Almond Herb Couscous

Almond Herb Couscous could quite possibly the quickest, most delicious side dish that you can make! Simmering the couscous in chicken stock gives the couscous a depth of flavor, while the almonds and fresh herbs add brightness and a nutty background. This flavor-packed couscous is ready under ten minutes!

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Almond Herb Couscous

Almond Herb Couscous - KJ & Company

Almond Herb Couscous could quite possibly the quickest, most delicious side dish that you can make! Simmering the couscous in chicken stock gives the couscous a depth of flavor, while the almonds and fresh herbs add brightness and a nutty background. This flavor-packed couscous is ready under ten minutes!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Moroccan-style couscous
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 green onions, chopped 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock and butter to a boil over medium heat. After the chicken stock is at a low boil, whisk the couscous into the chicken stock, turn off the heat, and place a lid on the saucepan. Leave the couscous to sit with the lid on for 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff the couscous with a fork and mix in the almonds, parsley and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

If you’re looking for pure comfort food, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is just the dish for you! A classic, homemade, creamy chicken pot pie-type filling is topped with nostalgic tater tots. When it comes out of the oven, the tater tots are golden brown and crispy, while the creamy, chicken filling is bubbling to perfection.

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This is one of those recipes that, even though it isn’t the healthiest on the list, it is certainly one that you will turn back to! That’s the thing about comfort food, though. Recipes that might not be the healthiest for us in calorie count, but good for the soul. With cold temperatures and snow flurries, you will want a bowl of this Chicken Tater Tot Casserole in front of you!

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Tater tots always have a nostalgic memory attached to them. As you crunch into one, it usually takes you straight back to your childhood or the first time you tasted one of those salty, crispy, golden nuggets of joy. I think my husband about cried when he saw me bringing home a couple bags of tater tots to toss in the freezer. You never know when you are going to need a tot!

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Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

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If you’re looking for pure comfort food, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole is just the dish for you! A classic, homemade, creamy chicken pot pie-type filling is topped with nostalgic tater tots. When it comes out of the oven, the tater tots are golden brown and crispy, while the creamy, chicken filling is bubbling to perfection.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch disks
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 32 oz bag frozen tater tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion and sauté until slightly translucent, about a few minutes. Add in the celery, carrots and garlic. Stir to combine and sauté for a few minutes more, avoiding any dark browning of the butter or vegetables. 
  2. Add the salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, thyme and flour into the butter and chopped vegetables. Stir to create a thick mixture and until the flour has coated everything. Whisk in the heavy cream and chicken stock and bring to a low boil. Add in the chicken pieces and stir to combine. 
  3. Reduce the heat to low and allow the chicken filling to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Carefully pour the chicken filling into a 9×13 baking pan. Evenly top it with the frozen tater tots. Bake the Chicken Tater Tot Casserole for 1 hour, or until the tater tots are golden brown and the chicken filling is bubbling. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If the chicken filling is getting too thick while it is simmering on the stovetop, you can add in more chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time to help thin it out. 
  • You could certainly add in any additional veggies of your choosing! Peas, green beans or broccoli would go great!
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Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli

Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli is the comfort food dish that you don’t feel guilty indulging in! Yes, it’s loaded with cheesy tortellini and gooey mozzarella cheese, but the sautéd turkey sausage and broccoli florets balance it out! Pulling this cheesy, bubbling tortellini bake out of the oven will make all of your comfort dinner dreams come true.

Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli - KJ & Company

Tortellini are a fun and delicious way to mix up your usual pasta dishes. Store bought versions work perfectly, in my opinion, but if you are a tortellini connoisseur, then knock yourself out with homemade! As for me, I will stick with the ones that I find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. I can then toss them in my freezer for when I need some cheesy pasta in a flash. They are quick to cook in a pot of boiling water, and then perfect to toss with sauce, sautéd turkey sausage, broccoli and loads of melty mozzarella cheese.

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Whether you’re looking for a cozy weeknight meal, a bubbly date night masterpiece or meal prepping for the week, this Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli is one for the books!

My Epic Tomato Soup Sauce works perfectly as the sauce for this dish, but if you don’t have time to make your own sauce, then your favorite jarred sauce works great as well!

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Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli

Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli - KJ & Company

Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli is the comfort food dish that you don’t feel guilty indulging in! Yes, it’s loaded with cheesy tortellini and gooey mozzarella cheese, but the sautéd turkey sausage and broccoli florets balance it out! Pulling this cheesy, bubbling tortellini bake out of the oven will make all of your comfort dinner dreams come true.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 13 oz smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2 inch disks
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, about an inch in size each
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 20 oz package cheese tortellini
  • 32 oz (4 cups) Epic Tomato Soup Sauce, or jarred sauce of choice
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, oven-proof skillet. Add the turkey sausage and sauté for about 5 minutes or until they start to turn slightly golden brown, making sure to turn them over halfway through. Add in the broccoli florets and chopped garlic and stir to combine. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes, or until the broccoli florets and turkey sausage are sautéd nicely with some golden brown markings. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of boiling water over high heat and cook the cheese tortellini according to package instructions. Drain the tortellini and add them into the skillet with the turkey sausage and broccoli. Pour the tomato sauce over all of the ingredients in the skillet and toss to coat completely. Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese. 
  3. Make the top an even surface and top the tortellini bake with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese until completely coated. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to turn slightly golden brown on top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don’t have a large, oven-proof skillet, you could easily transfer the tortellini bake into a 9×13 baking pan prior to topping it with cheese and baking it.
Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli - KJ & Company
Cheesy Tortellini Bake with Turkey Sausage & Broccoli - KJ & Company

Miso Chicken Ramen

One of the most comforting dishes that I’ve been making lately is homemade ramen bowls! Simmering the chicken, miso, veggies and seasonings together to make your own, homemade, decadent stock is so fulfilling that you won’t know what to do with yourself! Ladle that liquid gold over some freshly cooked ramen noodles, top with your desired toppings and slurp away. There’s just something about making your own, decadent version of a nostalgic dish that makes your heart (and stomach) happy.

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Miso Chicken Ramen is simple ingredients simmered together low and slow to result in a stock that is flavor-packed and decadent. The addition of miso elevates an ordinary chicken stock to the next level. You get the sense of umami, and you just want to close your eyes, savor it, and take in another spoonful. No ramen bowl would be complete without the most obvious ingredient: ramen noodles. These squiggly, little noodles will take you straight back to your childhood and are irresistible to slurp down. Toppings such as soft boiled eggs, shredded chicken (from the stock), seaweed chips, and freshly chopped green onion accompany this dish perfectly. Your bowl will be clean before you know it!

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Don’t let the thought of making your own, homemade stock. All you need is a medium to large stock pot (or Dutch oven), a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time. The longer that the stock gets to simmer together, the better. The flavors will continue to develop and richen together to create a stock that looks like liquid gold.

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Miso Chicken Ramen

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Miso Chicken Ramen is simple ingredients simmered together low and slow to result in a stock that is flavor-packed and decadent. The addition of miso elevates an ordinary chicken stock to the next level. You get the sense of umami, and you just want to close your eyes, savor it, and take in another spoonful.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 12 cups water
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 celery stocks, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons miso paste (I used a brown rice mellow miso paste)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 oz ramen noodles

Topping Ideas:

  • Soft boiled eggs
  • Seaweed chips
  • Chopped green onion
  • Shredded chicken
  • Roasted corn
  • Shredded carrot
  • Mushrooms (cooked or raw)
  • Kale chips

Instructions

  1. Pour the water into a large stock pot or Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add in the chicken breasts, onion, carrots, celery stalks, miso paste, garlic, chicken bouillon cubes and salt.
  2. Bring the stock to a low boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low to allow the stock to simmer. Let the stock simmer on low for at least 1 1/2 – 2 hours (or until the chicken is cooked all the way through), and up to 3-4 hours. Remove the chicken breasts from the stock and set aside to cool slightly. 
  3. Using a large, fine mesh strainer, carefully strain the stock into a large, heat-proof bowl. Discard of the veggies leftover in the strainer to result in a smooth stock in the bowl. Pour the stock back into the stock pot to keep warm on low heat until you are ready to serve. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and shred the meat using a couple forks. Put the chicken meat back into the stock to keep warm as well. 
  4. Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions in a separate pot of boiling water, being careful to not over-cook them as they do cook quickly. Drain the noodles and put them into the miso chicken stock. Stir to combine. Ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings and serve!

Notes

  • If you are going to let your stock simmer 3-4 hours, you may need to add a couple more cups of water to the stock as it will reduce and thicken. 
  • This miso chicken ramen does great as a leftover! Just store it all together in an air-tight container in the fridge and re-heat the next day. 
  • If you are using a whole chicken instead of just chicken breasts, you will need to adjust the cooking time to insure that the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • I’ve even started this stock with chicken that was still slightly frozen. It will still work out perfectly! As always, just make sure that the chicken is cooked through. 
  • If you don’t have time to make this stock before dinner, you could start it earlier in the day in a large slow-cooker. Simply add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker that is large enough and set to a low temperature for 6-8 hours. Continue with the steps of removing and shredding the chicken and straining the stock before serving. 
Miso Chicken Ramen - KJ & Company
Miso Chicken Ramen - KJ & Company
Miso Chicken Ramen - KJ & Company

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted a recipe since Christmas Eve! I never intended to take January off from posting, but it happened and that’s ok! Let’s bring in February with the best: cookies! Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies, that is. A standard chocolate chip cookie gets a face lift with the addition of ever-so-decadent malt powder. Dreams really do come true.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies - KJ & Company

When making malts, I’m the type of person that not only puts a generous amount of malt powder inside my malt, but also a nice dusting of that velvety goodness on top before I dunk my straw in. YOLO, right?! Adding malt powder to this batch of chocolate chip cookies takes the flavor to next level. You get a since of creamy and nuttiness as you sink your teeth into the cookie.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies - KJ & Company

I vote that you should make a batch of these Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies, pull out the blender and whip up some decadent malts, invite me over and we can be best friends forever as we sip malts and eat Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies together. It’s like one of those perfect movie scenes that end in happy dancing, rainbows and sunshine.

Happy February!

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Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A standard chocolate chip cookie gets a face lift with the addition of ever-so-decadent malt powder. You will get a slight creamy and nutty flavor as you bite into each cookie!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/14 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons malt powder
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a few minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add in one egg at a time until completely incorporated, making sure to wipe down the sides and bottom of the bowl in between each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and malt powder. Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture with the mixer speed on low until a cookie dough forms. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips until combined. 
  3. Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough balls onto a non-greased cookie sheet, placing them a couple inches apart. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown and the centers of the cookies have set. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been used. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies - KJ & Company
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies - KJ & Company

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Frosted Eggnog Cookies just may be my new favorite Christmas cookie! The eggnog-infused cookie base is the perfect vessel for the creamy, nutmeg-speckled cream cheese frosting. You won’t be able to resist these! Pour yourself a glass of some classic nog and enjoy a delicious cookie inspired by the holiday season!

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I have always been obsessed with eggnog. When Christmas rolls around you better believe I’m stocking up on that thick and creamy beverage! I’m all for the Christmas Vacation style of drinking it, too. Just pour it all into a punch bowl and dive on in with your antler glass! When eating these Frosted Eggnog Cookies, I get all the same memories and feels from sipping on a glass of nog.

Frosted Eggnog Cookies - KJ & Company

While you’re in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t forget to take a moment to relax and enjoy the time with family and friends. Preferably with a cookie in hand! I hope these Frosted Eggnog Cookies bring you as much joy and happiness in a simple bite as they do to us. Merry Christmas!

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Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Frosted Eggnog Cookies - KJ & Company

Frosted Eggnog Cookies just may be my new favorite Christmas cookie! The eggnog infused cookie base is the perfect vessel for the creamy, nutmeg-speckled cream cheese frosting. You won’t be able to resist these! Pour yourself a glass of some classic nog and enjoy a delicious cookie inspired by the holiday season!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons eggnog
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

For the cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Beat in one egg at a time, making sure to wipe down the sides of the bowl in between each egg addition. Mix in the eggnog and vanilla extract until combined. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until a dough has formed. Use a rounded tablespoon scoop to scoop the cookie dough into balls onto a non-greased baking sheet, placing them at least a couple inches apart.
  3. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies have set and are starting to turn golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat this process until all the dough has been used. 

