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Turkey Burgers with a (huge) Splash of Teriyaki

My search to spice up everyday meals have two requirements….they have to be super quick and super flavorful. This great recipe for a juicy and delicious turkey burger tickled my fancy.

I loved the combo with the pineapple, but it turned the bun into huge mess. My Steve wasn‚Äôt a huge fan of the pineapple, so he ate it on the side wrapped in a lettuce bun. I also went a little crazy with the Soy Vey Very Teriyaki, actually a lot crazy….the whole bottle at the end. LOVED IT!

TERIYAKI TURKEY BURGERS with GRILLED PINEAPPLE

Makes 4 burgers


COMBINE: 

  • 1 egg¬†
  • 1/2 ¬†cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 ¬†cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic¬†
  • 4 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce, divided¬†
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder¬†
  • 1 lb. ground turkey¬†

GRILL: 

  • 8 oz. sliced fresh pineapple or 1 can (8 oz.), drained¬†
  • 4 hamburger buns, split, buttered, and toasted¬†(I recommend wrapping in lettuce)
  • Green leaf lettuce¬†
  • Teriyaki sauce, (Soy Vey Very Teriyaki)¬†
  • Preheat grill to medium.
  • Combine egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, 2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce, and onion powder in a bowl. Add turkey and mix until combined; shape¬†
  • Baste patties with remaining 2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce (or the rest of the bottle) during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Grill pineapple slices until grill marks appear, 3‚Äď4 minutes per side. Assemble burgers on buns with lettuce, or wrap in lettuce, pineapple, and additional teriyaki sauce.¬†

Dear Friends,

As summer draws toooo quickly to a close, I hope to keep my grill running as long as I can, filling my days with family, friends and yummy cocktails!

I saw a cute saying for this time of year….”Keep your pumpkin spice away from my margarita!” I like it and am happy to wait for cool fall nights….so until then….

ūüćĻCheers! Laura

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Heirloom or Clutter…+ A New Twist on an Old Favorite…Chicken Parmesan as a muffin!

Happy New Year, everyone!! I have a new dilemma to share!

I know it’s really great that there are things so special to you that you want to pass them along to your children and grandchildren‚Ķ.but seriously‚Ķ..you have to think, ‚ÄúWill they want this shit?‚ÄĚ

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Take, for example, the Lenox bird collection, that I know was an expensive bite out of the budget that my husband provided for his mom….I just spent an entire afternoon, matching each bird to the corresponding certificate of authenticity, photographing, and listing them on Ebay. I sold one, but by the time I packed it and shipped it, I lost money.

Kathy, a very close friend of mine offered me $25.00 for all of them so that her husband can use them as target practice for a gun he purchased recently. Tempting. I can’t help but thinking that someone out there appreciates these dust collecting birdies.

Moving Steve‚Äôs mom into an assisted living facility was quite the undertaking, especially as her daughter-in-law….I was given the dubious job of sorting through countless pairs of stockings, some still in the original package, hair ties and bows, denture boxes, and an assortment of long forgotten treasures packed away for safe keeping. Year after year, I would go to the dollar store for holiday bags and have Salina pack up these treasures as gifts, but she didn’t want to part with anything. You really have no idea‚Ķ.So for now, I’m stuck with these birds…lots of them.

My parents, at 89 and 91, have kept those special to them in a super organized way. When I visit, I love how my mom is always trying to give me her things. Although they take great pleasure in sharing, I want my mom and dad to keep and enjoy the memories they bring, rather than taking them away. I also know that the beautiful and valuable belongings of my parents are far from junk and someday will value and cherish the sentiment and memories.

On a return flight from Cancun,¬†I vividly recall the pilot saying, “I hope you enjoyed your vacation and have carefully packed all of your souvenirs that will be at your garage sale someday.” So….note to self….Only buy and keep what gives you pleasure and let it go when it no longer has meaning.

Speaking of giving pleasure, I found this twist on an old favorite. Get ready for this delicious and EASY twist on your favorite Chicken Parmesan recipe!

