Sunday, September 14, 2014

GF Sausage Gravy & Cornbread Biscuits

The weekends are always a great opportunity for me to take my time and make a good breakfast. This past weekend was no exception. Despite a full weekend planned, we certainly enjoyed kicking it off with a hearty meal that was gluten free friendly too with Sausage Gravy & Cornbread Biscuits. A subtle sweet cornbread biscuit is topped with a hearty savory sausage gravy that's full of flavor with every gluten free bite...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Biscoff Breakfast Rolls

When I became a parent, everything changed. It was such a turning point in my life and I feel so blessed to have experienced that moment after years of being told it wouldn't be possible. Fast forward to 4+ years later, I never get tired of looking at my little guy and embracing the fact that I have him in my life. Having a little bun in the oven was difficult for me but well worth the challenge. And because a dear friend of mine is nearly done baking her little bun in the oven, I'm dedicating this post to her and her daughter. It only seems fitting to highlight a delicious bun for the occasion and in this case, these Biscoff Breakfast Rolls. Soft buttery brioche dough with swirls of cinnamon sugar and Biscoff spread throughout is crowned with glorious cream cheese frosting for a decadent start to something beautiful...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ricotta Meatballs

Now that it's September and the weather has cooled down a bit, I'm already anxious for fall weather. To me, the fall season makes me want to dig into comfort food, bake up treats to work my oven and just start using seasonal ingredients. One of our favorite comfort foods is spaghetti and meatballs. My boys had requested it recently but to give it a different spin, I served them some special meatballs. These Ricotta Meatballs made with both ground beef and ground pork were packed with flavor from sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic with a tender texture thanks to ricotta cheese. I've never seen my boys polish off their spaghetti and meatballs like they did when this was served!...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Southern Fried Chicken & Cheddar Bacon Waffles

After the long holiday weekend, it's back to the daily grind and getting into the routine once again. Hopefully you had a great weekend and for me, it was wonderful to have a few days to relax and recharge. I got my share of kitchen therapy and in doing so, I enjoyed trying out some new recipes on my boys. A few nights ago, we decided to switch things up by having breakfast for dinner, aka 'brinner.' My lil guy loves waffles for breakfast so rather than making traditional sweet waffles, we opted for savory ones. And what better to top a savory waffle than with good old fried chicken?! As a result, this Southern Fried Chicken and Cheddar Bacon Waffles made it to the dinner table. Sharp cheddar cheese, smoky crumbled bacon and fresh parsley were mixed into fluffy pancake batter before cooking up, then topped with crispy fried chicken tenders. Don't forget the maple syrup and butter on the side!...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

With the weather cooling a bit, my lil guy is really excited about spending more time in the kitchen with me to bake. He loves baking - the process of adding various ingredients and mixing it all up into a delicious mess, the whiz of the stand mixer, the anticipation of watching something magically change in the oven and of course, the moment I give him the go ahead to indulge in what we created together. Joel was asking me when we could bake cookies and as a result of that question, these Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches became a sweet reality. Soft peanut butter cookies are sandwiched together with a creamy peanut butter filling then splattered with chocolate for a rich treat!...

These treats not only made my boys pretty happy, but my coworkers definitely enjoyed them too. It also gave me a great reason to use some fun packaging I had. These make a great baking activity with little ones and everyone can participate. But we all know the best part... it's eating them once they're ready!

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

1 package Krusteaz Peanut Butter Cookie Mix (prepared as directed) or
1 batch of your favorite peanut butter cookie

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners or powdered sugar 

1 cup Chocolate Melts

Prepare your cookies as directed or using your favorite recipe. Divide the cookie dough into 12-16 even sized balls. Moisten your hands with a little water and flatten each cookie into 2 inch rounds. Bake as directed on the packaging or per your recipe.

Remove from the oven and transfer cookies onto a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling by combining the peanut butter and butter into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture until melted - about 30 seconds on high. Whisk peanut butter and butter and slowly mix in the powdered sugar.

