2 cup cilantro. You will only want to marinade the shrimp for about an hour you don’t want the lime juice to cook the shrimp. Next you will make the skewers I did two kinds shrimp and pineapple only and some with veggies. Make sure that your grill is really hot they take about 10 minutes to cook.

    Keywords: appetizers, shrimp, skewers, spicy, pineapple, grilling, entree

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  • Lavender White Chocolate Cookies
    Bakery,  Recipes

    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies

    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies hmm.. not something that you hear about everyday but sounds truly delightful. Enjoy with tea, coffee, a hand shaken lavender tea martnini? Sounds good to me! You could also make a lemon ice-cream and make ice-cream sandwiches or add lemon buttercream and make sandwich cookies also sounds amazing doesn’t it? Yes o yes so with out any further delay here we go enjoy!

    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies
    Flour, baking soda, baking powder and lavender
    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies
    scooped cookie dough
    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies
    flatten scooped cookie dough (optional)
    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies
    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies

     

     

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    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies

    Lavender White Chocolate Cookies

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 12 minutes
    • Total Time: 22 minutes
    • Yield: 3 dozen 1x
    • Category: Baking
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups butter

    1 1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 1/8 cup white sugar 

    3 eggs 

    1 tablespoon vanilla 

    3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    3/4 teaspoon baking soda

    3/4 teaspoon baking powder 

    1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons fresh or dried lavender

    Instructions

    Pre Heat oven to 350. Cream very well the sugars and butter, add eggs one at a time mix thoroughly. In a seperate bowl measure dry ingredients including lavender add gradually. Next add the vanilla and chocolate chips. Scoop on a sheet pan and flatten. Bake 12-14 minutes cookies can be baked to be soft or crispy.

    Keywords: Lavender White Chocolate Cookies

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  • Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad
    Recipes,  Salads

    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad

    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad has a coconut lime dressing that is truly amazing! And it is not too sweet at all it had great balance of flavors and textures. We used purchased plaintains today, but they are also very easy to make of you rather if you do make your own make some lime salt to sprinkle on them! You can make this a great lunch or dinner salad.

    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad
    our ingredients.

     

    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad
    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad
    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad
    You can chop up all the ingredients together if you don’t want to plate it.

     

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    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad

    Lime Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad, healthy, chicken, salads, recipes, grilled, raspberries, lime, coconut, plantains, lunch ,salad ,dinner, salad ,entree, salad, main dishes

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Total Time: 10
    • Yield: 4 1x
    • Category: salad
    • Method: cold
    • Cuisine: Tropical
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    Ingredients

    Marinade

    2 cups fresh lime juice

    1/2 cup honey

    1 cup oil

    Coconut Lime Dressing

    1 tablespoon lime zest

    1/4 Coconut milk

    2 tablespoon honey

    1 cup oil

    3/4 cup lime juice

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    Salad

    4 chicken breast

    1/2 cup feta

    2 cup fresh raspberry

    1 cup Plantains

    1cup candied pecans (optional)

    Salad mix (we use spring mix)

    Instructions

    In a non reactive bowl whisk together marinade ingredients. Add chicken marinade 30 min-4 hours you can also put it in a zip lock if you prefer. Grill chicken until cooked completely 20-25 minutes cool. Next make dressing by adding all of the ingrdients to a blender, turn on high for a full 1 minute.

    Toss salad with dressing, split unto 4 plates add the feta,plaintains, pecans, raspberries, and chicken

    Keywords: salad, healthy, chicken, salads, recipes, grilled, raspberries, lime, coconut, plantains, lunch ,salad ,dinner, salad ,entree, salad, main dishes

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  • Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita
    Cocktails,  Recipes

    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita

    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita, not just any cocktail! you can use it for a signature cocktail, or a day drinking cocktail. Everyone loves a good margarita. Blackberrys  are a great summertime fruit. And the smokiness of the smoked salt really pairs well with this drink.

    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita
    We make our own margarita mix its super fast!
    if you don’t want to you can use the simple brand lemonade and limeaid to make it quicker or of course you can also buy mix but this is really so much better!
    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita
    Here is our ingredients! I love blackberry liquor!
    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita
    Blended and shaken
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    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita

    Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita, cocktails, signature cocktail, #daydrinking #margarita #blackberry #barfun #summertime #cocktails #recipe #frozen #bar #shaken #easy #blended #smokedsalt

    • Author: contessa
    • Cook Time: 5
    • Total Time: 5
    • Yield: 4 1x
    • Category: Cocktails
    • Method: shaken
    • Cuisine: bar
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    Ingredients

    Quick margarita mix

    1 cup lemon juice

    1 cup lime juice

    1 cup sugar

    1 cup water

    Margarita

    1 /2 oz blackberry liquor

    1/2 oz triple sec

    2 oz tequilla

    1/4 cup blackberries

    46 oz margarita mix

    smoked salt

    1/4 tsp sugar

    Instructions

    Make margarita mix

    boil sugar and water add lemon and lime juice allow to cool completely.

    Mesure ingredients in a shaker with ice or in a blender.

