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September Partners: Fillmore Container, EcoJarz, McDonald Paper, and Mason Jar Lifestyle

Happy September, dear readers! It’s the start of the month and that means that it’s time to thank the businesses that help make this site possible. Please do show them that you appreciate their support with your time and attention!  

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are first! They offer all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear and carry just about every Ball jar currently available , so if you’re looking for a particular style, check them out. Also, for you locals, mark your calendars! I’ll be out in Lancaster County on Saturday, October 27 teaching a class in partnership with the folks from Fillmore.

Our friends over at EcoJarz are another stalwart sponsor. They make an array of products designed to fit on top of mason jars, including cheese graterscoffee brewers, and stainless steel storage lids.

Back for another month is McDonald Paper & Restaurant Supply. Based in Brooklyn, they are open to the public and sell all manner of culinary supplies. Restaurant supply stores are a great way to get affordable, durable kitchen gear (including jars!). I’m a big of their big food storage containers for macerating fruit for jam.

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there. They sell all manner of mason jar accessories and adaptors. If you’re in the market for lidsstrawssprouting lidsfermentation weightsairlockstea light converterscozies, they are there for you.

And if your company, shop, or family business is interested in reaching the food-loving and engaged Food in Jars audience, you can find more details here. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

We make tacos with fresh, homemade tortillas constantly. They're a taco night game-changer, and so so so easy. You can make the dough in a heartbeat using masa harina, which is available tons of places. Once the dough is made (seriously, two minutes tops) you can keep it refrigerated for days and days. I'm including the basic recipe below, with a list of five favorite variations. A simple tortilla press makes quick/easy work (and is worth the small investment), but in a pinch I've also used a heavy cast iron skillet to press out the tortilla dough.

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Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Keeping tortillas hot: I like to make the tortillas shortly before serving, but you can make them ahead of time, store them stacked in the refrigerator, and reheat just before serving. Wrap hot tortillas in a clean cloth kitchen towel or keep in a tortilla basket at the table.

Making Homemade Tortillas is Simple, plus Five Ways to Boost Them

Types of masa harina: There is quite a selection out there. There are some who swear by the Maseca brand (labelled "Instant Yellow Corn Masa Flour", which is powder fine, and lends a silky texture to your dough. But, on the organic front Bob's Red Mill is good. I find it slightly more coarse, with a need for a bit less water. I've also like blue masa and yellow organic masa by Gold Mine Natural Food Co., it's the coarsest of the bunch, needing even less water. Play around, and adjust the amount of water, bit by bit, until the dough is easy to handle, tender, and doesn't stick to your hands.




Source: https://www.101cookbooks.com/making-homemade-tortillas/

5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta (AKA Costco Pasta)

The perfect picnic pasta! This 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta is packed with chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes and covered in tasty pesto sauce. 

BEST. PASTA. EVER. (And easiest.) 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

I grew up on this pesto pasta and my Mama’s Enchiladas. These recipes were my mother’s go-to recipes and I still make them all the time for my husband.  I used to bring this 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta as my lunch in grade school and the cool girls would beg me to give them bites!  That’s right, this pasta is so delicious it got the cool kids to talk to me.  That’s a miracle pasta right there.  And to make it even better, it’s only takes 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes to whip up!

How to Make a 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

Easiest Pesto Pasta Ever.

My mother was/is the queen of simple and delicious meals that are easy on the wallet.  I have nicknamed this pasta my Costco Pasta because I pick up 3 of the 5 ingredients at Costco.  I grab a rotisserie chicken, a container of cherry tomatoes and a jar of pesto when I’m there!  If you haven’t tried the pesto from Costco you are missing out! It’s a big bottle for the price you’ll pay for a tiny one at the grocery store and it’s really good! I’ll have a little left over after I make this 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta but I’ll use it on a panini to make my grilled cheese suuuuper fancy. Or I’ll use it when I roast veggies later in the week.  Either way, Costco comes to the rescue with this easy dinner recipe!

Costco 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

I call this a summer pasta, but I make it all year round. So don’t shy away from making this in the winter months!  It’s too easy and tasty to only eat during the summer months!

