If you have ever cooked with whole spices, you undoubtedly have used or know about spice infusers.  They are a terrific kitchen gadget and so handy!  There are different types of spice infusers, some with large holes with a screwtop, some look like a covered spoon with holes in it and some are wire mesh.  You can even use cheesecloth to make a spice bag.  Spice infusers are great when you want the flavors of your spices, but don't want to sift through the soups, stews, etc.

This past weekend, we decided to fix some spicy Cajun shrimp.  It was absolutely delicious and we served the shrimp with potatoes and cole slaw. 

I wanted to share a Cajun blend that we use from time to time.  It is so easy and can be used on seafood and chicken dishes.

Blend 2 Tbsp. sea salt, 1 Tbsp. ground cayenne, 1 tsp. white pepper, 1 tsp. granulated garlic and 1 tsp.

Since this weekend in Akron, Ohio, there will be the National Hamburger Festival, I thought I would share one other delicious way to fix hamburgers that is so quick and easy and delicious.  They are Hungarian style hamburgers.  Here is the recipe:

This weekend (August 20-21, 2011) is the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, Ohio!  While I am doing this blog, I can almost smell the hamburgers cooking with some grilled onions and maybe some homemade french fries to go along with it!  This just has to be a great festival to attend! 

I can't think of anyone that we know that doesn't love hamburgers.  It is an American staple!  There are so many combinations and styles of hamburgers all over the country.  From adding jalapenos and hot pepper cheese in the Southwest, to topping your burger with avocad

Yesterday I wrote about the Tomato Festival in Pennsylvania and I would like to take a few minutes to blog about some easy and quick Tomato Toasts that can be served for a quick lunch or a snack or for an appetizer before dinner. 

Mix chopped tomatoes, basil, fresh minced garlic and olive oil, then spoon on toasted rounds of Italian bread.  These can also be seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  We have even taken some of this mixture and then added some finely shredded mozzarella cheese, then put in the oven until melted.  They are absolutely

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