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

Makes 12 Muffins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ¬Ĺ lbs raw ground chicken breast or turkey.processor and run until ground)
  • 2 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons¬†panko or breadcrumbs
  • ¬ĺ teaspoon¬†dried basil
  • ¬ĺ teaspoon¬†dried thyme
  • ¬ĺ teaspoon¬†oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¬Ĺ a small finely chopped onion
  • ¬ĺ teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon¬†black pepper
  • ¬ĺ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¬ĺ cup pasta sauce
  • ¬ĺ cup reduced fat shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: dried parsley, oregano or basil for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, egg whites, breadcrumbs, basil, thyme, oregano, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and lightly mix together. Do not over handle.
  3. Form the meat mixture evenly into the 12 cups of your prepared muffin tin. Spread the pasta sauce evenly over the tops of each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven. Top each muffin with about a tablespoon of shredded cheese and then return to the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish if desired.

Dear Friends,

Thanks for swinging by! Whether you are stuck indoors watching the snow, or reading this poolside, I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe and these great finds!

Until next time…

Cheers to cherished memories, both old and new!

ūü•āLaura

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FLY EAGLES FLY! And a few great Cooking For a Crowd Recipes!

WOW!! What a game!! The game, the halftime show, the commercials….all so great! I think my favorite part was Justin Timberlake’s tribute to Prince and HARMONIZED!!!!

We did end up with some last-minute company (family) and fortunately, they aren’t staying for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday ūüė≥? Chile is always a great crowd go to for me, but if chile doesn’t seem to rock your taste buds, and you are serving a crowd, check out this 8 layer lasagna! The Secret is the Borsin Cheese in the bechamel sauce! Holy cheese balls, Batman! Put this recipe in your lineup for a winning event!

8-LAYER LASAGNA

TURKEY LASAGNA

Both the meat and beŐĀchamel sauces can be made the day before assembly and chilled. The assembled lasagna may also be frozen‚ÄĒthaw before baking.

MAKES ONE 9X13X3″¬†

FOR THE MEAT SAUCE:

  • 11/2 lb. ground chuck
  • 11/2 lb. ground mild Italian sausage ADD:
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 2 T. garlic, minced
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 t. each dried basil, thyme, and¬†oregano
  • 1/2 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf

CALORIE CUTTER….Use ground chicken or turkey and chicken or turkey sausage!

STIR IN; SIMMER:

  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes¬†in puree
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes,¬†drained
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or water¬† +¬†2 T. balsamic vinegar

SHORTCUT……..Skip the tomatoes & broth….Add a jar of your favorite ready-made pasta sauce…AHHHHH!!

FOR THE BEŐĀCHAMEL‚ÄĒ

  • ¬†1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 10 oz. Boursin cheese,
  • 8 oz. frozen chopped spinach 1 egg, beaten

1 lb. oven-ready lasagna sheets, parboiled. *Careful….these guys stick together, so keep them separated.

1 lb. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced 6 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated

 

Preheat oven to 400¬į with rack in the center.
Brown the meats in a large saute pan over medium-high heat; spoon off as much of the fat as possible. Add onions, garlic, tomato paste, and seasonings. Saute until onion softens, about 8 minutes.

Stir in both types of tomatoes, broth, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Simmer over medium heat until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes; set aside.
Saute onion for the beŐĀchamel in melted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cayenne, and nutmeg; cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent scorching.

Stir in flour to coat; cook 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add Boursin in small pieces and whisk until smooth; season with salt. Set aside 1 cup beŐĀchamel for the top of the lasagna. Cool remaining sauce for 10 minutes. Whisk in frozen spinach and egg. Prepare lasagna sheets +¬†¬†have both cheeses ready. Assemble lasagna alternating layers ending with bechamel and parmesan cheeses.

Bake uncovered for 40‚Äď45 minutes,¬†or until bubbly and top is golden. Allow lasagna to rest 20‚Äď30 minutes before cutting and serving.¬†

The best part of all of this??? I made AND served the ENTIRE lasagna in my new Ninja Cooking System $149.99 + FREE PRIME SHIPPING!

NINJA BLACK WITH FOOD

LEFTOVERS? Easy….make Lasagna Soup. My Steve used to make ‘Refridgerator Management Soup on Sundays. We were never sure what was in it and I have to admit…a little scary sometimes. Well…..the snowstorm came and you have a TON of leftover lasagna……OH….. So, when life gives you too much lasagna…make lasagna soup!

Here is a delicious recipe for lasagna soup, and if you do have leftover lasagna….Check out the verson of “Leftover Lasagna Soup!”

LASAGNA SOUP

(Leftover lasagna soup to follow!

