Yummy Guest Post!


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(Doesn’t that look divine?!)

Today, I am guest posting on my friend Frances’ food blog, Forks & Corks, so check it out! I searched high and low for the perfect recipe, and decided on a homemade brownie with peanut butter frosting, topped with milk chocolate covered pretzels that I found on a fabulous blog that I’m hooked on called Sally’s Baking Addiction!  I love the sweet & salty combo, as well as anything peanut butter (Matt can definitely attest to this!). So hop on over to Frances’ blog & check out the recipe! Click here!



Vinaigrette Junkie

Well hello there, friends! Now, don’t act so surprised… I know it’s been a while, but you didn’t give up on me, right?? To what do we owe the honor, you ask? Two words: balsamic. vinaigrette. I don’t know why, but I am absolutely addicted to the stuff lately! How addicted? Well, those of you who know me can attest to the fact that I LOVE french fries. Like “could eat them for every meal if it wouldn’t give me a heart condition” love. At this point in time, if you put a plate of french fries and a salad covered in balsamic vinaigrette in front of me… I’d choose the salad. Say what?! Yes, it’s true. Yesterday, I decided I needed to find the best recipe so I could have restaurant-quality vinaigrette at home whenever I wanted to. I definitely succeeded – this recipe is better than any balsamic vinaigrette I’ve had in a restaurant.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
(from chinese grandma dot com)

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2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil (I prefer extra light)
1 garlic clove, crushed (I used my garlic press)

In a salad dressing shaker, add all the ingredients and shake, shake, shake! (But don’t overshake or it gets too thick… save that booty shakin’ for Friday night!) I’ve also made vinaigrettes like this using my Ninja Express Chop mixer, which also works great. (I’ll be quite honest, I’m too lazy to do the “mix by hand with a fork” thing…)

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I basically mixed two different salads up with ingredients I love. The first night, I was a little lacking in salad fixin’s, so I just used what I had – lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, red onion, and packaged croutons. Then, I baked a chicken breast in the oven with some of the balsamic vinaigrette and put that on top. Tonight, I made a list and went to the grocery store so I could make a better salad. I ended up buying a rotisserie chicken (cuz they ROCK!), cucumber, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, corn, french bread (for homemade croutons), orange pepper, and lettuce, of course. It was ahhh-mazing! I’m already planning tomorrow night’s salad mixture… I seriously have a problem. Is there such thing as too much salad or too much balsamic vinaigrette?…..

(For the homemade croutons, cut French bread into 1 inch cubes, heat a frying pan on the stove to medium high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper. When the pan and oil are hot, add the bread and cook for about ten minutes until crunchy, stirring every couple of minutes).


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Updated “Favorite Recipes” & more!

So I know I haven’t been the best about using the other pages on my blog, but I’m trying to change that… so I just updated my “Favorite Recipes” page at the top! Check it out – I added my favorite beef stroganoff recipe, as well as my mom’s DELISH potato soup recipe!

Matt will be out of town a LOT for the next 3 weeks, so I plan on going crazy with the new recipes, especially desserts (watch out, coworkers)! I have seen a lot of great recipes on Pinterest lately, so I want to make some of them soon!!

Happy Dishing!