Cheetos Cheeseburgers

Cheese up your traditional cheeseburger with smashed Cheetos mixed into the burger meat. With a slice of cheddar on top it’s a double cheeseburger!

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National Cheeseburger Day is a food holiday that should not go unnoticed. In an effort to get your attention I decided to incorporate some extra cheesy-ness in the form of Cheetos. After posting recipes for Cheetos crispie treats and caramelized Cheetos it seems like you cannot get enough of the “dangerously cheesy” stuff and I’m starting to wonder what isn’t good with Cheetos? I actually posted a recipe for Cheetos crusted chicken a long time ago, back in the early days of this blog. You should check it out ;-).

I thought up this cheeseburger back when I made the World Peas burgers. The idea of crunching up something delicious and mixing it into burgers opened up a world of possibilities and I took the obvious next step towards my favorite guilty snack – Cheetos. While the Cheetos flavor in the burgers is subtle, it definitely adds to the air of cheesy-ness combined with a good slice of sharp cheddar on top.

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One year ago: Spiced Peach Cake

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter Sauce
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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup & Giveaway

Summer nights are coming to an end. Get ready for cooler temperatures with this hearty slow cooker minestrone soup.

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While I like to use my slow cooker year round, now is the time of year when slow cookers typically are used most. Not only has school started for those of you who are students or have kids but the temperatures are starting to decline. As such, the demand for easy weeknight dinners has increased and warm soups/strews are becoming more appealing. I may no longer be a student and do not have kids, but I can still appreciate a comforting soup on a cool night (whenever those decide to get here in TN).

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Red Gold was nice enough to send me some of their tomatoes to play around with in my slow cooker. I figured since we are on the verge of summer and fall why not make a soup that takes advantage of the remaining summer produce? This minestrone is almost like the kitchen sink of soups, made with cannellini beans, onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, spinach, rosemary, pesto, and a can of Red Gold’s petite diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. Just wait until those aromas smack you in the face upon arriving home after it cooked all day, you’ll want to dive right in there.

I also happen to have a Red Gold Apron to giveaway to one reader. To enter use the Rafflecopter at the end of this post and answer the prompt in the comments section. But wait, there’s more!

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Red Gold is hosting a “Red Gold 2-a-day Crock-Pot Give-a-way” running from today September 17 through October 8 on their Facebook page. As the promotion title suggests, they will be giving away two Red Gold branded Crock-Pots every day during for three weeks. Click over to their Facebook page to enter: https://www.facebook.com/RedGold.

One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Pizzas

Two years ago: Loaded Baked Potato Dip
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Corn Spoon Bread

This moist and cheesy corn spoon bread pairs perfectly with your favorite chili or hearty soup, and it couldn’t be easier to make.

Corn Spoon Bread

Yesterday I gave you a cornmeal pizza crust topped with BBQ chicken and cheese. Today I present to you a corn spoon bread. Two savory recipes in a row, I know it’s unusual but I’m suddenly bursting with savory recipes. I blame football season (not that I am upset about it) and every store throwing fall in my face.

This corn spoon bread gets it’s name because it is so moist that you may needing to eat it with a spoon. Not surprising if you look at the ingredient list: eggs, corn muffin mix, kernel corn, creamed corn, sour cream, butter, and cheese. It is perfect served along side of chili or your favorite hearty soup for fall. Or just chow down on it because there’s no resisting a good corn bread, especially when it is topped with cheese.

One year ago: Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

Three years ago: Baklava Mousse Cups
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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Break out of the traditional pizza mold with this BBQ chicken pizza. A cornmeal crust topped with BBQ chicken, mozzarella, smoked gouda, and red onion.

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

I love pizza, mostly for it’s versatility. Just like brownies andcookies you can cram just about anything in there. Change the crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, seasonings – the combinations are endless. This allows you to make your pizza your own which is why making pizza at home is so much fun. You can even stuff the crust, adding a whole new variable. Did anyone else drool over Pizza Hut’s commercial for their new bacon and cheese stuffed crust? Come to mamma.

If my childhood self knew the kinds of things my adult self would be putting on top of a sacred cheese pizza I would have be dumbfounded. Falafel? Butternut squash? JalapenoEggs!? The horror! And to think I even dared to put onion on today’s pizza. My childhood self would not have stood for it. It was a brave day when I would have sausage or pepperoni. As you can tell I was a very adventurous child when it came to food and I have come a long, long way. Some of my family members still like to recall how picky of an eater I used to be whenever I whip up something particularly unusual.

But I digress. Bring on all the toppings! Today I give you the recipe for a pizza I discovered upon moving to Memphis nearly a decade ago (holy crap), BBQ pizza. I thought Cincinnati was weird their their combination of chili and spaghetti, but BBQ on pizza? Yes BBQ on pizza and it’s wonderful. I even added cornmeal to the crust to give it a cornbread-like flavor. BBQ pizza was the first pizza to open my eyes to the world of non-marinara sauce based pizzas. And what a fabulous journey it has been!

What is your ideal pizza?

Two years ago: Buckeye Cheesecake

Three years ago: Rustic Sourdough Bread
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Single Serving Cake Batter Popcorn

Easy, single serving, homemade microwaveable popcorn using a brown paper lunch bag. Flavor it with your favorite cake mix!

