Sunday, September 6, 2015
I spent a week with my family in Nantucket this August, and had the opportunity to try out some recipes. When I have some time to "chill", I love kicking back and reading good cook books. I especially love "Barefoot Contessa" cookbooks and luckily, my mom owns all of them! This recipe for baked figs looked terrific so I decided I'd need to try it while on vacation.
For dinner one night, Jimmie and I were put in charge of appetizers. Jimmie, very carefully, re-heated my quesadilla from dinner the night before, cut it up, and placed a toothpick in each piece :) I decided to try these figs, and everyone enjoyed both! I love how this is such a great combination of sweet and salty, and I also loved that heating the figs in the oven made the figs juicier, and the prosciutto a little crispy. I added a little bit of honey and pepper to give it an even deeper dynamic. Hope you enjoy!
Posted by Ashley Curley at 3:16 PM
Sunday, September 7, 2014
|The strawberry compote|
|chocolate and marshmallows|
|Ready for the party!|
These are a great fun dessert, no matter what the occasion. The use of store bought pie dough makes them super simple. You can really fill them with anything that sounds good to you. I also think hazelnut spread would be great and would also like to try a brown sugar and cinnamon version. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
Posted by Ashley Curley at 2:41 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|Cocktails for two!|
|The simple syrup flavors|
Posted by Ashley Curley at 4:07 PM
Monday, July 21, 2014
|The Glamour shot|
|Right out of the pan|
|Ok - time to eat!|
I think that these are the perfect summer dessert. They aren't too heavy but still are a treat! The graham cracker crust is absolutely crucial and I made sure my graham cracker crumbs had some bigger chunks of graham crackers in them too. This made for a great texture that contrasted the creamy filling really well. I hope you make these soon. They will be a great ending to your summer parties, picnics or weeknight dinners!
Posted by Ashley Curley at 6:43 PM
Friday, February 7, 2014
|Stuffed Mushrooms- Served in the hot skillet alongside cocktails!|
|Fresh out of the oven|
|A close-up of the melty cheese|
Recently I've noticed that I seem to make the same appetizers all the time. I tend to serve cheese and crackers or dips when people come over for drinks or dinner. I've been making a concerted effort to mix it up and research some new appetizers that I can easily whip up. I had some mushrooms and brie in the fridge this weekend and so I thought I'd play around and make these! They were terrific. And because i stuffed the brie in a mushroom (rather than on a cracker or crusty piece of bread) I felt like i was being healthy to boot! You can finish these off with any herbs or spices you like. I happened to have some rosemary in my fridge so I sprinkled some of that on top. I also added a little bit of red pepper flakes to give it a bit of an edge. I hope that you'll try mixing things up and give these mushrooms a chance!
Posted by Ashley Curley at 5:25 PM
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
|The key to any wine and cheese party - the Cheese...|
|Our apartment - ready for the festivities|
|With all the wine and cheese, we needed a healthy chicken salad|
|Hydrangeas- the vase is filled with cranberries|
|And most importantly - wonderful friends!|
On each wine bottle, I tied tags explaining what cheese to pair with. I also put some tags on each cheese. I got these cute signs from etsy.com and thought they made it more festive. It was fun to try different pairing combinations throughout the night.
I served the following cheeses because I wanted to have a combination of mild and strong.
Double Creme Brie
Smoked Lioni Mozzarella
Herb Goat Cheese/Pepper Goat Cheese
With the cheeses, I put out fig preserves, dried figs, honey, quince paste, and lots of different breads and crackers.
For the wines, I also wanted to serve a combination of red, white and sparkling.
Sauvignon Blanc (my personal favorite)
In the end, the pairings didn't matter very much. Everyone had fun eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company! Isn't that what the holidays are all about? I highly recommend throwing a party like this soon. Cheers!
Posted by Ashley Curley at 2:07 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2013
|The entire birthday breakfast spread|
|Close up of the baked eggs|
Posted by Ashley Curley at 11:57 AM