Crockpot Maple Brown Sugar Ham

PrintCrockpot Maple Brown Sugar Ham Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 5 hours Yield: 8-10 Ingredients7-8 pound spiral-cut ham 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 2 cups pineapple juice InstructionsPlace ham inside crock pot, flat side down. Rub the brown sugar over all sides of the ham. Then pour on […]

Pilgrim Cupcakes

PrintPilgrim Cupcakes Prep Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 24 cupcakes Ingredients2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 cup water 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup shortening 4 […]

Mexican Dry Rub

Having homemade rubs on hand in your spice rack makes flavoring meats and poultry a cinch. PrintMexican Dry Rub Prep Time: 5 minutes Ingredients2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 […]

Fig & Honey Cocktail

Figs, honey, and apple cider bring all the flavors of fall into one cocktail. PrintFig & Honey Cocktail Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup water 10 fresh figs 2 sprigs thyme 2 cups champagne 1/2 cup high quality apple cider 1 ounce orange liquorInstructionsSlice 8 figs into […]

Cheesy Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes

Elevate and spice up your mashed potatoes with jalapeños, cheese, and bacon. PrintCheesy Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 Ingredients3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed water 8 tablespoons butter, reserved 3/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 (4 ounce) […]

Maple Bacon Brie Pull Apart Bread

If you LOVE cheese and bread like I do, you will want to make this appetizer for every occasion! PrintMaple Bacon Brie Pull Apart Bread Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 8 Ingredients1 pound bacon 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 round loaf sourdough bread 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup raw pecans chopped 3 […]

S’mores Pie

Instead of serving the classic pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert, surprise your guests with a gooey s’mores pie. Who doesn’t love chocolate and marshmallows! PrintS’mores Pie Prep Time: 1 hourCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 8 Ingredients2 cups of finely ground graham crackers (about 15-16 graham crackers) 6 tablespoons melted butter ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup […]

Deconstructed Beef Tamales

Elevating your every day beef tamale by deconstructing it into layers of flavors. PrintDeconstructed Beef Tamales Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 8 hours Yield: 10 Ingredients2 pounds all- natural chuck tender 4 cups beef broth 1 small onion ½ head of garlic 1 tablespoon salt Salsa to taste 10 corn husks 3 ¾ cup of […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

A creamy pumpkin mousse graveyard is a fun and simple dessert to serve at your Halloween party! PrintPumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Total Time: 45 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla, reserved 8 ounce cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin […]

Ghost Tortilla Chips

Surprise your family with ghost chips for Halloween! PrintGhost Tortilla Chips Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 dozen corn tortillas ghost cookie cutter 1 (16 ounce) bottle of vegetable oil salt to tasteInstructionsLine a baking sheet with paper towels. Set aside. Using a cookie cutter, cut tortillas into little ghost shapes. […]

Jack-o’-lantern Enchilada Pot Pies

Celebrate Halloween all month long with a simple pot pie dinner. PrintJack-o’-lantern Enchilada Pot Pies Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 8 Ingredients1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, shredded 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles 1 (16 ounce) can favorite […]

Poción de sangre

Halloween fun with a creepy cocktail. PrintPoción de sangre Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients2 ounces tequila 3/4 cup fresh orange juice 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/4 ounce agave syrup 2 dashes orange bitters 3 ounces hibiscus tea 4 cups crushed ice 1 orange, sliced or peeled for garnishInstructionsFill a cocktail shaker with […]

Iced Dulce de Leche Latte

Making my own coffee house drink. PrintIced Dulce de Leche Latte Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 4 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients1 cup whole milk 2 tablespoons dulce de leche 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract whipped cream for garnish cinnamon for garnishInstructionsIn a small saucepan over medium heat combine the milk, dulce de leche and vanilla extract. […]

Apple Bacon Quesadilla

Apples + Bacon + Cheese PrintApple Bacon Quesadilla Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded, reserved 1 Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple, cord and thinly sliced 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled 4 flour tortillasInstructionsBring a large skillet to medium heat. Place the 2 tortillas in the hot […]

Avocado Bacon & Eggs

A complete breakfast! Avocado + Bacon + Eggs PrintAvocado Bacon & Eggs Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients2 medium avocados 4 eggs 2 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded season with salt and pepper fresh salsa (optional)InstructionsPreheat oven to 425F. Cut avocados in half and remove the […]

Chocolate Caramel Apple Taquitos

I was inspired by fall apples and baked a little Mexican dessert for the family. PrintChocolate Caramel Apple Taquitos Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients8 Granny Smith apples, diced 1/2 cup granulated sugar, reserved 1 tablespoon cinnamon, reserved 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 6 tablespoons butter, reserved 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas whipped cream […]

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Easy, simple cooking starts with a crock pot. I love walking into my house, after a long day of work, smelling dinner that has just finished cooking. PrintSlow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 8 hours Yield: 4 Ingredients1 pound pork tenderloin 1 (12 ounce) jar favorite salsa 1 tablespoon chili powder […]

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Elevate grilled corn with Mexican flavors and spices! PrintGrilled Mexican Street Corn Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 Ingredients6 ears corn, husks removed ½ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons heavy cream ¼ teaspoon salt Pepper to taste 1 1/2 cup Cotija cheese, finely crumbled Red chili powder, to taste 1 lime cut […]

Beef Taco Pop Tarts

Just like empanadas, these beef tacos are fun for kids to eat and freeze well for future meals. PrintBeef Taco Pop Tarts Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 12 pop tarts Ingredients2 boxes refrigerated pie crusts (4 crusts) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1/2 pound ground beef 1 tablespoon cumin […]

Steak Fiesta Bowl

Make a hearty and healthy dinner in a bowl. I love this recipe since the real prepping and cooking is only grilling the meat and cooking the rice. All of the other toppings can be store bought or made ahead of time, making this an easy weeknight dinner to throw together. And with school around […]

Enchilada Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Looking for a gluten-free meal tonight? Try a healthier version of enchiladas by switching out flour tortillas for portabella mushrooms. PrintEnchilada Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 pound chicken breasts, cooked, shredded* salt and pepper for seasoning 1/2 lime, juiced 1 cup enchilada sauce 4 portabello mushrooms, gills […]

Churro S’mores with Chocolate and Marshmallow Sauce

S’mores are one of my favorite childhood treats. Try swapping out graham crackers for warm, sugary churros. You won’t be disappointed! PrintHomemade Churros Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 1 dozen, 4-inch churros Ingredients1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup water 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all purpose flour 3 […]