Everyone LOVES when I bring this 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta to parties!

Summer Pesto Pasta Recipe

I mention in the recipe that we usually eat this pasta cold. Yes, sometimes as a kid we would eat it right after my mother would make it but more often she made it in the middle of the day when she had time or even the day before.  It’s such a great cold pasta and it makes a perfect Summer Pasta recipe! It’s mayo-free so it won’t spoil in the sun and if you bring it chilled, it helps to keep your guests cool on these hot days.

All my friends are OBSESSED with this 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

Enjoy my Mom’s 5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta!

5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

5 Ingredient Summer Pesto Pasta

Ingredients

1 Box of Farfalla Pasta (Bowties)

2 C. Pesto Sauce (I buy mine at Costco)

2 Chicken Breasts, Cooked and Cut in 1/2 Inch Cubes (I use Costco Rotisserie Chicken)

1 1/2 - 2 C Halved Cherry Tomatoes

1 Cucumber, Sliced

Directions

1) Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain water, add pesto sauce, stir to combine.

2) Add chicken, tomatoes and cucumber and stir well. Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: We usually eat this salad cooled or chilled because my Mom would make it the night before or the morning of. But it does taste great served warm as well!

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Source: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2018/06/5-ingredient-summer-pesto-pasta-aka-costco-pasta.html

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo

posted by Kalyn Denny on April 26, 2019

Cinco de Mayo will be here soon, and here are Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo! Now you can enjoy Mexican food without overloading on carbs. Use Recipe Round-Ups to find more low-carb round-ups like this one.

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25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

You probably couldn’t help but notice that I’m a huge fan of Mexican food around here, and through the years I’ve made so many tasty low-carb favorites with those flavors. And Cinco de Mayo is next weekend, so it’s time to plan the menu! There’s nothing I like more than a good excuse to eat Mexican food for a whole week, so for the occasion I’m updating my collection of Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo.

I’ve divided the favorite Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes into two categories: Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Mexican Food Dinners and Low-Carb But Not Gluten-Free Mexican Food Dinners (that use low-carb tortillas). Hopefully there’ll be something for everyone in this collection!

All these Mexican food dinners are favorites that I bet your family will like. And I promise I won’t tell if you decide to make one of them right away before Cinco de Mayo gets here; enjoy! If you still want more Mexican Food yumminess, check after the photos for more round-ups of Low-Carb and Keto Mexican Food from around the web!

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Mexican Food Dinners

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey
(If you like Poblano chiles, you will love this dish!)

25+ Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes for Cinco de Mayo found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole
This Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole will probably be a hit with the whole family!

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl
(We loved this spicy green chile pork on a bed of cauliflower rice, you choose the cooking method you prefer!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole
(Everyone in my extended family loves this recipe!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls
(This is quick and easy for a work night dinner!)

25+ Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes for Cinco de Mayo from Kalyn's Kitchen.com

Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Chicken with Green Chiles and Cheese
(This new recipe has really been a hit!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Beefy and Cheesy Low-Carb Green Chile Bake
(This is the perfect low-carb casserole with ground beef.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Low-Carb Taco Soup
(My favorite taco soup recipe, without the carbs!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Green Chile Turkey Paleo Taco Salad
(I came up with this when my nieces were doing Whole 30.)

Slow Cooker Browns-in-the-Crockpot Spicy Ground Beef Taco Meat found on KalynsKitchen.com

Slow Cooker Browns-in-the-Crockpot Spicy Ground Beef
for Tacos, Burritos, or Taco Salad

(Low-carb tortillas are not gluten-free; eat on taco salad or in lettuce wraps for gluten-free!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Low-Carb Southwestern Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker
(Have pot roast for dinner and use leftover meat for taco salad!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Southwestern Turkey Collards Wraps
(If you haven’t tried a wrap with collards, these might surprise you!)

Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl
(If you like fish tacos, you’ll love this low-carb version!)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken with Lime and Melted Mozzarella
(This is an Instant Pot version of an ultra-popular slow cooker recipe, get the slow cooker version here.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Ground Turkey Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Red and Green Chiles
(This casserole has whole green chiles and red chile sauce.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Spaghetti Squash Low-Carb Taco Bowl
(All the flavors you love in tacos, in a spaghetti squash bowl!)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Baked Chicken Stuffed with Green Chiles and Cheese
(This is a bit more work than some of the other recipes, but oh so worth it!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl
(I’ve made this over and over!)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl
(If you like Green Chile Chicken you’re going to love this meal!)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake
(This is as delicious as battered chile rellenos, but it’s low-carb and gluten-free.)

Low-Carb But Not Gluten-Free Mexican Food Dinners

(These recipes use low-carb tortillas so they’re not gluten-free, but they are low in carbs.)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Ground Turkey Green Chile Low-Carb Tacos with Avocado Salsa
(PLEASE do not skip the avocado salsa; that’s what makes these tacos amazing!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Pressure Cooker Low-Carb Flank Steak Tacos with Spicy Mexican Slaw
(We loved these tacos with ultra-tender flank steak. The recipe also has slow cooker instructions!)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Shrimp and Avocado Tacos
(We absolutely swooned over this recipe when we tested it!)

 Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Slow Cooker Low-Carb Mexican Lasagna Casserole
(Your family will love this one; use low-carb tortillas.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Slow Cooker (or Pressure Cooker) Shredded Beef Tacos with Spicy Slaw and Avocado
(A complete winner; use low-carb tortillas and don’t skip the slaw!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Low-Carb Breakfast Tacos with Sausage, Peppers, and Eggs
(Use low-carb tortillas and have breakfast for dinner!)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole
(This will be a hit with the family; use low-carb tortillas.)

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

Easy Guacamole Tostadas
(So much YUM! Use low-carb tortillas.)

https://kalynskitchen.com/2014/11/low-carb-slow-cooker-green-chile-chicken-tacos.html

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos with Poblano-Cabbage Slaw
(I love the slaw in this recipe; use low-carb tortillas.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Chicken Fajitas in the CrockPot
(Use low-carb tortillas or eat the chicken and veggies with melted cheese.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
(This was a huge hit when we tested the recipe!)

More Low-Carb Mexican Food to Try:

15 Best Low-Carb Mexican Recipes ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Keto Mexican Recipes ~ Seeking Good Eats
10 Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites You’ll Make Over and Over ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Tell us in the comments about what’s going on the Cinco de Mayo menu at your house!

25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com25+ Healthy Low-Carb Mexican Food Recipes found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Source: https://kalynskitchen.com/twenty-five-healthy-mexican-food-recipes/

Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits

August 21, 2018

Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits - So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits - So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

I know I should really be focused on this wedding diet and all. You know, the whole shredding-for-the-wedding business.

But really, all I care about are these biscuits – the biscuits loaded with all of my favorite things — crisp bacon bits, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, garlic and black pepper.

I’ve had these all week. So I think it’s safe to say that this has consumed my life now.

Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits - So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

Because I can’t help but think – how can I incorporate more butter into these biscuits?

Do I just slather with melted butter on top, or do I just schmear with softened butter once I open these bad boys up? Do I do both?

Decisions, decisions, guys.

Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits - So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST!

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bacon, flour, cheese, parsley, baking powder, pepper, salt, baking soda and garlic powder.
  4. Grate butter using the large holes of a box grater. Stir into the flour mixture.
  5. Add buttermilk and stir using a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
  6. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 1 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut out 14-16 rounds using a 2-inch biscuit or cookie cutter. Place biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet; place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove biscuits from freezer. Place into oven and bake for 14-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Serve warm.

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Source: https://damndelicious.net/2018/08/21/black-pepper-cheddar-bacon-biscuits/

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells by The Pioneer Woman

I love chicken Alfredo. I love stuffed shells. Ergo, I love Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells! That doesn’t mean I’m good at math or logic—it simply means I’m good at eating. This is a tremendously delicious baked pasta dish, and if you have all the ingredients at the ready, it’s really not hard to pull together! It’s also a great casserole to assemble ahead of time and keep in the fridge until it’s time to bake.