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter on medium until smooth, about a couple minutes. Add in the almond extract, eggnog and nutmeg and mix to combine. 
  2. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add in one cup of powdered sugar at a time until all of it has been added and the frosting is creamy. Once the cookies have cooled completely, frost each cookie with the prepared frosting. Enjoy!
Frosted Eggnog Cookies - KJ & Company
Frosted Eggnog Cookies - KJ & Company
Frosted Eggnog Cookies - KJ & Company

Epic Tomato Soup Sauce

When I say “Epic Tomato Soup Sauce”, you probably have a blank stare on your face, but let me tell you all about it! Epic Tomato Soup Sauce is a tomato soup so good that it also equals as a sauce to use in place of any jarred pasta sauce. Or, it’s a sauce so good that it can be eaten as a soup! Either way, you need to have this simple, yet decadent recipe in your recipe box!

The secret ingredient to this wonderful tomato soup sauce is (drumroll, please) BUTTER. Just like everything else that is right in the world, butter does the trick! The soup sauce simmers low and slow with a few, simple ingredients to make it taste like you’ve been slaving over it all day long, when it only took you 45 minutes! How much better can it get?

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You can whip up a batch of this Epic Tomato Soup Sauce to serve with your favorite grilled cheese, toss with some pasta or tortellini, or simmer with your favorite meatball recipe! Any way you serve it, it will be delicious!

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Epic Tomato Soup Sauce

Epic Tomato Soup Sauce - KJ & Company

Epic Tomato Soup Sauce is a tomato soup so good that it also equals as a sauce to use in place of any jarred pasta sauce. Or, it’s a sauce so good that it can be eaten as a soup! Either way, you need to have this simple, yet decadent recipe in your recipe box!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 7 cups / 6-7 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 – 29oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 medium-sized onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

  1. In a medium stock pot, combine the tomato sauce, onion, butter and basil. Bring it to a low boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for at least 45 minutes. If you have more time, you can allow the soup sauce to simmer very low for 1-2 hours as well. 
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend the tomato soup sauce until smooth and velvety. Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store in the refrigerator for later use. 

Notes

  1. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can carefully ladle or pour the soup sauce into a standard blender or food processor to blend until smooth. 
  2. This tomato soup sauce can be served with so many things! Either dish it up as a tomato soup (we love ours with a grilled cheese and roasted veggies!). Or, sub it in place of any recipe that you would use a jarred pasta sauce. 
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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Imagine your hands wrapped around a nice, warm mug of velvety hot cocoa with gooey marshmallows floating on top. Take all of those sights, smells and flavors and put them in a cookie! Hot Cocoa Cookies are loaded with all the reminiscent flavors of hot cocoa. A rich cookie base studded with melted chocolate chips is met with gooey mini marshmallows. I finished them by dusting a little cocoa over the top. Perfect for any cold weather baking, midnight treats, Christmas cookie exchange or just to have around. 

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Snuggle up on the couch with a batch of these Hot Cocoa Cookies. Meanwhile, sip on a mug of cocoa! Or definitely have a glass of milk nearby. I don’t think Santa would mind having these cookies, either. 

Hot Cocoa Cookies - KJ & Company

 Most importantly,  you can let your mind wander and relax when you bake cookies. You don’t have to be consumed on the itty bitty details. If you burn a batch, you have more dough to redeem yourself with on the next round! I may or may not have done just that. To get the gooey marshmallow effect, make sure you follow the directions on placing the mini marshmallows on top of the cookies halfway through the cooking process. Putting the marshmallows on top of the cookies right away will cause them to brown and melt all over the place. We’re aiming for the hot cocoa soaked gooey marshmallow effect on these cookies.

Hot Cocoa Cookies - KJ & Company

Whip up a batch of these Hot Cocoa Cookies to share with a crowd, or just for yourself to watch a Christmas movie with. Either way, it’s hard to have any of these leftover! John went as far to say that these cookies are “a total knockout”. You need them. 

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Imagine your hands wrapped around a nice, warm mug of velvety hot cocoa with gooey marshmallows floating on top – now put all of that into a cookie! Hot Cocoa Cookies are full of all the chocolate and marshmallow goodness that you grew up sipping on in a warm mug. A rich cookie base studded with melted chocolate chips is met with gooey mini marshmallows and a dust of cocoa on top. 

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 standard packet of hot cocoa for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Add in one egg at a time until completely combined, making sure to wipe down the sides of the bowl in between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract until combined. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. With the mixer speed on low, add the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture until completely combined and a dough forms. Use a rubber spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the batter until combined. 
  3. Scoop the dough onto a non-greased baking sheet using a rounded tablespoon scoop. Place the dough balls a couple inches apart. Bake for 5-6 minutes and then remove the cookies from the oven. Gently place 4-5 mini marshmallows on top of each half-baked cookie. Put the cookies back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cookies have set and the marshmallows are just softened and slightly melted. Remove from the oven.
  4. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the sheet pan, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to continue to cool. Best eaten when still slightly warm, but still delicious after completely cooled! Repeat this process until all the dough has been used. 
Hot Cocoa Cookies - KJ & Company
Hot Cocoa Cookies - KJ & Company

Balsamic Braised Brisket

Balsamic Braised Brisket is the perfect way to wow and feed a crowd! The wonderful tang from the balsamic vinegar pairs delightfully with the rich flavors of the brisket. It can be served as a holiday dinner, weeknight meal, slow cooker meal, or for any occasion you can imagine! The brisket gets as tender as butter and melts in your mouth. Pair it with Asiago Herb Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Almond Green Beans for a completely delicious meal!

Balsamic Braised Brisket - KJ & Company

Brisket doesn’t have to be a scary cut of meat to work with, nor do you need to think that the only way to cook it is to throw it on a smoker for hours. Even though that way is delicious, we are changing things up around here! We are conquering the brisket! Braising it in the sauce of balsamic vinegar, beef stock and Worcestershire sauce (and other seasonings) not only insures a tender cut of meat, but also creates a buttery, delightful flavor! Whatever you do, don’t skip the last step of simmering the sauce down until it thickens. Trust me, you will want to coat everything on your plate in that sauce! It’s so good and it takes this brisket to the next level.

Balsamic Braised Brisket - KJ & Company

To me, this Balsamic Braised Brisket screams Christmas Dinner!! But it can be enjoyed any time of the year! You don’t even have to have a special occasion to make it – because you will want to make this again and again! 

This recipe can also be adaptable to your schedule. The recipe calls for braising the brisket for a few hours in a Dutch oven, but you could also prepare it in a slow cooker if you not able to have the oven going, or if you won’t be home until later and you want dinner to already be made when you get home. Aren’t slow cookers a wonderful thing? I would recommend 8 hours on low if you are going to use a slow cooker to make this brisket. And please, still follow the directions for making the sauce at the end even if you use a slow cooker!

Balsamic Braised Brisket

Another beautiful thing about this recipe, is that it can also be made in advance and re-heated. I would recommend following all the cooking instructions and storing the brisket completely submersed in the sauce. That way, you will still have tender cuts of meat when you slice it and re-heat it with the sauce. 

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Balsamic Braised Brisket

Balsamic Braised Brisket - KJ & Company

Balsamic Braised Brisket is the perfect way to wow and feed a crowd! The wonderful tang from the balsamic vinegar pairs delightfully with the rich flavors of the brisket. It can be served as a holiday dinner, weeknight meal, slow cooker meal, or for any occasion you can imagine! The brisket gets as tender as butter and melts in your mouth.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pound brisket
  • 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and garlic until combined. Set aside. 
  2. Place the onions on the bottom of a large Dutch oven (a 7-quart Dutch oven is what I used). Season all sides of the brisket with salt and pepper. Lay it evenly on top of the onions that are already on the bottom of the Dutch oven. Pour the prepared sauce over the brisket and cover with a lid. 
  3. Bake for about 3 hours, or until the brisket is cooked completely and is fork-tender. 
  4. To make the sauce, remove the brisket and the onions from the Dutch oven. Bring the sauce to a low boil on medium heat and then reduce the heat to let it simmer. While the sauce is simmering, use a ladle to skim off any excess fat or impurities that rise to the top. Simmer until the sauce has reduced almost by half and is thickened, this could take 10-20 minutes. 
  5. Submerge the brisket back into the sauce and serve, or thinly slice the brisket and serve with the sauce to pour over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are using a slow cooker for this recipe, follow all the steps but instead cook the brisket on low heat for 8 hours. After the brisket is done cooking, carefully ladle or pour the sauce into a medium sauce pan and then follow the directions noted on simmering and making the sauce. 
  • If you are making this recipe in advance, refrigerate the cooked brisket completely submerged in the sauce. This will insure a tender cut of meat when you slice and re-heat the brisket in the sauce. 
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Balsamic Braised Brisket - KJ & Company
Balsamic Braised Brisket - KJ & Company

Garlic Almond Green Beans

Looking for a side dish that you can pair with almost any meal? These Garlic Almond Green Beans are your answer! Crisp green beans are tossed with melted butter, toasted almonds and garlic until tender. You can go straight from the stovetop to the table with this quick and delicious side dish!

Green beans are a classic vegetable to serve along side many different dishes and meats. What I love most about these Garlic Almond Green Beans is that it captures the classic green bean flavor, but adds in a dash of extra flavor and crunch.

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This side dish would be perfect for any holiday meal, date night, or week night dinner. 

Simple, delicious and stunning!

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Garlic Almond Green Beans

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Looking for a side dish that you can pair with almost any meal? These Garlic Almond Green Beans are your answer! Crisp green beans are tossed with melted butter, toasted almonds and garlic until tender. You can go straight from the stovetop to the table with this quick and delicious side dish!

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add in the garlic and almonds and stir to combine.
  2. Add in the green beans and toss to coat completely in the butter, almonds and garlic. Sauté the green beans until tender, about 5-8 minutes, being careful to not let the butter burn. If the butter starts to brown too quickly, simply turn the heat down and up the cooking time on the green beans until tender. 
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately. 

Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cake

Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cake is the perfect cake for the holiday season! A moist, decadent chocolate cake is slightly scented with mint, spread and layered with mint cream cheese frosting, and dusted with crushed candy cane chocolates. All of your guests will drool over this cake! Slice it up and serve a plate of chocolate candy cane smiles. 

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It’s always fun to have a special dessert for a holiday party, Christmas dinner or gathering. This cake captures all of the reminiscent flavors of a candy cane, but with a chocolatey twist. What’s even better, it is something that can be made in advance! Simply bake the cakes, let them cool completely and then wrap them for air-tight storage. You can then make the frosting and assemble it the next day so that you don’t have to store a whole, frosted cake. How great is that?! A decadent cake without the stress.  

After I made this cake and had done 5 other recipes that day, I ended up having no storage containers leftover. So, the cake got sliced and piled into plastic storage bags! But that’s what is so fun and great about it – we simply just had bags of cake to snack on whenever we needed a cake fix!

Bring the warmth of the season into your kitchen when you whip up this cake. Your house will smell wonderful!

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Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cake

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Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cake is the perfect cake for the holiday season! A moist, decadent chocolate cake is slightly scented with mint, spread and layered with mint cream cheese frosting, and dusted with crushed candy cane chocolates.

  • Author: KJ & Company – Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minute cook time +2 hours cooling and assembling time
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, hot
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 oz candy cane chocolates, chopped (I used Hershey Candy Cane Kisses)

Instructions

For the cake: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot, brewed coffee. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the heavy cream, oil and eggs on medium speed until completely combined. Add in the coffee and cocoa mixture and mix until combined. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients until completely combined and a smooth batter has formed. 
  3. Prepare two standard 9-inch cake pans by greasing the sides and bottoms and lining the bottoms with parchment paper. Distribute the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake the cakes for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 
  4. Let the cakes cool slightly in the pans, then turn them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. 

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until completely smooth, making sure there are no clumps. Add in the mint extract and mix to combine. 
  2. Working with one cup of the powdered sugar at a time, mix the powdered sugar into the cream cheese mixture until completely combined and smooth. 

