I am pretty much the #1 fan of store-bought rotisserie chickens. At least once a week (usually more often), I find myself buying one, either to just eat straight up with stuffing + vegetable, or to shred + use in all sorts of soups, stews, + casseroles. The rotisserie chicken really is a blessing to those of us who have limited time in the evenings to get dinner out on the table. So imagine my pleasure when I started looking through the latest cookbook to review (Southern Living: Quick Start Homemade), + there was a whole section devoted to my beloved rotisserie chickens! (They also have sections devoted to pasta, pastry + pizza dough, eggs, salad greens, + more).
After looking through a bunch of amazing-sounding recipes, I came across a fantastic-looking one for Chicken, Spinach + Pepper Jack Cheese Enchiladas. As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of Southwestern + Mexican food, so I knew this would be the first recipe I tried. I put the husband in charge of the baby, did a quick grocery store run, + got cookin’. And y’all, these enchiladas came together SO easy + quickly + the results were fantastic! Not only were they awesome hot out of the oven on the first night, topped with tomatillo salsa, cilantro + avocado, but they made for scrumptious lunch leftovers for the next few days.
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With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I thought it was the perfect time to share a new dessert recipe that would be *amazing* for your holiday dinner table. A Chocolate + Caramel Tart, topped with sea salt. Swoon! I bookmarked this recipe a while ago, but was waiting for the right occasion to make such a decadent, over-the-top dessert. Conveniently, a fab group of food bloggers and I had our monthly supper club last weekend, and the menu was cozy comfort food – homemade pierogies with all the fixins. The combination of chocolate + caramel is wonderfully comforting to me, so I knew that the supper club would be the perfect occasion to make + share this tart for dessert.
And y’all, the results? Holy moly, this is one fabulous dessert. It starts with a flaky, buttery, chocolate crust. Then, it’s topped with an ooey, gooey sweet homemade caramel layer. Then, a layer of super-rich chocolate ganache, sprinkled with wonderfully-addictive sea salt. Everything combined is scrumptious – rich, delicious, + indulgent. While it’s pretty simple, skill-wise, to make, it does takes a bit of time, as some of the layers need a few hours to set before you can proceed to the next layer. So, start it a day ahead so you have ample time to complete it. I hope lots of you try this for your upcoming holiday dinners — I know you + your families will love it!
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Since I first acquired my crock-pot a little over a year ago, I have used it countless times to make tons of different recipes. I use it year ’round, in both the hot summer + the cool winter, on busy weekdays + lazy weekends alike. In short, I think it’s one of the greatest creations ever! So, when I’m making my weekly meal plan + have an empty spot available, I almost always think, I should try a new slow-cooker recipe. And that’s exactly how I stumbled across this fantastic recipe, for Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. And y’all, it turned out SOOO good.
I had never used bone-in chicken breasts in a slow-cooker recipe, but I used them here, as the recipe suggested. I am SO glad I did. While I’m sure boneless/skinless chicken breasts would’ve turned out great, the bone-in chicken made for the most tender, juicy slow-cooker chicken I’ve ever had. The sauce is delicious – sweet, tangy, + garlicky, with just a slight kick. Next time, I think I’ll try adding some fresh ginger + more crushed red pepper to the sauce to give it a little bit more punch + complexity. But it was still amazing just as it was – it was wonderful the first night, served with white rice + stir-fried veggies. And I loved it even more the second day, as the flavors has deepened, served with rice noodles. Y’all have to give this recipe a try – I think you’ll love it!
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I’m excited to report about a new gig I’ve taken on – blogging over at Wishing Well, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital blog. Wishing Well is a community of doctors, nurses, parents + children coming together to share stories and wisdom about raising healthy, happy children, and I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing group! I’ll be writing over there about family-friendly recipes and new motherhood, two topics that are near and dear to me.
For my first Wishing Well post, I’m featuring a simple + delicious recipe that the whole family will love – a scrumptious Chicken Tamale Casserole! This is a quick, easy-to-assemble comfort food meal that’s hearty, but not too decadent. It starts with a tasty “tamale” layer with corn meal, green chiles, + corn, topped with a layer of delicious mexican-seasoned shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, + a bit of melty mexican-blend cheese. YUM! For the full recipe, hop on over to Wishing Well, where I’m blogging today!
I’m just going to dive in + tell y’all, this cake is AMAZING. First, let me explain the name – it’s called a Quadruple Chocolate Cake because it has 4 different sources of chocolate – a chocolate-based cake, with chocolate morsels mixed throughout, topped with a cocoa syrup, + even more flaked chocolate on top of that. SWOON. I first ate this cake a few months back, when my friend Alexandra made it for a girls’ night party. It was one of the most chocolatey, rich, decadent cakes I’d ever eaten + I couldn’t stop going back for more bites.
So, when my chocolate-loving husband had a birthday last week + he requested, simply, “something really chocolatey” for his birthday dessert, I knew I had to give this cake a try. And surprisingly, it was really easy to make, coming together quickly + easily. The end result is a super rich, sticky, sweet, perfectly chocolatey loaf cake. It is amazing for dessert, topped with ice cream + hot sauce, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, with a cup of tea. And if you love chocolate as much as we do, you *must* put it on your to-make-soon list – you will love it!
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