Sunday, April 15, 2018

Summer Pasta Salad

Ok so pasta salad can technically be eaten during any season, not just summer. There's no food law that says you must wait until June 21 to begin consuming pasta salad and immediately stop on September 22. But, why I'm calling this Summer Pasta Salad is because it's such a popular item to bring to cookouts and pool parties and what I love about this recipe is that there is no mayo! We've all seen the "I've been in the sun way too long mayo-based pasta salad" on just about every buffet table at every cookout. Another great thing about this one? It's so dang good the bowl will be empty before anyone even has time to question how long it sat out.

A few notes on this...you definitely want to use small pasta like mini penne, mini bowtie, or shells. You can reduce the amount of sour cream and increase the French dressing our try it with a low fat sour cream. Be adventurous and add in a few other fixins if you'd like!


- 3 cups uncooked pasta
-1/4 cup diced red onion
-1 and 1/2 cups diced Canadian ham
-1 package frozen peas, cooked
-1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper
-16oz contained sour cream
-1/2 cup French dressing
-1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Cook pasta. In a bowl, combine the cooked pasta, red onion, ham, and peas.

2. In another small bowl, mix the sour cream and French dressing, then season with the salt and pepper.

3. Add the dressing to the other ingredients and stir until coated. Pour in the shredded cheese and mix well. Chill for a few hours before serving.

Source: Recipe Photos By

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

I believe I have your attention now.

I consider myself a little lucky that when I was pregnant with Miss Lilly I avoided many of the typical pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness. No food aversions. No cravings. There's an episode of the I Love Lucy show when Lucy is pregnant with Little Ricky and she craved something like ice cream and anchovies. "Is that what being pregnant does to you!?" Well, I guess not for everyone. But, if you do get food cravings, I hope they are for something delicious like chocolate, then you can make these bad boys and devour every calorie that is totally worth it



-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-2/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons milk
-1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate morsels
-about 15-17 chocolate coated caramels, original recipe calls for Rolos, I couldn't find those so I used Riesen's
-coarse sea salt

1. With your mixer and the paddle attachment, cream the butter about 20 seconds then add the white and brown sugars and continue mixing at medium speed until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

2. In another medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and the 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Slowly add this to the wet ingredients then stir in the milk. Fold in the dark chocolate morsels.  The dough is going to be very sticky. Chill for 1-2 hours.

3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Now, take 2 tablespoons of the dough and split in half. Rolls each part into a ball. Take one of the caramel candies and stick it into one of the dough balls then top with the other ball. (lol, how many times can I say 'ball' in one recipe?) Seal both pieces of dough together to secure the candy inside. Repeat until all your dough and candies are used. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little seas salt. Bake 12-13 minutes.

Note: These are really good served warm. I found that the caramel got a little hard if you eat these at room temperature, so if you don't eat them right out of the oven pop them in your microwave for a few seconds to make them warm and gooey. Enjoy!

Source: Sally's Baking Addiction

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Look Back

So there's no recipe here.

I wanted to take a post and look back on the history of A Seasoned Greeting.

For those of you that are newcomers, this didn't begin as A Seasoned Greeting. Oh no. Believe it or not I haven't always been so punny. This actually began as Kut's Kitchen and armed with my iPhone 3 camera I embarked on a cooking blog in March 2011.

Wow, 7 years ago. 7 years of recipes, of food photos, of failed recipes, of discovering new flavors and family favorites.

There's been horrible photos.


There's been a crazy couponing phase.


There's been camera upgrades.

There's been a move from South Caroline to New Jersey, a divorce, a marriage, and a baby.

It's been a life changing few years, here's to the next 7 years of blogging and all the delicious dishes to come!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mexican Street Corn Nachos

So now that we've all come to terms that unfortunately we need to watch the Patriots in the Super Bowl yet again, it's time to start finalizing those party menus.

What I love about these nachos is that they're super easy but have tons of flavor from the browned corn, spicy pepper jack cheese, creamy feta, and a hit of lime at the end. Nothing bugs me more than a dish that looks deceptively easy. A few weekend mornings go I was watching Valerie Bertinelli's show on Food Network. On the menu was a chicken breast stuffed with spinach, Parmesan cheese, and roasted red peppers. "Wow, so easy! Perfect for a weeknight dinner," I incorrectly thought to myself.

