CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

January 06, 2020
Chocolate Covered Bacon is an irresistible carnival inspired snack with sweet and salty flavors! All you would like is bacon and chocolate plus some toppings. Make this chocolate bacon for a celebration or provides it away as a gift!

CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON
CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

While it's going to sound strange, chocolate covered bacon-on-a-stick has made the rounds at State Fairs in Wisconsin and Minnesota again and again. Once you can’t await the State Fair, you’ve need to make your own!

There aren’t many rules for this chocolate covered bacon recipe. As long because the bacon is crispy and therefore the chocolate is melted, you’re good to travel. Needless to mention , it’s fabulous for parties and to offer as gifts to the bacon lovers in your life.

CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

INGREDIENTS :

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, or milk chocolate
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, optional
  • Optional Toppings
  • shredded coconut
  • 1 lb bacon, 12-16 slices
  • 8 oz white chocolate, see note
  • chopped almonds
  • pistachios
  • Oreo cookies, crumbled
  • sprinkles, rainbow, nonpareils etc.

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Cook bacon until crispy following package directions, i.e. using a skillet or in the oven or microwave.
  2. Use paper towels to dab away excess fat from the bacon after cooking. Then set aside.
  3. Place white chocolate and 1 tbsp coconut oil into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave at 50% power in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring each time.
  4. Place semisweet or milk chocolate into a separate bowl and melt the same way.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and place the bacon strips on top.
  6. Brush or spoon one type of melted chocolate onto the bacon to cover. Then decorate with optional toppings and/or drizzle some of the other chocolate on top.
  7. Place baking sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and then serve.

GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS POTATOES

January 06, 2020
These Garlic Brussels Sprouts Potatoes are entirely vegan, gluten free, then easy to form. An ideal warming dish for the vacation season, but also all-year long.

With the falling temperatures, I already started with making my Garlic Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese way often.

GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS POTATOES
GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS POTATOES

I never get bored or uninterested in that. It’s the last word food on behalf of me.

But now it’s time to extend my love making these Garlic Brussels Sprouts Potatoes.

Also it's amazing for the vacations and yuletide. This easy recipe has all the flavors you would like and like to rock your holiday table.

GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lb potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 3 tsp garlic powder, optional
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • salt, pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Boil or steam the potatoes, but don’t cook them all the way. I recommend 15-20 minutes max, depending on your type of potato. Let cool and cut into inch-sized chunks.
  2. For making the Garlic Brussels Sprouts, heat a pan with half of the oil. Add onions, Brussels sprouts, and garlic and roast all for around 10 minutes until lightly browned and golden.
  3. Add optional garlic powder and mix with the potatoes and more of the oil. Cook for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are completely done.
  4. Alternatively you can put the garlic, Brussels sprouts, and onions on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper. Roast everything for around 10 minutes at 425°F. Then add potatoes, and continue roasting for an extra 15 minutes.

CHURRO CHEESECAKE BARS

January 05, 2020
Churro Cheesecake Bars the crunchy cinnamony goodness of a churro crammed with a tangy cheese filling. The simplest of two desserts rolled into one!

Bar cookies like snickerdoodle blondies and cookie bars make a daily appearance at my house. They're great for feeding a crowd, and everybody loves them. These cheesecake churro bars are a replacement favorite.

CHURRO CHEESECAKE BARS
CHURRO CHEESECAKE BARS

Now I really like baking even quite she did! I even have several classic recipes that are favorites, but it’s always fun to experiment. These churro cheesecake bars are a fun combination of two classic desserts. My family was thrilled with the result!

Crunchy cinnamon sugar crust with a cheesecake filling. Who can resist that? These tasty bars will make your house smell like Christmas, and each bite is just scrumptious. The textures and flavors combine to form one unbeatable dessert!

CHURRO CHEESECAKE BARS

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 (8 oz) cans Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls

INSTRUCTIONS :




  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese till smooth. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla and beat till smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray, then sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Unroll the dough onto a lightly floured piece of waxed paper and press all the seams together. Carefully lift into the pan on top of the cinnamon sugar. Press to the edges of the pan. 
  5. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the dough. Unroll the second can of dough and roll it out the same way as the first one. Place it on top of the filling.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top of the dough. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until light brown.

HOMEMADE EGG FOO YOUNG RECIPE

January 05, 2020
Egg Foo Young Recipe – a bit like your favorite Chinese takeout dish but easily made at home! 

One staple you’ll always find in my refrigerator is eggs— we use them on a day to day for breakfast, lunch and even dinner (see recipe below!).

HOMEMADE EGG FOO YOUNG RECIPE
HOMEMADE EGG FOO YOUNG RECIPE

Now, I can’t claim this as an authentic Egg Foo Young recipe, but it does tastes delicious! I really like that you simply can swap in additional veggies and protein counting on what you've got in your fridge or pantry.

For this particular Egg Foo Young recipe I used shrimp, but it can even as easily be made with pork, chicken, beef, tofu or maybe all veggie!