And it’s nice and rich, so it serves a good-sized family if you add in a salad.

Let’s make it together, friends!

 
Here’s the Cast of Characters. And if you could imagine MILK in that list, I would greatly appreciate it seeing as how I’m an airhead and forgot to add it.

 
 
Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then drizzle olive oil on a grill pan or skillet. Grill the chicken on both sides over medium heat until totally done in the middle.

 
 
Shred the chicken with two forks…

 
 
Until it’s totally shredded!

 
 
In another bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, and Parmesan.

 
 
Add grated mozzarella (and this is the supermarket stuff, not the fresh stuff)…

 
 
Two eggs (even though you only see one…)

 
 
Salt and pepper…

 
 
And minced parsley!

 
 
Next, add the shredded chicken…

 
 
And a little cream to make it stirrable…

 
 
And smush/stir it all together until it’s combined.

 
 
Now it’s time to make the Alfredo: Melt butter in a skillet and sprinkle over some flour.

 
 
Whisk it together and let it cook…

 
 
Until it turns a deep golden brown. This’ll take about 2 to 3 minutes!

 
 
Combine milk and cream and pour it in, whisking constantly.

 
 
Cook it until it bubbles up and thickens, 2 or 3 minutes.

 
 
Add some minced garlic…

 
 
Salt and pepper…

 
 
And plenty o’ Parmesan.

 
 
Stir until the cheese is melted!

 
 
Chop some basil and add it along with a little more parsley. Taste it and add more salt and pepper as needed. It should be nice and thick and miraculous. If it’s a little too thick, splash in a little more milk. If it isn’t thick enough, let it cook a bit longer.

 
 
Spread a little sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.

 
 
Use a spoon to fill each cooked shell really full with the chicken/ricotta mixture…

 
 
And place them face down in the pan with the sauce.

 
 
Then—you got it!—pour the sauce all over the top of the shells.

 
 
Top with more mozzarella…

 
 
More Parmesan…

 
 
Then bake it for about 25 minutes at 375 degrees! It needs to be golden on top and bubbling around the edges.

 
 
Sprinkle a little more parsley and basil on top…

 
 
And serve it up, 2 or 3 shells per serving!

 
 
I served it with salad greens, halved cherry tomatoes, and balsamic glaze.

And the girl was happy.

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Prep Time:
25 Minutes
Difficulty:
Easy
Cook Time:
25 Minutes
Servings:
8 Servings
  • 20 whole Jumbo Pasta Shells, Cooked And Drained
  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, For Grilling Or Frying
  • 3/4 cups Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 cups Cottage Cheese
  • 3/4 cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese, Plus More For The Top
  • 2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese, Plus More For The Top
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Minced Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Basil
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream, Plus More, As Needed
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan or iron skillet over medium heat, drizzle with olive oil, and cook the chicken on both sides until it's done. Remove and shred with two forks and allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, cottage cheese, mozzarella, 1 cup of the Parmesan, eggs, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, salt, pepper, and chicken. Stir to combine, splashing in 2 tablespoons heavy cream if needed. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and sprinkle over the flour. Whisk and cook until the roux turns golden brown. Pour in the milk and cream, whisking constantly, and cook for a few minutes, until thickened. Add the garlic, the additional 1 cup Parmesan, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon minced parsley, and minced basil and stir until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.

Add 1 cup sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Using a spoon, fill each of the jumbo shells generously with the chicken/ricotta mixture. Lay them face down in the pan, then pour the sauce all over the top. Sprinkle on extra mozzarella and Parmesan, then bake for 25 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.

Serve with salad!



Source: https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/chicken-alfredo-stuffed-shells/

“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Thirteen

Why Didn't I Think of That

Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make your life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about! And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of those tips and tricks with you in the thirteenth edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Missed the last installment, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips? You’ll find links to every post in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series at the end of this post!

Why Didn't I Think of That

 

1. Remove Splinters With A Potato

Sometimes a splinter gets buried juuust deep enough that you can’t get to it with tweezers. In those cases, grab a potato! Cut off a small section of raw potato and apply it to your skin where the splinter is. Tape it on with a bandaid (or any other tape you happen to have on hand), and leave it there overnight. In the mooning, you’ll be able to remove the splinter easily!

