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Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

If I could eat avocados in every meal of the day, I’d be one happy camper. Which means I was super excited to have a double dose in just one meal with this salad – fresh sliced avocado in a salad topped with avocado dressing. The dressing is definitely the star of this dish, but along for the ride is some oven-fried chicken which has taco seasoning mixed into the breadcrumb coating. Crunchy, creamy, fresh and zesty. What more could you want?

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

One year ago: Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
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Ghost Chili with Cornbread Topping and Chipotle Creama

It’s finally cooling down here in Memphis, which means it’s chili time! Normally when I crave chili I gravitate towards the beef version, but sometimes I like a little variety with chicken, known as white chili or in this case ghost chili for the upcoming spooky holiday.

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I have shared a white chicken chili before and this recipe today is an adaptation from that. The updates included hominy, red bell pepper, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream,  a cornbread topping and served with a chioptle creama. It’s also prepared in a large cast iron skillet so you can throw it in the oven in order to bake the cornbread right on top. Less dishes!

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This chili was already a favorite of mine, but the addition of the cornbread topping won me over all over again. The sweetness from the cornbread perfectly balanced out the spiciness of the chili. I chose a boxed mix in order to cut down on prep time but you can use a boxed mix or your favorite cornbread recipe. Just make sure to not overfill the skillet when adding the raw batter, otherwise it will overflow as it bakes and expands.

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Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream

Secret Recipe Clubbing time! This month I was assigned to Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen and it is cozy indeed! With recipe like redneck eggs benedict and shrimp with tomatoes and feta cheese (except I would made it with chicken) my eyes were even comforted by the sheer appearance and thought of eating them. From the awesome list of recipes I decided upon her Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream. I can never turn down avocado!
Secret Recipe Club In case you haven’t figured it out, the Sloppy Jose is a Mexican version of a homemade Sloppy Joe. Not only is this baby topped with an avocado cream sauce, but it’s made with bacon, jalapeno, and even beer. I even sprinkled some cotija cheese on top for fun since I had some handy. My favorite part was actually mixing the bits the dropped out from my sandwich into the potato salad I served it with. (Potato salad compliments of my dad, who gave it to me when he visited for my defense a week ago.)

Sloppy Jose

Two years ago: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar
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Guest Post: Corn Salsa by Little Bitty Bakes

Twas the night before my defense, when all through the house, a creature was stirring, and it was me freaking out! Yes, tomorrow I defend 6.5 years of graduate work in order to acquire my PhD. You could say that I am slightly anxious over the whole thing. I was calm for a couple days last week once I finished writing and finalized my presentation slides, but now it’s really about to happen. Thank goodness Liz agreed to guest post for me today (who by the way is yet another food blogger in graduate school).

Liz of Little Bitty Bakes likes to use Greek yogurt in many unique ways and has more than once inspired me in my own Greek yogurt adventures. Heck, she’s used it in her bacon wrapped dates with mustard-greek yogurt filling, and even made CHOreos. Speaking of Oreos, can we please discuss her Oreo cake batter bars? I could easily eat the entire pan without a drop of guilt today. She also likes to play with granola and granola bar recipes. Most recently I’ve had my eyes on the salted caramel pretzel granola. IDK why but I have had a huge craving for pretzels.

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Hello Spiffy Cookie readers!  I’m Liz from Little Bitty Bakes filling in for Erin for the day.  I’ve been a reader of Erin’s blog for quite awhile now — I think we’ve done our fair share of bonding over cookies and all-things-upstate NY over the years. :)  As a doctoral student myself, I don’t envy Erin right now as she preparers to defend her dissertation.  Erin, you’ll guest post for me when I’m suffering dissertation woes, right? ;)

Anyway, on to this post!  Even though most recipes on my blog are baking/sweets related, I actually enjoy making savory dishes just as much, so I thought I’d share this corn salsa recipe with you today!

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Let’s talk salsa.  My sister recently asked me to brainstorm a corn salsa recipe for her, and my mind immediately went to Chipotle-land.  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Chipotle’s corn salsa?!  I don’t even know how that’d be possible.  Anyway, with corn salsa on the brain, I set out to make one that was even better than Chipotle’s.  Big ambitions, I know.

Besides chopping up the assorted ingredients, this salsa recipe is so easy to assemble.  I made a big batch and brought most of it to a tailgate, but saved myself a little bit for a single serving snack of chips and salsa.  How’s that for a single serving Sunday, huh Erin? ;)

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In addition to the corn, the salsa is loaded with lots of fresh, flavorful ingredients… poblano pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime, and the secret ingredient: roasted red peppers!  The red peppers lend a smoky flavor to the salsa, which I believe is what puts this corn salsa on top of Chipotle’s. :)

Try out the recipe and let me know how you like it!  Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post, Erin!

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Spicy Thai Noodles with Tofu

I dropped that ball yesterday and missed posting for Single Serving Sunday. You may not have even noticed (which if that’s the case maybe I should rethink those posts), but in case you did my apologies. I had a quick single serving breakfast recipe that I had every intention of preparing and posting, but the first time it did not come out right and then I ran out of eggs and didn’t get to the store until it was too late to fuss over. Maybe by next weekend I will have it ready haha.

