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Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

Dec 14, 18 Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie in cast iron skillet surrounded by crackers

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie is an easy appetizer that is impressive enough to serve for your a holiday party or equally fitting for a casual get together.

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie in cast iron skillet surrounded by crackers

Who doesn’t love a good melty cheese? Baked Brie is one of those appetizers that is literally perfect for ANY time of year and for ANY get together you’re throwing. It’s elegant enough for your holiday party. Yet it’s quick and easy enough for a casual get together.

You can top a baked brie with just about anything your heart desires. I like to use seasonal ingredients. Because at the time my fingers are flying across my keyboard, it just so happens to be winter. Winter means this baked brie screams for homemade CRANBERRY SAUCE and crushed nuts. Pecans, because pecan farmers had a rough go this year so I’m being extra supportive and taking the #PecanPledge.

 

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Boulevardier Cocktail

Nov 27, 18 Boulevardier Cocktail with ice sphere and orange peel, extra glasses, bottle of campari and rye whiskey to side

Say hello to your new favorite winter whiskey cocktail. The Boulevardier cocktail is a 3 ingredient cocktail that will keep you warm all winter long. It’s like a Negroni but instead of gin, it’s made with whiskey.

Boulevardier Cocktail with sphere ice cube and orange peel, campari bottle and rye whiskey bottle to side
If you love a Negroni cocktail and you’re into whiskey then you’ll love it’s classy cousin, The Boulevardier Cocktail. I have, jokingly, dubbed this The Boulevard Cocktail. Much easier for me to pronounce and let’s face it, I’m not fancy. Anytime I say, Boulevardier, I immediately adopt an accent that is definitely NOT my standard Southern.

This classic cocktail was created by American-born writer, Erskine Gwynne in the late 1920’s. Erskine founded a monthly magazine in Paris called, you guessed it, Boulevardier. The more you know.

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Nov 19, 18 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock in glass jars with celery to side and strainer

Using your Instant Pot to make homemade Chicken Stock is a game changer. Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock is gluten free, whole 30, paleo friendly and most definitely easy.

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock in glass jars with celery to side and strainer

If you ever thought making your own chicken stock was hard I’m here to tell you it’s not. Especially when you use an Instant Pot (pressure cooker). I grew up in a home where my Momma didn’t waste anything. I have a “waste not, want not” mentality ingrained in me. When I roast a chicken, I make stock afterwards. Period.

My Mom didn’t have a pressure cooker and would make her stock the old school way, with a large stock pot on the stove simmering for HOURS. I used to make my chicken stock that way, until I found out I could achieve even better flavor using my Instant Pot.

Making homemade chicken stock is as easy as putting everything into the pot, turning it on and then straining your golden elixir into jars when it’s done. You can use your newfound stock in recipes like my QUICK AND EASY HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP.

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Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce

Nov 18, 18 Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce in glass jars surrounded by cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries

FRESH cranberry sauce is incredibly easy to make and oh so flavorful. This Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce is ready in under 15 minutes and makes a great condiment for your leftover turkey sandwiches.

Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce in glass jars surrounded by cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries
It’s Thanksgiving prep GO TIME people! If you’re anything like me, you’re busy searching for the perfect recipes for your THANKSGIVING FEAST. While pondering questions like: How am I going to cook my TURKEY? What SIDE dishes are we going to serve? How much oven space do I have for the dozen recipes I want to make? What can I make in advance? I should probably add what drinks to serve to that list as well just for my well being.

I’m hoping I can make your holiday a little less stressful with some holiday recipe inspiration in the form of this FRESH Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce.  There’s really no reason to grab a can opener when you have this instead. It’s fresh and flavorful and is ready in 15 minutes. Did I mention it can be a few days in advance? Go ahead and scratch one thing off your check list!

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Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nov 09, 18 Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in blue pot

You don’t have to open a can when you’re craving chicken noodle soup. We use leftover roast chicken to make this quick and easy homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s on the table and ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes. When fast and flavorful is what you need, stir up a pot of chicken noodle soup. You can also substitute turkey for the roast chicken for a homemade turkey noodle soup.

Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in a blue pot with carrots off to side

There is just something comforting about a bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I crave it when I’m not feeling well, when it’s freezing outside or when I’m feeling nostalgic. It’s like an instant mood booster and a warm hug all wrapped into one bowl. Turns out, homemade chicken noodle soup is good for the soul.

When you use LEFTOVER ROAST CHICKEN this soup comes together in less than 30 minutes. To continue with my waste not, want not philosophy, I’ve even made HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK from the bones of the roast chicken to make this soup more flavorful. That color? It’s from the homemade chicken stock.

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Saffron Risotto Cakes

Nov 05, 18 saffron risotto cakes inside black skillet with fork in one cake

Use leftover risotto to make crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside Saffron Risotto Cakes. An incredibly addictive snack or appetizer.

saffron risotto cakes inside black skillet with fork in one cake

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely positively HATE to waste food. It pains me if something goes bad before I can use it or transform it into something new and exciting. Hearing the word leftovers doesn’t make me cringe. Quite the opposite in fact. I love the challenge of transforming leftover food into something different and delicious. I feel like most times, that’s is where I’m at my most creative in the kitchen.

I get that trait from my Momma. One of the most resourceful people I’ve ever known. She could open a refrigerator and pantry, and what would look like we’re going to have to order a pizza to most people, she would put together an incredibly delicious filling meal in no time at all. My Momma was my kitchen unicorn.

Transforming leftover risotto into Risotto Cakes is something she did often. That crunchy exterior and creamy interior is incredibly addictive. So amazing, you’ll forget these were leftovers to begin with.

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