Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

Flu season is here with a vengeance (I should know, being engaged to a teacher!) so here’s one of my favorite soups to cook when someone is sick. It’s basically chicken noodle soup with lots of spices and vegetables and optional hot sauce, to clear out your sinuses. Even if you aren’t sick, though, this makes a perfect fall comfort food. As an added bonus, it can be made in a slow cooker while you’re at work!

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

In trying to get in shape, one of my biggest problems is coming up with side dishes that are easy, tasty, and healthy. My go-to side is just salad, but that gets old after a few days in a row. I’m slowly coming up with a few side dishes that I turn to that I’ll cook over and over again and not get sick of. One of those is this chili garlic broccoli, and another is this roasted tomato dish. A little olive oil and some spices followed by a an hour in the oven make these roasted tomatoes both simple and delicious. Add a little feta cheese at the end, and yum!

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Smoked Berry Cobbler

Smoked Berry Cobbler

 

When you’re in a bbqing mood, why stop at dinner? That was the thought behind throwing this cast iron skillet cobbler into my smoker on the 4th of July instead of in the oven, and it turned out fantastic! The smoker adds a little wood smoke flavor that pairs wonderfully with the rich berries. This recipe can, of course, be done in the oven, but it’s much better baked over real fire!

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Spiced Pickled Peaches

Spiced Pickled Peaches

This is an amazing pickle. I had never tried spiced pickled peaches before, but my fiancee had them every Thanksgiving growing up, so when I got a bunch of gorgeous, fresh peaches for this year’s Canbassadorship program from SweetPreservation.com, I had to pickle some of them! They turned out absolutely delicious. Sweet, tangy, and full of flavor.

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Typically, when someone tells me I have to do something ‘because they said so’, I’ll just laugh. But when it’s Joy the Baker, talking about browned butter chocolate chip cookies, I listen. And I bake them. I don’t follow her directions exactly, because I’m not a nuts-in-chocolate-chip-cookies kind of guy, but the rest of the recipe? Dynamite. Cook these this weekend, because I said so!

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Chili Garlic Broccoli

Chili Garlic Broccoli

I am in love with this dish. It’s all of my favorite things, rolled into one dish. It’s delicious… mild spice with rich garlic and sesame flavors, a bit of charred flavor, but also quick and easy and healthy. The key here is to preheat your roasting pan. If it’s not hot, the broccoli won’t get that delicious char on the outside. So here’s a perfect example of why you should preheat your baking sheets in the oven, just like you preheat your pots on the stove.

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Bourbon Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Part 2

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope that the food is going great for everyone, because I don’t know about you, but that’s MY favorite part! Today’s post is brought to you by bacon. Yes, this is the second bacon jam recipe I’ve posted, but this is definitely a superior version. It has bourbon, maple syrup, coffee, chipotle peppers… it’s amazing. Put it on bread, spread it on burgers (today’s lunch), whatever you do with it, I guarantee it’ll be a hit.

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Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

My favorite meals lately have been simple ones. Steak and this asparagus, pork chops and chili garlic broccoli… something easy, quick, and delicious. This dish especially will be making a frequent appearance at our dinner table. The roasted lemon garlic vinaigrette is amazing, and would go well on a salad, roasted fall vegetables, or even brussels sprouts.

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Sausage and Quinoa Zucchini Boats

Sausage Quinoa Zucchini Boats

With the wedding a little more than 3 months away, the weight loss drive has finally hit full swing. We’re severely cutting back carbs, drinking less (the sacrifice!), and eating out less. Don’t worry, though, the 4th of July will be here next week, and this blog will be chock full of recipes like bacon coffee jam, sous vide pastrami with pickled mustard seed, and a new dry rub baby back rib recipe. So, until then, we have dishes like these zucchini boats stuffed with cherry tomatoes, turkey sausage, and quinoa. Delicious and satisfying, while still being extremely healthy. You can even switch out the turkey sausage for soy chorizo, and make it entirely vegetarian.

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Strawberry Sugar Cookies

 

Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Good morning, everyone! It’s a beautiful (ok, foggy and overcast) Friday morning and I thought that I’d give everyone a wonderful cookie recipe to try this weekend. It takes advantage of those beautiful strawberries you’ve been seeing in farmer’s markets, so make sure to try this recipe before they go out of season. The cookies are moist, chewy, and chock full of delicious strawberry flavor. They’re a perfect summer cookie, and I might even go so far as to predict they’d go fantastic with some homemade lemonade on a hot day!

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