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Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

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Today I am sharing this cheesy wonderland pasta dish over at www.pinkpeppermintdesign.com . Spinach and cheese manicotti! A perfect way to switch up the pasta dishes in your home. Try it… I know you’re going to loooooove it! It lasted maybe 10 minutes max in our house and I made a huge pan of it! It’s one of those “inhaled” dishes…. evidence of just how good this is. Happy Monday!

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Vanilla Cupcakes with a Double Vanilla Frosting

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I posted a picture on social media of a few dozen cupcakes I made for my daughter to take to school last week and am sharing the recipe with you all! She was so proud of these and made sure to tell all her friends that everything about them was “homemade by my mom”! I wanted to make them appealing to the kiddos so I kept the frosting white and simple and decorated each one with different colorful sprinkles (I usually have the frosting peaked higher than the one pictured here. I didn’t let the frosting rest long enough to set. It fell because it was too soft. I guess I was too anxious to get them photographed!). No chemical tasting box mix or canned frosting here! The frosting really will get you… even you frosting haters. Its is so light and creamy! I figure with Valentines Day, Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter coming, you will have a lot of occasions to make either these cupcakes or my sugar cookies or both! 

These cupcakes are super moist, but you can make even a moist recipe dry by over baking them. A very common mistake! Even most bakeries over bake their cupcakes, which is why I don’t like most bakery’s cupcakes. Here is a tip… I test to see if my cupcakes are done by touching the middle of a few of them with the tip of my finger lightly. It should leave a light imprint in the middle without sinking down. If it sinks, it needs more time. If the middle springs back, it is overbaked! Remember the cupcake will continue to cook a little bit more while it is cooling. I show an example of a perfectly baked cupcake below for you.

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I hope this helps you make the most delicious and moist cupcakes ever! Happy Baking friends! You can find the recipe for these cupcakes and frosting HERE.

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Seared Salmon

Friday February 27, 2015 – Friday February 27, 2015

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Hello Friends,

Oh how I wish I had the time to teach this before Valentines day because this menu is that special! It’s so versatile though that you can serve it for a special gathering or for your family on any given night. It may sound fancy schmancy, but it’s not hard to make and even pleases the kids. Now that is what I call a winner! I am so excited to teach this one to you all… and watch your eyes roll to the back of your head with delight as you bite into each dish!

If you aren’t familiar with celery root or parsnips… you will fall in love with them after this class! And they are found in your local grocery store. No driving to a specialty market for these ingredients. I wouldn’t do that to you! These also go great with chicken, steak or on their own. Perfect additions to any meal! I tell you… versatile!

The amazing menu this month is: Seared Salmon with a Cranberry Orange Glaze, Celery Root Puree, Creamy Parsnip Soup, Brussels Sprouts Salad and for the big finish…… A Salted Caramel Creme Brûlée! Seriously people.. this menu is pure heaven from start to finish!

This would make an awfully great date night! Right now, I have added this class on Friday the 27th.

My limit for each class is 18 people. I first demonstrate how to make all the dishes and then we feast! So come hungry! The cost of each class is $65.00 per person. Let me know if you are interested and I will contact you with more information about the class and tentatively put your name on the reservation list. When I receive your check, I will reserve your spot (31801 Via Perdiz, Coto de Caza, CA 92679, Checks made payable to Jenny Evans). Or feel free to call me (949-533-4038) to pay by credit card. My classes are filling up really fast so please let me know if you are interested before you send me a check to make sure there is an open spot. For cancellations, I require a “10 days before the class” notice for a refund.

I have had a lot of requests for private classes. I have taught gatherings for birthdays, couples classes, or just someone that wanted to learn a past menu and got a group of friends together to learn. I love doing these party- like classes and talk about a good time! Please feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in doing such a class. I require 18 people for a private class.

Anyone is invited to attend, so please feel free to forward this on to your friends, neighbors and family. I hope you can join me for another gathering of delicious food and a fun night!

Be sure to visit me on my blog at www.jennysgatherings.com. I have a new recipe from my last class as well as cooking and product tips posted on it so check it out! Be sure to tell all your friends to visit me on me my blog as well! You can also follow me on my instagram for additional food posts and happenings at @jennyevansgatherings. And facebook at jennyevansgatherings. Feel free to leave me comments….. I love making new friends!

Happy Cooking!

Jenny Evans

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The Best Sugar Cookies Recipe

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 Today I am collaborating with some amazing girls over at www.stayandco.com . Megan and Kailee are two gorgeous moms that have created an amazing business and blog. Be sure to head to their site to check out their products and all they have to share! I had the pleasure of meeting them when they attended a cooking class in my home. And lucky for you.. because I am sharing my “almost too good to be true” tender, moist, melt in your mouth sugar cookie recipe on their blog. The timing couldn’t be better because with Valentines Day around the corner, you don’t need an excuse to make these delectable treats! These are our family’s favorite and we make them for almost every holiday. You should see my collection of cookie cutters! 

