1/1/20

Spaghetti with Carbonara Sauce

This delicious, comforting, yet quick meal is  perfect on those busy winter nights when you just want something to just warm the soul.

It is one of my husbands favorite recipes, although I don't make it for him as often as he'd like, it is perfect on a chilly, yet busy evening


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aCarbonara Sauce Recipe

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Carbonara Sauce:

Ingredients:
4 strips of bacon
4 shallots or small onion minced
1 tsp. pepper
1 c. heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Optional: Strips of leftover ham

Directions:
Cook Bacon over med-low heat till fried crisp.
Remove bacon from skillet, and set aside.
Saute the shallots/onion in the skillet with the leftover bacon drippings
Add in the cream and pepper, whisking to blend, cook approx. 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
In small bowl, whisk together eggs and parmesan cheese.
Add a few tablespoons of the cream from the skillet into the egg mixture and blend. (This will help warm up the eggs, so they don't cook into scrambled eggs when you pour them into the skillet).
Slowly pour the egg mixture into the skillet, whisking constantly as you pour.
Add in the rosemary, bacon crumbles, and ham strips.

12/16/19

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans have that wonderful glaze of both sweet and a tiny bit spicy. The sweet side is a lovely maple and honey blend with touches of cinnamon and sea salt. The Heat is subtle (unless you want it bold) and hits you on the back end of the bite with just a tiny kick. even the mild lovers usually love these!


These pecans are a quick and easy to make appetizer for a holiday party or while the college bowls games are on. They also make the perfect last minute holiday gift to make for neighbor, coworkers, and friends!  We love pecans, but you can use any blend of nuts, even a can of mixed nuts works!


They only take a few ingredients, and you probably have most of them on hand. I do recommend using real maple syrup if you can. It makes a huge difference in the taste and quality of the glaze. But I always have maple flavoring on hand, since I make my own pancake syrup, and so you can always add just a drop or two into your glaze if you use a maple flavored syrup.

Lets get cooking!


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Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Pecan Halves
  • ¼ cup real Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne peppe powder (or more if you want it spicier)



Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or line with foil and spray foil with  nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In microwave safe mixing bowl, mix together maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, and butter. Heat in microwave 1 minute. Remove and stir till sugar is disolved and mixture is well blended. 
  3. Stir in cinnamon, sea salt ,and cayenne pepper. Blend well.
  4. Pour in pecans, and stirring to coat all the pecans with the mixture.
  5. Pour pecans onto baking sheet. 
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes stirring half way thru baking time.
  7. Remove from heat, and let cool. Coating will set into a glaze on nuts as it cools.



11/10/19

How to Carve a Roasted Chicken or Turkey

With just a few easy cuts, you can carve up a roasted chicken or turkey and have a platter full ready to present in mere minutes to the table, ready to impress your guests.


Whether you are carving up a store bought Rotisserie chicken or roasting your own poultry from scratch, carving it is made simple with just six easy cuts. Let me talk you through!


First... let me say.. My husband started to carve the chicken, when i shouted at him to stop, so I could do this as a post. So it has a carving mark in the top of the chicken breast... ignore it in the first couple of shots.. you gotta love real life around here!

Use a large chef knife to make the cuts.

1. Place Chicken, breast side up, on a cutting board. Pull one of the legs slightly away from the body of the bird, and carefully run the knife down between the leg and body.



2) Next pull back the leg and thigh: Now that the drumstick has been cut, and the leg joint has been opened up, place your knife down between the rounded up of the hip bone and where it attaches to the body of the chicken. Push the knife straight down until the leg is detached.   Repeat for the other drumstick and thigh on other side of bird. 


3) If you'd like the separate the thigh and drumstick, find the natural line between the drumstick and the thigh and cut through the joint by pressing the knife straight down. Place all pieces on the serving platter. 

4) Wings: Pull wing entire wing away from the bird, and carefully slide the knife along the joint and cut between the wing meat and the bird, cutting through the joint. Repeat on other wing. Place wings on serving platter.

5) Cutting the breast: Cut along the breast bone. 

Slide your knife along one side of the center breastbone at the front of the breast cavity. Move your knife from the front to the back of the chicken while at the same time, gently  pulling the breast meat away from the bone. Repeat with the remaining breast.







6) One side done.. now to slide the knife down the other side, and pull the breast meat away..


