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Creamy Greek Yogurt Maple Dijon Salad Dressing

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That's a very long title for this very simple to put together dressing!    It really doesn't get much easier than this, gather your ingredients, a few quick measurements and then shake until combined.   Easy Peasy.   I had one unintentional substitution- I picked up lemon Greek Yogurt instead of the plain.   I'm very very happy with the end result, I only wish I had some better quality produce to put it on!    This one will definitely be made often, and I want to thank Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips for sharing it!    :)



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  Creamy Greek Yogurt Maple Dijon Salad Dressing

     1/4           cup  lemon Greek yogurt
     1/4           cup  Dijon mustard
  1         Tablespoon  apple cider vinegar
  2        Tablespoons  real NH maple syrup
  2         Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                 kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake until combined.  

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One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

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I should have known not to attempt anything complicated for dinner tonight.   I have a terrible head cold, and I've been barely functioning for a few days.   But my son is at a sleepover, and I was pretty excited to get into some of the recipes I've been saving for those times.    I had no intention of making this one exactly as is, I knew I was going to be swapping out beef broth for chicken broth, yellow mustard for dijon mustard and that I was going to do a combination of sliced and shredded cheese.   I had no idea how far this was going to go off the rails. 

I like to line up all my ingredients on the counter before I start cooking, opening any cans, boxes, etc and lining everything up in the order I need it.     I did that per my usual, and then went fishing in my cabinet to find my stockpot.   I've handed the chore of dishwasher emptying off to my son, and he takes it as a personal challenge to create the most jenga-like configuration of stacking possible of my pots…

Banana Bread Waffles

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We are big 'breakfast for dinner' fans.   Our go-to is usually Belgian waffles, but we've been getting bored with the classic recipe.   I found this recipe on the Mother Thyme blog a while back.   I've got a stockpile of frozen bananas, perfect for this recipe.     I put them in the bowl I'd be using for the wet ingredients, defrosted them in the microwave and then mashed them.    For the topping, I pulled another banana out and sliced it while still frozen.   I added a 1/4 cup King Arthur Flour mini cinnamon chips to the batter and omitted the nuts.    Mini chocolate chips would be great too.    A drizzle of real NH maple syrup, the sliced bananas and a few more cinnamon chips made this perfect.  

This is my third hit from Jennifer's blog.    I look forward to finding many more   :)




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                   Banana Bread Waffles

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Pineapple Upside-Down Donuts

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I've been a member of the Taste of Home Community for over 13 years.  One of the fun posts there is a weekly challenge where an ingredient is given and you are supposed to try a new recipe using it.   This week's ingredient is pineapple.   I'd pinned this recipe a little while back and the challenge was the perfect reason to bake it up today.

I doubled the batter ingredients from the original recipe, I wanted to make sure I had enough to make some mini donuts too.     

Thank you so much Ashley at Baker By Nature for this fun recipe!  



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                       Pineapple Upside-Down Donuts


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                        For the batter:
2                cups  + 4 tablespoons flour
     1           cup  light brown sugar -- packed
     1      teaspoon  salt
  2           teaspoon  baking powder
     1      teaspoon  cinnamon
     1/2          …

Creamy Balsamic and Herb Chicken

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Another week, another new chicken recipe.   I fear we may sprout feathers soon, but still, I keep finding great new ways to serve it up.    I picked up heavy cream and then completely forgot why, so I went in search of recipes that used it in my MasterCook files.   I found this recipe from Mother Thyme, and I knew it would be a gamble.   Jake doesn't like herbs or sauce.   Worst case, I figured I'd hold some of the chicken aside and he could have that.   I was shocked when he not only finished his chicken, he asked for more of the sauce to be spooned over his orzo.

I increased the sauce ratio slightly to have plenty for the pasta.   When it wasn't thickening like I wanted, I removed about a quarter cup, whisked in a heaping teaspoon of cornstarch and added it back to the pan.   Perfect!

Thanks so much to Jennifer at Mother Thyme for this fantastic recipe!




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                     Creamy Balsamic and Herb Chicken


  1 package thin sliced chicken bre…

Southern Bird Dogs

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We're eating lots of poultry lately, and I've started hearing the grumbling from my family.   With the grill covered with snow and ice again (yay New England!), my options were a little limited.    Staring at the package of chicken tenders in my fridge, I wondered what I could do to them that would be exciting and different.   I had a few hot dog rolls and 4 strips of bacon that needed to be used up.

Enter Southern Bird Dogs.  I saw this recipe on She Wears Many Hats.   She used storebought chicken tenders, but recommended this recipe from Add A Pinch to make them from scratch.    I had everything on hand except the buttermilk.     I used the "add vinegar to regular milk" trick instead.   The only problem is that though that mimics the tang of buttermilk, it doesn't have that nice thick consistency.    My first coating on the chicken seemed thin, so I let them sit for 20 mins, then put them back through the milk and flour mixtures again.    I gave them another 2…

April Fools Prank :)

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Realizing his fruit punch is actually Strawberry Jello...



Usually I put together a more elaborate prank and get him with it earlier in the day.   This year I let him think I forgot, and then we sat down to dinner.

(Prepare Jello as directed on package, add straw and let it set up.  If you try and add the straw after it doesn't look as convincing)