Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe is so much better than the canned stuff! With a little more effort than opening a can of pumpkin puree, you can have the fresh homemade taste of real pumpkin. I like that!

Pumpkin puree can be used in many different recipes from sweet to savory. Most often we use canned pumpkin puree for everything because it is so convenient, and I agree, it is super convenient. As with most convenience items you sacrifice the flavor for the ease of use, so, for the sake of flavor I recommend giving this homemade puree a try. It just takes a little extra time. I recommend using a smaller pie pumpkin as they are so much easier with which to work!

By making it yourself, you can feel confident you know what is in it! You are in control of the ingredients and you get the added bonus of being able to roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty treat! I have a recipe coming up for Drunken Pumpkin Seeds you'll want to try for sure!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce #CleverlyPoached



Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce | by Life Tastes Good is an impressive dessert that will have everyone in awe of your culinary skills! We'll keep it just between us how easy these really are <wink>. #CleverlyPoached #CleverGirls
Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce is an impressive dessert that will have everyone in awe of your culinary skills! We'll keep it just between us how easy these really are <wink>.

It's Fall y'all! That means sweet juicy pears are in abundance!  There are over 3,000 pear varieties grown around the world, but only a handful are gown in the Northwest US. From the versatile Anjou to the beautiful Bosc, you can learn all about Pear varieties on usapears.com

Poached Pears make such an elegant dessert and can be done in a variety of ways. 

I used a simple vanilla flavored sugar water to poach these pears. Once the pears were tender, I set them aside and boiled down the poaching liquid. Then I added some apricot preserves to make a delicious sauce to serve with the pears. It is sweet and delicious! I like to serve this warm with some vanilla bean ice cream!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy | by Life Tastes Good feeds 4 for about $12 total, and you'll have it on the table in under 30 minutes! #Main #ComfortFood
Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy is an easy and economical dinner to make any night of the week! You can have this whole meal on the table in under 30 minutes!

This makes 4 servings, and even when you include the mashed taters and the spinach, we're talking under $4 per serving, y'all! You can't beat that!!

We really enjoyed this. Don especially. It reminded him of a local eatery that used to be in town years ago called Pop's Casbah. Pop's served good old down home comfort food. It was sooo good!

Don kept going on about how he felt like he was at Pop's just like back in the day, and you know what? He's right. This Hamburger Steak with the homemade mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach has all the makings of good ol' boy comfort food! It really hits the spot! The gravy is so fresh and flavorful, you'll be sopping it up with your taters! Or better yet, make some Homemade Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls to sop up every last drop!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal #SundaySupper

Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal | by Life Tastes Good is a comforting mix of apples, steel cut oats, milk, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar. #SundaySupper #SlowCooker
Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal is a comforting and delicious mix of apples, steel cut oats, milk, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar.

This oatmeal is cooked in the slow cooker overnight and ready to eat when you wake up to hungry mouths to feed. It is the perfect breakfast for busy mornings, but also great if you have a houseful of guests.

Don LOVES oatmeal y'all. Don is a retired firefighter, but when he was on-the-job he would eat a ginormous bowl of oatmeal with some fruit every morning he was on shift. Every morning y'all! Since he retired, he has tried to get me to wake up with him in the wee hours and make him oatmeal. Seriously?! I didn't go to the firehouse and make his oatmeal for him. He did it himself, so why is he all-of-a-sudden incapable of doing this? 

He claims it's because he doesn't have the time in the mornings when he's trying to get ready and out the door for work. Yes, he's retired, but he took another job. Gotta pay those college bills! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chimichurri Braised Beef Short Ribs

Chimichurri Braised Beef Short Ribs | by Life Tastes Good is a delicious gourmet meal that practically cooks itself! #Main #Easy
Chimichurri Braised Beef Short Ribs is a delicious gourmet meal that practically cooks itself! You'll love how easy these ribs are to prepare and how delightful they are to eat!

Beef Short Ribs are incredibly tender y'all. I mean they melt in your mouth like butter, and don't even get me started on the flavor! It's hard to describe something this good. It's best just to taste for yourself.

My favorite way to cook short ribs is to braise them. When you braise, you first get a good sear on all sides of the meat and then you cook on low in your favorite acidic liquid until the short ribs are fork tender. 

