Welcome to my recipe/cooking blog. I'll try to be as brief as possible on most of my posts. I wanted to start a blog a while back that simply gave a little insight on some of the recipes that I've found that were unique that I've tried. There are so many unique things out in the world and so much to explore. I always welcome comments about new and exciting things that people have tried. Please let me know. Enjoy!


Saucy Mama Recipe Contest Entry #3:

Saucy Mama Recipe Contest Entry #2:

Strawberry-Topped Spinach Salad with Cracked Pepper and Honey Vinaigrette

Tangy flavors of cracked pepper, balsamic, and lemon along with the sweet flavor of honey triumph meeting with fresh strawberries and freshly cut green onions on a bed of spinach leaves. The flavors are immeasurable and the rich flavor of the Saucy Mama Crack Pepper marinade lend it's subtleties to this very summer appealing simple salad.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Yield:  Makes 4 servings


2 teaspoons Saucy Mama Cracked Pepper marinade

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons honey

¼ teaspoon tarragon

¼ cup olive oil, divided

6 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried

10 to 12 strawberries, rinsed, caps removed and sliced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

¼ cup whole almonds


Whisk together marinade, vinegar, juice, honey and tarragon in a small bowl; slowly whisk in olive oil. Set aside.

Divide spinach among 4 serving plates; top with strawberry and onion slices and almonds. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Saucy Mama Recipe Contest Entry #1:

Mascarpone and Nectarine Jalepeno-Stuffed Olive Rolls

The spicy flavor of jalapeno-stuffed olives and the sweet, yet tart flavor of nectarines is a great mixture of flavors in this crowd-pleasing appetizer. The addition of mascarpone cheese and honey. What a combination. Guests will truly request this at the next party.
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yields: 15 appetizers
2/3 cup melted butter
10 oz. mascarpone cheese
15 Saucy Mama jalapeno-stuffed olives and more for decoration
1 roll or 20 sheets phyllo dough, thawed per box instructions
¼ cup chopped nectarine (ones used need to be peeled) and more for decoration
¼ cup honey
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray cookie sheet or baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Create filling. In food processor, combine and pulse together cheese, nectarine pieces and honey until slightly chunky. Mix well. Set aside.
Make rolls. Layer 5 phyllo sheets, brushing each with melted butter after applying layer. Cut width of layered dough into 4 strips. Place a teaspoon of filling at one end of dough strip and lay one stuffed olive on top. Leave 1" from end and each side free of any filling. Fold dough up over the filling to form a roll. Fold side edges in to enclose the sides. Brush melted butter along sides to help seal dough. Roll up to the end of phyllo strip. Brush outside with butter.
Bake rolls seam side down, at least 1" apart, on cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: Decorate with more jalapeno-stuffed olives and nectarine slices.



Well, I received my package today from True Lemon. Boy what a lot of gifts, plus the $100 Visa Gift card. I may be thinking of using some of these gifts as giveaways to another contest later. That is, if I don't use them up all by myself!!

Here's the link to my recipe that took an Honorable Mention in the True Lemon Contest: