Direct Cellars Box #1

I felt like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for my first shipment for wine from Direct Cellars. I impatiently stalked my UPS delivery driver and was worried when he didn’t make his normal morning deliveries. When he pulled up outside my house, I jumped out the door to greet him – I’m sure he was thinking “why is this lady running out to greet me?” – but after I said I was waiting for my first wine shipment, he totally understood!

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Rosemary Citrus Glazed Ham

I’m completely late in blogging about the ham I made for Easter dinner….where has the time gone? I haven’t been doing much new cooking or baking lately, we’re in our busy spring sports season and it’s been a lot of grilling and quick dinners. Lacrosse season is ending next week and I’ll definitely be getting back into the kitchen. It’s been too long and I find baking especially a stress reliever for me.

Back to the ham… it was delicious and unique. I combination of the rosemary and citrus complimented the other parts of our dinner. The original recipe called for making it in the oven, but I used my slow cooker and it worked perfectly. Plus it freed up my oven for roasted potatoes and pineapple casserole!

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Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

My kids are eating me out of house and home. Non-stop snacking….does it ever stop? They are constantly “starving” especially after having dinner. I don’t get it? Are anyone else’s kids like this?

I decided to make some energy bites to hopefully fill them up and at least slow down the emptying of my pantry every week. These bites are tasty and my daughter loves them! My son is picky and won’t even try one…that’s another battle I need to work on. These snacks are quick and easy to make and taste delicious. The apple and cinnamon really come through and don’t worry, you’ll never know they’re made with dates. I’m going to use the base of this recipe to experiment with other dried fruit.

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Pressure Cooker Ribs

We’re big fans of ribs, but they always take so long on the grill. I think the last time we attempted to make them, we ran out of propane – just our luck! When I saw how you could make ribs using a pressure cooker in 30 minutes, I knew I had to give it a try. They were really good and the best part is they didn’t take all day to make. I’ll definitely be making them again and again this summer!

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Paleo Zuppa Toscana

I’ve seen this soup floating around Pinterest, but knew it was off-limits for me with my sensitivities to dairy. Then…I saw a paleo version that uses coconut milk and I knew I had to try it. I loved it, it was creamy and wouldn’t have even known it was made with coconut milk, if I didn’t make it. My husband on the other hand said he could taste the coconut – I think it was all in his head LOL!

The soup is rich with potatoes, kale, sausage and bacon and made in your slow cooker – it’s a win, win recipe!

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Grilled Steak Pita

My kids love anything between two slices of bread and these grilled steak pitas were a big hit! I loved that they were quick and easy to make. Life has been pretty busy lately with work, I started another side gig, sports and my husband traveling for work everyday for the last 2+ months. Needless to say…..dinners have been pretty quick and nothing fancy. Can you tell from the lack of posts lately? I’m hoping things will slow down a little and we can have dinners where we sit at the table and talk instead of running out the door eating.

With busy nights, I turn to our grill most of the time. It’s quick and I don’t have to worry about major clean up later. I loved gyros and this recipe reminded them of them, just taken up a notch with the grilled steak.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

Do you love chocolate covered strawberries? They’re one of my weaknesses … but add them onto of strawberry silk mousse and a layer of chocolate ganache – you have this amazing dessert. I made this dessert for Easter and I have to say it was probably one of the most amazing and delicious desserts I’ve ever made. The strawberry silk is smooth and creamy. You can’t go wrong with chocolate ganache and then topped with chocolate covered strawberries. This pie is a little labor intensive, but it’s sooooo worth it! Trust me, you’ll only need a little slice – it’s rich!

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Cilantro Lime Steak Bowl

The weather has been getting warmer and that means grill season is upon us!! We grill most of the summer and I can’t wait to try new recipes this summer. Grilled meats, vegetables and fruit – YUM!! I took advantage of the warm weather to whip up a steak bowl. You could always add in a scoop of cilantro rice; I opted to leave it out and pack my bowl with veggies. The steak had a great flavor even with only a short amount of time to marinate. I completely forgot to take it out of the freezer the night before to start thawing. Next time, I plan to marinate it for the full 2 hours to really pack in the cilantro lime flavor. Cilantro Lime Steak Bowl | Join Us, Pull up a Chair Continue reading

Bacon Breakfast Ring

This breakfast ring is the perfect way to kick off the morning! Fluffy eggs are mixed with peppers and cheese than wrapped up with bacon and crescent rolls. This is a basic recipe that you could easily switch up the ingredients to what you have on hand. I’d love to try a greek version with feta, spinach and ground sausage. Another option would be use leftover ham from your Easter dinner in place of the bacon. The possibilities are endless with this simple recipe!

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Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Portobello

If you love spinach artichoke dip, you’ll love these stuffed portobello mushrooms! They worked great for meatless Monday dinners served with a green salad or you could cut them into slices for an appetizer.

They’re creamy, cheesy and have the perfect mixture of spinach and artichokes. They’re also were quick and easy to make …plus low carb! You could also make them ahead of time and bake them when you’re ready.

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