Instant Pot Homemade Tomato Sauce- No Peeling, Coring or Seeding!

Want to make an easy Instant Pot Homemade Tomato Sauce with fresh tomatoes? While I love my Quick and Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce,  I also enjoy making a sauce that takes longer with fresh plum tomatoes such as San Marzano tomatoes.  Normally I'll simmer it for hours on the stove after having spent a lot of time peeling, coring and seeding the tomatoes first. After buying a 15 pound box of San Marzanos recently (because I didn't grow enough), I decided this was the year to figure out ...

Homemade Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Mini Scones

Some of you may not know that I owned a tea room and tea company (Afternoon to Remember) for 14 years. During that time I made a million scones, all different varieties. You can find the recipes in my various tea room cookbooks and I even have an e Book- The Scone Recipe Collection (digital, pdf). Not long ago I came across a bakery with Jalapeño Scones. Why in the world didn't I ever think of that combination before? I have lots of fruit scone recipes, cheddar scones and savory ham and ...

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bruschetta over Zucchini Noodles

This Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bruschetta is definitely a crowd pleaser and is super simple to make. If you have my Quick and Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce already made in the freezer, it's even faster but don't skimp on the Burrata cheese as it really makes the dish. Serve it over zucchini noodles or pasta. The secret to the crispiness of the Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bruschetta is to allow the breaded chicken to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This is a tip I learned ...

Quick and Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Wondering what to do with all of your cherry tomatoes? Want a quick, easy delicious fresh tasting sauce for pasta or chicken?  Try my quick and easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce! Grab some fresh tomatoes from your local farmer's market or pick some from your garden. This sauce is super easy to make and you can freeze it in portions for later.  No need to peel or seed the tomatoes! The cherry tomatoes make it a very creamy sauce and if you use a variety of cherry tomatoes such as Sun ...

Delicious Spicy Jalapeño Poppers with a Healthy Twist

These delicious spicy Jalapeño poppers with a healthy twist can be made a few days ahead of time and are also great reheated as left overs. So filling and a great low point appetizer option! Only 1 Freestyle Smart Point per jalapeño! To make things super easy, I suggest purchasing a Jalapeño Grill Rack and Pepper Corer Tool. This post does contain affiliate links which means that if you click on them and/or buy something I may earn a small commission -at no extra cost to ...

Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

This Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette came about because of my love for tomatoes. I can not even tell you how much I love fresh tomatoes. This love affair began when I moved to California until then, I don't think I really knew how good tomatoes could be. When I moved to Seattle (after living 18 years in California) I was devastated because I couldn't grow tomatoes in the first house we lived in. I even had to start buying cherry tomatoes in the ...

Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap with Cilantro Lime Cream

This Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap was inspired by my good friend Cheryl. She invited me over to her house this spring and served a fantastic lunch.  Everything was amazing from her house, to the table setting to the delicious food! It was a fun afternoon! She told me later she wanted me to experiment with the wrap and create a recipe for the website, so I did! She knows how much I love to play around with food. Serve this in a wrap or eat it as a side dish or snack You can serve this as a ...

Mini Chicken Basil Parmesan Pita Appetizers

These Mini Chicken Basil Parmesan Pita Appetizers are the first recipe in my wine concert picnic series. I belong to Chateau St. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington. Every summer they put on concerts behind the winery. It's one of my favorite summertime activities.  I make various appetizers and pack them away in my picnic basket and cooler. We spread a blanket on the grass, set up our short beach chairs and table, pour our glasses of wine and the party begins!  It's so much fun listening to ...

Gourmet Done Skinny Healthy Garlic Ranch Dressing and Dip

  Creating the perfect healthy Ranch Dressing I've been working on this Garlic Ranch dressing for a while now even before I was into healthy eating but never could quite perfect it until now.  My son and I are such suckers for the Cheesecake Factory Ranch dressing. We love to dip our fries into it. (Well that was before Weight Watcher days, and you wonder why I ended up on Weight Watchers!) Over the years, I've searched high and low for a similar recipe but could never find one that ...

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Bars

Of all the recipes I've done over the years, this Chocolate Caramel Bar dessert by far has been the most popular. I have sold a lot of afternoon tea room cookbooks, because of this basic recipe.  The one posted here is a newer version than any of the versions in my afternoon tea cookbooks. First there was chocolate, next came caramel and now - Sea Salt Caramel. How this original recipe came about: It all started out with the name, "Choc Bars." I received the original version from a co-worker ...