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When it comes to watching movies many people are drawn to buttery popcorn. I am one of the few who can take or leave popcorn, unless it is doused with caramel, butter, or some other sinful coating. Funfetti falls into that category.

This homemade popcorn is easily made with a regular brown paper lunch bag, corn kernels and butter. Cook in your microwave and listen to them pop! Then coat them with a little more butter and some dry cake mix. Use whatever flavor your prefer, I happen to love Funfetti. The sprinkles!

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One year ago: Vegan Buckeye Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

Two years ago: Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Hummus
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Mini Reese’s-Oreo Cheesecakes

Reese’s and Oreo lovers unite! These mini Reese’s-Oreo cheesecakes not only have bits of peanut butter cup Oreo in them, but also as the crust. Top it off with a peanut butter-chocolate ganache.

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As you may have noticed I love trying all the different kinds of Oreos they come out with. I stand by my belief that peanut butter Oreos were the best flavor ever. As such when I spotted the Reese’s peanut butter cup ones they jumped into my shopping basket. Their filling is half chocolate/half peanut butter giving them the flavor of a peanut butter cup sandwiched between chocolate Oreo cookies.

When I decided to chop them up and mix them into cheesecake I thought about making the cheesecake peanut butter flavored, but instead let the Oreos shine through on their own (not that I would’ve argued with more peanut butter). With Oreos as the crust, pieces in the cheesecake, and a peanut butter-chocolate ganache there’s nothing missing.

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One year ago: Beginner Fondant

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Breakfast Biscuits

Three years ago: Chicken Pot Pie Wellington
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Bacon Wrapped Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Reinvent your favorite jalapeno poppers with a spicy pepperjack macaroni and cheese stuffing and wrapped in bacon. Now that’s football watching food!

Bacon Wrapped Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Fall not only brings typical flavors of apple and pumpkin but also snacking season. Dips, chips, meat, cheese, and fried things. No football game is complete without some great snacks and what better than something that involved, bacon, cheese, and spice? I am sure you’ve had or at least heard of jalapeno poppers before. But instead of the cream cheese mixture how about reinventing them with a macaroni and cheese stuffing? A spicy, creamy mac and cheese made with The Laughing Cow® spicy pepperjack cheese, spooned into a jalapeno half, wrapped in bacon and then baked to crispy perfection.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

Two years ago: Carrot Cake Batter Dip

Three years ago: Strawberry Mojito
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blossoms

Get your taste buds ready for fall with these sweet and chewy snickerdoodles topped with a pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kiss. 

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Despite the summer weather I am still experience, I caved into the pressures of fall baking. Although I did resist opening a can of pumpkin just yet. Instead I snagged a bag of festive candies. Fall and winter holidays bring some of the best festive candies there’s no reason to avoid them. Has anyone found the Pumpkin Golden Oreos yet? I have heard mixed reviews but still want to try them for myself.

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I am starting my seasonal candy baking with the pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses. These pumpkin kisses paired perfectly with chewy snickerdoodle cookies especially with the addition of some nutmeg into the cinnamon-sugar coating. You may be tricked into thinking the cookies themselves have pumpkin in them.

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One year ago: French Toast Waffles

Two years ago: No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
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Open-Faced Ricotta, Arugula, and Egg Sandwiches

Enjoy this open-faced egg sandwich any time of day. Served with Parmsean-herb ricotta, arugula, and a poached egg.

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Whenever an egg is involved as the central component of a recipe I feel like it’s breakfast food. But what about this sandwich – is it lunch or breakfast? I actually had it for breakfast but it could easily work for lunch as well, or heck even dinner if you prefer a lighter meal at the end of the day.

In my experience with open-faced sandwiches, they are served with a sauce or gravy on top which soaks in the bread and results in the necessity of forks. This open-faced sandwich doesn’t have any of that, at least not at first. But once you cut into the egg and let the yolk run amok you will find that it’s all the sauce you need.

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One year ago: Pink Lemonade Bars

Two years ago: Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers
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No-Churn Root Beer Float Golden Oreo Ice Cream

Instead of putting ice cream in your root beer to make a root beer float, put the root beer in your ice cream! Made with root beer creme flavored Oreos and root beer syrup.

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You would think with my root beer obsession that it would also include root beer floats. You would be wrong in this assumption. I prefer root beer to be served in a cold glass, untarnished by any other ingredients. However I have discovered that I do enjoy it cooked into sloppy joes, pulled pork, brownies, and chocolate cake. So when I passed by a display of the newest Oreo flavors I couldn’t resist snatching up a package of the root beer float creme flavored golden Oreos. It took me awhile to decide what to make and ended up throwing them into yet another no-churn ice cream recipe. And guess what? I freaking loved it! Apparently as far as root beer float flavored desserts go, I am sold. I even made a root beer syrup which is just root beer cooked down. Maybe I should revisit an actual root beer float?

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P.S. This recipe was also inspired by my upcoming trip to Seattle with Kita to visit Peabody next month! We’re going on a root beer (and any other spectacular foods we can get our hands on) adventure!

One year ago: Spicy Thai Noodles with Tofu

Three years ago: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Candied Bacon
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