Posts Tagged ‘blue cheese’

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

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If you like buffalo wings and enchiladas, prepare yourself. I’ve combined the two into one easy meal that is perfect for any night of the week.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas 5
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Harvest Cobb Salad

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Cobb salad is already popular and now it comes harvest style with apple cider marinated chicken, chopped apples, walnuts, cranberries, and an apple butter dressing

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Fall Harvest Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

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Make holiday gatherings easier with a semi-homemade meal featuring Marie Callender’s pot pies and a fall harvest salad with fresh cranberry vinaigrette.
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Apple, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Salad

Your favorite black and blue flavors come together in this salad with the addition of tart green apple and toasted nuts.

Apple, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Salad 2
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Snowman Blue Cheese Ball

Everyone loves cheese balls so make sure you have this blue cheese ball at your next party. But instead of a round ball make it snowman shaped!

Snowman Blue Cheese Ball 1
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Grown-Up Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed macaroni and cheese cannot compete with the three cheeses in this grown-up version. Sharp cheddar, Gruyere, and blue cheese will rock your taste buds.


Happy Memorial Day! And also a happy Secret Recipe Club reveal day. This month I was assigned to Dena’s blog, Oh! You Cook! Not only is she a blogger, she is also a librarian by day and has a cookbook called The Everything Kosher Slow Cooker Cookbook. Regardless of your dietary restrictions however she has scads of recipes everyone can enjoy such as Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole, Chubby-Hubby Truffles, and even Caramelized Banana-Stuffed Fried Oatmeal. Talk about incredible! But with the Memorial holiday I had my sights set on her macaroni and cheese.

This particular mac and cheese is a huge upgrade from the boxed stuff (not that I don’t enjoy that from time to time). It is made with three types of cheese, sharp chedder, Gruyere, and blue cheese. The combination of those three makes for one awesome mac and cheese sauce. Which speaking of I must warn you, while making the cheese sauce for this recipe I was worried that it should have cooked down further or used less milk as it seemed like far too much sauce for the amount of noodles. However once it baked in the oven it was perfect. Do not be concerned with the seemingly excessive amount of sauce pre-baked, it will turn out just right.

Grown-Up Macaroni and Cheese

One year ago: Spaghetti Avocado

Three years ago: Baked Zucchini Fries with Balsamic Aioli
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Blue Cheese Ball

I am back in Memphis after my month-long stay in Knoxville, capped on the end by a weekend trip to Boston, and it’s been a whirlwind. Especially since it’s not over because I am off to a wedding in Nashville and a conference in San Francisco next! Apparently I am incapable of sitting still and although it has been fun, I am definitely looking forward to putting an end to all this traveling for a little while so I can get my apartment back into some sort of order.

Going back in time… I made this cheese ball before I left for Knoxville for an ArtjamN outing with my friend Brandi before she moved away to NC for her post-doc. Yes yes, I know I just posted a cheese ball recipe on Saturday, but that was a sweet version, this one is savory! And when I was given this recipe, I was told that this cheese ball drives people crazy. That might be an understatement because it vanished in under 30 minutes.

The cheese ball is very easy to put together, but you absolutely must prepare this ahead of time in order to allow the flavors to fully blend and enhance each other. As a result, your cheese ball will have a flock of people circling around it until every last smear of it disappears. Who knew a little blue cheese mixed into cream cheese and then covered in bacon and pecans could create such a crazed group of people!

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Jalapeno Popper Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I interrupt this post for an announcement…

MY NEPHEW WAS BORN THIS MORNING!! My brother and sister-in-law whisked away to the hospital last night. The little one must’ve known there were fun things waiting for him, because my care package arrived just the day before. They even brought the homemade granola bars with them to the hospital. Perfect timing Aunt Erin. He was born at 7:19 am coming in at 7 lbs and 1 oz, and 19 inches long.

Welcome to the world, Luke. I cannot wait to meet you!

Okay. You may now return to your regularly scheduled read….


The Secret Recipe Club is a great way to check out new food blogs and try some different recipes. I especially enjoy finding things I have never seen elsewhere such as this pizza, which is a combination of jalapeno poppers and buffalo chicken all in one! This pizza creation comes from the kitchen of Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama.

