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Cheddar Cheese biscuits! plus bonus breakfast sandwich

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Combine
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
– 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small cubes
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 3/4 cup buttermilk

Until combined. When theyre only slightly sticky to the touch, its time to roll em into balls and bake em! 
Read more at http://web.stagram.com/p/667446553506302412_232144945#IMYyKxKy4IM66qlA.99 cheddar cheese biscuits2Next step: roll into 1/4 cup balls and place on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 400* for 14 – 16 minutes. 
cheddar cheese biscuits3These were friggin delicious. Homemade buttermilk cheddar biscuits. next step, sandwich time! 

cheddar cheese biscuits4 Cheddar bay biscuit breakfast bites!
 – one sunnyside up egg

- one jimmy deans breakfast sausage, cut lengthwise

- one homemade cheddar bay biscuit

 – one INSANELY DELICIOUS BREAKFAST

Homemade IHOP pancakes!

 

These Deliciously, fluffy and over-the-top pancakes are perfect when you wake up late on your only day off with an empty kitchen and a hankering for carbs! pretty easy, pretty simple, pretty friggin tasty.

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Okay, so ingredient time!

  • Nonstick Spray
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 &  1/4 cup buttermilk ( powdered buttermilk substitute works just as well, just follow the instructions on the packet
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 level teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 pinch of salt

And the instructions, If you can even call them that:

  1.  preheat a skillet over medium heat. spray pan with nonstick spray.
  2. combine all the other ingredients
  3.  ladle an appropriate amount of batter into the skillet –  an appropriate amount is however big you want your pancake :P , as you can see, i made mine HUGE!
  4.  when the edges appear to harden, after a minute or two, flip the pancakes over, and finish them off.
  5.  plate, and DEVOUR

 

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Sweet and Savory Honey Mustard Chicken Stew

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Sweet And Savory Honey Mustard Chicken Stew: 15 minutes to dinner.

This is one of my family’s favorite quick-finish dinner delish. It really is one tasty dish. Its a short list of ingredients, and an even shorter list of directions, so lets dive right into it.

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. in a bowl, combine 1 cup of your preferred barbecue sauce with 1/2 cup of honey Dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup Marshall’s Creek Spices Raw Pure Honey. leave the bowl on the side, you’re going to need it for step 7.
  2.  Cut the Chicken Breasts into strips about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide, and then cut those strips in half, width wise.
  3. put the chicken strips in a bowl, and sprinkle with arrowroot. and then sprinkle with Paprika Lemon & Lime until the chicken is very well coated. Essentially, you want a dusting of arrowroot over the chicken. Don’t add too much or your end result stew will be gummy, rather then smooth. For this step, Its better to be safe than sorry, and not adding enough is better than adding to much.
  4. heat up peanut oil in a pan, about 2 tablespoons, to a medium high heat, and brown/sear the chicken pieces.
  5. I like to use parboil potatoes to save time when i’m making this dish. I take a fresh potato, slice it in half, and then slice that half into wedges, and put the potato in the microwave with a little bit of water in a covered container for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. when the potatoes come out of the microwave, throw them in the pan with the chicken, adding oil as needed to prevent sticking. Toss the potatoes and chicken and continue browning.
  7. take that bowl of sauce from step one, and pour it into the pan. Add as much peas and corn as you want, and give the pan a real good toss with your wooden spoon.
  8. Make sure no chicken or potatoes are still stuck to the bottom of the pan, because the last step is to cover the pan and let the stew simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors combine.  *Add chicken stock as you see fit if you want a thinner stew consistency. I personally add about 1/4 cup of chicken stock, but its not imperative that you do.
  9. Enjoy!

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meat lovers cheesy slice of heaven

              Meat lovers cheesy slice of heaven

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We weren’t going for healthy on this one folks.

Easy, simple, delicious, greasy, unhealthy, dangerous —- all of the above.

ingredients:

  • your favorite artisan bread
  • thinly sliced italian sausage
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Red onion

Steps:

  1. Cut a nice texas toast sized piece of bread.
  2. Layer the cheese and sliced sausage in alternate layers on top of the artisan bread.
  3. cut the red onion as THIN AS POSSIBLE and spread it out on top.
  4. pack the crumbled bacon on there.
  5. place the bread/meat/cheese explosion on a cooking tray and put it in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes until it looks so good that you cant leave it in the oven for any longer.
  6. finally, ENJOY! DEVOUR THAT!

