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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Twisted Turkey Cinnamon Rolls #foodnflix

This month I’m hosting Food n’ Flix!  I chose the 80’s movie, Planes Trains, and Automobiles starring John Candy & Steve Martin!

The movie follows two strangers who end up teaming up after their flight from New York to Chicago gets canceled.  As they try every possible way to get home in time for Thanksgiving, but everything that can go wrong, does!

While certainly not a food centric movie, food does turn up in quite a few scenes and in the background quite often.  Several times, breakfast foods were visible (both in a diner and in a home).

So, I decided to take a Thanksgiving twist (literally) on Cinnamon Rolls!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personal Pan Pizza #FantasticalFoodFight

It’s time for the next Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month’s theme is Fast Food Favorites.

So what to make?  I’ve already remade many of my favorite fast food picks – Chicken Nuggets (like, 3 ways), French Fries (again a bunch of ways), Zuppa Toscana, Tacos, Queso, Quesadillas -- the list goes on!

Then I remembered Pizza Hut Pan Pizza.  It was one of the recipes I shared during my first couple months of blogging.  I had reimagined the pizza to include whole wheat flour and turkey pepperoni.  I had a picky toddler and a newborn at the time, so I was trying to get a toddler to eat healthy foods while trying to lose my baby weight.

The pizza was delicious and I made it that way for quite some time, but then I started noticing that any leftovers would just sit in the fridge.  The pizza was great fresh out of the oven, but rather dry as leftovers.  Then my boys just kinda picked at it instead of eating and asked for takeout instead.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sautéed Cheese Tortellini & Spinach with Toasted Almonds

Today’s recipe is inspired by a book I really didn’t care for.

Weird, huh?

So here’s how it all went down.  First, I saw Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla review the book and it caught my eye.  Then, my friend Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm also reviewed the book.  Both were pretty “meh” about the book, but it still piqued my interest.

So what did I think about it?

It. Was. Awful.

The author intended to be humorous throughout the text, but he only had one joke in his wheelhouse: insulting his mother’s cooking skills.  He was cruel and degrading throughout the memoir portion of the text.  The worst part was, he mentioned several times that his family was not particularly well-off, so his mother did the best she could with discount items (he was appalled at her use of cheap canned tomatoes and would have preferred the more expensive, imported tomatoes.  He also found he use of cheaper cuts of meat to be inferior and completely unacceptable).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Waffles

Multigrain pancakes are a favorite of mine, so I decided it was high time to tweak the recipe ever so slightly to make a waffle version!

I love filling my kiddos with whole grains, especially if they’re going to be drenching said grains in syrup and/or whipped cream and/or chocolate chips!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#FoodnFlix November Announcement!

Hey hey! It’s time for November’s Food ‘n Flix movie and this month I’m hosting!

I chose the Thanksgiving classic, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
In case you’re unfamiliar with this classic, here’s a brief synopsis:

En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del's invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel. Driven to distraction by Del's annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That's when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) "I don't judge, why should you?"-type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there's a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. We know from the outset that the oil-and-water Neal and Del will be bosom companions by the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's still a fun ride. 

Want to join in the fun?

It’s easy!

1. Watch the movie
2. Whip up something amazing inspired by the movie
3. Post a new blog post by November 28, 2017
4. E-mail me your info including the following:
-Email: to amyscookingadventures @ gmail . com and 
CC heather @ foodnflixclub . com
-Include Food ‘n Flix Submission in the header
-Include your blog name, recipe name, and a link to the recipe
-Include a photo or permission to pull one from your post


-submit via Instagram using #foodnflix and tag me        

Ready to join in the fun?

Happy cooking!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tomorrow is Halloween!  Yay!

I’m going to get right in to today’s super easy recipe!

Spud saw this video on Facebook a few weeks ago and wanted to make these cute little cookies!

You can really use any chocolate chip cookie recipe you’d like (you can even use refrigerated dough for a really really easy recipe!) – I included my favorite, in case you’re looking for a delicious, fool-proof recipe!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

World Series Tortilla Pizza

Did you know that it’s Nation Pizza Month?!?

