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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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I’m not sure about you but we have lots of BBQ parties to go to this summer; including some of our own.  A staple at a lot of BBQs are potato salads.  Some people have recipes that have been passed down and some are very traditional.  For this potato salad I wanted to turn it up a bit.  I have seen lots of loaded baked potato salads out there, but it seemed like something was just missing so with this recipe I added broccoli florets. It can be served warm or cold, and is so delicious it will not disappoint.  I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Ingredients:

8-10 red skin potatoes
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
12 pieces cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped chives
2 cups cooked broccoli florets, chopped
Dash of EVOO, optional

Preparation:

Place the potatoes into a large pot.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat cook for about 20-25 minutes, until tender. Drain the potatoes, and allow to cool to room temperature. Cut into cubes and place into a large bowl.

Next add all of the remaining ingredients and toss together until well incorporated. Place in a serving dish and serve.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #summersoiree below:

The Mom 100: Classic Potato Salad with Celery and Fresh Thyme
Feed Me Phoebe: Creamy Red Potato Salad with Capers, Radishes and Chives
Homemade Delish: Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Creative Culinary: French Potato Salad
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Italian String Bean & Potato Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Salmon and Potato Salad
The Heritage Cook: Potato, Spring Vegetable and Bacon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Taste with the Eyes: Pretty Petite Potato Salad, Vinagre de Jerez Dressing
Healthy Eats: 5 Potato Salads for a Lighter Picnic
FN Dish: The New Age of Potato Salad: 7 Ways to Do It Up Right

 

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Asparagus crostini fun

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Asparagus is in season so it’s time to breakout those delicious recipes. I’m always looking for different ideas to entertain family and friends. This asparagus pesto is great for crostinis, where the toppings can be endless.

Leftovers of the pesto were used to toss with pasta. This recipe will be sure to please all those asparagus lovers.

Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cooked and blanched in cold water.
1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cup raw almonds
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cups evoo
1 French baguette, sliced and toasted
Parmesan Reggiano, garnish optional
Baked Prosciutto slices, garnish optional
Ricotta, garnish optional
Baby arugula, garnish optional

Preparation:

Slice the French baguette and place on a baking sheet. Take 1/4 cup of evoo and brush it over the slices of bread. Sprinkle a little salt over the slices. Once toasted set aside.

In a food processor add, asparagus, almonds, parsley, Parmesan cheese, garlic and s&p. Pulse and slowly add evoo until desired consistency.

Spread over slices of bread and top with desired toppings.

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #sensationalsides below:

Creative Culinary: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Garlic and Parsley

Homemade Delish: Asparagus Crostini

Devour: 25 Ways to Use Asparagus

Feed Me Phoebe: Spring Quinoa Mujadara with Asparagus

In Jennie’s Kitchen: Asparagus & Arugula Panzanella

Healthy Eats: 5 Fresher Ways to Prepare Asparagus

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Asparagus, Onion & Pesto Pizza

Red or Green: Roasted Asparagus with Spicy Thousand Island Dressing

The Mom 100: Millet Greens Salad

Taste with the Eyes: Modern Asparagus Spring Rolls – Red Chili, Black Sesame, Almond

FN Dish: 6 Ways to Bundle Up Asparagus This Spring

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No Bake Mascarpone cheesecake in a cup

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This is the perfect quick fix if you’re craving a delicious piece of cheesecake. I love a no bake dessert because it’s super simple clean up and a no waiting game. This particular one is perfect for entertaining as well because they are individual servings.

In a traditional cheesecake of course you use cream cheese but I wanted to make this double the fun and added marscarpone as well (an Italian cream cheese). I also added a scoop of apricot preserve and let’s just say there was a party in my mouth.

Ingredients:

2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
8oz  package cream cheese, room temperature
8oz package marscarpone, room temperature
6-8 scoops apricot preserve
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2/3 cups powdered sugar

Preparation:
In a mixing bowl add cream cheese, marscarpone, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix for about 2 minutes until everything is well incorporate and smooth.