To assemble the cake:

  1. If the cakes have rounded tops, gently slice them off to make them equally flat. Place one cake on your desired plate or cake stand. Spread the top of the cake with 1/4 inch thick layer of frosting. Sprinkle with half of the chopped candy cane chocolates, and then add another layer of frosting on top of that. 
  2. Place the next cake layer on top of the already frosted one. Use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the cakes. Sprinkle the top of the frosted cake with the remaining chopped candy cane chocolates. 

Notes

  • If you can’t find candy cane chocolates, you can used crushed candy canes! Just make sure they are finely crushed so that you don’t have any large, hard chunks of candy cane. 
  • There are many ways to frost a cake! My style is very simple and almost a “naked” frosted style for the sides. Frost and decorate however your heart desires!
  • This chocolate cake recipe is scrumptious! Simply trade the mint extract with vanilla extract to have a standard chocolate cake recipe for any of your chocolate cake needs. 
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Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cake - KJ & Company

Apple Crisp

An apple crisp that is loaded with plump, juicy cinnamon sugar apples and topped with a sugar cookie-like topping. It’s a simple dessert that is destined to please a crowd! Spoon yourself a bowl of this warm Apple Crisp, top it off with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream and dive into your apple crisp dreams.

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My dad loved this dessert so much that he stashed it away so no one else could get their hands on it! Even with family in town, this dessert wasn’t up for grabs for anyone else. That’s what I call a success!

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Apple Crisp may not be the prettiest dessert on the block, but it is loaded with warmth and goodness. It comes together easily, can feed a crowd and is perfect for any holiday gathering! Also makes a great leftover dessert and breakfast if you ask me 🙂 .

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Apple Crisp

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An apple crisp that is loaded with plump, juicy cinnamon sugar apples and topped with a sugar cookie-like topping. It’s a simple dessert that is destined to please a crowd! Spoon yourself a bowl of this warm Apple Crisp, top it off with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream and dive into your apple crisp dreams.

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

For the apple filling: 

  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

For the crisp topping:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

For the apple filling:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Toss to coat the apples evenly.
  2. Pour the apples into a 13×9 baking dish.

For the crisp topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, almond extract, melted butter and sugar. Stir to combine until a crumble forms.
  2. Top the prepared apples evenly with the crisp topping.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the crisp topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbling and soft. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if so desired!

Notes

  • This is a great dessert that can be made ahead of time and reheated.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

Whether its for a holiday party or a weekend dinner, this Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze is the perfect choice! The pork stays wonderfully juicy by the smoky, salty bacon wrapped around it. Brush the top with a slightly tart and sweet cranberry apricot glaze and you have a show-stopper dinner!

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Pork has a tendency to dry out very quickly, but this recipe is all you need to turn that right around! Every bite is juicy and succulent. The bacon wrapped around the outside of the pork loin gets crispy and golden brown, all while the glaze on top gets bubbly and the perfect amount of sticky. You will hear all sorts of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” when you put this Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze down on the table!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze - KJ & Company

Even though this dish is a show-stopper, it won’t drain everything out of you to make it. If you follow the directions thoroughly, you’ll have a bacon wrapped pork loin ready for the oven before you know it!

I think this would be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table, Christmas table, or any table! It’s a delicious recipe that can be used for entertaining or for a spin on a weeknight dinner.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

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Whether its for a holiday party or a weekend dinner, this Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Cranberry Apricot Glaze is the perfect choice! The pork stays wonderfully juicy by the smoky, salty bacon wrapped around it. Brush the top with a slightly tart and sweet cranberry apricot glaze and you have a show-stopper dinner!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound pork loin
  • 10 oz bacon strips
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking twine

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. On a flat surface or cutting board, lay the bacon out to create an even layer, each strip of bacon slightly overlaying the previous one. Place the pork loin on top of the bacon layer a couple inches from one of the sides. Wrap the sides of the bacon around the pork loin and roll them together, working from one side to the other, until the pork loin is completely wrapped in the bacon.
  2. Using cooking twine, truss or tie the pork loin and the bacon together every inch. This will ensure even cook time on the pork loin. Season the top of the bacon wrapped pork loin with salt and pepper and set aside to come to room temperature slightly.
  3. In a small saucepan, whisk together the cranberry juice, apricot jam, brown sugar, honey and dried rosemary. Bring to a low boil on medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the glaze has reduced and thickened slightly. This is the perfect amount of time for the pork loin to come to room temperature.
  4. Brush the top and sides of the bacon wrapped pork loin with part of the glaze. Bake the pork loin for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle reaches 145 degrees. Make sure you are basting the bacon wrapped pork loin every 20 minutes during the cooking process with the leftover glaze in the saucepan. You will do this until there is no glaze left and the pork is cooked through.
  5. Remove the pork loin from the oven and let sit 5-10 minutes prior to cutting and serving. You should be able to easily cut and remove the cooking twine prior to serving.

Notes

  • I would recommend using a more salty/smoky bacon rather than a sweet bacon, since the glaze has a sweet note to it. They will contrast each other nicely!
  • Wrapping the bacon wrapped pork loin with cooking twine will ensure that it cooks evenly and holds it’s shape. It is very easy to cut and remove at the end of the cooking process.

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Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

To say that I’m obsessed with this cake is an understatement. This Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is what all of your pumpkin cake dreams are made of! The moist, spiced pumpkin cake is decadent on it’s own, but then you smooth the milk chocolate cream cheese frosting over the top and it is to die for! I am day-dreaming of plunging my fork into a slice right now.

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I baked this beauty on a Sunday, and by Wednesday there wasn’t a crumb left. Everyone LOVED it. John went as far to say that it’s the best dessert that I’ve whipped up thus far. Now that is a statement! The praises for this cake continued, as even non-pumpkin lovers devoured it.

Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - KJ & Company

Let me just tell you this: how have I never made a milk chocolate cream cheese frosting before?! It is out of this world! You have all the classic, decadent flavors of a cream cheese frosting, and then the milk chocolate is the perfect hint of chocolate to not be too overpowering. Trust me, it pairs perfectly with the pumpkin cake!

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Bake this simple yet show-stopping dessert up for any gathering, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving or holiday party. Or even just because you need some cake in your life! The simplicity of this recipe along with how amazingly good it is will make you come back to this recipe again and again.

 

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Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - KJ & Company

This Pumpkin Cake with Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is what all of your pumpkin cake dreams are made of! The moist, spiced pumpkin cake is decadent on it’s own, but then you smooth the milk chocolate cream cheese frosting over the top and it is to die for! I am day-dreaming of plunging my fork into a slice right now.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes + 30 minutes cooling time for the cakes, assembling and frosting
  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

For the pumpkin cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 oz can pumpkin pureé
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar

For the milk chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  • 2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled

Instructions

For the pumpkin cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, vegetable oil and pumpkin pureé. Mix it together on medium speed until evenly combined. Add in the brown sugar and sugar and mix until combined.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until completely combined and a batter has formed, about a few minutes.
  3. Line the bottoms with parchment paper and grease the bottoms and sides of two 9-inch round baking pans. Evenly split the cake batter between the two pans, making sure that the batter is evenly spread out in the pans and the tops are smooth.
  4. Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until the cakes have set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for about 5-10 minutes in the pans, then turn them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cakes if it sticks.

For the milk chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer speed on low and working in batches, slowly mix in the powdered sugar until the frosting is creamy and smooth, wiping down the edges of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed. Add in the melted and cooled milk chocolate and mix until evenly combined.

To frost the cake:

  1. Once the cakes have cooled completely and the frosting has been made, gently trim off any part of the tops of the cakes to make a flat surface. Place one cake round on the desired serving plate or cake stand. Spread about a 1/4 inch thick layer of frosting on top of the cake, adding more if so desired.
  2. Place the second cake round on top of the first cake round that has frosting on the top of it. Repeat the same process on top of the second cake round and on the sides of the cake until it is frosted completely. Gently adding swoops of frosting for texture if so desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • There are many different ways to frost a layered cake! You can always look up ways to master the art of cake decorating if so desired. I went for a simple look on my cake with swoops on top of the cake and almost a “naked” cake on the sides. I gently decorated with flowers on one side of the cake for a little something extra.
  • This cake can be made a day in advance! After it has been assembled and frosted, refrigerate the cake and then let it come to room temperature prior to serving. Or just eat it cold, because cake is good either way if you ask me 🙂

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Harvest Punch

Looking for the perfect Fall drink to sip on through the holiday gatherings? This Harvest Punch is calling your name! Perfectly sweet from the apple cider and pear juice and smooth and warm from the cinnamon sticks and maple syrup. Add in a bottle of Moscato wine for a little bit of a bubble effect and just the right balance of tartness to match the apple and pear juice. Garnish with fresh sliced apples and pomegranate seeds and get ready for all the festivities!

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I love making a drink like this for gatherings with friends or family, because it can easily be customized per guest. They can drink it as-is, or add in another liquor of choice to bump it up even more. Brandy or caramel vodka would pair very nicely with this Harvest Punch! On the other hand, it can easily be made alcohol-free. Simply sub the Moscato for a lemon-lime soda or a sparkling white grape juice and you are good to go! You could have a kid-friendly pitcher and a grown-up pitcher of this Harvest Punch ready to go and all your problems in the world would be solved. Well, not quite, but it sure is tasty!

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Another nice feature about this festive drink, is that it can be made in advance. The longer the flavors have to mull together, the better! That way, while you’re basting your turkey, you don’t have to worry about whipping up a cocktail for your guests when they arrive. They can serve themselves, customize their drink and be ready to enjoy the party!

 

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Harvest Punch

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Looking for the perfect Fall drink to sip on through the holiday gatherings? This Harvest Punch is calling your name! Perfectly sweet from the apple cider and pear juice and smooth and warm from the cinnamon sticks and maple syrup. Add in a bottle of Moscato wine for a little bit of a bubble effect and just the right balance of tartness to match the apple and pear juice. Garnish with fresh sliced apples and pomegranate seeds and get ready for all the festivities!

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour refrigeration
  • Total Time: 10 minutes prep, 1 hour refrigeration
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups pear juice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • Arils of 1 pomegranate, or about 3/4 – 1 cup of pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the Moscato, apple cider, pear juice and maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  2. Add in the cinnamon sticks, apple slices and pomegranate seeds and gently stir to combine. Let the punch sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour prior to serving and up to 1 day in advance.

Notes

  • If you would like to make this Harvest Punch more than 1 day in advance, I would wait to add the apple slices until you are one day out, as they can get mushy the longer they sit in the juices and moscato.

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Mexican Street Corn Risotto

I don’t even know where to start with this Mexican Street Corn Risotto, because it is loaded with so many good things! From the creamy risotto base, to the perfectly roasted sweet corn, to the salty bacon, the sharp crumble of Cojita cheese and the fresh zing from the cilantro, this dish is sure to be a hit!

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We couldn’t get enough of this Mexican Street Corn Risotto! Seriously, my husband said he could just eat bowls of it. Wether its for a weeknight dinner or a fun new spin on a side dish for the holidays, it will be gone before you know it! How fun would it be to show up with this dish for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving?

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It’s a comfort food dish that has so many good things inside that your tastebuds will go crazy. It can be served as a side dish, or even a main dish! You could easily top it with a grilled protein such as shrimp, chicken or steak to make it more of a complete meal, or just dig in the way it is!

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Mexican Street Corn Risotto

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I don’t even know where to start with this Mexican Street Corn Risotto, because it is loaded with so many good things! From the creamy risotto base, to the perfectly roasted sweet corn, to the salty bacon, the sharp crumble of Cojita cheese and the fresh zing from the cilantro, this dish is sure to be a hit!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 oz chopped bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 16 oz bag frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups Arborio rice (risotto rice)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Cojita cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the frozen corn together with the chili powder and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast the corn for 15-20 minutes, or until it starts to caramelize and roast evenly. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, but not burned, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Add the butter to the bacon grease in the pan and let it melt. Add in the onion and lightly sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes, being careful to not let it brown.
  3. Add the rice into the skillet and sauté it slightly until it is completely coated in the butter and bacon grease. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and stir to coat, making sure to scrap all the bits off the bottom of the pan. Add in the chopped garlic.
  4. Reduce the heat slightly and add in 2 cups of the chicken stock. Let the rice simmer in the stock, stirring every couple minutes, and add more stock in increments of 1-2 cups when the rice starts to soak it all up. Repeat this process until the rice is completely cooked through and all the stock has been used. It is a labor of love that is worth it!
  5. Once the risotto is cooked through, add the Cojita cheese in and stir until melted and combined. Stir in the roasted corn, crispy bacon and chopped cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  • Risotto takes time, but enjoy the process! It will be worth it in the end.
  • If you want to make this completely vegetarian, omit the bacon and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

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No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Imagine diving your spoon head first into a decadent bite of cherry cheesecake. You gracefully make it through the cherry topping and smoothly get through the creamy cheesecake filling to the buttery graham cracker crust at the bottom. Now take all of that cherry cheesecake goodness and whip it up into a batch of No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream! Every spoonful is a bite of frozen cherry cheesecake heaven.

