I had planned to share this lovely warm barley salad I made last week with you guys, but since I got back from Texas, one thing has dominated my thoughts: queso.
Queso; that gooey, warm dip made mostly of cheese with a little chili and tomato for extra flavor. Northern friends might call it nacho cheese. The Texan version is ubiquitous at Tex Mex places, parties, and on every appetizer menu. The key to a good Texan queso is to use processed cheese or velveeta. There really is no other way to get that particularly gooey, creamy texture.
One of my favorite things is to design meals or recipes for my family and friends that is specific to their loves and needs. There’s something so satisfying about having an audience who you understand and can make something totally personalized for.
Today is my wonderful mother’s birthday, and since we can’t be in the same place I did the next best thing to making her birthday dinner. I came up with a meal I thought she’d love—salad, entree, and dessert, recipes below—and tasked my sisters and Dad with making it for her. Thanks guys! I thought you guys might like it too. Maybe some of you can make this for mother’s day if you have a Mum like mine!
This honey and vanilla pudding topped with strawberry and ginger compote is part of a birthday meal I made for my Mum. To read more about it and get all the links, check out the writeup here.
Hosting a little get together with a few friends this holiday season? These little pies look super fancy and impressive, but are actually easier to make than a regular apple pie. Because they are cooked in little muffin tins the crust gets crisp and golden brown on the bottom (hard to do with a regular pie!) and they are already in cute individual portions. Keep reading