Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Over the Christmas holiday, Chris and I attended a dinner party over at our friend EW’s house.  We decided to bring a bottle of wine and this bread.  I know EW is a HUGE bread lover so I thought I’d bake him a loaf.  In the past, I have baked him savory breads but he seemed to love beer bread more than others.  I’m guessing it’s the dense texture and the crusty top.

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Pumpkin Chili Mac

Pumpkin Chili Mac

Remember my pumpkin chili? Well I took the leftovers and made it into a baked pasta dish.  I love chili and all but having the same thing meal after meal can get boring and monotonous.  This is before I learned about freezing chili.  I’ll have to try that the next time I make a big pot.  You can make this with any chili recipe, even canned ones.

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Garlic Chipotle Muffins with Scallions Cheddar & Bacon

Garlic Chipotle Muffins with Scallions Cheddar & Bacon

My mother-in-law is engaged! This is her third marriage and I hope it’ll be a happily ever after for her.  Chris and I have been together for almost 15 years and it has been a wonderful and blissful union.  I hope she finds the same with her new fiancé.  She sounded really happy over the phone about being engaged to a man she has known for 20 years.  I’m happy that she’s happy.  She deserves it.  She’ll be visiting us with her new fiancé next Tuesday.  I know, odd day but they’re only in town for a day.  This means I’ll be cleaning the house this weekend.

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Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

I generally prefer to bake from scratch.  But on those days when you don’t have the time to be bothered with measuring, these baking mixes sure come in handy! I love Trader Joe’s baking mixes.  They never have those hydrogenated soybean oil or any preservatives in their mixes.  With this particular baking mix, they also have corn kernels, which is nice because it actually gave the cornbread more texture and flavor.

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Garlic Chipotle Cheesy Bread

Garlic Chipotle Cheesy Bread

Remember my Garlic Chipotle Butter recipe? Well, a fellow blogger, Rachel of Rachel Cotterill, suggested using this on a garlic bread. I did, and it was the best suggestion ever! It rendered so much bread for just two people that I took it over and shared it with Kimi, LLS and LLJ.

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Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

Yesterday morning, I spotted a spider lurking around my dish rack.  I was so grossed out by it I had to hose it down with water then turned on the garbage disposal to make sure it’s dead.  One time, a waterbug crawled up my garbage disposal and it scared the bejesus out of me.  I had to make sure that didn’t happen again.  With that creepy crawler crawling through my clean dishes, I had to load everything in the dishwasher, dish rack included, to sanitize everything.  I detest spiders don’t you?

Weird to be sharing that on a food blog but enough about spiders and let’s talk about food (if you’re still with me)! I’ve got a good one today.  If you love crabs and if you love dips, this is a good one to make when company comes over.  And it takes no time to make –don’t you just love that? I love the jalapeno pepper in here.  It gives it heat but is not overpowering.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Pancetta Pepper and Capellini Frittata

Pancetta Pepper and Capellini Frittata

It was a lazy Sunday yesterday.  Didn’t do much but cooking and chores, which included ransacking my fridge and tossing anything past its prime and unpleasant.  I was going through the fridge and saw some leftover fresh capellini pasta and bell pepper I wanted to use up, and this dish was the perfect place to use them in.  The frittata was very filling.  The pasta really made it more substantial than your average frittata and it gave it texture! Enjoy this on any lazy day off.  Until next time…

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Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

Hello readers! There’s still time to enter in the Sur la Table $50 gift card giveaway!

Every so often I would make bangers and mash for dinner.  I usually use Bratwurst sausages.  But in the month of March, my market always carries Irish bangers.  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d make it as Irish as possible.  Starting with the Irish bangers and then the Guinness beer.  You have Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy! I served my bangers with green onions and buttermilk mashed potatoes but feel free to use your favorite mashed potato recipe.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Goat Cheese and Scallion Muffins

Goat Cheese and Scallion Muffins

I’ve been baking one too many sweet treats lately that something savory was in order.  I absolutely love goat cheese in baked goods with green onions.  Not only is it flavorful with only two main ingredients, but it also smells amazing when it’s in the oven.  I did a Goat Cheese and Scallion Beer Bread last August.  The bread had a very dense texture but was nevertheless tasty.  This time, I thought I’d make it muffin style.  It has an airy and soft texture and is best when served warm.  Serve it with a bowl of soup and you have yourself a complete meal.

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Spicy Dipping Sauce

Spicy Dipping Sauce

I love this dipping sauce.  I made it specifically for the Haemul Pajeon dish but you can use this dipping sauce for pot stickers, green onion pancakes, or any dumpling dishes you like.  My Mom used to make a similar dipping sauce for dumplings and turnip cakes but she leaves out the red pepper flakes and sesame seeds.  She also added brown sugar in hers.

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