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Welcome and Faculty Snack Show ‘n Tell

Welcome to Kitchen Serendipity!  I’m so happy to have my new food blog up and running although it still needs plenty of tweaking.   But most of all, I’m so glad that you’re here!  If you are interested in cooking and are looking for ways to not only get good meals on the table but to also kick it up a notch in the creativity and nutritious arenas, please come back and visit!  You can also subscribe to this blog by email or RSS feed.

There will be a bio section up shortly which offers a look into my food journey over the years if you should be interested in why I’m here at this particular place with a new food blog.  It’s really okay if you don’t want to spend time reading it.  Honestly.  😉   I am also a professional photographer and spend several months of the year capturing memories for families on the beach – but would like to improve my food photography skills.  Quite different from people, LOL.   This will be a great place in which to do that.

I don’t have a special theme or anything – no low-carb cooking, no “what to make with three ingredients,” and no particular ethnic cuisine.  Rather, I’m pretty dedicated to trying to use good, healthy ingredients in new and creative ways that ultimately keeps us away from fast food, processed food, and just plain ole’ “bad-for-you-food.”  There will be vegetarian choices, some vegan dishes, plenty of recipes to satisfy the meat and potatoes fans, and I’m going to get really creative with my slow-cooker.  I am not against decadent, glorious, slightly sinful food, either, so you will see that on a regular basis {yay!}.   I also hope to have a few contributors who will submit their recipes for desserts, kid’s lunches, and holiday fare.  If this is something you might be interested in, please use the Contact form on this blog.

Most importantly of all – I am SO not a chef and don’t even feel that I am a really good cook.  Yes, I have had some professional training, but I was never able to just “whip” up a meal.  I would be a failure on Top Chef or Next Food Network Star (my two favorite shows in the world!).   I love recipes.  I NEED recipes.  If I can create recipes that you and I can love and that our families can love, then I will be forever happy.  xo

I have to have a post with photos and I also wanted to get a post up to check my settings, so it’s a perfect excuse to share this past Monday’s ” Faculty Snack”.  Parent volunteers bring a snack for the middle school teachers to enjoy during their faculty staff meetings  – it is greatly appreciated by them and I know the parents love doing it as well.  It was my turn this past Monday…….

And the “evil” potato chips that many of the teachers were raving about were from……

Wal-Mart.  It’s a brand called “New World” and it was the Yukon Gold Mashed variety.  Yes, I’m with the teachers…..sinful, evil, etc. etc.  They are to die for!!  I almost never shop at Wal-Mart – there are too many times when I’ve come close to getting injured in their parking lot –  but I ended up there and came across things that I didn’t expect to, including the amazing little Cuban bread mini hogie rolls that I used to make the Caprese sandwiches.

Caprese Sandwich

Making Caprese sandwiches is super easy.  Buy fresh mozzarella cheese, a tub of pesto, crusty rolls (or baguette), a pound or so of Roma tomatoes (depending on the number of sandwiches),  and add some fresh basil that’s been rolled up like a cigar and sliced (chiffonade).   In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of fruity, extra-virgin olive oil with a hefty pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Build your sandwich:

Spread a layer of pesto of both sides of the roll or baguette.   Add fresh mozzarella slices (cut to fit).  Brush some of the oil  on the cheese.  Add three slices of tomato, and brush again with the seasoned oil.    Add a bit of the basil, and add the top of the roll or baguette.  Total yum.


Are you on Pinterest?  It’s a site that’s like a virtual pinboard where the members collect their favorite things in any number of categories.  It’s like going through dozens of magazines and ripping out all the pages of the things you like!  I find many recipes on there (and hope some of mine will find there way on there, too, as soon as I get some up!  The following recipe was found there, and it comes from

Another recipe on my snack menu also came from a hunt on Pinterest – the recipe is Jalapeno Cream Cheese Crescent Poppers and it comes from

Last but not least – to go with the evil, evil, chips, was the classic Lipton Onion Soup mix with a container of sour cream.  Was oh so perfect with those amazing chips!

Enjoy and I hope you’ll be back!  If anyone is interested in an invite to Pinterest, please let me know.  🙂

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Cara - Congrats on the new blog it looks wonderful and inspiring. You have made me wat to cook something new rather than get in the same old rut. Thank you.

Kathy Hysmith - The blog looks great! The faculty snacks look so delicious and the photos of them are so bright and cheerful….but, somebody has to be ‘the one’ to follow such a wonderful cook and I drew the short straw on this one…Yikes, how do I follow these creations at this Monday’s faculty meeting? Where’s Chef Ramsey when I need him? 🙂

Gayle - Tempting, mouth-watering pics, Stacey! Makes me want to run out and make the caprese sandwiches immediately!

Jen - Amazing – that’s what you are! I the blog and your photography. Best wishes!

Shannon - Oh those caprese sammis look yummy! And dill oyster crackers have my curiosity perked (yum!). Your “faculty snack” makes me want to go back to work. 😉 Nicely done.

Samantha - Your amazing images make your delicious creations look even yummier! Thanks for sharing your talents!!! <3

Karen Verbeke - Oh Stacey!! Love this blog! The faculty must of LOVED your afternoon spread! So yummy and and beautiful. You are so talented my friend. Congrat’s on the new blog, very nice! ox 🙂

Phillette - Congrats on the new blog! Love the caprese mini sammis and I know the faculty loved everything too! How will we other moms ever be able to compete with this spread? Time for me to start planning! 🙂

Lori - Love it! I heard through the “grapevine” that the director REALLY loved the oyster dill crackers. She finished them up the next day! LOL!

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