Makes 6 servings (8 cups) Total time: 45 minutes

BROWN:

  • 1 ¬†lb. bulk Italian sausage

  • 2 ¬†cups chopped onions

  • 1 ¬†cup diced carrots

  • 2 ¬†cups sliced button mushrooms

  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic

ADD:

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can chopped Italian-style stewed tomatoes in juice (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 ¬†cup dry mafalda pasta
  • 2 ¬†cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup diced provolone or part-skim mozzarella
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil

Brown sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots; sauteŐĀ 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic and sauteŐĀ 3 minutes more.

Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in pasta and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes. Add spinach and cook until it wilts, about 1 minute.
To serve, place diced cheese
in each serving bowl, then ladle soup over to melt. Garnish servings with Parmesan and basil.

LEFTOVER LASAGNA SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 C. Low sodium chicken brother
  • 1 can chopped Italian style stewed tomatoes in juice
  • Leftover lasagna (refrigerated or at room temperature)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place broth in a pot. I prefer to use ready made chicken stock which is more flavorful than broth.
  2. Separate the layers of the lasagna keeping the cheese in a separate pile.
  3. Cut the noodle layers  into bite size pieces and add everything to the broth except the cheese.
  4. Cut the cheese up into bite size pieces and place in individual serving bowls.
  5. Ladle warm soup over the cheese & serve!

Love your crock pot or your new NINJA COOKING SYSTEM ? 

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BBQ PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES (slow cooker style!! yea!)

PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICH

MAKE THE SAUCE:
  • 1 C. Ketchup
  • 1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 C. cider vinegar
  • 3 T. mustard
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • salt + pepper to taste
Make the Rub:
  • 1 T. each brown sugar + chile powder
  • 1 t. each kosher salt, black pepper + garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  1. Trim 3 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, coat with rub and place in a 4-6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Add 1/2 C. minced onion and sauce to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours until chicken is fork tender.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred.
  5. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, toss with sauce & serve on kaiser rolls with slaw.

JalapenŐÉo Slaw

Two great versions of this delicious twist on coleslaw from my favorite Cuisine Magazine…..No need to purchase slaw dressing! One, made with yogurt, super creamy and the other made with a spicy and refreshing vinaigrette. Try them both!

Each recipe serves 4

VERSION 1: Creamy¬†JalapenŐÉo Slaw

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Creamy Jalapeno Slaw

COMBINE:

  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 C. chipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 C. shredded carrot
  • 1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 C. finely chopped and seeded jalapeno*¬†

*Add the seeds for a spicier slaw

WHISK + toss with coleslaw mix , cover & chill 1 hr.

  • 3/4 C. plain yogurt
  • 1 T. white vinegar
  • 1 T. minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

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VERSION 2: JalapenŐÉo Slaw with Citrus Vinaigrette

WHISK together + Add to Slaw Mix

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp.sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. each kosher salt and black pepper

TOSS:

  • 1 pkg. coleslaw mix (14 oz.)
  • 1 cup sliced mini sweet peppers
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapenŐÉo, sliced

Dear Friends,

Wow!! What a game and I have to admit….I’m usually pretty big on the underdogs! (Maybe because I’m a dog lover!). My Steve is an avid football follower and is glued to any game…Me? I’m all about the food and fun. One of the most wonderful things about these huge events is the cities that are featured. Visiting Philadelphia has to be a highlight of last summer. I’m a tourist all the way! Check out this game memorabilia….PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SOUVENIR

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I hope you enjoy these recipes. Food is such an enjoyable part of our lives, whether we are dining out or dining in! These are tried and true recipes for a no fool meal!

Until next time,

ūüć∑Cheers! Laura

 

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3 ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

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So, what exactly is comfort food? Is it fattening delicious food that sticks to your ribs (and everywhere else) leaving you sitting on the sofa in a wonderful food coma? Is it food that conjures up warm childhood memories of Sunday night dinners in Mom’s kitchen while the snowflakes fall to the ground? Quite possibly both.

I kiddingly crown my husband, Steve, the Comfort Food King. Meatloaf, fried bologna sandwiches, anything covered with melted Velveeta cheese, fried chicken with mashed potatoes, and beef jerky are among his faves. Oh…and pies, and cookies, and don’t forget the layered jello mold! He does, however, ¬†eat pretty healthy for the most part.

