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Posts tagged “Cayenne

Cheesy Voodoo Oven Fries

Cheesy Voodoo Oven Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #MardiGras #FatTuesday #recipe

Crispy baked cajun oven fries topped with with sausage, onions, peppers and a spicy, creamy creole Voodoo sauce Fat Tuesday is almost here! I’m pretty excited to celebrate this year after visiting New Orleans recently. The food down there was amazing … my sister and I enjoyed some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. The […]


Creamy Creole Chicken Zoodles

Adapted from Texanerin Baking You know those rich, decadent cajun cream fettuccine dishes that they serve at Italian restaurants? This dish tastes JUST like that. The sauce is super creamy and rich … and somehow with the amazingly rich cajun cream sauce on top, the zucchini noodles actually trick the tongue into believing they are real noodles. The […]


(Small Batch) Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam

Small Batch Bourbon Raspberry Fig Jam ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #nocanning #jam #recipe

Adapted from Flavor the Moments A beautiful bright red figgy berry jam with no pectin or canning required … The very first time I ever purchased fresh figs in my life happened a few weeks ago and it was VERY spur of the moment. I was at Costco … one of my friends had found these […]


Crockpot Chicken Shawarma

Crockpot Chicken Shawarma ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #chicken #shawarma #recipe #avengers

I’ve been wanting to try Chicken Shawarma since I saw the movie The Avengers … yeah, I know it’s been a while since The Avengers was popular, but it’s been haunting me all this time. Did you see it in the theater? Did you stay until the end of the credits? There was a scene at […]


Cheesy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms {Fire Caps}

Cheesy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (Fire Caps) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #crab #cheese #stuffed #mushrooms #recipe

Recipe inspired by the “Fire Caps” at Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City, SD Last weekend my boyfriend stole me away … he suddenly decided we needed to go to the Black Hills and threatened to take his mom instead of me. Ouch. We had a pact, you see. I had agreed to go camping in […]


Hot Pepper Harissa Bean & Veggie Stew

Hot Pepper Harissa Bean & Veggie Stew ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #vegetable #stew #recipe

I had never met Harissa until I read Ally’s cookbook. This woman seriously has an incredible repertoire of flavors from all over the world. There is an entire chapter dedicated to some very intriguing spices and Harissa was one of them. I took one look and knew I had to try it. From North Africa, […]


Apricot Mint Dessert Salsa

Apricot Mint Dessert Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #salsa #recipe

We had a salsa contest at work yesterday. I had already made a salsa over the weekend … I was ready. Then one of my coworkers/friends came over and as we were working through an issue for our client, we got to talking about the salsa. She was in prime form because she started talking […]


Copycat Qdoba Taco Meat

Copycat Qdoba Taco Meat ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #easy #Qdoba #seasoned #groundbeef #recipe

Adapted from Qdoba At Home I don’t know exactly how long it has been, but we had a little celebration at work and they served up a “taco bar” from Qdoba. We all loved the food, but there was lots of the ground meat (and other stuff) leftover after the festivities were gone. How things […]


Beefy Taco Soup

Beefy Taco Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #taco #Mexican #soup #recipe

Last week I had an unusually strong craving for red meat. I wanted a burger badly, and tacos, and anything else that contained some form of red meat. This is totally atypical for me, the lady who uses meat so rarely that people sometimes ask me, “are you a vegetarian?” No, I’m not. I am really more […]


Aztec Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Aztec Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Raspberry Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chocolate #raspberry #zucchini #cake #recipe

with Raspberry Sauce … (and Gluten Free options) When I visited my parents last weekend, they had one of those large zucchini sitting on their counter. They told me I should take it to make something. “It’s perfect for cake,” I said, and gladly took it off their hands, with visions of chocolate cake dancing […]


Shrimp & Andouille Quinoa Jambalaya

Shrimp & Andouille Quinoa Jambalaya ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Cajun #MardiGras #recipe

Adapted from my good friend Sonali, The Foodie Physician. It’s Mardi Gras time and my mind turns to Jambalaya! Oh yes, there’s gumbo and Red Beans and Rice (which I love as well), but I just always dream of Jambalaya and beads, tall red hurricane drinks and pretty masks whenever I hear Mardi Gras or New […]


Velvet Spice Red Lentil Soup

Velvet Spice Red Lentil Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Soup is more than food to me; it’s a survival technique in the winter. When days get cold and dark and the holiday baking begins and tempts me with empty sugar-y calories, I turn to soup to nourish my body and my soul. In soup, I find a bowl of comfort and warmth, a treat […]


Ginger Carrot Red Lentil Soup

Ginger Carrot Red Lentil Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Adapted from La Belle Cuisine Sundays in the wintertime for me seem to be soup making days. If I don’t make soup on Sunday, I find myself regretting it all week long when I have no soup to eat for lunches during the week. So this morning I set out to make some soup, but […]


Sneaky Gypsy Pumpkin Chili

Sneaky Gypsy Pumpkin Chili ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chili #recipe

On Halloween week at work, we had a week of fun activities … we had a pumpkin carving contest and a comfy day (which I totally missed cuz I forgot), a breakfast potluck and of course, we were invited to dress up for Halloween. My team dressed up as bats (because we drive the developers […]


Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pickle #recipe

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m not an expert at pickles. My parents, on the other hand, have many many years of experience making pickles and when I got the sudden urge to pickle Mom’s green beans, Mom and Dad were right there to give me some pickling tips. My dad taught me how […]


Hearty African Lentil & Vegetable Stew

Hearty African Lentil & Vegetable Stew

A long time I found this cookbook on a clearance table and looking through it, I just couldn’t believe my luck. There are so many recipe treasures hidden in this book … I snatched it up and took it home and it’s one of those cookbooks that I pick up and browse through every once […]


Blues n Beef Salad with Pear & Pomegranate

Blues n Beef Salad with Pear & Pomegranate

And a kickin’ blue cheese yogurt dressing This was a salad-scape I threw together on Friday for lunch. I had some steak from a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich I bought that was way too big for me, so I was looking for things to go with the extra meat I pilfered from the leftover sandwich. Blue […]

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