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños

Satisfy your taste buds with a salty, spicy, and cheesy appetizer. PrintBacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 16 jalapeños Ingredients4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 8 jalapeño peppers, sliced lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed 8 slices […]

Raspberry Rose Punch

The perfect cocktail to enjoy during a summer afternoon. PrintRaspberry Rose Punch Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 (750 ml) bottle rose wine 1/2 cup raspberry liquor 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 cup club soda 1 bunch mint 1 cup raspberriesInstructionsIn a large pitcher filled with ice, combine rose, raspberry liquor, lemon […]

Cilantro Lime Black Bean Rice

Beans and rice are a staple in my family. I like to elevate a simple side dish with a zest of flavor without adding a lot of time to my meal prep. PrintCilantro Lime Black Bean Rice Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients2 cups chicken broth 1 cup Jasmine rice 2 […]

Avocado Arugula Salad

Lighten your meal with an easy summer salad filled with avocado, corn, and tomatoes. PrintAvocado Arugula Salad Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon chili powder salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 2 ears of […]

Easy Festive Layered Dip

Show your stars and stripes this 4th of July with an easy and festive layered dip! PrintFestive Layered Dip Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 8-10 Ingredients1 (15 ounce) can refried pinto beans 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1 (16 ounce) favorite salsa 2 cups guacamole 2 cups pico de gallo 1 1/2 cups […]

Mexican Pizza

Simplify your weeknights with a quick Mexican Pizza for dinner. PrintMexican Pizza Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 tablespoon olive oil 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained 2 ounces canned chopped green chiles 1 cup […]

Simple Watermelon Salad

Elevate your watermelon with a little mint and lime! PrintSimple Watermelon Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 6-8 Ingredients1 medium seedless watermelon, cubed 1 lime, juiced 1/2 cup mint, choppedInstructionsIn a medium size bowl, toss the watermelon, lime juice, and mint together. Serve chilled.3.1http://www.christyvega.com/eat/simple-watermelon-salad/Christy Vega Save Save  

Easy Taco Rolls

An easy kid-friendly dinner to whip together any night of the week! PrintEasy Taco Rolls Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 18 taco rolls Ingredients1/2 onion, chopped 1 teaspoon olive oil ½ pound ground beef 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt […]

Easy Skirt Steak

It’s summer! Get ready to grill! PrintEasy Skirt Steak Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients 1 lime, juiced 1/2 cup pineapple juice 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ teaspoon Mexican oregano 2 teaspoons cumin ½ teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons cilantro 1 1/2 pound skirt steak, trimmed 1 cup tomatillo salsa 1 cup […]

Tequila Lime Coleslaw

A tangy coleslaw, perfect as a side dish for your summer BBQ’s! PrintTequila Lime Coleslaw Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1/4 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt 1-2 limes, juiced 1 tablespoon tequila 3 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt pinch of black pepper 3 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced […]

Chicken Quesadilla

I love quesadillas because they are quick and easy and can be served as an appetizer or a meal. PrintChicken Quesadilla Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients1/4 cup lowfat Greek yogurt 2 teaspoons chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped 4 small (5-6 inch) flour tortillas 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded 1 […]

Chicken Fajita Kebabs

Summer is here!  It’s time to move outside to the grill! PrintChicken Fajita Kebabs Prep Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil Zest and juice of 1 large lime 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon cayenne […]

Sweet Potato Hash with Black Beans and Spinach

A healthy, gluten-free recipe perfect for a weekend brunch. PrintSweet Potato Hash with Black Beans and Spinach Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 large shallot, sliced 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 teaspoon […]

Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs

A Mexican twist on a classic and simple appetizer. PrintMexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 6-8 Ingredients1 dozen eggs 1/4 cup crema 2 tablespoons mustard 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce Tabasco sauce to taste salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup Cotija cheese 1/4 cup red onion, minced 2 […]

Mexican Roasted Cauliflower Salad

A creamy avocado dressing mixed with crispy cauliflower and spiced chickpeas. PrintMexican Roasted Cauliflower Salad Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tablespoon , divided 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika salt and pepper to taste 1 small […]

Grilled Salmon with Avocado

A quick, healthy, and delicious meal for any night of the week. PrintGrilled Salmon with Avocado Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients2 pounds salmon, cut into 4 pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder […]

Chili Lime Asparagus

Zest up a side dish of asparagus with a little chili and lime. PrintChili Lime Asparagus Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 bunch asparagus, trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 lime, juiced InstructionsPreheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss […]

Paloma

A refreshing cocktail to serve at an afternoon spring party. PrintPaloma Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients1 1/4 ounce Don Julio Reposado 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce agave nectar club soda 1 grapefruit, sliced into wheels thyme sprigs for garnish (optional)InstructionsAdd ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour […]

Easter Eggs

Painting eggs, exclusively for kids, while dining at Casa Vega has become a fun Easter tradition at our restaurant. Felices Pascuas!  

Mexican Kale Salad

A healthy, lighter meal filled with lots of flavor. PrintMexican Kale Salad Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients2 boneless chicken breast, pounded thin 1 tablespoon olive oil salt and pepper 1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped 1 cup black beans 1 cup grilled corn 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered 1/4 […]

Easter Rice Krispie Cake

A simple, eye-catching dessert that makes a fun centerpiece too! PrintEaster Rice Krispie Cake Prep Time: 60 minutes Yield: 20 Ingredients24 cups Rice Krispie cereal 1 1/2 cups butter 4 (10 ounce) packages marshmallows 2 (4.25 ounce) decorative white icing 2 (10 ounce) jelly beans or favorite candy 1 chocolate bunny cooking spray 6-inch, 8-inch, […]

Coconut Flan

Elevating a classic. A delicate coconut and caramel custard. PrintCoconut Flan Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 8-10 Ingredients1 pound granulated sugar 2 ounces orange juice 4 eggs 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk 1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk 1 teaspoon coconut extract 3/4 cup shredded coconut flakesInstructionsPreheat oven to 350F. Place […]

Artichoke Enchiladas

Enjoy spring vegetables in this simple vegetarian enchilada. PrintArtichoke Enchiladas Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small red onion, chopped ¼ teaspoon salt 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup drained artichokes (jarred or defrosted frozen), quartered 1 (4-ounce) can green chilis, drained 1 (12 ounce) bag baby […]