It is interesting to hear other’s definition of comfort food. The topic of conversation during various parts of my step class typically ranges from food to shopping. During our cool down the other day, comfort food was the topic. ¬†Lisa, who recently moved here from England, had never heard of meatloaf or fried bologna sandwiches, but she was quick to recommend macaroni and cheese which we all hummed with approval. Gina and Barb showed deference to the bologna sandwiches, and Gina chimed in with her Italian ancestry voted for pasta. Barb offered a grilled muenster cheese sandwich with tomato soup. All the ladies agreed that comfort food is actually ¬†just that; ‘feel good food.’

Recently, Steve and I attended a friend’s comfort food dinner party. Each guest was asked to bring a comfort food dish. ¬†The variety was an interesting range of everything from beef short ribs with polenta to chicken noodle soup. I came to the conclusion, after my quite unscientific study of comfort food, that it is personal.

Today, I have a distinct inner conflict about dinner as I watch the snowflakes fall at the very beginning of spring. Do I look forward to the coming of summer and my commitment to try to fit into last summer’s clothes by exploring dinner salad recipes or say screw it and make a delicious cheese stuffed meatloaf with mashed potatoes worry about the clothes later..? The meatloaf wins as well as some other comfort food faves to add to the list as well as two wonderful pot pies; seafood & chicken. Check these out….

 

MOZZARELLA STUFFED MEATLOAF

Flavorful ground beef stuffed with ooey gooey mozzarella cheese.
Serves 4 to 6

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Ingredients
1 pound ground beef (85%)
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
¬Ĺ tsp black pepper
¬Ĺ cup milk
2 TB worcestershire sauce
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup ketchup
¬ľ cup brown sugar, tightly packed
1 TB worcestershire sauce
1 TB red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
‚Öõ tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper

LET’S MAKE ITI

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a glass baking pan (9×13) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, milk, and worcestershire sauce.
  • Divide meat in half. Shape one half of the meat into the bottom half of the loaf and place in prepared pan.
  • Place mozzarella slices down the center, leaving ¬Ĺ inch around the ends and sides.
  • Shape remaining half of meat as the top half of the loaf, sealing the edges. This is a free-form loaf so it doesn’t need to be perfect.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. Pour half of this mixture over the meatloaf, reserving the remaining half for later.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove from oven and pour the remaining sauce over the loaf.Increase temperature to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

SEAFOOD POT PIE with PUFF PASTY

FOR THE BROTH

COMBINE:

  • 2 ¬†lobster tails (5‚Äď6 oz. each)
  • 3 ¬†oz. large shrimp
  • 1/2 cup russet potato, peeled, diced 1/4 cup carrot, diced

FOR THE FILLING

SWEAT IN 2 T. UNSALTED BUTTER

  • 1/4 cup leeks, diced
  • 1 t. garlic, minced

WHISK IN:

  • T. all-purpose flour

DEGLAZE WITH; ADD:

  • 2 T. dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup reserved seafood broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas

 

REMOVE FROM HEAT AND STIR IN:

  • Reserved seafood and¬†vegetables
  • 2 oz. lump crab meat
  • 1 t. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 t. chopped fresh tarragon
  • Salt, white pepper, and cayenne to taste

FOR THE PASTRY TOP

BRUSH WITH:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 egg, lightly beaten with
  • 1 T. water

 

  • Preheat oven to 425¬į; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare lobster tails, cutting both sides of the shell (not the meat) down to the fan. Remove meat, reserving shells for broth. Peel and devein shrimp, then halve lengthwise; reserve meat and shells.
  • Combine seafood shells, potato, and carrot in a saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer until vegetables are fork tender, 10‚Äď15 minutes. Drain, reserving vegetables and 1/2 cup broth; discard shells and remaining broth.
  • Sweat leeks and garlic in butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until leeks are translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Deglaze with sherry. Add reserved broth, whisking until smooth¬†and thickened;¬†stir in cream and peas.
  • Off heat, stir in reserved seafood and vegetables, crab, lemon juice, herbs, and seasonings. Mixture will be very thick.
  • Prepare puff pastry, rolling out on a floured surface to 1/8″ thick. Trim around a 21/2-cup ovenproof dish so the pastry is 3/4″ larger than the diameter of the dish.
  • Cut vents in the pastry with a knife so steam can escape. Transfer filling to the dish and top with the pastry piece. Trim excess pastry, crimp edges, then brush dough with egg wash.
  • Bake pot pie on the prepared baking sheet until top is golden and filling is bubbly, 20‚Äď25 minutes.

