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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.

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Spicy Mustard & Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

It’s burger month! Crank up your turkey burgers with spicy mustard and sweet potato, served with spicy mustard-mayo and a pretzel roll.

Burger Month

It’s burger month! A month-long celebration of all things burger hosted by Kita (Pass the Sushi & Girl Carnivore) and joined by 30 other bloggers including myself. Every day this month each one of us is sharing a different burger recipe and to make the deal even more delicious we’re hosting a giveaway with prizes to help get your burger on. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post.

My burger is actually a turkey burger. A turkey burger mixed with sweet potato and smokey chipotle mustard, topped with a smokey chipotle mustard-mayo, and served on a pretzel bun. While I was at it I marinaded some zucchini and yellow squash in a mixture of olive oil and the same spicy mustard to grill along with the burgers. You may be thinking that mustard in every component is over-kill but I assure you it is not. The mustard added a different kick of flavor to each part. Why not slather the mustard on the burger bun too while you’re at it?

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Thanks for chcking out my burger for #burgermonth and an ever bigger thanks to all of the awesome bloggers contributing to this month month burger-fest and of course the fabulous companies that have donated prizes, El Diablo Hot & Spicy Mustard, FireWire Grilling Skewers, Hamilton Beach, KitchenIQ, The Spice House, and Wisconsin Cheese

One year ago: Breakfast Crème Brulee

Three years ago: Mixed Fruit Crumble
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Strawberry Almond Scottish Oatmeal & Giveaway

Creamy oatmeal lovers will rejoice with this Scottish oatmeal. This stone-ground oatmeal is filled with fresh strawberries, crunchy almonds. And it’s gluten-free!

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When it comes to oats, I didn’t know there was anything besides old-fashioned rolled and quick-cooking oats until a few years ago. Since then I have been introduced to steel cut oats, gluten-free oats and now Scottish oats thanks to Bob’s Red Mill. But what the heck is Scottish oatmeal? It is in fact the original oatmeal or, as we call it in the US, porridge. The fairly fine texture (although more coarse than flour) of Scottish oatmeal is the result of grinding the kernels with stone mills and when cooked results in a creamy, thick and almost instant hot cereal. I bet these Scottish oats would also be great in baked goods, substituted for old-fashioned rolled oats.

GF Scottish Oats

Naturally the first thing I made with Scottish oatmeal was in fact oatmeal (or porridge). I used the recipe for my favorite hot cereal, my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal, and substituted the rolled oats for Scottish oats and then strawberries and almonds instead of apples and walnuts. The end result was better than I had predicted. It was perfectly creamy, not too sweet and filling. I actually made this for breakfast on Father’s Day and it was most appreciated.

Want to get your hands on some Scottish Oatmeal? How about a I give you a bag AND a $25 gift card to Bob’s Red Mill? After checking out the recipe enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget!

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One year ago: Homemade Mozzarella & Caprese Salad Skewers

Two years ago: Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins
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Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Giveaway

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Celebrate with this variation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies – chopped milk chocolate almond bars, sliced almonds, and some delicious Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract. 

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It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! To help celebrate Nielsen-Massey sent me some of their Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract to use in cookies I baked to celebrate this occasion. And better yet they are also giving away a bottle to one of my readers. Just use the Rafflecopter widget after checking out these cookies.

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These chocolate chip cookies are another variation on my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. They are actually chocolate chunk cookies but I think they still qualify for the holiday. I chopped up 6 full-sized milk chocolate bars with almonds and also added sliced almonds, almond meal and as usual a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract. The Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract made these nutty cookies especially delicious.

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One year ago: Strawberry Banana Granola

Two years ago: Raw Cookie Dough Bites
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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Check out all the amazing recipes today:

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Cookies for breakfast are even more acceptable when it’s cookies for brunch! These cookies were inspired by the “vegetable dessert” lovingly known as carrot cake. At first, it took a lot of restraint to not top these off with cream cheese icing, just like it’s dessert-cousin. In an effort to keep these breakfast cookies more breakfasty and less desserty, I topped half of them with shredded coconut (half without for the coconut haters). This small addition made all the difference, adding just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. And now you can start your day with cookies (without the guilt and/or judging eyes).

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Today may be my final #BrunchWeek recipe post, but there are still two more days until the finale. There are a lot of great prizes which you should not miss out on, so be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this or any of my posts this week. Learn more about the specific items up for grabs HERE.

