Friday, November 17, 2017

Grilled Brie & Jam

A simple but harmonious combination of flavors with soft and smooth brie and rich jam.


Grilled Brie & Jam Sandwich

For the first 90% of my life, I don't think I ever heard of, saw, and definitely did not taste brie. The most recent 10% I hear about brie, see it all over menus, and have tasted it in several different variations which my wife and other members of my family have concocted. 

Most recently I saw my wife putting brie and jam on a sandwich and grilling it. I know I am late to the brie and jam party, but it sounded like such a weird combination to me. However, I'll try just about anything, regardless of how off-flavored it sounds to me. I tried my wife's sandwich and promptly asked how she made them and to keep them coming!
Grilled Brie & Cheese Sandwich
Such a simple combination, but sophisticated flavor and texture profile of which I can't get enough! It couldn't be more simple, same concept as a grilled cheese. Get your favorite bread, brie cheese, and your favorite jam (we like blackberry), and you're ready to go to town! Slice the brie and place it on one side, spread jam generously on other side, place together and grill over a medium-heated and buttered pan for a few minutes and voila!

This has become an instant staple as a quick and easy meal for our family. I know I'm late to the brie and jam party, and if you are in the same boat, wait no longer!

Keaton

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe

This Olive Garden favorite brought to your own kitchen table for friends and family to enjoy!

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe

Whenever I meet someone that doesn't like Olive Garden, my first thought is, "are you crazy?", and my second thought is, "have you ever even ate there?". I say this because Olive Garden is simply delicious. I could eat their soup, salad, and breadsticks every day with no problem.

One of my wife and I's absolute favorites from Olive Garden is there Zuppa Toscana soup. My wife is half Italian and her Mother is full Italian. Needless to say my wife has had some great Italian food in her life and if she loves this soup, then you know it is some dang good food.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe

My wife was really craving Zuppa Toscana for a while and we were no where near an Olive Garden in the small, mountain town in Virginia in which we were living. So, my wife looked up the recipe and we found it to be rather easy, she made it, and it tastes just like our favorite Olive Garden soup!

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe

All it takes is some sausage and bacon browning, caramelizing onion, adding broth and water, then allowing to simmer, add a few more ingredients and heavy whipping cream and let simmer again and voila, there you have it. A hearty and delicious, Olive Garden favorite! Enoy!

Keaton

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings

A quick and easy weeknight dinner of chicken and dumplings that the whole family will love.

A quick and easy weeknight dinner of chicken and dumplings that the whole family will love.

My grandma makes the yummiest chicken pastry (aka, chicken and dumplings). It's one of my favorite comfort foods and always takes me back to sitting in her kitchen as a kid slurping down the savory pieces of pastry.

One day I'll share that recipe with you. But today is not that day. Because this is not your grandma's chicken and dumplings.

This is an oh-crap-soccer-practice-is-in-less-than-an-hour-and-I-haven't-started-dinner recipe for chicken and dumplings. This is a dangit-I-forgot-to-thaw-out-the-chicken-again kind of recipe. It's even an I-could-really-use-some-comfort-food-right-now kind of recipe

Basically, whatever you've got going on today, you can still have time to make this dinner. I promise.

A quick and easy weeknight dinner of chicken and dumplings that the whole family will love.

This was originally a slow-cooker recipe that I adapted to the instant pot (because I forgot to start it 4 hours before dinner). So you could technically make this in your slow cooker too!

But if you're a procrastinator like me, this recipe will be perfect for you.

It's the kind of filling that sticks to your ribs and keeps your warm for the rest of the night. I love how hearty even just a small serving is. It makes this recipe stretch a long way-- we were eating the leftovers for a week, and it was awesome!

A quick and easy weeknight dinner of chicken and dumplings that the whole family will love.


Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Easy Orange Beef

Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!


Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!

I'm obsessed with homemade Chinese food.  Because, 1) it's so much easier than I ever would have guessed to make my favorite take-out taste just as good at home, 2) it really actually does taste just like it does in the restaurant, and 3) you can generally make it a lot healthier in your own kitchen without sacrificing the flavor. Winning all around!

All that being said, Orange Beef is not actually an entree I've ever ordered in a restaraunt. Orange chicken, yes. But something about ordering beef from Chinese take out has always grossed me out.

But when I was cruising Pinterest last week working on my weekly meal plan, this recipe caught my eye.

Homemade Orange Beef is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!

I love the tangy orange and ginger flavors mingled with the savory garlic and onions. I was hooked after just one bite! 

Learn from my mistakes: make a double batch, because you'll be sad if there are no leftovers the next day!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

13 Favorite Must-Make Fall Soups

Fall brings chilly weather and cozy nights spent curled up with a bowl of warm soup! Try one of these THIRTEEN amazing recipes.


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