Say Cheese! Pepperoni Pops

Tailgating season is definitely here, and it’s hard to believe, but today is the last day of the State Fair of Texas. I love entering the cooking contests and seeing what I can come up with. This year I was on the road a lot, but I did manage to tweak a few recipes and enter them.

I’ve seen variations of this recipe, but I wanted to come up with something that could either be super fast and easy, or a more healthy version that might take a little more cooking skills – that’s what the Lifestylist® philosophy is all about. This one definitely worked for that – it can be easy enough for a younger child with assistance, or with dough and a marinara sauce from scratch it can be a healthier version.

Here’s the basic recipe – you can customize it to your taste and skill levels.

It’s definitely one of my new favorites, and I can’t wait to share it with my Jr Lifestylists®!

LifeStyling Savor Dallas

It’s hard to believe that Savor Dallas is less than a week away! This will be the 7th year that I’ve attended and styled the shots for photography – each year seems to be better than the last. As a Lifestylist®, I appreciate the fact that Savor Dallas is all about Living your Life with Style, and eating well as you do it!

With over 200 chefs, mixologists and winemakers typically bringing goodies that always not only look good enough to eat, but to shoot as well. I have to get with their team, style the item on a pretty plate that I bring along or a beautiful glass, then hand them off to photographer Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Photography. We only have a few hours on each day to accomplish this so I’m always amazed at what Lisa is able to get photographed.

Today I pulled some of my favorite shots and made a video with them -great memories and inspiration on what I want to accomplish this year. Which is your favorite?

For more information on this fantastic event, contact Jim and Vicki at: www.savordallas.com

Most of the photography on the site is shots that Lisa and I did as well, so enjoy!

Verrines: Big Tastes in Small Packages

It’s a small world after all: verrines, a French concept that layers ingredients in a small glass or clear container has been seen in restaurants and high end parties, and now it is making it’s way to suburbia.

Verrines are as pretty to see as they are to eat, and it’s a great way to cut calories by making portions smaller but still appealing to the eyes and the palette. These bites can be sweet or savory, and can add a touch of elegance to any event.

Pier 1 Imports has a great assortment of mini cordials, dessert bowls and shot glasses complete with coordinating spoons that are perfect for making your own verrines at home.

If you don’t want to make these yourself, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill calls these their Mini Indulgences, and it’s hard to only sample one. Choices include Key Lime Pie, Old Fashioned Carrot Cake, and Mocha Macchiato – yum! I recently went there with the owners of The New American Home for a celebration dinner and we kept (and ate) the entire Indulgence presentation – now THAT was a celebration!

The verrine trend is here to stay, and we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite recipes for these here.