HOMEMADE EGG FOO YOUNG RECIPE

INGREDIENTS :

  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 pound cooked shrimp chopped
  • green onion chopped (for garnish)
  • Beef gravy I used jarred
  • Vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large skillet, saute onions, mushrooms and bean sprouts in vegetable oil. Add shrimp.
  2. Stir in cornstarch and soy sauce.
  3. Add mixture to a bowl with 4 beaten eggs. Stir gently. The ratio should equal more veggies than eggs and should not be too runny. If it is, add additional sauteed vegetables or protein.
  4. In a clean skillet, add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add ¼ Egg Foo Young mixture to pan, formed into a pancake shape. Fry Egg Foo Young until the bottom is firm enough to flip.
  5. Cook the other side until egg is firm. Place on a paper towel to absorb oil until ready to serve.
  6. Top with gravy and green onions. Serve with a side of soy sauce.

CARAMELIZED SWEET POTATO AND KALE FRIED WILD RICE

January 03, 2020
Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice may be a flavor-packed gluten-free entremots that's anything but forgettable!

Fried rice meets sizzling salad meets HELLO delicious during this yummy, one-skillet stir fried entremots that’s filled with tongue-tingling flavor.

CARAMELIZED SWEET POTATO AND KALE FRIED WILD RICE
CARAMELIZED SWEET POTATO AND KALE FRIED WILD RICE

Here’s the scoop: wild rice cooked in chicken stock is stir fried with caramelized sweet potatoes and crumbled cooked kale during a zippy Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette then sprinkled with roasted salted pepitas.

 It’s wild. Your eyes see fry , but your tonSeriously though, if you’re stuck during a entremots rut, make this fried wild rice with a side of sauteed chicken or maybe tenderloin (which will undoubtedly take a back seat to the present succulent stir fry!)

CARAMELIZED SWEET POTATO AND KALE FRIED WILD RICE

INGREDIENTS :
SERVES 4 AS A SIDE DISH

  • 3/4 cups wild rice blend + chicken broth to cook it in
  • 1 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted pepitas
  • 1-1/2 cups 1/2″ cubed sweet potato (about 1 medium-sized sweet potato)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 cups packed chopped curly kale (about 1/2 bunch)

For the Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, microplaned or finely minced
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions using chicken or vegetable broth in place of water. Set aside. (Can be made ahead of time.)
  2. Add ingredients for Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette in a jar with a tight fitting lid then shake to combine and set aside.
  3. Fill a wok or large skillet with water then bring to a boil. Add a heavy dash of salt and kale then boil until tender, 4-5 minutes. Drain, then when kale is cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess water with hands, crumble, and then set aside.
  4. Turn heat down to medium-high then melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and sweet potatoes, season with salt, then saute until tender and caramelized, 8-10 minutes.
  5. Add kale, cooked rice and Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette to the wok then toss to combine. Serve topped with pepitas.

GREEK BAKED COD RECIPE WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

January 03, 2020
Best baked cod recipe out there! Prepared Greek style with a couple of spices and a mix of juice , vegetable oil and much of garlic. Baked in 15 mins!

This easy Greek-style baked cod recipe has quickly become a daily on my dinner rotation! A couple of Mediterranean spices, plus a mix of juice , olive oil, and garlic, provides it glorious flavors! make certain to observe the video below and grab my tips for what to serve along and the way to store leftovers.

GREEK BAKED COD RECIPE WITH LEMON AND GARLIC
GREEK BAKED COD RECIPE WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

Following the Mediterranean diet, fish is kinda essential for my family. It’s about the one food that shows abreast of the menu twice hebdomadally .

Sometimes, our fish dinners go far–as far as a stew from Sicily or an Egyptian-inspired fish Shakshuka cooked during a tasty spaghetti sauce . But more often than not, I choose something simple like steamed salmon or today’s baked cod recipe with lemon and garlic.

GREEK BAKED COD RECIPE WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

INGREDIENTS :

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1.5 lb Cod fillet pieces (4–6 pieces)

Lemon Juice Mixture :

  • 5 tbsp Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

For Coating :

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 3/4 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, and melted butter in a shallow bowl. Set aside
  3. In another shallow bowl, mix all-purpose flour, spices, salt and pepper. Set next to the lemon juice mixture.
  4. Pat fish fillet dry. Dip fish in the lemon juice mixture then dip in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (watch the oil to be sure it is sizzling but not smoking). Add fish and sear on each side to give it some color, but do not fully cook (about a couple minutes on each side) Remove from heat.
  6. To the remaining lemon juice mixture, add the minced garlic and mix. Drizzle all over the fish fillets.
  7. Bake in the heated oven for until it begins to flake easily with a fork (10 minutes should do it, but begin checking earlier). Remove from heat and sprinkle chopped parsley.
  8. Serving suggestions: Serve immediately with Lebanese rice and this Mediterranean chickpea salad or this traditional Greek salad.

HOMEMADE CASHEW CHICKEN RECIPE

January 03, 2020
Cashew chicken one among MA FAVES when it involves Chinese take-out. I really like the various textures from the chicken, veggies, water chestnuts, and cashews. But the simplest part, in my opinion, is when the sauce quite soaks into the cashews, softening them and loading them with delicious, saucy, flavor.

