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Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze

Spice up your holiday ham with an easy Mango Jalepeño Ham Glaze made with a few simple ingredients

Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner! I can’t believe how quickly the holiday season is coming up, and I am busy planning for holiday entertaining. When it comes to the holiday meals nothing is better than ham. It is easy to make, delicious, and serves a crowd at a reasonable price. This year I made this tasty Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze for the holidays.

glaze next to ham

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A ham glaze adds flavor, texture and color to a ham, is the perfect finishing touch for a nice presentation. The glaze makes the ham shiny and glossy, and it takes only a few minutes to achieve a nice effect. I wanted to use some different, less traditional holiday flavors for my ham glaze this year, and I decided on mangoes and jalapenos for a spicy and sweet glaze.

Maple Roasted Carrots

I am always looking for new ways to serve old favorites, like carrots. While browsing Pinterest for sides for Thanksgiving I came across this recipe for Maple Glazed Carrots, and decided it would work well. So I changed it up a little and made these Maple Roasted Carrots.

Maple Roasted Carrots - a simple side dish made by roasting carrots and garlic and tossing them in maple syrup. Perfect side for Thanksgiving.

I modified the recipe up by using olive oil instead of butter, and adding garlic too. I love garlic, so I tend to add it to most vegetable dishes! I also used multi-colored carrots to make the dish look pretty, which makes it perfect the the Thanksgiving table.

Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is the perfect time of year for making winter squash. One of my favorite winter squash is Acorn squash because the size is perfect for our family. This weekend I made this Couscous & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner, and it was delicious.

Couscous and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash - and easy seasonal fall meal

Couscous makes a nice base for stuffing a squash because it has a nice nutty flavor which goes well with the squash. I used Israel couscous, which is larger and has a chewy consistency that is closer to pasta. To add to the seasonal nature of the dish I stirred in some dried cranberries.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears

This recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears - An easy Holiday side dish

I used to think I didn’t like sweet potatoes, because the only way I’d ever eaten them was the typical Thanksgiving side dish where they are covered with brown sugar and marshamallows.  That dish is way too sweet for me, but it turns out that I love sweet potatoes when are served so that their natural flavor shines through.  Now I eat roasted, bake or sauteed sweet potatoes all the time, and enjoy them quite a bit.

Strawberry Cranberry Salad Recipe

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It is no secret that the average American diet is not very healthy.  But few of us probably realize how bad it is – Most Americans only meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for proper nutrition about 7 days out of the year!  That is only 2% of the time, which is quite a disturbing statistic.  And one of the most important things we can do to make our meals better is to include more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Strawberry Cranberry Salad - an easy salad with strawberries, cranberries and sunflower seeds

Spicy Sriracha Lime Popcorn

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Popcorn is practically a staple food in my house – between me, my husband and our three kids it is a rare night when someone doesn’t decide to make popcorn!  This weekend we had a family movie night featuring spicy Srirach Lime Popcorn.  The popcorn was perfect for enjoying during an action filled science fiction movie!

Sriracha Lime Popcorn - a spicy treat for family movie night

The popcorn is easy to make using ACT II Butter Lovers’s microwave popcorn as a base.  I have made spicy popcorn before, but this is the first time I have added lime to popcorn and it really gave the popcorn a nice kick, and the mild lime flavor complemented the spicy hot sauce.

Rotel’s Rockin’ Guac

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Spring has finally arrived here in New York – better late than never! When it comes to spring entertaining quick and easy ideas are key for me, like RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac paired with Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas!

RO*TEL Rockin' Guac and Bud Light Lime-a-Rita - perfect for Cinqo de mayo

I love guacamole. Nothing beats the smooth and creamy taste with just a hint of lime, and it is perfect for dipping corn chips, pita bread or veggies. RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac recipe makes guacamole even better because using RO*TEL’s tomatoes with green chilies adds a little bit of spice and zest to the guac. Plus the guac just looks so pretty with bright little flecks of tomatoes in it!

Onion Dill Dip – Perfect Big Game Snack

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My family and I love watching college basketball, so we are excited about all the big games that will be starting soon. The game is fast paced and unpredictable, and of we love to see upsets and surprises! Basketball is the perfect sport to watch with friends and family, and you can all enjoy snacks like this Onion Dill Dip.

Onion Dill Dip - a creamy yogurt based dip that is a perfect complement for spicy snacks

Guinness Bread

This hearty quick bread recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness Bread - A hearty quick bread made with Guinness Stout which is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

I love cooking with Guinness – whether it is a hearty Irish stew like Instant Pot lamb stew or a sweet treat like Guinness brownies the beverage adds flavor and excitement to many dishes.