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My mother-in-law makes cherry cheesecake every holiday season, so it’s always a sweet flavor combination that takes us straight to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Isn’t it awesome how food is packed full of memories? Whether you are whipping up a batch of this No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream for a weekend dessert, or serving it for a holiday part, it is bound to be a crowd favorite!

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It’s hard to resist eating all of this No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream at once, because it is so creamy and dreamy! The cream cheese ice cream base is to die for. Toss in the swirls of cherry pie filling and the crunchy bites of crushed graham cracker and you might as well just throw in the towel for any store-bought ice cream. It’s that good!

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No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream - KJ & Company

Imagine diving your spoon head first into a decadent bite of cherry cheesecake. You gracefully make it through the cherry topping and smoothly get through the creamy cheesecake filling to the buttery graham cracker crust at the bottom. Now take all of that cherry cheesecake goodness and whip it up into a batch of No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream! Every spoonful is a bite of frozen cherry cheesecake heaven.

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours freezer time
  • Total Time: 20 minutes prep, 6 hours freezer time
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly crushed graham crackers

Instructions

  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about a few minutes. Be careful to not over-whisk and let the heavy cream start to get clumpy. Use a rubber spatula and gently spoon the whipped cream into a separate bowl.
  2. In the same cleaned out bowl of the electric mixer, whip together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth, about 3-5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until completely combined.
  3. In a freezer safe bowl, container or pan (I used a standard spring-form cheesecake pan), pour half of the ice cream base into the bottom. Top it evenly with half of the graham crackers and then half of the cherry pie filling. Use a knife or spoon to gently swirl the cherry pie filling into the ice cream base without over-mixing. Top it off with the remaining ice cream base and repeat the processes with the rest of the graham crackers and cherry pie filling.
  4. Freeze the ice cream for at least 6 hours and up to a couple days in advance. I would recommend letting it soften slightly prior to serving. Enjoy!

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with White Chocolate

Fall is in the air and all things pumpkin are in full-throttle ahead. Looking for your next scrumptious pumpkin recipe? Look no further! These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with White Chocolate are both wonderfully delicious and simple to whip up! As you bite through the white chocolate topping, cinnamon-sugar coating and get into the pumpkin spice donut, all your pumpkin dreams are going to come true. Not even exaggerating on this one!

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You guys, I’m not even kidding with how good these turned out. Even non-pumpkin lovers couldn’t get enough of these! That’s always a good sign in my book. These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with White Chocolate are perfect for any fall brunch, Saturday morning or could even be passed off as a dessert! How fun would it be to have these sitting around at your next get-together?

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You know what’s also so great about baked donuts? They’re not fried, so therefore they are healthier, which means you can eat more of them 🙂 That’s how it works, right?

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with White Chocolate

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Looking for your next scrumptious pumpkin recipe? Look no further! These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with White Chocolate are both wonderfully delicious and simple to whip up! As you bite through the white chocolate topping, cinnamon-sugar coating and get into the pumpkin spice donut, all your pumpkin dreams are going to come true.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 donuts

Ingredients

For the pumpkin spice donuts:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar

For the white chocolate topping:

  • 10 oz white chocolate melting wafers, melted until smooth

Instructions

For the pumpkin spice donuts:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, pumpkin pureé, melted butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Working in batches, add the wet mixture into the dry mixture using a rubber spatula until a thick batter has formed.
  2. Spray a donut baking pan with cooking spray. Pour all the batter into a frosting/pastry piping bag or a gallon plastic food storage bag with a corner cut off and pipe the batter into the donut baking pan, filling each one about 3/4 of the way full.
  3. Bake the donuts for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Le the donuts rest for a couple minutes in the pan, then turn them out onto a cooling rack.

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:

  1. After the donuts have been baked and cooled slightly, mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl or large plate. Pour the melted butter into a similar sized bowl or plate. Working with one donut at a time, coat the donut on all sides with the melted butter, then toss in the cinnamon sugar until coated completely. Transfer back to the cooling rack or a baking sheet to set. Continue this process until all the donuts have been coated.

For the white chocolate topping:

  1. Melt the white chocolate melting wafers according to package instructions. Using a spoon, evenly split the melted white chocolate amongst the donuts and gently spoon it over the tops of the donuts and let it cascade down the sides. If you have any cinnamon sugar left over from the coating, you can sprinkle the tops of the melted white chocolate with some of it for a garnish. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you can’t find white chocolate melting wafers (I used Ghirardelli), you can use white chocolate chips and melt accordingly.

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Peach Crumble

Even though we are getting into Fall, peaches still haven’t gone out of style! What could be more perfect on a cloudy, chilly day than a bowl of warm, gooey Peach Crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that is just starting to melt? Sounds perfect to me! The peaches cook down and caramelize with the sugars and cinnamon to make a peachy, gooey, decadent base that is topped off with an almond crumble that resembles a crunchy, almond sugar cookie. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream and you have Peach Crumble heaven.

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This is one of those simple recipes to keep on hand. In fact, my dad told me precisely, “Don’t ever lose this recipe!” And I don’t intend to! 🙂 It’s recipes like this Peach Crumble that just bring you warmth and happiness – it’s a comfort food that fills your cup up.

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Even if we are getting out of fresh peach season, you could easily sub frozen peaches for this recipe. That way, you can have Peach Crumble year round! Sounds like a deal to me.

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What could be more perfect on a cloudy, chilly day than a bowl of warm, gooey Peach Crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that is just starting to melt? The peaches cook down and caramelize with the sugars and cinnamon to make a peachy, gooey, decadent base that is topped off with an almond crumble that resembles a crunchy, almond sugar cookie. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream and you have Peach Crumble heaven.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

For the peach base:

  • 5 peaches, cored and cut into 1/4 thick slices
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together all of the ingredients for the peach base until the peaches are evenly coated with all of the ingredients. Set aside
  2. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the crumble topping. Use either a fork or a rubber spatula to mix all of the ingredients together until a buttery crumble forms.
  3. Pour the peach base into the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie dish. Evenly top the peaches with the crumble and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top of the crumble is slightly golden brown and the peaches are bubbling and caramelized.
  4. Enjoy slightly warm with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • You can leave the skin of the peaches on, or choose to peal them. I personally love to leave them on!
  • If you are subbing frozen peaches, do not defrost them prior to baking. Just follow the same steps of tossing them together with all of the peach base ingredients and then topping with the crumble and baking.

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Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Cheeseburger Meatloaf is a meatloaf-lover’s dream come true! Take one bite and your tastebuds will instantly take you to all the wonderful, nostalgic flavors of a cheeseburger. This cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf is seasoned perfectly with a ketchup and mustard duo to take a classic meatloaf to a whole other level.

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Can you really go wrong with a cheese-stuffed meatloaf? I think not. Growing up, my mom would always cover the top of her meatloaf with a nice glaze of ketchup, so the tradition just had to continue! During the baking process, the ketchup gets all sorts of gooey and caramelized and is so dang good. It’s the perfect topping for this Cheeseburger Meatloaf!

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Just like everything else that is right in this world, meatloaf is best served with some mashed potatoes. These Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes are perfect companion, if you ask me. Grab a fork and get a perfect bite full of meatloaf and mashed taters. Your tastebuds will thank me later. If you by chance have any leftovers of this meatloaf, it makes great chili! I crumbled my leftovers, tossed them in a crockpot with all my chili ingredients and left it to simmer low and slow. It was a perfect, flavor-loaded chili!

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Cheeseburger Meatloaf is a meatloaf-lover’s dream come true! Take one bite and your tastebuds will instantly take you to all the wonderful, nostalgic flavors of a cheeseburger. This cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf is seasoned perfectly with a ketchup and mustard duo to take a classic meatloaf to a whole other level.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground hamburger (I did 85/15)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 5 oz sliced cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the hamburger, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, seasoned salt,  Worcestershire and mustard. Using your hands, lightly mix together all of the ingredients until just combined. You don’t want to over-mix the meatloaf as it will get dense when cooking.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the meat mixture evenly in half and form half of it into a 11×4 inch rectangle on the baking sheet. Evenly place the cheese slices on top of the first layer of meat on the baking sheet, leaving 1/2-1 inch of the meatloaf exposed on all sides so that you will be able to crimp the top half of the meatloaf to the bottom half.
  3. Evenly form the other half of the meatloaf mixture on top of the bottom half and the cheese layer. Pinch all the sides closed completely to seal the cheese inside. You will also want to make sure that the top of the meatloaf doesn’t have any cracks in it as well, as it could be a place for the cheese to try to escape. Top the meatloaf evenly with the ketchup.
  4. Bake the meatloaf for 50 minutes – 1 hour, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle reads 160 degrees. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to cool and set for about 10 minutes prior to cutting and serving.

Notes

  • Best served with pickles

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Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish. But, Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes are a delicious spin on a classic! Baby Yukon gold potatoes and baby red potatoes are boiled until soft, then smashed up with creamy sour cream, butter and salt and pepper to make a simple, yet satisfying side dish. I love “smashing” the potatoes instead of “mashing” them, as you will get bites of smooth and creamy mashed potatoes swirled with bits of tender potatoes waiting to be devoured.

You can easily whip these up for any weeknight meal, date night or even for the holidays!

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Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish. But, Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes are a delicious spin on a classic! Baby Yukon gold potatoes and baby red potatoes are boiled until soft, then smashed up with creamy sour cream, butter and salt and pepper to make a simple, yet satisfying side dish. I love “smashing” the potatoes instead of “mashing” them, as you will get bites of smooth and creamy mashed potatoes swirled with bits of tender potatoes waiting to be devoured.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1.5 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes into the bottom of a large pot and cover with enough water to cover the tops of the potatoes by a couple inches. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat and boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and place them into a large mixing bowl or bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sour cream and butter in with the potatoes. Using a stand mixer or a hand-mixer on low speed, mix the potatoes until they are somewhat smooth, but still have some small chunks of potato.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You could add chopped green onions or chives to make a sour cream and onion version!

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Coconut Curry Braised Chicken

Serving up chicken for dinner is a classic approach, but serving up Coconut Curry Braised Chicken for dinner takes it to a whole new level! The crispy, seared chicken gets braised in a coconut curry sauce that is simmering full of flavor. From the slightly sweet coconut milk, to the bold red curry paste, to the hint of heat from a little cayenne, this braised chicken is bound to be a crowd favorite!

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I love how naturally balanced the flavors are in this dish. The coconut milk calms down the red curry paste and cayenne to make the sauce oh-so velvety and delicious. It’s not too overwhelming in the curry department, so if you like the curry to punch you in the face, feel free to just simply add more to fit your fancy. If you have someone who doesn’t quite love the flavor of curry or has never tried it before, this is the perfect dish to start with!

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Make it a complete meal by serving it up with a side of Coconut Cilantro Rice and naan bread (I always go for the garlic naan – so good!). You will definitely want something to mop all the extra, scrumptious sauce that is left on the plate, so naan bread is the perfect companion! You can make your own or go for the store-bought kind – either works! Fresh cilantro and lime wedges are the garnishes that really hit this dish out of the park.

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I used chicken leg/thigh quarters for this recipe, but you could easily use whatever you have on hand! You could do just thighs, legs, breast or even cubed chicken. Give your tastebuds a whirl with this easy and delicious Coconut Curry Braised Chicken!