 7) Now... cut through the 2 pieces of breast meats into serving slices... see last photo so your serving platter now should have 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings, and breast meat sliced into serving pieces.
You a few easy cuts and done!



10/4/19

Tacos de Calabacitas

Mexican Zucchini Tacos
Tacos de Calabacitas (Mexican Zucchini) is a delightful recipe loaded with such flavors you will be craving these again and again!


October 4th is National Taco Day! So in  honor of that I'm sharing a wonderfully healthy and fun vesion! You can make tacos out of it or a skillet dinner!

Although I added bacon to my  tacos tonight, traditionally their would not be any meat in it, so these are PERFECT for a meatless Monday! and believe me you won't be missing any!

As a skillet dinner I added some diced rotisserie chicken into it, but again.. it's perfect as a vegetarian dinner all by itself! Serve it over a bed of rice! So good!


It's national Taco Day and I know you're thinking, their isn't too many versions of tacos that you haven't tried yet, but if you haven't tried Calabacitas, do it! They are so healthy, and hearty, and refreshing!


The basic recipe I'm sharing today came from a family cookbook and was shared by my cousin Christy . I even  love to serve it as a super quick side dish with chicken or shrimp/ salmon OR add those to the tacos!  It only takes about 5-10 minutes total to make from start to finish so is easy to do while your meat is cooking.

Jan's Tip for cooking the Zucchini to just perfect (and not overcooked to mushy) You want it to be soft  with a little bit of crunch. The trick is that as soon as you  see it turning translucent in color, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the burner.


Just starting to cook                                                     Just turning translucent, remove from heat.


Let's get cooking!






Tacos de Calabacitas

Tacos de Calabacitas (Mexican Zucchini) is a delightful recipe loaded with such flavors you will be craving these again and again!

ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. zucchini or summer squash diced. (I don't peel mine)
  • 1 large tomato quartered or diced
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chili's
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup shredded cheese or crumbled Queso Fresco cheese
  • 12 Tortillas: Flour or Corn
  • Optional; 1 cup of cooked rice, corn, black beans, cooked diced chicken, shrimp, or salmon .

instructions:

How to cook Tacos de Calabacitas

  1. Over medium heat in large skillet, combine diced zucchini, tomatoes, green chile's water and garlic and any optional add-in's such as rice, beans or corn or meat.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally till zucchini is tender (3-5 min. approx.)
  3. Serve in warmed tortillas
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Here are some more great recipes for National Taco Day!

Happy National Taco Day!

Thank you to Valentina from The Baking Fairy for hosting this one-day event!
Check out all the delicious recipes we made for the occasion:

Autumn Pork Tacos by The Freshman Cook

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Breakfast Tacos by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Egg and Bacon Loaded Breakfast Tacos by Cheese Curd in Paradise

Garbage Plate Tacos by The Spiffy Cookie

Huevos Rancheros Tacos by Our Good Life

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos by The Redhead Baker

Lobster Roll Street Tacos by Daily Dish Recipes

Old-School Hard Shell Tacos by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Seared Albacore Tuna Loin Soft Tacos by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Shrimp Tacos with Apple Pomegranate Salsa by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Tacos de Calabacitas by Tip Garden

Vegan Nopales Tacos with Charred Corn and Black Bean Salsa by The Baking Fairy

Vindaloo Pork Belly Street Tacos by Palatable Pastime

Walking Taco Bar by For The Love of Food

10/3/19

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Welcome to #FallFlavors Week! A week long celebration of all foods fall! We have 24 bloggers and 100 recipes to share all week long, along with great sponsors who donated products to us for recipe developement along with prizes for some great giveaways! All opinions are completely my own. Let's have a fantastic week!


I am sharing 2 recipes for making your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer, so you can still enjoy the flavor of the season, but save money on those expensive coffee shop or store bought versions that are so popular.
How to make your own pumpkin Spice creamer
Liquid Creamer: The first recipe is for a real cream, liquid pumpkin spice creamer.  You can make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer to store in your refrigerator, and saves money on those name brand ones! Wouldn't a mason jar of this be so cute as a gift ?
How to make your own pumpkin spice creamer

