Saturday, May 30, 2015

Papa John's - Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes at Papa John's Pizza headquarters in Louisville, KY. I learned all about their ingredients and how to make a pizza from Papa John himself. Papa John’s has no trans-fats, no MSG, no fillers in its meat toppings, no BHA, no BHT and no partially hydrogenated oils.  They use fresh, never frozen original dough and cheese made from high-quality, 100-percent mozzarella and skim milk.

 Last week I had an amazing opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour at the Papa John's Pizza headquarters in Louisville, KY from none other than Papa John himself. It was a dream trip. Pizza is my all-time favorite food. Papa John's Pizza was the first delivery pizza place in Auburn. I've been eating it for a really long time. I was beyond thrilled to get the opportunity to go to the headquarters.

On the tour, we learned all about Papa John's Pizza's ingredients, quality testing and how to make a pizza the Papa John's way. 

I had the best time. I came away with a whole new respect for Papa John's Pizza and the company itself. Papa John spent the entire day with us. I was beyond impressed. I've worked for a lot of different companies in my career, all much smaller than Papa John's, and the CEOs wouldn't even give you the time of day. For Papa John, CEO and founder, to take time out of his day to show food bloggers around the headquarters was unbelievable. He knew everyone's name in the company and was so passionate. I actually texted Chicken Legs while I was walking around that I wanted to move to Louisville and work for Papa John's! I would have given Papa my resume if I had a copy of it with me. I must have drank some Papa John's Kool-Aid while I was there! LOL!

Keep reading to see behind the scenes at Papa John's Pizza headquarters!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Triple Almond Cookies

Triple Almond Cookies Recipe - cookies packed with tons of great almond flavor - almond extract, chopped almonds and almond toffee bits! We ate WAY too many of these cookies. Makes a ton. Great for a potluck!

If you love almond flavors, then you are going to absolutely love these Triple Almond Cookies! They are packed full of tons of almond flavor. Almond extract, chopped almonds and almond toffee bits. They are dangerously delicious!

The house smelled amazing while these cookies baked. We couldn't wait to give them a try. We both had a really hard time controlling ourselves around these cookies. I gave most of them away to my parents so we didn't sit around the house eating them all day (because we totally would have).  This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so this would be a great dessert to take to a potluck.

Triple Almond Cookies Recipe - cookies packed with tons of great almond flavor - almond extract, chopped almonds and almond toffee bits! We ate WAY too many of these cookies. Makes a ton. Great for a potluck!



Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Cracked Out" Broccoli Salad

"Cracked Out" Broccoli Salad - fresh broccoli florets tossed with Cheddar, Bacon and Ranch - even broccoli haters love this quick side dish! Great for summer potlucks. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve.

We are in love with this "Cracked Out" Broccoli Salad!! We can't get enough of it. Cheddar, bacon, Ranch and Broccoli - I mean, how could we not love this quick side dish?!!?!! Even broccoli hates love this salad.

I used a package of pre-chopped broccoli florets in this recipe and tossed it with Ranch dressing, cheese and bacon pieces. You can make this the day before you are serving it and it will taste fine. We ate this a couple of days in a row with lunch and dinner. It is a great recipe for a summer potluck!

"Cracked Out" Broccoli Salad - fresh broccoli florets tossed with Cheddar, Bacon and Ranch - even broccoli haters love this quick side dish! Great for summer potlucks. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cajun Caesar Grilled Chicken

Cajun Caesar Grilled Chicken Recipe - 3 ingredient marinade! Caesar dressing, cajun seasoning and lemon juice. SO simple and super delicious! Whisk up marinade in the morning and let the chicken hang out in the fridge all day. Grill up for a quick and delicious dinner.

I'm sharing another simple grilled chicken marinade. This Cajun Caesar Grilled Chicken recipe only has 4 ingredients - that is including the chicken! You probably already have all the ingredients in the house to make this. Caesar dressing, cajun seasoning and lemon juice. I used a fresh lemon, but the lemon juice in the green bottle works great too!

I whisked the marinade together and let the chicken hang out in the fridge all day. We fired up the grill and had dinner in under 20 minutes! The chicken tasted fantastic! We didn't think it was spicy, but you can always reduce the amount of cajun seasoning if you are worried about any heat/spiciness.

Cajun Caesar Grilled Chicken Recipe - 3 ingredient marinade! Caesar dressing, cajun seasoning and lemon juice. SO simple and super delicious! Whisk up marinade in the morning and let the chicken hang out in the fridge all day. Grill up for a quick and delicious dinner.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chili Lime Chicken Tenders

Chili Lime Chicken Tenders Recipe - only 4 simple ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, lime juice and honey. Tons of great flavors! We ate this two days in a row - can't get enough of this simple grilled chicken recipe!

This time of year we grill out at least three nights a week, so I am always looking for new chicken marinades. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It looked amazing. The original recipe cooks the chicken in a skillet. I changed it up a bit and made it a grilling recipe.

Y'all, this was incredibly delicious! The chicken is marinated in a sweet chili sauce, lime and honey mixture. It was sweet without being overly sweet. We had some leftover chicken that we ate for lunch the next day. It tasted great. These chicken tenders would also be great chopped up in tacos or a salad. You can't beat a quick 4-ingredient grilled chicken recipe!

Chili Lime Chicken Tenders Recipe - only 4 simple ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, lime juice and honey. Tons of great flavors! We ate this two days in a row - can't get enough of this simple grilled chicken recipe!



Monday, May 25, 2015

Meow Monday

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