Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pink Lemonade Cookies for #IsabelsBirthdayBash

 Pink Lemonade Cookies are perfect for any summer party, or colorful celebration.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

This recipe for Pink Lemonade Cookies serves double duty. First and foremost it's my contribution to today's surprise virtual birthday party for my friend, Isabel Laessig, who is also the founder and CEO of the wildly popular #SundaySupper movement, and the annual food and wine conference that takes place every July in Orlando, Florida.

When I think of Isabel, I think of delicious food, the Florida sunshine, and bright, vivid colors, much like Isabel's personality. Pink Lemonade Cookies seemed appropriate for Isabel's party because they remind me of Florida flamingos, Isabel's friendly nature, and let's face it, who doesn't enjoy cookies at a party, virtual or not?

Pink Lemonade Cookies

The other reason these cookies are doing double duty is that I'll serving be them at a big backyard luau/pig roast that my husband are hosting for our friends and family this upcoming weekend. Since the color of these Pink Lemonade Cookies remind me of flamingos, what could be more fun and appropriate for a luau?!

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Yield:  5 dozen         Prep Time: 10 minutes     Bake Time: 15-18 minutes

2 sticks butter, softened
1¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
½ cup powdered sweetened pink lemonade mix
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon zest
4-5 drops pink (or red) food coloring (if desired)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or the bowl of a stand mixer and the paddle attachment, blend the butter, sugar and lemonade mix until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg, vanilla and lemon extract.

-In a medium size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Blend the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture in 1/3 increments, blending well after each addition of flour. Blend in the lemon zest and food coloring if using.

-Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll each ball into the ¼ cup granulated sugar to coat. Place the balls onto parchment lined baking sheets leaving 2" between each cookie.

-Bake cookies in a preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, making sure to rotate the sheets halfway throughout the baking process. Bake just until the edges just begin to brown. Remove, cool on a cooling rack. Continue with the remaining dough.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Here's hoping that Isabel's virtual birthday party is one big surprise, and one she'll never forget. If you don't already know Isabel, I highly recommend you visit her blog: Family Foodie.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Isabel is a wonderful cook and baker who enjoys feeding her family from her rich tradition of family favorite recipes, and in sharing the importance of bringing families back around the dinner table. I have so many favorite recipes of Isabel's that I could share, but because this is a birthday celebration, let's keep with that theme and a recipe she shared for Happy Birthday Thumbprint Cookies.

The best parties always have the best food. Here is the entire menu for Isabel's party, compliments of her friends, colleagues and fellow foodies:

Join me in celebrating Isabel's Birthday with all the delicious food and drinks her #SundaySupper family prepared!

Birthday Drinks:

Birthday Appetizers:

Birthday Main Courses:
Birthday Desserts:

Happy Birthday Isabel! I admire you so very much and am thrilled to be able to call you a friend! I only hope to be able to meet you one day in person! Until that time, enjoy your apron, and cheers to a wonderful year ahead! :)

Sunday Supper Apron

Sunday Supper Wine Glass

Readers: If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from aprons, to tea towels, to glassware, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop on Etsy. Custom orders are always welcomed, and always encouraged.

Kudos Kitchen by Reneé ~ Where food, art, and fun collide on a regular basis!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Whether you grow your own zucchini or buy them at the market, now is the best time to make these delicious, low-carb Zucchini Pizza Boats while zucchini is in its peak season.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

I made these Zucchini Pizza Boats with the first zucchini harvest out of our garden. We usually don't get our zucchinis picked until they're as big as baseball bats. It's not that we wait for that to happen, it just that we're always late in getting them picked, and zucchinis grow so fast it seems as they can grow 8-10 inches in a day, but maybe I exaggerate!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies are just what you're craving when you need a little something sweet, and a little something rich and buttery.

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

I've never been to Hawaii, and it's on my bucket list of places I'd like to visit one day. Until that time, the closest I'll get is that my husband and I are throwing a big luau party/pig roast party in our backyard in the next couple of weeks. These cookies will be on the dessert menu.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Broccoli Slaw with Blueberries and Bacon

Bored with the same old summertime side dishes? Wake up your taste buds with this Broccoli Slaw with Blueberries and Bacon. It's a feast for your eyes, as well as your taste buds!

