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Creamy Peanut Chicken with Rice

This creamy peanut chicken packs a lot of flavor into a quick and east weeknight meal. Serve it over rice and you’re ready to dig in.

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Coolest thing that happened over the weekend? My team and I won Harry Potter trivia on Saturday night! With 21 teams, we were convinced we would be trailing after missing 4 of 32 questions in the first half. As we listened to them counting down the top 15 teams we began to get worried as they neared the top 5 and we had not yet heard out team name – could we really have been worse than #15? 5 – not us, 4 – still not us, 3 – could we really be in the top two? 2 – yet again not us. Low and behold we were rocking the #1 spot! Tension rose for the second half as we fought to retain our throne of nerddom and despite missing a few more questions we the reigning champions in the end. To make it even sweeter we won half of money collected to participate ($5/person) which amounted to $200 or $50/person. Who knew Harry potter knowledge could earn money? We proceeded to bar hop around the Knoxville Market Square-area to celebrate.

Coolest thing that you should cook this week? This creamy peanut chicken made with coconut milk, peanut butter and just a little kick thanks to some garlic-chili paste. Lots of flavor for a quick weeknight meal.

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One year ago: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Three years ago: Broccoli Garbanzo Pasta
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Review: Kitchen Executive Chef Silicone Baking Mats & Giveaway

If you have spent a decent amount of time baking then you are likely aware of these things called silicone baking mats. They are a great little invention as they save time and money by eliminating the need for non-stick sprays, oil, parchment paper, foil, and other items frequently used to prevent sticking to baking pans.

I have used several brands over the years and the only complaint I’ve ever had was only having one size. Thankfully the manufacturers have listened and companies such as Kitchen Executive Chef have come out with 3- pieces sets. This particular set  includes three silicone baking mats designed to fit your toaster oven, jelly roll pans and cookie sheets.

Some info about the Kitchen Executive Chef 3 Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set:

  • Most silicone baking mats vary in thickness from 0.4 to 0.75 mm. Kitchen Executive Chef’s are 1.0 mm making them more durable and ensuring that they lay flat.
  • Silicone baking mats usually have a border that is 1-inch wide, losing over 20% of the useable area of the mat. Kitchen Executive Chef mats have an edge that is just under 1/2″ wide (11 mm to be exact), allowing you to bake more each time.
  • Safe for use up to 500 degrees F, dishwasher safe, and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Kitchen Executive Chef

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My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Roundup

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are one of the most popular recipes on my blog. It is also the recipe I use most to develop new cookie recipes and wanted to take a moment to highlight these other creations because if you loved my chewy chocolate chip cookies then you really should check these out too. While you’re at it feel free to leave a comment telling me about your favorite addition to cookies or what variety you’d like to see me make next!

Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Varieties

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Hearty chicken, veggie, and whole wheat orzo soup with a refreshing lemon broth seasoned rosemary and parsley. Comforting but not too heavy for the summer.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Homemade soups usually hit their prime during the fall and winter months but who says you cannot enjoy soup during the summer? This lemon broth based chicken and whole wheat orzo soup is comforting yet light enough to enjoy despite the heat outside.

In family news my nephew Luke has been exceptionally good with his new little brother Griffin. He actually requested to hold him one day and has been showing him how to do tummy-time. Sounds like he’s going to be a good big brother! Hopefully I will get an opportunity to venture out there soon and then will shower you all with photos sweeter than any cookie photo you’ve ever seen.

One year ago: Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter
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Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

Creamy cheesecake with a sweet swirl of blackberries makes for one decadent and delicious summer dessert. Top it off with fresh blackberries and whipped cream.

Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

This post has been a long time in the making. I made it Easter weekend and finally planned to share the recipe back in May only to discover that the images had magically disappeared from my camera’s memory card. With blackberry season upon us I figured it was a good time to try again. Thankfully it was good enough to warrant a second appearance and was gobbled up just as fast as the first time. The only thing I did differently the second time around was using chocolate graham crackers in the crust instead of regular. It was a most excellent substitution.

One year ago: Gluten-Free Caramel S’mores Bars

Three years ago: Butterbeer Ice Cream
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BBQ Chicken Salad with Cornbread Croutons

Summer BBQ grilling and salads come together in this BBQ chicken salad with grilled corn, tomatoes, red onion, black beans, cheddar cheese, and even BBQ-Ranch and cornbread croutons.

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Summer is the time for BBQ and grilling but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be salad season, especially when you combine them. This salad is mixed with tomatoes, red onion, black beans, grilled corn, and cheddar cheese topped with BBQ grilled chicken, BBQ-Ranch dressing and even homemade cornbread croutons.

