I think we’re almost unpacked! It seems to be taking forever but at least the kitchen is done. So glad to have this nice big kitchen to enjoy my cooking my adventures in. It feels so good to spread out and really dig into my recipes and such. With the days getting shorter and the temps getting colder, I seem to be reaching into the Comfort Food recipe arsenal. This one was no exception. We love salmon in our house and also spinach. I think adding fresh spinach to recipes gives it such delcious flavor and face it, it’s good for you too!
Welcome to the November edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! I was so bummed to have missed it last month. With travel, moving and then getting sick, I was pretty out of it for the majority of Setpember & October. If you haven’t visited before, this challenge is to create a recipe with two truly unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together. I’m always so excited to share with you the results of the challenge and each month and just keeps getting better and more creative. Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. You all ROCK!
So I know you’re on the edge of your couch… or chair… or park bench…. November’s ingredients are…… Orange (or citrus) & Breadcrumbs!
It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….. Tickle My Tastebuds #27 is live and waiting for you to share you delicious recipes. It sure has been cold here and all the delicious soups, slow cooker meals and all things cheesy caught my eye this time. You’re all so talented!
On to the party………………….. So many good recipes linked up last week! I’m excited to see what you have to share this week. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so I’m looking forward to all the Thanksgiving recipes you have come up with.
The Purex brand provided me wiht a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
Do you find yourself with endless mountains of laundry? I swear, it never ends!! We do not have kids at home but we have pets. Lots of pets. We just inherited three dogs that my mother in law left behind after she passed in September. It has been awhile since I’ve had a dog and I forget how they can make the floors dirty. I feel now like I’m cleaning their feet from the dirt from the yard and also wiping them down after playing in the rain. Mountains of wet stniky dog towels are not fun. As a Purex Insider, I’m blessed with opportunity to try new products. This time, I was sent the Purex Aromatherapy laundry enhancer crystals and they came just in time!! They make our dog towls smell fresh and new.
I love coffeehouse lattes and capucinos with all the deliciousness and warmth that comes from cofee and frothed milk on top. However, I really dislike paying coffeehouse prices. I’m a fairly practical person and can be quite frugal as well so I find buying coffee from a barista to be a luxury. Enter the Mira Milk Frother. I had the opportunity to review this awesome product and now I can make my favorite coffee drinks at home.
Get your craft on!! This past weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Pinners Conference and Expo right here in Sandy, UT. This was two full days of fun and learning not to mention socializing with lots of wonderful people. I loved it so much and hubby is probably tired of hearing about all the crafts, shopping, cooking classes and everything I did in two days. What is the Pinners Conference? Well, it’s where “Pinterest comes alive.” Here is their description:
Pinners is two great events in one. It’s a conference featuring over 90 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best presenters in the nation. And it’s also an expo with nearly 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvment, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What’s Pinners? It’s where Pinterest comes to life. And it’s your new favorite event!
It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….. Tickle My Tastebuds #26 is live and waiting for you to share you delicious recipes. Is it getting colder where you live? Today we reached a high of…. wait for it…. 48 degrees! Brrrr! I’m so not ready for it and neither are our dogs. Yep, we inherited hubby’s mom’s three dogs. They’re California dogs, so they are so not used to the cold. I guess I need to take up knitting so I can make them little sweaters.
On to the party………………….. If you did not see the 110 links last week, stop now and click here. So many good recipes linked up! I’m excited to see what you have to share this week. And if you have any ideas on how to acclimate California dogs to the Utah winter, please leave a comment below.
Fall Grocery List
Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Fall is a great time for incredible food. Unfortunately for many of us, fall is also a very busy time of year. Make grocery shopping and meal planning simple this season by adding these four ingredients to your cart. Try out some of these delicious and easy ideas this week!
What to Buy: Canned Chili (any variety) OR Dry Chili Soup Mix
How to Use It:
1. Chili Dinner Sundaes: Prepare instant rice and top with heated chili. Add shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa, if desired.
2. Classic Baked Potatoes: Bake potatoes, slice down the middle, and top with heated chili and cheese. For an extra kick, add a splash of ranch dressing.
3. Chili Cheese Dip: Combine chili with one brick of cream cheese and heat through. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
4. Chili Mac & Cheese: Prepare your favorite macaroni and cheese. Combine with chili. Consider adding a can of petite diced tomatoes too. (You may prefer this recipe with a version of chili without beans.)
