Mini Pretzel Dogs

by Amy on 3 February 2016

Mini Pretzel Dogs | www.FearlessHomemaker.comMini Pretzel Dogs | www.FearlessHomemaker.comWho’s watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? While I can take or leave the football-watching, I do love Super Bowl Sunday — for the commercials, the halftime performances, and most importantly, the awesome snacks. As many of my friends and family can tell you, my particular snack weakness = Lit’l Smokies. I don’t know what it is about them, but I am powerless when faced with a tray of them at a party. I adore them slow-cooked in a sweet-and-sour sauce, or bacon-wrapped and baked, or engulfed in buttery puff-pastry — the possibilities are endless and delicious.

So, for today’s recipe, I’m sharing a new-to-me Lit’l Smokies treat – here, they are wrapped in a homemade pretzel dough, boiled in a baking soda/water mixture, sprinkled with an egg wash + salt, baked until beautifully golden brown, and served warm with mustard. And y’all, they are MAGNIFICENT. Because I know myself well, I made these around lunchtime, knowing that rather than eat a few as a snack, I’d prefer to eat a ton as my lunch. =) The homemade pretzel dough is amazing — perfectly savory, beautifully textured, and just the right amount of salty — and it complements my beloved Lit’l Smokies wonderfully, especially when served with some tart mustard. I loved them, my husband loved them, + our toddler loved them (and neither of them are hot dog-lovers), so I’m deeming these a huge success. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing snack for Super Bowl Sunday, look no further!

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Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSlow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was pleased to be assigned Karen’s Kitchen Stories, as I’ve cooked from her blog many times. (This Oven-Fried KFC Copycat Chicken is one of our family’s go-to meals). We’re in the midst of a very cold stretch of weather in Nashville, so I decided to make her belly-warming Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili and am so glad I did – it turned out amazing! This chili is made low-and-slow in the crock-pot with bone-in chicken, which results in super tender, flavorful chicken. It’s packed with sautéed onions/garlic/jalapenos, white beans, hominy, green chiles, and bold spices for lots of depth, plus lime and cilantro for brightness. My husband and I loved it (which wasn’t surprising, as we love soups/stews like this), and I was thrilled to see that my 2-year-old gobbled it up, too! While it has a ton of flavor, it’s not super spicy (jalapeños mellow out significantly after sautéing), so she devoured it. After a chilly day, this was a perfect way to deliciously warm ourselves up.

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Vegetable and Tofu Lo Mein

by Amy on 5 January 2016

Vegetable + Tofu Lo Mein | www.FearlessHomemaker.comHappy New Year, friends! I’m starting this year’s posts off with one of my favorite things I’ve been making for the past few months — homemade lo mein! I know some people have goals this new year to eat more meals at home, to eat healthier, or to spend less money on takeout, so this is a perfect time to share this recipe — it can take care of all three of those! And flavor-wise, this lo mein is SO wonderful. It tastes amazingly like the lo mein I get from my favorite Chinese take-out places, but brighter, fresher, and lighter. And, for me, there’s something about knowing all the ingredients that went into your meal that make it even more satisfying and delicious.

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Raspberry Confetti Meringues

by Amy on 29 December 2015

Raspberry Confetti Meringue Cookies | www.FearlessHomemaker.comI hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, finishing out 2015 on a joyous note, and gearing up for a great 2016! With many of you going to New Year’s Eve and Day parties, I wanted to share a simple, festive, fun little cookie that you can easily whip up — these Raspberry Confetti Meringues. After eating lots of heavy, indulgent holiday food, these are delightfully light, airy, and waistline-friendly. I absolutely LOVE meringue cookies — they’ve got a great crispy crunch, but then melt in your mouth. This version features a raspberry meringue cookie, studded with mini chocolate chips on the inside, and topped with cheery little sprinkles. I used star-shaped sprinkles, since they seemed especially celebratory, but any kind will do.

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Chicken Sausage Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, + Apples | www.FearlessHomemaker.comWith the holiday season in full swing, you’re likely seeing lots of decadent sweets and fancy holiday meals on your favorite food blogs. Since other blogs have those things covered, I’m bringing you something totally different: a healthy, hearty, scrumptious one-skillet meal, that takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s packed with some of my favorite fall/winter produce — sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and apples — along with a generous helping of chicken sausage, aromatics, herbs, and some tasty bacon to kick things up a notch.

Why I am I sharing this recipe now? First, many holiday tables feature sweet potatoes, apples, and/or brussels sprouts, and this is a great way to use up any of those that you have leftover after the holiday festivities. And second, after eating and making lots of rich, indulgent, special occasion-food, I crave foods that are lighter, cleaner, and quick-to-make. This one-skillet meal is all of those things, plus it is absolutely delicious. The combination of flavors and textures is perfect. Tender sweet potatoes, earthy brussels sprouts, caramelized sausage, crisp bacon, and sweet apples marry beautifully, with the help of savory aromatics, herbs, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. I found this meal to be wonderfully complete on its own, but if you want to round it out even more, try serving with farro, quinoa, or wild rice — all of those would complement this fantastically.

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