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St Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for everyone!  You can usually find some type of celebration around town whether it be a parade, green beer at your favorite bar or specials on Irish food at restaurants.  Even if you aren’t Irish, it’s fun to participate in the festivities. We like to watch the parade and enjoy an adult beverage with the dressed-up crowds (the people watching is phenomenal), then head home for a feast!  Some years we like to enjoy traditional Irish food but other years we like to take a favorite dish and add and Irish twist.  It really depends on what we feel like cooking that day!  This year, we are going to enjoy the following menu with friends and family: Reuben Dip Guinness Cheddar Mac & Cheese Guinness Glazed Chicken Sandwich Irish Mule Guinness Brownies   The Reuben Dip is our appetizer and something to much … Continue reading

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Spicy Chicken Rigatoni is hands down one of my top 5 favorite pasta dishes!  It has large pieces of tender chicken, perfectly cooked noodles, and a lot of heat (in a good way).  Should I go on?  There is as little or as much garlic as you would like, alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, and butter…. yes, butter…. for a wonderfully creamy sauce. This dish is so simple to make and tastes amazing.  You’ll think you’re eating at a fancy Italian restaurant.  Perfetto! The recipe can be found here. In a large skillet or deep pot, heat oil over medium heat.  You want the skillet or pot to be large enough to fit the sauce and noodles so you can toss everything together at the end. Add the crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic.  Sauté just long enough for the garlic to caramelize and red pepper to release flavor … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 25th this year.  Traditionally, the days leading up to Lent, people would binge on rich/fatty foods in anticipation of fasting or limiting intake of certain foods.  Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday and is celebrate the day before Ash Wednesday, making it quite the celebration! New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras parties.  I’ve been to New Orleans and enjoyed some awesome food but have never participated in the Mardi Gras festivities…maybe someday I’ll get back!  I want to celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a delicious feast.  I’m thinking traditional New Orleans foods with a little twist!  I’ll be making Muffuletta Dip and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I got my inspiration for Muffuletta Dip from a traditional, and signature, New Orleans sandwich that features olive salad, salami, and cheese.  This is essentially a Muffuletta sandwich in dip form.  It’s bold, tangy, and … Continue reading

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce are perfectly grilled chicken strips that have been marinated in a flavorful sauce.  They are perfectly sweet and tangy and make an easy dinner.  Don’t forget to drizzle the leftover peanut sauce on top of the skewers before serving! The recipe can be found here. Start by slicing the chicken breasts into strips and set aside. Then prepare the marinade by combining the yogurt, ginger, garlic, and curry powder in a mixing bowl.  Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 2 hours. While the chicken in marinating, soak the skewers in water.  I like to add water to a drinking glass and place the skewers inside. You can also make the peanut sauce while waiting.  Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, red chili paste, brown sugar, and lime juice to … Continue reading

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Chicken Egg Roll in a Bowl combines the delicious flavors of your favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer in a one pan!  It’s a delicious spin on a classic egg roll.  This dish is quick to make, healthy to eat, and will change the way you eat egg rolls 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground chicken and heat until completely cooked.  You can also substitute ground turkey or ground pork, if preferred. Next, add the garlic powder, fresh ginger, green onion, and soy sauce to the skillet.  Stir to combine and heat slightly. Next, add the coleslaw to the pan and stir to combine.  Make sure to heat the coleslaw through. That’s it!  Serve warm with additional soy sauce to taste. The recipe can be found here. It’s completely optional, but I like to cut wonton wrappers into thin … Continue reading

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Apple Cider Chicken & Apples is the ultimate fall dish!  Think juicy chicken, tender apple slices, the crisp taste of apple cider……my mouth is watering just thinking about it 🙂  Your whole kitchen will smell like fall with this dish.  It’s a healthy and simple fall meal. The recipe can be found here. Start by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the olive oil and onions and cook until soft and translucent. Then add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is about 80% done.  You only want to cook the chicken about 80% of the way because it will continue to cook while you prepare the rest of the dish.  Make sure to stir frequently so all sides of the chicken heat evenly. Add garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute. In a small bowl, combine the apple cider and … Continue reading

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With the low temperatures we’ve had lately I want to hunker down and have a hot meal after work.  Chicken Apple Chili is my new favorite go-to meal!  It’s a bit non-traditional but is very easy to assemble, is light and refreshing, and is the perfect fall meal.  Plus, it comes together in just a few hours (set it and forget it) so you aren’t waiting 4-8 hours like traditional chili. The recipe can be found here. You need a slow cooker for this one-pot recipe.  Add all ingredients to the bowl of the slow cooker, except the apples, and stir together.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.  Serve with chopped apples on top.  Easy peasy! The only real effort you need to put into this recipe is chopping the veggies. I also like to use rotisserie chicken in this recipe.  It’s pre-cooked and reduced the amount of … Continue reading

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With the cold weather approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a Mediterranean based meal, and imagine I’m in warmer weather, perhaps sitting on a beach somewhere 🙂  I made Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce for the main course and served Mediterranean Layered Hummus on the side.  Both are easy to make, flavorful, and healthy! Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce are filled with spiced chicken, fresh veggies, and a tangy homemade sauce, and are served on warm pita bread.  The tangy homemade sauce is Tzatziki Sauce, which is a Greek yogurt-based sauce with cucumber and fresh herbs added.  These gyros are incredibly tasty! Start by preheating the oven.  While the oven preheats, prep the chicken.  Place the chicken in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.  Use your hands to rub the olive oil over both sides of the chicken.  Then sprinkle fresh minced garlic, paprika, … Continue reading

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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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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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