Friday, April 18, 2014

Turtle Cheesecake Popsicles

Turtle Cheesecake Popsicles recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

With the temperature hitting close to 100 degrees here in Arizona this week, it's time to clear space in the freezer for regular popsicle making. I made these popsicles a couple times last year and they were a truly indulgent dessert treat. I can't wait to make them again this summer!

It all starts with creamy cheesecake ice cream swirled with caramel, then frozen into popsicles. Once frozen, they're dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with nuts. I absolutely loved this combination and the kids couldn't get enough of them.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Glazed Lemon Drop Cookies

Glazed Lemon Drop Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
These little bite-size Glazed Lemon Drop Cookies are a soft not-too-sweet cookie dipped into a sweetly tart glaze. After a pretty rough day, I knew that some baking might turn my mood around. My kitchen therapy worked and I happily ate cookies in lieu of my dinner. (shhhh, don't tell the kids, they thought I ate my dinner after they went to bed.)

I've been craving a lemon dessert for a couple weeks now and I had the recipe for these cookies scribbled out and waiting to try. The cookies were an awesome success and I managed to eat an embarrassing number of them before I finally packed the remaining cookies in a container and sent them home with friends!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Ham and Cheese Biscuits recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Savory ham and cheddar cheese are layered into these fluffy biscuits. Served with a plate of scrambled eggs or alongside a bowl of soup, these biscuits disappear almost as quickly as I can make them.

When Smithfield asked me if I'd be interested in creating a recipe using one of their hams, I grinned and said yes immediately. When they added that they'd like the recipe to feature ham as a leftover ingredient, I knew I was going to have some fun with the ham recipes.

We are huge fans of "leftover" recipes. Anytime I can cook a meal and then use the leftovers in another meal, that makes my day. Ham is one of my favorites for making multiple meals. I started last week by making our favorite Balsamic and Dijon Glazed Ham. Then I made Old Fashioned Ham Balls and an amazing Stir Fry. Next on my list was a Cheesy Potato, Ham, and Egg Breakfast Casserole.

These Ham and Cheese Biscuits were actually the first recipe I made with the leftover ham and they turned out so well, I made them again the very next day because my boys begged for more of them. I stashed a handful of the biscuits in the freezer and I've been eating them split in half, stacked with an egg in the middle, for my breakfast the past few days. I also served the biscuits with a bowl of Spicy Five Bean Chili. My whole crew voted these biscuits a huge success.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ham and Vegetable Pasta Skillet with a Light Cream Sauce

Ham and Vegetable Pasta Skillet with a Light Cream Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Fresh vegetables, ham and curly pasta noodles are tossed in a simple cream sauce to make this quick skillet meal. The sauce is very light and just creamy enough without weighing the dish down and making it too heavy. My kids absolutely love this meal and I love that it's a great way to get a whole lot of vegetables onto their plates.

This recipe is one of my favorite ways to use bits of vegetables and leftover meats from the refrigerator. I've been making different versions of this dish for as long as I can remember. I usually serve this pasta without any meat at all, but I've added roast chicken as well. This time, we all gave the ham two thumbs up and my kids declared this their new favorite pasta. In the summer, I make this with our abundance of summer squash. It can also be made with onions and/or fresh garlic, fresh herbs or dried. However, we make it, this is always a hit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Salty bacon, sweet apples and caramelized Brussels sprouts are combined in this truly outstanding side dish. This was one of those dishes that I kept hearing about from friends, until I couldn't resist trying it myself. Oh. My. Goodness. Absolutely DELICIOUS. I am confessing now that as I was taking this picture, I probably ate about a third of this dish. Yes, I am officially nuts over Brussels sprouts.