Happy New Year, may 2017 be good to you!!
Golden leaves falling, crisp mornings, pumpkins and apples everywhere. Fall is here! I’ve compiled a roundup of some of my favorite fall recipes from the past years on the blog. From sweet to savory, there’s something to satisfy any craving!
Now that I am nearing the big 3-0, and am also a mom of two (feeling old here folks!) I try to watch what I eat more than I did in my early 20’s. As much as I love fried foods, they are something I try to avoid more often than not.
I have found that most recipes can be made equally crispy and delicious in the oven without the added calories and fat. My Pretzel Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard, Shredded Beef Taquitos and Homemade Chicken Fingers are perfect examples.
These oven fries turn out so crispy and flavorful, I didn’t miss the fact that they were fried one bit! The secret is to soak them first to get rid of the excess starch and then dry well, and cook at high heat. The seasoning listed can easily be adapted to taste, this is just the combo that I most often use. I hope you enjoy, paired with one of the recipes above, or even one of my sandwich recipes and you will have one delicious meal!
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons seasoned salt
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 medium russet potatoes (russet are the best choice for perfect crispy fries)
- 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)
Adapted from Layers Of Happiness
Our internet went down at work recently, and it made me very aware of how reliant we are on it. Not being able to email people and having to *gasp* make phone calls was a real inconvenience!
Something else that seems to have gone away with the dark no internet ages is bread baking. Most of us don’t have the time/patience for it. And why would you need to bake your own bread when there are so many beautiful loaves available these days for purchase local grocery stores?
THIS loaf people- this is why you NEED to bake your own bread. It does not get any simpler than this. No kneading. No watching it rise. The dough can even be made up to 18 hours in advance. I have made countless loaves since finding this method, and I am a terrible friend for just now sharing it with you.
Remember the Grilled Turkey and Havarti Sandwich with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish I made last? Well the bread I used is the same loaf I am showing you today, I just added walnuts, orange zest and dried cranberries. The possibilities are endless! Today I added Italian seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
I would love to hear what you add to your loaf. I promise it will turn out beautifully every time, and your family will be so impressed!
Gaah, that crispy crust is perfection!!!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Red Star active dry yeast
- 1½ cups warm water (about 110 to 115 degrees F)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + 2 tablespoons
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese + 2 tablespoons
Oh pizza. You complete me. Melty cheese on top of carbs- and bacon and ranch?? This pizza is my love language!
I love pizza, this much we know. But even I get a little bored of the same red sauce and pepperoni. I like the face that this pizza feels “lighter” somehow, and less greasy.
I used a homemade ranch for the sauce on this pizza, but in a pinch you could use store bought Hidden Valley is the only ranch I use. I also love my easy homemade pizza dough recipe, but of course store bought works too!
- Dough for 1 large pizza- I used my favorite easy pizza dough recipe
- For the pizza:
- 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded*
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- For the Garlic-Ranch Sauce:
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 1/2 Tbsp milk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon chopped, dried chives
- 1/8 teaspoon dill
- 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
- dash of onion powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Here is a round up of some of my favorite eats for game day. Be sure to comment or post pics if you make a Blonde Girl Cravings recipe for the big game!!
- Easy Burger Sliders
- Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Bites
- Pimento Cheese Bacon Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
- Chocolate Potato Chip Caramel Corn
- Baked Goat Cheese Dip
- Carne Asada Nachos
- Crispy Oven Baked Wings- Two Ways
- Stuffed Pizza Bites
- Hot Crab Dip
- Chunky Monkey Cookies
- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
- Bacon, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
- Italian Nachos
- Malt Ball Brownies
- Stuffed Mini Peppers
- Shredded Beef Sandwich with Crispy Onion Strings
My oldest child is in Kindergarten this year. She only goes three days a week, which is a nice transition to get her (and mommy!) into the swing of what school days are going to be like.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so cold cereal doesn’t grace our table much. This easy mug cake is a nice change for her and it makes an easy meal for school mornings. With white whole wheat flour and coconut oil, it’s a meal I feel good about her eating.
She prefers chocolate chips added to her mug pancake, but blueberries would make a fantastic addition as well!
- 1/4 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- dash of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 Tbsp syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp blueberries (fresh or frozen) or chocolate chips
Recipe Source: Heather’s French Press
Lets talk fancy-ass food. Velveeta not so fancy. Little smokies- lacking some class. Cheetos? Maybe if I am in my PJ’s and slippers. All of those foods are delicious, but not really made to impress dinner guests if you are hosting an “adult” dinner party, ya know?
To me, this tart qualifies as fancy-ass. Anything with puff pastry instantly jumps up on the fancy scale, and you add bacon, caramelized onion and blue cheese and it’s definitely a dish meant to impress.
Frozen puff pastry is topped with a simple sauce made of sour cream, thyme and balsamic vinegar. Top with crispy bacon, cheese and caramelized onion, pop in the oven and you have a fast appetizer or light lunch paired with a salad.
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 tsp butter
- 5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 3 T crumbled blue cheese
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/8 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 sheet puff pastry
Before I could drive or have a job, I used to go to the city swimming pool every afternoon during the summer. Those were the days: sun, chlorine, not a care in the world. Those were also days before I knew the glory of coffee. I used to order Italian sodas and felt pretty cool with my plastic cup topped with mounds of whipped cream.
Regardless if I have been forced to grow up or not, Italian sodas are still delicious. This version uses a super simple homemade raspberry syrup, but there are a ton of flavored syrups for sale in stores now. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup raspberries, preferably fresh
- Half and Half
- Club Soda
- Whipped Cream
How has another year come and gone?? Seems like it was just last month that I was posting Valentines recipes and putting up the Christmas tree!
Here is a list of a few of my favorite posts from the blog this year. Be sure to comment or send me an email if you have tried a recipe, I love to hear feed back from you guys. Hope 2016 is a great year for you and your family, I love you all and thank you for reading!!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream This stuff is eat straight from the container good.
Stuffed Pizza Bites. Pizza makes my world go round
Malt Ball Brownies. Pure chocolate bliss!
Taco Soup. Slow cooker recipe at its finest!
Chocolate Potato Chip Caramel Corn. Salty sweet crunch heaven.
One Pot Chicken Cordon Blue Pasta. Dinner made easy!
Brownie Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake. Fit for celebrating!