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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Broccoli and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Broccoli and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

I always find it very difficult to eat properly at breakfast. For years my staple breakfast was a granola breakfast bar and a can of diet pepsi. Heck, it still often is. But as I focus on being healthier, I make breakfasts like these scrambled eggs, which I can throw together in 5-10 minutes, give me a good amount of protein and vegetables to start my day, and actually taste good. You can really throw anything into this scramble. Mushrooms, onions, feta cheese, tofu, turkey sausage, bell peppers… really, just grab whatever you have and throw it on in. Today’s version includes some broccoli I had on hand and a little cheddar cheese.

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Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

There’s something about this sandwich that just screamed picnic to me, so I packed this up with a honey-lime fruit salad and a honey mustard brussels sprouts slaw, and took it to a quasi-picnic at a brewery with my fiancee. It was amazing, and the extra chicken we cooked made a perfect lunch later in the week. The BBQ glaze is amazing, and would work just as well on pork or even fish. The bacon rub? Well, it makes bacon even better, and that’s saying something.

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