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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers


     I have told you before of our family's obsession with poppers.  During this time of year, stuffed jalapenos of one form or another make an appearance at almost every weekend's family dinner.  It's kind of a running joke.  Pops makes peppers stuffed with different fillings.  He usually uses mostly cheese, sometimes bacon and he's even stuffed them with taco meat before too.  We all go to town, then Pops' eyes start watering.  He claims he "got the hot one." Every week.  Some how he always ends up with the hot one of the group.  He has the WORST luck (or lowest tolerance, it's a weekly debate) of all of us.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tomato Slab Pie with Cornmeal and Parmesan Crust


       Yes.  You caught me.  I am "borrowing" another recipe from Mollie at Frugal Hausfrau.  She has been on a big cornmeal kick lately.  It all started with her post on Polenta Budino with Plum Marmellata that inspired my cornmeal/blueberry version. Then she posted a delicious looking Orange Apricot Snack Cake with more cornmeal in the batter.  It looks and sounds delicious!  Usually I only reach for cornmeal when I need cornbread to go with ham and beans or to sprinkle a little under a pizza crust.  All of these new fun ideas had me inspired and hungry!  Then I came to yet another one of her delicious looking cornmeal recipes.  Her Garden Tomato Tart looked gorgeous, sounded delicious and allowed me to further indulge this little cornmeal obsession I have going right now.  So, Mollie - I apologize for borrowing so heavily from you these past few weeks.  I would say it's not you, it's me, but it wouldn't be true!  You are posting too many delicious looking treats and fanning the flame!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Simple (yet finger lickin' good!) Roasted Shrimp

Super simple, but so delicious! Try roasting your shrimp for a fast and flavorful appetizer or entree. With 5 ingredients and only 6 minutes in the oven, it doesn't get much easier! 



       Shrimp are always welcome on the menu with our family. Whether it's a shrimp boil, shrimp scampi or good old fashioned shrimp cocktail, we don't discriminate we only enjoy! Roasting shrimp is a quick and easy way to get them on the table. These beauties don't get easier to make with only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes in the oven. Serve them as an appetizer or make them the center of the meal. Just tell me you'll try them!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Maida's Carrot Cake

      I figured I might as well start this post with a review from my grandma.  She said this cake was the best carrot cake she's had and it almost made her purr.  Now that's saying something!  Enough maybe even. Post finished.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jenny's Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts



   This is a good one!  It looks like it took some time and effort, but was really easy to make after work.  A skillet that can go from the stove to the oven is the only equipment you need. Jax loved it and so did Matt.  When Jenny gave me the recipe, she said that Andrew doesn't like feta and doesn't like spinach.  He came back for seconds anyway.  I like feta and spinach, so I knew I would love it.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Creamy Chanterelles and Chicken Over Rice

     Here it is.  My final chanterelle recipe of the season.  Hopefully I'll be back with more next year!  I think I am hooked, so let's hope they return again!  We had fun harvesting these golden beauties with my father-in-law.  You cut them rather than pull them because they grow from roots and not spored.  So we got our scissors, grabbed some bags and went off on a bumpy ride to the yellow brick road!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lotsa Candy Bar Blondies (Big Batch Recipe)

   I am so sorry!  I don't know how I let this happen.  I went a full week and the closest thing I posted to a dessert was some healthy muffins and a little homemade jam.  What was I thinking?  I wasn't obviously!  I will try to do better next time.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

K.C.'s Award Winning Turkey Bacon Explosion


     At long last, the recipe is finally here!  Ever since I posted about our Poultry Grill-Off, people have been asking for the winning recipe.  Can you blame them?  It has a lot of things going for it.  First of all, it is award winning after-all.  It did beat out the competition at our event.

     Secondly, if you've been around for long, you know that my brother K.C. is the grill/smoker master of the family.  If he made it, there is a good chance it has been researched and tweaked and perfected.  Then there's the name, bacon explosion, it just sounds like something you have to try!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Russian Style Chanterelles Over Eggs and Toast

Creamy mushrooms flavored with sour cream and bacon are served over toast for a real culinary treat! 


      After trying the chanterelles my father-in-law gave us on the AMAZING Chanterelle Tart, two things went through my mind.