With one week until I need to send the final draft of my dissertation to my committee I have been in super-productive mode. Hence my lack of a post yesterday. I did next to nothing other than write all last week until Friday afternoon when my brain died. After sending my Introduction to my advisor I just couldn’t process nerdy thoughts, so I took the night off and hung out with friends Friday night. The rest of the weekend wasn’t as writing-productive as I would have liked, but I feel less tense and my apartment is cleaner. Accomplishments come in many forms.

For all my fellow stressed out people who are desperately trying to get things done while still getting some sustenance, here is a quick and healthy meal for you tonight. It’s kind of like those healthier pasta recipes that mix in fettucine-sized slices of zucchini. This time whole wheat spaghetti is mixed with broccoli slaw and tofu which has sauteed into a spicy-honey sauce and topped with peanuts, cilantro and green onion. It’s spaghetti gone Thai!

Spicy Thai Noodles with Tofu

Two years ago: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Candied Bacon
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Chicken Taco Stack

Did you really think I was going to forget to post on Single Serving Sunday? Actually, I am quite surprised I managed to pull together a recipe to post today. My time management skills must be ridiculously awesome this week despite the mayhem. So today while I am off enjoying Shiva’s post-wedding brunch, followed by a long haul back to Memphis, enjoy this taco stack!

Chicken Taco Stacks

One year ago: Buckeye “Cheese Ball”

Two years ago: Fluffernutter Blondies
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Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

It’s Monday. My brain was already fried on Friday and I proceeded to fry it further over the weekend with lots more writing. My mission to have everything written by the end of August at first seemed completely reasonable but now is much more daunting. If I do manage to pull it off, I’ll get to take a break and celebrate with wedding #2 of 3 for the year. Motivation comes in many forms and if someone wants to cook me dinner in the meantime that’d be awesome.

Does this look familiar? It was in the background of a milkshake recipe posted last week, although I think I got a better shot of it in the background of that picture than in the spotlight here. Oh well, it shouldn’t take much to convince you to make a burger that has cheese in it as well as on top of it, finished off with another topping of guacamole. If you need more, go ahead and serve it with fries and a milkshake cause I know you want to anyway. This flavor explosion of a meal is a quick one to prepare too.

Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Two years ago: Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Basil Roasted Peaches
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Potato Nachos

When I made these potato nachos, they made me think of my friend Christina because she believes that a potato is the best food on the planet. In fact, when I texted her to inform her of this and of what I was making for dinner she thought it sounded incredible. Now that I am posting the recipe I hope she makes it, because it’s also relatively quick and easy to prepare. Maybe she will cook it as the inaugural meal in her new apartment, since her kitchen will finally be bigger than a closet O:-)?

Potato Nachos

Two years ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
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Baby Potatoes with Tomato Corn Saute

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone gets to see some fireworks today and enjoy the outdoors. I will be spending most of my day at the lab, but plan to catch some festivities after work. In case you are like me and need something quick to whip up for a party later today, these potatoes are for you.Just boil some baby potatoes and toss with corn, tomatoes, cilantro and some other seasonings and you have the perfect side dish to go along with those grilled meats. When I made this, it was served with some sliced sausage which I threw on top for the photo.

But that’s not all! You may have noticed the appearance of ZipList “Save Recipe” buttons popping up on my recent recipes. That is because I am now partnered with them and am slowly adding that button to every previously posted and new recipe on my blog. Hope you like the new feature!

Baby Potatoes with Tomato Corn Saute

One year ago: Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Two years ago: POM-Berry Ice Pops
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Avocado Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are great party dips because not only are they delicious, they look fun! Today I am sharing a rare breed of cheese balls – avocado. I served this along with the taco bar I talked about yesterday, and it tastes like a creamier version of guacamole due to the use of cream cheese. But it wasn’t just any old guacamole ball because I threw in corn, cotija cheese and chipotle peppers. This cheese ball also made an appearance at my friend’s bachelorette party/weekend in Toronto and everyone was hovering around it until it was all gone. Would definitely be great for the upcoming July 4 holiday as well!

Speaking of bachelorette parties, I actually attended two on back to back weekends which is why I’ve been a bit MIA from social media. The first was in Columbus, OH. We went swimming/diving/water sliding at an Olympic size pool because it was a gorgeous day to be outside and hot enough to find a large bowl of water very appealing (it was like I carried the heat of Memphis up with me), then afterwards had a casual dinner and a fun night out just like the old days in our undergrad years. Yet somehow I failed miserably at getting many photos – so unlike me :-(.

The following weekend was a bit more involved. I hauled myself up even further north to Toronto where we toured a distillery, learned Bollywood dancing, shopped around some markets, flew on a trapeze (video on FB), and finished the weekend off with a nice dinner out and a VIP table at a club downtown. Then I got to drive allll the way back down to Memphis to my attention-deprived cat.

If that wasn’t enough, the week in between those two weekends I started writing the into to my dissertation. Talk about lots of work that needs to be done. After the past week and a half, I think I could sit down in front of this cheese ball and eat just that for dinner. Then again, I may never fit into those bridesmaid dresses if I keep eating like I have this past week!

Avocado Cheese Ball

One year ago: Red, White & Berry Shortcakes

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