TURKEY POT PIE with PHYLLO CRUST

Makes 4 servings

CHICKEN POT PIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz.cremini or button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flouR
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¬†cup whole milk
  • 2 ¬†tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, black pepper, and dry
  • sherry to taste
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables,¬†thawed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed and patted dry
  • 4 Tbsp. each unsalted butter and olive oil
  • 16 sheets phyllo dough, thawed to room temperatureMAKE IT!
  • Preheat oven to 400¬į. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Cook mushrooms and thyme in 6 Tbsp. butter in a sauteŐĀ pan over medium heat until browned and liquid nearly evaporates, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.
  • Deglaze pan with 1/2 cup sherry; cook until nearly evaporated. Whisk in broth and milk; cook until thickened to desired consistency, 10‚Äď12 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice; season with salt, pepper, and sherry.
  • Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Stir in turkey, mixed vegetables, and onions.
  • Divide mixture among four¬†¬†baking dishes arranged on prepared baking sheet.
  • Heat 4 Tbsp. butter with oil in microwave until butter melts. Place a phyllo sheet on a flat surface; cover remaining sheets with a damp towel to keep them from drying out.
  • Lightly brush phyllo sheet with butter-oil mixture; roll into a loose tube. Repeat brushing and rolling with 3 more phyllo sheets, then starting at outer edge, place¬†4 phyllo tubes end to end in¬†a spiral pattern on top of filling. Repeat phyllo steps for each pot pie. Drizzle any remaining butter- oil mixture over phyllo or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Bake pies until crust is golden and filling is bubbly, about
    20 minutes. Let pies cool¬†5‚Äď10 minutes before serving.

Depending upon the width of your dishes, the number of phyllo sheets needed may vary by one or two.

Dear Friends,

Thanks for swing by today. I hope you give these recipes a try. As always, I encourage you to take advantage of all the shortcuts; frozen veggies, rotisserie chicken, but never substitute butter. The substitutes are packed with artificial ingredients, have the similar fat content and zero flavor.

On another note, I have finally launched my ladies’ boutique….FOLIO TRENDS!¬†¬†Great shopping, great finds, free shipping + incredible prices! Until next time….fullsizeoutput_1ddd

ūüć∑Cheers! Laura

 
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3 BOWLS to put the SUPER in your SUPER BOWL PARTY!

So, you’re not a big football fan. I get it! I live in Cleveland. But you know that SUPER BOWL SUNDAY seems to be an American holiday handed down to us. ¬†The day the world seems to stop and either focuses on a football game, or commercials….that would be me. ¬†Football in Cleveland isn’t exactly a nail biting experience, so the thought of cheering on a team, ANY TEAM, sounds inviting. Well, if you can’t beat em, join em and plan the perfect Super Bowl party! Set it up, Self Serve, Easy Clean up! Do it! And NEVER miss another Super Bowl game, or commercial!

It’s SUPER BOWL 51, and you can find the foods from each team to serve.
For the New England Patriots you might try your hand at New England Lobster Rolls.grid-cell-20146-1385426272-16

And for the Atlanta Falcons the perfect desert would be Georgia Peach Cobbler. 

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Friends LOVE to bring something, so why not have a Chili cook off and have everyone bring a crockpot of their favorite chili OR set up a great chili bar of your own, add a plate of cookies and a self serve bar. It’s a party!

One of my favorite chili recipes comes from a local Ohio chain of restaurants called “Skyline Chili.” The recipe is a copy but pretty damn close and pretty damn delicious. This is how you order it up or as they call it “ways.”

Ways…….
Their signature dish
3-Way
Steaming spaghetti covered with their secret recipe chili, topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese.

4-Way
A 3-Way with onions or beans.

5-Way
A 3-Way with onions and beans.

Chili Spaghetti
Steaming spaghetti covered with our secret recipe chili.

CINCINNATI CHILI……THE RECIPE!

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Serves 4

CHOP TOGETHER:

2 small yellow onions, chopped 5 cloves garlic
2 lb. ground round (or l lb. ground round & 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey)

ADD:

2 Tbsp.each unsweetened cocoa powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. each chili powder, tomato paste, and sugar

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. each ground cinnamon and celery salt

1/2 tsp. each ground allspice and cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 cups water
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz.)

