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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

southwestern potato salad

hiya, friends!
it's no secret that i love spicy food -
anything with a good kick!
with that being said,
this recipe ain't yo' mama's potato salad...

southwestern potato salad

2 lbs small new potatoes
1 C prepared mayonnaise
2 Tbs dijon mustard
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 Tbs ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lg tomato, seeded & chopped
1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno, finely diced
3 green onions, white & green parts, thinly sliced
1 medium red onion, halved & thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper

1. put the potatoes in a large pot & add enough cold water to cover. add 1 Tbs salt & bring to a boil over high heat. cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 12-15 minutes.

2. drain well, let cool slightly, & slice 1/4" thick. put in a large bowl & cover with aluminum foil to keep warm while you prepare the dressing.

3. stir together the mayo, mustard, lime juice, ancho powder, cayenne, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, green onions, red onion, & garlic in a medium bowl. pour the mixture over the potatoes & mix gently until combined. season with salt & pepper to taste. serve cold or at room temperature.

yum, yum, yummy!
this is such a great side dish for summer.
i recommend making it the day before you plan on serving it,
just so the flavors really have time to come together.

until next time,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

mangia mondays 12: spice rubbed pork tenderloin with chipotle-bourbon sauce

hello, sweet friends!
welcome to

- a totally stupendous blog hop i co-host each week with
the always amazing lisa from shine your light!

i'd just like to take a minute to thank you all for linking up every week -
lisa & i absolutely love looking through all of the recipes & articles you all post!

this week, i'm sharing

spice rubbed pork tenderloin with chipotle-bourbon sauce

3 Tbs ancho chile powder
2 Tbs light brown sugar
1 Tbs chipotle chile powder 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2 lbs. pork tenderloin
oil, for greasing grill
chipotle-bourbon sauce {recipe follows}

1. preheat grill to 400 f.

2. stir together the ancho powder, brown sugar, chipotle powder, cinnamon, allspice, onion powder, paprika & salt in a small bowl.

3. slice the tenderloin into {approx.} 8, equally sized medallions. dredge each medallion in the spice rub, making sure to coat each side evenly, & tap off the excess.

4. brush the grill with oil to prevent sticking. cook the medallions 6-8 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 160 f.

5. remove pork from the grill & let rest for 5 minutes. thinly slice each medallion. ladle some of the chipotle-bourbon sauce into the center of the plate & top with sliced tenderloin. spoon more sauce on top & enjoy!

chipotle-bourbon sauce
makes 1 1/2 cups
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 C + 2 Tbs bourbon
5 chipotle chile pepper, finely chopped
4 C chicken stock
12 oz apple juice concentrate, thawed
10 black peppercorns
1/3 C packed light brown sugar

1. heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. add the onion & cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. add the 2 C bourbon, bring to a boil, & cook until reduced to a few tablespoons, 5-6 minutes.

2. add the chipotle peppers, stock, apple juice concentrate, peppercorns, & brown sugar & cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 15-20 minutes.

3. strain through a fine-mesh strainer, return the mixture to the pan, & reduce over high heat to sauce consistency, 10-15 minutes. add the 2 Tbs bourbon, cook for 2 minutes, & season with salt.

spicy, sweet, tender... delicious!
if you aren't a person who enjoys heat,
i would suggest grilling up some pork & just trying the sauce.
it does have a kick, but is completely balanced by the sweetness
of the apple juice concentrate & brown sugar.

now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

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dowlings, out!

Friday, May 27, 2011

5 favorites friday

howdy, partners!
doing anything exciting over the long weekend?
i know what i'll be doing:
cooking up some of my favorites from this week's
mangia monday.

every friday i choose my 5 favorites from the week
& feature them right here!

make sure you grab a button
& let people know you've been featured!

until next time,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

philly cheesesteak sliders

howdy, friends!
as soon as i saw these
over at
i knew i had to make them!

philly cheesesteak sliders

italian beef, prepared
6 Tbs butter
1 large onion, sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C milk
1 1/4 C grated pepper jack cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 package {12 ct.} hawaiian sweet rolls

1. make italian beef. wait 8 hours.

2. melt 6 Tbs butter in saute pan & add onions. cook for 15-20 minutes over medium heat to caramelize. when the onions start becoming a medium-brown color, add bell peppers. cook another 10 minutes.

3. melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. whisk in the flour & cook for 1 minute. slowly whisk in milk, & cook, whisking constantly until thickened, about 4-5 minutes. remove the mixture from the heat & whisk in the cheese until combined; season with salt & pepper.

4. cut rolls in half lengthwise while still attached. layer beef, veggies, & cheese on the bottom rolls. top with roll tops :). the down the roll lines & serve!

seriously - these sliders are SO good.
they would be perfect for summer entertaining, too,
because you can make a large quantity in practically the same amount of time!

hubs loved 'em,
so i think they've pretty much made it into the rotation!
until next time,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

baby greens salad with bacon & roasted garlic vinaigrette

hello, sweet readers.
i love summer...
love love love love love it.
with summer comes a lot of salads -
& this one is scrumptious.

baby greens salad with bacon & roasted garlic vinaigrette

{for 4}
8 slices of thick cut, applewood smoked bacon, chopped
8 oz. baby greens, rinsed
roasted garlic vinaigrette {recipe follows}
salt & pepper
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
thinly shaved asiago cheese, for garnish

1. place the baby greens in a large bowl, add 1/4 C of the vinaigrette, season with salt & pepper, & toss to coat. place the tomatoes in a bowl, add a few tablespoons of the dressing, season with salt & pepper, & toss to coat.

2. divide the baby greens among 4 large plates, arrange tomatoes & bacon as desired. garnish with shaved cheese & drizzle with vinaigrette.

roasted garlic vinaigrette
{makes approx. 1 C}
8 cloves roasted garlic, peeled
3 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tbs chopped red onion
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
salt & pepper
1/2 C olive oil

1. combine the garlic, vinegar, onion, honey, lime juice, & salt & pepper to taste in a blender & blend until smooth. with the motor running, slowly add the oil & blend until emulsified.

we enjoyed this salad with the
&, was it good!

until next time,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

mangia mondays 11: smoked mozzarella grilled cheese

hiya, friends!
welcome to

my lovely friend lisa from shine your light
& i host this super-awesome blog hop.
we absolutely love seeing what everyone links up each week.

so, link up those recipes & food posts!

smoked mozzarella grilled cheese

{for 2 sandwiches}
4 slices of bread {we used 3-cheese semolina}
6 slices of fresh, smoked mozzarella
1 tomato cut into 6 slices
fresh basil leaves
thinly shaved asiago cheese

1. preheat skillet to medium heat.

2. butter 1 side of each slice of bread. top 2 slices with 3 pieces of mozzarella, 3 slices of tomato, 2-3 basil leaves, and a sprinkle of asiago. top with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter side up. :)

3. place sandwich in skillet & cook 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown & cheese starts to get gooey.

the smoked mozzarella MAKES this sandwich...
it's SO good.
if you wanted to add protein,
turkey or ham {maybe some prosciutto, even!}
would be delicious!

so, now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:

. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .

. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .

. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .

. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

click here to check out all of the amazing blogs i'm linking this post to!

until next time,
dowlings, out!

Friday, May 20, 2011

5 favorites friday

hiya, friends!
sorry this post is going up so late -
i don't know where time has gone!

how about my 5 favorites from this weeks

feel free to grab the button
& let people know you've been featured!

thanks to everyone who participated,
& make sure you link up those recipes on monday!
until next time,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

fancy pants dinner

hello, my lovely readers!
i've missed you terribly...
but must admit that my vacation was awesome.
especially the fancy pants dinner my mommy took me to.
this is the best food i have ever eaten...

the restaurant is called
victoria and albert's.
it is located on disney world property at the grand floridian resort & spa -
& is an 11-year recipient of the coveted aaa five diamond award.

sorry for the poor picture quality,
but the room was very dimly lit & my camera decided it hated me.
but, you'll get the idea!

amuse-bouche: lobster bisque, lobster crepe, lobster with caviar, & lobster panna cotta
i have to admit, i'm not one for lobster -
or so i thought!
every single bite was heaven.

applewood smoked buffalo "waldorf"
 buffalo is delicious.
freakin' deeeelicious.
there were three buffalo medallions topped with micro greens, walnuts, and an amazing vinaigrette.
on either side were apple spheres rolled in crushed walnuts.