Tequila Lime Shrimp

Prepare this easy shrimp recipe as a delicious appetizer served on skewers or make it a simple weeknight dinner and serve it with corn tortillas! PrintTequila Lime Shrimp Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 dried ancho chili peppers, seeds […]

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

A simple, refreshing and tangy salsa that pairs well with grilled seafood. You’ll even catch me eating it with chips! Yum! PrintGrilled Pineapple Salsa Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 2 cups Ingredients2 teaspoons coconut oil, reserved 1 small ripe pineapple trimmed and sliced into (1/2 inch) cubes 1 large red bell pepper […]

Irish Cream Brownies

A decadent dessert that is a favorite among chocolate lovers. PrintIrish Cream Brownies Prep Time: 40 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 24 brownies Ingredients1¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder 1½ […]

Mexican Chicken and Lime Soup

The perfect soup to cozy up with on a cold, crisp day. PrintMexican Chicken and Lime Soup Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound chicken breast 4 cups chicken broth […]

Cilantro Lime Tortilla Chips

A touch of lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro elevates this basic tortilla chip recipe. PrintCilantro Lime Tortilla Chips Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients12 corn tortillas vegetable oil 1/2 lime, juiced Coarse sea salt 1/4 cup cilantro, choppedInstructionsLine a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside. Stack and […]

Hibiscus Margarita

A sweet and refreshing margarita. PrintHibiscus Margarita Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients1 1/4 ounce Patron Roca Silver 2 ounces hibiscus agua fresca 1/2 ounce agave nectar 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1 lime wheel, to garnish salt to rim glass iceInstructionsAdd ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in Patron, hibiscus agua fresca, agave […]

Blood Orange Mimosa

Add a little sparkle to your day. PrintBlood Orange Mimosa Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 6 Ingredients12 ounces blood orange juice, freshly squeezed 1 (750 ml) bottle champagne sprigs of thyme for garnishInstructionsPour 2 ounces of chilled blood orange juice in each champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne. Garnish with additional blood orange slices and […]

Mini Taco Bowls

Bite size taco bowls. A perfect appetizer for any gathering. PrintMini Taco Bowls Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 12 mini bowls Ingredients12 flour tortillas salt to taste 1 cup refried beans 1 ½ cups chicken, shredded ½ cup jack cheese, finely grated ½ cup pico de gallo 1 cup Romaine lettuce thinly […]

Grapefruit & Rosemary Infused Water

Clean & Simple PrintGrapefruit & Rosemary Infused Water Prep Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients3 pink grapefruit, sliced 1 sprig rosemary 1 gallon water ice for servingInstructionsFill water pitcher with sliced grapefruit and sprig of rosemary. Slightly squeeze juice from the grapefruit. Fill with water. Cover and allow to chill in the […]

Healthy Taco Bowl

Healthy and yummy taco bowl. PrintHealthy Taco Bowl Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 pound lean turkey, ground 1 large onion, chopped 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika salt to taste 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 […]

Spicy Tomato Detox Soup

Want to detox & stay warm! Try this recipe. PrintSpicy Tomato Detox Soup Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon chili powder 5 oz cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in halves 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes ½ […]

Detox Spinach and Kale Smoothie

Start your year off with this green smoothie! PrintDetox Spinach and Kale Smoothie Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 2 Ingredients2 cups kale, chopped 1 cup spinach, chopped 2 ripe banana, frozen, sliced 1 cup mango, frozen, chopped 1 cup pineapple, frozen, chopped 1 1/2 cups coconut water ice as desired for consistencyInstructionsIn a blender, combine […]

Taco Bloody Mary

Recover properly!! PrintTaco Bloody Mary Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients1 1/2 ounce Stoli Vodka 5 ounces Mr & Mrs T Bloody Mary Mix 1 splash Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce Squeeze of fresh lime juice Serve over Ice Garnishes wood skewers Demitris bacon rimshot rim salt 1 stalk celery 1 slice crispy bacon […]

Honeycrisp Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

A favorite seasonal salad perfect for the holidays. PrintHoneycrisp Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Prep Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 IngredientsVinaigrette: 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup apple juice 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Salad: 3 medium (1 pound) Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced […]

Holiday Table

Dress up your napkins with a simple twine and Santa clip to add a little festive cheer to your table setting this season.  

Chilaquiles

Try this twist on chilaquiles. PrintChilaquiles Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients8 (4-inch) corn tortillas 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cups tomato sauce 1 tablespoon tomato paste 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 8 ounces […]

Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding

This blueberry bread pudding is like eating dessert for breakfast! Yum! PrintBlueberry Croissant Bread Pudding Prep Time: 24 hoursCook Time: 35 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients3 large croissants, chopped 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup half and halfInstructionsFill a medium […]

Maple Bacon

The perfect combination of salty and sweet. PrintMaple Bacon Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 35 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 pound bacon 1/4 cup maple syrupInstructionsPreheat oven to 375ºF. Line baking sheets with wire racks. Lay bacon in a single layer on the wire racks. Bake bacon for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with […]

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Easy holiday breakfast served hot or cold. PrintBacon and Cheese Quiche Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients3/4 pound thickly sliced bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 onion, sliced 3 green onions, chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 6 large eggs 1 cup half and half 1/2 cup […]

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

One of my favorite duo’s: marshmallows & sweet potatoes! PrintStuffed Sweet Potatoes Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 55 minutes Yield: 12 Ingredients6 large sweet potatoes 8 ounces light cream cheese 1 cup mini marshmallows 1 cup sugared pecansInstructionsPreheat oven to 400ºF. Pierce sweet potatoes with a knife or fork. Place on a baking sheet lined […]

Maple Bourbon Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

A fun twist on the traditional apple pie! PrintMaple Bourbon Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Prep Time: 1 hourCook Time: 55 minutes Yield: 12 IngredientsCrust: 1 refrigerated pie crust 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons sugar Pie filling: 8 Granny Smith apples (about 6 cups), peeled, cored, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons […]

Cranberry Bites

10 minute appetizer, perfect for any occasion. PrintCranberry Bites Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Yield: 15 Ingredients1 sheet of puff pastry 1 egg, lightly beaten 6 ounces brie or white cheddar cheese 1 cup cranberry sauce thyme for garnishInstructionsPreheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush […]

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Easy 20 minute appetizer. PrintGoat Cheese Stuffed Figs Prep Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients8 fresh figs 1/2 cup goat cheese 3 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped 6 mint leaves, chiffonadeInstructionsSlice the figs halfway through, keeping them connected at the base. Spoon in 1 tablespoon goat cheese into each fig. Pour honey into a […]

