Bacon Wrapped Dates

I’m on a roll with these restaurant recreations here! This is one we’ve had several different places made several different ways. All of them were delicious, but my goal in recreating the recipe was to make it as easy and quick to prepare as possible, so I used pre-cooked bacon. They were gone in minutes, so I think that means they were a success. These would also make a great dish for parties. Enjoy!

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

Here’s another successful attempt at re-creating one of our favorite restaurant dishes. The tangy mild peppers, creamy goat cheese, and sweet balsamic make this dish a big hit at parties. You may even want to double or triple the recipe!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers


10 Peppadew peppers, mild, large
2oz Goat cheese
2tsp Aged balsamic vinegar, high quality (I use this)


Preheat oven or toaster oven to broil. Using a butter knife or a small spoon, carefully stuff each pepper with cheese and place on a small wire rack over a baking sheet or pan. Broil for about 5-6 minutes, until the tops of the peppers are just starting to brown. Drizzle with balsamic and enjoy!

Note: I get my peppers from the olive bar at my grocery store, since they are significantly larger than those sold in jars. If you can only find the smaller jarred peppers, you’ll probably fill about 15 peppers with 2oz of cheese.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

Martini Steak Skewers

I am always trying to re-create dishes we’ve tried in restaurants. We don’t have the budget to eat out all the time, plus I usually put my own twist on things, adding ingredients I love & omitting those I don’t. I’m not always successful, but when I am, I like to share. This is one of my recent ventures that Ryan and I both really enjoyed.

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How to Make the Perfect Irish Coffee

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Irish coffee is the perfect beverage for a chilly March evening. It also tastes great with a serving of Irish Soda Bread. If you’re ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend visiting The Buena Vista, where the drink was first served in the United States. Fortunately, you can also easily re-create it at home!

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Cubicle Makeover

I work downtown, and office space is pretty limited, therefore most of us are in cubicles. As cubicles go, they’re not bad – brand new, fairly open, plenty of storage space. At the same time, they can be pretty bland. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be spending at least 40 hours a week in one place, I want it to be comfortable and filled with things that make me happy.

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