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Serving up chicken for dinner is a classic approach, but serving up Coconut Curry Braised Chicken for dinner takes it to a whole new level! The crispy, seared chicken gets braised in a coconut curry sauce that is simmering full of flavor. From the slightly sweet coconut milk, to the bold red curry paste, to the hint of heat from a little cayenne, this braised chicken is bound to be a crowd favorite!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 – 3 1/2 pounds chicken leg/thigh quarters, or 4 chicken leg/thigh quarters
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 13.5 fl oz can unsweetened coconut milk, full-fat
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel on all sides to insure a crispy skin when searing. Season both sides of the chicken generously with salt and pepper. In a large skillet or braising pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken into the pan, skin side down. Sear the chicken until the skin is golden brown and crispy, about 5-8 minutes, before flipping. Being careful of oil splatter. Sear the other side of the chicken for the same amount of time, then transfer the chicken to a pan to rest.
  2. Reduce the heat slightly and add the diced onion into the pan. Sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped garlic, red curry paste and cayenne. Stir to combine. Pour in the can of coconut milk into the pan and stir to combine all of the ingredients. Bring the sauce to a simmer and then nestle the chicken back into the pan, skin side up.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the chicken with a lid and let simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and let simmer for an additional 20 minutes to let the sauce reduce and thicken slightly. You can spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken during this process to insure the top of the chicken is basted in the sauce.
  4. Serve the chicken with rice, naan bread, lime wedges and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use any cut of chicken that you prefer. Just follow the same searing process of the chicken, making the sauce, and then nestling the chicken back into the sauce. If you use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, which are typically larger, you may have to adjust your cooking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.
  • When you are searing the chicken, it can splatter oil, so you will need to do so with caution. Utilize a oil-splatter screen (if you have one) or a lid to guard yourself from the splatters when you are flipping the chicken.

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Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos

The fact that I’ve made these Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos three times in the past couple weeks just speaks for itself! Bring back all of your childhood memories in one bite of these Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos.  A chewy, peanut butter crispy cereal base is topped with decadent, melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips and then lightly speckled with flaky salt to kick the flavors up a notch.

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One of the best things about this dessert, besides biting into one of them, is how simple they are to make! No baking required for this quick and scrumptious dessert recipe. They are a great for feeding a crowd, or just to have on hand. You could make them in advance and not even have to worry about dessert!

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I could get lost in the chocolatey-butterscotch swirls on top of the peanut butter crispy. The combination of dark chocolate and butterscotch is one of my favorites. I have to try hard to not eat all the chips before they are melted. What can I say? It’s a perfect combination!

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Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos

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Bring back all of your childhood memories in one bite of these Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos.  A chewy, peanut butter crispy cereal base is topped with decadent, melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips and then lightly speckled with flaky salt to kick the flavors up a notch.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 16 oz marshmallows, regular-sized
  • 7 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 11 oz butterscotch chips
  • 1 tablespoon flaky salt

Instructions

  1. In a large, deep pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add in the marshmallows and stir to coat them with the melted butter. Melt the marshmallows on low heat until smooth, stirring consistently. Add in the peanut butter and stir until combined.
  2. Turn off the heat and mix in the puffed rice cereal until it is completely combined with the marshmallow mixture. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and press the mixture into an even layer in the pan with a rubber spatula.
  3. In a medium/large microwave-safe bowl, heat the dark chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 15-20 second increments, stirring with a spoon after each time, until they are melted smoothly together. Be careful to not over-microwave them as it will cause them to clump up instead of being smooth. It is best to under-microwave the chips and stir them until they are completely melted than to over-microwave. About 45 seconds – 1 minute combined max.
  4. Evenly spread the chocolate/butterscotch mixture over the top of the peanut butter crispy bottom. Sprinkle the top of the melted chocolate and butterscotch evenly with the flaky salt. Let the Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos set for at least 2-3 hours prior to cutting and serving.

Notes

  • If you like more salt, then you can easily use more than just a tablespoon – its up to you!
  • If you are making these a day in advance prior to serving, let the melted chocolate/butterscotch cool and set for about 2-3 hours prior to covering the pan with plastic wrap. Store in a cool, dry place but do not refrigerate.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Fall is in full swing and you know what that means: all things PUMPKIN! This Pumpkin Banana Bread is the perfect baked good to fill your house with warmth and want to make you go back for another slice. The wonderful combination of cozy cinnamon and nutmeg pair perfectly with the delightful pumpkin and fruity banana. Slice into it when it is ever-so-slightly still warm from the oven, smear a little bit of soft butter across it and you have the most scrumptious bite of Pumpkin Banana Bread.

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Pumpkin and banana pair perfectly together. They both deliver a slightly sweet flavor that our tastebuds know so well. Put them together and you have a match made in heaven. Your house will smell like one of those wonderful autumn candles with this Pumpkin Banana Bread baking away in your oven.

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This recipe is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or could easily be turned into a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and a caramel drizzle. We are in a no judgement zone here – all things go.

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This Pumpkin Banana Bread is the perfect baked good to fill your house with warmth and want to make you go back for another slice. The wonderful combination of cozy cinnamon and nutmeg pair perfectly with the delightful pumpkin and fruity banana. Slice into it when it is ever-so-slightly still warm from the oven, smear a little bit of soft butter across it and you have the most scrumptious bite of Pumpkin Banana Bread.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Turn the mixer speed down to low and mix in one egg at a time, making sure to wipe down the edges of the bowl in between each addition.
  2. With the mixer speed on low, add in the ripe bananas until they are combined. Add in the pumpkin pureé and vanilla extract and mix to combine. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture until completely combined.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased and lined bread loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the bread cool for 10-15 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • After cooling completely, this Pumpkin Banana Bread can be stored in an air-tight bag or container for a couple days.
  • The reduced temperature half way through the baking process is to prevent the exterior of the bread from baking/browning too quickly before the interior is cooked all the way through.

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Peach Cobbler Cookie Bars

Peach season is one of my favorite times of the year! We’re getting towards the end of it, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up a batch of these Peach Cobbler Cookie Bars! All the wonderful, gooey, sweet flavors of a peach cobbler are nestled on top of a buttery, almond cookie base that takes after a sugar cookie. Top it all of with a classic crumbly, buttery, crunchy topping and you have the perfect trio!

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A peach cobbler that is portable and you can grab with one hand, how much better does it get?! Another fantastic feature about these cookie bars is that they can be made year round. If you don’t have access to fresh peaches, you can thaw out frozen peaches (and drain of excess liquid), or open a can of pre-made peach pie filling! A fuss-free dessert is the way to my heart.

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With the holidays right around the corner and the time of year we tend to gather with friends and family more, these Peach Cobbler Cookie Bars would be the perfect addition to your dinner table! Serve them slightly warm and top them off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To get the perfect bite, let the ice cream melt slightly on top of your warm Peach Cobbler Cookie Bar, dig your spoon straight through the creamy, cold ice cream, crunchy topping, gooey peach filling and land at the bottom of a soft, dreamy cookie base.

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All the wonderful, gooey, sweet flavors of a peach cobbler are nestled on top of a buttery, almond cookie base that takes after a sugar cookie. Top it all of with a classic crumbly, buttery, crunchy topping and you have the perfect trio! Peach Cobbler Cookie Bars are a perfect way to let the classic flavors of a peach cobbler shine.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil

Ingredients

For the cookie base:

  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons), softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the peach filling: 

  • 5 peaches, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the crumble topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Splash of almond extract

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

For the cookie base:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Wipe down the edges of the bowl with a rubber spatula, add in the egg and turn the mixer speed on low until combined. Add in both of the extracts and mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until a dough forms. Evenly spread the dough into the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan that has been sprayed and lined with parchment paper.

For the peach filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the sliced peaches together with the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until all the peaches are evenly coated.
  2. Pour the peach filling over the top of the cookie base that is in the 13×9 pan.

For the crumble topping:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder and splash of almond extract until completely combined and a crumble forms.
  2. Evenly top the peaches with the crumble topping.
  3. Bake the Peach Cobbler Cookie Bars for 55-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. Let cool slightly prior to cutting into bars. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

 

Notes

  • If you are using a pre-made peach pie filling, simply skip the first step and ingredients listed under the “For the peach filling” in the instructions category. You can pour the pre-made peach pie filling right over the top of the cookie base and top with the crumble topping.

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

This Grilled Spatchcock Chicken recipe was requested so many times, I just had to put it together for you all! If you follow along with me on Instagram (@kjandcompany), then you might have seen this Grilled Spatchcock Chicken pop up several times in my stories. You guys know how to ask for the good stuff, because this recipe is a classic to have up your sleeves! Grilled Spatchcock Chicken is simply a chicken that has been butterflied and had the backbone removed. This results in a perfect, easy and delicious way to grill up a chicken! No frills are necessary, because this recipe lets the taste of a grilled chicken speak for itself.

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Sometimes simple food is the best food, and this recipe is case in point. The first few times that I grilled a spatchcock chicken for you on my Instagram stories, I didn’t actually have a recipe, but rather winged it and hoped it turned out ok. Which it always did, because how can you go wrong with a grilled chicken? You can’t. Actually, that’s a lie, because you can and I did so badly (insert laughing/crying face emoji). The first times that I made a spatchcock chicken was on my parent’s grill. It turned out perfectly and there wasn’t any fuss. So, I go home and try to recreate it again for a formal recipe and disaster struck so quickly that I walked back so dumbfounded into my kitchen from the grill as to what had just happened.

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Every grill is different and I re-learned that very quickly when I was trying to recreate this Grilled Spatchcock Chicken recipe. Before I knew it, the whole chicken was up in flames and when I used my grilling tongs to move it to the other side of the grill, they slipped because I grabbed it in a hurry, forgetting that the back bone of the chicken had been removed (duh, Kate), and the flaming chicken flopped over into heaping mess on the metal side shelf of the grill and onto the wooden deck floor. I was so over it and in shock of what had actually happened that I turned the grill off, flopped the mangled, half-grilled chicken back on the grill, closed the lid and asked John to help me get rid of it when he got home. Yes, all the laughing/crying faces for me. You know that moment in Julie & Julia where Julia has a melt-down on the kitchen floor with a chicken and its stuffing everywhere because she couldn’t even truss a chicken? Well…No crying was involved, but you could say that I was just done with cooking for that day.

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So, I went back to the drawing boards, realized that my grill has a tendency to flame up quickly when grilling something as fatty/juicy as a whole chicken and was determined to make it work. If your grill is like mine, then you will most likely need to finish the chicken in the oven, which is what I ended up doing. But there is nothing wrong with that! You get all the wonderful flavor and grill marks from the grill, transfer the chicken to a baking sheet, cover it with foil, stick it in the oven and forget about it until you are ready to pull it out for dinner. Or, if you have a perfect grill like my parent’s that doesn’t flame up and make you want to have a cooking meltdown, you can easily finish this whole recipe on the grill. Start to finish. How great is that? Either way, you will have a delicious, simple and flavor-packed chicken on the table for dinner.

 

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken is simply a chicken that has been butterflied and had the backbone removed. This results in a perfect, easy and delicious way to grill up a chicken! No frills are necessary, because this recipe lets the taste of a grilled chicken speak for itself.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2- 4 lb spatchcock chicken
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to a medium heat. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, thyme, seasoned salt and olive oil until a paste forms. Set aside.
  2. Using a paper towel, pat the chicken dry. This will result in a crispy skin when the chicken is grilled. Evenly rub the chicken on both the skin side and the underside with the herb and seasoned salt mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Place the chicken on the grill skin side down and grill for about 20-25 minutes. Making sure to move or rotate the chicken every 5 minutes to prevent the skin from burning too much. Flip the chicken and grill on the bottom-side for 20-25 minutes following the same method of moving it around to prevent it from burning. Grill the chicken for roughly 45-50 minutes total, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the chicken reads 165 degrees.
  4. Remove from the grill and let rest a couple minutes before carving.

Notes

  • If you have a grill that has a tendency to flame up too much, you will need to finish the chicken in the oven. Simply grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side to get good grill marks and flavor, then transfer it to a baking sheet, cover it with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the middle reads 165 degrees.
  • If you have a grill pan or grate, you could also place the chicken on top of that to help keep it from burning too quickly. Follow the same instructions of moving it around the grill every 5 minutes or so to keep it from flaming up.
  • Since the chicken has been butterflied and had the backbone removed, it makes it much easier to carve than a whole chicken!