How does it work? It’s uncertain, but some think it’s because the potato draws moisture away from your skin. Skin tightens as it loses moisture, exposing more of the splinter and make it easier to remove.

Why Didn't I Think of That

2. Microwave Your Cleaning Rag

Hot water works is more effective than cold water when it comes to cleaning, and the same is true of the water you use to dampen your favorite cleaning cloth. Use your microwave to heat up your damp cleaning cloth and watch how it powers through gunk and grime!

Soak a clean rag/cloth in water, and give it a gentle squeeze so that it’s wet, but not dripping. Pop the wet rag in your microwave and heat it in 15-second increments until it’s hot, but not too hot to handle. Reheat your rag as needed to make all your cleaning projects easier!

Why Didn't I Think of That

3. Eliminate Odors With Rice

Have a closet or room in your house that has been smelling a bit musty? You can use dry rice to freshen it up! Just put a cup or two of rice into a mason jar and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Place a thin, breathable cloth over the jar opening (like a flour sack towel or some cheesecloth) and secure it in place with a canning ring.

Why Didn't I Think of That

Put the jar in the closet or room that needs freshening, and leave it there for a week or so. The absorbent rice will help absorb and eliminate those musty smells, and leave the area smelling much fresher!

Why Didn't I Think of That

4. Wash Small Items In Your Dishwasher

Using your dishwasher is a great way to keep things clean without a lot of extra effort on your part. But small items can be tricky, because dishwasher racks will allow small stuff to fall through quite easily. But not if you put them in a mesh laundry bag first!

This works well for keeping kitchen items like measuring cups, mason jar lids, and other small items that tend to get lost in the dishwasher. But you can also use a mesh laundry bag to safely clean non-kitchen items in your dishwasher, like LEGOs and other plastic toys. The mesh bag will keep them safe and sound, and they be clean in no time!

Why Didn't I Think of That

5. Keep Your Microwave Clean

You might already use paper towels to cover bowls and plates in your microwave to help keep it clean. But paper towels can be expensive, so why not use coffee filters instead? Paper coffee filters keep your microwave just as clean as paper towels, but they are a lot cheaper and you can buy them in bulk!

Why Didn't I Think of That

6. Grind Your Red Pepper Flakes

Love red pepper flakes, but hate those big pieces that get stuck in your teeth? Get a cheap pepper mill and use it to grind up your red pepper flakes! You’ll be able to enjoy the added heat on your pizza without worrying about what the state of your teeth will be like after dinner.

Why Didn't I Think of That

7. Travel Tip For Shoes

When you’re packing for a trip, it can be difficult to figure out how to put your shoes in your luggage without them dirtying up your clean clothes. That’s why I always keep a shower cap on hand! Put your shoes side-by-side, then wrap a shower cap around the soles of both shoes. It’s an effective and inexpensive way to avoid that problem entirely!

The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series

If you’ve missed any of the previous posts in this series, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips, you’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find links to all of the previous posts in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series. (You can also save them to your Favorites if you’re an OGT Plus member!)

Happy reading! :-)

Read More: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight | Part Nine | Part Ten | Part Eleven | Part Twelve | 1st Holiday Edition | 2nd Holiday Edition | 3rd Holiday Edition | Father’s Day Edition | Thanksgiving Edition | Super Bowl Edition




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Buffalo Chickpea Pitas With Ranch

January 28th, 2014

Makes 16
Total time: 20 minutes || Active time: 20 minutes

Buffalo Chickpea

Why is the Super Bowl my favorite time of the year? I totally don’t follow football the rest of the season. I’m more of a baseball girl (86 Mets!) but honestly, haven’t really paid attention since the Subway Series. Yet when this time of year rolls around I’ve suddenly got team spirit, even if I don’t even know which teams are even in it. I have taken existential inventory of my actions and I think I have the answer. It’s…well, it’s the wings.

