Two things I love. I love tinkering in the kitchen and I love to use that tinkering to get me a little sumpin’ sumpin’ now and then that might not normally fit into my budget. And when that homemade version blows away the commercial product, especially when it’s a minimum of work and mess, I’m all over it. That’s the case with this Homemade Whole Milk Ricotta.
Ok – we’ve had a couple of cooler days here in Minnesota, and I recently made a lot of my Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts so I could use them to spin off several easy peasy meals that would be perfect for hot summer days. And I made a few but then I deviated! I couldn’t resist making these gorgeous Creamy Cajun Stuffed Shells with that final bit of chicken. I’m so excited about them I couldn’t hold off for a more appropriate season – these are probably going down as one of my most fave recipes ever on my site!
Yanno what’s shocking sometimes? The amount of money that restaurants command on their appetizer or lunch (and sometimes dinner) flatbreads! I’ve seen them from $9.99 on up to $14.99, and I think it’s cray cray! I started making pizzas a long time ago (one of my faves is on my site) and love to make pizza as a way to use up a few leftovers. And often I’ll make extra of something just so I can make pizza. And the same goes for making flatbreads. That’s how this Mushroom Ricotta Flatbread Pizza came about.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that watermelon is available pretty much all the time, these days. See, I kind of miss the the anticipation and the risk, waiting until mid to late summer & hoping for watermelon by the Fourth of July! On the other hand, those smaller watermelons I’ve seen at the store are always good, a manageable size and I can have watermelon anytime! They were perfect thing to use for this Watermelon, Pineapple Salsa.
I’m sitting in what seems to be the red meat capital of the world, folks. Right smack dab in the Midwest. At my folk’s in a small town outside of Sioux Falls. (We even went to see bull riding last winter!) So it might be considered a bit of a stretch to serve my fave octogenarians a chicken burger. And Thai Chicken Burgers, no less!