Instant Pot Cajun Chicken with Rice has become a family dinner favorite at my house.  It’s easy to make, delicious, and something simple you can make in one pot.  It’s the perfect comfort food on a cold night…or any busy night when you don’t have a lot of time to cook!  Even better, it saves on dishes, so you don’t have to spend too much time on cleanup duty 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by chopping the veggies. Then slice the chicken breasts into strips.  You can keep the chicken breasts whole if you want but the chicken strips cook faster and more evenly.  Place the chicken in a bowl with 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning and toss to coat. Place the rice in a strainer and rinse thoroughly.  You want to remove the outside starch and prevent the rice from clumping together while cooking. Turn the Instant … Continue reading

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Frittata’s make a great breakfast, brunch or brinner (breakfast for dinner as we call it at our house).  A frittata is an egg-based dish, similar to an omelet or quiche, with your choice of veggies, meat, or cheese inside.  I like to make frittata’s in an Instant Pot because it requires a lot less work – use one pot, set the timer, and go about your day until the timer ends.  The frittata is cooked to perfection with fluffy eggs, tender veggies, and melted cheese. The recipe can be found here. Start by doing all the prep work.  Chop the veggies and set aside.  I like to use a combination of peppers, onion, and spinach, but you can add any veggies you like! Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk together.  Then add the heavy cream and whisk to combine.  Then season with salt and pepper and … Continue reading

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Caramel Apples are a classic fall treat.  These Gourmet Caramel Apples are even better and will satisfy any sweet tooth! You can make these caramel apples at home in a few easy steps.  Start with tart green apples (or any apple of your choosing), dip into melted caramel, cover with any topping of your choice, let set, and enjoy – treat yourself! The recipe can be found here. My favorite toppings are mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, crumbled Oreo cookies, peanuts or mixed nuts, and chocolate almond bark.  You can use any candy or snack topping of your choice.  A fun topping to try would be potato chips – the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  Maybe next time I’ll give that a try! I like to make these Gourmet Caramel Apples to serve for dessert when company is over, bring out as a snack, or give as a fun … Continue reading

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Are you ready for some football…and delicious food?  Snacks and appetizers served during a football game need to be fit for a crowd and easy to eat.  Think finger foods, grab-and-go, quick and easy…. foods that don’t draw your attention away from the game for too long – you don’t want to miss any big plays!     We’re hosting a football part this week and will be serving the following items: Football Pretzel Rods Individual Chicken Taco Bowls Loaded Tater Tot Kabobs Mini Football Pizzas Dessert   Football Pretzel Rods are super simple to make and a crowd favorite!  Plus, pretzels are such a common snack food so you can’t go wrong. I like to pick team colors or traditional football colors (or think seasonably if making these for a holiday gathering).  My pretzel rods wills be dipped in milk chocolate with white chocolate used to create the look … Continue reading

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Halloween is fast approaching. For some, Halloween is a lifestyle and obsession, for others, it’s a day to be someone or something else.  I personally love decorating the house, buying candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters, dressing up the dog…. but mostly, I love the food!  I like to take a traditional dish and “dress it up” for Halloween.  For example, a pepperoni pizza might have the pepperoni in the shape of a jack-o-lantern.  You get the picture 🙂   This year, I have quite the spread.  It’s going to be one big Halloween celebration at our house, starting with breakfast, and ending with dinner.  Here’s what’s on the menu: Eyeball Donuts Spider Web Donuts Candy “Charcuterie” Board Eyeball Asparagus and Gruyere Tart Spider Web Loaded Potatoes Festival Feetloaf Mini Skeleton Cheesecakes   Halloween is full of candy and treats so why not start the day with something sugary?  Eyeball … Continue reading

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National Pasta Day is today and what better way to celebrate than with homemade pasta!  If you haven’t had a cheat day yet this week, I highly recommend it be today 🙂 If you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease and work, homemade pasta is the way to go.  If you’re on a time crunch or just not that interested in cooking, boxed noodles or a heat-and-serve pasta dish is just fine.  My preference is homemade pasta.  Yes, it can be time consuming, but the flavor is incredible, and it has a great texture! My go-to recipe is for Homemade Egg Noodles.  You do need a stand mixer and pasta attachment for this recipe to work.  You can also use this recipe with a hand cranked pasta maker, but I have yet to try that method. Start by adding your ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer.  … Continue reading

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National Dessert Day is October 14th and boy was I excited when I found out!  It’s a day to indulge and enjoy sweets, and I love dessert…. any dessert….so I could not pass up sharing three of my favorite dessert recipes with you.  When I say I love sweets, I mean I REALLY love sweets.  If I’m offered a second helping of food, I would rather turn it down to save room for dessert.  Or start my meal with dessert so I’m not too full afterward.  National Dessert Day is my day 🙂 The 3 recipes I want to share with you today are: Tres Leche Cake Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Pistachio Cheesecake   First up is Tres Leche Cake.  This is an authentic Mexican cake, soaked in a sweet milk mixture, and topped with homemade whipped cream, cinnamon, and berries.  Tres Leche means “three milks” and that is … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is a wonderful salad that works as a main dish or side dish.  I do think this is a great salad for colder weather because I like to serve it warm, but it is light enough that you can enjoy it during warmer months. The veggies Melt. In. Your. Mouth.  They are THAT good.  The spiced chickpeas have a good amount of heat and flavor, so they complement the mild tasting cauliflower nicely.  The chickpeas also have a crispy outside, so they add a bit of crunch to the salad.  When you drizzle the Lemon Tahini Dressing over the top and take your first bite you will be in heaven. The Lemon Tahini Dressing adds the perfect amount of citrus and tang to the warm and smoky salad.  I could eat this dressing on any vegetable – it’s that good!  It’s also oil-free, … Continue reading

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Stuffed Peppers are a favorite at my house.  There are so many possibilities for stuffed peppers so you can really cater the filling to meet any dietary need.  Our recent craving has been for Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers.  They are quick to make, fairly simple to assemble, vegetarian / vegan, healthy, and tasty 🙂 You can make this dish more colorful by using a combination of green, orange, red, or yellow bell peppers.  I’m partial to red bell peppers for no particular reason so that is what I choose to use.  I typically serve these as a main dish, but they could easily be a side dish if served with other items. Look for medium to large bell peppers because they are easier to stuff and hold more ingredients. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Cut each bell pepper in half, length … Continue reading

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I love a good fried chicken sandwich and want to share my go-to recipe with you.  This Beer Battered Chicken Sandwich with Lime Coleslaw is crispy, juicy, and doesn’t disappoint.  The batter includes beer, giving it a light and crisp texture once fried, plus a slight beer flavor comes through in the crust and who doesn’t love that? I suggest using a brown ale for the best batter flavor but any malty ale or heavier seasonal beer (such as Oktoberfest) will work.  You only use 2 cups of beer so you will have a little extra in the bottle to enjoy while you cook 🙂 The chicken is only fried once and then finished in the oven.  Once an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached, you could fry the chicken again for a very short amount of time to maximize crunch.  I’ve never done this but if you like … Continue reading

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