India Inspired Punch

Many years ago we discovered this recipe for India Inspired Punch. As fall weather is a time to think about warming up it’s a natural fit with the combination of cinnamon and clove. You could easily serve this warm on a cold day. This drink is inspired by the flavors of chai tea. You change…

Nine Perfect Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Another friend asked me for recommendations for side dishes for turkey day and other upcoming holidays. This not makes three friends asking for cooking resources – Gotta LOVE IT. So I put together my list of Nine Perfect Side Dishes for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy these. Feel free to message me if you need…

Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

Do you look for a great non-alcoholic drink to serve during the holidays? Something that will appeal to both kids and adults alike? I think this cranberry pomegranate punch is just what you’re looking for. This has the tang of seasonal pomegranate and a tiny bite from the cranberry juice. One thing I’m always looking…

Travel Well Appetizers

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Tuscan Bean Dip

I’ve been playing around with various bean recipes for the past few months, and keep coming back to this one. Happily it falls in with all the clean eating I’ve been doing. Its origins are from Suzanne Somers, and what can I say, but that woman knows a good recipe. This Tuscan bean dip is…

Dairy Free Cheesy Salsa Dip

My sister gave me this recipe for this cheesy salsa dip many years ago – I always have the ingredients on hand, so it’s a snap to mix it together for a last minute get together. Since I’ve gone dairy free I’ve given it my dairy free tweak, but feel free to make this with…

Peppermint Lemonade

Happy July! How is it possible that the summer is almost half way over? I just got an email from the kiddo’s school with the link to go and complete her registration paperwork for next school year. And while I’m at it, gulp – school starts back on August 21st! But despite this – there…

Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate here is the recipe for one of my favorite beverages. We acquired this particular recipe while running our catering company. This is a crowd pleaser and one that I like to make when making mass quantities of margaritas! This variety is mixed and served on the rocks – not…

Easy Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated mushrooms are an easy appetizer to make.  Below is my recipe that I have included in “recipe tree” mailings. Have you ever participated in one? Think chain letter, but instead of sending money, you’re sending a recipe to a few people and hope to get at least one back in return. Unfortunately I have…

Empanadas How I Love You

This is another recipe from my catering days. Guests love empanadas. And they want something different. Yes, our black bean empanada is still my favorite recipe, but this is a fabulous go-to for entertaining.  These are best served hot from the oven. For other ideas check out the sloCooking archives: slocooking.blogspot.com. GROUND BEEF NATCHITOCHES EMPANADAS…

Quick & Easy Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon wrapped dates are a crowd pleaser. They are fast and easy to make, and your guests will beg for more. You can never make enough – I promise. BACON WRAPPED DATES 35 dry dates, pitted (plan on a minimum of 5 pieces/person) 18 slices bacon – slice in half (1/2 slice per date) White…

Strawberry Mango Salsa

So this isn’t the most seasonal of dishes. However, strawberry season just about HERE on the Central Coast! With that I’m sharing this recipe. Strawberry-mango salsa travels well too. Think about all the holidays & family gatherings this will be good for. I really like serving this with Terra chips. STRAWBERRY-MANGO SALSA 2 tbsp diced…

Goat Cheese Fritatta

This recipe can be made into a large dish or put into mini muffin pans for a hand held bite perfect for holiday gatherings. Over the years we had this in regular rotation for our catering customers. Everyone loved it and asked for it again and again. Unfortunately I can’t remember exactly where this recipe…

It’s Friday, Bring Back the Cocktail Party

Do you remember me talking the other day about change? How I’m not good with change, but that I needed to embrace it in order to have a personal life & family time? Do you remember me saying how important it is to the hubs & I? That our decision to change careers is closely…