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Bacon Cheddar Panini with Sweet Mustard

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Quesadillas were on the menu tonight, but when I rummaged through the drawer pulling out ingredients I realized I had a half a package of bacon that needed to be used up.    I'd pinned this grilled cheese just the other day, and decided to make that dinner.

I am still totally in love with my Cuisinart Griddler.    I cooked the bacon on it, then assembled the sandwiches and pressed them on it.     I don't like mayo, so I substituted sour cream.   

Unfortunately for me, I didn't get the sandwiches plated before the sun went down and had to depend on the lovely energy efficient bulbs for my lighting.   Thanks so much Fashion Edible, go check out the pics on her site!



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             Bacon Cheddar Panini with Sweet Mustard

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  4             slices  bacon
     1/4             c  mozzarella -- shredded
     3/4             c  cheddar -- shr…

Blizzards and Beverages :)

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Luckily for us, we had no where to be during the big storm yesterday.    We could wait it out, enjoy a nice cocktail and will deal with digging ourselves out today.    I've tried a few unsuccessful vodka based drinks lately, so this time I stuck to things I knew we like.   This is a variation of the Girl Scout Cookie Shooters we've made a few times before.  


Makes 2

3 shots Kahlua
3 shots Baileys
1 1/2 shots Peppermint Schnapps
3 shots half and half (more if you want it to be less strong)

Measure into cocktail shaker with ice.   Shake well and strain into chilled glasses.   Grate some chocolate over the top if desired (I used a Lindt truffle).


Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

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Blizzard Juno has hit New England.    No work or school for my guys, and fingers crossed, the power outages seemed to be limited, so I tempted fate and decided to bake a snow day treat.    Donuts sounded good to me, and I had this recipe printed and ready to go.

No changes at all, except to double the amount of cinnamon sugar at the end.  I'd rather have more than less and have to mix more mid coating.    The excess I save in a spice jar with a shaker lid for sprinkling on buttered toast.

These didn't last long.   I always think, I should double the recipe, don't, and then regret it   LOL    Thanks so much to Baker Bettie for the recipe and making our snow day just a little bit tastier  :)



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                     Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  5               TBSP  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
  1                     …

Lawnmower Tacos

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We spent our day ripping out the power steering pump in the car, and when we finished, we had totally missed lunch and were well on the way to dinner.   I had ground beef out and this recipe on the menu for today.   It comes together pretty quickly, and was a nice change from regular tacos.  You can top it with whatever fixins  you like, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, lettuce, olives.     Thanks so much to Fishmama at Life as a Mom!



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                              Lawnmower Taco

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  1              pound  ground beef
1 packet Old El Paso Mild Taco seasoning
     1/4           cup  flour
  2               cups  beef broth (low sodium)
  9             ounces  tortilla chips -- crushed
  2                cup  grated cheese- used Fiesta blend
                 shredded lettuce -- salsa, sour cream, black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos

Preheat oven to 325.

Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

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Needed a nice hearty meal today and the protein of the day was chicken.    This recipe from Cooking Light, looked simple and filling without being heavy.     My ovenproof skillet wasn't incredibly large, and I had a hard time getting nice color on the chicken.    I had to field a phone call and lost track of my potatoes while they were boiling, and they got a little too soft (I used Yukon Gold).   They broke down a lot in the finished dish, but what survived tasted good.   I would definitely give this one another try.




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                  Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

  12            ounces  yukon gold potatoes, halved
  1         tablespoon  olive oil -- divided
  4                     skinless -- (6-ounce) boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
     3/4      teaspoon  kosher salt -- divided
     1/2      teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper -- divided
  1t dried thyme
  4             ounces  cremini mushrooms -- quartere…

Lasagna Panini

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I've fallen in love with my new panini maker.    Sifting through recipes on Pinterest, and this Lasagna Grilled Cheese from Joy the Baker caught my eye.    I don't usually cook at lunch just for myself, but I just kept scrolling past the pin, thinking how great it looked.  

I changed it up a bit, using fresh grape tomatoes instead of canned, and dried basil.    Fast, easy, delicious and I felt like I was treating myself to something special.   Thanks so much Joy for the recipe, be sure to go check out her blog for lots of other wonderful things   :)



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                      Lasagna Panini


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  4             slices  bread
  2        tablespoons  butter
                        olive oil
     1/2           cup  part-skim ricotta cheese
  1                  t  dried basil
                        salt and pepper to taste
                        chopped grap…

Irish Peppermint Pattie

Date day and we're enjoying an adult beverage  :)  We have amassed a large amount of vodka in multiple flavors and I've been searching for ways to use it.    I found this one via Pinterest.  I didn't actually have any peppermint patties, so I grated a Lindt Dark Chocolate truffle over the top.

Irish Peppermint Pattie

1 oz. Chocolate Vodka 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps 1 oz. Creme de Menthe 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream 2 oz. Half & Half 1 Peppermint Pattie (omitted) Dark Chocolate shavings (optional)
Combine chocolate vodka, peppermint schnapps, Creme de Menthe, Baileys and half and half in a shaker filled with ice.    Strain into a chilled glass.   Garnish with peppermin pattie or grated dark chocolate. Source: http://www.hamptonroadshappyhour.com/irish-peppermint-pattie

Peppermint White Russian

Needed a little adult beverage to unwind last night.    I've got a nice amount of them on my Pinterest board, and this one called to me.

I didn't rim the glass with anything, but I did use a leftover Candy Cane from Christmas as a stirrer  :)   Thanks so much to A Beautiful Mess for sharing this one.    No picture, maybe next time.


Peppermint White Russian

Combine 2 parts Peppermint Schnapps, 2 parts Baileys and 1 part heavy cream over ice.   Rim glass with crushed peppermint or use a peppermint stick to stir.   

Source: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/12/peppe.html

Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

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Big Patriots game today, and I wanted a meal that was easy to throw together.   This recipe from Life With the Crusts Cut off was perfect!    I used bite sized Italian Meatballs, and added Penzey's Italian Herb mix with the sauce.     A sprinkle of shredded Parmesan along with the mozzarella.   Simple.  Mine baked perfectly in exactly 35 minutes.   

Thank you so much Parrish!   Be sure to go check out her blog  :)




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                       Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

  1                can  Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  1                bag  frozen Italian meatballs, bite sized
  1  1/2              cups  Ragu Traditional spaghetti sauce
1 heaping teaspoon Penzey's Italian Herb Mix
  1               cup  shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan



Heat oven to 375.     Spray a 9x13 with nonstick cooking spray.   

Separate biscuits, and cut each one into 8 pieces.   Place into pan.    Pour sauce over.    Sprinkle with Italian Herb Mix.    Space meatb…

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

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First new recipe for 2015!  Thin cutlets were on the menu today and I wanted something well spiced and fried.     I've seen this recipe on Pinterest dozens of times and today was the day.    For the flour mixture, I omitted the salt and sprinkled it over the hot chicken on the rack.     I used thin cut chicken breasts, there were about 5 in the package.   I only used half the eggs/water because I'm running low, and it was plenty.  I halved the sauce ingredients and served it on the side.   I liked the sauce, DH thought it was ok.  We all loved the chicken.

Pictures are tough this time of year.   It's dark at dinner and we have energy efficient bulbs which put that yellow cast on everything.     It was much more delicious than it looked.   Thanks to Rock Recipes for this one, there are several variations on the site and I look forward to making the others.




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                Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts


5 thin cut  boneless chicken br…