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Mini Mac & Cheese Pot Pies

MINI MAC & CHEESE POT PIESSince my family's palate is very sparse, I have to find new ways of serving up the things they'll actually eat.  I have a pretty good recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that I don't mess with, but when I saw a magazine ad for Mini Chicken Pot Pies, I was itching to make some mini comfort food and thought "mmm... Mac & Cheese." 

With as many likes that my not staged, dark and grainy Instagram picture received, I figured I had to blog them :)

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Baked Zucchini Penne Recipe: Market Street and Cans Get You Cooking

Baked Zucchini PenneI keep my pantry pretty full, I think it's the expectation that there may be a time where I just can't get out to the store to shop.  Whether that be because of weather, illness, lack of money, or yes even the chance of a zombie apocalypse <-- you know because if you watch The Walking Dead you'll notice that it's the CANNED FOODS that get pillaged from the cupboards.  I'm hedging my bets with the cans folks.


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Slow Cooker Korean Beef Soft Tacos

slow cooker korean beef soft tacosI have one more good slow cooker recipe to share today this one is cuisine fusion.  Korean Beef with Soft Tacos.  The recipe was adapted slightly from a Family Fun magazine feature by Stephanie O'Dea - you may know her better as the lady who blogged about using her slow cooker for a whole year!   A good many of my slow cooker inspirations come from her site.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry-Apple Pork Loin

slow cooker cranberry-apple pork loin

I was a little apprehensive about serving this recipe to my family, because it has some strong flavors that they aren't particularly keen on.  However, it went over really well, and the pork was so was kind of hard to slice!

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Chowder

slow cooker cheesy potato chowder

One of the things I've noticed when going through my blog analytics is that you all love Slow Cooker recipes.  I had a few on the back burner that I have been wanting to make and they came out really well.  So, I'm going to share them with you!

Today's is one with just a bit of peeling & chopping prep.  It makes a huge batch of soup that your family will want seconds of on a cold winter night.

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Slow Cooker Curried Lentils with Pistachios

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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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

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.

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Saturday Night Chicken Made in Lodge Cookware from Market Street

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.

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Quick and Easy Bacon & Rice Tomato Soup

Bacon & Rice Tomato Soup

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.

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Steakhouse Chili Recipe & the Ultimate Chili Challenge

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:

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Smokey BBQ Ketchup Meatloaf Recipe

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.

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Easy Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole with Kraft Pourables Dressing Recipe

cheesy chicken taco casserole pan #fooddeservesdelicious #shop

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.

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Beef Rouladen - It's What's For Dinner

Beef Rouladen with GravyBeef 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, which is a Beef Checkoff program that their contractor The National Cattlemen's Beef Association manages. 

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Holland House Cooking Wine

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!

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Italian Stuffed Turkey Burgers - Summer Grilling with Red Gold

tomatoes-cheese-stuffed-deliciousnessI'm sure a lot of you are like me and don't like heating up your kitchen during the summer.  That means our grill gets quite the work out.

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.

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