My hope is to inspire you to get in the kitchen and have an adventure. Make something you have never tried before.  Push yourself to make something you have always been intimidated to make but most importantly to have fun and make memories!


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Spicy Whiskey BBQ Burger Sliders

 

There is a slight nip in the air which means one thing…well, maybe two thing:)  1. Fall is just around the corner.  2. FOOTBALL season is here!!  What I love most about football season is the gathering and eating.  Even if you are rooting for opposite teams every one is eating, laughing, and having a great time!  When we host a football party I always make sure everything is as close to bite-size as I can get it.  These spicy little burger bites are easy to make and so delicious!  Now, let’s watch some football!

PS – I will be making these delicious bites this Friday at the Nashville Home Show.  I hope to see you there!  If you still need to purchase tickets you can use the code: CHEF and receive a $3 discount!

BBQ Meatballs

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Summer is in full swing and our family is busier than ever.  Which has caused my menu planning to well at this point what menu planning.  I haven’t planned our menu for over a month.  It’s time to get my butt in gear and to do that I actually sat down and took some time this week to get myself organized.  As I was going through my list of recipes to try I came across this delicious and easy recipe.  I already had everything I need in my pantry so it was definitely going on my menu this week.   This recipe was just what I needed to get myself back in the kitchen.  Summer is almost halfway over and there is no sign rest and relaxation in the near future, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party

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Happy Monday ya’ll.  I am here to tell you about a special promotion sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Ground beef.  This is the second year in a row Red Gold has hosted this event.  The focus is to get in the kitchen and make a meal with your family and loved-ones.  You can find more about the promotion by clicking here.  Often when you think lasagna you think of how hard it is to make and how many ingredients it takes, right?  Well Red Gold has been doing some work testing out new recipes with fewer ingredients but still keeping all the flavor.  Let me tell you they have done just that with this recipe.  I chose to make the “All-In-One” lasagna it is fabulous and super easy to put together.  They are also featuring two addition lasagna recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash and Skinny Lasagna.  I had an opportunity to try the Skinny Lasagna recipe when I was asked to do a TV segment for WCRB Channel 3 in Chattanooga, the Skinny Lasagna was delicious and a big hit!  I hope this encourages you to get in the kitchen and make one of these recipes they are all fantastic!

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

There is nothing better than the classic spaghetti and meatballs.  It is such a great dish, I make pretty often in our house.  The recipe for the meatballs is one that I have used for years and years.  I learned the recipe from my mom.  She never used a cookbook when she made this recipe, she knew it by heart.  One day I need to ask her where she originally got this recipe from and hopefully she can remember. Growing up I never remember my mom or grandmother cooking out of a cookbook, if they did it was rare.  They both always cooked from memory which always fascinated me.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have a few recipes I can cook without referring to a cookbook or remembering where I originally acquired the recipe, but that’s just one or two. I would watch both of them in the kitchen successfully prepare a full Thanksgiving meal without even a peak at a recipe.  AMAZING!

Classic Cheeseburger ~ for National Cheeseburger Day

 
 

Did you know that National Cheeseburger Day is this Wednesday, September 18th?  I actually didn’t know either until a few weeks ago.  When I decided to start this blog I looked up all the national food days so that I could honor a few of them.  Let me tell you there are tons!  I was so amazed that so many foods are recognized!  There are some that I am super excited about and this is most certainly one of them!  We usually have cheeseburgers of some sort at least once a week, once every other week when I’m slippin!  Right now cheeseburgers are at an all time high on the popularity charts. They are being transformed into so much more than just meat and cheese.  If there is a dish you like you can bet there is a cheeseburger version of it out there somewhere.  This is one fad that I just can’t get on board with.  Sure I can change a few things about how I make my usual cheeseburger (I did just that with this recipe) but I am not going to mess with a good thing!  Here’s a look at how I created my cheeseburger make-over.  I will be posting these homemade burger buns later in the week so stay tuned!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. ground sirloin
1 small shallot, minced
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
4 slices of cheese, I used provolone
Salt and pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns
 
In a medium mixing bowl.  Combine hamburger meat, shallots,  Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, steak seasoning, salt and pepper.  Mix until combined without over-mixing.  Pat the top of the meat down and with the side of your hand score the meat into fours.  Form each patty by lightly rolling the meat into a ball then slightly pat down while forming a well in the middle of the patty to prevent the burger from shrinking.
 
To grill:  Lightly spray the grates of a gas grill with cooking spray.  Preheat your grill to 350 degrees.  Place the burger patties on the grill and cook for 5 minutes without touching the patties.  Flip the burger and cook for another 5 minutes.  Place the compound butter and then the cheese on the burger. Place the burger buns on the grill to toast. Cook until the cheese is melted and the buns have toasted.  About 1-2 minutes.  
 
Recipe Source:  Me!
 

Restaurant Style Seared Steak with Herb Compound Butter

 There are times in the heat of summer when it is just to darn hot to grill.  Maybe it’s the middle of winter and all you can think about is a big juicy steak but your grill is covered with snow.  Well I have the solution!  Do you ever wonder how restaurants get their steaks so juicy?  They pan sear the steak to keep the juices in.  It’s a technique I have been using for a few years now and to be honest I prefer my steaks to be cooked this way rather than grilled! You must try this technique the next time you are cooking steak.  I finish the steak with a slice of herb compound butter.  Enjoy!

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