Sweet and Spicy Asian Hot Wings

Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings Title

It's Friday, and this Sunday is the BIGGEST game of the NFL football season, the Super Bowl!  And when I say Super Bowl I KNOW the first thing that comes to your mind is WINGS!  Oh man, who doesn't love a good chicken wing?  However, when you are planning a party, you don't want to be stuck over a fryer doing dozens of batches, while all of your friends and family are having a great time watching the game.  That is why I came up with these AMAZING, oven baked,  Sweet and Spicy Asian Hot Wings!  They are perfect and your crowd is going to go WILD for them!  

I can't wait to show you how I did it, so let's get started!

Crockpot Lemon Chicken

Crock-Pot Lemon Chicken Title

So as you know, a couple of weeks ago, I took a winter trip to Virginia Beach. If you follow me on Facebook, you will also know that I literally spent an entire day going to posh kitchen supply and grocery stores.  While you are perusing around these establishments, you can bet your bottom dollar that you will be surrounded by all sorts of delectable delights.  It was at one such place that I first tried this Crock-Pot Lemon Chicken.  Yes, I walked in the door of this well known kitchen supply store, to be greeted by the cutest little sales rep you have ever seen, asking me if I would like to sample it.  Of course I did, and I thought "WOW!  This is really good!"  She could see the obvious pleasure on my face and says to me "It's so easy!  All you have to do is pour this sauce over frozen chicken in your slow cooker and Viola! DINNER!"  My first instinct was "Yes, yes I WILL purchase this!"  Then I looked at the price.  TWENTY DOLLARS FOR ONE JAR OF SAUCE!!!!  WHAT!?!  No way was I paying that for GRAVY.  That's when I flipped the jar over, looked at the ingredients, and thought "Oh yeah, I can TOTALLY make that!"  

So here it is!  My version of this Crock-Pot Lemon Chicken.  It is super easy, very flavorful, and I PROMISE it will cost you under $10 to feed 6-8 people TOTAL!  You are going to love it, so let's get started!


Nachos Supreme Recipe

Beef Nachos Supreme

 Okay, it's been a busy week.  You've had work, errands, housework, the kids had a thousand places to be.  You barely had time to make dinner.  However, here you are, Super Bowl Sunday and YOU HAVE NO SNACKS!!!  What are you going to do!?!  You HAVE to have snacks for the big game!  Don't worry, I bet you can find everything you need to whip up a FANTASTIC Nachos Supreme in no time!  Just head on over to your pantry and fridge and I'll show you what I'm talking about!

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Beer Braised Short Rib Chili

The play-off games are over and we have all been dealing with the news frenzy over deflated balls.  And no matter what side of the controversy you stand on, Super Bowl XLIX is coming, so it's time to start planning that game day menu.  For me, nothing says football food like beer and chili, and when you combine the two together, the result is A-MAZING!  So without further ado, I give you my Beer Braised Short Rib Chili.   I can't wait to show you how I make it so let's get started!


Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata

If I had to pick what my favorite day of the week is, I would HAVE to say it is Saturday.  Why you ask?  It's because Saturday is the ONE DAY that my husband and I are home, together, with nothing going on, nowhere to go, it is our one day that we can just stay in our pajamas if we want and watch Netflix all day.  Yes, Saturdays are wonderful.  That's why I like to make something special to eat for brunch.  Yes I say brunch because, let's face it, we aren't getting up early enough on Saturday to call it breakfast.  *lol*  Usually I do Saturday Cinnamon Rolls, but sometimes you just want a little protein to start your day.  When that's the case, nothing beats a delicious Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata!  It's super simple, packed full of veggies, and HELLO...cheese!  You are going to love this recipe and I can't wait to show you how I did it!

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Homemade Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna

I have openly discussed with you that I struggled with cooking in the early years of my marriage.  So when I got to the point where I was feeling confident in the kitchen, I wanted to take on one of my very favorite dishes, Lasagna!  Honestly, what is there NOT to love about lasagna?  It's cheesy, savory, pasta-li-cious, goodness warms my heart and fills my soul like NO other!  I know that it can feel a little intimidating at first, but it couldn't be more simple and I can't wait to share with you how I do it!