 Perfect for Pumpkin Steamers! OH.. and for the kiddos, or like myself and my daughter that don't drink coffee? This liquid creamer is perfect for Pumpkin Steamers!! Just add some of this to some milk and heat up! Ok. I have a Mr. Coffee Hot Cocoa Motion Machine (not sure they make them any more, but we love ours)  and it heats and froths it up with bubbles! (sigh..perfection!). These steamers are just HEAVEN!!
How to make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Powdered Creamer: The second recipe is a shelf stable powdered pumpkin spice creamer, for you to stir into your favorite warm fall and winter drinks!   You can store this delicious creamer in your cupboard, in your desk drawer at work (hide it from your coworkers!), give it as gifts with a cute mug or coffee shop gift card for an inexpensive holiday gift... There is just so much versatility with this one!
How to make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Jan's Tip: the powdered creamer recipe doesn't contain any added sweetener to it like the liquid one does, It is creamer, and spices. If you would like to mix in some sweetener, try mixing in some powedered sugar. say 1/4 cup at first to the recipe, and increase it from there. Of course any sweetener that measures like sugar can be added as well, from sugar, to a sugar free sweetener, so play around! 
How to make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Feel free to play around with the amounts on the ingredients or what you add yourself! Use these as a base recipe, and then make it your own!  Want it less sweet? or more pumpkiny?? go for it!!



Let's get to the recipes!



Homemade Liquid Pumpkin Spice Creamer

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 1 Mtotal time: 6 M
Make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer and saves money on those name brand ones with all the amazing flavor!

ingredients:

  • 14 oz. heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. (1/2 of a 14 oz. can) sweetened condensed milk

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Liquid Pumpkin Spice Creamer

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of the cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract till well blended. Heat in microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute and blend again to make sure ingredients blend well.
  2. add in  sweetened condensed milk  and remaining 10 oz. of cream ( 1 1/4 cups) to the pumpkin mixture, and blend well. 
  3. Pour into a container with a lid. 
  4. Store in the refrigerator. 
  5. Use  within the use by date on the whipping cream. 
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Yield: 1 cup

Homemade Powdered Pumpkin Spice Creamer

prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M
All the seasonal flavors of fall to stir into your favorite warm beverage in a shelf stable creamer! Perfect to keep in a container at work, or give as a gift for the holidays with a cute mug !

ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Optional 1/4 cup (or more to taste) powdered sugar (or your choice of sugar or dry sugar substitute.

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Powdered Pumpkin Spice Creamer

  1. In an airtight storage container mix all ingredients, blending well..
  2. Add airtight lid to store.
  3. Stir desired amount into hot beverage, stir to dissolve. 
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Welcome to Flavors of Fall where we celebrate all things associated with fall like squash, apples, pecans, sweaters, football; you get the idea!  Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures have gathered 24 bloggers who have over 100 recipes they’re sharing this week in celebration of cool weather and sweatshirts.  We hope you find many must make recipes so get your pinning, tweeting, and sharing fingers ready!

Flavors of Fall Door County Prize Package


Prize 1 - Door County Coffee and Tea Company

Founded in 1993 in Door County, WI, Door County Coffee and Tea Company is a small family owned business. Roasting a variety of flavors for 26 years, one winner will receive three full pot bags of all of their fall flavors. 21 bags in all! Their mission through the years has been to produce high quality, best-tasting coffee using only Specialty Class 1 Arabica coffee beans. Combine that with superior roasting technology and you get a wonderfully even and perfect roast every time and that means the perfect pot of coffee. A $40 value.


Flavors of Fall Millican Prize Package

Prize 2 - Millican Pecan Tower of Treats Gift Tins

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800's, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is a 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.


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Here’s what we made for Thursday:



Beverage

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer by Tip Garden



Breakfast

Coffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Pecan Pie Muffins by Daily Dish Recipes



Savory

Butternut, Kale, Butterbean & Pesto Salad by Sweet Beginnings

Coffee Rubbed Pork with Autumn Spices by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Eggplant Parmesan Boats by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Pecan Chicken and Grape Salad by Cindy's Recipes and Writings

Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic by Karen's Kitchen Stories



Dessert

Caramel Apple Upsidedown Cake by Cheese Curd In Paradise

Maple Butter Pecan Rice Krispie Treats by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Pecan Tassies by Palatable Pastime

Vegan Chocolate Pecan Hand Pies by The Baking Fairy

White Chocolate Cinnamon Dolce Panna Cotta by Family Around the Table



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Two (2) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #FallFlavors bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US Residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #FallFlavors posts or entry. Thank you to our sponsors Millican Pecan and Door County Coffee and Tea for providing prizes.

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