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Friday FoodGawker Favorites



What a week!  I started a new workout this week called BeatBurn Elliptical and while it literally beat me~ it also made me feel GREAT!  I love that it changes your workouts daily and has great music that really helps you move it move it!  They also have workouts for the treadmill & indoor bike…..check it out!

Let’s dive into some FoodGawker favs~

Favorite dip: Monster Cookie Dough Dip   All I need is this bowl and a spoon!

Favorite Light Bite: Summer Zucchini Bites  What a fabulous healthy poppable bite!  Great for outdoor cocktail parties!

Favorite Summer Cocktail: Blackberry Lemon Gin Fizz  This is SUMMER IN A GLASS!  Cheers:)

Favorite meal in a flash: Open-Faced Chicken Caprese Sanwiches  This is the perfect weeknight meal that will have you out of the kitchen and enjoying this awesomeness in 15 minutes!

Favorite over the border twist: Mexican Corn Cakes with Shredded Pork  This would be a fun idea for a family game night or theme night by setting out a toppings bar!

Favorite hot stuff: Homemade Spicy Garlic Buffalo Sauce I have been having an affair with buffalo sauce lately and making it myself really excites me!

Favorite savory: Korean-Style Grilled Skirt Steak There is a special marriage that steak and soy sauce have….it just makes mouths happy!

Favorite cutesy: Pomegranate Ice Cubes What an amazing idea!

Favorite Spread: Compound Butters (Lemon-Mint & Red Scallion-Honey)  You can’t even imagine how much flavor these types of butters add to ANYTHING!



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Happy Friday!

What a beautiful Friday it is supposed to be!  I have already been to my sweet girls Spring Bonnet Parade at school this morning and it was PRECIOUS!  From Infants to Kindergarten they march around (babies rolled in their cribs) and sing Spring songs and just celebrate!

I have watched my baby girl participate in this for the last almost 5 years and this was the last one before she moves on to her big girl school….sniff sniff

I can’t believe this much time has passed…..ok must move on to Friday FoodGawker Favs before I just drop it all and start rifling through baby pictures and tearing up…..ok so I am already tearing up

Favorite Deconstructed Italian: Skillet Lasagna One pan, cooks in less than one hour, and tastes like the Italian old country comfort food – count me in!

Favorite Simple Indulgence: Flourless Chocolate Cake  It’s so simple yet so gratifying ~ the dense chocolatey slice just makes me smile

Favorite Steakhouse Dressing: Outback Steakhouse Ranch I seriously have a total obsession with GOOD ranch.  For me it can easily define the difference between choosing a restaurant.  Ranchaholic and proud of it!   Here is another fabulous Ranchtastic recipe 🙂

Favorite Breakfast in a cup: Baked Blueberry French Toast This is perfect for the easy Saturday morning breakfast for the whole family!  Baked crunchy bread with a center of blueberries & cream cheese in the middle YUM!

Favorite Bite: Mini Caprese Bites This tops my lists of food combinations that make me extremely happy!  To have it all in a single bite- heaven!

Favorite New Party Idea: Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip I grew up in Texas so 7-Layer dip has been a part of my being since I was born!  This new twist beyond excites me!

Favorite Brunch Idea: Customizable Breakfast Bread Bowls This is truly exciting because the options are endless and your guests will have so much fun picking out their own perfect bowl!

Favorite Eggs Benedict Twist: Eggs Chesapeake   I am typically a purist when it comes to Eggs Benedict but this is definitely something I am willing to indulge in!

Favorite Tacos: Slow-braised Short Rib Tacos These look beyond mouth watering and the idea of the pickled red onion totally excites me!

Favorite Grilled Cheese Idea: French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese My favorite soup flavor and with gooey cheese and toasty bread….sign me up!

Favorite Cutie Pie Dessert: M&M Cookie Dough Cups  Is there really anything else that needs to be said?!


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Happy Friday Everyone!

Not only is this a fabulous Friday but here in Dallas today is the last day of school before Spring Break!  We are packing the car and getting ready to get outta town….so excited!

But before I spend the next 12 hours in the car with an almost 5-year-old ~ I thought a moment of sanity was well deserved and a little gawking was necessary!

Favorite bad day remedy

Trashy Brownies aka $!utty brownies.  Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats profiled a version of these on her Friday Favorites a couple of weeks ago and I have not gotten them out of my head.  These will make any bad day instantly better.