Once the cookies have cooled, pair them up by similar size. Place one teaspoon of the filling into the middle of one side of the sandwich and place the second cookie on top. Twist the cookies together until the filling pushes to the cookie edges. Repeat until all cookie sandwiches have been made. 

When all cookie sandwiches have been made, melt the chocolate melts as directed on the packaging and with a fork, dip into the chocolate and drizzle chocolate over the cookies. Allow chocolate to harden and dry before serving.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chicken & Spinach Penne in Sherry Cream Sauce


With a busy schedule juggling both a full time and part-time job, there's one thing that I look forward to most nights of the week... and that's dinner. Having dinner with my family is a special time where we can sit around the table, talk about our day over a delicious meal. With my busy schedule, I often look towards recipes that can be made quickly and easily, using fresh and wholesome ingredients. And the key to having the right things on hand in my kitchen comes down to making smart choices while in the grocery store.
Buying produce has been easy during the summer months with the farmers markets and beautiful fruits and vegetables readily available. What I find a bit trickier is finding quality protein and meats. Chicken is a staple ingredient at our house where I often make chicken dishes for a handful of meals each week. So when I'm at the store, I reach for Tyson® Fresh Chicken. It's the next best thing to being fresh off the farm, because it's:
- All natural* with no added hormones or steroids.**
- Arrives at the store fresh, delivered within days from leaving the farm.
- And Tyson has a heritage of producing chicken where they have been raised by family farmers for over 75 years.
I especially appreciate how each piece of Tyson Fresh Chicken is hand-trimmed for convenience to save time and effort. Some specific cuts I often purchase include:
• Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
• Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins
• Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
With a variety of chicken available, I sometimes draw a blank on what to prepare. And when I get it in recipe rut, I love that Tyson Fresh Chicken also offers helpful tools and resources to make meal planning easy. I've found some great recipes at!
Tyson is a brand that is wholesome and family-friendly. Their corporate tagline states “Bringing Families Together™”. Tyson Foods is a company made up of real people – moms and dads, husbands and wives, neighbors and friends. Every day they strive to make good food they feel good about serving their families and consumers can feel good about serving to their own. And with a brand promise like that, I certainly feel good about using Tyson Fresh Chicken to feed my family. Here's a recent recipe I prepared using Tyson Fresh Chicken Breasts which is simple and perfect for a weeknight or even for company!
Chicken & Spinach Penne in Sherry Cream Sauce
recipe adapted from Cooking Light
  • 1 TysonBoneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons sherry wine
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups cooked penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder; set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, melt butter and oil together. Add garlic and shallots, sautéing until fragrant, followed by the seasoned chicken. Continue cooking until chicken is lightly browned on all sides. 
  3. Stir in chicken broth and sherry wine, cooking for about 2-3 minutes to warm through.
  4. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until softened.
  5. Add the heavy cream and cook for 1-2 minutes to thicken.
  6. Add the spinach, tossing to coat and wilt the spinach down.
  7. Add the pasta and toss to combine with the ingredients and coat with sauce.
  8. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
 Note: Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Krusteaz Baker's Dozen Brand Ambassador

You know what I love most about this time of year? The anticipation of cooler weather so I can bake to my heart's content! I'm even more excited this time around because I'm partnering up with Krusteaz as a brand ambassador in part of their Krusteaz Baker's Dozen! Krusteaz is a favorite brand of baking mixes in our house, simply because they taste great, my boys love the variety, my lil guy enjoys baking in the kitchen with the easy instructions and I am thrilled they offer gluten free mixes too! 

The mixes are huge time savers and when I'm in the kitchen with my lil guy, it's been easy to get him involved with baking mixes as opposed to recipes from scratch. It has saved me time and patience so that the activity of baking is focused on fun since all the guesswork has been figured out for me with the easy to prepare mixes. So with fall coming around the corner, I'm looking forward to getting my pumpkin baking on...

Stay tuned as I will be sharing my cooking and baking experiences in the kitchen using Krusteaz products, offering giveaways and creating delicious recipe ideas throughout the next several months!

Disclosure: I have been chosen by Krusteaz to be a paid brand ambassador. All opinions written are my own.
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