Mikey’s Key Lime Pie

So, this Easter, my brother, Mikey, and I volunteered to make the desserts. Mikey started making this key lime pie a couple of years ago for our family get-togethers. This year, I also made a pie since we had a big group and one pie wouldn’t be enough. I opted for a strawberry pie (recipe coming soon). Mikey made his key lime pie Saturday afternoon and then I made mine Saturday night. After I stuck my pie in the oven, I went upstairs to play Disney’s Sing It with our younger brother, Nick. All of the sudden right in the middle of singing Selena Gomez’s awful version of “It’s Magic”, my aunt and stepdad came rushing into the room screaming that my pie was burning and that Mike didn’t want to take it out of the oven because he wanted to sabotage my pie. What the heck?! Why is nobody removing my pie from the oven it if is burning?!! I raced downstairs to the kitchen to find everyone just sitting around the table laughing and talking. Again, I ask, WHAT THE HECK, PEOPLE?!!

Turns out, my pie was not really burning, but some of the strawberry goodness leaked over the crust and dripped onto the bottom of the oven so it just smelled like it was burning. Talk about blowing things out of proportion. But, still, Mike had a dirty look on his face. Apparently, this was a competition. Mike said my pie looked like a meat pie! How rude!

On Easter, we all couldn’t wait to dig into our pies. To be diplomatic, everyone in the family had a little slice of both because let’s face it, if you choose only one, then you are saying you love the other person more. We contemplated having an anonymous voting system, but I mean, this was a holiday after all. No voting necessary. Both pies were demolished by the fam. I declared both pies a success. Not sure if Mikey agrees though…

But, seriously, Mikey makes a good key lime pie. And I don’t even normally like key lime pie as it is often too sweet for me, but this pie is perfect. My favorite part is that he infuses the whipped cream with lime juice and lime zest. Here is Mikey’s recipe!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

You know how when you go out of town for a long weekend, then drive back to your house and then feel like doing absolutely nothing? Yeah, that was me yesterday after we finally got home last night. I wanted to put on jammies, order in, and relax. But nooo, we had to go to the grocery store (which you know I do not enjoy) because we had no food in the house, and worst of all, it was dinner time. Oh Lordy. The grocery store was out of control. We could barely find a place to park. There were people everywhere. And the produce section was wiped clean. Couldn’t get green onion, couldn’t get cilantro, couldn’t get good strawberries. WHY?! It’s like there is really nothing to do in this town except go to the grocery store.

And after a long day at work today, another slow cooker recipe was definitely in order. Hubs loves to order Chinese, but I don’t like to order it very often as it is not the healthiest thing to order. I’ve been wanting to try some new Chinese recipes that I can make at home. I love sesame chicken and I love honey chicken. What better idea than to combine the two?! This version skips the heavy breading and you can tweak the sauce to meet your needs. I used a little honey, low sodium soy sauce, and reduced sugar ketchup. Serve this chicken over rice, quinoa, noodles, and/or veggies!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We went to my mom’s for the weekend and had a great time visiting with family from out of town. I spent most of Saturday afternoon making manicotti shells for our Easter feast. 40 shells. One.At.A.Time. But, it was so worth it because the meal was so delicious!

I also tried to take some photos of some of the desserts we made. Taking photos outside your own home is a little tough. This was especially difficult with my mom and brother trying to help style my photos. “No, Mom, the random pair of decorative Chinese slippers you found in the hutch do not go with my strawberry pie just because they are red.” And, “No, Mike, the mini Cinderella pumpkin carriage does not go with my pie either.” Umm…yeah…

Let’s move to this dip for now. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a snacker. I also love dip. Hummus is definitely one of my faves. I had a craving for some last week, but I had no chick peas. I did have some white beans though. Why the heck not? This dip is lemony, garlicky, so yummy, and ready in a flash. White beans are perfect for dips because they get all smooth and creamy. Serve the dip with veggies, pretzels, or crackers.

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 can white beans, drained (can use cannelini or northern beans)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2-3 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the beans, garlic cloves, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. With the machine running, drizzle the olive oil into the bowl. Add in the rosemary and salt and pepper to taste, blend until combined. Add more olive oil if you want a smoother consistency. Transfer to a bowl and serve.
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Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Low-Fat Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Oat Crust

Low-Fat Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Oat Crust

Poor little creme brulee dishes. You just sit in my cupboard waiting and waiting to be used. Every time the cabinet door opens, your little nonexistent hearts race with anticipation. “Is she? Is she going to make creme brulee?!” I disappoint you time and time again. You feel worthless. You are not fulfilling your destiny.

Surely there must be another use for you…

Ah, yes, breakfast. Quiche. Individually sized. How perfect. Why did I not think about this before? You now feel loved.

These little quiches are perfect for brunch and would be great to enjoy on Easter morning while you watch the kiddos tear into their baskets and hunt for eggs. I’ve cut the fat by using a low-fat oat crust that contains much less butter than traditional pie crust. I’ve also adjusted the fat in the filling by subbing skim milk for heavy cream. You can also cut fat by using some eggs white or egg substitute. A quiche with all the flavor, but much less guilt! Sounds good to me! These are great for company, especially if you serve them in individual servings!

Peach Grapefruit Sangria

Peach Grapefruit Sangria

Sangria. I freaking love it. Sangria makes me think of warm weather and being outside. Sitting on the porch in a nice comfy chair, looking at some pretty scenery, a pool, kids playing. Surrounded by good friends and family. Ah, heaven.

Now, if only that was the actual situation at my apartment. Instead of seeing a beautifully landscaped backyard, I see another building, bugs, and the annoying kids in the complex who play on our back stairs and mess things up on our porch (“Damn you kids, get off my lawn!”) and just leave their popsicle and juice box wrappers. Sigh. At least I can pretend I’m sitting poolside sans tons of bugs and misbehaved children and have a pitcher of this sangria.

Oh, and quick side note. I just realized that the last three posts I have done all have booze in them. No, I do not have a drinking problem. I just like using booze in my cooking. Except for this sangria, I do love to drink this sangria. I love this sangria because the grapefruit gives it a nice tang and it’s not overly sweet. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and work so well in this sangria!

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Do you ever get an urge to really clean your house? I don’t mean just your usual dusting and vacuuming, but a REALLY good cleaning? I officially declare this past weekend Spring Cleaning Weekend. That’s what went down in this house. We dusted everything, scrubbed the kitchen and bathrooms. I even cleaned all of the baseboards. Holy dust, Batman! I washed all the rugs and blankets. Now I just have to re-organize our pantry and I think I will feel complete.

I also spent a good part of Friday and Saturday night going through the monstrous stack of cooking magazines I have collected over the last few years. Seriously, I had magazines going back to 2008. I went through each one and pulled out all of the recipes I wanted. Then I got a binder and page protectors and got to work on making my cooking magazine cookbook. The old magazines get to be hauled down to the recycle bin by my poor husband. Hope he doesn’t break his back carrying them down the stairs.

With all the cleaning happening, I wasn’t feeling up to making a big dinner. A slow cooker meal was definitely in order. We love Mexican food in this house. We could probably eat it everyday and be really happy. Instead of our usual chicken or beef tacos, I opted for pork this time around. This was a great meal to eat after all the cleaning!