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Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Vanilla Bean Shortbread

On The Grill

Posted on December 09, 2015
It's the holiday season and you can't celebrate without making cookies. So for National Cookie Day I made Vanilla Bean Shortbread. First thing you should know is that these cookies do not do well if you make them with Gluten Free flour. They melt into unidentifiable (yet delicious) blobs. Okay back on track. You have to chill these cookies before you roll and cut them, that's part of the secret. And trust me, they are delicious when done. I love shortbread. 
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Peanut Butter M&M Cheesecake

Peanut Butter M&M Cheesecake

With Brownie Crust

Posted on December 02, 2015
After Halloween, we somehow managed to have candy left. I needed to make sure that it was used in a manner fitting of such strong, warrior-like candy. It survived being eaten for over a week after the costumed children came to pillage! Not to mention that this house contains not one but TWO chocoholics! Anyway, as a fitting memorial of our first Halloween with trick or treaters, and candy that survived longer than a week, I made this prestigious, layered confection of Peanut Butter M&M Cheesecake. It was good. 
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Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet and spicy seafood

Posted on December 02, 2015
Sweet Chili Shrimp is a great appetizer or meal, depending how you serve them. These little guys surprise the palate with their initial sweetness, then kick it in to high gear, finishing with a little fire. Ooooh, I am on fire describing these shrimpies aren't I? When I help with photo and video shoots at work, I love ensuring the food is good enough to eat afterwards. We wanted something colorful and tasty looking for a new accessory that we're working on, and I created quite the ticket with these shrimp. With the sauce and their cooked to pink perfection, they looked great on film, and when we were done everyone got to enjoy a taste. 
Posted in: Seafood
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Fully Loaded Guacamole

Fully Loaded Guacamole

This recipe will get your guac on!

Posted on December 02, 2015
I've been trying to find ways to sneak avocados into more food. They're super good for you, but there is just something about the green mushy thing that I can't figure out. They're also like bananas, unripe forever, then you have a day or so of perfection, then suddenly they're gross! Just got to get into the avocado groove I guess. Anyway, I had such success with the awesome, creamy, and delightful Thai Chilli Guacamole, that when my co-worker and fellow foodie was telling about this incredible guac he made, I just had to try it. Since then I have made Fully Loaded Guacamole about 4 more times. 
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Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal

Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal

Succulent Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted on November 20, 2015
Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal is an easy way to have the best Thanksgiving ever with very little work. Brining is easy and a great way to add flavor, and keep the juiciness of your meat. Case in point, we accidentally overcooked our very big bird (14+ lbs). I was feeling rather nonchalant about the whole grilling process this time., I was going to let it go for an hour or two, and then put the meat thermometers in. It should need at least 4 hours, right? Well we put the thermometers in, one in the breast and one in the thigh, and it was DONE! We're aiming for 165°F; the breast was 195°F and the thigh was 180°F! The poor thing barely got any color, but we pulled it off and foiled it, then wrapped it in a tea towel to keep the heat. When I carved it a few hours - Yes it was that early - later, it was the most succulent bird ever. Juices were running everywhere! Dinner was  awesome. 
Posted in: Poultry
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Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Super easy, better than canned

Posted on November 20, 2015
You can't have roasted turkey without Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce. But don't just pop open a can and let that gelatinous stuff ooze out! Seriously, a bag of fresh cranberries is far less expensive, and with less than seven ingredients you will have a little something that your guests will swoon over. Best part? It's gluten free too! 
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Sourdough Bacon Stuffing

Sourdough Bacon Stuffing

Perfect for turkey dinners

Posted on November 20, 2015
Sourdough Bacon Stuffing is the only thing in this year's Thanksgiving dinner that contained gluten. I made it with fresh sourdough bread, and I had bacon out to make the Fully Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes, so I used the leftovers in this recipe. 

 

I never stuff the bird when I use stuffing. There are a lot of factors that lead to that decision. Mostly I don't feel that I get a proper cook out of a roasted bird. There is risk of contamination of the stuffing from uncooked drippings, and most importantly, you don't get loads of crunchy bits, leading to fights among guests and family over the coveted crispy stuffing. Feel free to stuff your turkey, or chicken, or not. But whatever you do, enjoy the stuffing. 

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Garlic Mashed Turnips

Garlic Mashed Turnips

Smokey, sweet, and garlicky

Posted on November 19, 2015
Turnips are a staple on most holiday tables, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas. These Garlic Mashed Turnips go a long way and are the perfect vehicle for getting picky eaters to like vegetables. As an added bonus, they have all these little nooks and crannies that are perfect for holding extra gravy.
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

With Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on November 19, 2015
**This recipe makes 2 pies!**

Thanksgiving and autumn are a time for cozy foods and pumpkin flavored everything. I will admit that I have never liked even the thought of something pumpkin flavored, however I thought that it was about time that I finally acquiesced and made something pumpkin. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake With Sugar Cookie Crust was actually very good. I will admit to being skeptical, but it turned out that the taste reminded me of gingerbread for some reason. Anyway. Thanksgiving needs Pumpkin Pie, so here you go. Sort of.   
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Smoky Ribs

Smoky Ribs

With Dr. Pepper & Chilli Sauce

Posted on November 18, 2015
I have had a heck of a time finding ribs this summer season, but fall came knocking and suddenly there are ribs on sale almost every week! Finally ribs! Immediately I bought a few. I did the rub thing, but wanted a little something different this time around. Although to be honest the Maple Bacon Ribs are still my biggest request and absolute favorite. So I soaked some apple wood chips in Angry Orchard Cider, then smoked the ribs until tender. Then I made a spicy sweet sauce from Cattle BoyZ Sweet Chilli Sauce and oddly enough, Dr. Pepper. What I ended up with was Smoky Ribs With Dr. Pepper & Chilli Sauce, and they were awesome.
Posted in: Pork
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