Now that’s my kind of month!

We have a family tradition of Friday night pizza & movie night, so pizza shows up on the menu pretty frequently.  We tend to rotate between our favorite pizza chains, homemade, and frozen pizzas depending on how crazy our week has been and how much we’ve been eating out.

This one was a little different.  This was a lunch I made for Spud because he loves baseball so much! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making fun themed foods for the kiddos!  And though I hate scary movies or basically anything scary about Halloween, I absolutely love dressing up.  Cosplay is seriously the best.  This year, I am outdoing myself by having a total of 3 separate Halloween costumes for various parties and functions we’re heading to!  It’s going to be awesome!  Once they’re all set, I will be sure to share them!

Anyhow, back to the food.

I decided that I wanted to make pumpkin waffles and make them look like little pumpkins.  Except that I only have a Belgian waffle maker, so my pumpkins were going to be square, not round.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spooky Chocolate Bark Brownies #Halloween

Okay confession time.

I am a huge giant scaredy cat.  These spooky brownies are pretty much as spooky as I get at any given time.

As much as I love pumpkin spice. and cutesy Halloween stuff, and dressing up, I pretty much loathe the rest of the season.

I tend to avoid the TV unless It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is on or hubs is able to fast forward through commercials.  I mean, I fast forward commercials anytime, but this time of year?  The commercials for horror movie give me nightmares.  Ugh! More power to you if you love horror flicks, but I just can’t.  Yikes.

Anyhow onward to some cutesy spooky brownies.

Okay wait, second confession.  I still haven’t found a homemade brownie recipe I like as well as the boxed mixes.  Seriously, they’re either too dry or not chocolately enough.  So if you have a homemade version that rivals the boxed stuff, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Chicken & Rice Soup #SoupSwappers

Hey hey! It’s Soup Swapper Saturday!

This month Ashley from Cheese Curd in Paradise who chose the theme: Regional Soups.  The goal here is to whip up a soup that this local to your own state.  So I decided to make Chicken Wild Rice Soup – it’s so quintessentially midwestern!

Here’s the thing though – wild rice is kind of expensive and fussy to make, so I’ve started making my own twist on the soup and adding a rice medley.  It involves par-cooked rice (that’s the only reasonable explanation for a rice medley that takes only 15 minutes to cook) so it’s super fast and super delicious.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Piplup Parfait

A while back, Spud asked me to make Pikachu Pancakes.  But then he got the Pokémon Cookbook and wanted to make even more Pokémon themed foods!

Before we get to the food, let’s talk book review. 

The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy  Fun RecipesThe Pokémon Cookbook: Easy Fun Recipes by Maki Kudo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My son loves Pokemon, so he picked this cookbook up at the book fair.

The foods are very cute, however for a book that says "The ingredients and recipes in this cookbook have been adjusted so that even children who have never cooked before can try these out" (p. 2), there are an awful lot of ingredients I have never heard of! Presumably, one would need access to Japanese convenience foods to make several of these recipes.

Bottom line: fun to look at, not so great to cook from.

View all my reviews

I was not impressed.

So, we ended up making a lot of changes to the recipes because they sounded super unappealing to out American palates or contained ingredients that would be difficult to come by in a landlocked state.

Spud was actually overjoyed when he saw Piplup featured in his book.  He knows I love penguins and since Piplup is a penguin sort of thing, he decreed that Piplup was officially my favorite Pokemon.  No, he didn’t ask my opinion.  And no, I didn’t really care.  But he is so excited and passionate about his Poke-menu, that I was excited too.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fried Rice

I’m back for this month’s Food n Flix!  I’m always a little sad when I have to sit one out, because I love this club.  However, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch To Kill a Mockingbird last month, not even for this.  I get the movie’s (and book’s) value as a classic, but I just don’t like it!

Anyhow, this month’s movie, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles, was the new Ghostbusters movie so I was super excited!

When the movie first came out, I was a bit skeptical about an all female reboot, but I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it (the cameos were the best!) and I love Melissa McCarthy!