diver scallop with braised fennel & blood orange gastrique
 this scallop melted in my mouth -
it was like eating butter.
there were caramelized vidalia onions with the blood orange gastrique
{which is a reduction of vinegar & sugar to form a slightly caramelized sauce}
& a dusting of fennel powder.
i really wanted to pick up the plate & lick it clean...
but i refrained
because i have couth & decorum.

roasted quail with asian pears & serrano ham jus
 oh, man.
this dish was perfectly salty & sweet.
the combination of the sweet asian pears & the saltiness of the serrano ham jus
absolutely made the quail pop.

niman ranch lamb with marble potatoes & english peas
 the lamb was heaven.
cooked medium rare and encrusted in herbs & spices...
with an amazing lamb reduction, microgreens, lightly candied potatoes & english pea puree.
i must try to copy this...

cheese plate: colston bassett stilton, gouda reypenaer v.s.o.p., burrata alla panna, & comte saint antoine
 my favorite was definitely the gouda.
& i have discovered that i am not a fan of buffalo mozzarella.
it had an odd texture...
which i described to my mom as
"cow snot."

caramelized banana gateau
there could not have been a more perfect way to end such a fantastic meal.
this dessert encompassed all of the flavors of bananas foster,
but it was chilled & had the addition of macadamia nuts.
there was a "waterfall" of spun sugar, which reminded me of cotton candy
{only, much fancier}.
if i could have one dessert for the rest of my life,
this might just be it.

i just have to give the biggest thank you to my mommy.
this dinner was one of the most amazing experiences i have ever had.

happy to be back, ya'll!
until next time,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

mangia mondays 10: berry sauce from finding joy in my kitchen

hiya, readers!
my trip is coming to a close & i'm happy to be returning...
but not until tomorrow!
in the mean time, i've asked some of my favorite bloggers to guest post!
i'm so so excited to have snowhite from
here today to host mangia mondays.
i get so inspired by, literally, everything she makes...
& so many of my family's favorite recipes come from her blog!

so, you know the scoop:
mangia mondays is a great blog hop that delightfully dowling
& super-incredible lisa from shine your light
host every week.

we encourage you to link up your recipes & food posts!
take it away, snowhite!

Hi, everyone! My name is SnoWhite and I blog over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  My blog is all about cooking healthy meals from scratch with simple ingredients.  I am delighted to be guest posting here at Delightfully Dowling!  Today, I am going to share an easy recipe for a healthy berry sauce.

We love this sauce so much -- we use it over our favorite waffles or pancakes, spread it over English muffins, drizzle it over our favorite ice cream and enjoy it in a homemade yogurt parfait.

This recipe is incredible versatile; we love it with berries, but peaches and/or nectarines are a lovely addition.  Use what you have and make a yummy sauce.  This recipe is perfect for fruit that needed to be eaten yesterday.  If you know what I mean.... !

Berry Sauce  - Finding Joy in My Kitchen

2 C berries {I used blueberry and raspberry}
2 T honey {or brown/white sugar}
1 T cornstarch
1 T water

Begin by measuring out the berries.  I've used fresh or frozen, slightly squished or not, and they all work!  Choose (or use up!) what you have.

Add the berries to a medium sauce pan.

Sprinkle with corn starch. Toss to coat.

Drizzle honey over the mixture.

Add 1 T water.

Stir to combine.  

Then, heat the berries over medium heat until, stirring nearly constantly, until the berries begin to cook up.

The sauce will thicken as the mixture warms.  Simmer for 2-4 minutes once the mixture is warmed to allow the sauce to thicken up.

Serve warm over your favorite breakfast dish.

Or, place the berry sauce into a glass jar and store in the fridge until ready to use.

To serve, spoon chilled berry sauce over ice cream or yogurt.  If you desire to use it warm again, either re-heat in a sauce pan, or microwave it for 30 seconds and you're good to go! 

Hope you enjoy the berry sauce!

i would put that sauce on everything.
thanks so much for sharing, snowhite!
please, do yourself a favor & check out
for so many more delicious recipes!

& now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:

. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .

. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .

. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .

. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings, out!

