Cheese Ball Pops

Here’s what happens when you are married to a food blogger.  You come home from work with the perfectly reasonable expectation of having a normal dinner.  But lo, your food blogger spouse has had a brainstorm during the day that if there were cake pops out there in the world, why couldn’t there be cheese pops?  As in, soft little balls of blue cheese and cream cheese and chopped chives and black pepper, rolled in chopped walnuts with a pretzel stick for easy holding.  And so instead of your nice normal dinner, guess what you eat that night? Yup.  Cheese Ball Pops.
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Banana Jam!

There they are again.   Those brown speckled bananas that you were SURE were going to be long gone by now, but no…here they are.  But before you reach once again for that trusty banana bread recipe, walk on the wild side with me.  Break out the brown sugar and the cinnamon and let’s make some easy, no scary canning involved, spicy, creamy banana jam.  Yep, banana jam.

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Pasta with Broccoli Pesto

That’s right, you heard me.  BROCCOLI pesto.  Bright and colorful cheesy deliciousness spooned over your favorite pasta, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and loaded with good and good for you green veggies.  And it takes all of 20 minutes to put the whole thing together, which makes it not only delicious but super-speedy, which is my absolute favorite combination of things.  But let’s get back to the whole broccoli part of the pesto thing for a sec, shall we?
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No Fear Cheese Souffle

For the longest time, I was afraid of cheese souffles.  Afraid the way the dog is afraid of thunderstorms, or the way the Southern husband is afraid the Georgia Bulldogs are going to lose to to Auburn.  A deep sense of foreboding and visions of deflated, soupy cheese lurked before me.  And then I tried actually MAKING a few cheese souffles, and you know what?  Easy. Reliable.  Festive.  Delicious.  And no fear!
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Chicken with Bacon Mustard Sauce

Not only does this recipe call for one of my favorite ingredients (hello, bacon!), but it also uses one of my favorite ways to cook chicken…a method that I learned from various recipes I have gotten from my mama, and a method that is guaranteed…guaranteed, I tell you! – to leave you with chicken that is moist and tender.  Tender chicken is a wonderful, wonderful thing, but when you top it with a zingy bacon mustard sauce?  Now we’re talking.
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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pulled Pork

Pork has always been a little bit of a challenge for me.  I seem to have this magical ability to take a perfectly lovely piece of pork and cook it so that it is, well, DRY.  And so pork and I tend to avoid each other until the Southern husband reminds me that he does love pork for supper every once in a while, and then I give the old college try one more time.  And just to prove that the whole if at first you don’t succeed thing is actually sometimes true, please meet a plate of tender, sweet, I can’t believe I finally did it slow cooker brown sugar pulled pork.  Oh Happy Day!
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