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Chicken.  Bacon.  Ranch.  Three things that pair amazingly well together.  Combine them in sandwich form and you have one mighty fine meal.  Think tender chicken, creamy ranch (which really goes with just about anything), and crispy bacon smothered between a bun with some melted cheese for good measure.  This is what dreams are made of.  I may be getting ahead of myself, but I do sure enjoy a good Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich! The recipe can be found here. Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  I like to move the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to absorb some of the grease and set aside until I’m ready to use. Add the cream cheese to a large saucepan or pot and heat over medium-low heat.  Stir occasionally to melt the cream cheese.  Once it’s about halfway melted, add the entire packet of ranch seasoning (Ugh, it … Continue reading

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If you are searching for the perfect appetizer or side for your next cookout, look no further!  Grilled Jalapeno Poppers are the way to go!  They are stuffed with an addictive mixture of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.  The rich and creamy combination of the stuffing contrasts the spicy jalapeno peppers leaving you wanting more. This is a great alternative to the breaded and fried version because they are fresh, cook up nicely on the grill, and are quite addicting 🙂 You can even skip the bacon for a vegetarian option if you prefer. The recipe can be found here. We own a Jalapeno Grill Rack that we use for this recipe, which I find quite wonderful to use.  If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one! Start by preheating the grill to 325 degrees F.  It can be tricky to keep the grill temperature consistent once … Continue reading

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Two of my favorite things to eat are breakfast foods and pizza.  There is nothing like a good brunch with plenty of options to choose from but there is also something so satisfying about leftover pizza for breakfast.  So really, pizza is a breakfast food 🙂 Today I want to share with you my recipe for a super simple Breakfast Pizza.  We actually ate this for dinner one night (breakfast for dinner = brinner at our house) and it was the perfect meal, but you could easily whip this up on the weekend for breakfast.  It’s a quick recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes and tastes incredible.  The recipe is also customizable.  We had cheese, bacon, and egg pizza but you could substitute the bacon with sausage, add some diced onions or bell peppers, etc. The recipe can be found here. Start by cooking the bacon to package … Continue reading

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Step up your Sloppy Joe game with Chicken Bacon Ranch Sloppy Joe’s!  Ready in under 30 minutes, these Sloppy Joe’s are a yummy mixture of chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning all sandwiched between a bun.  If you’ve ever had anything chicken-bacon-ranch flavored before, you know what I’m talking about 😊  This recipe is a win! The recipe can be found here. Start by heating a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the bacon and cook according to package instructions.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain some of the grease.  Do not drain the grease from the pan – you will be cooking the other ingredients in the bacon grease. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion.  Cook until soft and translucent.  This shouldn’t take long because the bacon grease will already be plenty hot! Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook until … Continue reading

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I recently acquired a spaetzle maker and thought I would play around with creating a fun and delicious recipe.  I bought the spaetzle maker without ever having spaetzle before but thought it looked like a neat kitchen tool to try and after researching recipes, thought it wouldn’t be too hard to make. Spaetzle is a type of pasta made with eggs and flour and it’s typically served as a side dish.  I wanted to make mine into more of a meal, but you could easily half the recipe or tweak some of the ingredients to enjoy it as a side dish.  It’s very popular in German cuisine so keep this in your back pocket when Oktoberfest comes around and you need a unique dish to celebrate with 😊 My recipe is for Bacon & Onion Spaetzle.  The spaetzle is homemade and perfectly tender.  When you pair it with onions, cheese, and bacon, it becomes quite the … Continue reading

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Monte Cristo Sandwiches are my new go to sandwich!  They are served warm, so the cheese is perfectly melted, the bread is toasted, and the meat just seems to be extra tender and juicy.  It’s not quite a panini, because you aren’t pressing the sandwich or grilling it, but instead you are baking it.  I like to use French Toast as the bread as well.  It adds a little extra something to each bite! The recipe can be found here. Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  Set aside. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make the French Toast.  In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon.  A pie plate or small baking dish works really well for this. Preheat a griddle to medium heat (or use a skillet).  Melt a small amount of butter on … Continue reading

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If you need a fun new dinner idea, are looking for an appetizer for a party, or simply want to have Mexican night at home, Tostadas are the way to go!  They are very versatile yet simple and easy to make.  Tostada is the Spanish word for toasted, which fits the description perfectly, because a toasted (or deep fried) tortilla is the base of the dish.  You then top the tortilla with beans, cheese, meat, lettuce, fruit, and other toppings.  Basically, you want to pile the ingredients high and dig in…. these are meant to be messy! One of my favorite Tostada recipes is for BBQ Chicken Tostadas.  These are served warm and I think that’s part of the appeal for me.  I love the combination of melted cheese, tender chicken, and tangy BBQ sauce in every bite.  They are also fairly light so you will be satisfied without feeling … Continue reading

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We’re kicking off the new year with a brand new burger blog! Burgers can be quite versatile so we decided to test out a handful of recipes for you to up your burger game in the new year. For this blog we included both beef and chicken options to give you even more variety. Here are the recipes we made: • Breakfast Burger • Mac and Cheese Burger • French Onion Burger • Taco Burger • Bloody Mary Burger Follow links above to skip right to the recipe page. Without further ado, let’s get started!  Let’s start in the morning with our breakfast burger. Breakfast Burger For our breakfast burger, we used store bought beef patties from the Chef’s Counter at Festival, both seasoned and unseasoned options are available in-store. For the chicken version of this burger, we used chicken breasts. We topped our burgers with a slice of cheddar … Continue reading

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Friday night is pizza night at our house.  With COVID, we’ve been cooking at home a lot more than ordering in or going out to eat so we’ve taken to preparing our own pizzas from scratch at home.  It’s been fun to play around with toppings and be creative with what we add to each pizza.  You can definitely stick with the traditional toppings if that’s what you prefer on pizza, but we like to branch out and make each pizza unique. This crust is a favorite of mine as well.  I’d prefer less dough and more toppings in each bite so I’m going to share with you my recipe for Thin Crust Pizza Dough.  This is the base I use for all my homemade pizzas.  It’s thin, doesn’t require any time to rise, and gets nice and crispy when you bake it on a pizza stone.  One plus side … Continue reading

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Have you ever eaten something and thought “this is the only way I can ever eat this again”?  That happened to me with this sandwich. Don’t get mad, but I have to admit I’m not really a fan of BLT’s.  They are fine sandwiches but there isn’t much to them.  It’s like they are missing something, and I think I found out exactly what’s been missing.  You have to revamp the entire sandwich…. bread and fry the tomatoes, candy the bacon, make a delicious aioli, and eat it all on a pretzel bun. It’s a souped-up BLT…a gourmet BLT if you will…it’s a Fried Tomato Sandwich with Pecan Bacon and Chipotle Aioli.  And, it’s delicious. The recipe can be found here. Start by making the chipotle aioli.  Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready … Continue reading

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