Bacon and Aspargaus PastaWe can’t get enough of the gorgeous stalks of asparagus hitting the stores right now. The other night I had a blank space on our menu plan – and decided to have a “wing it” dinner. You know, one of those “clean out the fridge” kinda nights? This is what ensued, and it turned out to be superbly delicious!

And, it’s a quick one too – which is always a plus. Crisping up the bacon in the pan, then a quick cook of the asparagus in some of the rendered bacon fat (because really, why not?) and finally all tossed with some pasta and cream sauce. The healthiest? Surely not. But, it was probably better for us then the pizza or Chinese take-out we would have called in otherwise!

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso

I love burritos. In pretty much any incarnation. Whether it be one the size of my head via a certain chain we all know and love, or a simple baked burrito like these – they’re always such comforting and filling meals. I’d been wanting to make these since Elly first posted them, but like so many other meals – it just got put off. I ended up with an extra large package of hamburger last week with only half of it spoken for, so I finally got around to making them!

They’re a perfect quick weeknight meal that the whole family is sure to love. Seasoned beef, black beans, poblano peppers, corn, and cheese – all stuffed inside a crispy tortilla. Then while they’re baking, you whip up an insane cheese sauce to top them with. It was just going to be a sour cream sauce, but I had some cheese in the fridge, and I figured – eh? That’ll make it a queso – I don’t see how it can turn out bad. I was right. We didn’t get the opportunity to do so, but I’m sure that these would freeze beautifully. Just wrap them in plastic wrap, then stick into a freezer bag before you’d bake them. We’re always looking for new weeknight dinners, and this is definitely one to add to the repitoire!

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Is it warm and sunny enough to be deemed Spring where you are yet? We’re still working on it here on the Eastern Shore – but I’m confident it will be in full bloom before too long. We’ve had daffodils coming up for a couple weeks now, which is always a sure sign. I’m glad I went and picked them all (at my house, as well as my Aunt’s beach home), because after we got snow on Monday – the ones I left behind outside were looking pretty frail and beaten-down come Tuesday.

I’ll also have to get my hummingbird feeder out soon, as the males like to come early to “check out the scene”. While they enjoy the food (simple syrup – they are easy to please!) in the feeder, they adore the Mimosa tree in our backyard even more. I love to sit out there in the warmer months with a glass of iced tea, and just watch them flitter and flutter around, doing their noble work, while the boys play outside.

So, about these cupcakes – so incredibly good. A boatload of tropical fruits are added to the batter, which adds an incredible level of moistness. Jon & I both agreed that they were reminiscent of carrot cake – but fruitier. I topped it off with a coconut cream cheese frosting, the slight tang from the frosting was just perfect against the sweet, fruity cake.

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend. We’re going to be dying eggs, hunting eggs down, and eating alot of ham for days to come. These cupcakes would be just perfect on your Easter table, and the dried pineapple flowers – though a little time consuming, are super-easy and make such an impressive garnish. I don’t think a hummingbird himself could resist!

Truffled Deviled Eggs

Well, Easter is upon us again, as well as the ever present question that goes along with it – what do I do with all these eggs? My answers are always pretty simple – egg salad, sliced up and put on top of a salad, or of course everyone’s favorite remedy: deviled eggs.

My friend Jen makes the best deviled eggs, they’re smooth and creamy – with a good amount of tang from Dijon mustard. It’s usually my go-to version for cookouts. But, it’s Easter – so it’s nice to do something a little more special. And,what better to do that with than white truffle oil? It’s expensive, but the stuff is magical. I purchased a bottle a couple of years ago, and I’m still working through it. It’s insanely delicious just drizzled over roasted potatoes or some greens. Such a great ingredient, and worth every penny in my opinion!