    Mix smoked salt and 1/4 tsp sugar on a plate

    rim glass with lime juice then smoked salt .

    Blend or shake!

    Keywords: Blackberry Smoked Salt Margarita, cocktails, signature cocktail, #daydrinking #margarita #blackberry #barfun #summertime #cocktails #recipe #frozen #bar #shaken #easy #blended #smokedsalt

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  • Breakfast Tostada
    Breakfast,  Recipes

    Breakfast Tostadas

    There is nothing better than  really good Breakfast Tostadas. This is an great recipe thats quick and easy to put together of course you can always add and subtract the things you love and don’t like as much! Breakfast is one of those things that people just get in the routine of making the same thing over and over this is a good way to change it up. I really hope you enjoy your breakfast!

    Breakfast Tostadas
    Mash the beans together with a spoon and 1 tablespoon of the liquid.
    Breakfast Tostadas
    Sauté sweet potatoes until cooked.
    Breakfast Tostadas
    Saute the other cup of beans and the sweet potaotes together.
    Breakfast Tostadas
    Finished Breakfast Tostadas.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Breakfast Tostadas

    Breakfast Tostadas

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 10
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 4 1x
    • Category: breakfast
    • Method: saute
    • Cuisine: American, Mexican
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    Ingredients

    4 Tostada shells fried or purchased

    2 cups prepared beans

    1 large sweet potatoe

    1 avocado

    1/2 cup queso fresco

    4 eggs

    1/4 cup chopped cilantro

    1/2 teaspoon garlic

    1/2 teaspoon cumin

    1/2 teaspoon fresh jalapeño

    Instructions

    Seperate beans in half mash half and the other half will be sautéed with the sweet potatoes. Next we will cook sweet potatoes until fully cooked. Sauté black beans, sweet potatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin and jalapeño together until fragrant. Next on each tostada spread refried beans then top that with the black bean sweet potato mixture, followed by the avacado and queso, add egg to top!

    Notes

    if you are going to make your own tostada shells do that first. Take corn tortillas and fry 10 -15 seconds in really hot oil.

    Keywords: Breakfast Tostadas, American, Mexican, Gluten Free

     

  • Peach Chipotle Grilled Pork
    Entrees,  Recipes

    Peach Chipotle Grilled Pork

    Peach Chipotle Grilled Pork is a favorite both at events and at home. Its very easy to make and is just a few ingredients. If you would like to use dried chipotle then you can boil a cup of water drop in the chilies until they are soft you can either use them whole or put them in a blender. Chipotle has a very smokey flavor we also use smoked salt. You can find smoked salt at your local grocery store usually in the gourmet section, cheese section or near the meat department or online. Peaches are a great fruit for grilling we sliced these but you can also just cut them in half and grill them that way as well. Peach Chipotle Grilled Pork is something easy to make on any night of the week! Happy Grilling!

     

    Peach chipotle grilled pork
    you can use fresh or dried chipotle.
    Peach chipotle grilled pork
    smother peaches and chilies together
    Peach chipotle grilled pork
    you can see it forms a sauce the peaches and chilies
    Peach chipotle grilled pork
    Peach chipotle grilled pork

     

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    Peach Chipotle Grilled Pork

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 25
    • Total Time: 35 minutes
    • Yield: 4 1x
    • Category: entree
    • Method: grill
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    4 pork chops

    2 peaches

    1/2 cup chipotle dried or canned

    1 tablespoon honey

    Smoked salt

    Pepper

    Instructions

    Salt and pepper your pork chops, Heat grill, slightly oil grill, cut peaches. First start to grill your pork chops. when they are about 5 minutes away from being done grill peaches, drizzel peaches with honey lay them on top of each pork chop put a small amount of chilies on each one smother them together it will make its own sauce. Enjoy! Happy Grilling!

    Keywords: Peach Chipotle grilled pork, main dishes, bbq, spicey bbq

     

     

     

     

     

  • ginger peach smash cocktail
    Cocktails,  Recipes

    Peach Ginger Smash

    Peach Ginger Smash! what an amazing yummy summertime cocktail! great for any occasion day drinking or whatever really its so good! Summer peaches are defiantly the star ingredient! We use ginger liquor but you can use ginger simple syrup by boiling 1 cup sugar 1 cup water and a 1 inch piece if ginger boil cool and strain.

    peach ginger smash
    muddle fresh ripe peach.
    peach ginger smash
    Peach and ginger liqueur we use gin but you could also use bourbon
    Peach Ginger Smash
    we slice the peach and put it back together and use the seed for garnish!
    peach ginger smash
    Peach Ginger Smash
    Peach Ginger Smash
    All done!
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    peach ginger smash

    Peach Ginger Smash

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 5
    • Total Time: 5
    • Yield: 1 1x
    • Category: cocktail
    • Method: cocktail
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    1 Peach

    1/2 oz  ginger liquor (can use fresh ginger simple syrup if not available )

    1 oz peach liquor

    2 oz gin

    Sprite

    Tall glass

    1/2 Lime

    Instructions

    Cut peach in half muddle half and the other half slice keep the seed if you want for garnish.

