Monday, May 4, 2015

Buffalo Wing Salad

It seems like everyone is a Buffalo Wing fan. And why not? They're tasty good and it's fun to hang out with friends, watch a game and eat wings! But, they can be fattening and messy. So why not try a Buffalo Wing Salad! They are just as tasty, and much better for our health because they are baked! We make baked chicken wings at home quite often, and we usually use a hot sauce to make them so good.  We call them Wolfpack Wings, because we are huge NC State fans. Make these wings and you have your salad wings also! 

salad greens, tomatoes, onions, blue cheese crumbles, dressing
Buffalo Wing Salad
Mixed Greens Salad Mix
Tomato Slices
Onion Slices
3 Baked Chicken Wings
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Hot Sauce
Ranch Dressing

salad green mix, onions, tomatoes, chicken wings,
Build your salad with tomato and onion slices.
Pull the meat from 3 baked chicken wings. I used
some wings that were baked and tossed in hot sauce.
buffalo wing salad, blue cheese, onions, tomatoes, salad greens mix
Add blue cheese crumbles.
ranch dressing, hot sauce,
Mix the ranch dressing with some drops of hot sauce. 
ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles, make your own
Mix in some blue cheese crumbles.
buffalo wing, salad, veggie salad, blue cheese and ranch dressing
Enjoy the Buffalo Wing flavor without the high fat content!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

blog party Celebrate It! Link party
 Thank you for stopping by to Celebrate with us!

A special loud THANK YOU! shout out to everyone who stopped
by and linked up last week! We had the most link ups ever!!
Here are a few more:

Please share what you have been blogging about!
There are so many exciting things happening!
We are having some warmer weather which is so great for
getting all those things done around the yard and house.
 Don't you love that!

So many holidays coming up, end of the school year not too far away,
May flowers, and no April showers starting tomorrow!
I can't wait!
I can't wait for warm summer nights, sitting outside
enjoying the night air, listening to the crickets and watching the fireflies.
But I don't want to wish this spring away,
so I am going to slow down and enjoy the ride!

Link up what you are celebrating, so we can celebrate with you!

Here are last weeks features:
Mom To Be Mother's Day Gift Basket
View From The Ville

Zesty Southwest Salsa
The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes
Virtually Yours

There is so much talent that is linking up every week~I am in awe!
As you are linking up, try and visit some of the other party links.
It's such fun to see what everyone is creating and
 maybe you will find someone new to follow!

By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission
 to feature your post on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Chicken Flatbread

I call this recipe Cinco de Mayo Flatbread, but, of course, you do not have to wait until May 5th to enjoy the flavors of this tasty appetizer. It is so easy to make. I used purchased salsa and flatbread, pan fried the chicken, and it was ready in about 20 minutes! As a matter of fact, you might consider serving this flatbread as an entree for lunch or dinner! One thing is for definite. No matter when you eat it, you are going to love it! 

flatbread cinco de mayo
Cinco de Mayo Flatbread
(printable recipe
Grilled Chicken Breast
Chipotle Seasoning
Refried Beans
 Onion or Green Onion
Queso Fresco

flatbread chicken cinco de mayo
Sprinkle your chicken breasts with 
Chipotle Seasoning. I use Mrs Dash.
It is salt free and adds a great flavor. 
Pan fry until cooked.
flatbread cinco de mayo
Spread refried beans all over the flatbread.
flatbread cinco de mayo
Slice your onions, tear some pieces of cilantro,
and distribute over flatbread. Use
yellow onion, green onion, or both.
flatbread cinco de mayo
Crumble the Queso Fresco to cover the flatbread.
flatbread cinco de mayo
Place flatbread under broiler.
Cook until browned and the cheese is melty.
flatbread cinco de mayo
Serve your flatbread with salsa, sour cream, and avocado.
flatbread, salsa, cinco de mayo

You might enjoy these other Cinco de Mayo recipes:

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mini Mango Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

When I was first married, I really didn't cook often. My husband and I lived in Las Vegas at the time, and there was never a less expensive place to eat out. Plus, we both grew up hardly ever eating out, so it was a treat we enjoyed often. Fast forward several years, and I cooked at home daily after my son was born. I started keeping track of recipes I used by writing notes in cookbooks or on newspaper clippings reminding myself why I made it and what we thought of it. They were reminders of parties, great times and what we served. So when I opened a binder stuffed with recipe copies, my eye stopped on the notes I made in the margin of this cheesecake recipe. It read: Alex's Kindergarten Graduation 6/96. Oh goodness, the memories! Alex is 25 now, but this cheesecake will forever make me think of him as that little boy proudly walking across the stage to become a first grader!
Isn't that the best thing about food? It evoke memories of good times, good food, and good friends!

I hope this Mini Mango Cheesecake brings wonderful memories for you and that you make it often. Tropical foods is the theme for #Sunday Supper this week, and when I think of tropical foods I think of mango's. They fit into this cheesecake perfectly. To see what everyone else made, read below.

Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Mini Mango Cheesecake  
(Makes 12 mini cheesecakes)
1 cup Vanilla Wafers, finely crushed
1/8 cup Butter, melted
12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Whipping Cream
2 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch
2 Eggs
1 Egg White
1/4 cup Vanilla Torani Flavoring
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Mango
1 Passion Fruit
1/4 cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Crush your vanilla wafers in a food processor.
If you do not have access to one, place the cookies in 
a plastic zip bag, let the air out, and roll over
them with a rolling pin.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
In a small bowl, mix together the vanilla wafer
 crumbs and the butter. 
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
This is the pan I used. It has little discs in the bottom 
of each hole that enables the cheesecake to pop out easily.
You could also use a mini cupcake pan, but you may 
have to use cupcake papers or cups. They are
bigger pans, so this recipe will not make as much.
Evenly distribute the crumbs into each  hole. Then come
back and smooth them down. Set pan aside.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Cut your mango in to small pieces. If you are unsure of
the best way to cut your mango, you can find answers 
at It is easy and they have a great video.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Use a large mixing bowl to combine your cream cheese,
sugar, whipping cream and cornstarch. Beat until smooth.
Add your eggs and egg white, one at a time, beating after each
addition. Beat in flavoring and vanilla.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Pour batter into each opening in your pan. Do not 
fill all the way.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Place 3-4  pieces of mango in each little cheesecake.
Use a toothpick to submerge them.
Add additional batter if needed.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, 
then turn the temp to 200 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Check with a toothpick to be sure they are done.
Cool for 5 minutes, then release with a knife
around the edges, and let cool completely before removing from pan.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
While the cheesecakes are cooling, let's make a
passion fruit and mango sauce for our plate 
and the top of the cheesecakes.
Cut your passion fruit in half.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Scoop out the seeds and run the seeds and the pulp
 through a fine sieve. It will take a few minutes to do 
this, and you will have to press the seeds to get all
the pulp. At this time, place your left over mango pieces
in the blender and puree.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
Place the pureed mango and the passion fruit 
juice on the stove. Add your sugar, and bring mix to a boil.
Let boil for 4-5 minutes, until it begins to thicken.
Once thick, remove from heat and let cool.
Mango Cheesecake #Sunday Supper
 Garnish plate with sauce and the pour a little on center
of cheesecake. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today!
I hope you will visit other bloggers who are participating in
#Sunday Supper today and check out all their
tropical foods!

Sunday Supper Movement

Thank you to our hosts this week, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
and Marlene Baird of Nosh My Way.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Welcome To Celebrate It!

What are you celebrating this week?
We are certainly celebrating the nice weather, and we have been
 trying to get some basic maintenance type stuff done around the yard.
Plus I have discovered black mulch! This is the first year I have used it, and I just love it.  
 I have started to put it in our planters and I love the way the color goes 
with our shutters. It looks so great! Slowly, but surely,
we are transforming this house into ours!
It sure is fun!

Here are the features from last week:

Cheesy Taco Potato Puff Casserole
Shibley Smiles

Groomsman Cigar Gift
A Bride On A Budget

Funny Things Kids Have Said
Woman of Many Roles

Thank you so much for taking the time to link up!
I look forward to your link ups every week,
and I am constantly amazed that I am surrounded by so much incredible talent!

As you are linking up, try and visit some of the other party links.
It's such fun to see what everyone is creating and
 maybe you will find someone new to follow!

By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission
 to feature your post on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site.
 You may be sent an email reminder about this party.
 Proper credit and links will be given to you!

Look for your link ups on the Pinterest  page for Celebrate It!, and on Twitter.




Monday, April 20, 2015

Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

It's finally spring! So to celebrate, I made Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti! They have the crisp outside of biscotti, and they are filled with the sweet taste of Springtime morsels. Then, about a quarter of it is dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles! Sounds yummy, doesn't it! This biscotti would be the perfect addition to your Mother's Day luncheon or dinner, May Day celebration, or even an end of school teacher's luncheon!

Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chocolate and Caramel Mini Trifles w/Caramel Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt/#Yogurt Perfection/#Giveaway

Made with chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and Caramel Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt this recipe will satisfy your desire to keep cool, and get great flavor without the guilt! Although it is not really hot out yet, I know it won't be too long before we are looking for a place in the shade to enjoy some cool refreshment. That is what these Chocolate and Caramel Yogurt Mini Trifles made with Caramel Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt are all about!

 These  trifles are the perfect treat for family and guests too! This luscious whole milk yogurt creates an indulgently silky texture which intertwines with the cake and whipped cream for a satisfying, refreshing, flavor that you and your guests will love! Be ready with the recipe, because everyone will be asking you for it! You can also let them know to stop by Publix web site and download printable coupons for Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chocolate Toffee Mini Bars

These Chocolate Toffee Mini Bars are perfect when you just want a little something sweet. They are simple and quick to make and they are so tasty with a buttery shortbread crust and a topping of melted chocolate and toffee chips. A little treat to make you smile!

Chocolate Toffee Mini Bars
Chocolate Toffee Mini Bars