Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites

Appetizers & Beverages | November 1, 2019 | By

Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites ~ baked phyllo cups filled with brie cheese, sautéed apples flavored with cranberry-pecan Holiday Pepper Jelly topped with crispy bacon.

There are a few things I keep on hand this time of year to make entertaining snacks that are festive, but quick and easy. I always have a variety of cheeses in the fridge and a supply of pre-made phyllo cups and the latest addition is a few jars of pepper jelly

Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites contain just 5 ingredients and are so simple to make you can even get the kids involved.

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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Side Dish | October 28, 2019 | By

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, pan seared, cooked until tender with sweet maple syrup and crispy bacon. Simple, delicious side dish.

Once upon a time brussels sprouts used to be the vegetable people loved to hate. No longer the Most Hated Vegetable in America, they’re enjoying a new-found popularity.

These ;Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are pan sautéed, infused with the flavor of sweet maple syrup and crispy, salty Applewood smoked bacon and are practically guaranteed to win over even your pickiest eater.

A simple side dish that tastes anything but.

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Crockpot Stuffing

stuffing in black bowl with black and white check napkin next to it

Side Dish | October 24, 2019 | By

Crockpot Stuffing ~ my family’s favorite old fashioned bread stuffing with sausage made entirely in the slow cooker. Frees up oven space for easy holiday entertaining!

Whether you call it a crockpot or a slow cooker, making homemade stuffing this way is a game changer. For everyone who has hosted a big dinner, you know there’s never enough oven space. Enter: Crockpot Stuffing.

This Crockpot Stuffing recipe takes my family’s favorite sausage stuffing recipe easy side dish. It frees up oven space – something we never seem to have enough of.

Old fashioned bread sausage stuffing ~ easily the most popular holiday side dish. Moist inside, crispy bits outside thanks to a simple trick that’ll keep your crockpot stuffing from getting mushy.

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Slow Cooker Applesauce

slow cooker applesauce in mason jars

Side Dish | October 19, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Applesauce ~ easy homemade 4 ingredient applesauce. Make it just as you like – chunky or smooth. Using a variety of sweet and tart apples, this recipe is the best!

Whether you call it a slow cooker or a crockpot, this is the easiest way to make the BEST homemade applesauce. 

Not that we’ve transitioned from bathing suits to sweaters and cute boots next up is trips to the cider mill for warm donuts and crisp cool apple cider and fresh apples.

Apples are a good snack by themselves with a dip or even in sangria but this set-it-and-forget-it applesauce may be my favorite way to eat them.

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Cucumber Dill Salmon

salmon filet topped with cucumber dill sauce + brussels sprouts

Dinner | October 17, 2019 | By

Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber dill suace. Light, easy, healthy weeknight dinner ready in just 20 minutes. 

Repost: recipe remains the same. 

With the holiday season coming, I really try to eat a little lighter before the onset of all the goodies. Emphasis: try.

That means incorporating recipes like this Cucumber Dill Salmon. Pan seared salmon, topped with a tangy, creamy cucumber dill sauce made all in the same skillet. 

Light, easy 20 minute healthy weeknight dinner so elegant you can easily entertain with it.

A few ingredients come together to form the cucumber dill sauce ~ sour cream, heavy cream and mayonnaise are not among them. 

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Mexicali Dip

bowl of dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Appetizers & Beverages | October 15, 2019 | By

Mexicali Dip ~ super easy 4 ingredient warm spicy, creamy cheesy dip. This delicious appetizer whips up in under 5 minutes in the microwave. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!

This simple, practically addictive cheesy Mexicali Dip recipe has been in our family so long I don’t even remember who first started making it and have no idea where the recipe came from. Now that it’s on the blog there’s a good chance someone will come forward.

It whips up in under 5 minutes, contains just four simple grocery store ingredients and the use of a microwave oven. Grocery stores sell a cold dip they call Mexicali. This is not that dip. This gooey melted cheese Mexicali Dip is best warm and way, way better than the stuff in the stores.

If you’re a football fan (or just a fan of game day food) or already thinking of what you’ll bring to your family’s holiday dinner, give this recipe a try. There won’t be regrets – or dip – left. 

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Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

sliced pork roast with honey balsamic glaze

Dinner | October 11, 2019 | By

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe ~ just 20 minutes to juicy flavor-loaded sweet-tangy glazed pork made all in one pan. A delicious, easy, any-night gourmet meal.

Ever wonder what you can do in 20 minutes? I’ve wasted well more than 20 minutes surfing the internet but I’m talking doing something constructive.

How about making this Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin in just 20 minutes? Seriously. This delicious, glazed pork goes stove to table in less time than you get have a pizza delivered but with more flavor. Way more flavor.

The simple marinade doubles as the glaze: tangy balsamic vinegar, honey and berry jam with a dash of sriracha for a sweet heat glaze you can get enough of. 

20 minutes . . . one pan.

Isn’t that a recipe we can all get behind?

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Turkey and Lentil Soup

2 bowls of turkey and lentil soup

Soup | October 8, 2019 | By

Turkey and Lentil Soup made with ground turkey or Thanksgiving leftovers. Easy, delicious healthy recipe packed with protein. Cooks in 30 minutes.

Like many of you, soup is a great go-to in the winter months. There’s something comforting about it simmering on the stove while the snow is flying outside. Plus it’s the perfect way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.

Turkey and Lentil Soup whips up in about 30 minutes with rich flavor of soup that’s tastes like it simmered for hours. I consider it a triple nutritional threat: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and you can use ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when you can’t face another turkey sandwich.

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Air Fryer Salmon

black plate with teriyaki salmon, slaw and pineapple cubes.

Dinner | October 4, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Salmon – perfect flaky salmon in 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly crispy outside plus a homemade teriyaki glaze. This easy, healthy recipe is loaded with flavor and ideal any night of the week.

I don’t have many kitchen gadgets but I’ve become a huge fan of the air fryer for a few reasons.

  1. This small kitchen appliance cooks food quickly.
  2. It crisps food using almost no oil for guiltfree fried food.
  3. The air fryer is a healthy cooking option with less calories.
  4. Cleanup is easy.

But the latest and may most important reason is that it makes the most delicious salmon. Ever. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Dinner, Soup | September 29, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup ~ juicy chicken, tender pasta and flavor-packed cheesy tomato broth topped with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs.

Some of the best recipe ideas come when I’m hungry or in need of a trip to the grocery store. In this case, I was both.

A quick fridge and pantry forage revealed I still had the 3-cheese ravioli I had planned to use for Air Fryer Ravioli as well as a jar of marinara, some chicken stock and a few other ingredients. 

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. It’s delicious, comforting, easily adaptable with the ingredients already on hand and practically goof-proof. So I loaded a few items into the slow cooker and sat back while it did its magic.

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