Author Archives: Laura Youngquist

Spice Up Your Morning with a Jalapeno Popper Omelet! If you’re craving a breakfast that packs a flavorful punch, look no further than this Jalapeno Popper Omelet recipe. Imagine the creamy indulgence of a classic jalapeno popper fused with the heartiness of a satisfying omelet—all in one delicious dish. This recipe combines creamy softened cream cheese, crispy bacon bits, spicy jalapenos, and sharp cheddar cheese, all wrapped up in fluffy eggs. It’s a breakfast masterpiece that’s easy to whip up and guaranteed to impress your taste buds. Stay tuned for the step-by-step recipe, and let’s get cooking!  The recipe can be found here. Start by adding the cream cheese, MOST of the bacon (you want to reserve some for topping), the diced jalapeno (save some to garnish), ¼ cup of shredded cheese, and green onion to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Set the bowl aside. In a … Continue reading

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Today, we’re diving into a comforting classic: Pan Fried Chicken with Rosemary Gravy. This dish takes simple ingredients—like boneless chicken breasts, olive oil, and a handful of pantry staples—and transforms them into a flavorful meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Picture this: tender chicken breasts seasoned with a touch of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, then pan-seared to golden perfection in a sizzling skillet. But the magic doesn’t stop there. We’ll whip up a savory rosemary-infused gravy that’s lusciously rich and satisfying. To craft this mouthwatering gravy, we’ll use a combination of butter, flour, chicken broth, and aromatic seasonings like Italian seasoning and onion powder. This creamy sauce will coat your chicken beautifully, infusing each bite with comforting flavors. For the finishing touch, a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley adds a burst of color. Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner or a special gathering, this Pan Fried Chicken … Continue reading

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Today, we’re diving into the delightful world of homemade cookies with a twist. Imagine rich, dark cocoa cookies sandwiched together with a creamy peanut butter filling. Yes, we’re talking about Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies! These cookies are the perfect marriage of chocolate and peanut butter, creating a treat that’s irresistible to all ages. The cookies themselves are soft and chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness. And the filling? Creamy, dreamy peanut butter goodness that melts in your mouth. Let’s break it down. For the cookies, we’ll need pantry staples like flour, cocoa powder, and butter, along with brown sugar and vanilla for that classic cookie flavor. The magic happens when we sandwich them together with a luscious peanut butter filling made from creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, and a touch of vanilla, all whipped together to creamy perfection. Whether you’re looking for a new baking project or … Continue reading

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Today, where we’re whipping up a delicious and comforting dish: Baked Ricotta Chicken. If you’re looking for a flavorful way to enjoy chicken breasts, then this recipe is sure to impress. With a creamy ricotta and Parmesan filling, savory marinara sauce, and gooey mozzarella cheese topping, this dish is the epitome of comfort food with an Italian twist. To make this dish, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients: large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, salt, pepper, ricotta cheese, freshly grated Parmesan, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil for topping. The combination of creamy ricotta and tangy Parmesan mixed with garlic and Italian seasoning creates a rich and savory filling for the chicken. The marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese bring everything together in a deliciously gooey and satisfying way. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or looking to impress guests, this Baked Ricotta Chicken … Continue reading

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Look no further for super simple yet delicious meal!  I have Beyond Meat Sliders to share with you.  I feel like a broken record when I talk about plant-based recipes…. they aren’t all the bad, they do have flavor, they have good texture, blah blah blah.  Basically, I’m saying don’t knock it until you try it!  These sliders were incredibly flavorful – like more flavorful than a traditional beef patty, plus they were tender, juicy, and seasoned perfectly. The recipe can be found here. Start by making the caramelized onions.  Slice the onions into strips.  Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft and translucent.  Season with sugar and salt and stir to combine.  Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for about 30 minutes or until the onions start to turn brown and caramelize, … Continue reading

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As we get into spring and warmer weather, I like to make lighter dishes and meals that are seasonal and have fresh ingredients.  I recently saw a picture of a sandwich on Instagram and immediately wanted to recreate it.  It’s a little salty, a little sweet, creamy, and crisp all wrapped in a baguette.  It’s a Grilled Peach Sandwich with Prosciutto and Arugula and it’s what dreams are made of.  And it’s the right time of year because peaches are going to start being in season and available at your local Festival Foods. The recipe can be found here. Start by baking the baguette according to package instructions.  I like to buy the take-and-bake breads from the bakery and use those.  Set aside to let the bread cool then slice in half to create 2 sandwiches (or 3 or 4 depending on how long your baguette is).  Then slice in half, … Continue reading

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I recently saw a Tik Tok of someone making Chicken Parmesan Sliders and knew I had to try to recreate them myself.  Upon watching the (short) video again, I realized they were BUFFALO Chicken Parmesan Sliders, and I was all in.  Anytime buffalo chicken is involved I’m game.  It’s one of my favorite things to eat and I love sampling different variations. These sliders are essentially little Chicken Parm sandwiches with a bit of heat from the buffalo sauce.  They are incredibly easy to make and are packed with flavor. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Yes, you are going to make these on a baking sheet vs a 9×13 baking dish.  Line 18 chicken nuggets on the baking sheet and bake according to packaging instructions, until warmed through and crispy. Use a … Continue reading

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Gnocchi is super yummy and the ultimate comfort food!  CBR for short, is another one of my favorite flavor combinations, and when paired with gnocchi?  Even better yet!  The gnocchi are fluffy and pillowy, the chicken is tender and moist, the bacon is salty and crisp, and the burst of ranch brings it together in each bite.  It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal your whole family will love. The recipe can be found here. Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease and let cool.  Once cool, chop and set aside.  You can use more than 5 slices of bacon if you prefer your dish to be bacon heavy or substitute and use turkey bacon if you prefer. Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken (pre-sliced) and season with … Continue reading

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Living in MN, I think there is a short window of time to use your smoker for “hearty” meals.  You can use it year-round for various kinds of meats or perhaps vegetables, but if you are making something traditionally enjoyed during winter months or that is much more filling, you don’t have much time.  That is why I took advantage of the mild winter and slightly warmer than usual temperatures lately to make a batch of Smoked Chili with Ground Beef.  I chose this time of year for a couple of reasons.  1) winter is too cold for me to want to smoke food and I would spend too much time trying to keep the temperature consistent, and 2) I wanted to make something hearty that could be enjoyed while it was still cold out.  That’s why this time of year was perfect (for me).  The smoker was able to … Continue reading

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Loaded Baked Potato Skillet is a bit of a copycat recipe.  We had something similar at a local restaurant and knew we had to recreate it at home.  It’s such a wonderful side dish or can be used as a full meal if you want to fill up on only potatoes, which is entirely what we did 😊 The skillet is quite literally loaded with tender potatoes that are topped with a cheese sauce, shredded cheese (because you can’t have enough cheese), crumbled bacon, sour cream, and chives.  It’s a typical loaded potato but pre-chopped, cooked in a skillet, and large enough to share.  I highly suggest you give it a try! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F.  Slice the butter into thin pieces and place half in the bottom of a 9-inch cast iron skillet (reserve the other half of the butter).  Add the … Continue reading

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