Mini Strawberry Pies

Yesterday my 16-year-old son passed his drivers test. He is now a licensed driver in the State of Ohio, with all the freedoms and responsibilities such license brings. I hope we have instilled in him the importance of being able to control a machine that can kill him or others. My mantra has always been to him (Think what the consequences of your actions will be. Does my decision have a chance of changing my life or someone else’s forever).Strawberrminipic4

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Chorizo Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers plus Mini Nachos

We had some friends over Saturday evening for an impromptu happy hour. I was told by my friends to keep it simple. Not that easy for me to do. A few weeks ago I found this tube of Cacique chorizo at the grocery. When I saw it I thought about making either stuffed jalapeno’s or mini sweet peppers. I had bought a bag of mini sweets earlier in the week, so that was the obvious choice. I have used mini sweets in many dishes. I usually grill the peppers. Not typically spicy but have a little heat when grilled. These were perfect for this dish. Bite size and not to hot. I added tomatiloes to the recipe. Here is some information about tomatiloes If you are unfamiliar.

Tomatillos are also called “tomate verde” in Mexico (which means green tomato) and are considered a staple in Mexican cooking. Tomatillo is a member of the nightshade family, related to tomatoes. It now grows everywhere in the Western Hemisphere and is common in Texas gardens. The fruit of the tomatillo is green and about the size of a large cherry tomato. The inside is white and meatier than a tomato. They grow to maturity inside of a husk. They can range in size from about an inch in diameter to the size of apricots. They are covered by a papery husk which may range from the pale green color of the fruit itself to a light grocery-bag brown. The husks are inedible and should be removed before use.Read more about tomatillos at Whats Cooking America

After stuffing the peppers I had some sausage mixture leftover so I decided to make mini nachos, using Tostitos® Scoops!®. I tried the organic scoops for the first time and liked the flavor. The adults loved the peppers and the kids and adults both loved the mini nachos. I also grilled some chicken wings, to go along with the peppers and mini nachos. Easy fun night. This is a very easy recipe that could be put together for a last-minute get together.. Please sign up to receive all of my new recipes by email at

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