Take serving cups or bowls and layer some graham crackers then cream cheese filling and a scoop of apricot preserve. Repeat until desired amount.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #comfortfoodfeast below:

Homemade Delish: No-Bake Mascarpone Cheesecake in a Cup

Creative Culinary: St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Three Cake Recipes To Get You Through Till Spring

Red or Green: Spiced Gingerbread Cake

Healthy Eats: 5 Cupcakes That Are Secretly Lighter

In Jennie’s Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Brownies

The Mom 100: Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake with Sweet Vanilla Drizzle

FN Dish: 5 Stunning Cakes with Sky-High Fan Reviews

 

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Superb pizza

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Pizza is so versatile. You can let your imagination run wild when creating. Coming up with this combination was pretty easy. I have been obsessed with fennel lately, so I added it as a topping. I could have eaten this whole pie by myself but I decided to share it with the hubby (haha). The other star ingredients are goat cheese and bacon. I hope you give it a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Ingredients:

1 package store bought pizza dough, thin crust
1 bulb fennel. Sliced thin, save the fennel fronds for garnish
8 pieces bacon, diced into pieces
Salt & pepper to taste
1 8oz package goat cheese

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

In a large skillet on medium to high heat add bacon pieces. Cook them about halfway through until slightly crisp. Remove and place on to a piece of paper towel to drain. Set aside. To the same skillet with bacon drippings, lower heat to medium and add fennel. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly caramelized. Meanwhile roll out the dough and crumble goat cheese all over pizza dough. Next add the caramelized fennel and bacon. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with fennel fronds.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog#comfortfoodfeast below:

Feed Me Phoebe: Easy Mexican Breakfast Pizzas with Avocado
Creative Culinary: Pear, Gorgonzola and Hazelnut Pizza with Mixed Green
The Lemon Bowl: 5-Ingredient Chicken Pesto Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Homemade Delish: Superb Pizza
Daisy at Home: Pizza Panini
Healthy Eats: 5 Smarter Ways to Eat Pizza at Home
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Six Pizza Recipes For Your Academy Awards Party
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Best Pizza Recipes
Taste with the Eyes: Pretty Smoked Salmon Pizza with Chive Blossoms
FN Dish: 5 Ways to Eat Pizza for Breakfast

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Parmesan crusted potato wedges

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Potato wedges are a perfect side to any dinner dish. Instead of frying my potatoes I went ahead and baked them. But before placing these wedges in the oven I dipped them in Parmesan cheese, yes cheese. I hope you give these a try they will not disappoint. 

Ingredients: 

3 large potatoes, cut into wedges 

Salt & pepper, to taste 

2 cups Parmesan cheese 

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

Preparation: 

Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.

In a medium bowl add cheese and Italian seasoning, mix. Cut potatoes into wedges. Dip the potatoes into cheese mix and place on to a baking dish. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over wedges. Place in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown or until cheese is crispy. 

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog#comfortfoodfeast below:

Creative Culinary: Bacon and Caramelized Onion Potato Salad
Homemade Delish: Parmesan-Crusted Potato Wedges
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Stir-Fried Purple Potatoes
Healthy Eats: 6 Better Ways to Eat Potatoes
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Slow Cooked Baked Potatoes
Taste with the Eyes: Flatbread Pizza: Potato, Arugula, Sour Cream, Chives, Olive, Truffle, Lemon
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Mashed Russet and Sweet Potato Casserole
Red or Green: Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Sweet Potatoes Anna with Apples and Raisins
From My Corner of Saratoga: Air Fried French Fries
FN Dish: 5 Downright Perfect Potato Dish

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Italian Cioppino Soup

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It’s officially winter, and soup is in full effect in our house. I grew up with my dad making soups all the time, and this was one of them. It’s called cioppino, an Italian American seafood soup or stew. It’s a one pot delight. Enjoy and hope your keeping warm. 