Citrus Olives

An easy and zesty appetizer to have on hand for any occasion. PrintCitrus Olives Prep Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 3 hours Yield: 2 cups Ingredients1 lemon 1 orange 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 cups mixed olives 3 teaspoons herbs de Provence 1/8th teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakesInstructionsFrom 1 lemon, peel three […]

Poblano Soup

A perfect soup to cozy up to on a chilly rainy day. PrintPoblano Soup Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 60 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients3 poblano chiles, cut in half and seeded 8 ounces Cotija cheese 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, reserved 1/4 white onion, chopped 2 ounces Jack cheese, shredded 32 […]

Marigold Margarita

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a delicious and vibrant margarita. PrintMarigold Margarita Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients2 ounces marigold infused tequila 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice 1 ounce cointreau 1 ounce lime juice cubed ice marigold flowers and petals for garnish orange rind for garnishInstructionsFill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour […]

Pomegranate Guacamole

I loved to add a seasonal touch to my guacamole. PrintPomegranate Guacamole Prep Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients3 avocados 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup white onion, diced 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced 1 jalapeño, minced Squeeze of lime juice 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh sage leaves, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh […]

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Warm your soul this Day of the Dead with a traditional Mexican hot chocolate. PrintMexican Hot Chocolate Yield: 4 cups Ingredients4 cups milk 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) 4ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cinnamon sticks, optionalInstructionsHeat milk, sugar, and spices […]

Marigold Infused Tequila

I’m infusing my tequila with marigolds and orange rinds this Day of the Dead. PrintMarigold Infused Tequila Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4 cups Ingredients1 cup organic marigold petals Zest or rind from 1 orange 4 cups tequila InstructionsUsing your favorite jar or the original tequila bottle, add marigold petals and orange rind to the […]

Churros with Dipping Sauces

Elevate your churros by serving a variety of dipping sauces. In my family, we love chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream! PrintHomemade Churros Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 1 dozen, 4-inch churros Ingredients1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup water 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all purpose flour 3 large […]

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pesto

Enhance the flavor and look of your soup by serving it in a roasted sugar pumpkin bowl. PrintRoasted Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pesto Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Yield: 4 Ingredients1 large sugar pumpkin + 4 small sugar pumpkins, for serving bowls, reserved (optional) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt […]

Halloween Decorations

An inexpensive way to make your front porch festive for Halloween.  

Blackberry & Cantaloupe Kabobs

A simple Halloween themed treat perfect for your kid’s party. PrintBlackberry & Cantaloupe Kabobs Prep Time: 30 minutes Yield: 10 kabobs Ingredients2 pints blackberries 1 cantaloupe, cubed 10 bamboo skewersInstructionsSkewer blackberries and cantaloupe in alternating patterns. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 3.1http://www.christyvega.com/eat/blackberry-cantaloupe-kabobs/Christy Vega  

Halloween Decor

Hot glue or tie bats onto twigs for a simple, easy Halloween decoration.  

Bones

Elevate the average Halloween skeleton with a little gold spray paint.  

Candied Apples

PrintCandied Apples Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 15 Ingredients15 apples 15 twigs or craft sticks 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1 1/2 cups water 12 drops red food coloringInstructionsLightly grease two cookie sheets. Insert sticks into whole apples. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn […]

Spray Paint Pumpkins for a festive Halloween

A little black & gold glam to spruce up your front doorstep.  

Smoking Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

PrintSmoking Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients5 blackberries 1/2 jalapeño, de-seeded and sliced 1 lime juiced 3 ounce tequila 1 ounce agave nectar 1/2 cup ice 1 cube dry ice (food grade) for garnishInstructionsAdd the blackberries and jalapeños to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the juices are released. Add lime juice, […]

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Simple roasted pumpkin seed recipes to use after carving! PrintRoasted Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 2 cups Ingredients1 tablespoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups pumpkin seedsInstructionsPreheat oven to 300ºF. Grease a baking sheet, set aside. In a medium size […]

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

PrintSlow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 8 hours Yield: 6-8 Ingredients2 pounds beef chuck roast 1 tablespoon oil salt and pepper for seasoning 1 (15 ounce) can beef broth 1 yellow onion, chopped 1/2 tablespoon cumin 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon salt 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped plus […]

Mexican Green Beans

PrintMexican Green Beans Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 pound green beans, trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 red onion, chopped 4 pickled jalapeño chili peppers, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled 1/2 avocado, […]

Mexican Street Corn Soup

PrintMexican Street Corn Soup Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 60 minutes Yield: 4-6 Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 9 corn on the cobs, shucked and kernels cut off 1 yellow onion, chopped 1/8 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups vegetable broth 1/2 […]

Fig and Serrano Ham Crostini

PrintFig and Serrano Ham Crostini Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 32 appetizers IngredientsFor the crema: 2 ounces queso fresco 4 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons buttermilk 1 clove garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste 16 fresh Mission figs, stems removed, sliced in half 2 ounces Serrano ham, sliced paper-thin 1 fresh […]

Mango Popsicles

Healthy, simple and delicious mango popsicles. PrintMango Popsicles Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 4 hours Yield: 10 popsicles Ingredients4 cups mango, cubed 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1 lime, juicedInstructionsIn a blender, purée mango, pineapple juice, and lime juice together. Using a funnel, pour the puréed mixture into the popsicle molds. Place in the freezer and […]

Avocado and Bean Tostada

PrintAvocado and Bean Tostada Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 3 mini tostadas Ingredients3 fried corn tortilla 1 cup refried beans 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded 1 cup pico de gallo 1/2 avocado, sliced 1/2 lime 1/4 cup cotija cheese, gratedInstructionsTo assemble tostadas, spread warm refried beans evenly onto the shell. Add lettuce, pico de gallo, […]

Simple Bean Burrito

PrintSimple Bean Burrito Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients1 (10-12 inch) flour tortilla 1/3 cup Jack cheese, shredded 3/4 cup refried beans InstructionsIn a fry pan, heat the flour tortilla over low heat. Add cheese down the center of the tortilla. As the cheese begins to melt, spread beans on top […]

Churro Ice Cream Sandwich

PrintChurro Ice cream Sandwich Yield: 8 IngredientsCHURROS 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup water 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all purpose flour 3 large eggs, beaten Vegetable oil CINNAMON SUGAR 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon CHOCOLATE GANACHE 8 ounces dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 […]

