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Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon

Ingredients 
4 teaspoons garlic powder
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt and pepper to taste
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 thick slices of bacon 
Directions 
1. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
2. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon garlic powder on each chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Lay one rosemary sprig on each chicken breast. Wrap bacon around the chicken to hold the rosemary on. Secure bacon with a toothpick or an additional thick rosemary stem.
3. Cook chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Stay near the grill to combat any flare-ups from the bacon. Remove the toothpicks before serving.
Source: allrecipes.com

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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars!

Ingredients 
cooking spray
2 (8-ounce) packages of refrigerated crescent roll dough (such as Pillsbury® Recipe Creations®), divided
2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
½ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons white sugar 
Directions 
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

2. Unroll 1 crescent roll of dough; press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, stretching to the edges.

3. Mix together lemon juice and 3/4 of the lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar into the juice-zest mixture with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; spread over crescent roll dough in the baking dish.

4. Unroll the remaining crescent roll dough and place over the cream cheese mixture, stretching to the edges. Brush melted butter on top. Mix together 3 tablespoons sugar and remaining lemon zest in a small bowl; sprinkle over melted butter.

5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.

6. Lift the dessert from the baking dish using foil; transfer it to a cutting board. Cut into squares, leaving on foil. Return dessert to the baking dish and refrigerate until chilled at least 1 hour.

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Inside-Out Pork Dumplings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 scallions, whites, and greens separated and cut thinly on the bias
  • 8 ounces ground pork (if substituting ground turkey, add 2 Tbsp. more oil)
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, leaves separated and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces if large
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 ounces fresh wonton wrappers
  • Kosher salt
Directions
1. Heat oil and red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until scallions are tender, about 1 minute. Add pork, breaking up with a spoon until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add bok choy; cover and steam until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add carrots. Season with vinegar and salt. Set aside. 

2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Season with salt. Add wonton wrappers one at a time. Cook until al dente, about 1 minute. Drain. Add wonton wrappers to the skillet and toss. Serve with scallion greens.

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Corn Beef Hash Egg Crescent Ring

Ingredients
1 (8-ounce) package of refrigerated crescent rolls
4 eggs
¼ cup milk
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil1 
(15 ounce) can HORMEL® Mary Kitchen® Corned Beef Hash
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
Salsa for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Separate crescent rolls and arrange them on the parchment paper in a circle with the short sides of triangles forming a 4-inch circle; overlap the edges of the pieces. Press dough where it overlaps to flatten.
3. Whisk eggs, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
4. Melt butter on medium-low heat in a nonstick pan. Add chopped red peppers and jalapeno peppers. Cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in eggs. Gently scramble, pushing, and lifting eggs until just set about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
5. Heat vegetable oil on medium heat in a nonstick pan. Add Hormel Corned Beef Hash. Cook and stir until heated through and beginning to brown 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Spoon corned beef hash around the crescent roll ring. Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
7. Pull the points of each triangle over the hash, eggs, and cheese and carefully tuck them under the center to form a ring. Some areas will have exposed filling.
8. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 20 to 25 minutes.
9. Let cool for 3 minutes before serving. Serve with salsa. 
Source: allrecipes.com

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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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