SERVE IT UP

Cooked spaghetti Shredded Cheddar Chopped red onions

Pulse yellow onions and garlic in a food processor until minced. Add ground round and process until paste-like; transfer to a large sauteŐĀ pan over medium-low heat. Cook mixture until meat is no longer pink; drain and return to pan.

Add cocoa, Worcestershire, vinegar, chili powder, tomato paste, sugar, cumin, cinnamon, celery salt, allspice, cayenne, and cloves; cook 5 minutes. Stir in water and tomato sauce; bring mixture to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 25 minutes.

Serve chili on spaghetti topped with Cheddar and red onions. (Optional red kidney beans drained and warmed)

How about a……

 Bowl of Tequila Chili
Slow-cooked with beef, poblanos, jalape√Īos & onions. Topped with 3-cheese blend.

Try this delicious copycat recipe from Chili’s Restaurant. Make it a super easy clean up and serve it in an edible bread bowl!¬†bread-bowl

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces tequila
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon while it cooks; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, tequila, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper; simmer 20 minutes.

Last but not least…..Try this creamy flavorful twist on the usual bowl of chili!

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

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Serves 4

 

MELT:

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2 cups diced white onions

1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

STIR IN:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups half-and-half

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 can navy beans (15 oz.), drained and rinsed

1 can diced jalapenŐÉos (4 oz.)

Juice of 1/2 a lime Salt to taste

Diced fresh tomatoes and fresh cilantro leaves

Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and cumin; sweat, partially covered, until onions soften, 10 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes. Stir in broth, scraping up any brown bits, then bring to a simmer. Add half-and-half and chicken; simmer chili until thick, 5 minutes. Stir in beans, jalapenŐÉos, and lime juice; season with salt. Garnish chili with tomatoes and cilantro.

 

THEN THERE’S THE BAR……Set it and forget it!

BLOODY MARY & MIMOSA BAR

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OH Yeah!! That yummy GEORGIA PEACH COBBLER…..

Ingredients

1cup Original Bisquick‚ĄĘ mix
1cup milk
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2cup butter or margarine, melted
1cup sugar
1can (29 ounces) sliced peach, drained or 3 ripe fresh peaches sliced.
Directions

1 Heat oven to 375¬ļF.
2 Stir together Bisquick mix, milk and nutmeg in ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches. Stir in butter until blended. Stir together sugar and peaches; spoon over batter.
3 Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until golden.

Dear Friends,

Whether you’re a Patriots fan, a Falcon’s fan, love Super Bowl commercials, want to see Lady Gaga at half time, ¬†or just love food, I hope you enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!¬†

Cheers!

Laura

WALKING TACOS

You know, I have never heard of a walking taco until I was on a recent visit to Lubbock, Texas. The airport was an experience in itself. 

I had heard that everything in Texas is big, but I just didn’t have a clue exactly what that meant. Surrounded by belt buckles, leather accessories,  Jumbo Texas Fly Swatters, 61qYNzwytXL._SL1200_and cowboy hats of every shape, size & color, I encountered a FRITO PIE STAND!  wild-game-chili-pie

The guy at the stand looked up at me, smiled a crooked smile and announced in his very southern, southern, drawl, “Get your tastebuds ready to buckle up, Little Lady!  What can I get ya?”

Eyeing the spicy chili, jalape√Īos, and coleslaw, and knowing I was about to board a small plane, I began to rethink my lunch choice. I imagined those poor people around me as my stomach began to rumble and thought better of it.

 “Wellllll,” I politely answered, “I have a flight, so I’m not sure I have the time to eat.”

“I’m happy to fix that!” he pressed on. He proceeded to open a small bag of fritos, and piled on the chili, onions, coleslaw and sour cream, put a fork on top and said, “There you go! On the House!” I graciously took the bag, tipped the guy, and thought to myself, “I need to at least taste this…..” AMAZING!

My Steve LOVES fritos and chili, so I knew he would love this. I hurried back to the stand and asked the guy to make me a few to go, which he was more than happy to oblige!