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Pesto Pappardelle

If your garden or herb box is overflowing with basil right now, this is just the recipe for you! Pesto Pappardelle is a simple recipe that lets the vibrant flavors of fresh basil and tomatoes shine. Perfect for a fresh, summer meal! Even if you don’t have basil growing like weeds in your back yard, this recipe is just as delicious with store-bought basil and tomatoes.

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A classic basil pesto swirled together with pappardelle pasta, bursting tomatoes and topped with a generous amount of parmesan cheese to make a delightfully delicious meal. You could easily top this pasta off with some grilled chicken or shrimp to make it more of a complete meal, but it sure is delicious on it’s own!

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Even though this is a classic summer dish, it can easily be made any time of the year. Most grocery stores keep a fresh stock of basil and tomatoes year-round, so you should be all set to go.

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Grab a fork and swirl up a big ol’ bite of this Pesto Pappardelle and do your happy dance.

 

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Pesto Pappardelle

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If your garden or herb box is overflowing with basil right now, this is just the recipe for you! Pesto Pappardelle is a simple recipe that lets the vibrant flavors of fresh basil and tomatoes shine. Perfect for a fresh, summer meal! Even if you don’t have basil growing like weeds in your back yard, this recipe is just as delicious with store-bought basil and tomatoes.

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 16 oz pappardelle pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend together the basil, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, lemon juice and salt until smooth and a pesto forms. If the mixture is too dry, slowly add in an additional 1/4 cup of olive oil until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with pepper.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pappardelle pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add in the tomatoes and garlic and sauté for a couple minutes. Pour the pesto into the pan with the tomatoes and toss to coat. Working in batches, add the pappardelle into the pesto sauce and toss until all the pasta is coated.
  4. Serve with additional fresh basil, parmesan cheese or tomatoes.

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Baking season is almost upon us! Although, I’m a strong believer that you can bake up a batch of cookies any time of the year, because cookies are always a good choice! Now, let’s talk about these Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. A decadent chocolate cookie swirled together with chocolate chips and gooey peanut butter to make a match made in heaven. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter if you ask me!

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These cookies bake up to a pillowy perfection. Even though they are decadently delicious the way that they are, you could easily frost these cookies with a chocolate or peanut butter frosting. Or just smear them with some extra peanut butter, because more peanut butter is always a good decision!

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Even though this Summer has been a golden one and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying eating my weight in watermelon and peaches, I can’t wait for Fall and Winter to roll around! Call me crazy, but Fall and Winter are my top two favorite seasons of the year! There’s just something about feeling cozy, comfort food and the holidays that make my heart happy. Plus, you don’t get judged for wearing UGG boots and yoga pants everywhere, so that’s basically a best-life circumstance.

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Bake up a batch of these Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and enjoy them any time of the year!

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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A decadent chocolate cookie swirled together with chocolate chips and gooey peanut butter to make a match made in heaven. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter if you ask me!

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Add in the peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  2. With the blender speed on low, add in one egg at a time until completely combined, making sure to wipe down the edges of the bowl in between each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. With the blender speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into butter mixture until completely combined and a dough forms. Using a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
  4. Scoop the cookie dough onto a non-greased cookie sheet using a rounded tablespoon scoop and about a couple inches apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies have set. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a cooling rack to cool down. Repeat until all the cookie dough is used.

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Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Step aside pulled pork sandwiches, because Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are in town! Even though the pulled pork sandwich is a classic, these Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are a fun and healthy way to twist things up! Chicken breasts are roasted with smoky chipotle and a sweet and zesty bbq sauce, shredded and tossed together with all the juicy goodness left over on the bottom of the pan to make a killer pulled chicken sandwich. The combination of the chipotle and the bbq sauce will tickle your tastebuds perfectly!

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What we ended up loving the most about this recipe, besides how scrumptious it is, is how versatile it can be! Serve it up one night as Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, and then use the leftovers for tacos or fajitas! Since you have both the flavor profile of the chipotle and the bbq sauce, the pulled chicken can easily be transformed into different meals. How great is that?

Whip them up for a weeknight meal, bbq bash, Sunday dinner, or any time that you just need a simple, delicious, home cooked meal to put on the table.

 

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Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

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Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are a fun and healthy way to twist things up! Chicken breasts are roasted with smoky chipotle and a sweet and zesty bbq sauce, shredded and tossed together with all the juicy goodness left over on the bottom of the pan to make a killer pulled chicken sandwich. The combination of the chipotle and the bbq sauce will tickle your tastebuds perfectly!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup bbq sauce of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 ciabatta rolls, or hamburger buns of choice
  • Toppings such as avocado, red onion, pickles, cheddar cheese, bleu cheese, sour cream, guacamole, coleslaw or salsa (the possibilities are endless!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the bbq sauce, chipotle powder and seasoned salt. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and evenly coat them with the olive oil. Pour the chipotle bbq sauce over the chicken and coat all sides completely.
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through or reaches a 165 degree temperature in the middle.
  3. Uncover the chicken and let it cool slightly. Using two forks, pull and shred the chicken and toss to combine with all the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Serve with desired rolls and toppings.

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be made in a slow cooker. Simply add all of your ingredients into the slow cooker and set the time for however long you need, I would say around 4-6 hours.
  • You can easily serve a crowd with this recipe! Just multiply it by however many people you need to serve.

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Grilled Asian Flank Steaks with Pineapple Salsa

I couldn’t be more excited about sharing this recipe, because it is definitely one of our new favorites! Grilled Asian Flank Steaks with Pineapple Salsa will become one of your new Summer grilling go-to’s! The steaks are marinated to have an Asian flare and then grilled to perfection, and then topped of with a sweet, spicy, zesty pineapple salsa to make your tastebuds sing! Simple ingredients paired together perfectly to create a delicious meal.

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The inspiration for these flank steaks came from my mother-in-law and the delicious steaks she grilled up for the Fourth of July. I just knew I had to make them again! The flank steaks are marinated in a combination of soy sauce, honey and garlic to give them a salty, sweet and zesty flavor profile. The pineapple salsa is tossed together with fresh pineapple, sweet baby heirloom tomatoes, bright cilantro and peppery red onion to make the best topping you could imagine for these flank steaks.

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These steaks are perfect to grill up for a weeknight meal for the family (or yourself), a weekend grill-out or a fun party meal. Your guests will love every bite and will be asking for more! How fun would it be to serve this up family style and let every one dig in? Count me in!

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Grilled Asian Flank Steaks with Pineapple Salsa will become one of your new Summer grilling go-to’s! The steaks are marinated to have an Asian flare and then grilled to perfection, and then topped of with a sweet, spicy, zesty pineapple salsa to make your tastebuds sing! Simple ingredients paired together perfectly to create a delicious meal.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes + 1 hour marinating time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes prep/cook time + 1 hour marinating time
  • Yield: Serves 5-6

Ingredients

  • 2 – 2 or 3 lb flank steaks
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic and honey until combined. Place the steaks in a 13×9 pan and pour the marinade over the steaks, making sure all sides of the steaks get coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least and hour, and up to a day in advance. Flip the steaks in the marinade half way through however long you are marinating to ensure all sides of the steaks are being marinated the same. Bring the steaks to room temperature prior to grilling.
  2. Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat. For a medium center on the steaks, grill them 4 1/2 – 5 minutes on each side, flipping only once for a total of about 10 minutes on the grill depending on desired doneness. Remove from the grill and let the steaks rest 5-10 minutes prior to cutting.
  3. While the steaks are cooking or resting, combine the pineapple, baby heirloom tomatoes, red onion and cilantro together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once the steaks have rested, slice them into 1/4 inch slices against the grain of the flank steaks. Doing this will ensure tender cuts of meat. Pour any juices from the steak back over the cut pieces. Top the flank steaks with the pineapple salsa and serve.

Notes

  • The pineapple salsa can be made a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

 

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Summer Sangria

Looking for the perfect Summertime drink to sip on underneath the sunshine? Look no further! This Summer Sangria really is Summer in a glass. You have fresh, juicy white peaches, strawberries and blueberries swirled into Pink Mascato and zesty lemon-lime soda. Don’t worry, there’s also a kick from the Peach Schnapps that gets poured in. Sweet, sweet Summertime.

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I originally whipped up a batch of this Summer Sangria last year after we moved into our new house and were unpacking all the boxes. My mom came over, we did a little afternoon sipping and laughed off having to unpack the rest of the boxes. Sometimes you just need a little, sweet break every now and again! Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown this Sangria together. Its simply quick and delicious. Whether you make it the day of or a day in advance, it will be just as good.

Summer Sangria is perfect for any weeknight sipping, patio party, weekend bonfire, family or friend gathering. It will be gone before you know it!

 

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Summer Sangria

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Looking for the perfect Summertime drink to sip on underneath the sunshine? Look no further! This Summer Sangria really is Summer in a glass. You have fresh, juicy white peaches, strawberries and blueberries swirled into Pink Mascato and zesty lemon-lime soda. Don’t worry, there’s also a kick from the Peach Schnapps that gets poured in. Sweet, sweet Summertime.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour refrigeration
  • Total Time: 20 minutes prep, 1 hour refrigeration

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Pink Moscato wine
  • 1/2 cup Peach Schnapps (more can always be added for extra kick)
  • 3 white peaches, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 6 oz fresh blueberries
  • 8 oz fresh strawberries, quartered or sliced (about 6-8 strawberries depending on size)
  • 1 -12 oz can lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the lemon-lime soda into a large pitcher and stir gently to incorporate all the flavors. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to a day in advance.
  2. When you are ready to serve, add in the lemon-lime soda and stir gently to combine. Enjoy!

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Simple Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

I know, I know, it’s like 100 degrees everywhere and we’re smack-dab in the middle of Summer, but sometimes you just need a recipe for Simple Roasted Chicken & Potatoes. Don’t worry, regular summer programming will continue afterwards. PS: anyone else getting all excited for Amazon Prime Days coming up?! This gal is finally going to get herself some popsicle molds! And a natural light diffuser, because all these sunny days are killing me photography wise. But getting back to it, not matter what the weather is outside, putting a simple, down-home good recipe on the table is sometimes all you need. This Simple Roasted Chicken & Potatoes is just that: simply a roasted chicken and potatoes. No frills here, but honest flavors that make your heart happy.

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What’s so great about having these basic, but delicious recipes up your sleeve, is not only can you bring a good, home-cooked meal to the table, but you can also customize it to fit your schedule. Don’t have the time after work to roast the chicken in the oven? That’s ok, you can simply toss it in a slow cooker in the morning, set it on low and forget about it until dinner time. Have some extra veggies laying around that need to get used up? Toss them on in with the potatoes.

 

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Since this recipe has a fantastically simple base flavor, you can easily make it in advance and use it throughout the week as meal prep or to help you get multiple dinners on the table. One night you could turn it into fajitas, or quesadillas, or soup – the possibilities are endless! Plus, leftovers are never a bad thing if you ask me.

 

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Simple Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

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This Simple Roasted Chicken & Potatoes is just that: simply a roasted chicken and potatoes. No frills here, but honest flavors that make your heart happy.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 – 3 pound chicken, neck and giblets discarded
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted baby potatoes, cut into halves
  • 1 medium onion, roughly cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the potatoes and the onions in an even layer on the bottom of large dutch oven (I used a 7 quart). Place the chicken on top of the onions and potatoes and pat the skin dry with a paper towel.
  2. Evenly season the chicken with the seasoned salt, dried thyme and dried rosemary. Place the lid on the dutch oven and roast the chicken for 45 minutes.
  3. After 45 minutes, reduce the oven heat to 400 and remove the lid. Roast the chicken for another 45-60 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle reads 165 degrees. Make sure you baste the chicken and the potatoes with the juices in the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes or so within the last 45-60 minutes of cooking. This will ensure a crispy skin on the chicken and keep it from drying out.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If your chicken skin starts to get too dark on one side when you are roasting it without the lid on, simply rotate the chicken every time you baste it so that all sides of the chicken cook evenly. You can also take the chicken down to a lower rack in the oven if or reduce the temperature slightly if it continues to brown too quickly.
  • For the assorted baby potatoes, I used baby Yukon Golds, baby red potatoes and baby purple potatoes. This can be switched up to match whatever you have available!

