Archives for October 2016

2009 Jasci & Marchesani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Review

I decided to be adventurous and try a new wine the other day from a vineyard I had never heard of.  The retail price of the 2009 Jasci & Marchesani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Janu’ is around $65, but I found it for roughly $30 so I figured why not.  When you see a fine wine and it has a pretty bottle over 50% off…you go for it.  So what did we think?  Scroll below to find out.

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How to Make Chili Chicken & Chili Fries (Diet Friendly)

Whether you’re on a diet or not, something that is always amazing is chili. With the holidays coming up and the weather getting cold, I needed a diet friendly solution. Last night it came to me. You’re welcome!

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How to Make Chili Chicken & Chili Fries (Diet Friendly)

This super fun and really easy recipe is a great alternative to one of my favorite comfort foods. Perfect for winter & under 30 min!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 breasts chicken butterflied
  • 2 tsp chili powder separated in two (I use tbsp but not everyone likes it spicy)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder separated into two
  • 2 tbsp cumin ground and separated into two
  • 1 bunch italian parsley chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 sweet potato sliced into wedges
  • 2 small red potatoes sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 large extra virgin olive oil a whole bunch
  • sea salt fine grain
  • black pepper ground

Instructions

  1. Start by washing all of your ingredients while you preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  

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  2. Slice your sweet potatoes and red potatoes into wedges (I kept the skin on) and then place in a bowl or on a baking sheet.  Now drizzle a bunch of extra virgin olive oil over them, add 1/2 of the cumin, garlic powder and chili powder.  

    Coat the potato wedges in the mixture and then bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until they're cooked and have a nice char on them.  

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  3. Now we need to make some sauces.  One I put on the fries and sliced tomatoes, the other is for our chili flavored chicken breasts.  

    Sauce 1, combine 1/2 of the garlic with a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 of the remaining chili powder, garlic and cumin.  As a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, the parsley and then mix together and set aside.  

    In the next bowl, add the remaining spices to lemon juice with a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and remaining garlic.  Mix this together.  It is for your chicken.  

  4. In a frying pan, cover the chicken breasts in the chicken marinade and cook over medium high heat until done.  It takes me about 4 or 5 minutes on each side if I'm using butterflied or smashed breasts.   

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Recipe Notes

You can add or take away from the spices and garlic to modify to your individual tastes.  This is one that I will absolutely be making again.  I may try it with chipotle peppers too.  

Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)

Not only are these an amazing fall cookie, but they took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. They taste ridiculously good and they also mean I no longer have to go to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Once you taste these cinnamon, pumpkin spice and white chocolate chip cookies, you’ll never look at another fall cookie the same.

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Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Then toss two sticks or 1 cup of butter into your stand mixer and beat it until it's whipped. Next add the sugar in and let it mix until it's fluffy.
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  2. Once your dough looks like the photo above, add the egg and then the vanilla extract once the egg is mixed in.
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  3. Now add the pumpkin pie spice and then the cinnamon.
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  4. Next add your white chocolate chips.
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  5. Once everything is mixed together, roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet.
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  6. Now bake them for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown. Then remove from the oven, let them cool and get ready to go crazy.
    pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Recipe Notes

If you want a couple of fun tweaks, try 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder or 1/2 teaspoon of all spice. Both can add to the flavor profile. I actually like these a bit more simple so you can really get the cinnamon and pumpkin spice from the cookie, but both of those are great too.

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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
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Looking for a new delicious recipe for a spicy meatloaf? Look no further. Here is how to make a fun one everyone will love.
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
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Jalapeno & Bacon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
Print Recipe
Looking for a new delicious recipe for a spicy meatloaf? Look no further. Here is how to make a fun one everyone will love.
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 3 loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 3 loafs
Instructions
  1. Gather all of your ingredients and line them up for prep.
  2. Start by combining the breadcrumbs, sea salt, black pepper and dry seasonings in a large bowl so they mix nicely. Next add in the eggs, jalapenos and ground beef,,,then mix thoroughly and let rest.
  3. While the ground beef is seasoning, add the mushrooms with a drizzle of oil to a pan over medium high heat and saute them until the turn golden brown. Once cooled, chop them up and mix into the ground beef.
  4. Now take the mixture and make loafs out of it. I did three but I normally do two. I wanted one to save for lunch today. Bake in the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes (large loaves need 30) and then remove and let cool.
  5. Remove from the oven and pour on some of your favorite bbq sauce. Because I didn't mix bacon into the ground beef, I did Harry and David's chipotle bacon bbq sauce.
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Recipe Notes

One of the most important things to remember when cooking classic American meals and comfort food is to cook with love.  It's funny how thinking about happy things and the people you care about most really impact the taste.  When you cook with love it shows...when you have amazing flavors like bacon and jalapeno, it makes them even more incredible.  I only say this because I really feel it helps bring out the fun as you and the people you care about dig into this delicious dish.

If you're looking for something to take away from the spice a little bit, I added slices of honeycrisp apples to the side.  Gala or Fuji also work great.  The sweet and light apples take away from the spice and add a really nice complement to the flavors of the meatloaf.

Thank you again for reading and let me know how this recipe works for you.

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2010 Casalforno Chianti Classica Riserva Review

This Chianti is holy crap amazing.  From the minute you open it and smell the aroma to the first taste with a huge bite, you’ll be in love.  It’s rare that I love a wine that normally needs to breath at a first sip, but this one does not disappoint.  It does start to open more as it breathes, but you don’t need to wait.  Pour, drink and get ready to open the next bottle.

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