  1. Thank goodness those were really chanterelles and nobody had any ill effects.
  2. When can I get MORE?!
     I was instantly hooked.  When I asked my father-in-law what his favorite way to have them was, he answered with eggs.  So, I knew I wanted to try them that way as well.  It worked out that little dude had a week off of daycare.  We hadn't been to grandpa's farm in a while, so we were hoping to visit.  We couldn't help that the visit happened to be during mushroom season. ;-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Char Siu Chicken

     Today I am going to give you a quick peek into the strange inner workings of my family.  I hope it doesn't weird you out to much!  We went through a phase when I was a kid where we went to the chinese buffet semi-regularly for lunch.  I don't remember if it was a birthday thing or just a way to get us out of the house for a bit when we were all at home during the summer.  I guess it doesn't really matter.  One of the items on the buffet that always found its way onto everybody's plate was the red meat threaded on a skewer.  You know what I'm talking about.   None of us knew what it was really called, so we had a family nickname for it.  Are you ready?  Oh my.  No, really prepare yourself.  Ready now? Ok, we all called in monkey butt on a stick.  Who knows how it started, but it stuck.  We still call it that to this day.  I don't know what's wrong with us... please send help!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Vanilla Bean Peach Jam


     It's been at least a couple of days since I shared something peachy keen with you, so I figured it was high time I talk about peaches again.  I mean they are perfectly sweet and wonderful still.  There are still Illinois peaches in the store and things are looking and smelling too sweet to stay away.  I think between all of the peaches and blueberries we've eaten lately, we might be dangerously close to turning into a fruit salad.  Oh well, it seems like there might be worse fates!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Healthy Banana Sourdough Muffins and a Starbucks Gift Card #Giveaway

     By now it's no surprise that sourdough muffins are my jam.  Bertha (my sourdough starter) and I love to make muffins together.  We do a pretty darn good job too, if I do say so myself.  She just loves to get a taste of a bit of sugar and I love having a quick and easy breakfast waiting for Jax.  We have two or three kinds of muffins in the freezer at any given time.  So he just picks one, we warm it up and breakfast is ready.  

Caramel Frosting

Smooth, sweet and creamy, this caramel frosting is easy to make and is a perfect topper to butter cake, chocolate cake, banana cake and more!



  I LOVE frosting.  As far as I am concerned, most of the time cake is mostly just an excuse for frosting.  I have had a particular crush for cooked frostings lately.  There is something magic that happens when you cook milk and flour to a paste and then whip it into butter or cream cheese and make it into something so light and airy and sooooooooooooooooooooo good.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Easy Cornmeal Budino with Blueberry Marmellata

This simple dessert is perfect for al fresco dining.  It is elegant enough for a dinner party and simple enough for just because.  If you haven't tried cornmeal pudding yet, you really should! 



      What I am about to share with you my husband rated a 9 out of 10.  And that's really saying something considering he is more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy and this is neither meat nor potatoes!  So I am really excited to share it with you.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Di's Lemon Blueberry Cake

Three layers of luscious lemon cake dotted with blueberries sandwiching cream cheese frosting for an out of this world dessert experience.



      I have great news!!  If you remember way back when, I shared a DELICIOUS cake recipe from one of my coworkers, Diane.  It is one of the recipes I get the most feedback on.  Everyone who has made it loved it and most of them have made it multiple times.  That's right, the Di that gave us our favorite banana cake is sharing another cake!!  Hold on to your seats!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Delicious Peach Vanilla Sauce

     I received product for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.


      If you do a peek back at my posts, you might realize a couple of things about me.  The first is that I am a fan of cooked fruit. Make it a sauce, a jelly, a pie, a cobbler, a bar, a cake, a muffin or stir it into baked oatmeal.  I am there! Every. Time. The second thing is I am obsessed with cast iron.  I love how evenly it heats.  I love how durable it is.  I love the way it looks and feels.  I told you, obsessed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Deal! Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #SaveOnChef #CollectiveBias



     We love to eat dinner together as a family.  We always make a real effort to have all three of us sit down and enjoy a nice meal and catch up on the day.  The problem is sometimes work keeps one of us away.  I usually take advantage of those days to do something that Jax and I enjoy that Matt isn't a huge fan of, like breakfast for dinner!  Matt loves to take advantage of my evenings away to indulge in his childhood favorites.  Beef Ravioli from Chef Boyardee is one of his favorites.  I wait to see it at a good price and then stock up, because he can go through it!  Finding his snack cabinet doesn't have any constitutes an emergency!  He loves to share them with Jax and is definitely passing his love to the next generation.  I like knowing they have an option that is nutritious and easy to make on hand.

    With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions.  By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together.  Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and meatballs.  You can enjoy a week's worth of quality meals at an affordable price.

     Be sure when you stock up on Chef Boyardee at Walmart to look for the Chef Boyardee cans that feature NO artificial flavors, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors.  With quality ingredients since 1924, Chef Boyardee has been a pantry staple for many families.

     While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Chef Boyardee in the Canned Food aisle!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sourdough Waffles

Sourdough waffles are full of flavor, tender as can be and oh so good! So go ahead and break out the syrup and warm up those waffle irons!



     There have been a couple of factors that have lead to a sharp increase in the number of waffles eaten in our house.