Spicy Whiskey BBQ Burger Sliders

Beef Main Dishes Quick Weeknight Meals Recipes

 

There is a slight nip in the air which means one thing…well, maybe two thing:)  1. Fall is just around the corner.  2. FOOTBALL season is here!!  What I love most about football season is the gathering and eating.  Even if you are rooting for opposite teams every one is eating, laughing, and having a great time!  When we host a football party I always make sure everything is as close to bite-size as I can get it.  These spicy little burger bites are easy to make and so delicious!  Now, let’s watch some football!

PS – I will be making these delicious bites this Friday at the Nashville Home Show.  I hope to see you there!  If you still need to purchase tickets you can use the code: CHEF and receive a $3 discount!

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chicken sausage and broccoli orecchiette & a GIVEAWAY

Chicken Giveaways Main Dishes Pasta Quick Weeknight Meals Quick Weeknight Meals Recipes

 

There is a whole lot of stuff going on around here.  First, I have been asked to do not one…but TWO cooking demonstrations at this year’s Nashville Home Show.  Cooking demos are always so much fun for me, I really enjoy teaching people to cook a dish!  The reps at the Nashville Home Show were kind enough to supply me with a few sets of VIP Passes to the show!  I will be giving away two of the passes to One lucky winner through this post (details below).

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everything snack mix

Appetizers Recipes Snacks

 

This snack mix is…well, everything!  I made this for our family game night not too long ago, and it has been a hit ever since.  I love the wasabi peas it adds a little kick.  Our all-time favorite snack mix is this Original Chex Mix – with a kick.  I make it several time a year and I usually make a double batch for the holiday’s when we have a house full of guests.  This one is a great alternative and is really different than the traditional.  

everything snack mix
Yields 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups honey nut cereal, such as Chex
  2. 2 cups salted pretzel sticks, hollows, or squares
  3. 2 cups grooved Cheddar crackers, such as Cheeze-it
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Pulled Pork Sandwich with Spicy Cole Slaw

Main Dishes Pork Recipes

 

This sandwich is pretty much everything!  For years, Gabe and I have talked about smoking a pork butt.  Finally, we did it!  I bought this cookbook for Gabe a few years ago, and it has great tutorials and recipes for all types of barbecue.  I knew this book would come in handy for this particular dish.  This process is a bit long, but oh so worth it!  Plus, almost all of the time involved in unattended.  We used a grill similar to the Big Green Egg, but there are many other ways to smoke meat without a grill.  The newest rage in smoke cooking is doing it indoors.  Indoor smoking delivers some of the same complexity and aromas that you’d produce on a grill. The method below is from Cook’s Illustrated.

1. Place 7-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil on bottom of large Dutch oven (not nonstick) with tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle ¼ cup unsoaked wood chips on foil.

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Girls Trip to NYC

Personal Restaurant Reviews

 

 

While I am working on some tasty recipes for future posts, I thought this would be a good time to share my trip to NYC.  

I have been to New York City before, but it has been about 15 years (gasp) since my last trip.  The first time I visited NYC, it was love at first sight.  I could not get enough of this city – it is absolutely magical.  On my first two trips, I was more of a tourist.  I had to ask people directions, wasn’t sure how to hail a cab, and maybe got a little lost.  This trip was a totally different experience.  I went with my friend, Kristin, who actually lived in the city for a few years, so it was like I had my own personal guide to show me how to be a real New Yorker.    Blah..blah..blah..enough of the back story.  Here are some fun and exciting things we did:

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Peach Sangria Popsicles

Desserts Ice Cream & Sorbets Popsicles

 

It’s popsicle season ya’ll.  Popsicles are one of the cheapest and easiest desserts to make.  Did I mention the variations are practically endless?  I am starting this season off with an adult popsicle.  These peach sangria popsicles are a perfect way to beat the heat.  

 

Peach Sangria Popsicles
Yields 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe peaches
  2. 3/4 cups raspberries
  3. 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  4. 1 cup plus 1 tbsp. white wine, divided
  5. 3 tbsp. peach schnapps
Instructions
  1. Pit and thinly slice one peach. Add to a bowl with the raspberries, sugar, and 1 tbsp. of wine. stir gentle to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Peel, pit, and coarsely chop the remaining 2 peaches. Combine in a food processor or blender with the remaining one cup of wine and peach schnapps. Puree until smooth
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