Coconut whipped cream

Dairy free, vegan and delicious!  The trick to this is keeping everything super cold.  The result is beautiful, fluffy whipped cream! INGREDIENTS: 1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS: Place the can of coconut, metal mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer 1…

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

These are so simple to make and a wonderful family project.  I love them anytime but no New Year’s Eve is complete without them in my book!    From drizzles to swirls to decorative sugars, you can let your creativity run rampant! INGREDIENTS: 1 pint (2 cups) medium-large strawberries (18 to 20 strawberries) 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate…

New Years Eve Fried Black Eyed Peas

I may have to turn in a Southern card for this but I don’t actually like black eyed peas.  They are waxy and unpleasant. For years I suffered through a spoonful on NYE until my friend Wes turned me on to FRIED black eyed peas!  This is so easy, it is nearly cheating especially if…

Cilantro Lime Butter

A wonderful addition to corn or steak! INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter substitute at room temperature 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped lime zest 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice Coarse salt and ground pepper OPTIONAL 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (night shade) INSTRUCTIONS: Let butter sit until it reaches room temperature…

Pea Risotto

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups chicken broth (vegetable stock for vegetarian) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup of pea puree  3 cloves or garlic 1/2 cup of onion 2 shallots, diced 1 cup Arborio rice 1/2 dry white wine 1/4 firm sheep or goat like Manchego Salt & Pepper to taste Fresh Thyme or sage for garnish…