It’s all the food, really (here’s a few of my Superbowl recipes.) But wings in particular give you carte blanche to eat all of the Frank’s that your heart desires. And my heart desires a lot.

This is such an easy way to capture the essence of buffalo wings. A spicy, tangy chickpea salad, a cooling dollop of ranch and fresh crunchy celery. All in one little bite that won’t leave your fingers greasy! Oh, and everything takes like 20 minutes to put together.

So go on, whip this up and invite over some other friends who have no idea what’s going on. But make sure that you switch back and forth from the Puppy Bowl. This year there is the Kitten Bowl, too!

Buffalo Chickpea
(Oops, forgot to add the celery to the above shot. But you get the idea.)

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Avocado toast, nachos & vegan donuts Omaha

Hand holding vegan apple fritter. Vegan donuts Omaha.

Avocado toast, nachos, and vegan donuts Omaha. How to not go hungry as a vegan in Nebraska. Donuts from Hello Sugar and Farine + Four, and nachos at Modern Love.

This past weekend David and I went to Omaha for a couple of days, because he was speaking at their local BritishFest about his work on Doctor Who: Shada. When we weren’t getting TARDIS flying lessons, we sampled the Omaha vegan food scene.

(For an extensive list of vegan options in Omaha, check out this post on vegan Omaha restaurants.)

Vegan donuts Omaha at Hello Sugar

Hand holding vegan raspberry jam donut. Vegan donuts Omaha.

Our first morning in Omaha while I was out getting coffee, Kayla, a person on Instagram who lives in the area, told me that I needed to pick up vegan donuts from Hello Sugar.

Hello Sugar sells doughnuts at a couple of different farmers markets. (Keep an eye on Hello Sugar’s Instagram for the menu, as well as locations & times.)

I happened to be fairly close to the farmers market at the time, and so I made a beeline there.

In addition to selling non-vegan doughnuts, Hello Sugar had several vegan doughnuts on offer including chocolate almond sea salt, raspberry jam filled, lemon pistachio, apple fritters, glazed with sprinkles, and triple berry.

David’s favorite doughnut is raspberry jam filled, and so that was a no brainer. I asked what the other big sellers were and was told that people always come back for the apple fritters and lemon pistachio. So I grabbed those as well.

Lemon pistachio - vegan donuts Omaha.

The doughnuts were wonderfully fresh and full of bounce, light, and airy. For us, the big winner was the raspberry jam filled, but I’d happily eat any of them all over again.

Farine + Four

Interior Farine + Four in Omaha, Nebraska.

I visited the bakery Farine + Four for breakfast two mornings while we were there.

(The second day, we’d planned on going to Saddle Creek Breakfast Club, because they have an inviting vegan brunch menu, in addition to their standard menu. However, when we arrived, the area in front of the restaurant was positively packed with throngs of people waiting for a table. It looked like it would be a really long wait, so we skipped it. But I’d like to go another time!)

Handwritten menu for Farine + Four in Omaha.

Farine + Four has a rotating menu. They handwrite the menu on the counter in front of the cash register. So if there’s a line, you can’t really see it until you place an order. It would be nice if they had a menu board higher up, where it could be seen from a distance.

I got a rosemary bagel with vegan cream cheese for me, and an everything bagel with vegan cream cheese to-go for David.

Bagel with vegan cream cheese at Farine + Four.

The bagels were wonderful – chewy on the outside and soft on the inside. As a rosemary fan, I was all over the plethora of dried rosemary on top.

But the cream cheese was a little perplexing. I’m still trying to figure it out. I wonder if they might have given me the wrong thing, because it looks like they actually ladled it on. Perhaps it was donut glaze by mistake? The flavor was sweet and pleasant, but it didn’t look like cream cheese in any way, and it made my bagel soggy.

Out of curiosity, I googled their vegan cream cheese after the fact, and in other pictures, it looks the way a person would expect cream cheese to look.

Inspired by this experience, I’ve decided to start a country band called Soggy Bagel Bottoms. Look for my record in stores.

Soy latte at Farine + Four in Omaha.

The confusing cream cheese wasn’t enough to keep us from going again the next day, and I’m really glad we did.

