Tag Archives: Herbs

Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno Tomato Pizza

Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno Tomato Pizza by Alison's AllspiceHave you ever tried a tomato basil pizza?  Tomato goes so well with herbs, and basil is such a commonly used herb for pizza.  Cilantro, however, is not that common for a pizza topping, but it is one of my favorite herbs. When my garden started producing loads of tasty heirloom tomatoes this summer,  I decided to give cilantro a try on pizza!  This spicy cilantro jalapeno tomato pizza is out of this world! Continue reading

Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa by Alison's AllspiceIt’s official, I’m obsessed with all things gyro!  I absolutely love the explosion of flavors, especially the tzatziki.  I remember the first gyro I ever had at a sandwich shop in college.  The sandwich maker asked if I wanted to add the tzatziki, and I didn’t know what it was at the time.  He explained that it’s a creamy sauce that you will either love or hate.  Well,  I loved it, needless to say.  My husband loves tacos, so these tempeh gyro tacos with cucumber salsa were a success! Continue reading

Peach Basil Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle

Peach Basil Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle by Alison's AllspiceThis pizza is one of my favorites.  Pizza is on regular rotation at my house, and it is always something special, like this peach basil pizza with balsamic drizzle.  It is loaded with fresh summer flavors; we simply can’t get enough!  I love to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients on pizza.  The peach is juicy and along with the balsamic drizzle, there is plenty of moisture so you don’t need any sauce.  Top with melty cheese and some fresh herbs, you’ll be eating it all summer long! Continue reading

Five Spice Shrimp Tacos with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

Five Spice Shrimp Tacos with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce by Alison's AllspiceHave you guys tried chinese 5-spice powder yet?  It’s been a popular up-and-coming spice for a while now, and I’m just now getting on board.  Chinese five-spice is a blend of Szechwan pepper, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel.  It has a wonderfully warming characteristic that pairs perfectly with other Asian flavors, such as ginger, and is not spicy.  My five spice shrimp tacos with rhubarb ginger sauce are an amazing twist between Asian and Mexican cuisines! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Italian Lentil Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Slow Cooker Italian Lentil Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Alison's AllspiceThis month’s theme for the recipe redux was to avoid heating up the kitchen by using a cool cooking appliance (ie not the oven).  I love my big slow cooker for soups, but I don’t eat many soups during summer.  The zucchini in my garden have been plentiful for a few weeks now, at one point I had a pile of 14 on my kitchen counter!  Therefore, zucchini boats were in order.  To fit in with the redux theme, I made slow cooker Italian lentil stuffed zucchini boats! 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

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

Cilantro Lime Southwest Black Bean Salad

Cilantro Lime Southwest Black Bean Salad by Alison's AllspiceA simple salad is always a go-to meal at my house.  Quality ingredients is always the key because quality can turn simple into outstanding!  I make a lot of lunch salads that never make it onto the blog because I don’t take time to take pictures before work in the mornings.  I made this cilantro lime southwest black bean salad for a grill out this past weekend, and it was a hit!   Continue reading

Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers

Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This week I have been having a lot of fun playing around with cracker toppings.  Bite size food has to be able to impress in that single bite, so you know the flavors have to be good.  Therefore, sampling all those flavors, such as my Banh Mi Crackers, has been a lot of fun, and delicious.  The Breton Crackers that I received samples of have been great.  I received the original flavor, which is quite tasty, and really  enjoy their light and crisp texture.  The size of the cracker is large enough to top with lots of veggies and smear with sauces, such as my Tzatziki Cucumber Dill Crackers. Continue reading

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites

Banh Mi Veggie Cracker Bites by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

As a kid my family used to have snack nights.  In lieu of dinner, we would have a tray full of finger foods, usually loaded with crackers, cheese, and dips, as well as fruit and veggies.  When Breton Crackers sent me samples of their original crackers with tender-crisp texture and delicious flavor, I knew they would be perfect for snack night. I wanted my crackers to be loaded with veggies, so I chose a theme that uses lots of veggies, the banh mi sandwich.  These banh mi veggie cracker bites are fun little bites that you’ll keep reaching for on your snack night! Continue reading