One year ago: Mini Greek-Style Meatloaves

Two years ago: Homemade Imo’s Pizza

Three years ago: Avocado Fries
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Breakfast Casserole Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Check out all the amazing recipes today:

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Brunch Breads and Grains:

Brunch Desserts:

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When I received the mini bell peppers from Baloian Farms it did not take long for me to figure out how to use them in a brunch recipe. Oddly enough my mind immediately went to stuffed peppers even though growing up I could not get far enough away from anything resembling stuffed peppers (or stuffed cabbage, which I still dislike). Thankfully my taste buds grew up and I decided to make a breakfasty version by stuffing the mini bell peppers with breakfast casserole.

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The real challenge was deciding upon which recipe to use as my dad has a slew of different breakfast casserole recipes. I ended up picking this one which uses honey, as I thought it would bring out the sweetness of the bell peppers – and I was right. These sweet mini bell peppers are also stuffed with bacon, broccoli, onion, cheddar cheese and an herb seasoned stuffing mix. Lots of flavor in a little package.

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There’s only a couple days left in #BrunchWeek so make sure you enter the giveaways featured at the end of this post, and tell me what is your favorite brunch dish! There are far too many awesome prizes for you to pass up on this opportunity. To find out more about the specific items up for grabs, click HERE.

One year ago: Strawberry Lemonade Rice Krispies Treats

Two years ago: Malted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
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Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Check out all the amazing recipes today:

Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Egg Dishes:

Brunch Breads and Grains:

Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides: 

Brunch Desserts: 

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With Mother’s Day this Sunday, it seemed fitting to look through the recipes passed down to me from my mom for #BrunchWeek. I stopped dead on the corn fritters. My mind instantly exploded with an idea that would showcase corn fritters as you have seen seen them before – as the cake portion of a strawberry shortcake! After picking 16 pounds of strawberries (and using only half to make 5 quarts of strawberry syrup and 5 pints of jam) it seemed completely appropriate to incorporate them into a shortcake.

These fried corn-cakes are decadent enough on their own but that doesn’t mean they should be served solo. Besides, brunch is the perfect time to have dessert for breakfast. The fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, and homemade maple whipped cream on top of this corn fritter resulted in a joyous experience for my taste buds. You may never again serve corn fritters with just maple syrup.

Don’t forget to check out all the awesome prizes provided by our sponsors this week HERE, and enter to win at the bottom of any #BrunchWeek post.

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One year ago: Brown Sugar Baked Fries

Two years ago: Pineapple Burgers
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Oven-Fried Chicken & Biscuit Waffles #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Check out all the amazing recipes today:

Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Brunch Mains:

Brunch Sides:

Brunch Breads and Desserts:

Oven-Fried Chicken & Biscuit Waffles

After getting you liquored up yesterday with my Raspberry Tequila Sunrise, how about something savory? For brunch today I am serving up a combination of chicken & biscuits and chicken & waffles using my favorite technique for oven-fried chicken. But this time the Panko breading was seasoned with Cajun seasoning. Then I made waffles out of biscuit batter and topped it all off with a dollop of homemade basil pesto. For a sweeter option, this would also be great topped with some Bonne-Maman fruit preserves.

Don’t forget to check out all of our sponsors and giveaways for your chance to win some great prizes! Click HERE for more information.

One year ago: Spicy Edamame Burgers
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Raspberry Tequila Sunrise #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Check out all the amazing recipes today:

Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Main Brunch Dishes:

Brunch Breads and Sides:

Brunch Fruit and Vegetables:

Brunch Desserts:

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I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Brunch Week! There are so many great recipes this week which would be perfect for Mother’s Day brunch or any brunch throughout the year. In case that isn’t incentive enough to stick around all week, how about all the amazing giveaways that are up for grabs? Check out all the details and enter the giveaways HERE.

Today is not only the beginning of Brunch Week but also Cinco de Mayo! This combination lead to the decision to make an alcoholic beverage with orange juice to cover breakfast and tequila for the Mexican flair. Obviously I am talking about a tequila sunrise, but instead of using grenadine I mashed up some fresh raspberries using my OXO muddler which created red portion of the sunrise. Brunch just got a whole lot sweeter! And although this recipe is written for one drink, I trust that even when tipsy you will be able to do the math to mix up multiples if necessary.

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Two years ago: Dulce de Leche Brownies

Three years ago: Homemade Salsa
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#BrunchWeek Giveaways

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  

What I made for Brunch Week:
Monday – Raspberry Tequila Sunrise
Tuesday – Oven-Fried Chicken & Biscuit Waffles
Wednesday – Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream
Thursday – Breakfast Casserole Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
Friday – Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Vidalia Onion – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Grimmway Farms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
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