Instant Pot Chicken & Vegetable Pad Thai is simple weeknight meal that is ready in no time!  It’s packed with tender chicken, lots of veggies, noodles, and a flavorful sauce.  Pad Thai sauce is a little salty, fairly nutty, and a little sweet in flavor.  I think it’s similar to peanut sauce, which tastes great on just about anything 😊 This is a one-pot meal your whole family will love! The recipe can be found here. Start by doing all your prep work.  Slice the chicken, zucchini, bell pepper, etc.  I like to buy matchstick carrots because they are already the needed size.  I also prefer to julienne (cut super thin) my zucchini but if you have a spiralizer, that also works well.  Set all the ingredients aside until ready to use. Next, make the Pad Thai sauce.  In a large bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients – brown sugar, chicken broth, rice vinegar, soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, … Continue reading

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Bacon Jalapeno Crescent Roll Puffs is an easy appetizer or dinner recipe that will be a crowd favorite!  I say appetizer or dinner because the recipe is something most people would serve as an appetizer but if you eat enough of them (like we did) they can also be filling enough for an entire meal 😊 Think of this recipe as a spin on a traditional jalapeno popper.  You still have the jalapeno, bacon, shredded cheese, and cream cheese but instead of being stuffed inside the jalapenos, the ingredients are wrapped in crescent roll dough.  You get crispy bacon and spicy jalapeno, but the heat is cut by the combination of Colby jack and cream cheese.  The crescent roll dough creates this warm, soft, pillowy blanket to hold the ingredients together.  They are addictive! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cook the … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the Kentucky Derby?  It’s usually held on the first Saturday in May, making it this upcoming Saturday, May 7, 2022.  A lot of people like to gather with friends and family to watch the races and enjoy some good food and drink.  I believe it’s known as “the greatest two minutes of sports” so why not spend all day in the kitchen for 2 minutes of cheering pleasure? 😊  Kidding…it’s a very fun horse race to watch! I will be preparing the following items to enjoy during our viewing pleasure, and you might notice a theme… Kentucky (where the derby is held) and whiskey/bourbon (sponsors of the event and heavily influenced in the south). Kentucky Hot Brown Dip Whiskey Spiced Chicken Wings Kentucky Oaks Cocktail Maple Bourbon Candied Pecans   Kentucky Hot Brown Dip is a rich a creamy dip that encompasses the wonderful ingredients and flavors of a … Continue reading

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Do you ever order ravioli at a restaurant and wonder why it doesn’t taste the same when you make it at home?  Or you think you need to make homemade ravioli for it to taste as good as at a restaurant?  Well…you don’t!  You just need to find a premade, store-bought ravioli that you like, and jazz it up!  My preference is to buy fresh.  This is what you can find in the refrigerator section, often by the lunch meats or deli items.  These “fresh” pastas usually have a shorter shelf life and only take a few minutes to boil.  You can also go the frozen ravioli route if you have a brand or flavor in mind.  These options make cooking ravioli SO MUCH EASIER at home because the bulk of the work is already done for you.  All you must do is add sauce and toppings and you have a wonderful meal! The recipe I want to share … Continue reading

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A simple Ham & Gruyere Quiche is sure to please your taste buds so look no further for a quick and easy (yet delicious) breakfast that is perfect for a weekday morning or weekend brunch! If you are unfamiliar with gruyere cheese, it’s a traditional Swiss cheese that is semi-hard and has a rich, creamy, salty, and nutty flavor.  It works well as a substitute for Swiss cheese in recipes but also tastes great on its own with some crackers or bread.  In this quiche recipe, the gruyere cheese pairs well with the tender and salty ham and the soft and creamy eggs. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. Next prepare the pie crust.  If you are using frozen pie crust, make sure it has time to fully thaw before you start.  If you are using refrigerated pie crust, let it sit on the counter … Continue reading

