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awonton gooeyI have three words that are gonna rock your world.

Won Ton S’mores.

That’s right, Won Ton S’mores.

If you’ve never had them, run to the store and get the simple ingredients as fast as humanly possible to rectify the situation!

Are you heading to or hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend? If so, you’ll be the MVP if you make a batch of these decadent little devils.

The wonderful folks at Nasoya recently gave me the opportunity to test out their Asian Style Wraps. Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was “how can I make dessert with these?”

Below, you’ll find the Won Ton S’mores recipe along with a few other tasty treats using Nasoya’s Won Ton and Egg Roll Wraps.

awonton ingredients

Ingredients

 

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it's almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it’s almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

 

Moisten the edges and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Moisten the edges (use water or egg whites) and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

Yum! You dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

Yum! You can dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

 Won Ton S’mores

1 package of Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 bag of miniature marshallows

1 bag of miniature chocolate bars

Place one chocolate bar in the center of a wrap then add three marshmallows. Using water or egg white, moisten the edges of the wrap. Fold the corners of the wrap up into the center  and press edges to seal.

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a heavy skillet and warm over medium-heat. When oil is hot, add S’more and fry on each side for just a few seconds, until lightly browned. Remove and drain grease on paper towel, then savor the crispy outside and deliciously gooey inside!

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Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

These are incredibly easy and unbelievably tasty. They’ll score a touchdown with all your football fans!

Four ingredients - that's it!

Four ingredients – that’s it!

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Sausage Cups

1 package Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 pound sausage

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry sausage and drain grease.

Mix sausage with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Set aside.

Line a mini-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps by gently folding a wrap into each muffin cup. Spoon sausage mixture into each wrap and bake for about eight minutes, until edges of the wrap are brown.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

burger roll plated 2If you enjoy a good bacon cheeseburger, give these easy wraps a try. Full of great flavors, you won’t fumble by serving these to your hungry guests!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and  cheese.

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and cheese.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You'll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You’ll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle, then fold in the two ends, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle,  fold in the two side corners, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.)

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

burger roll platedServe with ketchup or barbecue sauce… and don’t forget the pickles!

Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

1 package of Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps

1 pound of hamburger

1 cup of bacon bits

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Season hamburger with your favorite seasonings and brown. Drain. Mix with bacon bits and cheese. Spoon about two tablespoons of meat mixture onto the center of an egg roll wrap in a rectangle. Fold the end of the wrap nearest you into the center. Fold in the two side edges, then roll the wrap, sealing the edges by moistening with water or egg whites (I used water, and it worked fine).

You can either bake or fry these.

If baking, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for about eight minutes or until edges start to brown.

If frying, heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry one side, then the other (takes about a minute total).

Serve with a side of ketchup or barbecue sauce for dipping.

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Fruit Ravioli

a fruit ravioli pile2 It’s a guaranteed score with these little fruit pies!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them up once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them inward once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don't get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don’t get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

 

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Fruit Ravioli

1 package of Won Ton Wraps

1 can of fruit pie filling

powdered sugar

*Note – You can use any flavor of canned pie filling.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of pie filling into the center of a Won Ton wrap. Top with a second wrap. Moisten the edges of the wraps and fold them inward. Moisten the new “edge” and fold it inward a second time. Using a fork, crimp the edges to make sure they are sealed.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each side for about 30 seconds, or until brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Enjoy the Super Bowl and party safely!

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cherry bruschetta plated

We’ve been blessed with an abundance of big, sweet, delicious cherries in our area recently.

I came home with another bag of them yesterday and then found myself wondering if I could come up with an off-the-beaten path recipe to use a few.

I freely admit this is stretching the definition of bruschetta but if you really wanted, you could serve it on bread.

Regardless, the mixture of the sweet cherries, fresh mint and tangy cheese were a perfect combination! It’s like having a little summer party exploding in your mouth.

And the best part… it took just minutes to make!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Start by pitting your cherries.

Start by pitting your cherries.

Then chop them into small pieces. I halved them and cut each half into about 12 pieces.

Then chop them into small pieces. I halved them and cut each half into about 12 pieces.