Roasted Pepper, Avocado, Pignoli (pine) Nut salad

Pignoli Nuts Avocado And Roasted Red                                               Pepper Saladavocado roasted pepper saladAs you may have heard, Pignoli nuts a.k.a. Pine nuts are the new craze in health.

well I decided to make a delicious and healthy salad using these little miracle nuts

ingredients:

Steps:

1. clean the avocado, following these quick and easy steps

2. take the roasted red peppers out of the jar and cut them into 1/2 inch wide strips.

3. unwrap the red cabbage and slice it into thin strips as seen in the picture above.

4. add the avocado, 2 oz of pignoli nuts, a handful of the roasted red pepper, and the red cabbage in a bowl of mesclun greens. toss and add this homemade balsamic vinaigrette – found at foodnetwork.com

Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Bites

              Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Bites

chocolate crinkles These cookies were moist, crumbly, soft, delicious and perfect.

I found this recipe at realsimplefood.com.

I tweaked it the tiniest amount, and the result was wonderful. The cookies went from flat chocolate crinkles, to fluffy brownie bites.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  3. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Avocado Peach Salad

DELICIOUS PEACH AVOCADO SALADdelicious, quick, healthy
delicious, quick, healthy

 

the avocado is one seriously healthy fruit. Check out all the benefits here .
The above salad utilizes the health benefits of avocados, walnuts, peaches, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.

ingredients:

1 head of romaine lettuce

5 wedges of canned peach

1 ripe avocado

Marshalls Creek Spices Walnuts

1 plump tomato

 

Steps:

1. Take the romaine lettuce out of the packaging. Cut the very tip off of the head of lettuce – the first half inch at the opposite end of the stem. Then cut through the head, lengthwise, rotate the head 90 degrees and cut lengthwise again. Then cut the head, starting from the end opposite the stem, and cut width-wise, every inch or so.

2. check this link out to learn an easy way to clean, peel, and cut an avocado

3. dice up the tomato and open up the can of peaches.

4. toss the walnuts, avocados, tomato, walnuts and peaches together in a bowl with romaine lettuce, and add your favorite lemon vinaigrette. If you’re up for making your own dressing, here’s a quick recipe i whipped up or this salad.

 

Lemon Vinaigrette 

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

steps: 
combine all the ingredients in a bowl or jar, and shake/mix vigorously to incorporate all of the ingredients.

serve immediately.

 

simple, hearty, delish: Gnocchi Marinara

                                                                                      Gnocchi Marinara

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I was feeling really tired after work last night, So I’ll admit, I took a shortcut. I used premade Gnocchi. But the sauce was homemade!(forgive me?)
So here’s the recipe to a hearty marinara meat sauce.

Ingredients:
1 pound of ground turkey meat

1 can of crushed tomatoes

1 can of whole tomatoes

1 can of tomato puree

1 clove of garlic

1/2 white onion

Marshalls Creek Spices Oregano

Marshalls Creek Spices Basil

Marshalls Creek Spices Kosher Salt

Marshalls Creek Spices Black Pepper

1 packet of Smoked Turkey Bacon

Grated Parmesan cheese
STEPS:

pour the three cans of tomatoes into a pot and put it on the stove on medium high heat (If your temperature gauge goes up to 10, put it on 6/7.)

Peel, clean and chop the clove of garlic into coarse pieces the size of m&ms. Do the same with the half of onion and toss it into the sauce. Add 1 Tablespoon of Basil, 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 Tablespoon of black pepper, 2 teaspoon of salt, and 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan.

Let the sauce cook for anywhere from five to 20 minutes, uncovered. The reason we don’t cover it, is because we want it to reduce a bit, as there is extra liquid in the whole canned tomatoes, and we don’t want our marinara sauce to be watery.

After the sauce has reduced sufficiently, use a potato masher to crush the whole tomatoes and bring the whole sauce to a nice chunky consistency. At this point you can add the pound of turkey meat and cook it for another 10 minutes, or until the turkey meat is cooked.

