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Ciabatta Melts with Chicken, Bacon & Pepper Jack are delicious sandwiches that are easy to make and are sure to be a hit!  It’s a classic sandwich you could get at your local bistro or café style restaurant, and I thought, why not try making it at home?  It has warm, crusty ciabatta bread that is filled with juicy chicken, crispy bacon, spicy, melted cheese, and tender veggies.  The sandwich tastes light and won’t leave you feeling too full.  You can’t go wrong with a warm sandwich on ciabatta! The recipe can be found here. Start by baking the ciabatta bread according to package instructions.  Set the bread aside to cool.  Also prepare the bacon according to package instructions and remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the grease.  Set the bacon aside. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.  Use a grill or grill pan to cook the chicken on each side … Continue reading

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Balsamic & Guinness Chicken Wings are a unique yet delicious appetizer or dinner option.  They have quite the pleasant flavor…it’s a little tangy and sweet.  I think Guinness is mildly sweet with a hoppy/bitter flavor and notes of coffee, almost tastes like roasted almonds.  Balsamic is rich in flavor with a mellow tartness and some acidity, kind of herby.  But both complement each other nicely. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Line the chicken wings on the baking sheet, leaving a little space in between.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. While the wings are baking, make the sauce.  Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent. … Continue reading

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I was gifted a Cast Iron Balti Dish and immediately started researching recipes and the type of cuisine to prepare in it.  I learned A LOT!  Balti is a cooking method traced back to Southern Asia and is named for the dish in which it is made.  It’s similar to Indian curries and contains meat, vegetables, and spices.  The main difference is how the dish is served but the ingredients used are cooked the same way.  Balti dishes are stir-fried with vegetable oil over high heat in a flat-bottomed wok.  Most often lamb is used, but you can find chicken or pork recipes as well. My recipe is for Chicken Balti, and you can view the recipe by clicking here. The sauce is a delicious and rich curry that is tomato based with plenty of onion, garlic, and spices, that complements the tender chicken very well.  It’s really flavorful and tasty, fragrant…and SPICY! Start by heating oil in the Balti dish … Continue reading

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Chicken Pesto Ciabatta Melts are perfect for your next weeknight meal!  Think of a classic bistro sandwich with warm, toasted bread, tender, juicy chicken, fresh, ripe tomatoes, melted cheese, and an herby pesto to top it off.  That’s what this recipe is, a wonderful hot sandwich option that fills the void for dinner (or lunch).  It’s filling without leaving you uncomfortably full.  The fresh ingredients make it feel like a light sandwich.  I personally think ciabatta is the perfect bread for a sandwich.  It’s soft and airy inside with a crispy crust so you can’t go wrong! The recipe can be found here. Start by baking the ciabatta bread according to package instructions.  Set the bread aside to cool.  Then slice the tomato and set it aside until ready to assemble.  I always but take and bake ciabatta vs fresh.  I think the taste holds up and I like that I can bake it when ready and feel like it … Continue reading

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is my newest weeknight recipe that your family will love!  It’s a filling and delicious pasta that comes together in about 30 minutes.  It’s rich, creamy, a little spicy, and packed with wonderful ingredients.  I will admit…when I was originally working on this recipe it was going to be soup, not pasta, but plans changed, and soup just wasn’t in the cards that night.  I blame the noodles for absorbing so much of the liquid that would have been yummy soup, but the recipe still turned into something great, and we had a lovely pasta dinner.  One thing I love to do is play around with recipes so even though my original plan didn’t work out, I was able to recover and still serve dinner.  Has that ever happened to you? The recipe can be found here. Start by seasoning both sides of the chicken tenders with Cajun seasoning.  I like to use tenders because … Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo is coming soon – it’s Friday, May 5th.  Cinco de Mayo quite literally means the 5th of May in Spanish so it’s easy to keep track of the date 😊 If you aren’t familiar, here are 3 fun facts about Cinco de Mayo, 1) it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, 2) it’s not a national holiday in Mexico, 3) it celebrates Mexico’s victory against Imperial France.  As you can see, it’s a relatively minor holiday that is celebrated regionally in Mexico….and pretty much everywhere in the United States.  In Puebla, Mexico it is celebrated with parades, parties, music, folk dancing, and traditional foods.  In the United States, it’s celebrated with Mexican food.  Are you sensing a theme to my blog post?  I’m going to share fun Mexican fares to enjoy for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are craving Mexican food. Here’s my lineup: Homemade Flour Tortillas Slow Cooker Shredded Salsa Chicken Spicy Grilled Queso Chunky Guacamole Mexican Fried … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches are loaded with tender chicken, bell peppers, and onions, piled high on a hoagie roll and covered in melted cheese.  It’s a tasty meal that’s easy to make!  I think it’s perfect on a cold winter night or on a busy weekend because your slow cooker is doing most of the work. The recipe can be found here. Start by placing the chicken in a slow cooker.  I recommend using boneless skinless chicken breasts but if you prefer to use chicken thighs, make sure to trim some of the fat off first.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.  Season to taste.  I tend to add more garlic powder because we love the flavor. Pour the chicken broth over the top and cover.  Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.  Add the bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  Cover and cook on LOW for an additional 1 ½ – 2 hours or until the … Continue reading

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Meatloaf is a wonderful comfort food and if you’re from the Midwest…it’s a bit of a staple.  It’s one of those meals you either love or hate.  If you hate it, you probably ate it too much as a kid 😊 but I think you should give it one more chance and try my Chicken Bacon Ranch Meatloaf.  I’m a chicken-bacon-ranch fan and consider myself to be somewhat of a CBR (chicken-bacon-ranch) connoisseur.  If it’s available at a restaurant in some capacity, chances are I’ll order it.  I think it’s delicious and love the flavor combination. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a standard size loaf pan with parchment paper.  This will help you lift the meatloaf out of the pan after cooking, making it easier to slice and serve.  Open the jar of bacon bits and reserve ¼ cup. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, dried minced … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day is next week, and in an effort to get everyone excited about the holiday, I want to share some of my favorite St Patty’s Day recipes.  All are easy to make, themed for the holiday, and taste amazing.  The 4 recipes I’m going to cover in this blog can be standalone meals/appetizers or could be combined into one big SPD feast!  Here are the recipes: Irish Nachos Guinness Pulled Chicken Sandwiches Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bars Drunk Leprechaun   Irish Nachos are a fun twist on traditional nachos because they are essentially the same thing, but you use potatoes in place of tortilla chips.  The potatoes are sliced thin and baked until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  They are topped with melted cheese, crumbled bacon, green onion, sour cream, etc.  It’s a crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish that is perfect for your St Patrick’s Day party. The recipe can be … Continue reading

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Every so often I’m looking for a simple weeknight meal that is filling, flavorful, and doesn’t require a lot of effort or groceries.  One thing we both like is Asian cuisine and the wonderful variety of flavors and sauces (some homemade and some store-bought) you can use to create meals and elevate your recipes.  A favorite in our house is to prepare ground meat and serve it over a bed of rice.  It’s simple, you can change up the flavors for each recipe, so you aren’t eating the same thing over and over, and we often already have all the ingredients on hand, so the recipes are easy to whip up.  I’d like to share a few recipes with you that are favorites of ours: General Tso’s Ground Chicken Ground Orange Chicken Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls   General Tso’s Ground Chicken is sweet, sour, and spicy all at the same time.  It’s a very popular … Continue reading

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