This time they had vegan donut holes on the menu in three flavors – lemon & lavender, cardamom, and vanilla. (Because we hadn’t had enough donuts, right?) You can get just one flavor or a mixture of all three. I’m not really into lavender or cardamom, and so I went with vanilla alone.

Vegan donut holes at Farine + Four.Hand holding vegan donut hole at Farine + Four.

They fry the donuts fresh when you order, and so they actually come hot to the table. They were coated in sugar and reminded me of churros in ball-form.

David ordered avocado toast, and it was topped with thinly sliced radishes & pea tendrils.

I ordered the zucchini avocado toast, which had loopy zucchini ribbons, marinated onions, and pea tendrils.

Avocado toast at Farine + Four in Omaha, Nebraska.Zucchini avocado toast at Farine + Four.

I have vegan avocado toast for breakfast probably 3 mornings a week, and it’s always delicious. But wow, they really took avocado toast to the next level.

First, instead of just toasting the bread in a toaster, it was oiled and toasted in a skillet. So it was really crunchy and crisp on the outside. Then the onions were pickled, and there was an extra savory richness to the toast that I couldn’t put my finger on. Some kind of flavored oil, perhaps?

Anyway, I can’t recommend their avocado toast highly enough. It might not seem like something a person needs to go out of their way for on a trip, but you really do.

While we were there, we also picked up a fresh loaf of sourdough bread to give the cat sitter (a.k.a. my parents) as a thank you gift, and it was exceptional.

Modern Love Omaha

Wine glasses at Modern Love Omaha.

Obviously, any trip to Omaha must involve at least one visit to Modern Love, if not more than that.

When we first rolled into town Friday night, we went straight to Modern Love for our 8 o’clock reservation. I’d seen on Facebook that they were offering their seitan reuben as a weekday-only special. So I knew this was my big chance to finally score my favorite sandwich from one of my favorite restaurants.

When we arrived, Isa, the owner of Modern Love & cookbook author extraordinaire, came out to say hi. She asked if I’d planned on ordering the reuben, and then gave me the bad news that they were out of them.

As luck would have it, though, they did have some stray ingredients laying around, and there was enough to put together a reuben amuse-bouche. So even though I was disappointed about missing the reuben, I was excited I’d get a taste at least.

We placed our orders, and I felt confident much deliciousness awaited us…

Once it was ready, Isa brought the reuben amuse-bouche to the table and laughed, “It’s not really an amuse-bouche.”

Vegan reuben at Modern Love Omaha.

It was like a full-sized sandwich with two onion rings piled on top! The bread was nice and charred around the edges, and it was filled with seitan, sauerkraut, and thin slices of smoky beet. The cheesy layer had a nice pop of miso. So good!

David and I ordered a nacho platter appetizer as well.

Vegan nachos at Modern Love Omaha.

This thing was positively massive with walnut chorizo, big dollops of guacamole, hot sauce, pico de gallo, and cashew-based queso. There wasn’t a dry chip in the bunch.

By the time my dinner order of mushroom stroganoff arrived, I immediately asked for a to-go box. That worked out well, though, because then lunch the next day was sorted.

For his main course, David had ordered the chickpea bacon ranch sandwich.

Chickpea cutlet sandwich and potato salad at Modern Love in Omaha.

It was layered with chickpea cutlets, avocado, mushroom bacon, greens, tomato, and ranch dressing. On the side was purple potato salad.

Isa’s chickpea cutlets are a vegan classic. When I first went vegan, I made them all the time. They’re also a good & easy vegan Thanksgiving main dish option.

The chickpea cutlets at the restaurant were a little different than the ones in Veganomicon. The chickpeas themselves aren’t as prominent. They’re more blended into the cutlet. The cutlets are thin and uniform in a way that reminded me of Milanese.

David also had his sandwich for lunch the next day. That hadn’t been our initial plan, but it was super convenient!

Kale Caesar salad with cornmeal crusted tofu and croutons at Modern Love Omaha.

Even though there are other vegan options to be had in Omaha, we couldn’t resist the opportunity of going back to Modern Love another time while we were there.

