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Posted on February 21, 2014

Foodie Friday: Turkey Caprese Panini

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Seriously beauties how can it be Friday again, I feel like we were just here. I have a quick post for Foodie Friday today. I love to cook but I won’t lie usually by Friday I am beat and not interested in spending my evening in the kitchen. Friday and Saturday are my nights off and we usually either whip up something quick, go out or order in.  
Delicious Fast & easy Turkey Caprese Panini

I have had this panini press for years, I am actually embarrassed to admit that the first few years it was still tucked away still in the box unopened. Well one night about 3 years ago I opened it and it’s been a getting regular use ever since. 
You can change up the ingredients to what ever suits your taste. Another filling I like is pesto, spinach, provolone, grilled chicken and roasted red peppers. This go round I went with a twist on the caprese and added mesquite turkey. Don’t fret if you don’t have a panini press a George Foreman Grill, or even a skillet with a weighted press or another heavy skillet on top could work also.  I prefer to get the meat ans cheese sliced at the deli counter but you can use the pre-packaged it doesn’t matter, hey even use left overs from a turkey or a baked chicken.  
Ingredients: 
Sliced French or Italian Bread 
Sliced Turkey 
Sliced Mozzarella Cheese 
Fresh Basil 
Fresh Sliced Tomatoes 
Olive Oil 
Salt & Pepper 
Balsamic Glaze 


Steps: 
Preheat Panini Press or Skillet
Lightly brush both sides of bread with olive oil 
Assemble (use as much or as little as you wish, I start with a layer of cheese, then a two slices of meat, tomato, a few basil leaves season with salt & pepper and a drizzle of the balsamic glaze followed by another slice of cheese) 
Place sandwich on bread and press for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread browns. 

Add a side salad and ENJOY! 

Do you have a favorite Panini recipe? Check out what the other Foodie Friday bloggers are whipping up this week for their easy Friday night meals. 

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Posted on February 14, 2014

Yummy Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

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TGIF beauties, I have an easy and delicious hot crab dip recipe for today’s Foodie Friday post. I love to entertain and dips are always a hit. This was one of my go to dips when entertaining during football season. 
Hot Crab Dip: Turn it up a notch with this easy hot crab dip. This can also be made in a crock pot.
Hot Crab Dip: Turn it up a notch with this easy hot crab dip. This can also be made in a crock pot. 


Hot Crab Dip Appetizer

Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz crab meat 
  • 1 pkg Neufchâtel  ( you can use regular cream cheese, the Neufchâtel has less fat and taste the same) 
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 Cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup yellow bell pepper (chopped) 
  • 1/4 Red onion (chopped fine) 
  • 3-4 Cloves garlic (chopped fine, I use the garlic press) 
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper (chopped fine)
  • 4 Green onions (chopped, use the whole thing white and green parts) 
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce 
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 Cups Cheese ( you can use what you like, I like to use a mix so I do 1 cup of a 5 cheese Italian blend and 1 cup triple cheddar blend) Mozzarella will work also. 
Directions: 
  • Preheat oven;
  • Place cream cheese in your baking dish and place in oven a few minutes to soften; 
  • Chop the onions, garlic, and peppers;
  • Combine Crab meat with all remaining  ingredients and mix well;
  • Transfer to baking dish and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes;
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cheese and green onions. 
Serve with crackers, bread or vegetables.  ENJOY!

Hot Crab Dip Appetizer


I have to admit I indulged a bit in this one. I love crab. Check out some more dip recipes from the other Foodie Friday bloggers below. 

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Posted on February 7, 2014

♥ Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day Berry Crescent Rolls ♥

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Morning beauties! I have a little something different for today’s post. We already know playing around with makeup and nail polish is a hobby of mine but one of the others things I really enjoying is cooking. So periodically between my nutrisystem updates I may put up a Foodie Friday post and share some recipes. Valentine’s Day is next week so I thought we could kick things off with a really simple treat to satisfy that sweet tooth. Below is my version of a fruit and cream cheese crescent roll. This recipe is super simple under 30 minutes to make and can be a sweet breakfast treat or a light dessert. 
This recipe can be altered based on your preference. To make it a very easy and simple recipe I use Pillsbury crescent rolls for the pastry. You can make the crescent rolls from scratch if you like but since I am not big on baking I don’t bother.
I am a big fan of berries so I opted for strawberries and raspberries for the filling. You can use whatever fruit you like or even try chocolate chips perhaps. Whenever possible I like to use fresh fruit but you can try this with a pie filling or even experiment with marmalade’s and other flavoring additions like orange or almond. 
  • Chop fruit into small pieces;
  • Combine fruit Greek yogurt, regular sugar, and vanilla;
  • Spray baking sheet and lay out the crescent rolls;
  • Apply approx. 1 tsp of fruit mixture to top of the crescent and roll up;
  • Continue until all are filled. Bake for  at 350º for 10-12 min.;
  • Remove from oven, plate and sift a bit of powdered sugar on top.

    
ENJOY! 

Will you be indulging in any sweets this coming Valentine’s Day? I would love to hear what’s on your menu. 

Check out what the other Foodie Friday Bloggers are cooking up this week. 

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