Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Burrata Salad

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Roasting butternut squash and cranberries together creates a sweet, tangy relish that's the perfect pairing for creamy burrata cheese.  Topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, this salad is a wonderful first course for entertaining or a main course salad. One of my favorite salads in the summer is the popular Caprese Salad, I love mine with burrata cheese.  If you haven't had burrata, you're totally missing out.  It's like Buffalo mozzarella on the outside with creamy ricotta inside. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Butternut Noodle Soup (And a trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen)

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A low-carb option to help keep things a little healthier during the holiday season. Butternut squash noodles replace traditional noodles in this fall spiced chicken soup. Hearty and filling, a new kind of comfort food. Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALDI markets. However, all opinions and statements are my own. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you already had a little peek into what I learned on my trip to the ALDI test kitchen in Chicago. It was a whirlwind trip to … [Read more...]

Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey

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Spicing up Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of flavors....this Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey is full of sweet, spicy flavor and will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  An unexpected twist to the usual roast turkey, you may never go back to your old standby turkey again. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by OXO.  The products used in this post were provided to me by OXO to review, all opinions and statements about the products are my own. We had snow last night. … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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No canned soup here, this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is made in 10 minutes flat and is the perfect serving size for an intimate holiday dinner for 4 or less.  Huge family coming for the holiday, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled to accommodate a lot of guests or big appetites! Disclaimer: I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers with Parmesan Basil Polenta

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Super simple, ready when you are, slow cooker Sausage and Peppers.  No cooking ahead of time, just dump everything into the slow cooker and go.  The Parmesan Basil Polenta makes a great pairing and takes five minutes to make.  Yep, five.  Hungry yet? Halloween is over and Christmas is....EVERYWHERE.  Already. It's only been four days and there are commercials for Christmas specials, wreaths hanging in the shopping center parking lots, pre-Black Friday sales.  Did someone … [Read more...]

Loaded Taco Tater Tots

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Seasoned ground beef, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all piled high on a mountain of tater tots.  A great game day "snack" or busy weeknight meal the kids will love.  Ready in less than 30 minutes. My friend just had a baby, her third.  She now has three kids....4, 2 and new.  She's busy and I'm sure...tired.  I haven't visited the newbie yet because we get sick whenever we have a visit planned and nobody wants to be "that" person...you know the one who should be quarantined but … [Read more...]

No Fail Pizza Dough

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Think it takes hours to make pizza dough from scratch?  Think again.  Just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time will reward you with perfect pizza dough every single time.  Pizza night will never be the same again. Homemade pizza dough was on my culinary bucket list for years.  I tried several variations with a billion types of flour and was always left with a chewy, puffy crust.  Not a fan of puffy crust...not a fan at all.  I like a thin crisp crust, one with some … [Read more...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

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Got 5 minutes?  Get a bowl, a spoon and five simple ingredients (not including water, salt and pepper) and whip up the best pizza sauce ever.  No cooking necessary.  You will never buy commercial sauce again.  I guarantee it. I'm a pizza snob.  For some reason, the pizza places in the 'burbs have a hard time getting it right.  The crust is always too puffy...the sauce too bland.  There are only a few places that I will go to for pizza and even they don't always get it right.  When I have … [Read more...]

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world's best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food. I've been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. ;-)  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that … [Read more...]