Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

If you're loving this Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing. I bet you'd also dig my Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad!
Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe


Let's just pause a moment and grieve for the English language.  Do you see how vinaigrette is spelled?  What is this foolishness?  I will forever be double checking that word as I type.  Oof.  I just can't even.

Anyhow, spellings aside, this recipe rocks my socks.  Once upon a time I made a gorgeous salad and when I looked through the fridge for some dressing, there was none.  My husband suggested I eat it plain, so of course I immediately filed for divorce.  (KIDDING).  I love my husband.  Even if he does have misguided notions about salad.  

Instead I raided the pantry and put together this quickie dressing.  If we're being honest, I just hoped it would be palatable.  I never expected to fall head over heels cartoon googly eyes for it.  But alas, sometimes the fates collide and food miracles happen.  The best part is that I always have the ingredients for this at the house, and the list of ingredients is short, sweet, and to the point.  Also, pronounceable.  Which is always a big plus.


#AD - Apple, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

This Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Walmart.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #SummerYum #CollectiveBias
Apple, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad Recipe



My girlfriend Stacy introduced me to this salad.  Stacy who claims she's, "not much of a cook."  Stacy who also brought us The Best Roast Broccoli Ever, and Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Dip.  Hey, Stacy. I'm calling you out, girl.  I think you're pretty darn fabulous at putting together some tasty chow.  

Anyway, about the salad.  Ohhhhhh, lordy.  This Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad is what other salads want to be when they grow up.  I'm pretty sure this salad went to college.  Possibly even grad school.  It's sweet, savory, tangy, crisp, crunchy, deliciously refreshing salad perfection.  Summa Cum Salaude.  That's what we should've called it.  


Barbecue Mac & Cheese Dogs!

This Barbecue Mac and Cheese Dog Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Kraft.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias
Barbecue Mac and Cheese Dogs!



We do quite a bit of grilling around here, and while sometimes we get fancy with flank steaks or cider ribs, usually we're hot dog and corn people.  I always have a giant pack of hot dogs and a big bag of corn cobs in the freezer - and they just taste so good and so SUMMER when fresh off the grill. What is it about charcoal that screams pool parties, Fourth of July, and freshly mowed grass.  I don't know, but I bet if we could bottle it, I wouldn't be the only one clamoring for some.

As I was saying.  Our usual fare is grilled hot dogs and corn with a side of macaroni and cheese.  But when I was standing over flaming charcoal in the Florida heat this afternoon, I had a vision.  A cheesy, hot doggy, barbecuey vision.  Why not pile all these wonderful things together into a Barbecue Mac and Cheese Dog?!  So, I did.  And it was met with uproarious applause!  Or, wide eyes and toothy grins, anyway.


Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

This Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Black Box Wines 
it is intended for readers who are 21 or older.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone and the following content. #SummerToGo  #CollectiveBias
Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Recipe



Okay, so not only does this Chocolate Mousse take only two ingredients, but it also takes only two minutes to make.  And that's if you move at half speed.  I'm not even kidding.  I love this mousse because it comes together so easily, is super light and delicious, and you can stuff it into cute little mason jars to share with friends. 

Friends are important, yo.  Friends + chocolate are the best.  And friends + chocolate + wine are better than the best.  I'm going to take a time out here and do a PSA: don't forget about your friends.  Consider this a sign to call up and make plans with your bestie.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in life and family and let time get away.  So, here's the gauntlet.  Thrown.  Make this mousse, buy some wine, and have a friend date.  

You're welcome.



Pico de Gallo!

This Pico de Gallo Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Green Works.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #NaturallyClean  #CollectiveBias

Pico de Gallo Recipe!




Can we just talk for a minute about how gorgeous fresh pico de gallo is?  I mean, I'm not sure whether to frame it or eat it.  Okay, that's a lie.  Eat, it's always eat.  But seriously, this stuff is beautiful.  And if you think it's nice to look at, just wait until you get a taste.  It practically sings.

I know I've been on a Mexican food kick lately and hope you can bear with me just a little bit longer (because yes, there's more coming).  I'm not sure what it is about summer that makes me want to throw salsa on everything and yell "Ole!" at the top of my lungs, but for real, it's a problem.  I mean, a good problem.  If ever there was a problem to have, it would be obscene amounts of fresh Mexican food and too much joy.

This pico is great with chips, on top of tacos, salads, over grilled chicken, or just by the spoonful.  It's light and fresh and YUM, YUM, YUM.



Stuffed Peppers {Mexican Style}



Stuffed Peppers {Mexican Style}



I am very angry at myself over these Stuffed Peppers. Also? I'm mad at everyone who's had stuffed peppers and not told me how completely fabulous they are. I have wasted YEARS of my life not eating stuffed peppers. Ridiculous. I hope these change your life like they've changed mine. Mexican Stuffed Peppers are joining the regular meal rotation in our home. Hoorah!

UPDATE 6/2015: I still adore these peppers.  Ahhhdore.  I originally posted this recipe in January of 2012 and here's what I've changed about it: NOTHING.  Because if it ain't broke, don't fix it!



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