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Garlic Parmesan Perfection: A Crispy Wing Delight!

Ingredients
Seasonings
  • 12 pieces of chicken wings
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

For Frying

  • Canola oil

Breading

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • A pinch of salt

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Place chicken wings in a bowl. Sprinkle salt, cayenne powder, paprika, black pepper, and garlic powder over the chicken. Toss until evenly coated.
  2. In a separate container, mix flour, black pepper, garlic powder, creole seasoning, and salt.
  3. Lightly coat the wings in the breading mixture. Shake it off to get rid of excess breading.
  4.  In a large pot, pour 1.5 inches of canola oil and heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Fry the wings for 7 minutes. Place cooked wings on a plate lined with paper towels. The paper towels will absorb the excess oil from the chicken.
  6. Bake the wings at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
  7. While baking, make the garlic parmesan sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic powder and minced garlic.
  8. Add the parmesan cheese and mix. Turn off the heat as soon as the cheese is incorporated into the mixture.
  9.  Place the baked wings in a bowl. Pour the garlic parmesan sauce over the wings and toss to coat evenly.
  10. Garnish the wings with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Source: insanelygoodrecipers.com

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Creamy Tomato Soup!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter and oil over medium heat until butter is melted. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, basil, salt, sugar, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, to let flavors blend, 20-25 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from heat. Using a blender, puree soup until smooth. Return to pan. Slowly stir in cream. Cook and stir over low heat until heated through. If desired, garnish with basil and additional cream.

Hint: Elevate your tomato soup experience with a sidekick of golden, gooey grilled cheese.

Mini Meat Loaf Sheet-Pan Meal

Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and halved
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, combine eggs, tomato juice, oats, onion and salt. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into six 4×2-1/2-in. loaves; place on a sheet pan or in a large shallow roasting pan. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and nutmeg; brush over loaves.
  2.  
  3. Combine potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat. Add to pan in a single layer. Bake loaves and potatoes for 25 minutes.
  4.  
  5. Combine asparagus with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat. Add to pan. Bake until a thermometer inserted into meat loaves reads 160° and vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Charcuterie Cups

Ingredients
Perfect any time of the year!
  • 16 ounces of assorted cheeses
  • 24 slices/pieces of cured meats
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup grapes
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 16 long thin crackers
  • 8 pieces fresh herbs

Directions

  1. Start by filling your containers with smaller items like nuts and grapes, distributing them evenly. (If you wanted to use a dip instead, you could add that here.)
  2. Tuck the crackers towards the back of the container, leaving some space in the front for the toothpick-skewered items.
  3. Using toothpicks, skewer a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, meats, olives, berries, and other desired items.
  4. Use mini forks or extra picks to present individual pieces of cheese or other specialty items, placing them strategically within the cup.
  5. Insert the toothpick-skewered items into the container, varying their heights and colors to create visual interest.
  6. Fill in any remaining gaps in the container with extra ingredients to hold everything securely in place.
  7. For an added touch, garnish the charcuterie cup with a sprig of fresh herb and cheese slices cut from mini cookie cutters.

Source: inspiredbycharm.com

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Savor the Flavor of the Philippines with Chicken Adobo

When it comes to Filipino cuisine, few dishes are as iconic and beloved as Chicken Adobo. This delectable, tangy, and savory dish is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Philippines. With its roots dating back to pre-Spanish colonization, it’s a classic example of the ingenious methods Filipinos used for food preservation. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history and simple steps to prepare this signature Filipino dish, Chicken Adobo.

Adobo: A Glimpse into Filipino Culinary History

Adobo isn’t just a dish; it’s a culinary legacy. The term “adobo” refers to a common indigenous cooking process in the Philippines, involving stewing with vinegar. It was this method that Spanish explorers first encountered in the late 16th century. The original adobo, known as “adobong puti,” hails from the Visayan Islands and uniquely uses vinegar without soy sauce.

A Taste of Tradition: Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo, unlike its Mexican namesake, is a unique Filipino creation. This dish is prepared by stewing chicken in a delectable blend of vinegar and soy sauce, imparting a distinctive tangy, umami flavor.

Cooking Chicken Adobo: A Simple Recipe

Now, let’s dive into the kitchen and learn how to prepare this mouthwatering Filipino classic. Here’s a simple Chicken Adobo recipe for you to savor:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds of chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks work well)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Cooking oil
  • Water (as needed)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Start by marinating the chicken. Combine the chicken, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns in a bowl. Mix well and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat some oil in a large pan and add the marinated chicken. Sear the chicken until it turns brown.
  3. Add the onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  4. Pour in the vinegar and let it simmer for a few minutes to remove its strong acidity.
  5. Add water until the chicken is fully submerged. Toss in the bay leaf.
  6. Cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  7. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Serve your Chicken Adobo with steamed rice and enjoy!

Chicken Adobo is more than just a dish; it’s a piece of Filipino history and culture. This simple recipe allows you to savor the flavors of the Philippines in your very own kitchen. So, gather the ingredients, follow the steps, and relish the delicious taste of Chicken Adobo, a true Filipino comfort food loved by all generations. Whether you’re new to Filipino cuisine or a longtime fan, Chicken Adobo is sure to win your heart and your taste buds.