Strawberry Agua Fresca

A refreshing, fruity drink that the whole family can enjoy! PrintStrawberry Agua Fresca Yield: 8 Ingredients5 cups strawberries, sliced 1 cup granulated sugar 8 cups water, dividedInstructionsPlace strawberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water into a large bowl. Lightly mash. Cover and place in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours. Using a potato masher, […]

Mexican Street Corn Nachos

Grilled corn adds sweetness to the otherwise savory nacho dish. Serve these poolside at your next BBQ! PrintMexican Street Corn Nachos Yield: 8 Ingredients6 ears of corn, shucked 1 tablespoon butter or oil 7 ounces chorizo (2 links), casings discarded 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 cup heavy cream 8 ounces Monterey Jack […]

Homemade Corn Tortillas

My boys enjoy making homemade tortillas with me. It’s fun for them since they get to use their hands to mix and knead the dough. The texture is just like play-doh! PrintHomemade Corn Tortillas Yield: 20 Ingredients2 cups masa harina 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 -2 cups warm waterInstructionsIn a large bowl, mix together masa […]

Potato Taquitos

Potato taquitos are my “Mexican” re-stuffed baked potatoes. They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I love to top them with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Just like I would with any baked potato! PrintPotato Taquitos Yield: 30 taquitos Ingredients4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 […]

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo doesn’t always have to include paper flowers and piñatas. This year I mixed and matched turquoise and pink with succulents and cacti, creating a modern design for a classic fiesta. I love how these patterned napkins pop next to the solid dishware. Flowers by Ashley Tearston, Floracopia  

White Wine Sangria

I enjoy making white wine sangria during the spring and summer months. It is a light and refreshing drink; perfect to enjoy in the afternoon sun. PrintWhite Wine Sangria Yield: 6-8 Ingredientsice 1 lime, thinly sliced into rounds 1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio 1/4 cup peach vodka 24 ounces […]

Tres Leche Cake

The three different types of milks make this cake decadently rich and moist, perfect for any celebration. Keep it simple with a whipped cream frosting, or dress the cake up with sliced fruit. PrintTres Leche Cake Yield: 16 Ingredientsunsalted butter for pan 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2-4 tablespoons for pan 1 tablespoon baking […]

Pomegranate Margarita

Celebrate “National Margarita Day” with a Pomegranate Margarita. It will sweeten your day! PrintPomegranate Margarita Yield: 1 Ingredients2 ounces Triple Sec 1 1/2 ounces Tequila 2 ounces pomegranate juices 2 ounces lime juice (2 limes) 1 ounce simple syrup coarse salt for the rim lime wedges for garnish pomegranate arils for garnishInstructionsFor simple syrup, bring […]

Lemon Sugar Cookies

As my boys get older, their schedules are filling up with baseball and more baseball! But I still manage to wrangle them into the kitchen to bake cookies together. It’s a simple and fun food craft we can do as a family. Enjoy these sugar cookies with a zest of lemon! PrintLemon Sugar Cookies Yield: […]

Elevated 7-Layer Dip

I took a classic dip and elevated it with tangy pesto. PrintElevated 7-Layer Dip Yield: 6 Ingredients2 cups or 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans 1 cup guacamole 1 cup fresh salsa 1 cup crema or sour cream 1 cup Spinach Cilantro Pesto 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup cilantro, choppedInstructionsIn a serving dish, layer […]

Spinach Cilantro Pesto

This tangy pesto is so versatile. It tastes delicious on any protein or grilled veggie. PrintSpinach Cilantro Pesto Yield: 3 1/2 cups Ingredients4 cups cilantro, roughly chopped 4 cups baby spinach, washed 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted 1 1/2 limes, juiced 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup tomatillo salsa 1/4 cup sour […]

Mexican Chili

What do you like more? The chili or toppings? I love a hearty chili that I can top with extra Mexican flavors. Click here for my quick and easy crema recipe or my spinach cilantro pesto. PrintMexican Chili Yield: 4 Ingredients1 tablespoon canola oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 pounds […]

Chorizo Nachos

Nachos are a perfect appetizer for any casual gathering. They quickly can be assembled, allowing you to have more time with your guests. PrintChorizo Nachos Ingredients1 tablespoon canola oil 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 pound beef chorizo, removed from casings and crumbled 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 […]

Bañuelos

A Mexican tradition. PrintBañuelos Prep Time: 3 hoursCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 20, 5-inch Bañuelos Ingredients1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg, beaten Vegetable oil CINNAMON […]

Creamy Avocado Dressing

This is a refreshing sauce that can dress up any salad, chicken, beef, tacos, or even pizza! PrintCreamy Avocado Dressing Yield: 3/4 cup Ingredients1/2 avocado 3/4 cup cilantro 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 green onion, chopped 1 clove garlic 1/2 lime, juiced salt to taste 1/4 cup milkInstructionsUsing a food processor or blender, […]

Mason Jar Taco Salad

Making mason jar salads at the beginning of the week makes it easy and convenient  to eat healthy lunches. PrintMason Jar Taco Salad Yield: 3 Jars Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed 3 chicken breasts 1/2 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon cumin, ground Salt and pepper for seasoning 1/2 cup Creamy avocado dressing […]

Glitz and Glam Champagne Glasses

Add a little sparkle to your champagne glasses with a touch of edible gold sugar.  

Tangerine Sparkling Margarita

Tangerines + Limes + Tequila PrintTangerine Sparkling Margarita Yield: 1 Ingredients2 oz tangerine juice 1 oz lime juice 3 mint leaves 2 oz Anejo Tequila 1 oz Cointreau ice 1 oz sparkling water *Sugar to rim glass, (optional) Mint sprig for garnish (optional) Tangerine peel for garnish (optional) InstructionsIn a cocktail shaker, combine tangerine juice, […]

Detox Smoothie Bowl

Simple, refreshing, and healthy. PrintDetox Smoothie Bowl Yield: serves 1 Ingredients2 small frozen bananas 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 handful of baby spinach 1/2 cup almond milk hemp seeds, chia seeds, pomegranate seeds, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, raw almonds, and coconut chips (garnishes optional) InstructionsIn a blender, combine frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, fresh spinach, and almond […]

Hot Chocolate Bar

Baby It’s Cold Outside.  

