st. patty’s loaded baked potato

the festivities extend the entire weekend, but tomorrow is the official holiday. which means there’s still time left on the clock for another recipe. i’ve taken on the challenge to inspire your inner irish to be creative. i snatched a recipe, which will round out even the biggest menu. if you’ve got nothing planned like myself (hey, i’m hispanic), don’t fret. this one has all the irish staples in one serving. corned beef, cabbage, beer and of course, potato. now, that’s what i call —loaded and pretty genius too! this hearty side dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your st. patrick’s day dinner table.

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Beer Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients

½ tablespoon olive oil

½ pound cooked corned beef

½ pound cabbage

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 cup dark beer of your choice

Directions

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

Sautee corned beef and cabbage constantly stirring.

Add brown sugar and add salt and pepper to taste.

Stir well and add beer. Cover and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Uncover, and let most of the liquid to be absorbed.

Once the beer has reduced, cabbage is caramelized and tender then you are ready to pour over the perfectly baked potato.

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although i’d love taking full credit, this one solely belongs to melissa bailey from hungry food love. check out her site, for the complete recipe. which includes the magic behind baking a perfect baked potato. no magic or luck involved, actually. i hope ;-)

may your troubles be less,
and your blessing be more.
and nothing but happiness,
come through your door.

-irish blessing

enjoy!

raquel

one delicious gift idea

christmas is approaching…

while some may default to picking something up from the mall, others are getting more creative this year. whether you’re frugal, eco-conscious or crafty, being meaningful is what sets apart an awesome gift-giver. nothing says “I’m thoughtful” more than a present made by your own two hands.

If it’s festive and scrumptious, you’ve gained even more brownie points (says i–the self-proclaimed foodie)

take for example this gorgeous red pepper marmalade. i mean seriously, it looks like it was purchased from an expensive gourmet food store, right?

red pepper marmalade

save your self some major moolah, and try this recipe . i would suggest making a small batch first. if you’ve mastered it, then why not cook enough for those on your list? your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends would be delighted.

pretty jars, decorative ribbon, and homemade labels transforms this spread into lovely gifts.

Ingredients

1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes

Directions

Place all ingredients in a pot together on medium high heat. When it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low stirring regularly. Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup

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*for more ideas especially those with latin flair, i highly recommend hungry food love. not only is melissa a rockstar in the kitchen, but she’s also dominican ;-)

happy cooking and gifting!

raquel

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seasonal salad deliciousness

Crisp Brussels Sprout Salad w/ Apple Dijon Dressing.
Copyright @Shira of The Pursuit of More

I love me a crisp, fresh, colorful salad. I think most salad aficionados would agree summer is the peak season for consumption. Come fall, it can become a side rather than an entree. Comfort foods during the chilly weather will often replace the lighter meal options.

When I came across this recipe by the talented Shira from In Pursuit of More, my mouth instantly started to water. The photography is just eye candy. She uses seasonal ingredients to create an awesome autumn salad. It consists of the perfect balance of sweetness, savory, textures and heart healthy ingredients.

If it tastes as amazing as it looks (which I have no doubt), then my family is in for a real treat :)

Cheers,
R