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October 23, 2014 1 comment

Pico de Gallo // Tried and TastyWhen I’m asked what my favorite food is it’s hard for me to narrow down. Mostly because I just love all food and I’m not picky, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. With that said, Mexican food is a pretty strong contender for being a favorite for sure. This past week has been an all out fiesta around our house and I’ve got a couple of recipes I’m excited to share with you soon! Pico De Gallo is one of those under-utilized condiments. Salsa gets all the fame and glory, but what about pico?

I know it’s no longer summer, so this Pico De Gallo recipe may seem like it’s coming out of left field, but trust me, you’ll want this recipe for my next post I’ve got up my sleeve! Whenever I go to Cafe Rio I always order the sweet pork salad with extra Pico De Gallo. Pico De Gallo is a fantastic condiment that can be served with any of your favorite Mexican dishes. Great as a topping on tacos, enchiladas, or salads. Perfect served with chips! Any way you dice it, this flavorful combo will add just what you need to your meal! And with less than five ingredients, you can throw this together in a jiffy anytime.

Caramel Apple French Toast // Tried and TastyWhen the hubs created the Caramel Apple Oatmeal [on accident nearly] we couldn’t get enough of it. Because the ‘caramel apple’ is so delicious {seriously, if you haven’t checked it out – you have got to make it!} I wanted to incorporate it in another breakfast dish. That’s when this Caramel Apple French Toast was born. The caramel is slightly different from the other recipe, but just as amazing. I absolutely love the fact that there are no refined sugars or corn syrups involved in any way of this recipe. I know what you’re thinking. No sugar. No good. Well you’re wrong – one bite in and you’ll be swooning for another bite.

French toast is one of my favorite things to have for breakfast. My 5-Ingredient Lemon French Toast Recipe is one a goodie but quickly took a backseat to this Caramel Apple French Toast was created. I know how much I rave about my love for Summer, but I’m quickly comforted with a few of my favorite things during this time of year. One of which is APPLES! In fact, we recently picked over 160 lbs. of home-grown pesticide free organic apples from some trees of very generous friends of ours. We LOVE making homemade 100% pure apple juice (and usually make enough to last us a year until picking season comes around again). This time last year I was making all things apple… this year, all that’s on the agenda (as far as canning goes) is juice. Believe you me, I’ll be saving a good chunk of apples for this breakfast – it’s a keeper!

Six Sisters' Stuff Brunch Enchiladas // Tried and TastyEver heard of Six Sisters’ Stuff? Well if you haven’t, you’ve been living under a rock. They are pretty much some of the coolest chicks in blogland. I have been blessed over the past few years with their kindness, friendship, and great recipes! They’ve just released their third cookbook 12 Days of Christmas With Six Sisters’ Stuff and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy! As a foodie, there’s nothing that compares to thumbing through a brand new cookbook.

It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. With the release of the Sisters’ 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff you’ll be equipped with “144 Ideas For Traditions, Homemade Gifts, Recipes, and More”. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fresh and new ideas of treats, activities, and neighbor goodies. This new cookbook is chuck full of so many wonderful ideas! Lots of great things for those with a sweet tooth..I mean, with a name like ‘Frosted Toffee Cookies’, you know they’ve gotta be good! 

Honey Almond Poached Pear Tart // Tried and TastyWith the recent cooler temps, fresh pear season is underway with all 10 varieties of USA Pears being harvested now! One of the many items on my cooking bucket list has been to poach USA Pears. Each time I come across a poached pear recipe on Pinterest my desire grows greater and greater. I figured it was time to stop wishing, and start doing. I had absolutely no idea how simple it was. Had I known that, I definitely would have done this sooner. Excited to show you how, and a pretty fantastic recipe as well!

Ever wonder the best way to determine if a pear is ripe? If you’re like me, you just squeeze the living daylights out of them until you find the soft ones (I’m sure the grocery store workers were ready to boot me out after they see me do this a dozen times!). Once I learned the CORRECT way, I felt a little sheepish. It’s easy: apply gentle pressure to the narrow “neck” of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe. Generally, most people prefer pears perfectly ripe, but there are an abundance of uses for crisp and under-ripe pears (which is great news, since it’s tough to find super ripe pears this early). So what are they good for? They are especially ideal for poaching!

Copycat Zupas Tomato Basil Soup // Tried and TastyI am a huge Cafe Zupas fan and have so many favorites. Along with my Copycat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup I was equally excited to make and share this Copycat Zupas Tomato Basil Soup recipe! This soup is phenomenal. If there’s one thing I wish we would have grown this year in our garden, it would be basil. We just don’t seem to have good luck with some herbs and that is one of them. This recipe calls for a whole lot of basil and I happily obliged. The smell of fresh herbs is one of my favorite smells. The pesto base for this soup is rich, beautiful, and wonderfully aromatic.

What I love about being about to make your restaurant favorites at home is that not only can you control the ingredients, you know exactly what goes in to your food. There’s just something about being in control when it comes to what you eat. This tasty soup is made with delicious wholesome ingredients (made even better with the help of butter of course!). Just before serving I threw together a batch of homemade croutons to garnish, you’re welcome to add Parmesan crisps, Asiago cheese, or tortilla strips. This would also be fantastic with a grilled cheese sandwich. Beware, this recipe feeds a crowd – make this for your next dinner party!

Stuffed Candy Corn Pizza // Tried and TastyIt’s nearly Halloween and what better festive dinner than this Stuffed Candy Corn Pizza? I am in love with how adorable it is and how closely it actually resembles candy corn! With the ingredient list I can just about guarantee your family will just flip over how delicious this is. Loaded with all-kinda-a-yummy-delicious cheese! Nacho cheese = check. Shredded cheddar cheese = check. Doritos nacho cheese = check.

So while you’re planning your menu for the holiday or your holiday party, consider this recipe. Once you see just how easy it is to put together (thanks in part to Rhodes frozen rolls) you’ll just about wonder where this recipe has been your whole life! Take a walk with me, I’ve got step-by-step instructions on how this super cute candy corn pizza is created!

Healthy Caramel Popcorn // Tried and TastyWhen I had the healthy caramel sauce for the first time I had no idea how amazing it was going to be. Then, I didn’t realize all of the yummy different ways I could incorporate it! I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve made the Caramel Apple Oatmeal, it’s the perfect breakfast! I recently had a hankering for some caramel popcorn but alas… with my ‘no white sugar’ lifestyle I figured that was an indulgence of the past. That was until I had the idea to use the most amazing healthy homemade caramel sauce to coat a batch of fresh air-popped (non-gmo) popcorn kernels. Genius!

With Halloween quickly approaching, this is one of those treats that is crazy popular around this time of year! Although, my version doesn’t necessarily make the best popcorn balls (unless you were to add double the sauce I suppose) but it sure makes an excellent quick healthy & delicious treat. For those looking to cut sugar out in part or in full, you still can have pretty awesome treats without all of the guilt. This recipe is here to prove that! The caramel sauce was a breeze to make in my Blendtec!

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