Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Dipped in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, these Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders have half the calories of the fried version.  Serve them with this light Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce for the tastiest, guilt-free game day snack ever. Bacon gets a bad rap.  It's true.  Sure, some versions are loaded with sodium....and fat....but if you use it in moderation and in a way where you render off most of that fat it can be your friend.  It can make something you don't really love much taste … [Read more...]

Champagne and Garlic Braised Chicken Thighs

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Inexpensive chicken thighs are given the royal treatment in this recipe.  Champagne and a ton of garlic are used to braise crispy-skinned thighs until they're tender, juicy and fit for a king.     It's snowing.  Which is cool but I'm wondering if the forecasters called this one correctly.  It was supposed to snow overnight and then start again around noon.  At least that's the last I heard and that was last night around 11:00.  Now I'm watching Peter Rabbit and forced to check the … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Chorizo Skillet Paella with Quinoa

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Slightly spicy with a hint of smoke, this one-pot meal is deliciously simple and is packed full of healthy, whole ingredients.  Quinoa replaces the traditional rice in this recipe to boost protein and fiber. I've been making a version of this recipe for years.  When I was teaching myself to cook and got a little adventurous I whipped up a recipe I found in Cooking Light.  It was easy and quick and a definite home run with my family.  I would make it ahead of time and it was always better … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos with Celery Root and Apple Slaw

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These super easy Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos are made in the slow cooker and topped with a simple, make-ahead slaw that's crisp and bright.  A great dinner for a busy weeknight. You know by now that I'm a huge fan of my slow cooker.  I love that I can have a real dinner on those days when I'm a baking fiend.  And as much as I tell everyone "Cake is perfectly acceptable for dinner"....it's really not.  And after a day full of tasting batter and eating frosting, I look forward to something … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut, Fennel and Apples

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Inexpensive pork shoulder is roasted slowly with fragrant fennel, apples and sauerkraut until fall-apart tender.  A great way to start the new year and an amazing Sunday dinner option.  This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker for quick weeknight meals. Happy New Year to you!  I hope your holidays were festive and sparkling...whether that be from glitter or champagne.  Who stayed up to see the ball drop?  Or did you do something else to ring in the New Year?  I will confess....I … [Read more...]

Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

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A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]

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...]