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Mama Mia Meatball Taquitos- Taste of Home Tuesday

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I can't believe it's Taste of Home Tuesday again already!   Things have been crazy here- we've bought a house and the moving frenzy has begun.   I've got about half the kitchen packed, which has made meal planning and cooking a fun challenge.   I've been relying heavily on old standbys and new dishes from the Simple & Delicious cookbook.

That's where I found this easy recipe.   I always make too many meatballs for spaghetti night, and I freeze them right in the sauce for quick subs, etc.   I let it defrost, removed the meatballs from the sauce and then continued with the recipe.  I used part skim ricotta because it's what I had on hand.     I warmed the sauce in small ramekins for dipping.   These were a big hit here, even with my son who isn't a huge meatball fan.    They'll make great game day snacks too.    Thanks to Lauren W for sharing the recipe!

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins- Taste of Home Tuesday

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When I heard the theme for this week's Taste of Home Tuesday was chocolate, I thought too easy!  Wow, was I wrong.   I scrolled through so many delicious chocolate recipes, I just couldn't make up my mind.    I was pulling something from the freezer for dinner when I realized that my frozen banana stockpile has gotten out of hand again.   Narrowing the search to bananas and chocolate, I found these muffins.  

The recipe shows a streusel topping, which I didn't make, I wanted the chocolate to be the main focus.     Normally I'd sprinkle the tops of the muffins with raw sugar before baking, but this time I waited until the muffins had partially cooled and pressed in a few additional chocolate chips.     A chocolate drizzle would be good too.   The texture is fantastic.   Next time I will make them into minis, they will make great lunch box snacks.  Thanks so much to Donna B for the recipe!

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip- Taste of Home Tuesday

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I have to admit, I've never been a big "dip" person.   I'm trying to branch out more, and the very first recipe that I pinned out of my new Simple & Delicious cookbook was this Loaded Baked Potato Dip.   I slightly varied the ingredients- I used Mexican blend cheese, dried chives and sriracha.   So easy to put together while the waffle fries are cooking.   It would also be fantastic with a nice sturdy potato chip.  I'll definitely be making this one often.   Thanks so much to Betsy K for sharing the recipe!

This is the 125th recipe that I've reviewed from the Taste of Home family of publications.  I've been a fan since the 90s, and a Volunteer Field Editor (VFE) since 2015.    I'm so happy for the opportunity to be a part of Taste of Home Tuesday with Red Cottage Chronicles and other VFEs.    Thank you Maureen for hosting every week!


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                         Loaded Baked Potato Dip


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Spicy Maple Chicken Strips

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Football used to be a family affair at our house.  Unfortunately, my husband now works weekends.   My son is more into video games than football games.   I have found that I can lure him back in to sit with me for a bit if I make fun food. 

I had marked this recipe to try, but I'm not a huge fan of bone in wings, and I don't fry very often.   What drew me to it was the sauce- spicy and maple?  I'm in.   I started with breaded boneless chicken strips that I baked according to the package directions.    For the sauce, I split the recipe in half and put it into 2 saucepans.  While I love spicy, my son doesn't.   For his, I added just a few drops of the sriracha, for mine, the whole amount.    I tossed my portion liberally in the sauce, he preferred a small cup so he could dip.   

It was an overcast day, and lighting in my kitchen is a challenge.  I took a quick snap or two and called it good.   Not only was it delicious, Jake hung out with me for the entire quarter.    S…

Hot Fireball Cider

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Yesterday was one of those days that I just could not get warm.   I'd run errands in the rain, and the chill just stuck with me.   I had some apple cider in the fridge from #AppleWeek and I remembered that lots of great beverages had been shared.    I decided on this Hot Fireball Cider from Grumpy's Honeybunch.  I heated my cider in a saucepan while I hunted for my cinnmon sticks.  No luck.    I contemplated sprinkling some ground cinnamon in, but in the end decided not to.   I've only used the Fireball in cooking so far, so I went with 1 1/2oz.    I happily settled on the couch with my mug to watch some football, and I was warmed up in no time.

Thank you Shelby for sharing this delicious drink!   Looking forward to trying many more things from your site  :)







Hot Fireball Cider

1 cup local cider
1 1/2 to 2oz Fireball Whiskey
Cinnamon sticks, if desired

Warm cider to desired temperature.   Stir in Fireball.    Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired.  Enjoy.

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Pizza Quesadillas - Taste of Home Tuesday!

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Another Tuesday, another winner from Taste of Home!

Quesadillas are a go-to food for us.  Quick snack, football fare, even dinner with a side salad.   I loved the idea of spinning them in a "pizza" direction.   I went with just pepperoni because I didn't have any hard salami on hand.     I used Italian seasoning instead of oregano.   I added some to the sauce as well, along with some parmesan cheese.     Thank you Barbara B for sharing your recipe. 

Thanks for hosting Taste of Home Tuesday, Maureen! 



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                            Pizza Quesadillas

  1                cup  meatless spaghetti sauce (added Italian seasoning and parm cheese)
  2          teaspoons  butter -- softened
  4                     flour tortillas (10 inches)
  1                cup  shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese -- (4 ounces)
  8        thin slices  hard salami (omitted)
  12            slices  pepperoni
     1/4           cup  shredded Parmesan cheese
     1/2   …

Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Chicken Melt

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I ordered this sandwich at a local chain restaurant a while back.   It was so good, I got it the next time I visited too.    I found myself craving it, when no trip to the restaurant was happening, so I decided to recreate it at home.

I put together the barbecue sauce based on the ingredients that I saw online. Though I liked the homemade version, I'll be buying a bottle from the site for instant gratification purposes.    I assembled the sandwich just like at the restaurant- bread, cheddar, ranch, chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar, bread.   Butter the top slice of bread, flip it buttered side down onto the griddle, then butter the other side.   Cook until golden brown and delicious.   

Enjoy!



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                    Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Chicken Melt


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  4             slices  sourdough bread
  4             slices  cheddar cheese
  4      …