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Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Sour Crema

Happy grilling season! It’s crazy that we are officially head on into Summer, and that means its time to crank out all the grilled goodies! And s’mores too, because obviously. These Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Sour Crema will make all of your grilling dreams come true! An easy to prepare dinner that is bursting with flavor and disappears quickly. What more could you ask for? An avocado sour crema is what you can ask for. Grill up these Chipotle Chicken Kabobs, dunk or drizzle them with avocado sour crema and devour. Easy as that.

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Kabobs are such a fun and easy way to get dinner going. Even if you are new to grilling, kabobs are a good way to start! You have smaller pieces of meat that you are cooking, so you don’t have to worry as much about “doneness” as it will be easier to tell than grilling up a whole chicken. You only have to flip these bad boys once and then you are on your way to a delicious meal! I served these Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Crema with my Coconut Cilantro Rice and it was out of this world delicious! Seriously, we ate it all and leftovers only lasted a day.

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These kabobs are perfect for any weeknight dinner, backyard bash, Fourth of July party or a weekend grill-out. They can feed a family or feed a crowd. They really are an all-in-one kind of meal! It’s also a perfect meal-prep option if you are looking to plan your meals in advance. Grill these up and enjoy them over the next couple days – if they last that long!

 

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Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Sour Crema

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These Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Sour Crema will make all of your grilling dreams come true! An easy to prepare dinner that is bursting with flavor and disappears quickly. What more could you ask for? An avocado sour crema is what you can ask for. Grill up these Chipotle Chicken Kabobs, dunk or drizzle them with avocado sour crema and devour. Easy as that. Simple ingredients put together in a delicious way!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut evenly into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 7 – 12 inch metal skewers

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, olive oil, chipotle powder and seasoned salt until the chicken pieces are completely coated.
  2. Evenly divide the chicken pieces amongst the skewers, leaving a couple inches of room at the bottom of the skewers to allow you to flip and handle them easily. About 4-5 pieces of chicken per skewer.
  3. Grill the chipotle chicken kabobs for about 16 minutes total, flipping all of them half way through. If you are using a meat thermometer, the inside of the chicken should reach 165 degrees. If the chicken is getting too charred, reduce the heat of your grill. Every grill is different, so you will need to monitor them accordingly.
  4. While the chicken is grilling, place the sour cream, avocado and milk into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to add a splash more of milk if it is too thick.
  5. Serve the Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with the Avocado Sour Crema. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

Happy Sunday, friends! Chocolate Chip Banana Cinnamon Crunch Muffins may be a mouthful to say, but they are a mouthful of goodness! A perfectly, crunchy-topped banana muffin that is speckled with warm cinnamon and morsels of melty chocolate. Talk about a perfect combination! Make these for a weekend brunch, whenever you have ripe bananas sitting around, or for a quick weekday breakfast on the go.

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Everything’s right and good about these muffins. The crumbly, crunchy topping gives the right amount of texture as you bite into the muffin and sink your teeth into the sweet combination of banana, cinnamon and chocolate. Chocolate and cinnamon has always been a combination that I’ve loved. I think it started out from my grandma speckling her cinnamon rolls  with sweet chocolate chips instead of raisins for us kids. And the love has never stopped!

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Whatever occasion you are making these muffins for, they are a great way to use up ripe bananas and have a delicious breakfast or snack.

 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cinnamon Crunch Muffins may be a mouthful to say, but they are a mouthful of goodness! A perfectly, crunchy-topped banana muffin that is speckled with warm cinnamon and morsels of melty chocolate. Talk about a perfect combination! Make these for a weekend brunch, whenever you have ripe bananas sitting around, or for a quick weekday breakfast on the go.

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 mintes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (either semi-sweet or dark)

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Instructions

For the muffins:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a minute. reduce the speed to low and add in one egg at a time, making sure that each egg is combined after each addition. Add in the ripe bananas and mix until they are broken down and combined into the batter. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into the banana mixture until the batter is combined.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the chocolate chips. Prepare a muffin tin with liners and fill each 3/4 of the way full with the batter.

For the crumble topping:

  1. In a small bowl using either a fork or your fingers, combine the butter with the sugar and cinnamon until it has a course, crumbly texture.
  2. Evenly split the crumble topping in between all the muffins and top each one with the crumble topping.
  3. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

 

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Interior Design with Little Black “Domicile”

The time has finally come – we’ve been in our new home for just over a year now and I am excited to show you all what we’ve been working on! John and I embarked on the journey of building our home in the Fall of 2016, and moved from our town-home into our new house in late Spring of 2017. It sure has been a journey! We never felt like we could settle into our town-home because we knew we would be moving, so I never did much decorating because of that. With the new house and fresh white walls that I convinced John of (he loves them now), I was ready to find our style to make our home ours. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Laurel and Kristen from Little Black “Domicile”! It turned out that since I hadn’t done any interior decorating in so long, I was stumped. So I partnered up with Laurel and Kristen to get the job done!

 

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Table / Cushioned Chairs / Wooden Chairs / Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree / Frames

I had the pleasure of meeting Laurel in person when we both attended Broma Bakery’s Foodtography Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From the get-go, I could see how genuine, honest and kind Laurel was and felt completely comfortable telling her my interior decorating fails without feeling judged about it. She’s the kind of person you want to be talking to! I showed her all of my white walls and empty spaces and the rest is history.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig / Basket / Frames

Since we live in different states and didn’t have time to work out all the details in person, I worked with Laurel and her partner Kristen via one of their Virtual Design Packages. You guys, I’m not even kidding or getting paid to say this: there is a Virtual Design Package for everyone! No matter what stage of life you are in, or what size of project you are wanting to tackle, they have the perfect options to get you taken care of. Their motto is “The perfect LBD for every home” and it fits their work exactly. The ladies of Little Black “Domicile” truly put themselves in your shoes and envision your home through the lens of your personal style.

They were also incredibly patient with me. Their communication and design templates via email blew all of my expectations away! Not once did I feel like they were trying to sell me a product or hurry me into making a decision.

I decided that I wanted to tackle our open floor plan that has the kitchen, island, dining area and living room all as one. I wanted everything to flow smoothly and make sense since it was all in one big room. To get started, all I had to do was snap a couple pictures and email them over. They took the reins from there! I can’t even begin to tell you how easy and eye-opening it was to get their ideas back. They will literally draw or place their ideas into the pictures of your space that you send to make sure you truly know how it will look! It took all the hassle and stress of trying to envision the ideas in my home.

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Bar Stools 

The big ol’ white wall behind our dining room table was really stumping me. Before I talked with Laurel and was trying to figure it out on my own, the only thing I could envision was some sort of large, bulky credenza that held plates. Why I could only think of this, I will never know. It would 100% have ruined the space and the look I was going for. Then Laurel came along and had the most brilliant idea – why not do a gallery wall with some of your own food photography? I think I stared at my computer dumbfounded as to why I never thought of such a great idea. Laurel really took the extra step to make sure that the design aspects truly reflected our lifestyle.

There’s even a whole post about creating your own gallery wall on their website. With so many different ways to create one, Laurel really narrowed down my style to make sure I was comfortable with how the gallery wall was going to be laid out. As you can see, I’m a very symmetrical person and like everything to be in line and have a sense of direction.   I ended up going with a mix of wedding pictures, pictures of us, and a handful of my favorite food pictures that I’ve taken. John and I absolutely LOVE  how it turned out!

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Fiddle Leaf Fig / Basket / Frames / Cushioned Chair

They also helped me with my living room configuration and gave me ideas for finding the right piece of artwork to accent the room. Laurel showed me options that were right up my ally, but also ones that would expand my horizons a bit. I still haven’t found the perfect piece yet, but Laurel is trying to get me used to using more color :).

All in all, I could not have been happier with my experience with Laurel and Kristen with Little Black “Domicile”. If you are ever in need of fresh ideas, a room make over or just want to talk about your possibilities, don’t hesitate to reach out to them!

Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundaes

We were up fishing on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend, and I had a turtle sundae so good that it made me want to go back for another after I was done with it. Any guesses as to where it was from? Culver’s. That’s right, a fast-food restaurant doing a turtle sundae so good that I wanted more. So, I was determined to get back home and make myself a homemade turtle sundae that would give Culver’s a run for their money (still love you though, Culver’s :)). And all-be-darn, these Homemade Turtle Sundaes are GOOD.

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We’re talking loads of fresh, homemade hot fudge and salty, gooey caramel cascading down the sides of classic vanilla ice cream and then a sprinkling of crunchy pecans. You can’t get much better than this! I mean, you could always add brownies. Brownies are always a good idea. This little sundae will win hearts over. And then over again once more.

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Don’t be afraid about making your own homemade hot fudge and caramel sauce. It’s such a breeze that you will be shocked that you haven’t been making your own! It doesn’t even come close to comparing to the jarred stuff that you can buy at the store. Make it once and you will be hooked!

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You can serve the hot fudge and caramel sauce right away, or let them cool and cover them for a later time to be reheated. Works like a charm.

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The ultimate Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundae is made of loads of fresh, homemade hot fudge and salty, gooey caramel cascading down the sides of classic vanilla ice cream, and then a sprinkling of crunchy pecans to top it off.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings

Ingredients

For the hot fudge:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)

For the salted caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sundae:

  • Vanilla ice cream of choice
  • Pecan halves for topping

Instructions

For the hot fudge sauce:

  1. Bring the heavy cream to a low simmer in a small sauce pan over low heat. Once the heavy cream is simmer slightly, but not boiling, whisk the chocolate chips into the heavy cream until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly prior to serving.

For the salted caramel sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the sugar over low-medium heat until it starts to melt. Using either a rubber spatula or a whisk, keep the sugar moving consistently to avoid it from burning on the bottom of the pan.  Whisk/stir until the sugar is completely melted and turning a caramel color.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the butter. It will sizzle up and this is normal. Once the butter is incorporated, do the same with the heavy cream and salt until the caramel is smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly prior to serving.

To build your sundae:

  1. Layer the vanilla ice cream with the hot fudge sauce, salted caramel sauce and pecan halves as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are making the sauces in advance, let them cool slightly and then pour them into plastic/glass containers. Let them cool completely and then cover with a fitted lid and leave at room temperature. You can reheat them later in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen them back up.

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Better than Take-Out Shrimp & Noodles

It’s pretty simple: these Better than Take-Out Shrimp & Noodles are your answer to making takeout food right in your own kitchen! But they are so, so much better. Rice noodles are tossed together with succulent shrimp, fresh, crunchy veggies and a homemade sauce that is to die for. You can have quick, easy and delicious take-out food right at home without having to place an order or feel like you need a 12 hour nap after eating it. Better than Take-Out Shrimp & Noodles - KJ & Company

These Better than Take-Out Shrimp & Noodles not only make the perfect weeknight/weekend meal, but they are also made in just 2 pans! That’s right, minimal dishes for you to have to clean afterwards. The rice noodles cook quickly in a pot of boiling water, while the shrimp and veggies sauté in a homemade sauce. Toss everything together in one pan and serve it up family-style, or go the extra mile and use your own take-out boxes and chop sticks. How fun would that be?! Stay in your PJ’s, put on a good movie and cozy up with your own, homemade take out Shrimp & Noodles.

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Cook up this quick, delicious meal anytime you are needing a little comfort and ease mixed with a little bit of healthy and good for you food. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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It’s pretty simple: these Better than Take-Out Shrimp & Noodles are your answer to making takeout food right in your own kitchen! But they are so, so much better. Rice noodles are tossed together with succulent shrimp, fresh, crunchy veggies and a homemade sauce that is to die for. You can have quick, easy and delicious take-out food right at home without having to place an order or feel like you need a 12 hour nap after eating it.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 8 oz snap peas
  • 1 cup carrot sticks or shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice miso paste
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the snap peas, carrots, red bell pepper and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until they start to get tender.
  2. Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions in a pot of boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, miso paste and hoisin sauce until combined.
  4. Add the shrimp into the pan with the vegetables and sauté until they start to turn pink, about 3-5 minutes. Pour the sauce into the pan with the shrimp and the vegetables and toss to combine. Reduce the heat down to low. Use tongs to toss the rice noodles in with the shrimp and sauce until they are completely combined in with the shrimp, vegetables and sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Low-sodium soy sauce can be used if you would like to control the salt content more.
  • The shrimp can easily be substituted with chicken, tofu, or left out to make it a vegetarian dish.

