My version is a simple dash of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper atop the grass-fed beef patties on freshly-baked hamburger buns, adding on fried oysters, collard greens, and Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce to finish it off—no bayou dish left unturned.

The green veggies are in honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, and for my blended household–made up of an older son who is now a pescatarian, an elderly mom whose on a strict diet because of her arthritis, a teen who eats everything that’s in the fridge at midnight, a hubby who goes for walks around the neighborhood every hour, and me, who just wants to please everybody…

Prep time- 2 hours.  Filling assembly- 1 hour.  Steaming- 30 minutes.  Frying- 30 minutes.  Satisfaction of homemade dumplings- Priceless.

Quick, easy, and impressively good!  Think of it as caramelized, barbecued bananas on a stick!  Here we go…

I remember the first time I dabbled with phyllo dough I had no idea what I was doing.  My cousin gave me one of those mini pie makers for Christmas a couple of years back and I was eager to get started.  So naturally at the market, I grabbed what I thought to be an ‘easy’ and fun way to try out my new pie maker– phyllo dough.  Following the instructions on the box, as well as, the pie maker’s how-to,  I was off to a good start!

Improvise, improvise, improvise…I’m big on this when it comes to recipes.  Most times, whilst sitting in my little corner kitchen desk, I’ve already figured out what I am going to cook for tomorrow’s dinner whilst, in my head, prepping the ingredients for tonight’s family meal!  There are thousands, upon thousands of recipes on-line where I gather my ideas from.  Other times, I just turn around to grab one of my cookbooks.  What I love to do, however, is improvise…and this is what I have done with this recipe.

So this is exactly the kind of recipe you can dive into for those lazy, yet impatient days you may be having…as well as, when everything you need is readily available in the kitchen.

Yesterday we had rain…finally.  True, it’s not the most pleasant…but hey, free water is ALWAYS good.  So it was a cozy kind of feeling for me, which personally meant, run to the grocery store to see what I can cook up for the day! 

Tried out my luck this afternoon with the world-famous Sablé Breton (French classic butter cookies) recipe from Bruno Albouze.  My husband told me that sablés were his dad’s favorite, “You know, these will go really well with some sablés…” his dad would say.  I did not know this until the cookies were just about done and I called hubby over to the kitchen for sampling.  He then shared how much his dad loved sablés…

Yesterday I made homemade butter (A very simple recipe using 1/2 pint of whipping cream and a mixer, which I will share with you all later)…and of course, what derives from butter is buttermilk.  I had about 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk that I couldn’t let go to waste.  So this afternoon, despite the migraine, I managed to make buttermilk biscuits.  Meanwhile, I still ended up with 1/2 cup left of buttermilk…

How about a simple, homemade delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth?!  Well, what can be better than peanut butter and chocolate combined?

A few blogs ago I made some skinless longganisa using lean ground pork.  Although all the flavors of what longganisa should look and taste like was accounted for, they were a bit on the dry side due to the lack of porky fat.  So tonight, I decided to revisit this recipe and use bacon as the ‘skin’ to make up for the lack thereof in fat content.  Which, by the way, was an idea that our little guy suggested I should do.

So here we go…kicking it up a notch with hickory smoked bacon!

What to do with a bag of organic potatoes in the pantry, a slab of applewood smoked bacon in the fridge, and football games on Sundays?  Well, combine these with homemade garlic aioli and you’ve got yourself a delectable gourmet snack!

Just a quick recipe share of my favorite way to cook fish!  Bon Appétit…

Well, apple season is definitely here!  Hundreds of tourists and even locals from neighboring cities continue to make their way up to Apple Hill in our town of Camino, which is situated in the sierra foothills of El Dorado County.  The Apple Hill® Growers Association … located in Camino, Cedar Grove, Placerville and Pollock Pines, CA … was once a fledgling association comprised of 5 ranches.  Today the Association has over 50 ranches including fruit growers, bake shops, wineries, a micro-brewery, a spa and Christmas tree growers.  [Source: http://www.applehill.com].

My husband and I are blessed to now be a part of this quaint town and community…

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A Snippet of Apple Hill nearby Boa Vista Orchards