twice baked potato with philly chive & onion cream cheese

Twice Baked Potatoes with Philly Chive and Onion Cream Cheese

Twice baked potatoes are so easy. I salt and pepper the potato skins for extra flavor. The filling is mixed with chive and onion cream cheese spread, sharp cheddar cheese, a tad of butter and a bit of salt. It's fluffy and creamy with just the right amount of tang from the cream cheese and savoriness from the chives and onions. It's an easy side dish to put together that is full of flavor.
cilantro lime rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is simple one pot dish that is full of robust flavors. Sauteed onions, garlic and ginger adds an aromatic and savory touch to the rice. The rice is then lightly toasted in butter, cooked in chicken broth and infused with lime zest to add flavor and a refreshing twist. The rice is then fluffed with chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice to brighten up the dish. It's a decadent way to dress up rice and wonderful served with sauteed shrimp.
cranberry sauce

Cranberry Pear Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a tradition at the holidays. There's just something about the festive red hue that makes the dinner table complete. The sauce is sweet and tart which helps balance the rich and decadent dishes usually served at Thanksgiving and Christmas. With a few fresh ingredients you can whip up a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce that everyone will be impressed with. I've added pears, orange zest, a hint of cinnamon and vanilla to add texture and another layer of flavor. The best part is that you can make this up to a week in advance. Just store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.