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Vegan Beyond Meat Thai Lettuce Wraps are a great recipe when you are looking for something healthy or are trying to “eat clean”.  They are simple to make, scrumptious, and packed with flavor.  I like how customizable they are because you can add any toppings of your choosing when creating your lettuce wraps.  If you are unfamiliar with lettuce wraps, think of them as a taco but with a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla or taco shell. The recipe can be found here. Start by preparing the Beyond Meat.  I personally like to use Beyond Meat in a lot of recipes and think it fits well with the flavors in this recipe.  It also makes this recipe vegan if you follow a vegan lifestyle.  If you don’t, feel free to substitute the Beyond Meat with ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground beef. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the Beyond Meat, onion, and garlic.  Cook for about … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Turkey Bowls with Lemon Rice are my new favorite “bowls” to eat and quite honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever make regular rice again – lemon rice is where it’s at!  These bowls are FULL of flavor.  You have a tomato salad that is incredibly fresh, a Tzatziki sauce that is creamy and tangy, ground turkey that is perfectly seasoned and tender, and fluffy rice that is infused with a wonderful citrus flavor. The recipe can be found here. I know this recipe looks really long and complicated but it’s actually quite easy!  We’re going to break it down into 4 categories: Tzatziki Sauce Tomato Salad Lemon Rice Mediterranean Turkey   Our first step is to prepare the Tzatziki Sauce.  In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and cucumber.  Stir to combine then taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Our … Continue reading

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One thing I always hear people talk about is Easter Brunch.  Who is hosting?  What are we having? So on and so forth.  But what I never hear anyone talk about is Easter Cocktails.  Why not add adult beverages to the celebration?  Well, I did just that!  I use Peeps for a festive touch and each cocktail is themed to a different Peep color. Here’s what I have for you today: Blue Peeps Cocktail Pink Peeps Cocktail Yellow Peeps Lemon Cocktail   The Blue Peeps Cocktail is very citrusy and a little sweet.  It reminds me of a cocktail I would drink on a tropical beach somewhere 😊 The Pink Peeps Cocktail tastes just like a vodka lemonade.  Perfect on a hot summer day! The Yellow Peeps Lemon Cocktail is like a lemon drop.  It’s a little sour with a sweet aftertaste. Two of the recipes call for marshmallow vodka, which I couldn’t locate, so I did have to make … Continue reading

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One of my favorite parts of Easter Brunch is the desserts 😊 Everything is decorated with bunnies, Peeps, little candy eggs, etc. It’s just so cute and festive! I love to explore and create new recipes using all the seasonal candies and that’s what I’m going to share with you today – dessert ideas for your Easter celebration. First up are Birds’ Nests.  I’m sure you’ve seen these before for other holidays, sometimes referred to as Haystacks.  These are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients.  They are sweet, crunchy, and the perfect bite-sized treat!  I have 2 different flavors, Chocolate and Peanut Butter. The Chocolate Birds’ Nests recipe can be found here. The Peanut Butter Birds’ Nests recipe can be found here. Let’s start with the Chocolate Birds’ Nests.  Add the chocolate and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 60 seconds, then stir.  Heat for an additional 30 seconds and stir again.  Continue … Continue reading

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The ultimate handheld slider sandwiches are Herbed Chicken Parmesan Sliders.  They are made with ground chicken, not traditional breaded chicken, and are perfect for a crowd or when you want a lighter dinner.  Top with melted mozzarella cheese, fresh marinara sauce, and crisp basil, and you have the perfect slider!  I think the sliders taste best on toasted ciabatta rolls (who doesn’t love ciabatta?) but slider buns will also work just fine.  The ciabatta makes the sliders feel more authentic and Italian. The recipe can be found here. My first step is to bake the ciabatta rolls.  I buy bake and serve rolls, so I always get that out of the way before I prep any of the other ingredients.  Then I set them aside to cool while working on the rest of the recipe.  You can skip this step depending on the type of rolls you are using. Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F … Continue reading

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