Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why 'Sunday Funday'?

Hello! I'm Jessica.  I'm so happy you found my blog!  Here you will find both healthy and full fat recipes that I either enjoy cooking on a regular basis, or brand new recipes that I've been wanting to try for years.  But first, you  may be wondering how I came up with the name "Sunday Funday."

It all started back in college with my friend Leesa.  The gal had never really cooked anything beyond the classic Mac-n-Cheese!!  The day came in our early twenties that Leesa and I were hungry for sloppy joes. Ready to start cooking, I realized she had no idea how to brown the beef.  Since then, I have enjoyed helping Leesa and a few other friends work their way around the kitchen.

Sunday Funday didn't come around until a few years ago when Leesa moved away to Florida and met a new guy.  He worked long shifts on Sundays, so Leesa and I found ourselves talking food and recipes over the phone, all while grocery shopping.  Being the sweetheart that she is, she started making a nice meal for him to come home to on Sundays.  After a few Sundays, we started calling each other in the morning with a greeting, "Happy Sunday Funday!"  We would then discuss recipes and ingredients, then cook away.  From Michigan to Florida, I've had a lot of fun helping my friend become the cook that she is today.

That's my girl!  Chocolate Chip Cookies, anyone?

Jalapeno Poppers

Petite Sweet Pepper Poppers
One of my family's favorite summertime appetizers is Jalapeno Poppers.  They're quick and easy to make.  The photo above is from a batch I made for a potluck at work.  I also had some petite sweet peppers at home, so I also stuffed those for my coworkers that might not like a hot pepper.

Jalapeno Poppers
23 jalapenos, halved and seeded
1 lb pork sausage (turkey sausage for low fat)
8oz cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel for low fat)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Brown meat and drain fat.
Add both cheeses to the meat and mix until blended.
Stuff each pepper half with filling (mound it! It cooks down!)
Place on cookie sheet, filling side up.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned.

Jalapeno Poppers
Give it a try, I know you can do it!


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