Since it was Father’s Day over the weekend, Cliff’s first, we decided to let him pick whatever he wanted to post on the blog. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he picked beef and cheddar croissants. It is kind of like his thing. If you look at our instagram account its pretty much, beef and cheddar, baby, baby, baby, baby, dog, beef and cheddar, beef and cheddar, beef and cheddar, Lou Malnatis. I guess when you find something you like you stick with it.
One of my all-time favorite homemade foods is strawberry jam. Sorry…but store bought just does not compare. Growing up I hardly ever got to indulge in homemade jam because my Mom always bought Smuckers. My Aunt Kathy, Aunt Marge and Aunt Kelly all made homemade strawberry jam (with homegrown berries to boot!) but they all live in far away Michigan. At least one time my Aunt Marge mailed freezer packed strawberry jam to me and I was stocked for several months. It.was.heaven.
If you are anything like me then you are always on the look out for a quick appetizer. I love to cook and bake and I am always volunteering to bring something to parties and get togethers. Even though I LOVE to prepare food occasonially I regret offering to bring something. I like the idea of bringing a dish to share and I like to try new recipes but sometimes I just get so busy and I think to myself, why did I volunteer for this. And I promise myself that next time will be different. I will either not volunteer to bring something or I will buy something store bought like most people do. In the end I always do volunteer to bring something, and I can never bring myself to purchase store bought food. I just can not do it! The only thing that saves me is quick appetizers. They make everyone, even me, happy. I can still volunteer to bring food, I don’t have to stress myself out, and people enjoy them.
Not too long ago, we made this roasted red pepper sauce and served it with pasta. I was shocked by how much I liked a sauce made from roasted red pepper rather than tomato. Who knew? Because of my new found appreciation for roasted red peppers we thought…what else can we make with them?!