Favorite Spicy Finger Food

Spicy Chicken Flautas with lime sour cream These are pretty much a staple in our Tex Mex diet and the lime sour cream sounds so refreshing!

Favorite 3 minute dessert

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake 3 minutes in a mug and DONE.  NUFF SAID!

Favorite Weeknight Meal

Lemon Glazed Chicken Sticky~lemony~chicken-y TOTAL deliciousness + figure friendly!

Favorite Party Food

Deep Fried Ravioli on a stick  Everyone loves food on a stick.  It is portable and lets you have one hand free for a cocktail!

Favorite Spicy Bite

Bang Bang Shrimp I have had some variations of this and it is light your lips on fire GOOD!

Favorite Roll

Tomato Basil Roll What a great way to change-up the traditional dinner roll!

Favorite Healthy Breakfast

Banana Roll So amazing my almost 5-year-old would gobble this up in a heartbeat!

Favorite Cake

Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Sometimes the most simple things are the best!

Favorite Bella Bite

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites My little person would go BONKERS over these perfect pillows of ham & cheese goodness!

Favorite Party Bite

Chicken Salad Puffs These types of bites just excite me.  I could eat 100

Favorite Zany Dessert

Lime-tastic Tartlets Low carb, sugar-free & gluten-free with a super surprising twist!   I can’t wait to give these a whirl

Favorite Pancake

Apple Ring Pancakes What a perfect idea!

Favorite Too Cute for Words Easter Idea

Crescent Carrots filled with Egg Salad These are TOO cute and I know some little bunnies that would LOVE these


Have a great weekend and wish me luck on the drive but the destination is worth it 😉


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It’s been a little while since we had a FoodGawker favorites Friday but let’s get back to it!!

Favorite Appetizer

Cherry Tomato & Caramelized Onion Tartlettes   This is the perfect appetizer for my cocktail tonight!



Favorite Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo What a wonderful get away to the Philippines that is super easy & quick!


Favorite Sorbet

Meyer Lemon Sorbet How beautiful is this?!  Close your eyes and take a bite and you will be transported to the boardwalk and you will feel the hot summer sun beating down on you


Favorite Petite Bite

Mini Fish Tacos  I am a little obsessed with stuffing wonton wrappers these days.  You get ALL the flavor with HALF of the guilt…that’s a total winner!


Favorite Grilled Cheese

Chive Goat Cheese & Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich  this is making me salivate as I am typing….this is a total gourmet Grilled Cheese in my book;)  p.s. it’s vegetarian too!  double score!


Favorite Veggie Fries

Lemon Dijon Crusted Asparagus Fries  I totally HEART asparagus!  I recently had them fried and was not impressed ~ they had lost their bite and so when I found this roasted option with a lemon dijon aioli….I fell in love again!


Favorite Small Plate

Herbed Flatbread Pizza  I have noticed that a lot of restaurants are taking the “tapas” idea and offering small plates so you can share and get more variety.  This is one of those ideas that is so simple and so delicious and so perfectly shareable!


Favorite Splurge

Beer Battered Fried Avocado Tacos  Move over fried fish tacos- you just got trumped!


Favorite Cookie Bar

Maple Cream Cookie Blondies  I don’t know about you- but this is what my dreams are made of




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Happy Friday Foodie Friends!!!!

This is officially the Holiday Sweets & Treats Edition!

There is so much yummy stuff to look at this week- let’s get started!!

Favorite Cookie

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and they are flourless!!  Santa would love these, I bet!


Favorite Bark

Chocolate Walnut Toffee Chocolate + Toffee = winner for me!  Plus, Scharffen Berger is awesome- check it out!


Favorite Cutesy make it with the kids cookie

Holly Cookies These look like a lot of fun! My girl would love it and it would be an excuse for me to use cherry sours- cause I heart them!


Favorite Salty/Sweet Snack

black and white popcorn OH EM GEE!!!!   This wouldn’t last 10 seconds in my house….it is the ultimate Christmas snack to me


Favorite Fudge

Eggnog Fudge It’s fudge with white chocolate and creamy eggnog…enough said!


Favorite Christmas Bread

Overnight Monkey Bread  I got a little monkey bread crazy last year but it holds a special place in my heart- this would be another wonderful addition to your Christmas morning spread!


Favorite Macaron

Peppermint Macarons These are so beautiful!  I doubt I would ever be able to make mine look like this but I may have to follow this step-by-step to challenge myself!  This makes me have macaron envy!


