Sometimes I wish the month of December had more hours in the day than the other 11 . I'm always looking for the easiest way to do...well everything, because there is just so little time to pack in all the things that need to get done before Christmas Day. That includes using my slow cooker for suppers, which allows me to get a little bit fancy but still make things easy and efficient when it comes to using my time. Adding garnishes like holiday nuts to a simple dish makes it festive and takes it up a notch for the Christmas season.
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After blogging for six years and doing numerous recipes I put together a compilation of almost all of the chicken recipes on my blog that I've made or curated over those years. I didn't realize until I made this month's Foodie collection how much my family eats chicken!
Most if not all of them are fairly easy to prepare, and are kid friendly. I hope you find one or two in the collection that you enjoy.
October. In Texas it's when fall starts showing its colors. I don't even know where to start when I think about all the wonderful things that I love about fall. So I think I'll just say...FOOD. Because this is when I start using my oven again making those comfort food dishes that just fit the fall and winter season so well.
Oh how I long for the lazy days of summer again. Even though we aren't in the stage of a 'traditional' school year any more, it seems that our schedule and activities still follows one. I really thought that with sending our daughter to college and being empty nesters that we'd have more down time and relaxed meals. But between blog events, church activities and social gatherings, it seems that two or three nights a week minimum, I need to get a quick meal on the table before we head out the door.
With football season around the corner, you may be interested in Riunite’s Ultimate Chili Challenge, a nationwide chili cook-off culminating in a Grand Prize trip to the Super Bowl next year. Home cooks around the country are spicing up their recipes and popping open bottles to compete for the best chili creation and Lambrusco pairing.
To help me become a part of the Riunite Ultimate Chili Challenge, I was sent a few things to get my chili cooking started:
Greenwich-based chef, author, and hostess extraordinaire Victoria Amory presented her all natural condiment collection at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York earlier this summer. The Victoria Amory condiment collection features three creative ketchups, including the Smokey BBQ Ketchup, chosen from over 180,000 products as one of the Smokin’ Innovations at the acclaimed food show. Inspired by the flavors and aromas of Spain's ancient and rugged La Mancha region the Smokey BBQ Ketchup includes ingredients such as Smoke Paprika, Brown Sugar, Red and White Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil.
Since we moved to Texas, I've been feeling as if I need to up my ante when it comes to sauce recipes. We've been busy familiarizing ourselves with our community and the local businesses, many of which happen to be taco restaurants. I think in a 5-mile radius of our home there is one on every other corner (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit..but not much!). The pickiest taste-buds this side of Jupiter live in my home though so I need to do a bit of improvising. I'd love to make dishes that incorporate a sauce that has a 'Tex-Mex' flavor, but my family hears 'Tex-Mex' and runs for cover.
Beef is a source of protein that we eat a lot of in our home. While costs of beef have risen over the years, I stock up on sales or skimp on other things so that it fits into our budget. I get a lot of ideas for dinner from BeefitsWhatsForDinner.com, which is a Beef Checkoff program that their contractor The National Cattlemen's Beef Association manages.
You can give your foods a flavorful punch with a simple, yet flavorful marinade using Holland House Cooking Wines. Veggies (especially eggplant, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms) and meats soak up the flavor and it's as easy as letting them marinate and then tossing them on the grill!
My family isn't very adventurous, they like the tried and true staples like beef burgers or hot dogs, but me I like to experiment with different ingredients and flavors.
I teased you a few days ago about the Good Cook Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes. It starts on June 2nd. If you enter you'll have a chance to either choose 15 Good Cook kitchen tools that you would like to have to make your ultimate kitchen drawer - look for the "Add Me" icon on participating products.
When you've been married as long as I have (20 years), you look in your kitchen drawers and realize you need to get married again so you can have a wedding showers to replace your old worn kitchen tools . OR you could just mark your calendar for June 2, 2014 to visit GoodCook.com to take part in their #KitchenDrawerContest, so that you can enter to win 15 Good Cook Kitchen tools of your choice or 15 of them compiled by a Good Cook Kitchen Expert blogger (like me!).
A few days ago, I was paging through a magazine and found an ad with a recipe for an Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken - since my husband is not a fan of sausage I figured I would substitute chicken breast in it instead, and I had everything else in my pantry and fridge to make it. (Well, almost.)
The creaminess of the cheese sauce was to be made from evaporated milk. I assembled all my items, got ready to make the recipe and opened the can of evaporated milk..and it was weird. Ewww it had expired (time to do a pantry clean out I guess!).
As a lot of you know, I've been working with eMeals for about a year now and it's been a fantastic resource for our family. Every week I get a shopping list and a week's worth of supper recipes. We've been using the Walmart Family Classic plan for the last year, but I am seriously considering switching to the new Kid Friendly plan. I know, I know we don't have any "kids" in our house anymore, but my husband...his tastedbuds are just like a kid's. Ask me how many times he ends up ordering off the kid's menu when we cruise. It's becomes a joke with our servers by the end of the week.
My family is crazy about pasta and we eat it a lot. A lot, a lot. So I'm always trying to find new ways to switch it up besides the regular red or white sauce. After making this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta the other day, it is now one of our favorites. The grown up flavor profile of the cordon bleu has adults appreciating it, but it's kid friendly too.