Ultimate S’more

Nothing says summer like a gooey yummy s'more. It's time to take the s'more up a notch & enjoy it all year long!

8 graham crackers, crushed

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

4 dark chocolate pudding cups

1 cup dark chocolate chips

16 marshmallows

1 cup almond slices, toasted (optional)

strawberries (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 325°

Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl. Divide cracker mixture evenly between 4 small ramekins. Press mixture into bottom of each ramekin to form a crust. Spoon 1 pudding cup into each ramekin. Spread evenly over crust. Sprinkle ¼ cup of chocolate chips into each ramekin. Place ramekins in oven. Bake for 10 minutes, until chocolate is melted. Remove ramekins. Heat oven to 500° (broil) (Optional: top with toasted almond slices) In a single layer top each dish with marshmallows. Place ramekins bake in oven, on top rack. Broil for 1 minute or until marshmallows or until golden brown. Serve with fresh strawberries (optional).

Serves 4

 

Summer Shrimp Pappardelle

Healthy has never tasted so good.
Perfect light and healthy meal for warm summer nights.

 

2 tbls. olive oil

3 Shallots, sliced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

3/4 cup semi-sweet white wine

4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 fresh oregano sprigs, chopped

2lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 small kumasi tomatoes, 1 inch cubed

1 8oz. package pappardelle

1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped (garnish)

Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add red pepper flakes, wine, 1/2 basil and 1/2 oregano. Stir bringing to a boil. Add shrimp, cover until almost cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes. Toss in remaining herbs and tomatoes. Cook pasta according to directions. Pour shrimp and sauce over pasta, sprinkle fresh parsley and serve warm.

Serves 6

Thanksgiving Sides

Let your side dishes be the star of your Thanksgiving meal!

Let your side dishes be the star of your Thanksgiving meal!

 

Savory French Onion Dip

Savory French Onion Dip

2 tbls. butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 onions, sliced

4 shallots, sliced

1 tbls. rosemary

2 tsp. sage

nutmeg, grated to taste

¼ cup red wine, sweet

1 cup beef stock

2 tbls. flour

4 cups gruyere cheese, grate

 

Heat medium size saucepan over medium-high heat. Melt butter, add next 6 ingredients. Sauté until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Deglaze pan with wine. Add beef stock and stir. Once mixture is warm stir in flour. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in cheese. Serve warm with toasted baguette or pita chips.

Serves 8

Bacon Bourbon Cranberries

Bacon Bourbon Cran

4 strips bacon

2 tbls. brown sugar

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

16 oz. fresh cranberries

¼ cup bourbon

1 orange, juiced and zested

2 apples, peeled and diced

 

Preheat oven to 350°. Place bacon on baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar over bacon. Bake for 15 minutes. When bacon is golden and crispy set aside and let cool. Heat medium saucepan over high heat. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Add cranberries, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Stir occasionally. Once berries pop open reduce heat to simmer. Add bourbon and orange juice. Cook for 30 minutes or until mixture has thickened slightly, stir often. Add apples and zest. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stir often. Place cranberry mixture into serving bowl. Crumble candied bacon over mixture. Serve warm.

Serves 8

Bacon Bourbon Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Bourbon Brussel Sprouts

3 tbls. roasted garlic olive oil

6 cups brussel sprouts, peeled and halved

8 garlic cloves, peeled

2 strips bacon, chopped

½ onion, diced

¼ cup bourbon balsamic vinegar

 

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients on a large sheet pan. Spread out ingredients so they lay evenly, in one layer, on the pan. Bake until soft, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Serves 8

We hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that these delicious Thanksgiving Sides are a hit! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy, y’all!

Southern Gumbo

Southern Gumbo is gonna be your new comfort food. A touch of heat soothes the soul with a savory hug. Everybody needs a bit of Southern loving'

5 tbls. butter or bacon fat

½ lb. Andouille sausage, sliced

½ cup flour

1 large onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, finely diced

2 Anaheim peppers, chopped (leave in seeds)

1 jalapeño, chopped (add seeds for desired heat)

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 cup dry red wine

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tbls. Cayenne pepper

Bunch of oregano, pineapple sage and basil

3 bay leaves

4 cups chicken stock

½ lb. smoked chicken, shredded or diced

14 oz. can fired roasted tomatoes, diced

2 cups frozen sliced okra

½ lb. shrimp

Southern Gumbo is gonna be your new comfort food. A touch of heat soothes the soul with a savory hug. Everybody needs a bit of Southern loving'

Heat the 2 tablespoons butter in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage and cook until browned, then remove. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of butter and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. Let the roux cool.

Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, Anaheim pepper, jalapeño pepper and celery, sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. Add wine and let reduce for about 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, salt and pepper, to taste, bay leaves and the bunch of herbs. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add 4 cups stock whisking constantly. Add the chicken and sausage.Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Just before serving add the shrimp. Pour over white cheddar creamy grits (follow grits recipe and add 1 pound white cheddar). Enjoy, y’all!

Serves 8

Let us know how y’all liked the Southern Gumbo in the comments below. Cheers!