For this recipe I used a Homemade Honey Chimichurri Sauce. The sweetness of the honey paired with the fresh herbs, combine to make a delicious marinade that compliments the short ribs nicely. The sauce is super good on the mashed taters too!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Breakfast On The Go Egg Sandwich

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Breakfast On-the-Go Egg Sandwich | by Life Tastes Good is a delicious way to start the day! #4MoreWaffles #shop
Mornings can be very hectic, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a nutritious and delicious breakfast. With a few tips and shortcuts you can enjoy this delicious Breakfast on-the-go Egg Sandwich to keep you going all morning!!

Don loves a good hearty breakfast, but sometimes I am so busy trying to get us out the door it can be a challenge to get breakfast done too.

I've found a little prep work, as well as a little help from some convenient frozen waffles goes a long way! 

Tip: Pre-make the bacon. I line a baking sheet with heavy duty foil, place the bacon strips in a single layer and pop the baking sheet in a cold oven. Then turn on the oven to 400°F. and set the timer for 17 minutes. Done! Easy peasy clean up too!

When the morning rolls around, and I need to make a satisfying breakfast quickly, I already have the frozen waffles and bacon ready to go. I just need to scramble up some eggs...


Friday, October 3, 2014

Butternut Cheesecake

Butternut Cheesecake | by Life Tastes Good is smooth, creamy, and smothered in caramel sauce! #Dessert #Thanksgiving
Butternut Cheesecake is smooth, creamy, and smothered in caramel sauce! Need I go on? Anything smothered in caramel is a WIN in my book!

Butternut Squash is similar to pumpkin, but it has a milder taste and smoother texture. If you are like me and don't go gaga over pumpkin because it tends to overwhelm your taste buds, then you simply must give Butternut Squash a chance.

Like pumpkin, Butternut Squash can be used in a whole host of recipes! Sweet or savory - butternut squash goes both ways. For a sweet treat, butternut squash will add a subtle nutty sweetness that tastes like Fall, and in savory dishes this taste of the season elevates the flavors to new delicious heights! It is my favorite gourd! As if you couldn't tell <smile>

This Butternut Cheesecake would be a perfect ending to your delicious Thanksgiving feast. You can make this up a day or two ahead of time and feel confident it will be wonderfully luscious when you serve it on Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pesto Burger Recipe

Pesto Burger Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is bursting with the classic flavor combination of basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese all atop a juicy grilled burger. #Italian #Cheeseburger
My Pesto Burger Recipe is bursting with the classic flavor combination of basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese all atop a juicy grilled burger. Oh my yumminess! It is so good, y'all!

The burger itself is seasoned simply, but generously, with salt and pepper and then grilled to perfection. I chose to grill my burgers in my favorite grill pan indoors, but they will be amazing if cooked on the grill outside too.

Melt some fresh mozzarella cheese on these babies, top 'em with a hefty dollop of pesto and a slice of tomato, and you'll be in burger heaven with each and every bite! The fresh pesto really adds a zesty deliciousness to an otherwise plain old burger.

I love how quick and easy this burger meal comes together. I served our burgers with my Best Baked French Fries, and the combo made for a hearty meal we both enjoyed. Don even had TWO burgers in one sitting, and I looked forward to fixing up the leftover for lunch the next day.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Homemade Basil Pesto

Homemade Basil Pesto | by Life Tastes Good is better than anything you can buy in the store, and the best part is you are in control of what goes in to it! #Italian #Herb #Spread
Homemade Basil Pesto tastes better than anything you can buy in the store, and the best part is you are in control of what goes into it! I love that. Control is a beautiful thang!!

If you have a green thumb, unlike me, you most likely have lots of basil you need to either use or lose every summer. Making pesto is a great way to keep from wasting the precious plant you loved and nurtured to such abundance. If you don't have an immediate use for it, you can freeze it!

Pesto can be used in a variety of ways. It is always delicious as a spread on sandwiches, and makes a quick meal when added to pasta too. Pesto is delicious as a base on pizza, tossed with veggies, added to chicken, tuna, or egg salads, I could go on and on! It is super versatile!

Recently, I used it to make Pesto Burgers that were so out-of-this-world delicious, I can't wait to have them again! That recipe will be on the blog this week, so get your pesto ready!!

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