Friday, May 13, 2011

guest post: lemon rosemary chicken from it's a keeper

howdy, friends!
still lovin' the florida sunshine -
but while i'm gone, i've asked some of my favorite bloggers to fill in for me!
today, i'm happy to have christina from it's a keeper.
if you haven't checked out her blog, it's pretty much amazing.
recently, i participated in a cookbook review she hosted
& she hosts one of my favorite link parties every week called it's a keeper thursday.
take it away christina!

Christina, a northeastern Pennsylvania native, is a full-time working mother. On her blog, It’s a Keeper (, she is cooking her way through a pile of 259 random recipes that she’s collected and reporting the results – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Since the weather is getting warmer (when it's not raining) here in northeastern Pennsylvania. I thought it would be fun to start sharing some recipes for the grill. I came across this recipe in a Cook’s Country magazine. It looked fantastic and I absolutely recipes with fresh rosemary. Plus, I was intrigued by having to grill the lemons before juicing them.

The Recipe

1 lemon, halved
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Grill lemons, cut side down, over hot fire until deep brown and caramelized, 5-8 minutes.

Squeeze 3 tablespoons juice from grilled lemons into medium bowl. Stir in mustard, rosemary, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil until emulsified; reserve 1/3 cup.

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Brush chicken with remaining dressing and grill over hot fire until well browned and cooked through (meat should measure 160 degrees).

Use remaining dressing to dress a mixed green salad.

Is it a Keeper?

This recipe was delicious. The grilled lemon juice had a much deeper flavor than regular lemon juice. So good! We love grilling chicken and this is a great way to kick up our usual marinade.

The dressing also makes a great salad dressing! Very flavorful and light. I even used leftover chicken on the salad -- it was a perfect lunch!

I would definitely make this again…it’s easy enough. On a side note, it does taste quite a bit like Wegman’sBalsamic Rosemary marinade (which I absolutely LOVE on steaks).

doesn't this sound delicious?!
i can't wait for the hubs to fire up the grill & try it -
& putting the leftover chicken & dressing on a salad??
yes, please!
thanks so much, christina, for sharing a keeper with us!
make sure you check out it's a keeper for even more great recipes!

until next time,

Thursday, May 12, 2011

guest post: soft pretzels from this chick cooks

hiya, friends!
still havin' a grand ol' time in florida with my mama!
while i'm gone, i've asked some of my favorite bloggers to guest post.
today, i'm happy to have katie from this chick cooks.
she has amazing recipes & posts great food finds from blogland by chicks who cook.
love it.
take it away, katie!

It is wonderful to guest post here at Delightfully Dowling. Thank you, Kristin, for inviting me to share a recipe with your readers. My name is Katie and my blog is This Chick Cooks. I love cooking and trying out new recipes or coming up with my own creations. I share all types of recipes from healthy to indulgent, and every Wednesday I feature amazing recipes from other blogs. This Chick Cooks focuses on using ingredients that any cook can get anywhere. Today I am going to share my recipe for soft pretzels.

Who can resist getting a soft pretzel? They are so delicious with their soft breading and chewy goodness. Ever since my son, little guy, was a toddler he always wanted one anytime we went to the mall. About 10 years ago I came across a pretzel recipe in our newspaper that I just knew I had to try. I am so glad I did, because my family has been enjoying homemade pretzels ever since. I'm delighted that I was able to share our family's recipe with you and I hope that you all will enjoy them as much as we do.

3 cup flour
3/4 tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 3/4 tablespoons butter (softened)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
For the dipping solution:
3 cups warm water
3 tablespoons baking soda

You can make the dough for these in your bread maker, with a mixer or by hand. I am writing this recipe from the perspective of using a mixer with a dough hook, but you can definitely do this by using a spoon and kneading the dough with your hands.

In the bowl with the dough hook attachment, stir together the yeast, a pinch of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the warm water (it should be warm enough that you can stick your pinkie in comfortably for just a few seconds). Allow the mixture to sit 10 minutes. Add to the yeast mixture the remaining 3/4 cup water, butter, brown sugar, flour and salt.

Mix on low speed for 2 minutes and then increase to medium speed until the dough starts to pull away from the sides- about 2-4 minutes.

If you are doing the mixing by hand then mix according to directions above, but once everything is mixed together, turn it onto a floured counter and knead it for 10 minutes. The dough will be stiff but smooth.