On a Wednesday night I decided it was perfect to try this "easy" Food Network dinner.
Butterfly the chicken. Ok, easy peasy.
Pound chicken thin. No biggie, that's what that empty wine bottle is good for.
Stuff with cooked spinach, diced roasted red peppers, Panko, and Parmesan. Hold on. I have to cook the spinach and dice the roasted red peppers. Gimme a few minutes.
Take stuffed chicken and roll and tie with twine to secure. You know how hard it is to roll stuffed chicken and keep all the goodness inside and get it tied just so? Well it's not hard but it's not exactly like tying your shoes.
Pan sear all the chicken rolls before baking. Now we're getting into two cooking methods? Come on I'd thought I'd be eating by now.
To make the sauce....Wait, there's a sauce?! How did I miss this part on TV? I don't even have the ingredients for this!!!!

So in the end we ate a sauceless chicken that was so-so and not worth the time.

But you won't be saying that with these nachos.

Every time I make these there isn't a morsel left on the plate. Every last piece of corn and feta crumble makes it onto a chip. I promise you these will be your new party menu staple!


-1-2 tablespoons butter
-1 can corn
-1 tablespoon mayonnaise
-1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
-1 cup light cream or half and half 
- 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
-1 bag tortilla chips
-1/3 cup cotija or feta, crumbled (I used feta since I coulnd't find cotija, you can add as much as you like)
-cayenne to taste
-1 lime, cut into wedges

1. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the butter, corn, and a dash of cayenne. Saute until the corn has browned.

2. Pour cooked corn into a bowl and add the mayo, stir to combine.

3. In the sauce pan over medium heat, add the cream, shredded cheese and corn starch. Heat until simmering and the cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened.

4. To assemble, place chips on a large platter. Pour cheese sauce, then the corn, then the crumbled feta or cotija. Squeeze 2 lime wedges over top. Enjoy!

Source: Closet Cooking

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Whipped Feta

Introducing an appetizer game-changer. Move over tired cheese display, whipped feta is making an appearance.

Yes, whipped feta.

So easy but this looks and tastes much more complex. I was looking for a simple snack to whip together (pun intended) as we watched football this past Sunday. I thought we'd be watching the Jaguars send the Patriots back to the locker room as a group of sad losers but unfortunately it was quite the opposite. That's OK. There was another game right after that so we got ready to watch the Vikings send the Eagles to the locker room as a group of sad lo.....wait, that didn't happen either.

Make this for your Super Bowl party and we'll all be watching as we hope the Eagles are victorious.


-6 oz crumbled feta cheese
-2 oz cream cheese
-3 teaspoons Hellman's Olive Oil Mayo
-salt and pepper to taste
-Basil Infused Olive Oil

1. In a food processor, pulse the feta until very fine. Add the cream cheese. mayo, salt/pepper and blend until smooth, adding a bit more mayo to desired consistency if needed.

2. Serve on a plate and drizzle with basil infused olive oil. Serve with crackers, bread sticks, or bread.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

If liking pumpkin spice is basic, well call me basic.

But basic these cookies are not. Overly flavorful, completely spiced, and totally chewy and soft. I guarantee you these will be a must-have for every Holiday season so come!


-2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 1/3 cups white sugar, divided
-1 stick butter, softened
-1/2 cup Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
-1/4 cup molasses
-1 egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 -1 2/3 cups Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels (These aren't the easiest to find, I found them at Walmart)

1. Heat oven to 350 and lightly grease your baking sheets. (Note the dough chills for an hour before baking)

2. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat 1 cup of the sugar and the butter until creamy. Add in the pumpkin, molasses, egg, and vanilla. stir to combine well. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the morsels. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour.

3. Shape dough into balls and roll in the remaining sugar. Bake for 11-13 and let cool for a few minutes before you remove them from the sheet.


Source: Nestle

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Brie and Bacon Jam Bites

You've really hit the jackpot when you stumble upon the perfect bite-sized appetizer. I think the biggest challenge with cocktail party foods is finding something that's delicious yet easy to eat. Just take a few minutes to scroll Pinterest and you'll find a plethora of foods that are adorable but their functionality falls flat.

Well, not these little babies.

Sweet and salty bacon jam baked on top of melty brie cheese in a crispy phyllo cup. They're easy, they're delicious, they're easy to eat and still carry on a conversation. If you're still perfecting your New Year's Eve party may I suggest adding these to your menu.

Oh, I highly recommend making a double match of these.



-8 slices of bacon, chopped
-1/3 cup apricot preserves
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-6oz wedge of Brie cheese, frozen for 1 hour
-15 phyllo cups

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a frying pan over medium high heat, cook the chopped bacon until crispy. Drain the fat and return chopped pieces to the pan. Add the preserves and vinegar, stir until incorporated and simmer for 6-8 minutes.

3. While mixture is simmering, dice the cheese into chunks. Lightly grease a baking sheet and place the phyllo cups. Fill each cup with a piece of cheese and top with the bacon jam. Bake for 10 minutes.
Source: Wry Toast Eats