What happened next is….a Laura story……

Entering the plane, I put the bag of frito pies to go in the overhead bin, making sure the bag was tied tight at the top. Sitting next to me was a young man dressed in a crisp white dress shirt and jeans. As he was telling me about his recent job interview, mid sentence he sniffed his sleeve.  He apologized for his smell, as he had been in the same shirt all day, and had nervous sweat during the interview. This poor guy thought he had B O and he was SO relieved when I told him that it was my fruit pies in the overhead bin! I offered to share one, which he declined, but told him if the plane gets delayed, we will have food!

 

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BUFFALO CHICKEN FRITO PIE

Ingredients
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups rotisserie chicken, 1‚ÄĚ pieces
1 teaspoon season salt
¬Ĺ cup frank’s hot sauce or siracha
¬ľ cup cream
¬ľ cup butter
¬Ĺ cup Mexican cheeses
1 bag FRITOS¬ģ Original Corn Chips (do not portion)
3-4 tablespoons ranch dressing
¬ľ cup tomatoes, diced into ¬ľ inch pieces
¬ľ cup green onions, chopped into ¬ľ inch pieces & sliced jalape√Īos
GOES GREAT WITH…
FRITOS¬ģ Original Corn Chips

Instructions
Add broth and chicken to sauté pan, then season with salt.
Heat until broth is reduced by a little more than half
Add hot sauce and cream, then let reduce
Add butter and half the cheese, and incorporate.
Pour FRITOS Corn Chips into a bowl and top with chicken mixture and remaining cheese.
Drizzle with ranch dressing, then top with green onions, sliced jalape√Īos  and tomatoes and serve immediately.

 

WALKING TACO

Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
1 ea white onion, diced
2 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 bottles light beer
2 tbsp corn oil
3 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp light chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
32 oz ground tomatoes
1 cup water
Salt and pepper

FOR GARNISH:
2 2 oz bags FRITOS¬ģ Original Corn Chips
Sour cream
Shredded Vermont cheddar or mexican shredded cheese
Scallions & prepared coleslaw & sliced jalape√Īos
GOES GREAT WITH…
FRITOS¬ģ Original Corn Chips

 

Instructions
1. Saute Onions and Garlic in oil.
2. Add all ground meats and beer.
3. Cook, until all meat is cooked through.
4. Add spices, Tomatoes, Water, and beef base.
5. Let cook for minimum of one hour over low heat.
6. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.

TO PLATE THE DISH (or fill the bag):
1. Open snack size bags of FRITOS Corn Chips 
2. Ladle hot chili on top.
3. Garnish with sour cream, coleslaw, sliced jalape√Īos cheddar cheese and scallions. Top it with a fork!

Hola & thanks for swinging by today! Check out these deals from Amazon and try your hand at these amazing walking tacos! You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, Adios! Laura

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CELEBRATING THE #FOURTH of JULY with #PINTEREST-SPIRATION

I’m a summer girl and LOVE the Fourth of July!¬†

Bring on the heat, the cocktails, the grills and let the fireworks begin!! I poked around  PINTEREST PIN Pinterest today to find great recipes and entertaining ideas for your own fireworks celebration!

For an appetizer or a side course, check this out!

 PINTEREST PIN Patriotic Taco Salad from Taste of Home and Pinterest.

c2aa11e74bf7f575a29d0022cea89239Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups water
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 envelope taco seasoning
6 cups tortilla or corn chips
4 to 5 cups shredded lettuce
9 to 10 pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Place chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. For each star, arrange five olive slices together in the upper left corner. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

For the signature Cocktail, try the Watermelon Summer Splash!

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3 CUPS TONIC (serves 8)6eebe614537afca01e44bfc913287270Incredibly delicious Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers  were chosen for the main event! (found from Jo Cooks on Pinterest!)

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3 cloves garlic, minced
¬ĺ cup beer
‚Öď cup honey
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp Dijon mustard
¬ľ cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
cilantro for garnish

Cut chicken in small pieces, about 1¬Ĺ inch cubes.
In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together. Add chicken, there should be enough marinade to cover the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours to 24 hours.
Fire up the grill.
Thread chicken on skewers, about 5 pieces per skewer. Do not throw away the leftover marinade.
Place chicken skewers on grill and turn every couple minutes or so, at the same time brushing some of the leftover marinade over the chicken. Grill until chicken is cooked through.
Garnish with cilantro and serve.

