Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burgers

I see you, temperatures above 60 degrees… I’m here for you random daffodils popping up on the corner… And I am living for you, flip flops! It’s springtime! Fire up the grill, give me an icy cocktail, and turn the music up, pleeeeeaaazzze! We’re putting the bacon on the mushrooms on the swiss on the burgers today. Specifically, a bacon/mushroom/onion/beer reduction. Mouth: watering. And guess what? It’s super simple. Cook bacon, sizzle mushrooms and onions in the fat, slosh in some beer and let it bubble for a minute or two. Ta da: the best burger topping you’ve had all year. 2019 is still young, there may be some legendary burgers yet to come, but today – this one’s it for me.

chopped bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a cast iron pan with a wooden spoon
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Chorizo Potato Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast for dinner fans – hands up🙌! Okaaaaayyy, living life on the edge today and having breakfast tacos for dinner. Joey and I watch a show on A&E called 60 Days In, where people volunteer to go to jail, undercover, for 60 days to gather information on jail operations. The last episode we watched, the participants who’d done their time were released to a hotel room where the producers had arranged takeout food to be waiting for them- whatever they had requested that they’d most like to eat after having jail food for 2 months. It got me thinking what I’d request… At the time I thought a fried chicken sandwich but I think these Chorizo Potato Breakfast Tacos might be my actual truth. My spirit meal. My one true food love.

Chorizo Potato Breakfast tacos topped with avocaso, cheese, and cilantro in metal taco holders on a board
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Indian Chicken Curry

🎶Turn on your light now baby and stay with me awhile… and rock steadyyyyy 🎶 Shout out to Bad Company for that banger of a song. It’s stuck in my head today, probably due to this rock solid recipe for Indian Chicken Curry. It’s kind of a big deal, guys, ’cause it’s a copycat recipe from our one and only amazing local Indian restaurant, Masala Bay.

Yup – they gave us a recipe. Or, at least a version of a recipe, that is definitely not their exact, top secret recipe, full of special Indian ingredients and techniques. But, with one or two tiny tweaks, it’s pretty darn close if you ask me. I’m a self-proclaimed expert on the food at Masala Bay; half of my thoughts on a day-to-day basis are centered around their chicken curry and vegetable fritters. So, I can safely say, if you love curry from Indian restaurants, this recipe will meet your at-home curry needs.

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Chicken and Broccoli Bowls with White Wine Pan Sauce

It’s me, back again with the broccoli! I can halfway promise you these broccoli recipes will taper off as we inch towards spring/summer. Maybe. For now, I can’t not share these chicken and broccoli bowls that are SO easy, completely delicious, good for your body, and yep – totally suitable for meal prep!

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Roasted Garlic Miso Butter Noodles

You guys: prepare yourselves to be seduced by this bowl of Roasted Garlic Miso Butter Noodles. This is a going-back-for-seconds-and-thirds situation here. Miso is synonymous with umami – it’s made from fermented soybeans, rice, or barley and has the world’s most perfect funky, savory flavor. It’s rich, salty, tangy, and amazing. So, no big deal, let’s just mix this flavor dynamo into some soft butter with my personal food superhero, roasted garlic, swirl in some pasta, and call it a day, hmmmm? Yes, please!

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Chicken Shawarma Nachos

Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and Chicken Shawarma Nachos! So excited to bring these to light today, guys. Along with this recipe, comes to light my love of couch-eating off a big platter or, in this case, sheet pan. There are other ways to eat nachos but they’re no good, I promise. The best way is seated on the couch, with the coffee table pulled up to your knees, hunched over a hot pan of colorful, crispy Chicken Shawarma Nachos, devouring them with your husband/partner/best friend/imaginary friend (the extra body there helps you feel like it’s a super fun thing you’re doing and not just a weird, messy, stuff-your-face session). So now you know what Joey and I did on Saturday night while we caught up on TV. This is pretty much an ideal night for me.

colorful chicken shawarma nachos on a sheet pan with a glass of wine and a hand grabbing a chip
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Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Empanadas

The universe has been speaking to me in empanadas lately. My mom and I discovered 2 amazing empanada places on our road trip to Greensboro the other week. I have zero problems with eating empanadas two lunches in a row, so, I definitely did that. Cut to this week, we’re organizing our plans for a Cinco de Mayo cooking class for the shop and we decided on an empanada class to fit the theme. Then yesterday, I see a picture of some empanadas from Topolobampo, the Rick Bayless restaurant, where the filling was this yummy-sounding white sweet potato with the flavors of chorizo. Ok, you don’t have to tell me 4 times, I’m making empanadas.

Didya see me make these on my instagram story this week? We have some stuff to break down here, empanadas from scratch are slightly involved… but guess what your reward is? Perfect little hand pies of spicy/sweet nutty goodness dipped in a chipotle crema. Mmmmkayyy? Worth it! You can do this! We can do this! Let’s do this!

baked empanadas on a baking sheet with parchment paper and a lttle owl of chipotle crema
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Spicy Cauliflower Sandwich

OK. I understand your hesitation. It’s a vegetable sandwich. There’s no crispy bacon or roasted turkey. No honey baked ham or grilled chicken. But, here’s what this sandwich does offer: Spicy sriracha mayo. Smoky , salty, roasted cauliflower. Melty provolone. Clover sprouts for veggie-crisp texture. And (store bought) crispy fried onions. All between two slices of toasted whole wheat bread. When I say this sandwich makes dreams come true, I mean it is so satisfying, it makes those way-back corners of your mouth water and you can’t stop, won’t stop with the combo of sriracha mayo and cumin/chili roasted cauliflower. And sorry, the texture of charred-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside cauliflower on top of whole wheat toast is, like, on another level. I had no idea. Until now. And now I’m here, to share it with you.

roasted cauliflower sandwich with melted provolone, sprouts, crispy onions and sriracha mayo on whole wheat toast
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Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup

Yeeeeesssss, creamy, dreamy, cheesy soup with green things for our health and beer for our wanna-have-a-good-time taste buds! I made this soup for dinner last week, right before my mom and I left for the Wine & Chocolate Festival in Greensboro, NC. More on that in a bit. First, let me tell you about this thing that had me holding the bowl up to my face, licking up all the last drops.

Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup in small white bowls on a board with spoons
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Easy Beef Enchiladas

Ease is the name of the enchilada game here. I need a lot of food with minimal effort, like now. To that end, I’ve shimmied this recipe down to the most basic steps: Brown some beef, combine canned enchilada sauce with salsa and sour cream, layer it all with corn tortillas and cheese and bake. 30 minutes later, locate a fork and a couch.

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