 

10 Benefits Of Drinking Water

Enjoy the delicious benefits of water!
We all know that water is great for your body, but we often leave it out of our healthy diets. So for today’s challenge, let’s get back to giving our bodies what they so desperately need. Water! Drink only water today. According to Mangosteen Natural Remedies our bodies are made up of 2/3 water. Clearly we need to replenish that to keep our bodies strong and vibrant. Obviously on a normal day you want to include a glass of cool milk or some refreshing fresh squeezed OJ. So don’t make it a habit of only drinking water. You need the other types of nutrients too. For a healthy dose of water on a daily basis, Dr. Oz suggests using the 8 x 8 rule (8 glasses of 8ounces). Here are some divine benefits of drinking water!
1. Weight Loss
2. Supple Radiant Skin
3. Reduced or Non-existent Cramps!
4. Greater Brain Function
5. Stronger Muscles
6. Shinier Hair
7. Less Fatigue
8. Excellent Detox
9. No More Headaches, From Dehydration
10. A Happier You!
If you start incorporating more water into your daily routine, what kind of benefits do you notice? Leave a comment below!

Habanero-Lime Chicken Sandwich

Ignite your taste buds with this deliciously zesty chicken sandwich!
1 lb. Chicken Breast
½ cup Mayonnaise
6 tbls. Habanero Lime Olive Oil (Checkout LowCountry Olive Oil for their delicious flavors!)
¼ cup Canned Artichokes, diced
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
1 large Shallot, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3 tbls. White Wine
Italian Herb Olive oil
2 Ciabatta rolls, sliced in half
Arugula
Prosciutto
Mozzarella
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375.
Lightly pound chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt, pepper, to taste. Let rest.
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, 3 tbls. habanero olive oil, artichokes, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Over medium heat, sauté garlic and shallots in 1 tbls. of habanero olive oil. Once shallots and garlic begin to become golden, reduce heat and add 3 tbls. of white wine. Cook until liquid is dissolved and shallots are caramelized. Set aside.
Sprinkle Italian herb olive oil on baking sheet. Place sliced ciabatta face down. Sprinkle remaining Italian oil over top of bread. Bake for 5 minutes, on each side.
Over medium heat, heat 2 tbls. of habanero olive oil. Cook chicken in oil for 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
To make your sandwich, spread mayonnaise mixture on each slice of bread. Place arugula on bottom slice, followed by chicken, prosciutto, mozzarella and topped with shallots. Enjoy warm or cold!

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Boost Your Health with 5 Healthy Foods for Fall

Fall is the best time of year, with pumpkin carving, hay rides and fashionable sweaters. Of course, we must not forget the sweets and treats. Sadly, those delicious caramel apples and the warm slice of pumpkin pie with cool ice-cream are not so friendly to our figures. While we can cover ourselves with baggy sweaters and fluffy coats during the Fall and Winter, the same can not be said for Spring and Summer. To keep our bodies from going into hibernation mode we have collected a list of delightful healthy Fall foods. Add these yummies into your diet and you will be ready for the impending swimsuit season.

Boost your health this Fall!
Boost your health this Fall!

First on our list, pumpkin! Pumpkins aren’t just good for carving and decorations. According to Real Simple Magazine, “one cup of mashed pumpkin contains a whopping 245% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, plus 19% of your Vitamin C and 8% of your iron.” The vitamin A found in this Fall classic is good for your vision. Pumpkin will also help to boost your immune system; allowing you to feel full of vigor and strength. Checkout Eating Well’s charming Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup.

Apples are another powerful Fall health food. Your Mother always told you that, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In 2012 a study, by The Ohio State University, found that eating an apple a day reduces the LDL cholesterol by 40%. LDL is the bad cholesterol that hardens your arteries (Working out will also help to raise your HDL levels, which will knockout the bad LDLs.). Apples are also great for a multitude of other healthy cures, like, weight control and whiter teeth. Who knew that eating an apple would whiten your teeth! If you get tired of eating the same old boring apple everyday Cooking Light has compiled a list of 31 deliciously nutritious apple recipes. You will never get bored with all of these possibilities.

Beetroots are becoming a very popular super food in many foodie communities. Not only are they yummy, pickled or fresh on a salad, but they are good for you too. Beets are great for those suffering from inflammation, as the betanin and vulgaxanthin are anti-inflammatory agents. Beets also carry a plethora of other vitamins in their vibrant red bodies. For something out of the ordinary try this scrumptious Beet and Cheddar Risotto from Food & Wine.

Winter squash such as acorn squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is more commonly known to be found in fish like salmon. However, winter squash provides an additional type of the omega-3. Eating this Fall food will help with asthma, depression and much more. Stock up on your winter squash this Fall because their hard exterior allows them to last for several months. Acorn Squash and Kale over Penne, from Health, is a cozy light meal for a cold Fall day.

Lastly, on our list of Fall health foods are chestnuts. Maintain your beautiful glowing skin through the cold harsh winter with these vitamin B packed nuts. Chestnuts are also great to help keep your weight in check with their high amounts of fiber. While this Fall super food is crammed full of good for you nutrients, remember, nuts are high in calories too. Eat them in moderation or add a few to a dish. For Thanksgiving try Chestnut Sausage and Fennel Stuffing from Good Housekeeping, instead of your typical stove-top stuffing.

These are just a few of the lip-smacking healthy foods from Fall to choose from. Have fun and experiment with exciting ways to eat all of your delectable healthy fares. With so many amazingly healthy and tasty foods, you are sure to have a radiant Fall.