On the side, try the 

Grilled Ranch Potatoes! (from Creme de la Crumb on Pinterest)

5e08db3c4eddf3ee8c1ad748e867fc322 pounds baby red potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil (or other oil)
1 packet ranch seasoning

Wash, pat dry, and quarter potatoes (for larger ones you may need to chop into slightly smaller pieces, about 1 inch pieces).
Place chopped potatoes in a large resealable bag. Drizzle olive oil into the bag, seal, and toss to coat the potatoes.
Open the bag, sprinkle in half of the ranch seasoning, seal, toss to coat, then repeat with remaining seasoning.
Thread potatoes on skewers. Grill over low heat for 10-20 minutes (depending on your grill and the size of your potatoes) turning throughout to ensure even cooking. When fork-tender, remove from grill and serve warm with cold ranch dressing if desired. Enjoy!

Dinner wouldn’t be complete without this

 Watermelon Arugula Salad with Jicama and Blueberries! (from Two Peas and their Pod on Pinterest)

33f51fda44201e7ea3fdb940441b04bf6 cups baby arugula
2 cups cubed watermelon, 1-inch cubes
1 cup blueberries
1 cup thin jicama strips
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
For the Honey Lime Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 large limes
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Pinch of sea salt

 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST……(drum roll, please)

Fourth of July Trifle! (from The Girl Who Ate Everything on Pinterest)

189e85ee355ff5c114bc3998a2d12eb9Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
¬Ĺ cup white sugar
2 cups milk
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant cheesecake pudding mix
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¬Ĺ cup sour cream
2 (10.75 ounce) packages prepared pound cake
2 (16 ounce) carton strawberries, sliced
strawberries for garnish
blueberries for garnish
Instructions
In a medium bowl, combine cream and white sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside. You want a stiffer whipped cream for trifle so that it holds up over time.
In another bowl beat cheesecake pudding mixes with milk for 2 minutes or until thick. Mix in sour cream and lemon juice. Fold in one cup of the sweetened whipped cream.
Slice pound cake into one inch cubes.
In a trifle bowl, start by layering ¬ľ of the pound cake on the bottom of the trifle bowl (A large glass bowl can be used if you don’t have a trifle bowl). Next, layer ¬ľ of the pudding mixture followed by a layer of ¬ľ of the strawberries. To make trifle look presentable make sure each layer is distinct and separate especially on the sides of the bowl. Repeat layers four times or until bowl is almost full.
Garnish the top of the trifle with the remaining whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Read more at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/05/patriotic-trifle-and-giveaway.html#BpEK3bPAKYpVuu9j.99

SUPER CUTE SERVING SUGGESTIONS INSPIRED BY PINTEREST

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My featured image is a cool 4th of July custom cut Patriotic scrapbooking available on Ebay

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Thanks so much for visiting today, and I hope that you have a wonderful and memorable Fourth of July Celebration!

Cheers! Laura

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EASY & FLAVORFUL MEALS…Winner, Winner #Chicken Dinner!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes? Amazing Siri seems to know all of the answers. Apparently, years ago in Las Vegas, the price of a bet at the roulette wheel was the same price as a chicken dinner. So, yep! Here’s a little known fact¬†from a lesser known person!

So,¬†today’s recipes are two winner, winner, chicken dinners! Easy, yummy and the way a Monday meal should be!

ROASTED CHICKEN & POTATOES with FENNEL

This one dish dinner takes about 10 minutes to prepare and fills your kitchen with a wonderful aroma! Serves 4

                                                                                                    TOSS TOGETHER:

  • 1 1/2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed & sliced
  • 1 C. shallots
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts tossed with olive oil & seasoned w/ salt & pepper

COMBINE:

  • 3/4 C. fresh bread crumbs or panko
  • 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan
  • 2 T. fresh thyme
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Toss potatoes, fennel & shallots with olive oil, salt & pepper
  3. Transfer to an oven proof skillet or baking pan.
  4. Roast 40 min.
  5. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, thyme, & olive oil.
  6. Season with salt & pepper.
  7. Roast 10 min. more.
  8. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

MOM’S CHICKEN

This flavorful chicken dish is sooo easy to prepare, and the savory, crispy parmesan crust  holds in the moistness of the chicken.
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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • milk
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • beer or wine (white, rose or red)
  1. Dip Chicken in milk.
  2. Roll in Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake 450* 30 min.
  4. Pour 1 T. wine or beer on each piece.
  5. Reduce heat to 375* & bake for 20 min.

 

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