Christmas Breakfast

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Pecan Sticky Rolls

Sticky and Sweet.   PrintPecan Sticky Rolls Yield: 18 rolls IngredientsFOR THE DOUGH 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing bowls and pans 1 cup half and half 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon active dry yeast* 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten 3 cups all-purpose flour, as needed FOR […]

Homemade Chocolate Pecan Turtles

YUMMMMMY   PrintHomemade Chocolate Pecan Turtles Yield: 18 turtles Ingredients1 (8 ounce) bag pecan halves 1 (10 ounce) bag about 1 heaping cup of caramel squares, unwrapped 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 8 ounce dark chocolate, chopped 8 ounce milk, unsweetened, or white chocolate, chopped Fleur de Sel for sprinkling InstructionsLine two baking sheets with […]

Candied Cranberries

Add a little seasonal garnish.   PrintCandied Cranberries Yield: 3 cups Ingredients1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over 2 cups Turbinado or organic cane sugar for rollingInstructionsIn a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a simmer. Use a whisk to stir sugar until dissolved. Remove from […]

Mexican Mule

Mexican Mule is a fun spin on a Moscow Mule. Ginger beer, tequila, fresh lime juice and agave combined to create a delicious cocktail. Shop more:           PrintMexican Mule Yield: 1 Ingredientsice cubes 1 1/2 ounce Don Julio Blanco tequila 1/2 ounce lime juice 1 teaspoon agave or cranberry syrup (reserved […]

Homemade Churros con Nutella

Warm, soft and chocolatey.   PrintHomemade Churros con Nutella Yield: 1 dozen, 4-inch churros Ingredients1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup water 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all purpose flour 3 large eggs, beaten Vegetable oil CINNAMON SUGAR 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon FILLING 1 cup nutella or favorite […]

Persimmons with Blue Cheese and Arugula

Persimmons + Blue Cheese + Arugula PrintPersimmons with Blue Cheese and Arugula Yield: 4-6 Ingredients4 fuyu persimmons, sliced 1/2 lime, juiced 1 cup baby arugula 6 ounces blue cheese honey to taste 6 ounces prosciutto, thinly slicedInstructionsIn a large bowl, toss the persimmons with lime juice. Layer persimmon with a few arugula leaves and a […]

Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

Tender and Savory.   PrintBeef Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce Yield: 4 Ingredients3 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin tied together with butcher’s twine salt and pepper to season 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard SAUCE 2 1/2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard 1 cup heavy whipping cream InstructionsPreheat oven to 425°F. Line […]

Brussels Sprouts con Chorizo

Spice up your Brussels sprouts!   PrintBrussels Sprouts con Chorizo Yield: 6-8 Ingredients1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 cup chorizo, chopped 1 large shallot, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, finely shredded 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 lemon, juiced salt to taste 1/2 cup Marcona almonds, choppedInstructionsIn a large saucepan […]

Mediterranean Wreath Salad

The prettiest and easiest salad you will ever make.   PrintMediterranean Wreath Salad Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 head red leaf lettuce, rinsed and chopped 1 head baby Romain lettuce, rinsed and chopped 2 cups assorted olives and peppers 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled rosemary sprigs for garnish, optional DRESSING 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 clove […]

Scalloped Potato Stacks

Modern twist on scalloped potatoes. PrintScalloped Potato Stacks Yield: 1 dozen stacks Ingredients3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large shallot, minced 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, reserved 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced 6 stems of thyme […]

Queso Crujiente

PrintQueso Crujiente Yield: 4 Ingredients1 cup Manchego cheese, grated 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or favorite dried herb (optional) 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional) InstructionsPreheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix together Manchego cheese with dried rosemary (optional) or chili powder (optional). Place 1 tablespoon cheese onto prepared baking sheets, leaving […]

Centerpieces

Branches + Faux flowers + Glue gun  

Glitter Place Cards

These sparkling little frames make the perfect place cards. Shop more:    

Napkin Rings

Cinnamon Sticks + Juniper Berries + Twine  

Blanca Navidad!

Do the opposite of what is expected with a Winter White Table. Shop more:  

It’s all about the Details!

Large driftwood chargers add a natural touch to the setting and can be reused for various occasions to come. Fun tip: Just splurge on beautiful salad plates and keep dinner plates simple, white. You can reuse your white dinner plates over and over. I simply change out the salad plates for the seasons. Shop more: […]

Holiday Sweet Corn Tamales

Tamales are essential during the holidays. I added my jalapeño cranberry sauce to make them extra special this season! PrintSweet Corn Tamales Yield: 10 Ingredients15 corn husks 3 ¾ cup of sweet corn, cut from the cob or frozen if not in season ½ cup of sugar ¼ cup of flour 4 teaspoons of corn […]

A Thankful Table

This year I’m vibing a natural, organic theme for my tablescape. Shop more:  

Kid’s Table

A special table for my little turkeys. Shop more:      

DIY Holiday Place Cards

Mini pear + glue gun + card stock  

To-Go Bags

These chic “to-go” bags for leftovers also make a useful hostess gift. Shop more:        

Jalapeño Cornbread

Add a kick to your cornbread.               PrintJalapeño Cornbread Yield: 12 muffins Ingredients1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup sugar ¼ cup honey 2 eggs ½ cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon green […]

Triple Mushroom Bisque

Shiitake + Button + Portobello mushrooms               PrintTriple Mushroom Bisque Yield: 6-8 Ingredients2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large leek, washed and thinly sliced 1 large shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces button mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 large portobello […]

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Tart

#Salty #Sweet #Decadent   PrintSalted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Tart Yield: 6-8 IngredientsFor the crust: 1 ¼ cups almond meal 1 cup pecans 4 teaspoons coconut flour, sifted 5 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt For the filling 1 ½ cups granulated sugar ¾ cups butter, melted 1/3 cup […]

Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Spice up your cranberry sauce with jalapeños.               PrintJalapeño Cranberry Sauce Yield: 3 cups Ingredients2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced 1 cup water 1 1/4 cup sugar 12 ounce fresh or frozen cranberries 6 ounce fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 lime juiced (optional)InstructionsIn a medium saucepan combine minced […]

Mom’s Sweet Potato Orange Baskets

As a little girl, I was amazed at these tiny baskets of sweet potatoes.                 PrintMom’s Sweet Potato Orange Baskets Yield: 10 Ingredients3 large sweet potatoes (2 pounds), peeled and cubed 10 oranges 8 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice (from discarded orange flesh) ¼ cup brown sugar, packed […]

Chipotle Cocoa Spice Rub

Delicious on poultry, pork, beef or even add it to a hearty chili.                 PrintChipotle Cocoa Spice Rub Ingredients2 tablespoons cocoa 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin 1 ½ tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 2 teaspoons chipotle powder ½ teaspoon ground […]