The best one EVER was this take-out place right down the road from us once we lived in Georgia. It had been called Lin China. Lin China = lyfe. That they had the simplest cashew chicken ever, and that they made me love, love, love that dish. Since then I even have been aiming to recreate it myself reception where it are often healthier and even more tasty.

HOMEMADE CASHEW CHICKEN RECIPE

You can add the other veggies into this dish that your wonderful heart desires; I kept mine simple and just used onions and broccoli, but if you would like to spice things up with another goodies from your garden .

Oh! Oh! You'll even make this a vegetarian dish, ditch the chicken all at once , and cargo abreast of dem veggies. You'll name it Cashew Vegetables but that just doesn’t sound nearly nearly as good as Cashew Chicken.

HOMEMADE CASHEW CHICKEN RECIPE

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 8 oz can of sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional!)

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup veggie broth
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (tamari if you want gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Heat a wok or large pan over medium high to high heat with some vegetable oil
  2. Season your diced chicken with salt and pepper (not too much! The soy sauce has a lot of sodium)
  3. Add your diced chicken to your hot wok/pan and cook until the chicken is JUST cooked through
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate and add your vegetables (onion and broccoli) to the wok/pan
  5. Saute for a few minutes until the onions have softened
  6. Meanwhile, make your sauce
  7. Add all the sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until thoroughly combined
  8. Add your chicken back in with your veggies, and add your water chestnuts
  9. Pour your sauce in, and simmer this for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened
  10. If your sauce isn’t thickening enough for your preference, create a “slurry” by stirring together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of water together in a small bowl. Add your slurry to the chicken and veggie mixture and simmer until the sauce has thickened further
  11. Add your cashews and stir to combine
  12. Top with green onions and sesame seeds as you serve (optional!)

GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPES

January 01, 2020
Gingerbread Waffles all the delicious molasses and spice flavor of gingerbread cookies, in yummy waffle form. Having Gingerbread Waffles for Christmas breakfast is one among our favourite family holiday traditions.

I am squarely within the 'have them with syrup , OF COURSE' camp, like within the photo above. I mean, just check out that lovely treacle spilling down over the gingerbread-y goodness. Who can resist that??

GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPES
GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPES

The other camp swears by enjoying gingerbread waffles with lemon cheese , like within the photo below. Lemon cheese is tasty, I'll admit that. And that I do love it's bright sunshiny yellow sitting beautifully atop the waffle .

But whichever way you enjoy gingerbread waffles, they're an exquisite Christmas morning treat especially when they're made by an exquisite Mom.

GINGERBREAD WAFFLES RECIPES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 c. shortening, melted

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, and sugar; set aside.
  2. Combine eggs, buttermilk, molasses, and melted shortening, stirring until well blended. Add to flour mixture. Stir until blended.
  3. Cook in a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve with pure maple syrup or lemon curd.
  4. TRACEY'S NOTES
  5. Waffles can be made ahead and frozen. Thaw and reheat in the oven at 300 degrees for just a few minutes, until they are heated through and the surface is "re-crisped."
  6. I use a deep Belgian waffle maker, but any type of waffle maker will work.
  7. Here's my recipe for homemade lemon curd if you'd like to have lemon curd on your gingerbread waffles.

THAI COCONUT CURRY SHRIMP NOODLE SOUP

January 01, 2020
Everything goes into one pot. Not even a “cook this then remove to a bowl” thing. Only one big soup pot. Weeknight savior right? ? Not only is it easy to form and pack up , it’s a bit like that delicious bowl at your favorite Thai food restaurant.

A creamy coconut base with plenty of infused curry and fresh produce flavors, plump jumbo shrimp, hard rice noodles and even a touch of spice will have you ever skipping the remove and whipping this up yourself!

THAI COCONUT CURRY SHRIMP NOODLE SOUP

Thought so ? I’ve been dying for a steaming bowl of coconut curry soup but within the interest of curtailing on eating out (funny right? You’d think as a chef and a food blogger I’d be better at cooking dinner at home!) I made a decision to form my very own . 

However, most weeknights? I’m tuckered out. After cooking all day sometimes I just can’t make it back to the kitchen. Which is why I’m happy to share that this Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Noodle Soup is super easy to form and super easy to wash up.

THAI COCONUT CURRY SHRIMP NOODLE SOUP

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • 1 (13 ounce) can full fat, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 (13 ounce) can low fat, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 lemongrass sticks
  • 4 stems cilantro
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 4 Japanese dried chili pods
  • 4–6 ounces rice noodles
  • Salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, cook for 5-7 minutes, until softened and onion becomes translucent.
  2. Turn heat to medium high. Add garlic and ginger, cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of the lime juice, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add red curry paste and chili paste, cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in the rest of the lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and chicken stock. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  5. Whisk in coconut milk until completely combined.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add cilantro stems, mint sprigs, and chili pods. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soup is somewhat thickened.
  7. Remove lemon grass, cilantro, mint and chili pods and discard. Add rice noodles and shrimp. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until noodles are tender and shrimp is cooked through. Add salt to taste.
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro, mint, sliced jalapeño and green onion.

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