Spicy Pepper Poppers

Our local farmers market sells these great mini colored peppers. They go great in salads and other dishes, but they make a great popper.

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1. Cut the tops of the mini-peppers.

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2. Clean out the peppers.

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3. Spicy cream cheese filling made with jalapenos in the food processor.

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4. Place peppers in muffin tin to support and bake them. Place cream cheese filling in pipping bag.

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5. Fill peppers to top with mixture.

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6. Baked until top is golden brown. (Left over mixture placed in celery as a snack.)

A fresh and simple fruit plate.

I have always enjoyed fresh ingredients. And I thought that a great way to start my new blog would be to show a couple of the fruit plates I have done for my friends and family. Granted these plates look fancy, but for me they are fun and easy.

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You will notice with this plate the way the fruit is cut. Simple knife skills can make a huge difference in presentation. And it is always important to have a sharp knife, a dull knife will just leave you open to a possible accident. In the top left corner I used the pineapple top as a garnish but cutting the leaves off and placing the grapes around it. This fruit plate was for my wife to take to a gathering.

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You can also have fun with the fruit. In this photo from 2010, I cut the watermelon to look like a fish hook. I used the pineapple tops to accent the rest of the tray. It looked great with the fishing theme wedding shower my wife and I hosted for her brother and his fiance.