Monthly Archives: November 2013

Turkey Day and Leftover Recipe Ideas

Gobble. Gobble. Gobble.

If you are needing help with your Thanksgiving Day recipes, here are some ideas!

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Butternut Squash Pasta Bake 

Mac and Cheese 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins 

Pumpkin Waffles 

OR

If you need something to do with your left overs…

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese

Chicken Turkey Pot Pie

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Italian Dressing “Packet” Recipe!

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I think this recipe will mark the fact that I have replaced every packet in my kitchen with the real thing. Except bullion cubes. Anyone have a recipe for that? 😦

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Fajita Seasoning, Ranch Dressing, Onion Soup Mix, and Taco Seasoning have all been made and now it’s time for Italian dressing.

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You start out by mixing your dry ingredients. You could do this on a day where you don’t really need dressing, if you’re just overloaded with free time.

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It will keep in an air tight container.

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This recipe is simple, it comes together fast and it keeps well in the fridge.

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Italian Dressing Packet Recipe

ingredients:

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

25 grinds of fresh pepper

instructions and directions:

combine all ingredients in an air tight container.

for dressing: mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1/2-3/4 of a cup (depending on how oily you like your Italian dressing) of canola oil  in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of the mix. Cover and refrigerate.

BLT Appetizer Bites

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Twas a lovely weekend filled with out of town-wedding-fun, birthday shenanigans and lot’s of awesome appetizers which reminded me that I wanted to share this recipe.

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Though it’s not much of a recipe because they are so easy!!

Have I ever mentioned that I have a really bad habit of combating compliments? It’s not like I am complimented constantly and this hinders my day to day life, but it’s silly and I try to stop to no avail. For example: if someone tells me they like my shirt, I feel inclined to tell them that I got a great deal on it! “I only paid $20 bucks for it!”. Or if someone tells me they like my hair in a ponytail, I insist on mentioning that it is only in a ponytail because my alarm clock didn’t go off and I didn’t want to be late.  You get the point.

This appetizer is one that people devour quickly and is raved over even in its simplicity. I do the thing where I try to smile adoringly, as if I have really accomplished something, when in fact, I just spread some mayo on a piece of white bread. Then I start insisting that  there truly is nothing to them, which is true and give away the recipe in 30 seconds or less.

So here is a recipe to use if you are fishing for compliments. You’re bound to get a few!

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Bacon. You’re going to want this crunchy.

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Using a small round cookie cutter, like one  you might use for a biscuit, cut bread. You should be able to get 3 rounds out of each piece.

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Save these for a homemade bread pudding. (recipe to come)

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Slather with mayo and a sprinkle of the Cavendar’s Greek seasoning.

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Top with bacon, tomato and basil.

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Prepare for compliments.

BLT APPETIZER BITES:

ingredients:

1 loaf white sandwich bread, cut in circles

6 pieces of bacon, cooked crispy

1 (1lb) package campari tomatoes, thinly sliced

8 large basil leaves, ribboned

olive oil mayonaise, about 1/4 cup

Cavendar’s Greek seasoning

sea salt

instructions and directions:

lay cut t tomatoes on a paper towel or kitchen towel. sprinkle very lightly with salt and press between another towel to take away some of the moisture.

spread each bread circle with mayonnaise and sprinkle each circle with a pinch of Cavendar’s. Top with tomato, bacon and basil.