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Ingredient: Unsalted Butter

White Wine Coq Au Vin Chicken Thighs

White Wine Coq Au Vin Chicken Thighs

Coq Au Vin is definitely some serious comfort food. A French dish traditionally cooked with a whole rooster and Burgundy wine, in this recipe I use chicken thighs and white wine (Coq Au Vin Blanc).

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

The smell of Snickerdoodles floating through the house just screams Christmas. This Snickerdoodle cookie recipe will scratch your cinnamon itch with light, melt in your mouth cookies. Just don’t forget the milk.

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Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops

Mouthwatering Smothered Pork Chops. Thick cut pork chops smothered in gravy onions, peppers and mushrooms. Just makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? This is an easy recipe to make and it doesn’t take long. To save a little time, you can skip the gravy making steps and use a packaged gravy mix. Serve over seasoned egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and dinner is ready. (more…)

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Banana Pound Cake with Strawberry Puree

Banana Pound Cake with Strawberry Puree

Bananas and strawberries are two of my favorite fruits and they are even better when they’re together. This banana pound cake with strawberry puree is the perfect combination. The cake is super moist. The strawberry puree is not too sweet and a delicious, fruity companion to the cake. (more…)

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Dessert Tostada

Dessert Tostada

Staying in line with my love of Tex-Mex, I wanted to come up with a themed dessert. If you love cinnamon then this dessert is for you. It’s crispy, creamy, fruity and sticky. The base for this recipe is flavored, spreadable cream cheese and while this recipe is based on strawberries, you can experiment with all the different flavors out there. I think I’m going to try blueberries next time. (more…)

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Blackened Shrimp Po Boy Bites

Blackened Shrimp Po Boy Bites

So I had half a baguette left over from dinner the night before and I was trying to figure out what in the world to do with it. I went to the fridge in search of some ideas that wouldn’t require a trip to the store. That was when I saw the lettuce and tomato and the wheels started turning. I immediately started looking for bacon. None! Then I saw the shrimp. This quickly became a no brainer. These Blackened Shrimp Po Boy Bites are really simple to make and pretty quick too. And if you happen to have some bacon on hand, everything is better with bacon. (more…)

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Blackened Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp

A very simple recipe for Blackened Shrimp using my Blackened Seasoning. If you don’t eat the straight out the pan they’re very good dipped in Garlic Brown Butter or Cocktail Sauce. For a real treat use them as a garnish on my Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. (more…)

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Garlic Beef with Mushrooms

Garlic Beef with Mushrooms

This is a delicious recipe for Garlic Beef with Mushrooms that is really easy to make. The level of garlic can be adjusted according to your taste. Pairs great with my Parmesan Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes. You have several options for meat in this recipe. I have used chuck roast, shoulder roast and the pre cut stew meat so feel free to use your favorite cut. (more…)

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Parmesan Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, a foundational comfort food. Just think of all the things you can do with a potato. You can bake it, fry it, roast it or boil it. You can make french fries, hash browns (diced or shredded), potato pancakes, scalloped potatoes and on and on. For me, there is no more comforting way to consume potatoes than mashing them. This recipe will reward you with rich, creamy, flavor-packed mashed potatoes sure to become a favorite.

Milk instead of half and half is ok but it does make a difference in the flavor. It’s hard to know how much salt is in salted butter from brand to brand so I use unsalted. These potatoes can be served plain as a side or try topping them with my recipe for Garlic Beef with Mushrooms for an experience you won’t soon forget. (more…)

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