Ingredients: 

1 lb cod, cut into chunks 

1 lb mussels, scrubbed 

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 

1/4 cup tomato paste 

2 piece celery, chopped

1 1/2 cups dry white wine 

5 cups vegetable stock 

1 bay leave 

5 garlic cloves, minced 

1 28oz can diced tomato 

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, more or less to taste 

Salt & pepper, to taste 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

Preparation: 

In a large pot on medium heat add olive oil. Add onions, celery and sauté for about 5 to 6 minutes until translucent. Next add garlic, salt, pepper flakes and tomato paste and diced tomato, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Now add the stock, wine and bay leaf. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes so flavors combined. 

Next add mussels to broth and cook for about 5 minutes until mussels begin to open. Finally add shrimp and fish cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, stir. 

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a slice of Italian bread. 

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #comfortfoodfeast below:

The Lemon Bowl: Slow Cooker Posole Rojo
Creative Culinary: Split Pea Soup with Carrots and Ham
Homemade Delish: Italian Cioppino Soup
Taste with the Eyes: Wintery French Lentil Soup with Beef, Carrots, Sherry Vinegar
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Tomato Soup
Dishing with Divya: Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Creamy Vegetable Soup
From My Corner of Saratoga: Pressure Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup (in a slow cooker)
Red or Green: New Mexican Green Chile, Turkey & Posole Soup
The Heritage Cook: Creamy Cheesy Potato Soup (Gluten-Free)
In Jennie’s Kitchen: 14 Sensational Soups
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Winter Squash & Chickpea Ribollita
The Mediterranean Dish: Mediterranean Spicy Spinach Lentil Soup
The Mom 100: Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup
Healthy Eats: 5 No-Brainers for Improving Chicken Soup
FN Dish: Soup’s On! 5 Warming Must-Make Bowls

 

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Thai carrot noodles

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If you enjoy Thai peanut noodles you will love this dish. The crazy part about it is it doesn’t have  noodles at all, but it’s substituted by carrots sliced really thin or by using a spiralizer. This is a super easy dish to make and enjoy. My kids loved it too. 
Ingredients: 
4 carrots, cut super thin or spiralizer
3-4 garlic cloves, minced 
1 tablespoon peanut butter 
1 tablespoon honey 
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 
2 teaspoon sesame oil 
Zest of 1 lime 
Juice half a lime 
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger 
Sriracha sauce, optional for garnish 
1/2 cup crushed unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 
Preparation:   
In a medium bowl add soy, peanut butter, ginger, lime juice, lime zest, honey, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and garlic. Whisk everything together until well incorporated. 
In a large skillet on medium to high heat add remaining sesame oil and carrots. Sauté for about 1 minute,  now add the peanut butter sauce and toss everything together for another minute. Remove from heat and add cilantro, crushed peanuts and Sriracha. Toss and serve. 
Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:
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Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza

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We love to eat Brussels sprouts in our home pretty much any time of the year. I wasn’t a big fan as a child but I’m obsessed now or maybe it’s because I use bacon fat to cook my Brussels sprouts in. Whatever the case may be we love to eat it and why not combined that with another favorite… Pizza?  I decided to grill my pizza since it was a beautiful day. I grill year around if it’s nice out. I hope you enjoy as much as we did.

Ingredients: 

Brussels sprouts, chopped finely 

Salt & pepper, to taste 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

12 pieces bacon, cut in pieces 

Olive oil, for brushing on to pizza dough

3 cups Italian fontina cheese, shredded 

Pizza dough, store bought is fine

Truffle oil, topping 

Pecorino Romano, shavings for garnish 

Preparation: 

In a large skillet on medium to high heat add a couple slices of bacon. Cook until golden and crispy about 5 minted per side. Remove and place on paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat process until all of the bacon is cooked (try not to eat any haha). Set aside 

Next add the Brussels into the skillet with the bacon drippings. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder sauté for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Get grill nice and hot. Brush some olive oil on to the pizza. Place on the grill once it starts to bubble flip the pizza.  It should only take about 2-3 minutes per side. 

Once flipped add fountain cheese, remove after cheese has melted. Next top with Brussels and bacon. Garnish with pecorino and truffle oil. 