Elotes de Dulces

Edible place card.   PrintElotes de Dulces Yield: 6-8 Ingredients6-8 pretzel rods 2 (12-ounce) bags of white melting chocolate 1 (10-ounce) bag mini M&M’s or mini Reese’s Pieces 8 corn husks 8 small mason jars 1 bag of popcorn kernels 1 spool of burlap ribbon hot glue name tagsInstructionsLine a baking sheet with wax paper. […]

Veggie Bundles Wrapped in Prosciutto

Prosciutto adds a savory element to these veggies.               PrintVeggie Bundles Wrapped in Proscuitto Yield: 6-8 IngredientsFor the Roasted Vegetables 1 pound carrots, trimmed and quartered lengthwise 1 pound parsnips, trimmed and peeled, cut into spears 1 pound French green beans, trimmed 2 tablespoon olive oil 8 slices prosciutto, […]

Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet

Elevating an old classic!             PrintCucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet Yield: 2 Ingredients¼ cup sugar ¼ Persian cucumber, seeds removed and sliced 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 2/3 vodka ¼ cup water ice 2 fresh basil sprigsInstructionsPlace sugar and ½ of the cucumber slices in a large, wide-mouthed glass. Muddle […]

Mini Cookie Caramel Apples

Mini caramel apples are the perfect size for a little sweetness. PrintMini Cookie Caramel Apples Yield: about 24 mini apples Ingredients4 large Granny Smith apples 1 (11 ounce bag) caramels cookie crumbs or favorite topping 24 cake pop sticksInstructionsLine a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a melon ball utensil, scoop out mini balls of […]

Mummy Jalapeños

Spooky, silly, and spicy appetizers will be enjoyed by all. If you are making these mummies for kids, try substituting bell peppers for jalapeños. PrintMummy Jalapeños Yield: 20 mummies Ingredients10 jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise or (5 green bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise) 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces, jack cheese, […]

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

Making color themed desserts will always add a little cheer for your guests. PrintBlack Velvet Whoopie Pies Yield: about 24 whoopie pies Ingredients½ cup butter, room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg ½ cup cocoa, sifted 2 1/3 cups […]

Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

Succulent pumpkins make a beautiful statement in your home during Fall.   Flowers by Ashley Tearston, Floracopia  

Halloween Decorations

Halloween decorations can sometimes be a little kitschy or even too gruesome. For a simple, yet tasteful look, try complimenting your front entrance with a painted pumpkin.  

Pumpkin Ice Bucket

Pumpkins are so versatile. They can be used as centerpieces and even ice buckets. Keep your champagne chilled on ice in this white pumpkin bucket.  

Spiced Apple Rum Cocktail

Hot apple cider is such an iconic drink during Autumn. Make it a cocktail by surprising your guests with the perfect blend of spiced rum, hard cider, and cinnamon. PrintSpiced Apple Rum Cocktail Yield: 1 cocktail IngredientsSpiced Apple Cider 4 ½ cups apple cider 4 cinnamon sticks 3 star anise Cocktail 1 ½ ounce spiced […]

Sweet Potato Tacos

Tacos make their way onto many of my party menus. In keeping with the Fall season, roast squash or root vegetables to add a variety of flavor and texture. This cheese board from Anthropology can be used for more than just cheese. PrintSweet Potato Tacos Yield: 6-8 Ingredients2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 […]

Dia de Los Muertos

A feast for the dead with all the favorite foods of your loved ones that have passed; a buffet friends and family can gather around: taco bar, tortilla soup, pan de muerto, blood orange margaritas and Mexican hot chocolate. Marigolds are the flower of Dia de Los Mertos. Their scent and vibrant colors guide the […]

Beverages to Offer

Make sure to put out tequila bottles, champagne, and wine as an offering….and for enjoying as well!  

Mini Altar

Have the kids make an altar for loved ones who have passed. I used a picture of Frida, but instead, honor a grandparent or even a family animal that has gone to Heaven.  

DIY Chicken Taco Bar

A taco bar is the ultimate mingling food. Guests can help themselves which makes less work on the hostess. PrintDIY Chicken Taco Bar Yield: 4-6 Ingredients1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs salt and pepper for seasoning 4 limes, sliced into wedges 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tomatoes, chopped 2 cups radishes, sliced 2 avocados, diced […]

Casa Vega Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup to “warm the souls” on their journey to the celebration; perfect for Dia de Los Muertos (or really any day of the year!) PrintCasa Vega Tortilla Soup Yield: 4 Ingredients2 ounce canola oil 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 1 tablespoon chili paste 1/2 teaspoon cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt 1/4 teaspoon […]

Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto is very traditional for Dia de Los Muertos. The kids will love making the “bones” for the top! PrintPan de Muerto Yield: 3 loaves Ingredients1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 packages active dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon […]

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Warm indulgence for Dia de Los Muertos. PrintMexican Hot Chocolate Yield: 4 cups Ingredients4 cups milk 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) 4ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cinnamon sticks, optionalInstructionsHeat milk, sugar, and spices in a pot over medium-high heat until […]

Blood Orange Margarita

A vibrant, divine margarita. PrintBlood Orange Margarita Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 Ingredients1 ¼ ounce Patron Silver Tequila ½ blood orange, juiced ½ ounce organic agave nectar ½ lime, juiced Blood orange, wedges for garnish mint sprigs for garnish (optional) Soda waterInstructionsFill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in tequila, blood orange juice, agave […]

Elotes Cups

Elevating the presentation of the classic, Mexican street food, Elotes. PrintElotes Cup Yield: 4-6 Ingredients4 ears white corn ½ cup Cojita cheese, finely crumbled ½ cup chili powder or Tapatio Hot Sauce 1 tablespoon salt 1 recipe Crema click here InstructionsRemove husks and silk from each ear of corn. Bring a large pot of water […]

Rustic Chic Flowers

Rustic chic watering vessel turns into the perfect flower container #thinkoutsidethebox  

Sweet Corn Tamales

Sweet Corn + Anaheim Chile + Cheddar Cheese + Crema = DELICIOSO PrintSweet Corn Tamales Yield: 10 Ingredients15 corn husks 3 ¾ cup of sweet corn, cut from the cob or frozen if not in season ½ cup of sugar ¼ cup of flour 4 teaspoons of corn meal ¾ cup butter 1 tsp baking […]

Blanca Fiesta

Simple and Smart: plain white linens; $2.99 Ikea Kardemumma white pots- Home Depot succulents; $16.99 Amor White Picados Banner    

Not Your Ordinary Wine Bucket

Eye- catching display of wine.  This multi-tasking bucket is functional and stylish at the same time.  