5. Chili Scramble: Top scrambled eggs with chili and cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream and sliced avocado. Serve with salsa. For extra fun, wrap this mixture in warm tortillas.
*Not a big fan of chili? Use your favorite thick soup (like broccoli cheese or chicken tortilla) for many of the options above instead.
What to Buy: Canned Pumpkin Puree (NOT canned pumpkin pie filling)
How to Use It:
1. Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Combine 1 box of spice cake mix with 15-16 oz. of pumpkin. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.
2. Pumpkin Parfaits: Combine 1 cup of pumpkin with 2 cups of vanilla yogurt. Prepare instant vanilla pudding according to package directions. Layer the pumpkin mixture, vanilla pudding, and granola in clear plastic cups, glasses, or mason jars. Sprinkle whipped cream and cinnamon on top. Also, try again using butterscotch or chocolate instant pudding.
3. Pumpkin Soup: Combine 15-16 oz. of pumpkin with 2 cans of chicken stock or broth, ½ cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice). Simmer on low.
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Combine 1 box of spice cake mix, 1 large can of pumpkin, and 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until toothpick comes clean out of center. (They will be soft and gooey.)
5. Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta: Saute 2 tablespoons of butter with ½ teaspoon of ground sage. Add 1 cup pumpkin and 1 cup heavy cream. Add a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer on low. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and bacon crumbles, if desired.
What to Buy: Fresh Apples
How to Use Them:
1. Caramel Apple Oatmeal: Chop 4 apples into small pieces. Boil 4 cups of water. Add apples, 2 cups of quick cooking oats, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Drizzle caramel sundae syrup over oatmeal to serve.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple: As mentioned here, sliced apples are a great addition to your standard grilled cheese sandwich. Consider adding honey ham too. Serve this sandwich with the pumpkin soup above for a complete meal.
3. Baked Cinnamon Apples: Slice 4 apples into thin slices. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ cup of brown sugar, and the apples. Saute on low until apples are tender. Serve as a delicious side, a snack, or even as an ice cream topping.
4. Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apple: Place pork chops in slow cooker. Cover with 4 apples (skinned and sliced) and 1 sliced onion. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Pour a can of root beer over the top and cook on low 6-8 hours.
5. Caramel Apple Cake: Prepare yellow cake mix according to directions on box. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add 2 finely chopped apples. Bake according to cake mix directions. Drizzle each piece of cake with caramel sundae sauce and top with whipped cream.
What to Buy: Hot Cocoa Mix
How to Use It:
1. Cinnamon/Vanilla Hot Chocolate: Make hot cocoa according to directions on packet. Add a few drops of vanilla and a dash of ground cinnamon.
2. Chocolate/Cream Cheese Dip: Mix dry hot cocoa mix with cream cheese to reach desired balance of flavors. Serve with graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, Nilla wafers, or even Oreos. For a twist, add some creamy peanut butter or crushed Reese’s peanut butter cups to the mixture.
3. Hot Cocoa Popcorn: Prepare popcorn (plain air-popped works best). Sprinkle with hot cocoa mix, ground cinnamon, mini marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips.
4. Chocolate Pancakes: Mix milk with hot cocoa mix to create chocolate milk and use this in place of water or milk to prepare your favorite pancake mix (or use Bisquick). Add 2 additional teaspoons of dry hot cocoa mix to the batter. Pour the batter on the skillet. Sprinkle each pancake with chocolate chips before flipping. Also try mint chips, crushed candy bars, mini M&Ms, or even crushed Oreos. Drizzle with chocolate or caramel syrup, if desired.
5. Cocoa Float: Make hot cocoa according to packet directions. Top off with a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor.
It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….. Tickle My Tastebuds #25 is live and waiting for you to share you delicious recipes.
On to the party………………….. If you did not see the 124 links last week, stop now and click here. So many good recipes linked up! I’m excited to see what you have to share this week.
If you’re like a lot of moms (and dads… and grandparents) sometimes you find it to be a struggle to get the kids to eat their veggies. I know I was a veggie problem child growing up and I was so picky. My mom was pretty creative and I recall loving her zucchini and even peas. Cauliflower on the other hand was another story. I love it now, but remember disliking it as a child. I made these cheesy cauliflower domes a couple of weeks ago and I think they’ll be a real winner with the kids too.