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Spiced Carrot Cake

Spiced Carrot Cake

With Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on October 06, 2015
You can't finish your perfect Thanksgiving meal without dessert, and what better way to usher in autumn than with Spiced Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing! Imagine a dense cake, scenting the air with the fragrance of fall, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. It's moist but not crumbly. It's perfectly topped with thick layers of sweet cream cheese icing. This is a cake to remember and could you believe that I made it on the grill?

 

Baking time varies widely from cake pan to cake pan, so I recommend checking at the 20 to 25 minute mark, and every 5 to 7 minutes afterwards. My cake pan was 6x6x3-inches and it took nearly 45 minutes for the cake to be completely done. 

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Maple Peppercorn Bacon

Maple Peppercorn Bacon

The cure for the common bacon

Posted on October 01, 2015
Maple Peppercorn Bacon is spicy, peppery, sweet and bacon. It's the bacon-est bacon that ever baconed and you will love it. Not only because you put so much love and effort into it. (Flipping that bag filled with meat once per day is really difficult you guys!) Okay really the hardest parts were the waiting and then not eating it all as soon as it was off the smoker. The smell is just beyond amazing. 
Posted in: Pork
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Allergen Free Muffins

Allergen Free Muffins

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

Posted on October 01, 2015
Allergen Free Muffins. I'd love to say that these came from a desire to make something special for a friend who has a special diet, but no. I had no fruit to go in my yogurt, and had no ingredients to make my Oatmeal Date Muffins, or any normal muffins at all for that matter. Seriously, I needed to figure out what to make because I had no eggs either! I couldn't even make a quick omelette or anything! But I needed breakfast so I made due with what I had on hand. Did you know that you can substitute ground flax for eggs in a recipe? In the end, these moist and filling muffins wound up being delicious and shareable! 
Posted in: Miscellaneous
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Tahini Marinated Pork Chops

Tahini Marinated Pork Chops

On a bed of rice

Posted on October 01, 2015
I had these amazing thick pork chops and didn't know what to do with them. Apparently we get bored easily in the Sizzle household, because my husband was pretty "meh" about these too. But suddenly, our stomachs growled and said - Tahini Marinated Pork Chops! Okay, that didn't really happen exactly like that, but you get the idea. We suddenly had a craving for something a little bit international. 
Posted in: Pork
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Grilled Chicken Carbonara

Grilled Chicken Carbonara

With Homemade Bacon

Posted on September 22, 2015
Do you still have bacon ends after making homemade bacon? OR do you have a craving for bacon and don't want to make pancakes or something? Well this classy meal is just for you. Grilled Chicken Carbonara With Homemade Bacon is the perfect way to use up leftover bacon, impress someone, and have a great pasta meal in less than an hour. Grilled Chicken Carbonara was one of those recipes that I hadn't tackled before because I thought it was too easy to screw up, so I was scared. It IS easy to mess this recipe up, but if you do it right, you are rewarded. Also. Bacon. 
Posted in: Poultry, Pork
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Bacon Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Bacon Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

On The Grill

Posted on September 22, 2015
When you slice your newly homemade bacon, you invariably get bits, chunks, slices that aren't pretty, and leavings. You can't just toss these little scraps. That would be offensive. You would be arrested by the Bacon Police for crimes against the bacon! That's where these Bacon Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins come in. I used some of the bacon ends in these delicious breakfast muffins that do more than smell delicious. They're fairly healthy, you can make them gluten free and egg free easily. There is little sugar in these too. Until you add the chocolate chips. But if you're REALLY being health conscious with these bacon-full muffins, craisins are a great addition instead. 
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Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings

With Bourbon Hot Sauce

Posted on September 22, 2015
I like to make it count when I use the smoker. I mean you're there for the long haul, anywhere from 4 to 16 hours and sometimes longer. And if you're going to commit to that amount of time, you may as well get a lot out of it. So when we made Homemade Smoky Southwest Bacon, I also made sure to have some other things that could be smoked at the same time. I had some wings in the freezer, and wasn't sure what I wanted to do for dinner. But Smoked Chicken Wings sounded mighty good when you're sitting there smelling that meat smoking. That's how Smoked Chicken Wings With Bourbon Hot Sauce came about. Well the smoked wings part anyway. 

 

The sauce was sheer mishap. I didn't want to cheap out and get some store bought stuff, so I thought I would just throw together a sauce. Only, it didn't work out very well at all. My balances were way off in the beginning. But after adding a little of this and that, and a healthy dose of bourbon, I ended up with a lip tingling-ly good sauce. 

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Homemade Smoky Southwest Bacon

Homemade Smoky Southwest Bacon

How To Make Your Own Bacon

Posted on September 15, 2015
Homemade Smoky Southwest Bacon is da bomb! Okay I say that everything I make is the best thing ever, but this! THIS! This bacon will be, undoubtedly, the bestest, most awesome, heavenliest, amazariffic thing you have ever tasted in your entire life. That is if you're into bacon. So we've done planked bacon, and homemade bacon, but there is so much more you can do with bacon, than bacon. Or just subtly changing bacon into tastier bacon. Does that make sense? If not, just make this recipe. You will understand the nirvana that is bacon when you finish it. 

I must say that waiting the 10 days for it to cure was possibly the hardest thing we have ever done. But when you have homemade bacon and compare it to the stuff you get in stores, there is nothing even close. It's like eating unseasoned, low grade, ground beef and calling it a steak, and then having someone prepare you a filet mignon, done to a perfect medium rare. You're not going to turn back from that. 
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Grilled Chicken With Plum And Feta Salad

Grilled Chicken With Plum And Feta Salad

And Tatziki Dressing

Posted on September 14, 2015
Salads are fantastic. You can literally put anything you want in them. Some people like it wild and others are very reserved when it comes to filling, and dressing. But this salad will make even the most reserved rabbit turn herbivoracious. Yep. I just made a vegetarian joke that wasn't half bad. Grilled Chicken With Plum And Feta Salad And Tatziki Dressing is a mouthful. And each fork load of this super supper salad will be too. Peppery arugula, salty feta, plums so sweet you could cry, and perfectly seasoned, grilled chicken, who could ask for more? Oh wait, there IS more! The dressing? Creamy, tangy, tatziki, mixed with spices, well you will have to read the ingredients list for that part, but let's just say that adding the dressing is like adding icing to this cake. 
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Roasted Duck Legs

Roasted Duck Legs

Glazed With Plum Sauce

Posted on September 14, 2015
I really enjoy the deep savory flavor of duck. It's getting easier to find, but it's still a pretty expensive meat. I wanted to use the last of those delightful in season plums, and knew that the naturally salty flavor of the duck would mesh beautifully with the sweet and smoky flavor of the plums. That's how Roasted Duck Legs Glazed With Plum Sauce was born. I learned the hard way that garlic can quickly overpower the plums when making the sauce, but when all was said and done, everything worked out in the end. 

I served this meal with some roasted potatoes, tossed with fresh dill and gouda, as well as roasted broccoli, just lightly salted. All in all, a well rounded and delicious meal. 

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