Turn the dough onto a surface and knead it for 5 minutes. The dough will be stiff but smooth.
Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel and allow it to rest in a warm place for about an hour (or until doubled in size).

Punch down the dough and divide it into 6 pieces. Form the pieces into long ropes and cover them with plastic wrap. Rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Working with one piece of dough at a time roll the dough out to about about 30 inches. Lay it on the counter in a u shape and cross the ends and bring them down to form a pretzel shape.

Place the pretzels on the baking sheet and let rise, uncovered for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425. Prepare the dipping solution by mixing warm water and baking soda in a stainless steel bowl.

A a few pretzels to the bowl and soak for about 10 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and return them to the greased pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Homemade pretzels are best served on the same day :)


I hope you’ll join me in my culinary adventures as I share recipes, cooking tips and tricks on my blog, This Chick Cooks. Thanks again for having me, Kristin. It was a pleasure.

whoa, baby.
i love soft pretzels.
love them!
but, i've never tried making them...
i think i can do it thanks to katie!
make sure you check out this chick cooks for even more great recipes!

until next time,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

guest post: cinnamon rolls from melissa's cuisine

hello, friends!
i'm still soaking up the sun in florida with my mama!
so, in my place, i asked some of my absolute favorite bloggers to guest post!
today, i'm happy to have the wonderfully talented
melissa from melissa's cuisine.
take it away, melissa!

Hi, I'm Melissa, and I'm the writer and cook/baker behind Melissa's Cuisine. I'm thrilled to be posting at Delightfully Dowling today! I started blogging during my first year at college; I started my blog Wonderful World of Melissa because I had a 4 hour break between classes and wanted something to occupy my time. As my blog grew, I decided to start a separate blog to post my edible creations, thus Melissa's Cuisine was born. I love to bake, cook, and entertain. When you combine those three elements, you get my blog!

Now, enough about me...let's get on to this recipe!

My mother-in-law and her friend used to buy cinnamon rolls from Costco; a few months ago, they went and were told that Costco no longer carried the cinnamon rolls. They were incredibly disappointed, and I have to say I was too since we always benefited from the large pan of cinnamon rolls she'd buy!

Then, a few weeks ago she got a recipe from a friend for cinnamon rolls that were "just as good or better" than Costco's rolls. She had never made anything with yeast before so she asked me to help her out. It was a lot of fun, especially seeing her first experience using yeast, and I think she'll be trying more yeast recipes in the future! My favorite cinnamon roll recipe is Pioneer Woman's, but I would rank these as a very, very close second! (So close in fact, that I had a really hard time telling the difference between the two rolls and just couldn't choose a definite favorite!)

You will need:

For the dough:

2 packages yeast (or 4-1/2 teaspoons)

1 cup warm water, 100-110 degrees

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon salt

1/2 cup margarine

3 eggs, well beaten

6-7 cups flour


4 Tablespoons margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Sticky bottoms:

1-1/2 cups brown sugar

2 Tablespoons water

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup margarine


2 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup margarine

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 Tablespoon sugar in water. Let it stand until it becomes bubbly and foamy.

2. Scald milk in a medium sauce pan.

3. Add 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and margarine to milk. Cool to lukewarm.

4. Pour milk mixture into yeast mixture. Stir in eggs.

5. Add 2 cups of flour and mix well. Add in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until dough is no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed.

6. Cover dough and let it rise until double, about 1-1/2 hours.

7. While dough is rising, mix brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and margarine in a saucepan until margarine is melted. Bring up to a slow boil and then remove from heat.

8. Divide mixture between 2 9x13 pans.

9. When dough has risen, punch it down and divide in half.

10. Roll each half of dough into a 12x10" rectangle.

11. Melt 4 Tablespoons margarine and brush over each dough rectangle.

12. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over each dough rectangle.

13. Roll dough in a line toward you. Slice into 1" slices and place in pan.

14. Cover pans and let the rolls rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

15. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

16. While rolls are cooling, beat together cream cheese, margarine, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy.

17. Spread over cinnamon rolls.


i'm definitely making these as soon as i get home!

the hubs will be so excited!

thanks, melissa, for sharing!

don't forget to check out melissa's cuisine for some more tempting culinary creations!

until next time,