IMG_0066 Funny story…. I decorated one of the cookies with SWAK written on it. My kids all said, “SWAK??? What’s that? I have never heard of that! I couldn’t believe they have never heard of SWAK and told them it means Sealed With A Kiss. Now they love SWAK and want me to write SWAK on everything!

These are all packaged up and ready to be delivered today for my daughter’s church Valentine’s activity. Don’t they make the perfect Valentines? We think so too! Happy Valentine’s all!

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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Do you all remember this? My Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread… pure heaven I tell you! My inspiration for this perfect treat came from my visit to Hawaii last summer where I had the most amazing Banana Bread Sundae at Kahuku Grill and Seven Brothers. You know me… if I taste something that knocks my socks off… I am bound and determined to go home and work on a similar recipe! This here is my creation… and I can honestly say this is the best banana bread ever!

Today, I am sharing this recipe on www.westcoastcapri.com ! Chelsey Hale is the creator of the the West Coast Capri blog and she is just the most darling and sweet girl around! Head to her site to check out all she has to share. If you want to follow her on instagram like I do, her instagram name is @chesleyhale. And get baking because this one will have you singing the hukilau… tiny bubbles…or whatever Hawaiian song floats your boat!

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Tacos Class Recap

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After taking a 2 month break from teaching classes,  it sure was fun to get back into it! Grateful to all that came. It was a popular class and menu!

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Teaching and feeding my classes these delectable tacos and my Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup made for an enjoyable evening for all! After all… who doesn’t like Mexican food, right?

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I had so many of you come with others that had bought my cooking class gift certificates to my class like this beautiful family! Perfect Christmas gift!

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That big ol’ bowl of black beans was going into a large soup pot. 

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Yup… to make this delicious and healthy Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup. Oh so good! Perfect accompaniment to any meal and a meal on it’s own.

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Look at these roasted poblano chills. They add so much flavor to any dish!

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Fast and easy homemade pico de gallo? You bet that was on the menu!

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By the way….I love seeing the smiles and laughter from all of you! Glad to know my classes are fun as well as delicious!

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Getting the avocado ready for the tacos. So. So. Good. Don’t you just want to bite right into these babies?!

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Lots of tips shared… so lots of notes!

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The finished product. My Avocado Taco. Seriously people… this one is so good there are no words! 

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Did I mention what a great date night this makes? Isn’t this couple the absolute cutest?

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I seriously can’t pick a favorite from the three tacos I taught. I mean come on… look at these Mahi Mahi tacos with my Pico de Gallo, Simple Guacamole and Apple Slaw. Yes.. they are as good if not better than they look! 

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And last but certainly not least, we learned how to make these melt in your mouth Braised Short Rib Tacos with a Roasted Poblano Sauce. Again… no words!

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I have to thank the most amazing photographer, Melissa Fuller, that took all these amazing photos (Melissa is the same photographer that took our family Christmas photo this year)! She tried to catch me with a smile like she did here.

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Because usually, I am caught making the worst faces… like here! Haha!

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I want to show off the wonderful friends in my Taco Class numero uno! (Sadly, my son took this picture and cut out one gal on the right. Sorry Lisa!)

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And another amazing group of friends from Taco Class numero dos! See you all in February for another epic night of Jenny Evans Gatherings!

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KUSI Good Morning San Diego Guest Spot

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This morning I had the pleasure of doing a cooking segment on Good Morning San Diego. We are in the heat of the holiday season, so I shared a couple of appetizers that are not only delicious, but easy to whip up as well. My Lentil Dip and my Caramelized Pear Crostini. Yum! To see a clip of part of the segment, click HERE. I would like to thank everyone at KUSI for being so nice and welcoming! To get the recipes for these appetizers, click HERE and HERE. Now you don’t have to fret if you are either throwing a holiday shin- dig or are asked to bring an appetizer as a guest. These are not only easy, but they are transport easily as well! Happy Holidays everyone! 

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Heaven in a Bar… For Real!

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You know when you have a dessert that is so good that you wonder how you ever lived without it before? This is one of those desserts. You will literally dream about it. It will be put on your “top” desserts ever in the whole. wide. world. I know you think I am exaggerating… but I am speaking truth like never before. 

