January 22, 2015

Recipe: Stuffed Banana Peppers

My apologies! I posted a picture of these banana peppers on my Instagram account and I never got around to actually posting the recipe...

My husband and I have been doing a lot of our grocery shopping at H-Mart an Asian grocery store close to our house. Their selection of produce and meats really can't be beat for the price. I bought a pack of 6 banana peppers for less than $2!

I have been off and on on the low carb diet, mostly off, but I am back at it. Today is my fourth day back on the low carb diet. This recipe is low carb and would be great for Superbowl parties.


Stuffed Banana Peppers
6 medium sized banana peppers
1 package regular cream cheese (softened)
1/2 roll ground sausage (browned)
pinch of garlic salt (more or less depending on your preference)
pinch of onion powder (more or less depending on your preference)

1. Using disposable gloves, cut the top off of the banana peppers then cut a slit from the top of the pepper about 3/4 way down the pepper. Remove the seeds. Remove your gloves carefully and set aside for use later.
2. Mix the softened cream cheese, sausage, garlic salt, and onion powder together in a mixing bowl.
3. Turn your oven on to broil.
4. Put your disposable gloves back on. Stuff the banana peppers with the mixture using a spoon, plastic baggie with the end snipped off, pastry filling bag, whatever works for you. I used a plastic baggie.
5. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and rub the peppers with a little bit of olive oil.
6. Place the peppers under the broiler and cook until the skins of the peppers blister and the cream cheese starts to ooze.

*If you don't have disposable gloves to use in the kitchen, make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands with plenty of soap and water after handling the peppers or else you will feel the burn!
Cooper got his own banana pepper!



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January 9, 2015

Craving Now: Varsity Frozen Orange

I totally blame my husband for this one. My husband lived in/around Atlanta for many years. We've visited a few times and on our last trip, he just had to go and introduce me to this delicious frozen concoction which can only be found in Georgia! Over the weekend, I actually begged him to buy me a ticket to fly down there just to get a Varsity Frozen Orange.

The Varsity was established in 1928 and is the world's largest drive in. It is an Atlanta institution and a tourist attraction. The best way that I can describe the Frozen Orange is that it is a mix between a milkshake and a slushie.

I actually went so far as to Google recipes for the Frozen Orange. I came across a few and decided on this one. People who commented said that it tasted like a Varsity Frozen Orange. I was sold.

1 cup(s) ice cube(s)  
1 cup(s) sherbet, orange variety  
1 cup(s) fat free vanilla frozen yogurt  
1 cup(s) fat free milk  
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate  

Crush the ice cubes in a blender (or place them in a zip-close freezer bag, crush them with the back of heavy skillet, and place in the blender). Add the sherbet, yogurt, milk, and orange juice concentrate; puree until smooth. Yields 1 cup per serving.

I bought all of the ingredients at the grocery store, well kind of. The grocery store I went to (small independent local store) only had orange sherbet mixed with vanilla ice cream so I bought that and I didn't want to buy a thing of milk for only a cup (my husband and I are not milk drinkers) so I used heavy cream that I already had at home. I definitely didn't use a whole cup of heavy cream, just a few splashes so I didn't add as much ice as the recipe called for. My craving was satisfied as it tasted just like The Varsity Frozen Orange!

Do you think we crave more the things that we can't readily obtain? Like I get cravings for a cheesesteak from Jim's on South Street in Philly and California Roll Poke from Maui.

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