Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Links

I don't know about you, but I couldn't be more excited about the fact that Fall is right around the corner.  Fall is probably my favorite time of, sweaters, football, and tons of recipes that use seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and cranberry.  Below are some of the recipes that I'd love to try out over the next few months.

I love cooking with pumpkin but always used the canned puree.  I'd love to try making my own using this recipe from Annie's Eats.

Pumpkin bread is always a fall staple for me, so I'm dying to try out Bobby Flay's Pumpking Bread Pudding!  The Pioneer Woman featured it on her blog and I've been wanting to try it ever since.

I'm a huge fan of white chocolate and love the idea of combining it with cranberries for these cookies from the Brown Eyed Baker.  Delish!

Other recipes on my list:
-Cranberry sauce
-Pumpkin pie
-Pecan pie

What's on your list for fall?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Caprese Salad

I'm baaack!  I took quite a long hiatus due to my crazy work schedule, but I am officially back in action in the blogging world.  I've missed it so much!  I promise to have more features on a regular basis from here on out.  Cross my heart.

I figured caprese salad would be a good recipe to feature for my comeback blog post....this appetizer is so easy to throw together, but is certainly not short on flavor.  Caprese salad is also a lighter option and is quite a refreshing turn from the usually heavy and calorie laden appetizers you often see.

Caprese Salad is usually sliced in such a manner that it requires a fork, but this slight twist allows you to combine all of the ingredients on a toothpick so that your guests can grab it and go.


Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella
Cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Cut mozzarella into bit sized cubes.  Place tomatoes and mozzarella on toothpicks alternately.  Sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Yes, it's that easy.  But SO great!