Monthly Archives: September 2012

Amazing Quiche

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Finally, I found a recipe that will help me with my current abundance of eggs!

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Fall, Fall, Fall!!

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This is my favorite time of the year! Minus the allergies that tend to go crazy with the dead moldy leaves…. I love the way nature looks, I love the food, and of course, I absolutely love Halloween. My kids may not have the best holiday clothes but when it comes to costumes we go all out. Except my son wants to be the same thing he was last year, I guess I’ll survive, he looked so darn cute anyways!
My husband promised after the camping trip this weekend we could get out all of our fall decorations. Today I had to run out to get some supplies for a project my son is dong in school. He has been assigned to decorate a letter H with items that start with the letter H. For the longest time hair was the only thing that came to mind. Then with all this Halloween talk, I couldn’t think of anything better than to do a Halloween themed H. My husband argued that bats and pumpkins don’t start with H. I said (and rolled my eyes) that it still works if he explains that it is Halloween and anyways, it is Kindergarten! So while out in the Halloween isle of the dollar store, I could help but grab a few inexpensive items to add to our existing fall decor.

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Cute huh? I think every office needs a dancing skeleton!
Now for a fall dish! Remember not long ago when I made crockpot chicken with a beer for it to cook in? If not glance back here. I was so impressed with the favor, I wondered how it would do with other meats. So I tried it. I have made a few pork roasts in the past and they were good but not great. I searched around the web for some ideas to see if people had any success. Lots of people suggested dark beer but the also added lots of other stuff to their dish. I went for simple with my fingers crossed.

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Yum! Yum and easy!!
This pork was tender and juicy! There was hardly any real shredding involved because it fell apart.
Here is what I used:
1 pork roast completely thawed, I also hit mine with my meat tenderizer after it was thawed
1 amber beer (I used Blue Moon Carmel Apple! It is a fall special!)
2 cloves garlic minced
Beef bullion (the powder type 1 tbsp)
(I added carrots and onion but didn’t like how they turned out, maybe I should have precooked them or something??)
In a crockpot, I added the thawed roast with garlic and bullion on top. Pour beer over meat and set my slow cooker on low. Cook until meat is completely cooked through. It should just fall apart when you pull it out. Shred and top with your favorite BBQ sauce. Bun is optional. Even my super picky son gobbled this up!

Best Fall Salad

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A couple weeks back I had a meeting over the lunch hour. This is not unusual, but when the big wigs of the community are also invited, they typically become catered lunches. Typically those lunches are good. This one was pizza. *sigh* Not that I don’t want to stuff extra slices down my bra like pizza, but sometimes I can eat a slice or two too many. To my surprise the pizza (Donatos) came with an awesome salad! They called this salad the Chicken Harvest Salad and it came with an Apple Vinaigrette Dressing made Marzetti.
I just had to re-create this salad at home, so I did.

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Yummy, yummy, yummy! This salad was so good! I didn’t see an apple vinaigrette at the store, plus I know I like to make my own dressing as do some of my readers so with a little research I found this recipe at Disney’s Whispering Canyon Cafe!

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After allowing this dressing to chill, it had a light apple flavor. In the future I want to play with this dressing by maybe adding more apple flavors, less oil and maybe some honey, maybe some cinnamon? But as it was, it was great for this salad!

It just so happened that I had recently pinned a recipe for Crockpot Beer Chicken I knew it would be perfect for my salad!

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This chicken was so moist when it was cooked and it fell apart. It would make the perfect start to any shredded chicken sandwich. In fact, I wonder how pork would do??

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Although I used this blogger’s (My Dailey Dish) concept I did add my own spices and really didn’t measure.
I used:
frozen chicken breast (boneless/skinless)
1 bottle of beer
few sprigs of thyme
garlic powder
paprika
salt
pepper
1. Throw all the ingredients in your crockpot, yes even the chicken still frozen and cook on low until chicken is fully cooked.
2. Pull chicken out and shred on a plate. Amazingly good! See beer does make everything better! But if you don’t drink, or if you are allergic to alcohol like my bubble child friend, they say cola works too. Google it.

Ok so we have covered the two main ingredients to this salad so far. However to make this an awesome harvest salad I also added:
apples (don’t cut until right before serving because they brown, or else you’ll have to spritz them with lemon or sprite or something.
dried cherries (because the rock next to the dried cranberry)
Gorgonzola cheese (because I like it more than blue cheese)
bacon (because it makes everything taste better)
pecans (walnuts would rock too!) you could do candied or honey roasted but I went al natural
romaine chopped

All I can say is yummy! If you have a favorite dressing or fall salad, feel free to add links to it in my comment section!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Anymore, people seem to be avoiding flour¬†like its a plague. For some, who can’t have gluten, it might be like a plague ūüôā Although I don’t avoid it entirely, I have tried to scale it back…some. For years I have heard of the idea of substituting cauliflower for traditional pizza crust. Finally it was this post,that made me decide to try it out. She did not steer me wrong.

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Doesn’t it look amazing! Continue for tips

Three Years Later

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So years ago, three actually, I ripped this recipe out of a magazine to save in my recipe book. Clearly, this was before I had ever met the totally addicting Pinterest! I kept this recipe with intent of making it for a friend’s birthday! I did not intend for it to take three years.

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The wait, although unnecessary, may have been worth it!

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Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle! continue reading for recipe

Carbs v. No Carbs, Take 2

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Just recently I challenged a veggie packed, noodle-free lasagna to stand up to my traditional lasagna. You can see that yummy turnout here.
Apparently, I’m stuck on lasagna type dishes…

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Cheesy Tortellini Soup!
What’s wrong? On a low carb diet? No problem!

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Soup!
One ingredient, replaced at the very end is all it takes to transform this soup! Continue for recipes!