Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and dinner! Crunchy, creamy, and just a little bit spicy BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad.

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and dinner! Crunchy, creamy, and just a little bit spicy BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad.

I know it's time for ice cream, and I promise I've got some of those recipes coming your way soon! But as of late, I've just been in the mood for salad.

Probably because I'm coming off a vacation week. And when my family vacations, we like to play hard and EAT hard. Seafood and ice cream and chocolate chip cookies and donuts and more donuts and more ice cream and pizza and burgers and did I mention more ice cream and donuts?? So yeah. My body is asking for salad today.


Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and dinner! Crunchy, creamy, and just a little bit spicy BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad.

And there is SO MUCH I love about this salad!

Primarily because there's more stuff than lettuce, know what I mean? Here's the breakdown:

Hard Boiled Eggs
Chicken
Bacon
Cherry Tomatoes
Avocado
Cheese
Crispy Onion Strings
Crispy Tortilla Strips

So much stuff!!! And I actually meant to add chopped red onions, but I was so hungry it just slipped my mind. It's a feat that I was able to get this photographed at all before I dove in headfirst! 


And I haven't even told you about the best part yet-- the dressing!

We're making a quick and easy BBQ Ranch dressing that is absolutely sublime on top of this salad. I used yogurt ranch and sugar free BBQ sauce to make it a little lighter, and it still tasted amazing. But feel free to change that up if you want to.


That dressing may not be a very appeasing color, but I swear it's delicious. You'll be craving this salad all summer after just one bite, I promise you that!

Enjoy :)

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

Easy and flavorful homemade, elote in just a few minutes!


Easy and flavorful homemade, Mexican street corn in just a few minutes!

I know I talk about my LDS mission a lot in my posts, but it is for good reason. I was a Spanish-speaking missionary in California and most nights we ate dinner with Latin american families. The little Latin cuisine I had experienced was very Americanized. After going to a training center (MTC) to prepare to serve my LDS mission and speak the Spanish language, I was sent to Santa Rosa, CA. The guy who would be my first companion (trainer) for the next 3 months was a seasoned veteran as far as missionaries go, and knew a lot about the Latin cuisine delicacies.

He, like me, loved experiencing food. One of the very first Latin foods he had me try was authentic elote (street corn) from a street vendor. I had honestly never seen nor thought of anything other than butter on corn. I was then introduced to this strange looking concoction of corn, some mayonnaisey, creamy mixture, some dark red spice, and cheese.

Easy and flavorful homemade, Mexican street corn in just a few minutes!

I took a bite of the mystery food and was instantly hooked. I soon learned this to be elote, and it made me wonder why I had eaten corn any other way before. What a weird yet amazing combination. I found out what it all entailed and started making it on my own because I couldn't get enough of it. A few minutes of grilling the corn, mixing the cream mixture, and sprinkling on extras, will get you this amazing combination right from your own home! Hope you enjoy!

Keaton

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Friday, June 16, 2017

75+ Amazing Layer Cakes

75+ Amazing Layer Cakes including Cherry Almond Cake, Mocha Chocolate Cake, Mudslide Cake, Peanut Butter Cup Layer Cake, and Banana Pudding Cake!

75+ Amazing Layer Cakes including Cherry Almond Cake, Mocha Chocolate Cake, Mudslide Cake, Peanut Butter Cup Layer Cake, and Banana Pudding Cake!



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Crust Pizza


This was hands down my favorite homemade pizza to date. And we make a LOT of homemade pizza in our house, so that's saying something!


 This was hands down my favorite homemade pizza to date. And we make a LOT of homemade pizza in our house, so that's saying something!

Stuffed crust pizza, you guys. This is the REAL DEAL. The stuff pizza dreams are made of. Cheese on the outside AND the inside!!!

Back when stuffed crust first made an appearance on the pizza scene, did anyone else feel like *MIND BLOWN* ?? 

Because who would have thought pizza could get any better? You eat it and think there is absolutely no way it can be improved upon. And then you reach the crust, which is where I typically feel a little "meh" about my pizza. I like crust. I'll eat it. But if I'm on my third slice (no judging, this is a safe space), then let's get real-- Imma toss the crust back on my plate. UNLESS--

Unless I discover more cheese inside the crust! Because that's a game changer.


Look at alllllllll that cheese! Pizza heaven.

I used my trusty rusty quick dough for the crust. It's a perfect pizza base! Stuffing the crust is as simple as this:

I rolled the dough about 2 inches beyond the size of my pizza pan. Once I had transferred the dough onto the pan, I placed 8 sticks of string cheese around the circumference. Roll the hangover dough around the cheese sticks, and VOILA! Stuffed crust pizza.  


Enjoy!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Joanna Gaines' Chicken Brie & Peach Flatbreads

Chicken, brie, and peach meddle together to create a fresh and unique flatbread.

Chicken, brie, and peach meddle together to create a fresh and unique flatbread.

This post goes out to our Mom and sister, Addy. They knew I was running on a tight schedule with several deadlines upon me and they graciously called and said they had a recipe for me that they loved and that they had even photographed! This recipe comes from Joanna Gaines most recent Magnolia magazine.

I had my doubts after hearing the combination, but after trying it was surprised. There are several strong flavors, that naturally compliment one another. Each ingredient brings something a little different to the table. Chicken brings the savory, brie brings rich creaminess, and peach brings a crispy sweetness.

Chicken, brie, and peach meddle together to create a fresh and unique flatbread.

Together they are delicious and results in one of those meals that just feels fresh. My Mom tells me she knows everything, and that usually is shortly followed by rolling of the eyes, but her and Addy were definitely right with this one! Add whatever other ingredients you might think compliment these flatbreads and take some creative liberty. Your pallet will not be disappointed with this main trio of ingredients! Thanks Mom and Addy!

Keaton

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Butter Dip Biscuits

You're only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes away from easy, buttery, delicious homemade biscuits.



You're only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes away from easy, buttery, delicious homemade biscuits.

I already have TWO biscuit recipes on Something Swanky that I l-o-v-e.

So why am I posting yet another recipe for biscuits?

Because I need a lazy version of all my favorite foods. And this is the lazy homemade biscuit. There is no rolling or butter cutting like you'll find in my Mile High Biscuits. And you don't need a food processor or heavy whipping cream, like you do in my Best Ever Biscuits.

Nope, this recipe is about as easy as biscuits come. It's what I pull out on those nights that I just don't feel like cooking, but everyone expects dinner anyway. You know the ones.

Step one: Melt butter.

Step two: Mix the batter (so, so easy).

Step three: Press the batter into the melted butter. Looks like this:


Step four: Bake until golden brown. About 20 minutes.


Step five: ENJOY!

We ate ours for dinner with leftover chicken gravy. But after the kids had gone to bed, I snuck a couple more with with my mom's strawberry peach jam...


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