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Perfect Pan Seared Scallops

I spoke a little about my recent trip to Virginia Beach yesterday, but one thing I didn't mention is that, for my birthday dinner, my friends took me to this great sea food buffet called Captain George's.  

I will be honest with you.  I was a little...how do I put this...frightened.  That's because anyone who knows me, KNOWS that sea food is not my thing, but I decided to put my big girl pants on and give it an honest try.  The result?  I LOVE CRAB LEGS, SCALLOPS, AND MUSSELS!!!  Three things I would have never tried had it not been for this experience.  

I knew immediately I wanted to make these delicacies of the sea at home, so on our way out of town we stopped at this great, local sea food market called Dockside.  There I bought the most beautiful crab legs, sea scallops, and mussels you have ever seen.  Not only that, but I got to talk to the fish guys about the best way to prepare them.  That is another reason to always shop local.  These guys KNOW their product and they will NOT steer you wrong.  So feeling confident and prepared, I headed back home to West Virginia to begin my new found sea food journey!  

I decided to start with Perfect Pan Seared Sea Scallops, and though it sounds a little intimidating, it couldn't be easier!  I can't wait to show you how I did it so let's get started!


Crockpot Teriyaki Meatballs

I had the best weekend!

  You see, my best friend's birthday is in September.  Her mother's birthday, who I'm also very close to, is in December.  Then you have my birthday in January.  Throw Christmas in there and you have a lot of gift buying and giving.  So a few years back we decided that we weren't going to do gifts anymore.  No, we were going to make memories and so began the Ya-Ya winter road trips!  Usually we go to a big city, but this year we decided to switch it up and head to Virginia Beach!

Even though is was mid-January we couldn't have asked for better weather!  It was sunny and in the mid fifties all weekend.  

*sigh*  Just stunning.  I adore the sea and I miss it already.  

Well, needless to say it is now Monday and, after a LONG day of traveling, I don't really have a desire to cook.  Perhaps you have had a busy weekend of ball games, horseback lesson, traveling, dance, working, etc. and you too have no desire to cook a big meal.  Good news, I've got your back!  Yes, I always try to have some great slow cooker meals, that are super simple, and take next to no time to throw together, in my back pocket.  At the top of this list, my Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs.  Using a few pantry staples, you will literally have this in your slow-cooker in 5 minutes, and on your table in 2 hours.  It's absolutely scrumptious, and I can't wait to share it with you!

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Apple Cider Roasted Pork Shoulder

Along with blogging, I also write for a couple other places.  One of these platforms is Clutch MOV, an online lifestyle magazine for the Mid-Ohio Valley.  This fall I wrote and article featuring Hidden Hills Orchard for them, and in that article I shared this amazing recipe for Apple Cider Roasted Pork Shoulder! And though the fresh apples took this recipe over the top, the real star of this dish was the succulent, locally raised, pork I purchased from Foggy Dale Farms at the Point Park Market Place in downtown Parkersburg, WV. 

 I have been purchasing my meat from them for a while now, and I have to say that the quality is better that ANYTHING you are going to get at the local supermarket.  Buying local is so important .   Aside from helping to build my local economy, I like being able to go into the market and talk to A.B. (who has the coolest stories) or Nathaniel, the owner.  I love that when they have something available that A.B. think I will be interested in, he gives me a call.  It is so nice to be able to call Nathaniel and say "I need a special cut for something, can you help me out?" and he answer "Sure, I can do that."  You only get these kind of relationships when you shop local.  These local farmers put special care into everything they do, and that little extra love translates into the dishes you put on your table.  And THAT is why this pork recipe is going to know your socks off!

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General Tso's Chicken

During the holidays I ate all of this rich food.  Then, after the holidays, it was "How on earth can I use up all of these leftovers?"  After that it was a period of just going on a cooking strike!  However, man can NOT live on fast food alone, so it's time to get back in the kitchen and cook for my family.  That being said, I'm not ready to start eating heavy meals yet, nor am I ready to spend hours in the kitchen.  So I'm falling back on some of my quick, 30 minute meal, go-to's.  One of my favorites is my General Tso's Chicken.  Using just a few ingredients from your pantry, you can have this American take-out favorite, on your table, in a matter of minutes.