Flip Pony

The Flip Ponytail is the perfect hairstyle when entertaining. It is quick, pretty and out of your face!  

Patron Mini Bottles

Fill your margaritas in cute tequila bottles. Make a day ahead and chill overnight.  Click here for my classic margarita recipe.  

Photo Display

Invite your guest to bring their favorite photos of the guest of honor. Lay out clothes pins and enjoy the laughs!  

Festive Cocktail Attire

FESTIVE COCKTAIL PARTY ATTIRE- colored dresses, interesting necklines, flowing skirts and dinner jackets with a twist.  

Selfie Station

My husband and friend, Eli, having fun with the #SelfieStation.      

Pool Party

Over-sized rafts are our new summer tradition.  

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene for a festive cocktail party in Laurel Canyon.  

Lobster and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole

Celebrate National Guacamole Day with Lobster & Pickled Jalapeño Guac. #Yum         PrintLobster and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole Yield: 4-6 Ingredients3 avocados 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 1 pickled jalapeño, minced Squeeze of lime juice Cilantro to taste 3/4 cup Main LobsterInstructionsPeel, pit and mash avocados. Season with salt and […]

Deviled Eggs

I’ve always loved deviled eggs, even before they became chic. Serve on a simple plate to keep these modern.   PrintDeviled Eggs with Brown Sugar and Chili Bacon IngredientsFor the Brown Sugar and Chili Bacon 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 tsp chili powder 8 thick-cut bacon For the Deviled Eggs: 12 large eggs, […]

Welcome Home

Your Front Door entrance is the very first impression your home makes.                                                          

Backyard Fun

Badminton-a classic backyard game with a “shuttlecock”, that’s right, shuttlecock!! #surroundedbyboys For your own summer fun, check out these badminton sets!     Badminton Set          

Simply Chic

This is one of my favorite Mommy outfits. It’s simple, low maintenance and feminine. Keep things simple with delicate gold necklaces. These are some of my favorite sites to shop for skirts, tanks, shoes, and necklaces.  

Dressing the part

I love a party, whether it is super casual or black tie. Showing up appropriately dressed always feels good. Be smart and take cues from the invitation, especially the location and time of day. Also, pay attention if a dress code is noted. If your host makes the special effort to include a dress code, […]

Confetti Eggs

Confetti Eggs are a long standing tradition amongst Mexicans that add a bit of flair to holidays (especially Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead) but are great even for a Sunday BBQ.   The actual craft of making and decorating the eggs will keep little hands busy and occupied. Then all the magic […]

Four Boys

Family is the most important thing in my life. I am so lucky to have four delicious boys and the best husband in the world. With such a big family we find ourselves entertaining most of the year – kids birthday parties, holidays, dinner parties, BBQ’s, pool parties and constant play dates. A busy house […]

Beer Bar

It’s all about the details. Sure you could just throw ice in a cooler and add beer, but how boring is that? Not to mention kind of lazy. Grab a cool, large pedestal bowl and fill it with a variety of your favorite cervezas. Give the guests a fun selection and make sure to add […]

Tablescape

This is my vision of an elegant and fun Cinco de Mayo party. I want the table to be festive yet edited. My worst nightmare is dancing chili peppers and the gaudy décor that has seemingly become America’s version of Cinco de Mayo. When I grew up my immigrant grandmother instilled a sense of elegance […]

Ray Vega’s Champagne Cocktail

  Nothing reminds me more of my dad than a Champagne Cocktail. Every holiday and special occasion was started off with my dad making his famous Champagne Cocktails. My mom would sip on them while making the finishing touches on the meal and house. PrintRay Vega’s Champagne Cocktail Serving Size: 1 Ingredients1 sugar cube 2 […]

Salad with Citrus Dressing

A green salad with creamy avocados and tangy citrus dressing provides a refreshing balance to any meal. PrintMixed Green Herb Avocado Salad Serving Size: 4 Ingredients1/2 pound mixed greens 1 teaspoon cilantro, finely chopped 1 teaspoon Italian parsley, finely chopped 1 avocado, sliced 1/3 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced InstructionsAdd all […]

Cilantro Chimichurri

  I use this on everything- proteins, veggies, sandwiches or just with bread. YUM! PrintCilantro Chimichurri Serving Size: 4 Ingredients1 cup cilantro, minced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil season with kosher saltInstructionsWash, remove stems, and finely chop cilantro. In a medium […]

Carne Asada Tacos

This is the perfect dish for any party- simple, easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. Need I say more? PrintCarne Asada Tacos Serving Size: 4 Ingredients4 (8 ounce) flank steaks ¼ cup canola oil ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon kosher salt, […]

Classic Margarita

Margaritas hold a dear place in my family’s heart. Not only have we used my grandfather’s award-winning recipe at Casa Vega since 1956 but my father also wanted to name me Margarita, the Mexican equivalent of Margaret. Thankfully, my mom talked sense into him and made the point the daughter of Casa Vega can not […]

Garnishes

Garnishes add flair and personality to any cocktail. I put out a stylish display and let guests have fun and be creative.  

Grilled Vegetables

    Simple, colorful and appetizing… A perfect side to any dish. PrintGrilled Vegetables Ingredients2 red bell peppers, quartered 1 yellow onion, cut into extra thick slices 1 teaspoon canola oil Kosher salt to tasteInstructionsToss vegetables in canola oil and season with kosher salt. Grill until tender. Serve with Carne Asada. 3.1http://www.christyvega.com/eat/grilled-vegetables/Christy Vega  

Elotes

  These are not only delicious but make a great presentation. Kids and adults alike, race to eat them up. Traditionally, they are made with mayonnaise but I lightened it up with crema instead. PrintElotes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients4 ears white corn ½ cup Cojita cheese, finely crumbled ½ cup chili powder or Tapatio Hot Sauce 1 […]

Guacamole

Avocados are always on hand in my kitchen. They are a staple in many of my dishes. And if I ever have unexpected friends stop by, I know that I can easily make my guacamole recipe. It’s a favorite at Casa Vega and in my house! PrintGuacamole Serving Size: 4 Ingredients3 avocados 1/2 teaspoon salt […]