Halloween is next week and that means lots and lots of candy! We always buy too much candy for our trick-or-treaters and our son always comes home with more than he can eat…or more than I will let him eat. I love using leftover Halloween candy to create delicious treats! The candy isn’t sweet enough so I have to make cookies, brownies, and popcorn:) If you are looking for ways to use up your Halloween candy this year, make sure you try my favorite Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes! And if you don’t have any Halloween candy leftover, you can go buy new candy. I won’t tell:) Continue reading “Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes” »
We know you’ve been in the mood for anything pumpkin flavored. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the various pumpkin related recipes available during this festive season: pumpkin bread, cookies, muffins, pies, cheesecakes, lattes, you name it. Starting on October 20th, we will be taking our World Tour to Mexico, bringing you our famous Pumpkin & Chorizo soup. We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting this tasty recipe; filled with chorizo sausage, black beans, corn, cilantro, and plenty of zesty spices. All of these tasty ingredients are then added to and simmered in our signature creamy pumpkin base. The result….a magical blend that perfectly complements this wonderful season. So if you’re looking for the ideal comfort soup that also celebrates the Halloween season, then be sure to stop by your local Cafe Zupas, and treat yourself to a bowl of our hearty Pumpkin & Chorizo soup. We’re in full swing with our World Tour, so be sure to stay informed about what we have coming next….you won’t want to miss it.
Next stop on the Zupas World Tour 2014…Italy! Now, until October 18th, come in to your local Cafe Zupas and discover what every soup lover is talking about: the Italian White Bean & Sausage. Our White Bean & Sausage is the perfect comfort soup to warm your soul on these cool Autumn nights; full of vegetables with a variety of spices and herbs that make for the perfect flavor. Add in our hearty seasoned sausage, and you’re looking at a well-rounded meal all served in one bowl. At Cafe Zupas, we take great pride in mastering our recipes so that our customers not only have a healthy, substantial meal, but a fine dining experience without having to sacrifice everything in their wallet. During our World Tour 2014 we will be featuring some of the best soup recipes from around the globe, but each one is only available for a limited time. Hurry in before October 18th to try our delicious White Bean & Sausage; it’s the taste of Italy you’ve never known you always wanted.
Hip Hip Hooray for apple season! I am loving all of the varieties of apples that are at the farmers markets and stores. Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonigold, Golden Delicious…and the list goes on. I love them all! Continue reading “10 Apple Recipes for Fall” »
Basil is my all-time favorite herb and I am so excited it is in season. There is nothing like fresh basil! There are several species of basil, but the most common is sweet basil. It is often used for caprese salad, pesto, tomato sauces, and to liven up Italian dishes. To harvest fresh basil, clip the stem where it extends from a two-leaf joint. A new stem and leaf will grow from this point. Continuing to clip and use the basil while it is young and tender keeps the leaves and stems from maturing and forming buds and blooms. If the plant flowers, the basil will have a slightly bitter taste so try to keep basil plants trimmed! If you harvest more than you can use, you can place the basil in a jar of water and store it on the counter for a few days. You can also freeze basil! To prevent the basil from wilting and turning brown, blanch the basil first. Chill and pat the basil dry and put the leaves in a blender or food processor and puree, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to make a smooth paste. Freeze the basil in ice cube trays for easy use! You can also make batches of pesto to freeze. If you are looking for ways to use up your summer basil, here are a few of my favorite basil recipes!
- Spinach Basil Pesto
- Cheese Ravioli with Lemon Basil Butter Sauce
- Grilled Peach, Brie, and Basil Sandwich
- Caprese Garlic Bread
- Pesto Guacamole
- Edamame Basil Hummus
- Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
- Easy Summer Pasta Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado, and Lemon Basil Dressing
- Strawberry Basil Sorbet
As the temperatures rise and summer feels here to stay for at least another six weeks, let’s talk about more drinks! This time a deliciously tart pomegranate lime punch. Refreshing on it’s own or grouped with other non-alcoholic, warm weather drinks like black currant punch or a tropical refresher. Continue reading “Pomegranate Lime Punch” »
I love to make special, non-alcoholic drinks for friends and family; not having a mini bar should not mean you are destined only to a glass of water all evening! Start with pretty bottles (I purchased mine at IKEA; they are pictured above) and good ingredients and you’ll be on your way to a delightful evening. Since black currant juice is a beautiful, deep color and boasts a tartness that cannot be beat, it’s a great base to this simple, but delicious drink. Please note that each of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s. Enjoy! Continue reading “Sparkling Black Currant Punch” »
Avocados are in season and I can’t stop eating them! They are so good right now! If you are looking for new avocado recipes to make this summer, give these 12 must make avocado recipes a try. They are all winners! Continue reading “12 Must Make Avocado Recipes” »