Scoop the cherries into a bowl then go to work on the mint. Chiffonade (cut) a few pieces.

Scoop the cherries into a bowl then go to work on the mint. Chiffonade (cut) a few pieces.

Mix the cherries and mint together. (Aren't the colors fabulous?)

Mix the cherries and mint together. (Aren’t the colors fabulous?)

Pour grenadine syrup over the mint - cherry mixture and blend.

Pour grenadine syrup over the mint – cherry mixture and blend.

 

Toast a frozen waffle until it is crunchy.

Toast a frozen waffle until it is crunchy.

Quarter the waffle.

Quarter the waffle.

Top with goat cheese then add the cherry mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Top with goat cheese then add the cherry mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Cherry Mint Bruschetta

1 frozen waffle

2 tbsp. goat cheese

6 large cherries

1 tsp. grenadine syrup

1 tsp. chopped mint

Cherries and mint for garnish, if desired

Pit and chop cherries, scoop into a bowl and mix with mint. If you are using fresh mint, right off the plant, it is strong, so you can cut back the amount to 1/2 tsp. Stir in grenadine syrup and set aside.

Toast the frozen waffle until it is crunchy on the outside. Cut into quarters. Top with a sprinkling of goat cheese then spoon on cherry-mint mix.

Serves two.

Note: You can definitely use a rustic country bread instead of the waffle for a true bruschetta, if you so desire.

She Who Loved the Mix of Flavors and Textures

 

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sausage roll plated

I needed to come up with a filling finger-type food for a gathering I was attending and decided Sausage Rolls would be fast and easy to make, but also be a filling and tasty addition to the food contributions.

These come together quickly, require few ingredients and received Captain Cavedweller’s seal  of approval.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brown sausage, drain grease, set aside. Roll out crescent dough, seal perforated edges and spread with cream cheese. I happened to have whipped in the fridge, but as long as it is spreadable you could use softened cream cheese from a block, too.

Brown sausage, drain grease, set aside. Roll out crescent dough, seal perforated edges and spread with cream cheese. I happened to have whipped in the fridge, but as long as it is spreadable you could use softened cream cheese from a block, too.

Top cream cheese with sausage.

Top cream cheese with sausage.

Sprinkle on cheese.

Sprinkle on cheese.

Sorry... got involved in rolling this up and slicing before I realized I'd forgotten to take any photos. Place sliced rounds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

Sorry… got involved in rolling this up and slicing before I realized I’d forgotten to take any photos. Place sliced rounds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

When the crescent roll turns golden brown and the cheese is melted, pull from the oven and serve.

When the crescent roll turns golden brown and the cheese is melted, pull from the oven and serve.

Sausage Rolls

1 pound ground sausage

1 tube of crescent rolls (8)

1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack chese

1/4 cup cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment and coat with non-stick cooking spray. (You can spray the baking sheet and skip the foil or parchment, but I’m a lazy slug and don’t want to have to scrub the pan later.)

Brown the sausage and drain off grease. Set aside.

Unroll the tube of crescent rolls, pinching the perforated edges together to form a long rectangle of dough.

Spread cream cheese in a thin layer over the dough. Spoon sausage on top then sprinkle with cheese.

Starting on one long side of the rectangle, start rolling up the dough and filling. I forced Captain Cavedweller to help me because I couldn’t quite keep everything rolling forward like it should without an extra hand.

Once you have a nice, tight roll, slice off rounds about 1/2 inch thick and place on baking sheet.

Bake about 12-15 minutes or until crescents begin to brown and cheese has melted.

Remove from oven and savor the yumminess!

You can serve with barbecue sauce or ranch dressing if you want a little extra burst of flavor.

She Who Likes Easy Recipes

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I needed something quick and easy for dinner the other night, so after browsing through what I had on had, I put these little pie pockets of perfectly palatable pork together.

It was a good decision. At least Captain Cavedweller seemed to think so as he scarfed down his third one.

The come together in a hurry, are fast to make and use pretty simple ingredients.

You can make these “hungry man” size or even bite-sized for appetizers.