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Caramel Apple Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 red apple, such as Gala
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup store-bought or homemade caramel sauce, warmed
  • 1/3 cup white or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Optional Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons toffee bits
  • 2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons mini M&Ms
  • 2 teaspoons sprinkles
Directions
Source: simplyrecipes.com
  • Prepare the apples: Cut the apples into slices, add them to a medium bowl, squeeze lemon juice over the top, and toss them as you go to keep them from turning brown.
  • Drizzle the caramel and chocolate: Arrange the apple slices on a plate. Drizzle the caramel and melted chocolate over the top.
  • Top the caramel apple nachos: Top the caramel apple nachos with your choice of toppings, such as mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, chopped salted peanuts, mini M&Ms, and/or sprinkles. Serve immediately. Any leftovers should be stored in the fridge for a day or two. The apples will turn brown and some of the toppings may soften, so these are best eaten right away.

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The Best Trick-or-Treat House on the Block!

If the arrival of spooky season has you dreaming up costumes and decorations, you’re in good company. Halloween is a favorite holiday in the United States and one of the most fun! With these tips, you could have the best trick-or-treat house on the block.

Make it Obvious

Most importantly, ensure the front porch is well-lit to signal your house is open for trick-or-treating. The more lighting the better – consider lit-up jack-o-lanterns and decorations and add lighting for walkways to make the path clear. Adding fall- or Halloween-themed decorations can help advertise that costumed visitors are welcome. You can keep it simple with a wreath or some window decals, or you can put on a fantastic show with scary figures, colored lighting, spooky music, and a fog machine. (Don’t make it too scary though if you don’t want to scare the little ones off.)

It’s All About the Treats

If you want that coveted spot as THE house to visit, you’ve got to have great treats. Now, keep them store-bought and pre-packaged because parents worry about poisoned treats, but use your imagination, and get the good stuff. Give uncommon treats to be remembered. Here are some ideas: hot cocoa, microwave popcorn, fruit roll-ups, gum, chips, crackers, or full-sized candy bars.

It’s great to offer allergy-safe and non-food options to make sure there’s a treat for everybody. It can be super fun to fill a bowl with princess jewelry, glow sticks, slime, bookmarks, collectible cards, miniature plushies, temporary tattoos, stickers, or any small toys you can think of.

Make it an Experience

It’s so much more fun when you have fun with it. Wear a costume to hand out treats, play music or a spooky sounds playlist, or set up motion-activated figures and lights. You could put something spooky in the bottom of the treat bowl or even have a small activity like decorating miniature pumpkins with colorful markers, making balloon animals, or taking instant photographs and giving them to the parents.

Take the experience to the next level by inviting your neighbors to stop over. Make smores on a front yard campfire, offer refreshments, and set up activities for the kids.

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Kale Quinoa Salad with Walnuts, Cranberries, and Feta 


Ingredients 

4 cups loosely packed shredded kale
2 cups shredded Brussels sprout leaves (about 1/2 pound of Brussels sprouts, shredded)
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup dried cranberries
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 cup California Walnuts
1/2 cup poppy seed dressing

Directions 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine and coat all ingredients with dressing.

Add more dressing as needed.

Source: rachelcooks.com

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Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna Rolls with Smoked Mozzarella

Ingredients

2 large zucchini, trimmed
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
¼ teaspoon salt, divided
8 tablespoons shredded smoked mozzarella cheese, divided
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups part-skim ricotta
1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 clove garlic, minced
¾ cup low-sodium marinara sauce, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise to get 24 total strips, about 1/8 inch thick each.
  3. Toss zucchini, oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Arrange the zucchini in single layers on the prepared pans.
  4. Bake the zucchini, turning once, until tender, about 10 minutes total.
  5. Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons mozzarella and 1 tablespoon Parmesan in a small bowl. Set aside. Mix egg, ricotta, spinach, garlic and the remaining 6 tablespoons mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
  6. Spread 1/4 cup marinara in an 8-inch-square baking dish. Place 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture near the bottom of a strip of zucchini. Roll it up and place, seam-side down, in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining zucchini and filling. Top the rolls with the remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce and sprinkle with the reserved cheese mixture.
  7. Bake the zucchini rolls until bubbly and lightly browned on top, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil before serving

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Source: Eatingwell.com

Recipe: Beef Kebab Marinade

Ingredients

For the marinade:
1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
1/3 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, grated
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tbsp. honey, divided
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, divided
For the kebabs:
1 1/2 lb. sirloin or New York strip, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, large stems removed
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Directions

  • For the marinade: Whisk together the vinegar, Worcestershire, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and 1 tablespoon each of the honey and mustard in a medium bowl. Transfer 1/4 cup of the marinade to a small bowl; whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon each honey and mustard to make a glaze. Set the glaze aside.
  • For the kebabs: Add the marinade and the meat to a resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag and massage it gently to coat all of the meat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. Remove the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400 to 450°). Thread the meat, mushrooms, onion, and peppers on the skewers, alternating as you like.
  • Grill the kebabs uncovered until grill marks form, about 4 minutes. Turn the kebabs, and brush the grilled side with half of the glaze. Continue grilling until grill marks form on the bottom side, 3 to 4 minutes more. Turn the kebabs, and brush with the remaining glaze; grill to desired degree of doneness (about 135° for medium), about 1 minute more.
  • Let kebabs rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

Source: thepioneerwoman.com

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