Broccoli Slaw with Blueberries and Bacon

Just the other day I posted my recipe for Healthy Homemade Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, which I've been making like a mad woman lately because I can't seem to get enough. This recipe for Broccoli Slaw with Blueberries and Bacon was developed to take advantage of that mayonnaise, and the results are amazingly delicious!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Healthy Homemade Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Easy Healthy Homemade Avocado Oil Mayonnaise is far superior to any brand you can buy in the store because it's made with healthy avocado monounsaturated fats and no preservatives.
Healthy Homemade Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Making homemade mayo had been on my list of things I wanted to make for a long, long time. Since my husband and I recently started eating a high-healthy-fat, low-carb diet, so now was the time.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chicken Thighs with Sauerkraut and Butternut Squash

This super moist, super flavorful, and super easy recipe for Chicken Thighs with Sauerkraut and Butternut Squash can be made in a Dutch oven, crock pot, or outside on the grill. Intrigued? Good! Let me show you.
Chicken Thight with Sauerkraut and Butternut Squash

I first made this dish in the fall and on the stove-top in a large Dutch oven. Since I have the taste for it again, but I don't want to heat up the kitchen, let me show you how you can make this dish three ways. In the slow-cooker, outside on the grill, and inside in a Dutch oven.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Whole Grain Crock Pot Sausage Lasagna

Whole Grain Crock Pot Sausage Lasagna is a healthier version of the labor intensive traditional lasagna, but takes only a fraction of the time to make and has all the robust Italian flavor you love.
Whole Grain Crock Pot Sausage Lasagna

If you don't like the heat, get out the crock pot! Well, that's not exactly how the saying goes, but it certainly does apply during the summer months!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Garlic Ghee

Some call it liquid gold, but I think Garlic Ghee is more like liquid sunshine. It makes me so happy and takes only minutes to make! Fill me up butter-cup!
Garlic Ghee

If you've never heard of ghee before, it's actually as simple as clarified butter. What so special about that you ask? Let me count the ways...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tortellini Emilia with Proscuitto and Sage

Tortellini Emilia with Proscuitto and Sage is cheesy and comforting. In the summertime you can cook it on the grill (over moderate heat) by elevating the casserole dish on a brick, on top ot the grates.  Placing the lid back on the grill turns it into an outdoor oven, with no need to heat up the kitchen.

Tortellini Emilia

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cherry Sriracha BBQ Sauce

When you want an all-natural BBQ sauce that's sweet, with a little heat, mix up a batch of this Cherry Sriracha BBQ sauce. Your taste buds will thank you!

Cherry Sriracha BBQ Sauce

I love to make cherry BBQ sauce while cherries are in season. It's relatively fast and simple to make and it goes well with chicken, pork and even beef.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fast and Easy Avocado Chicken Salad

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad is a wonderful and easy filling for tortilla wraps. Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes it the perfect choice for a quick and tasty grab-and-go lunch or dinner. 

Avocado Chicken Salad
This may not be the prettiest chicken salad in the world, but if you're an avocado lover, the beauty lies within.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lemon Meringue Tartlets

These little Lemon Meringue Tartlets are the perfect treat when you want just a little something sweet...and a little something sour.

Lemon Meringue Tartlets

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cheesy Smoky Bacon Strips

Cheesy Smoky Bacon Strips may seem like the epitome of decadence, but for those people eating a high-fat, low-carb diet, it's a great reason to PIG OUT,  but without the guilt!

Cheesy Smoky Bacon Strips

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Whole Wheat Dijon Pretzel Bread

This Whole Wheat Dijon Pretzel Bread is everything you love about soft, hot pretzels, but without the twist, and perfect for sandwiches.

Whole Wheat Dijon Pretzel Bread

The first time I made this bread it was gobbled up in a matter of moments. We even used it for sandwiches, which was the real reason I wanted to attempt a pretzel bread in loaf form.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lamb and Feta Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

This moist and flavorful lamb and feta burger mimics the flavors of a Greek gyro sandwich when smothered with cool and creamy tzatziki sauce.

Lamb and Feta Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

This is one of my favorite burgers and I'm hoping it becomes a favorite of yours too. If you love the big, bold flavors of Greek cuisine then make these burgers, and make these burgers soon!

Kudos Kitchen By Renee

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