This Guinness Bread is packed with flavor, and has an amazing moist texture. Since it is a quick bread you don’t have to mess around with proofing yeast, the carbonation in the Guinness Stout combines with the baking soda to make the bread rise.

Tropical Fruit Salad

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Now that it is January cold weather is really settling in around here!  It is the perfect time to warm up with comfort foods like Marie Callender’s pot pies, which deliver a true sense of homemade.

Marie Callender's Pot Pies & Tropical Fruit Salad #EasyAsPotPie #Ad

And to counteract the weather I like to pair my pot pies with a Tropical Fruit Salad – an excellent reminder that warmer weather will come, eventually!  It is easy to put together a fresh fruit salad while the pot pies are baking, and the fruit provides a nice sweet accompaniment to the toasty warm pot pies.

Jalapeno Crab Bites

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Holiday season is all about parties!  We always host a big family party on Christmas Day and have lots of appetizers and finger food for everyone to eat until Christmas dinner. This year one of the appetizers I am planning to make is these Jalapeno Crab Bites, a delicious party food.

Jalapeno Crab Bites - Easy Party Appetizer

I like to have a large variety of food for our Christmas Day, because it is one of those days many people don’t each much for breakfast!  The excitement of presents means breakfast tends to be rushed, if it is eaten at all.  Everyone in my family loves seafood, so I try to include some every year.  A few years ago I made a squid appetizer, and that was not a big hit, so I figured I’d stick to something more traditional this year and make crab cake bites.  This recipe uses Tabasco Green Jalapeno sauce to enhance the flavor of the crab meat.

Apple Fennel Salad

I have been making lots and lots of apple desserts, but this weekend I need a side dish to take to a pot luck picnic. I wanted to bring something healthy and seasonal, so I made this Apple Fennel salad.

Apple Fennel Salad with Blueberries and Salad Turnips

This salad uses fennel, which pairs well with apples because it has a nice licorice taste.  The sweet blueberries and tart apples make a nice contrast to the crisp fennel, and the secret ingredient – salad turnips.

Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad Recipe from Redpack Tomatoes

Recently Redpack Tomatoes sent me some tomatoes and delicious recipe for using canned tomatoes in summer salads. I like this idea, because around here vine ripened tomatoes are still at least a month away, and the tomatoes at the grocery store are usually picked before they ripen, so they lack flavor.

Canned tomatoes are picked ripe, which makes them juicy, healthy, and economical. Because of that, they are perfect for salads all year round. The Redpack test kitchen has developed some delicious salad recipes which incorporate summer fruit, like this Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad.

Chicken Blueberry Chopped Salad from RedPack Tomatoes - sponsored
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Raspberry Shrimp Salad

Summer is the perfect time for salads!  They made a tasty main dish, and best of all they are easy to make ahead and have waiting after a busy day.  This Raspberry Shrimp Salad is a simple and cool supper for summer.

Raspberry Shrimp Salad

I made a simple vinagrette dressing for this using Raspberries, oil and vinegar, but you could make the recipe even simpler by purchasing a Raspberry Dressing.  But even with making your own dressing this can be on the table (or in the refrigerator) in less than 15 minutes.

Irish Coffee Muffins Recipe

These Irish Coffee Muffins are a great way to enjoy a seasonal St. Patrick’s Day treat.  Most Irish Muffin recipes I have seen are for Irish Soda Bread Muffins, which are okay, but for me Irish Coffee is better!  These muffins combine coffee, Irish Whiskey and cream for a delicious and different taste.

Irish Coffee Muffins #muffins #stpatricksday

These muffins were very light and moist, much so more than most muffins that I have made!  I think it is because they are made with sour cream instead of milk.  They taste subtly of whiskey, but the taste is not overwhelming at all, there is just a hint of the flavor.

Easy to Make Last Minute Gift – Caramel Corn

Popcorn is one of my favorite foods. So when I was looking for a quick and easy last minute gift to make for friends I immediately though of Caramel Corn. Delicious sugar covered popcorn baked with peanuts is a perfect holiday treat.

Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe #popcorn #caramel

Greek Olive Bread Recipe

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The Holiday season means lots of entertaining!  It seems like there are parties and events all the time this time of year, both formal and informal.  I like to have some simple appetizers that I can make without too much time or effort to try and reduce the stress of the Holiday season.  This Greek Olive Bread is a great example since it combines some simple ingredients into a delicious holiday appetizer.

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