Favorite Small Bite

Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bites This seriously made me almost lick the screen…..I want to make these but they would be too dangerous in my house.  Can someone please have a party, make these, and invite me over?  Thanks!


Ok friends~ my blood sugar is through the roof just looking at all these fine desserts!

Off to Food Truck Fridays here in Dallas!!  I am so excited!  I will let you all know what wonderful goodies I find and take some great pictures!

What is an absolute requirement for your Christmas spread?



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Happy Friday Everyone!

I have been crazy busy and with Christmas right around the corner- I am not slowing down!!

Today thought lets focus on my weekly FoodGawker favs!

Favorite Potato

Roasted Potato stacks?!  Genius!!  Thin, crispy stacks of potato heaven


Favorite Tarte

oh my goodness!!!  This looks sinful!  ~TARTE CHOCO CRUNCH AU CARAMEL~ The page and the recipe are in French but I highly suggest just translating the recipe because this is too good to miss


Favorite Cider Idea

Look at this super cute idea!   Apple cider served in a hollowed out apple- genius!  You will be a total rockstar host with this idea at your holiday party!


Favorite Marshmallow idea

I am excited about this idea- Marshmallows drizzled in chocolate and rolled in peppermint!  It is fun and festive and I love it.  Just make these in a bunch and put some cellophane over them and tie with a ribbon- instant Christmas!


Favorite Cozy Risotto

This screams comfort food to me!  A creamy, luscious leek & pancetta  risotto with a warm poached egg…drool


Favorite cookie

Vanilla Bean Baci- what?  In english- 2 heavenly vanilla bean cookies with a layer of chocolate in the middle….my favorite cookie I have found yet!


Favorite Stuffed Shroom

Portobello shrooms stuffed with spinach, peppers covered in melty fontina cheese – forget your guests LOL!  Make these for yourself!!


Favorite Biscotti

MMMMM Gingerbread-Anise biscotti drizzled with white chocolate.  All you need is a cup of hot coffee and a cold, snowy morning or foggy like it is here is Texas:)


Favorite Homemade Gift idea

Tis the season to make wonderful homemade gifts!  People will love that you put your heart and soul into a present just for them.  I love love love this idea of a vanilla bean spice set!


Favorite Cocktail Party idea

A spoon you can eat?!  Your guest will love this idea!  These pastry spoons are filled with crab rangoon but you could fill them anything and they will be fantastic


Favorite Mini Cannolis

Mini cinnamon Cannolis filled with gooey cinnamon-ricotta=marscapone goodness with the crispy outer shell dipped in chocolate…….fabulous!


Off for some shopping etc etc…..Have a happy Friday, ya’ll!

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe how fast this week has flown.  It has been a super busy week but deep breath for some FoodGawker favs…..YUM!

Favorite Breakfast/Dessert

Apple pie is definitely the epitome of comfort food but this just takes it to a whole different level!


Favorite Healthy Veggie

These are from a Delicata Squash- what a pretty name!  Don’t they look like the butter ring cookies you used to get in Sunday school?  So pretty and just another wonderful and healthy way to get your vegetables in;)


Favorite Cocktail Pop-in-your-mouth-food

With all the holiday cocktail parties coming up- we all need new ideas!  Curry Roasted Chickpeas?!  Move over nuts!

Crispy, Crunchy – once you pop you can’t stop!


Favorite Dip

My mom has talked about this dip for years!  She had it when she went to a neighborhood Christmas party and has never forgotten it!  This recipe is also figure friendly too SCORE!  Also, if you can get the really good ginger snaps to dip they are fabulous- Nyaker’s Ginger Snaps can be bought at World Market


Favorite Pumpkin Roll

As you see I am a little obsessed with pumpkin but hey it’s Fall and we only have a few months a year to truly enjoy this heavenly squash!  I made pumpkin bread this week and it was great with just a little butter but add some cream cheese—-DROOL


Favorite Salad

The simplicity and freshness of this salad have me hooked!  I am not a huge fennel fan because I don’t like the anise (black licorice) flavor BUT with tart green apple, onion, pomegranate & goat cheese- YES PLEASE!


Favorite Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry + Pomegranate + Orange = never ever buy that jellied cranberry in a can gloop again!


Favorite Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles……I am taking a break to go make these NOW


Favorite Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake…….there is no bad time to eat this but I am sure the most pleasure comes when you are in your pj’s in the dark with only the light of the open refrigerator


Have a fabulous weekend!  So excited to get ready for Thanksgiving!!!!!!