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

Feed Me Phoebe: Quinoa Brussels Sprout Gratin with Smoked Cheddar
Homemade Delish: Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza
Creative Culinary: Fried Brussels Sprouts with a Sriracha and Honey Glaze
Napa Farmhouse 1885:  Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pesto Pizza
Red or Green: Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad With Avocado & Pomegranate Seeds
Taste with the Eyes: Brussels, Bacon, Balsamic
TasteBook: Lemony Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Healthy Eats: 6 Ways to Never Get Bored of Brussels Sprouts
The Mom 100: White Bean and Roasted Cauliflower Spread with Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
FN Dish: The Only 5 Brussels Sprouts Dishes You’ll Need This Season

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Cauliflower Au Gratin

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Creating different sides for a meal can be fun. You can be very creative with different vegetables and toppings. Luckily my kids love pretty much anything, so it makes my life easier when creating a side. Cauliflower was the vegetable of choice this week, and I wanted it to be creamy like a potato au gratin. This is a super easy side that you can add to any dinner or dinner party. For one of the toppings I had to use bacon, and you can never go wrong with bacon. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar, or cheese of choice
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup crumbled cooked bacon, optional

Preparation:

Preheat oven 375 F degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets to water. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, remove and place in ice cold bowl of water (this will stop the cooking process). Set aside.

In another large bowl whisk together heavy cream, cheese, S&P and flour until well incorporated. Next drain cauliflower from cold water and place into the cream mixer. Toss everything together. Pour into baking dish. Top with Panko. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven, top with bacon and server.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

Feed Me Phoebe: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Scallion Pesto
The Heritage Cook: Easy Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Sriracha Butter (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree
Homemade Delish: Cauliflower Au Gratin
Healthy Eats: 6 Classic Comfort Foods with a Cauliflower Twist
Creative Culinary: Roasted Cauliflower with a Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Frosting
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Six Recipes To Make You Fall In Love With Cauliflower
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cauliflower Patties
Taste with the Eyes: Grilled Eggplant Pizza with Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust
FN Dish: 6 Ways Cauliflower Can Stand In for Other Favorite Foods

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Warm Pumpkin Salad

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Pumpkins are a staple for fall decor and food. I love everything pumpkin.  I’m that person that will have everything pumpkin as soon as October hits. I love to incorporate it in my cooking. I’m lucky enough that my store carries per cut and peeled pieces.  I like to make warm salads during the cooler months.  I figured this would be the perfect one to share. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pancetta, cubed
1 fennel bulb, sliced
2 whole Artichoke hearts, cut into wedges
2 lbs pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into desired pieces
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a baking dish add pumpkins and Artichoke hearts. Season salt, pepper and 1/4 cup olive oil. Place in the oven for 1 hour or until pumpkin is tender. Set aside.

In a medium skillet on medium heat add pancetta, cook until crispy. remove and place on paper towel to absorb any oils. In the same skillet add the fennel into pancetta oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside in large bowl. Add the pumpkin, artichokes and parsley. Toss together.

Dressing:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced

Preparation:
In a medium bowl add apple cider begin to whisk in olive oil. Whisk consistently. Season salt and pepper. Add garlic, lemon juice and molasses. Keeping whisking for another 2 minutes. Pour over pumpkin and veggie mix. Toss everything together. Top with crispy pancetta. Place in serving dish and enjoy.

P.S. This is a perfect dish for thanksgiving.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

The Hungry Traveler: Pumpkin Brown Butter Madeleines
Bacon and Souffle: Pumpkin Lasagna with Sausage, Kale and Parmesan
Homemade Delish: Warm Pumpkin Salad
Creative Culinary: Pumpkin Butter
The Lemon Bowl: 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Weelicious: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
TasteBook: Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Dishin & Dishes: Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Red or Green: Spiced Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bars
The Heritage Cook: Roasted Pumpkin, Potato, and Sage (Gluten-Free)
Swing Eats: Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Taste with the Eyes: Sultry Pumpkin Soup – Southwest Flavors, Dressed To Kill
FN Dish: 8 Ways to Eat Pumpkin All Day Long