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Zucchini Corn Chowder

If you’re looking for the perfect, veggie-loaded soup to get you through the Spring and Summer, look no further! This Zucchini Corn Chowder is loaded with fresh, sweet corn, garden zucchini and the perfect amount of red potatoes in every spoonful. It is delightfully sweet from the corn, with a kick of heat from a little cayenne pepper. You’ll want a chunk of bread to dunk into this crave-worthy chowder!

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Not only is this chowder oh-so scrumptious, but you can whip it together without a fuss! It is vegetarian-friendly, but could easily have some bacon or ham added to it to add a little somethin’-somethin’ for the meat-lovers out there. Even if it’s a hot summer day, you will be surprised by how satisfying this chowder is!

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Ladle this soup into a bowl, grab some crunchy bread and you will have an empty bowl in front of you before you know it! A little parmesan cheese never hurt anyone, either :). Even though this chowder is packed full of fresh Summer and Spring flavors, it could easily be made all year round. I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with it!

 

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If you’re looking for the perfect, veggie-loaded soup to get you through the Spring and Summer, look no further! This Zucchini Corn Chowder is loaded with fresh, sweet corn, garden zucchini and the perfect amount of red potatoes in every spoonful. It is delightfully sweet from the corn, with a kick of heat from a little cayenne pepper. You’ll want a chunk of bread to dunk into this crave-worthy chowder!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 – 32oz containers vegetable stock
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs baby red potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, husked and the corn cut off the cob
  • 15 oz can whole kernel sweet corn
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Shredded parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring the vegetable stock to a low boil over medium heat in a large stockpot. Add in the onion and baby red potatoes and boil for about 10 minutes, or until the onions and potatoes start to tenderize. Add two of the ears of corn with the kernels cut off the cob, the can of whole kernel corn (juice included), diced zucchini, dried thyme, dried oregano, cayenne pepper and salt into the pot.
  2. Let the soup continue to low-boil over medium heat until all of the veggies are cooked all the way through, about 15-20 minutes more. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream. Let the chowder simmer for a few minutes to allow the cream to thicken slightly.
  3. Serve the chowder topped with the remaining fresh ear of corn kernels and parmesan cheese.

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Berry Smash Lemonade

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We are gearing up for a little shindig here at out house tonight and it wouldn’t be complete without these Berry Smash Lemonades! You guys, I seriously may be addicted to this drink. We may or may not have had it every night for the past week. A classic lemonade is elevated with a fresh strawberry purée, smashed blackberries, and then topped with all the fresh strawberries, blackberries and lemon slices that you could want. It’s basically summer in a glass!

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Pull up a chair, grab a mason jar, and pour yourself a glass of this refreshing drink and kick on back. Your glass will be empty before you know it! This Berry Smash Lemonade is perfect for any occasion, as it can be left as is and kid-friendly, or spiked with your alcoholic beverage of choice to give it a little extra something. Make these individual-sized or a whole dang pitcher to share with a crowd (or maybe just for yourself).

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So what are you waiting for? This drink is calling your name! I know you can hear it.

 

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A classic lemonade is elevated with a fresh strawberry purée, smashed blackberries, and then topped with all the fresh strawberries, blackberries and lemon slices that you could want. It’s basically summer in a glass!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1.6 QT or about 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 oz container fresh strawberries, tops trimmed off and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 12 oz fresh blackberries
  • 52 fl oz (1.6 QT) lemonade
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all of the strawberries, except for a 1/4 cup of them, into a blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Blend on medium speed until the strawberries are a smooth purée.
  2. In a small bowl, add half of the blackberries and the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Use the back of a spoon to gently smash the blackberries until they are combined with the sugar and slightly broken down.
  3. To build the drinks, you can either combine all of the ingredients into a pitcher to serve a crowd, or divide all the ingredients equally in between mason jars or glasses that you would like to use.
  4. Layer the drinks by starting with the strawberry purée at the bottom, then fresh strawberries on top of that, the muddled blackberries, a couple lemon slices, pour the lemonade over the whole thing and then top it off with fresh blackberries and a lemon slice. Slightly stir to combine everything together.

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Party Chip Cookies

Party Chip Cookies, because they are basically ready to party any time that you need them!  A sweet cookie base packed full of chocolate chip, white chocolate chips and sprinkles to make these cookies party-worthy. When has there ever not been a good time for a cookie? Exactly. Whether its a birthday party, holiday party, party for two, or just because, these cookies are your answer.

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What’s so great about these Party Chip Cookies is how customizable they can be. Christmas party? PERFECT – bring on the red and green sprinkles! Switch it up to match any season or occasion that you are needing some party cookies for. Or just for any day, because I think that any day of the year deserves some cookies.

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Whether you’re baking these up for yourself or sharing them with friends, it’s a party when these cookies show up!

PS: they are perfect for a midnight snack.

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Party Chip Cookies

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Party Chip Cookies, because they are basically ready to party any time that you need them!  A sweet cookie base packed full of chocolate chip, white chocolate chips and sprinkles to make these cookies party-worthy. When has there ever not been a good time for a cookie? Exactly. Whether its a birthday party, holiday party, party for two, or just because, these cookies are your answer.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add in one egg at a time, making sure to wipe down the sides of the bowl in between each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture until it is all combined and a dough has formed.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold the white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and sprinkles into the cookie dough until it is all combined. Using a rounded tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough onto a non-greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the centers have set and the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  4. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and let them continue to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

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Caramel Fudge Brownies

What can make a batch of fudgy brownies even better? Caramel. That’s right, a batch of gooey, chocolatey brownies topped off with a salty, rich caramel to make the most perfect brownie bite that you can imagine. The layers of flavor and decadence in these Caramel Fudge Brownies will make you want to eat the whole pan by yourself. You’ve been warned.

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When I made these Caramel Fudge Brownies, it was my first time making a homemade caramel sauce. And I hear ya, it can be a little scary at first! But don’t worry, this caramel sauce is hassle-free and will make you feel like a natural caramel making queen. Just keep an eye on it and you will have a decadent, golden caramel ready to pour.

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These brownies are decadent in all the right ways. Just take one bite of them and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

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What can make a batch of fudgy brownies even better? Caramel. That’s right, a batch of gooey, chocolatey brownies topped off with a salty, rich caramel to make the most perfect brownie bite that you can imagine. The layers of flavor and decadence in these Caramel Fudge Brownies will make you want to eat the whole pan by yourself. You’ve been warned.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 pan of brownies

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the brownies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a minute or so. Reduce the speed to low and mix in one egg at a time until combined, making sure to wipe down the edges of the bowl in between each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt until combined. Turn the mixer speed on low and slowly add in the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture until a batter has formed. The batter may be thick at this point and that is ok.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the batter. Spray and line a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray and parchment paper. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and bake for 35-38 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  4. Set the brownies aside to cool.

For the caramel sauce:

  1. While the brownies are cooking, pour the sugar into a small sauce pan over low heat. Occasionally whisk the sugar as it starts to melt down. Once it is mostly melted, whisk continually until all the sugar is melted and turning a caramel color. This can take around 3-5 minutes.
  2. Carefully whisk the butter into the caramel. The caramel will bubble up and this is ok, just keep whisking slowly to keep the mixture moving. Once the butter is incorporated, whisk in the heavy cream until the caramel sauce is smooth, about a minute or so. Whisk in the salt.
  3. Pour the caramel sauce all over the top of the cooled brownies. Allow the caramel to set about 20-30 minutes prior to cutting.

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Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup is basically what dreams are made of. It’s currently snowing horizontally here and I could not think of a better dish to snuggle up on the couch with! Think of all the wonderful, memory-filled flavors of a classic lasagna in a soup that is perfect for dunking a hunk of chunky bread in. The lasagna noodles are smothered in a rich, decadent sauce that has been slow cooked to perfection. Top if off with some fresh basil, parmesan cheese and a scoop of ricotta and you have the makings of a perfect Lasagna Soup.

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This soup really is a one-pot meal, as everything is simmered in one pot to make a delicious, easy clean-up soup that everyone will want to dig into. I sure didn’t mind having leftovers of this one! You can easily heat up the leftover Lasagna Soup, or pour the leftovers into a baking dish, top it with cheese and bake it for a re-constructed Lasagna Soup Lasagna. Ya feel me? I’m just thinking about all that gooey, melty cheese that would crust over on the top. Leftovers are never a bad idea!

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This meal will bring back all of the nostalgic memories of lasagna in a simple, soup form. You’ll definitely want a piece of crispy bread to dunk into this one!

 

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Think of all the wonderful, memory-filled flavors of a classic lasagna in a soup that is perfect for dunking a hunk of chunky bread in. The lasagna noodles are smothered in a rich, decadent sauce that has been slow cooked to perfection. Top if off with some fresh basil, parmesan cheese and a scoop of ricotta and you have the makings of a perfect Lasagna Soup.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 – 29 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb lasagna noodles (about 10 lasagna noodles) broken into 1-inch pieces
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Ricotta cheese for topping

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and sauté until slightly translucent, about a few minutes. Add in the ground hamburger and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes more. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
  2. Stir in the dried oregano, dried basil, salt and crushed red pepper flakes until combined. Pour in the tomato sauce and chicken stock and stir to combine all of the ingredients. Bring the soup to a boil and then add in the lasagna noodles and stir to combine. Reduce the heat slightly and let the noodles simmer in the sauce until they are al dente, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Serve the soup with the grated parmesan cheese and ricotta cheese on top. Chopped fresh basil and a baguette are also great toppings and sides!

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Cheesy Turkey & Dill Paninis

We used to have a local restaurant in town that served up the best grilled sandwiches through the drive thru. You had the most amazing creamy dill sauce smothering loads of smoked turkey, gooey, melted cheese, and soft, homemade bread holding it all together. The sandwich then got pressed in their panini press that you know probably hadn’t been cleaned in awhile, but man, that puppy had flavor! Wrapped in a foil wrapper, you had a perfect, hot-mess of a sandwich to eat in your car. They sadly went out of business, so a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Time to make them at home! Cheesy Turkey & Dill Paninis are loaded with all the good stuff. Mounds of smoked turkey, bright greens, a simple, delicious dill sauce and buttery, crispy bread to sandwich it all together. Talk about the perfect bite!

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This panini just delivers all the goods. I’m sorta obsessed and think that it would be a perfect pairing for any soup (we dipped it into tomato soup and it was SO good) and makes a pretty hard lunch to beat. Plus, it takes like 10 minutes to throw one together. How much better can it get?

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Even if you don’t have a panini press, you can easily make this sandwich in a skillet as you would a grilled cheese. Just butter up that bread! A nice, buttery, crispy bread is what it’s all about.

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Cheesy Turkey & Dill Paninis are loaded with all the good stuff. Mounds of smoked turkey, bright greens, a simple, delicious dill sauce and buttery, crispy bread to sandwich it all together. Talk about the perfect bite!

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 paninis

Ingredients

  • 1 round loaf Italian bread or country bread, sliced
  • 1 1lb smoked turkey deli meat
  • 8 oz provolone cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 cups loosely packed mixed greens
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream and dill until combined, set aside. Preheat your panini press (or skillet) to a medium-high heat.
  2. Working with 2 pieces of bread at a time, evenly split the sauce, provolone cheese, smoked turkey and mixed greens in between the 4-6 sandwiches that you are making. Build your panini by starting with smearing the dill sauce on one side of the bread, placing a layer pf cheese on top of that, then a small pile of greens, followed by the smoked turkey, then another layer of cheese and then topped off with the other piece of bread.
  3. Brush both of the outer sides of bread with melted butter before placing the sandwich into the panini press or skillet. Press the sandwich for 3-5 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. If you are using a skillet, you will need to flip your sandwich halfway through to insure both sides of the sandwich get cooked.
  4. Remove the sandwich from the panini press, slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are making less than 4 sandwiches, evenly portion the ingredients out for how many sandwiches you may be making. You may not use all of the ingredients if you are making less sandwiches

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