Whether you have a heart mate or just a friend who means a lot, a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day is always welcomed. Chocolates usually are the go-to choice. I mean, they are delicious, but I love to mix things up with different sweet treats. Marshmallows are one of those items that hardly anyone takes the time to make at home. I’m sure many of you are scoffing at the idea – I mean, come on, who is going to make marshmallows?! YOU ARE! When homemade, these seriously are almost a dessert in themselves, decadent and delicious. Beware: you don’t necessarily think of the flavor when eating a storebought version. So when you bite into one that’s homemade, you will be in awe of the delicious taste!
I’ll admit this combination sounds interesting: butternut squash and cheese. Don’t ask me how or why I even wanted to play around with this idea, but I am so glad I did! Growing as much squash as I do, I have a lot to use during the winter. I’m always adding it to soups, but have recently been wanting to use it in other ways.
With the parties for the Super Bowl just around the corner, this warm cheesy dip is the perfect item to take and serve. I love that it’s all made in a skillet and then served in the skillet: truly a one dish dip!
I’m sort of a dip fanatic! Many times, my meals consist of various spreads and dips because I just love them! Big games always need big flavored dips, but in most cases they’re usually heavy and extremely unhealthy. I’m not toting this as a health food, but it is definitely a lighter dip to enjoy.
For those thinking this will not satisfy like other dips, I promise it won’t disappoint. The base is a white bean hummus but the curry flavors make it truly amazing. My friend took a bite and exclaimed, “this is everything I want when I crave falafel!” Whether you love falafel or don’t even know what it is, I think you need to give it a try!
I’m pretty much in the kitchen from the beginning of November through December. I love baking for the holidays! Since I’m recovering from the high of the holidays, January is always a little of a let down for me. But I do enjoy baking with lighter flavors. Citrus is usually at its peak in the winter months and in Iowa, it is a welcomed change. This quick lemon shortbread is a wonderful way to ease away from Christmas baking and enjoy a fresh, almost summer flavor.