Here’s the easy-as-pie instructions:

Ingredients

 

Start by browning a pound of ground beef and a pound of ground pork (I used regular mild, but you could go for whatever flavor floats your boat).

 

Once the meat is brown, drain well then mix with cream of mushroom soup and grated cheese.

 

If you are using crescent rolls, you can pinch two together to make a rectangle. You can also use one triangle per pie to keep the size smaller.

Spoon filling onto the dough, then start folding dough around it.

 

Continue folding dough until you have a nice little “pocket.” Pinch edges to seal.

 

Bake at 350 about 12 minutes, until golden brown.

 

Remove from oven, plate and devour! Can be served with a side of ranch or barbecue sauce if you so desire.

 

Porky Pie Pockets

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 tsp. onion flakes

1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tubes of crescent rolls (8 regular size)

1 small can cream of mushroom soup

2/3 cup shredded cheddar or colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown meat with onions, seasoning and spices.

Drain well.

Mix with cheese and soup.

Roll out crescent dough. Pinch triangles together to form rectangles for pockets or use individual triangles if you want smaller-serving sizes.

Spoon filling onto dough. Fold dough around filling and pinch edges to seal.

Place on greased baking tray (or if you are a lazy slug like me, I lined mine with foil and then sprayed it with Pam) and bake about 12 minutes or until dough is golden brown.

Serve immediately. You may need to hide one or two if you have a meat-eater in your house like I do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s recipe is so simple your  preschooler could make it.

Wait, maybe they should. It would be a lot of fun for them.

 

 

Ingredients

 

Start by slicing your melon into 1/2 inch thick slices.

 

Press a sturdy cookie cutter into the melon, going all the way through.

 

Isn’t this fun?

 

 

 

 

Watermelon and Feta Butterflies

Watermelon

Feta Cheese

Balsamic Vinegar
Slice watermelon into 1/2 thick slices. Using a sturdy cookie cutter, push it through and cut out shapes. Place on a plate, sprinkle with feta cheese and drizzle with vinegar.

Eat, indulge and enjoy!

She Who Loves Watermelon… and Feta… and balsamic vinegar

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When Captain Cavedweller and I were on vacation a few weeks ago, one of the places we ate had the best Tomato Caprese Salad. It was fresh and beautiful and so good.

The best part is, it is easy to recreate  at home with some fresh ingredients and a few minutes of time!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

 

Slice the cheese – the fresher, the better!

 

Slice tomatoes and give them just a dash of salt.

 

Line up on a plate or platter then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

 

Then savor the freshness and blending of flavors!

 

 

 

 

Tomato Caprese Salad

fresh mozzarella, sliced

tomatoes, sliced

spinach leaves

balsamic vinegar

salt, to taste

Layer cheese, spinach and tomato leaves on a plate or platter (I sprinkled the tomato slices with a little salt. At room temp, it just brings out the flavor). Drizzle with vinegar and enjoy!

She Who Loves This So, So Much

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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, here is a fun little recipe for fruit salsa with cinnamon chips.

It didn’t take long to make and was so fresh and fruity. Since I made it before dinner last night, it is possible that Captain Cavedweller and I may have eaten every bite of this before we got dinner on the table.

Maybe.

Yeah, it was really tasty!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

 

Chop strawberries…

 

and kiwi…

 

and oranges.

 

 

Mix reserved orange juice with honey. Pour over fruit and mix well.

Butter tortillas and cut into chip-sized pieces

 

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on chips and bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes, until chips are crispy.

 

Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup chopped kiwi

1 can mandarin oranges (reserve juice)

6 flour tortillas (8-inch)

2 tbsp. honey

cinnamon

sugar

butter

Use fresh strawberries and kiwi for intense, delightful flavors. Chop into small pieces. Chop mandarin oranges. Mix 1/3 cup of the juice reserved from the oranges and mix with the honey. Pour over the fruit and let rest while tortillas are cooking.

Butter tortillas then cut into chip-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350 oven for 5-7 minutes, until chips are crispy. Serve immediately and enjoy the bliss of the warm cinnamon chips with the fruit!

She Who May Need to Make This Again Soon

 

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