The composition of this salad was inspired by OXO and their #WhatAGrillWants campaign. They have a slew of tools which are very handy to have during any grilling adventure, such as 16″ inch tongs for turning and flipping meat (and corn on the cob) on the grill.

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But of course one of the best parts about BBQ grilling is the sauce, so I slathered that stuff on with a silicone basting brush.

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I also particularly enjoy grilled corn on the cob. I usually soak un-shucked corn in water and grill it, but this time I decided to char the corn by cooking it straight on the grill. Then afterwards I removed those tasty kernels with a corn stripper.

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Before all that grilling, while the chicken marinaded, I mixed up the BBQ-Ranch dressing and made homemade cornbread croutons. Toss all of the components together and you’ve got the makings of one awesome BBQ salad.

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One year ago: Peach Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mini S’mores Pies
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Blackberry Basil Sparkler

Rum never tasted so good than in this sparkling cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, and honey. Perch for summer months on the porch.

Blackberry Basil Sparkler

The final World Cup match is today between Germany and Argentina. I cannot believe this is it for another 4 years, but maybe that’s what makes it even more exciting. Although I’m not sure what I am going to do for the next month and a half between now and the start of college football! Which brings me to today’s recipe. It may not be futbol or football inspired, but it does celebrate the summer berries which are in season right now. Zainab originally made this cocktail with strawberries but since we have moved on to other berries in TN I used blackberries. I even decided to sweeten it with some key lime honey.

Three years ago: Banana Ice Cream Nutella Sandwiches
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Cheesy Taco Seasoned Hard Pretzels

Sourdough hard pretzel pieces seasoned with cheesy taco seasoning make for a highly addicting snack and it’s incredibly easy to make.

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It’s hard to believe that Sunday is the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This month-long event seems to have passed by in a much shorter time frame. There were so many exciting, close games (except for Germany-Brazil) and hopefully the final game will be just as fun to watch.

Since I am pulling for Germany to win, in preparation for this event I decided to post a pretzel recipe. This is a different variation of seasoned hard pretzels using cheesy taco seasoning instead of Ranch. I got the idea when a coworker said that she doesn’t like Ranch seasoning (we were presented with Ranch-seasoned pretzels from a patron) and I pondered what other seasonings would work on a hard pretzel. Taco seasoning just popped right into my brain. I went with cheesy taco seasoning, assuming that straight taco seasoning might be a bit overpowering. Whether that would have been true or not I do not know, but what I do know is these were addicting.

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One year ago: Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Two years ago: Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

Three years ago: Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Cookies
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Pistachio & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These perfectly chewy milk chocolate chip cookies are full of chopped pistachios and toffee. Sweet, nutty, and chewy all in one.

Pistachio & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once you’ve found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, what do you next? Make variations of course! Even since I perfected my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies I have been experimenting with different mix-ins. This latest creation was inspired by Trader Joe’s dark chocolate roasted pistachio toffee. I’ve already made two other recipes in the likeness of this treat, mini pistachio cupcakes and dark chocolate pistachio saltine cracker toffee, but now it was time for some cookies and instead of dark chocolate I used milk chocolate.

One year ago: Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Rosemary Beer Crust

Two years ago: Baked Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
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Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Fried Rice

Skip the rice and go meatless with this vegetarian cauliflower fried rice topped with crispy tofu and a peanut-soy sauce. With all that flavor you won’t notice that it’s not real rice!

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What a crazy World Cup game yesterday! I had my bets on Germany but was expecting a close game, as I am sure most people were. After the 4th goal I was completely at a loss for words. By the 6th goal I stopped paying close attention and was attending to other things, therefore missing the final two goals making it a 7-1 win for Germany. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a score that high ever in soccer, even when playing on my own club teams growing up. What a sad way for the hosting country to be booted out of the race. At least they get to play in the third-place game. On the up side, I’m even more impressed with the USA team keeping Germany to one goal in our game!

But moving on to this stir fry. After seeing a couple recipes for cauliflower rice I was sold. All I needed was to get my hands on some cauliflower, and after my broccoli/cauliflower/cabbage U-picking adventure that mission was completed. The texture of the cauliflower may not exactly resemble rice but it was close enough that neither myself nor my dad were overly aware of the substitution. As for the tofu, it was so sufficiently drained and dried that it sucked up all the flavors from the peanut-soy sauce, resulting in some of the best tofu I’ve ever had. If you’re been looking for a super-vegged out meatless meal, I highly recommend trying this.

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One year ago: Salted Nutella Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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