**something to try is to caramelize the onion in the oven, by chopping it up, tossing it in oil, throwing it in a pan, covering it with aluminum foil, and then cooking it for 25 to 45 minutes on 425 degrees until it is caramelized, before throwing it into the sauce. (45 minutes is on the extreme end, and I only mention it because your oven may not be as hot as mine)**

If you have a convection toaster oven, turn it to broil. If not, you can use the stove top, or as a last resort, your actual oven (although its completely unnecessary to generate so much heat in your house just to cook two strips of diced turkey bacon). Take the turkey bacon, cut it into 1/2 inch strips, lengthwise, and then 1/2 inch strips width-wise, spread it out on a cooking sheet, and throw it in the convection oven, close to the top heat coil. Leave it to broil until it goes from its natural color, to a much darker, twilight version. it may look caramelized, browned, and crunchy; that’s perfect. If you’re cooking it on top of the stove in a pan, cook it the same way you would cook regular diced bacon.  Once its done, sprinkle the turkey bacon over the top of the dish before you bring it to the table, with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Lets call it an alternative patty melt?

Turkey Burger Avocado Patty Melt
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From the bottom up: rye bread, garlic deli aioli, fresh delicious avocado, homemade turkey patty (its the same shape as the bread), sauteed onion and mushroom, and I melted the Muenster over the onions and mushrooms so that they wouldn’t fall off the sandwich.

a good aioli is the secret ingredient to almost any delicious sandwich. Its just one part mustard, 2 parts mayonnaise, and  ground garlic/salt/black pepper to taste. DELICIOUS!

Roasted Red Pepper Spread Turkey Burger

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That picture is a toasted sesame bun. From the bottom up, it’s roasted red pepper spread, which I made myself by slicing up roasted red peppers and marinating them in Parmesan, garlic, olive oil and pignoli nuts for 1 week before blending it into a spread. Then its sliced tomatoes. Then its ground turkey meat which was mixed with mashed sauteed red onion, sweet baby corn, spicy ketchup and yellow mustard, and that’s all topped off with a nice slice of meunster.  IT WAS DELICIOUS

STEPS:

1- slice some red onion super thin, and toss it in a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. a good measurement is one Tablespoon of red onion to every 1/2 pound of ground turkey meat.

2- While the red onion is cooking, take 1/2 pound of ground turkey meat and mash it up in another pan, on medium-high heat. add 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil and mix it in so the meat doesnt stick to the pan and burn. Turkey meat is super soft so it wont crumble like ground beef until it cooks for five or so minutes, so don’t worry.

3- when the red onion is done, toss it into the pan with the turkey meat, along with one Table spoon of sweet baby corn, one and a half Tablespoons of spicy ketchup, 1/2 Tablespoon of yellow mustard, and two turns of black pepper. add salt to taste, because everyone likes a different amount of salt in their food. make sure to mix it all up once all the ingredients are in the pan.

4- Now if you’ve ever made sloppy joes, you know what to do from here. If not, keep cooking the turkey meat on medium-high for eight(8) to ten(10) minutes.

5- take some homemade or store-bought roasted red pepper spread and spread it on the bottom bun of a toasted brioche roll.  Take a slice of tomato and place it on top of the roasted red pepper. Spoon the Turkey meat on top of the tomato, and finish off with a nice thick slice of meunster cheese. Put the top bun of the toasted brioche roll on, and enjoy!

***How to make Homemade roasted red pepper spread***

1. Buy a can or jar of roasted red peppers ( strips or whole peppers)

2. Drain the roasted red peppers.

3. If its whole peppers, slice the peppers into 1/2 inch long strips and mix with 1 Tablespoon pignoli nuts,  2 Teaspoons dried Oregano, 1 Teaspoon dried Basil, two segments of diced garlic/ 3 Teaspoons of dried Minced Garlic, 2 Teaspoons of grated parmesan, and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.

4. Cover the mixture and let it marinade in the fridge for at least a day. ( I let mine marinate for a week)

5. After it has marinated, throw the whole mix into a blender, and blend in bursts until you reach the consistency you desire. anything from completely unblended, to smooth as butter works perfectly fine.

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