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Thursday, May 31, 2012

BBQ Ranch Burgers

Grilling season is in full swing at our house.  We made these burgers for Memorial Day last weekend and they were over the top delicious!!  They might have been the juiciest burgers we have ever made.  I doctored up one of our standard burger recipes with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing mix.  YUM!  We tried the new King's Hawaiian Sandwich Buns for our hamburger buns.  We toasted them on the grill and they were great.  We finished the burgers off with more cheese, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing and bacon - because everything's better with bacon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sautéed Ranch Mushrooms

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and knew it would be perfect for Chicken Legs' birthday dinner.  Chicken Legs loves mushrooms.  I think they are vile and disgusting, but I am the "plain chicken" girl after all.  These mushrooms are incredibly simple.  There are only three ingredients - butter, fresh mushrooms, and Ranch dressing mix.  The original recipe called for a whole stick of butter.  I cut that in half and it was plenty!  Chicken Legs said the mushrooms were delicious.  He gobbled them up along with his favorite grilled chicken - Alice Springs Chicken.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Snickers Cake

Snickers Poke Cake Recipe - chocolate cake, caramel, whipped cream, peanuts and chocolate sauce - OMG! There is NEVER any left! People go nuts over this cake!!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you already know about this cake.  I made this cake for Chicken Legs birthday this past weekend.  He actually came up with this cake and I baked it for him.  

This cake was over the top!  It is similar to some of the other candy bar cakes we've made recently, but on steroids.   This cake was actually better the second day (if you can wait that long).  Be warned - this is super rich.  Make sure you have plenty of people to share it with!

Snickers Poke Cake Recipe - chocolate cake, caramel, whipped cream, peanuts and chocolate sauce - OMG! There is NEVER any left! People go nuts over this cake!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Menu Ideas

In case you still need some inspiration for your Memorial Day meal on Monday, here are a few of our favorites:

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Friday, May 25, 2012

S'mores Pie

I think s'mores are the quintessential summer dessert. Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, I wanted to make a s'mores dessert for the weekend.  I decided on this S'mores Pie -  graham cracker crust, chocolate filling and marshmallow meringue.  I made the chocolate filling the night before we ate the pie and let it chill overnight.  I made the crust and marshmallow meringue the next morning.  It only took a few minutes each day.  It was absolutely delicious.  This will be the perfect ending to your Memorial Day celebration!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bacon Cheddar Corn Muffins

No good BBQ is complete without a yummy corn muffin.  These corn muffins are not your ordinary corn muffin; they are over the top - packed full of cheddar cheese and bacon!  YUM!

I had a small concern about this recipe because it has sugar in it.  In my house, cornbread is not suppose to be sweet. I decided to go with it since it was only a tablespoon.  The muffins turned out great.  They weren't sweet and we both loved the cheddar and bacon.  They were especially good with a big ol' dollop of honey butter!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I am not a fan of potato salad.  I know people love it.  I even have a friend that eats potato salad sandwiches (he mean't to do it)! I just don't like the cold mayonnaise and mustard covered potatoes.  All that being said, I loved this potato salad.  It uses Ranch dressing instead of of mayonnaise and has crispy bacon tossed in.  It reminded me of crack potatoes - all it needed was cheddar cheese.  I served this warm with the BBQ Chicken from yesterday's post.  It was absolutely delicious!!  I plan on making it again this weekend for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

{Slow Cooker} BBQ Chicken

The long Memorial Day is coming up this weekend.  I don't know about you, but I am ready for a long weekend!  This week I am going to share some recipes for an easy Memorial Day BBQ.  First up is the main dish - BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker.  This chicken was recommended by my Mom, and it was super easy and delicious!  I seasoned the chicken the night before and just finished it off the morning we ate it.  This would be great for your Memorial Day BBQ or an easy weeknight meal.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meow Monday


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Simply Grilling - Honey Rosemary Pork Chops

I was so excited when Jennifer Chandler asked me to review her latest cookbook, Simply Grilling: 105 Recipes for Quick and Casual Grilling.  We love to grill, so I knew we would really enjoy this book.

I had a really hard time deciding on one recipe. After much deliberation, I decided on these Honey-Rosemary Pork Chops for several reasons.  First, Jennifer said this was her husband's favorite dish (can't go wrong with that endorsement).  Second, I don't have a single pork chop recipe on the blog.  Third, I am growing rosemary on the patio, and finally, I bought some fresh raw honey on my vacation to St. Augustine last week.

I am so glad I chose this recipe.  The pork chops were absolutely delicious and they couldn't have been easier to make.  I prepped the meat while the grill heated up.  It only took a few minutes.  They pork chops were tender, juicy and packed full of flavor.  The rosemary was so fragrant, and the honey added the perfect touch of sweetness.

There are so many great recipes in this cookbook and every recipe has a full size color photo.  Jennifer has appetizers, meat, poultry, seafood, sandwiches, veggies, salads and even desserts for the grill!  I can't wait to eat my way through this book.  I am eyeing the Chicken Yakitori, Pork Souvalki, and Grilled Lime Sweet Potatoes (to name a few).  If you want to see more of Jennifer's delicious recipes, watch for her on QVC on May 20th!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Meatball Sub Casserole

A few weeks ago I made a Meatball and Ricotta Pizza.  We absolutely loved it!  I had some leftover meatballs and decided to make this casserole with them.  It is very similar to one of my favorite dips - Pizza Dip.  Pizza Dip is layered dip of cream cheese, pizza sauce and cheese.  It is served with french bread slices.  This casserole puts it all together in one dish and adds meatballs for a comforting meal.

This was so simple and tasted fantastic.  This dish feeds a lot and would be great for a potluck.  If you want to assemble this ahead of time, I would wait to add the spaghetti sauce until you were ready to bake it.  I think the bread would get too soggy otherwise.  We both loved this casserole.  I am already planning on making this again next week!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread - Rhodes Guest Post

It's my turn to to Guest Post over at Rhodes Bake-N-Serve Blog.  I've been seeing a lot of these pull apart breads online.  Most of them are sweet cinnamon breads.  I decided to try my hand at a savory pull apart bread.  I decided on a Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread.  I picked up a packet of the new Hidden Valley Italian dressing mix and used it for the seasoning in this garlic bread.  It was really good.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Head over to the Rhodes Blog and check it out!

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