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Homemade Gnocchi w/ Peas and Bacon

Growing up, I was the oldest of 4 children, my great-grandmother lived with us, and we ALWAYS had a friend or two hanging about.  It was nothing for my dad to use an entire 5 pound bag of potatoes when making mashed potatoes for dinner.  I think that's why I ALWAYS make too much.  You see, going from recipes for 6+ people to two can be tricky, but over the years I'm definitely getting better with that.  However, there always seem to be leftovers and you know as well as I do, left over mashed potatoes aren't great.  So, I had to come up with creative ways to use the excess.  That is how these delicious Homemade Gnocchi with Peas & Bacon were BORN!
I thought to myself "If you usually baked potatoes for gnocchi, why couldn't I used my leftover mashed?"  It's so simple and I can't wait to show you how I did it!

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Made-From-Scratch Brownies

I have openly confessed that baking is not my favorite thing to do.  It's not that I am bad at it, it's just so very technical.  I am definitely from the "a pinch of this, a dash of that" breed.  That's why when I DO bake it needs to be something easy and fool-proof.  One thing that I have always had a knack for in the world of confection is a brownie.  My mom taught me many years ago that the trick to the perfect brownie is to pull it out of the oven just before the center is done.  It will continue cooking while it cools and the end result is the chewy, gooey brownies we all love.  The thing is...she taught me from a boxed mix.  So when I started getting serious about cooking from scratch I knew I had to get a good brownie recipe in my back pocket.  After a little trial and error, I think I have finally perfected it and I can't wait to share it with you!  

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Scalloped Potatoes w/ Ham

I'm finally coming to the end of the leftover holiday ham in my freezer!  I don't know why my family insists on making one every year, none of us really eat it.  *LOL*  But, alas, my parents make it and I refuse to let it go to waste so I will transform it in as many ways as I can.  I'll be honest.  When I think of leftover ham, this is the first recipe that comes to mind.  Scalloped Potatoes.  I am pretty sure it is cheesy potato perfection.  The best part, this is not coming from a box, mix, or powder.  This is homemade and it is going to rock your family's world!  They will never guess it was made from leftovers and I KNOW they are going to love it!  

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How to Make Homemade Sesame Noodles Recipe

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You may or may not have noticed this, but one of my favorite forms of cuisine is Asian food.  I love it!  I love the flavors, the scents, the textures, everything. Here in the Mid-Ohio Valley we have a plethora of Asian restaurants to choose from, but the reality of the situation is I don't always have the extra money to eat out.   That's why I like to have a couple of my favorite Asian recipes in my back pocket to make at home.  One such recipe is my Sesame Noodles.

A white bowl of sesame noodles with chop sticks in it.

 They're quick, easy, and so very good!  I can't wait to show you how I do it so... 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

It has been such and great morning!  

As I awoke, I peeked under my blind to find that my entire town had been blanketed in a winter wonderland!  Yes, it is our first big snow of the year!  I had originally planned to post something else today, but I can't think of ANYTHING I would rather eat on a snowy day than a delicious bowl of piping hot Chicken Tortilla Soup!  

This soup is quick and easy to prepare and the warm, spicy flavors are perfect for these colder temperatures.  Well, enough talking about it, LET'S GET STARTED!!


Chicken Piccata

I get so excited when I go to a restaurant, try something new, love it, but think it is going to be really difficult to make at home because it has a fancy name.  Then you do a little research and realize it's really, REALLY easy!  That's the story behind today's recipe.  Two Christmases ago I went on a ladies shopping trip with my church.  We ate lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, and I tried the Chicken Piccata for the very first time.  I thought for sure that it was going to be tricky to make because of the fancy name and complex flavors, but I was thrilled to discover that it couldn't be more simple.  I know you are going to love this one and I can't wait to show you how I make it!

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