The holidays are upon us and tis the season for baking and sharing your best treats. Well…. look no further people! This one will have your friends and neighbors begging you for these again year after year. Get the recipe HERE and make the world a much happier place… at least where ever you are sharing these babies! (On a side note…. my family likes them best warm straight out of the oven… no cutting… just a “hot mess” scoop, topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Ya… heaven on earth…. heaven on earth.)

On a side note…

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These are caramel bits that is in the ingredient list. They are sold in select grocery stores. You can also substitute regular caramels or make your own caramel sauce. These are so easy because you don’t have anything to unwrap!

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Taco Night

 

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Hello Friends,

Tacos people… tacos! I am a bonafide taco lover. Especially these tacos! Why do I love tacos? You can pack a myriad of flavors in one bite and boom… magic happens. Do you get what I mean? The savory, with the sweet, with the tangy, with a little bit of spice. Wow.. and in just one bite! And if you ask me.. tacos are light. No matter what you choose to put in your taco, there isn’t a load of it in this perfect package. Just a little bit of everything. Yup.. a lot of bang for your buck so to speak. And… tacos are great any time of the year. It’s not a summer, winter or fall food. It’s all of them! This class is my tribute or celebration of one of my all time favorites… tacos! After all.. who doesn’t love tacos?

 

Another favorite of mine is fusion food done right. These tacos I created definitely fit that bill. Creative but deliciously so. I am talking about “over the top” delicious! I am so proud of these creations… and can’t wait to share the goodness with you all! And the soup… yup.. definitely creative, fusion, deliciousness that leaves you asking, “What is in this soup? It’s so good!” (Actual quotes from my soup tasters.)

 

I am letting you in early on this class info. because with the holidays around the corner… I know it will make the perfect gift! The class is not until January so gift it… calendar it.. and look forward to it!

 

Here’s what is on this tacos done right menu: Mahi Mahi Tacos with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Apple Slaw, Braised Chipotle Short Rib Tacos with a Persimmon and Mushroom Saute, and a Roasted Poblano sauce, Panko Avocado Tacos with Pickled Carrots and a Coconut Chipotle Sauce and a Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup. Healthy never tasted so good!

 

This is Mexican done right! They may sound complicated but they are not. No difficulty here. I will show you how easy it is to make these impressive meals. Goodbye boring same old, same old… 2015 will start off right with meals like this!

 

The date for this class is Thursday, January 22nd at 5:30. If this class fills and I get enough requests, I will consider a Friday class on the 23rd.
My limit for each class is 18 people. I first demonstrate how to make all the dishes and then we feast! So come hungry! The cost of each class is $65.00 per person. Let me know if you are interested and I will contact you with more information about the class and tentatively put your name on the reservation list. When I receive your check, I will reserve your spot (31801 Via Perdiz, Coto de Caza, CA 92679, Checks made payable to Jenny Evans). Or feel free to call me (949-533-4038) to pay by credit card. My classes are filling up really fast so please let me know if you are interested before you send me a check to make sure there is an open spot. For cancellations, I require a “10 days before the class” notice for a refund.

 

I have had a lot of requests for private classes. I have taught gatherings for birthdays, couples classes, or just someone that wanted to learn a past menu and got a group of friends together to learn. I love doing these party- like classes and talk about a good time! Please feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in doing such a class. I require 18 people for a private class.

 

Anyone is invited to attend, so please feel free to forward this on to your friends, neighbors and family. I hope you can join me for another gathering of delicious food and a fun night!

 

Be sure to visit me on my blog at www.jennysgatherings.com. I have a new recipe from my last class as well as cooking and product tips posted on it so check it out! Be sure to tell all your friends to visit me on me my blog as well! You can also follow me on my instagram for additional food posts and happenings at @jennyevansgatherings. And facebook at jennyevansgatherings. Feel free to leave me comments….. I love making new friends!

 

Happy Cooking!

Jenny Evans

 

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SWAG Bag Giveaway!

 

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Everyone the night of my Super Gathering left with this amazing SWAG bag. Do you want a chance to win one too? Here’s what the amazing bag is filled with: Dance Anyways, the true and inspirational story of Briana Walker, A hand loomed camera strap from Nena and Co., 3 in 1 Prenatal vitamins + protein + DHA pack and drink shaker from Mommi, A brand new children’s book, James the Brave by Janae Olsen, Salt and Pepper Tee’s hat,  Shopstrands jewelry, Holiday Print from Stay and Co., and the recipe for my over the top delicious Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (not pictured)!

Here’s what you need to do to enter: 1.  Head to Instagram and follow all of us (@nenaandco, @mommihealth, @readjamesthebrave, @saltandpeppertees, @shopstrands, @stay_and_co and @jennyevansgatherings. 2. Make sure to repost and tag us all. 

The winner will be announced next Saturday!

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