Chipotle Cauliflower Hummus Tacos with Cumin Slaw

Chipotle Cauliflower Hummus Tacos with Cumin Slaw by Alison's AllspiceOne of the most fun things about recipe development is taking a recipe you love, and adapting it.  Sometimes it’s about making it healthier, or adapting it to fit different diets.  If you read here often, you know how much I love fish tacos.  However, a lot of readers here are not looking for fish based recipes (I don’t post many).  Therefore, I created chipotle cauliflower hummus tacos with cumin slaw to be vegan, and just as delicious! Continue reading

Quick Edamame Corn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Quick Edamame Corn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: “I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Do you ever find yourself in need of a light meal or side dish for a gathering, and you need it in a hurry?  I make this quick edamame corn salad with apple cider vinaigrette regularly because it comes together so quickly.  It’s also really convenient because the ingredients are easy to keep on hand for those oh-shoot moments when you realize you forgot all about your sister’s cookout! Continue reading

Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apricot Ginger Spread

Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apricot Ginger Spread by Alison's AllspiceDisclaimer:  “I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

My parents taught me how to make a grilled cheese sandwich at a very young age.  They encouraged me to cook as a kid, and maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much today – it takes me back to my youth.  Back then, my grilled cheese sandwiches were simply made with cheddar, but this Gouda grilled cheese with apricot ginger spread is a delicious adult take on the simple and convenient grilled cheese sandwich. Continue reading

Spicy Blackened Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Spicy Blackened Fish Tacos with Lime Crema by Alison's AllspiceWhen I was a kid, one of my parents favorite meals was blackened salmon.  I always remembered that meal because the first time we tried it as a family, we didn’t realize how spicy the seasoning was going to be!!  It was so flavorful, but I remember downing glasses of milk try to keep my mouth from catching fire.  In subsequent trials, my parents learned the right amount of seasonings to use, and used it sparingly for us kids.   Today blackening seasoning is still a favorite of mine, so I decided to try it in one of my favorite foods, fish tacos.  These spicy blackened fish tacos with lime crema were a hit at my house! Continue reading

Total Solar Eclipse Tostadas and a Giveaway

Total Solar Eclipse Tostadas by Alison's AllspiceHave you started making plans for the total solar eclipse yet?  I am lucky enough to live in southern Illinois, the only place in the world to experience totality (the greatest duration)!  It is so exciting to watch the hustle and bustle of town preparing for 50,000 (+) tourists interested in seeing this spectacular event on August 21st.  I decided to bring the eclipse to my blog by making eclipse themed food, and finding a local giveaway for my readers! My total solar eclipse tostadas recipe has a dark moon (refried black beans) over the sun (tomato and corn salsa).   For the giveaway, you have the chance to win a southern Illinois total solar eclipse t-shirt and eclipse viewing glasses (See photos and contest entry below)! Continue reading

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing by Alison's AllspiceHappy 4th of July friends!  Today I am bringing you a cool, creamy and healthy salad to help you celebrate the holiday.  If you don’t already have a go-to simple salad recipe to bring to cookouts and gatherings, I highly recommend that you try this broccoli salad with creamy lemon caper dressing.  It is easy to put together with relatively few ingredients.   The creamy dressing is super indulgent, while the salad ingredients are healthy and wholesome! Continue reading

Grilled Clam Stuffed Mushrooms with Tomato Relish

Grilled Clam Stuffed Mushrooms with Tomato Relish by Alison's AllspiceI have a gigantic collection of cooking magazines that I have collected over the years.  I’m pretty serious about my collection as well.  My magazines are filed away according to the month published.  When ever I need some recipe inspiration, or want to do some light reading I go find this months file.  I tab all my favorite ideas so they are easy to find, but sometimes I will reread the magazine and see how my tastes have changed since I first tabbed it.  Recently I did this and came across a stuffed mushroom recipe with a red pepper relish.  I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t tabbed that recipe! I instantly wrote up my own variation and dubbed it worthy of a grill out night.  And thus, grilled clam stuffed mushrooms with tomato relish was born.  Continue reading

Early Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu

Early Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu by Alison's AllspiceDo you guys ever get a feeling that you want to dive into a pile of veggies to reset and refresh??  Eating meals that are heavy with vegetables helps me to feel my best.  I can dig in until I’m stuffed and not feel weighed down.  Veggies are totally guilt free as well.  Recipes like this early summer vegetable stir fry with crispy tofu was one of my favorite things to eat when I was trying to loose weight.  Now this meal is a total comfort food, and I love to indulge myself with it! Continue reading

Lessons in Amateur Gardening – Fresh Air Fridays

Lessons in amateur gardeningWelcome back for another Fresh Air Fridays!  For those of you catching up, Fresh Air Fridays is where I blog about non-food and cooking related topics that are near and dear to me.  Gardening is something I have always loved to do.  I suppose it could be considered food related, but friends, lets not overthink this one, it’s Friday after all!  Here are my lessons in amateur gardening! Continue reading

Cream Cheese Earl Grey Ebelskivers with Blueberries

Cream Cheese Earl Grey Ebelskivers with Blueberries by Alison's AllspiceThis month the recipe redux challenged members to make healthy small bite desserts.  I am not a huge sweets person; I vary rarely make and eat desserts.  As you can see on the Recipes Homepage, I only have 6 desserts posted!  When I started brainstorming this  challenge, I focused on my favorite healthy, small bite meals. Ebelskiver means filled danish pancake; they can be sweet or savory depending on the filling and seasonings used.  For this challenge, I made cream cheese earl grey ebelskivers with blueberries! Continue reading