Instead of a traditional pizza sauce, you smear a mixture of cream cheese (<3!) and jalapenos onto the crust. I added a bit of milk since cream cheese is a bit tough to spread over fresh dough. And then you throw on both Mozzarella and blue cheese, followed by chicken which has been tossed in hot sauce. And of course it’s topped of by none other than bacon! This would be an excellent pizza to serve while watching your favorite sports team.

Check out some of Carrie’s other great recipes including apple rice pudding brulee and chicken pot pie with roasted garlic crusts, for two. Also don’t forget to see what all the other SRC members made, shown at the bottom of this post.


Serves 3-4


1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough

8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened

3 jalapenos seeded and diced

1 Tbsp milk (optional)

1-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

1 cup shredded cooked chicken

2 Tbsp Buffalo wing hot sauce

4 slices crumbled cooked bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees with pizza stone on middle rack; allow to preheat in the oven for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Roll out dough and transfer to a pizza peel generously sprinkled with cornmeal.
  3. In a small bowl mix cream cheese and jalapenos together. Add milk to create are more spreadable consistency. Spread onto pizza dough and top with cheeses.
  4. In another small bowl toss chicken with 1 tablespoon of hot sauce. With your other tablespoon of hot sauce drizzle over cheese. Top with chicken mixture and bacon crumbles.
  5. Transfer to the pizza stone without removing from the oven (it’ll take a couple light shakes). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is cooked and golden.

Source: Adapted slightly from Bakeaholic Mama.

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs

So far this week has been dedicated to what I ate on college game day this past Saturday. Why stop now when there are so many other delicious things to share?

Buffalo chicken wings have been the inspiration for many appetizers and meal concoctions, and one of them always seems to pop up at every party. One of my favorites is buffalo chicken dip, made with ranch instead of blue cheese. But I decided that after the baked crazy feta, I probably shouldn’t make another dip. Is a plate-full of dips a well rounded meal? How about a meatball sub? Nevermind don’t answer either of those questions. Just make these meatballs, because they are easy to make and ready to eat in under 30 minutes. And of course, freaking delicious!

This is what happens when Brent makes his own sandwiches. Apparently I exercise a little more restraint when it comes to condiments (not that I didn’t drool over his sandwich). P.S. This was his second helping.


Makes 5 sub sandwiches, or approximately 20 meatballs


1 lb ground chicken breasts

1 egg

3/4 cups bread crumbs

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp of your favorite wing sauce

Pinch of salt and pepper

5 sub sandwich rolls

4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Ranch or blue cheese dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet, set aside.
  2. Place ground chicken in a large bowl, add in egg, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons wing sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix it all up well with your hands. Form into 20 meatballs and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add the remaining wing sauce. Once meatballs are out of the oven, add them to the sauce and toss to coat. Serve on a lightly toasted sub roll topped with the cheddar cheese and either ranch or blue cheese dressing.

These meatballs could also be served alone as an appetizer if you would like.

Source: Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

I know it may not seem like Brent and I try to eat healthier most of the time, but we really do. We just eat smaller portions of those not-so-healthy dishes, and I take most of my baked goods into work O:-) (where my lab-mates blame me for making them fat – yet they complain when there’s nothing to snack on). But sometimes I make things which contain no pasta (shock!) and minimal cheese (gasp!). What is that green stuff anyway? You call it a sal-lad? I’ll pretend and just call it a steak sandwich without the bun.

In the end there’s no need to convince yourself to eat this, cause it’s awesome! And by marinading overnight, this was a really quick and satisfyingly tasty meal, perfect for a busy weekday.



1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

2 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream

2 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 Tbsp white-wine vinegar

1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbsp chopped scallions

Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Whisk together blue cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Stir in buttermilk, vinegar, parsley and scallions. Season with salt and pepper.



2 flank steaks

1 bottle of Italian marinade

Fresh salad greens

Salt and pepper


  1. Overnight, place the steaks into a large zip-lock bag and add the marinade. Seal and wait 12 hours or more.
  2. Preheat and clean an outdoor grill*. Place steaks on direct high heat, turning once, 4 minutes per side. Do not overcook.
  3. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes to let the juices settle before slicing against the grain into very thin slices.
  4. Place the sliced meat over fresh salad greens and drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the salad. Season with salt and pepper.

*I used a George Foreman instead.

Source: Steak from Victory or Death. Blue Cheese Dressing from Eating Well.

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