    Add remaining ingredients except sprite. Shake all together with ice all ingredients go unto glass top off with sprite. Add your sliced peach to the top.

    Keywords: Peach Ginger Smash, bar, cocktail, peach drinks

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  • frozen yogurt
    Desserts,  Recipes

    Quick Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt

    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt is a dessert that you probably have everything in your house already to make it. And there is a few variations and it will still taste just as amazing! If you are not a fan of banana you can actually leave that out. We added chocolate chips if you want to add them you can. It freezes fairly quickly. You could also add it to popsicle molds.

    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt
    All ingredients in the blender!
    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt
    frozen yogurt with chocholate chips goes in a metal pan to the freezer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt
    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt you might have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

     

     

     

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    ice cream caramel sauce

    Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt (no churn)

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: freeze time 2 hours
    • Total Time: -26053936.4 minute
    • Yield: 2 cups 1x
    • Category: dessert
    • Method: frozen
    • Cuisine: american
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    Ingredients

    2 cups vanilla or honey Greek yogurt

    1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy

    1 tablespoon brown sugar

    1 banana (optional)

    1 tablespoon vanilla

    1/4 cup milk (regular, coconut, almond, whatever you have available)

    1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

    Instructions

    Ok this is so simple blend all ingredients in a blender!  pour unto a metal pan I use a loaf pan. Freeze until ready to eat! yum so quick, easy and simple!

    Notes

    you may need to leave it out for a few minutes before scooping it.

    Keywords: Quick Peanut butter banana frozen yogurt

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  • Lobster Cobb Salad
    Recipes

    Lobster Cobb Salad

    Lobster Cobb Salad
    Lobster Cobb Salad

    Lobster Cobb Salad! What a really great spin on a Cobb salad I love all of these ingredients . Lobster Cobb salad is an amazing treat! The tarragon in the dressing really brings out the flavor of the lobster. You can eat this great salad for lunch or dinner also makes a great brunch salad. As long as you have your ingredients in order its actually fairly quick to make.

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    Lobster Cobb Salad

    Lobster Cobb Salad

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: none
    • Total Time: -26053931.4 minute
    • Yield: 1 1x
    • Category: salad
    • Method: pantry
    • Cuisine: american
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    Ingredients

    tarragon dressing

    1/4 cup buttermilk

    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

    3/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

    1/2 cup oil

    1 tablespoon fresh tarragon

    Salad

    1/2 cup grilled corn or canned

    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

    1/2 cup chopped bacon

    1 hard boiled egg

    1/2 avacado

    1 cooked lobster tail chopped

    salad greens

    Instructions

    Measure all dressing ingredients unto a blender, blend until creamy,refridgerate for 30 minutes. Chop your salad ingredients. Toss greens in dressing then line your ingredients in rows.

    chop lobster tail, 1/2 cup grilled corn or canned ,1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped bacon,1 hard boiled egg sliced, 1/2 avacado

    Keywords: Lobster Cobb Salad

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  • easy English muffins
    Bakery,  Breakfast,  Recipes

    Easy English Muffins

    Easy English muffins really they are so good and not much effort really!

     

    cutters
    you can make your english muffins any size we use the mini cutters for breakfast appetizers like mini egg and cheese.
    English muffins
    add your flour and salt to the wet ingredients
    English muffins
    the dough will start to come together after mixing
    mix with dough hook 6 minutes it will start to come away from the bowl. From here let rise 1 hour!
    line sheet pan with parchment sprinkle with cornmeal.
    Press dough to 1/2 inch thick flip over. Remember it is going to rise again!

     

    this recipe makes 9 regular size English muffins let rise 30 min.
    first 15 min go baking they will be slightly round but they will flatten out
    you can see when you turn them over they will be a really great color.

     

     

    easy English muffins
    Yum! Toasted english muffin
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    Easy English muffins

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 90
    • Cook Time: 30 minutes
    • Total Time: 2 hours
    • Yield: 9 regular size 1x
    • Category: baking
    • Method: yeast
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    2¼ cups bread flour

    ½ tablespoon  granulated sugar

    1 tablespoon honey

    ¾ teaspoon salt

    1¼ teaspoons instant yeast

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

    1 cup  milk or buttermilk, warmed

    Cornmeal for dusting pan

    Instructions

    Pre- heat over to 350.Warm milk to lukewarm this means when you touch it its neither hot or cold. Whisk in yeast, sugar and honey. Next add the butter and the salt and flour mix with dough hook 6 minutes or by hand for 6 minutes.Cover let rise 1 hour should be doubled in bulk. On a sheet pan line with parchment then sprinkle with cornmeal. Take dough out of bowl and go strait on cornmeal press or roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with desired shape. Cover 30 minutes let rise again. Place  in pre-heated oven 15 minutes take out of oven turn over back in oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

    Keywords: English muffin, breakfast

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    English Muffin Bread
    English muffin bread you can make this recipie into bread just put it in a loaf pan bake at 400 for 30 minutes
    breakfast sandwich
    Here is a sandwich! another great use for English muffins you can also make this in a mini version!