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Friday, February 5, 2016

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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Easy as one, two, three - a no fuss slow cooker recipe.



Freaky Friday is where a number of bloggers secretly get assigned another persons blog and are asked to replicate a recipe that catches their eye. I was given Lisa's Dinnertime Dish and as I was looking through all of the recipes, these Slow Cooker Baked Beans caught my eye. It caught my eye for a few reasons. First, it's as simple as all get out ~ all the ingredients cook in the crock pot and I had all the ingredients on hand. I picked the recipe because of her describing how she made these for a Memorial Day weekend where she would be gathering with family at their cabin in Northern Minnesota. I love family gatherings, love the fact they have a cabin and love that food is the center of their weekend getaways. It would be mine too if we had a place like that.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party #127

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We are thrilled that you decided to link up with us this week or just to check out some of the great posts that are linked below. Let’s Get Real represents some of the best bloggers from across the world. We can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week. Make sure you share this party with your friends so that we can grow. Don’t keep us a secret!

Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. We are all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and DIY. We are complicated people living in the real world. Let’s Get Real is a great place to make friends to lean on for advice and encouragement. Each week, I encourage you to take a few moments just for yourself. Grab a comfortable spot to relax and make a new friend.

Let's Get Real Friday Party  

** Special Note: If you are a blogger looking for an active sharing group, we have the group for you! The Let’s Get Real Facebook group has daily follow threads, support, and friendship. Come on over and join us.**

Let's Get Real Hosts  
I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
  1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back!
  2. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
  3. Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
  4. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.
  5. Let's connect! Use #LetsGetRealSocial
Let's Get Real Friday Party  


We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

 A Dish of Daily Life - Tangy Sesame Chicken Wings

I want to thank everyone for linking up your recipes and posts about REAL LIFE.

 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrity Chefs - My Top Ten

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WHO is your favorite celebrity chef? I came up with a list of ten celebrity chefs that I admire greatly for their work and for how they have inspired me over the years. 

I have to give credit where credit is due and the celebrity chef who inspired me to want to do more in the kitchen believe it or not was Emeril Lagasse. When I first watched a very early show of his on the Food Network I was rather transfixed and hooked from the moment he spoke. He wasn't eloquent and his use of the English language wasn't polished at all ~ he was just a regular guy in front of a camera cooking. And he was freaking hilarious at times. I was drawn in by his Fall River Massachusetts accent and his conveyance of the fact that what and how he was cooking, "wasn't rocket science". Therefore he made my list.

Gordan Ramsay has captured me completely and utterly. I think he's one of the best chef's in the world and I love that his high standards, not only for the food but for cleanliness in the kitchen. Despite his cursing during shows like Kitchen Nightmares, this man has a heart of gold and deeply cares about food and about people being successful in their own right. So I watch Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef and Master Chef Junior because I can't get enough of this man. He's entertaining to say the least and his cooking videos are masterful. Plus he's got a great sense of humor which I adore in any man!

Going old school I like some chefs that have been around a while. One of them is Susan Feniger. I first became acquainted with this chef through her Food Network show, Two Hot Tamales. She's paved the wave for so many other women chefs in the industry and on television, so I admire her for that and for her endless energy and talent as a chef. Another chef, Jonathan Waxman caught my eye through the years watching him compete on Top Chef Masters. Jonathan is one of those chefs, that rising young chefs look up to so he made the list.

And my list would not be complete without the master of French cuisine - Jacques Pepin. I adore watching him on public television and I am pretty stoked that my husband did some cabinet/carpentry work for him at his home here in Madison Connecticut. He's also a master at bringing you into his world of French cooking and making it seem achievable - like anyone can do it. 

High on my list is a guy who has dedicated most all of his life to authentic Mexican cuisine. Can you guess who I am referring to? It's chef Rick Bayless and I've watched him on many shows and I am so impressed with his love of fresh ingredients, his technique and the never ending search for perfection in a dish. 

Two other chefs that I adore are Hubert Keller and Eric Ripert. You kind of get hooked because of their beautiful accents and then when you see them in action, it's like wow. Both have beautiful restaurants that I wish I could dine in. Eric Ripert is widely known for his fish dishes and Hubert Keller is noted for his imaginative and creative modern French cuisine. 

We talked about some of the chefs like Jonathan Waxman blazing the trail for younger chefs and a young chef who has come a long, long way since his first competition on Top Chef, Richard Blais has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. 

Last but not least I have to, have to put Art Smith on the list. Oprah's personal chef for years this man is just wonderful. He cooks basic food with such finesse and he has a heart of gold too! I would love for him to cook a meal for me.

The top ten:
  1. Gordon Ramsay
  2. Jacques Pepin
  3. Emeril Lagasse
  4. Rick Bayless
  5. Susan Feniger
  6. Hubert Keller
  7. Richard Blaise
  8. Jonathan Waxman
  9. Eric Ripert
  10. Art Smith
 Again, I ask: who are your favorite celebrity Chefs?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party #126

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We are thrilled that you decided to link up with us this week or just to check out some of the great posts that are linked below. Let’s Get Real represents some of the best bloggers from across the world. We can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week. Make sure you share this party with your friends so that we can grow. Don’t keep us a secret!

Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. We are all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and DIY. We are complicated people living in the real world. Let’s Get Real is a great place to make friends to lean on for advice and encouragement. Each week, I encourage you to take a few moments just for yourself. Grab a comfortable spot to relax and make a new friend.

Let's Get Real Friday Party  

** Special Note: If you are a blogger looking for an active sharing group, we have the group for you! The Let’s Get Real Facebook group has daily follow threads, support, and friendship. Come on over and join us.**

Let's Get Real Hosts  
I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
  1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back!
  2. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
  3. Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
  4. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.
  5. Let's connect! Use #LetsGetRealSocial
Let's Get Real Friday Party  

We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

Taco Macaroni Casserole from Kenilworth & Co.



Red Lentil & Carrot Stew with Ham

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Smoky flavor from the cumin, a nice background flavor from the garlic and just a wee bit of heat from the dried chilies made this dish a little "out of the everyday".

I have to say this was an experiment with using a left-over ham bone to make stock then using red lentils - a lentil variety which I have never used before. What I ended up with is a super left-over make-over meal that I am completely and utterly thrilled about!
Perhaps some of you are looking at the photograph and thinking baby food - well yes it kind of does look a little like toddler food, however these soft lentils along with the cast of ingredients in this stew come together beautifully and taste really delicious. Even my non-eating lentil husband said it had great flavor so that's saying a lot.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chicken Thighs Marsala

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Savory and succulent, this is one of the most flavorful chicken dishes I have ever eaten ~ seriously, the best!

I have had Chicken Marsala in restaurants and made it at home many times using boneless, skinless thin chicken cutlets. While I have enjoyed it that way for years I think this version is undoubtedly the most flavorful and I plan on making this my go to chicken Marsala recipe from here on out because it is that good. In fact I have another package of chicken thighs in the freezer and can't wait until I make it again.
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