For my main dish, I got the kale Caesar salad, which was dressed with a tahini caper dressing. This super nooch-y salad was topped with smoked mushrooms, capers, pepita parmesan, and croutons. I also added cornmeal-crusted tofu.

David ordered the mushroom stroganoff I’d ordered the night before with added chickpea cutlets.

Mushroom stroganoff with chickpea cutlets at Modern Love Omaha.

The thing I really love about this stroganoff is that they don’t skimp on mushrooms.

Sometimes you’ll order a pasta dish with mushrooms, and there will only be a handful of cremini mushrooms. But with this one, even after finishing the noodles, there were still loads of wild mushrooms at the bottom, including oyster mushrooms.

(By the way, she has a similar mushroom stroganoff recipe in Isa Does It, one of my favorite cookbooks.)

Choosing dessert was a real dilemma with strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, and an old school sundae all in the line-up. But ultimately, I had to go with the one that I never see anywhere else – peanut butter Snickers pie.

Slice of Snickers pie on plate at Modern Love Omaha.

Look at that.

It really tasted like a Snickers bar with a thick layer of chocolate ganache, whole peanuts, a gooey peanut butter custard interior, salted maple caramel, and a big dollop of coconut whip to finish it off. Incredible.

I imagine by the next time we get to Omaha, Modern Love will be in their new, larger location, where the seitan reuben will be on the regular menu! (They’re just waiting on furniture now. So it shouldn’t be too long!) I’m excited to get back again, whenever that happens.

And that ends our excursion to Omaha! For more vegan options in Nebraska and beyond, check out my vegan travel page.



Source: https://cadryskitchen.com/2018/08/09/vegan_donuts_omaha/

KitchenAid’s fiery new shade is our latest appliance obsession

Is it possible to fall in love with a stand mixer? For 100 years, KitchenAid has been winning the hearts of home cooks with their mixers, blenders, food processors and other kitchen tools, but they’ve really outdone themselves this time. To celebrate their centennial anniversary, the appliance brand has revealed its latest color of countertop appliances, and the Queen of Hearts Collection is truly fit for royals.

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The limited-edition Queen of Hearts collection features the KitchenAid goods you know in a fiery cherry shade the brand has dubbed “Passion Red.” Perfect for a modern kitchen looking for bright pops of color, the Queen of Hearts collection isn’t KitchenAid’s first foray into red. In fact, they offer three shades of red stand mixers on their site right now — Candy Apple Red, Empire Red and Hot Sauce — as well as red-adjacent colors such as Watermelon, Bordeaux and Cranberry. So what makes Passion Red different? Well, it’s brighter and more purely red than the other colors offered right now, and the particular hue and name have a deeper meaning for the brand.

“The 100 Year Limited Edition Queen of Hearts Collection in Passion Red reflects the love and passion that home cooks have for making and aims to inspire creativity in the kitchen for the next 100 years,” Nikki Lockett, U.S. marketing leader for KitchenAid Small Appliance, said in a press release.

This celebratory shade will hit select retailers and KitchenAid.com on April 1 as a 5-quart stand mixer with a stainless steel bowl ($399.99), a 5-quart stand mixer with a glass bowl ($499.99), two-speed hand blender ($54.99), 3.5-cup food chopper ($54.99), seven-speed hand mixer ($74.99), kettle ($84.99) and two-slice toaster ($84.99). Later this year, KitchenAid will also roll out ranges in Passion Red, so your whole kitchen can be color-coordinated.

The Queen of Hearts Collection with its bold Passion Red shade isn’t KitchenAid’s first celebratory new color. In September, they released a line of Misty Blue appliances as a throwback to one of their very first colors of mixers. KitchenAid has also been expanding their color lines with a color of the year. 2018’s color of the year was a sunny coral shade known as Bird of Paradise. But no matter which stand mixer, hand blender or toaster you choose, make sure you keep your kitchen stylish and coordinate your essential kitchen tools.




Source: https://www.thedailymeal.com/entertain/kitchenaid-queen-of-hearts-passion-red-line/022819

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