Friday, November 28, 2014

#HillshireSnackPros Review

So. Didja have a good Thanksgiving? Yes? 

Great. Back to real life!

Which means packing Michael a lunch and finding me a (non-chip or sweet) snack. 

That's where Hillshire Snacking comes in! 
Do you like the sound of 15g+ of protein, premium meats, and super bold flavors? ME TOO. And Hillshire Snacking offers all of that in 8 different varieties.
  • Grilled Chicken Bites with Teriyaki Sauce
  • Genoa Salame with Gouda Cheese & Toasted Rounds
  • Grilled Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Grilled Chicken Bites with Mango Habanero Sauce
  • Italian Dry Salame with Gouda Cheese & Toasted Rounds
  • Hot Calabrese Salame with Pepper Jack Cheese & Toasted Rounds
  • Peppered Salame with Pepper Jack Cheese & Toasted Rounds
  • Grilled Chicken Bites with Sweet Chili Sauce
I was lucky enough to get a bunch of packages of the grilled chicken bites with sweet chili sauce to try (although I would love to get my hands on some of the other varieties in the near future)! Michael went gaga---these are right up his alley. Unique and flavorful (therefore breaking up the monotony of his usual lunch and snack options) the chicken has a delicious grilled flavor and the sauce adds a fun bite of zesty spice.
Hillshire Snacking products are perfectly portioned to be an everyday snack or the thing to grab on the go but they are also encouraging you to get creative and think of these as a unique way to snack! Share your unique Hillshire Snacking experience with the hashtag #UniqueWay.

For the most part we just ate these in a straightforward way---however I did create a sandwich with 1 pack of the Grilled Chicken Bites with Sweet Chili Sauce. I used the sauce as spread on each piece of bread and placed the chicken and a slice of cheese in the middle. It was gooooood.

So, to sum up--I'm sad we're almost out and I think I need to locate a Target near me that carries Hillshire Snacking products!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipes for Thanksgiving and Post-Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! And, for the first time in 4 years, I'm home! Which means my days of making Thanksgiving dinner are over-for awhile, at least (I just get to choose between a minimum of 4 different places to go---we're going to Michael's stepmom's family and then his mom's family later on. Then on Sunday is my mom's family.) Instead, this year I've been tasked with making cookies. Apparently my cookie reputation precedes me. So-I'll be making cookies. But maybe you're making some of the actual Thanksgiving things? And perhaps you're still looking for inspiration? Lucky for you, I have rounded up my favorites--and included some awesome recipes for you to use up any leftovers you end up with! Hooray!

And if you're reeeally looking for even more Thanksgiving options, check out this post from last year.

Parmesan Gougeres-
These may be a nontraditional bread choice but they are simple to make and absolutely delicious. Crisp on   the outside and light and airy on the inside, you and your guests would love these!

No Knead Dinner Rolls-
My oldest roll recipe, they require no kneading and are so fluffy! Plus...cloverleaf rolls are fun to pull apart.

Cheddar Biscuits-
These are the quickest and easiest option here and they are SUPER delicious--meant to be a copy cat of Red Lobster's rolls I dare you to find one person who doesn't drool over these biscuits.

Fluffy, Buttery, Rolls (Texas Roadhouse Copy Cat)-
I saved the best for last-these are my FAVORITE rolls. They're so fluffy and buttery and have a wonderful sweetness to them. I would love some right now!

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes-
This is a classic mashed potato recipe with just a slight extra oomph added by browned butter. Love em!

Baked Cheddar and Scallion Mashed Potatoes-
A perfect make-ahead recipe for Thanksgiving! Just assemble this recipe and then bake when ready-the cheese and scallions add the perfect amount of flavor to keep you coming back for seconds and thirds!

Cheesy Chive Mashed Potatoes-
Creamy and flavorful, you can easily customize this recipe to your own preferences!

Individual Baked Mashed Potatoes-
Tired of people fighting over the potatoes? Give everyone their own special ramekin of potatoes (and this is another great recipe that you can make ahead of time and bake when needed!)

Pumpkin Pie with Whole Wheat Crust and Cinnamon Caramel Whipped Cream-
For when you need to amp up your classic pumpkin pie.

Mini Apple Pies-
Adorable, portable, individually sized little apple pies that you bake in a muffin tin are still one of Michael's faves!

Vanilla & Honey Shortbread Pie-
Comforting and delicious-this is a really fun and unique option to share with your friends/family!

Peanut Butter Caramel Pie-
Gooey and rich....yeah. Yum.

Mashed Potato, Cheddar, and Scallion Waffles-
A deeeelicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes--making crisp and perfectly savory "waffles"!

Mashed Potato Soup-

Mmmm this soup is so comforting and perfect for chilly weather-and it can use up any leftover mashed potatoes you have hanging around!

Mashed Potato Pizza-
Another creative use for those leftover potatoes-put them on a pizza!

Turkey Spinach Provolone Pastry-
I'm still obsessed with these pastries--you can use them for your leftover turkey and throw in whatever other ingredients suit your fancy!

Creamy Chicken on Biscuits-
This is one of my go-to easy recipes and you can very easily use leftover shredded turkey instead of the chicken (and throw in any leftover veggies you may want).

Chicken Noodle Casserole {from scratch}-
Once again, a simple and delicious dinner that you can sub shredded turkey in for the chicken.

The first time I ever made Thanksgiving dinner...I'll probably be considerably grayer and with more wrinkles before I get to do that again :P

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chocolate Molten Cakes

I love lava cakes. LOVE EM. 

I mean...chocolate cake with a molten, decadent, rich rich rich chocolate center. There's nothing not wonderful about it. My first taste of lava cake was at a dinner theatre (that is now closed) when I was a teenager, and I fell head over heels. Then...I started eating these packaged microwaveable lava cakes. And now-I make every recipe I get my hands on.
Thus far my favorite lava cake recipe came from Michael's stepmom--it is foolproof (a PERFECT molten center) and delicious. This recipe is a very close second place---the only reason it's not number 1 is I could not get them out of their ramekins unscathed, so I couldn't get that pretty picture of a cake with lava-like chocolate oozing out. Instead you're safer just eating them out of the ramekins. However the molten center is on point and the level of chocolatey decadence is FAB.
One of the beautiful things about lava cake is how perfect it is for entertaining. You can easily make these ahead of time and just bake them when you're ready to serve. They're sorta fancy. And they're impressive-people are going to think you're an exquisite chef and nothing beats the wow-factor of breaking in to a cake to find that liquid chocolate goodness, ready to make your tastebuds siiiiing.
And...although Thanksgiving is generally all about that pie game...maybe you wanna mix things up and serve some chocolate indulgence? I know if I showed up to a Thanksgiving dinner and was given a lava cake for dessert I would think to myself, "This person is a total rock-star. I want to be their best friend for liiife."

Don't you want people to think that about you? Yeah, me too.

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