Thinking back to when I saw the movie in theaters, I didn’t recall any foodie inspirations, so I was excited to give it another go with my foodie goggles on!

Initially I wanted to make some sort of slimy green beverage inspired by Slimer or ectoplasm.  But then I realized that probably no one in my family would actually like it and it would go to waste.  And I really don’t like making things that I know won’t be consumed.  I just can’t do it.

The next major inspiration was Chinese take out.  There’s a running gag with wonton soup and eventually the gals rent office space above a Chinese restaurant.  So I decided to make my updated fried rice recipe for the challenge (see Pork Fried Rice and Egg Rice too!)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cream of Tomato Soup #CookbookMonth

Wow! This month is flying by with all manner of blogging events! 

Did you know that October is Cookbook month?  That’s right, this is the time of year to dust off those old cookbooks and try something new!

So, some of my blogging friends and I decided to do just that.  Only we’re not cooking from just any cookbook – nope, we’re using community cookbooks!  You know those ones that churches love to put out where everyone submits their favorite recipe?

I decided to take things a step further and use a vintage cookbook I found at an antique store a few years back.  It’s a cookbook put out by the Detroit Times that full of great vintage recipes!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies #pumpkinweek

Can I tell you how much I love pumpkin cookies?

You guys, I love pumpkin cookies!

I’m *almost* team pumpkin-spice-all-the-things, but there are some things that simply shouldn’t be pumpkin spiced, but I digress.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spice are seriously the best things about fall!

So obviously when #PumpkinWeek rolled around, I definitely wanted to make some cookies.

In this version of pumpkin cookies, I added molasses for some awesome depth and to complement those nice, warm fall spices.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus with Sizzled Garlic #pumpkinweek

So, we just wrapped up Apple Week, but now it’s October, so why not jump right into Pumpkin Week hosted by Terri at Love and Confection? Heyo!!!

I typically go the sweet route when it comes to pumpkin.  I just have a difficult time wrapping my mind around savory pumpkin recipes.  Especially since so many savory pumpkin recipes include sugar and cinnamon, giving them a sweet note anyway. *sigh*

So I decided to stretch myself a bit and make a truly savory pumpkin recipe.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins #appleweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­Dreamfarm.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today is the final day of #appleweek and it is sponsored by Dreamfarm who sent some Levups (self-leveling measuring cups) and Levoons (self-leveling measuring spoons) to help with my baking!

For this recipe, I decided to make a yummy protein muffin for my kids’ after school snacks or cold lunches!

These muffins are so perfect for snacks, with or without chocolate chips.  They are not overly sweet, so I have no problem sending them for lunch either!.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast #appleweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Rainier and Veggie Wash.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s #appleweek recipe is sponsored by Rainier Fruits and they sent a whole box of amazing, delicious hone crisp apples!  So delish!  We ate most of the apples fresh for snacks (and some with some 4 Ingredient Honey Caramel Sauce!) but one was recruited to elevate a pork roast from mundane to super delicious!

Every year I vow to use my slow cooker more often and every year I wonder why I haven’t used it more often.  So on back to school night, I decided to dust off the slow cooker and start out the school year right.  And yup, I haven’t pulled it out again since.  *sigh*  I always forget to thaw the meat and end out slamming out a one skillet meal instead.  Oh well, I can always start in October!

Anyhow, back to the pork roast.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Roasted Beet & Apple Salad #appleweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Casabella.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s #appleweek recipe is sponsored by Casabella who makes all kinds of nifty kitchen gadgets!

You guys, I had never even tried beets (other than in vegetable soup) until a couple years ago when I had a bite of amazing beet salad and fell in love.

The only thing that holds me back is that I’m incredibly lazy about making vinaigrettes.  I like my salads (lettuce salads, pasta salads, beet salads, all of them) dressed very lightly.  So, no matter what, I always end up making way too much vinaigrette and it goes to waste, which drives me crazy.  In fact, I have a tendency to eat my lettuce salads without any dressing at all.

So today I got to thinking…what if I added a sweet component during the roasting process?  Would that be enough to create that sweetness usually added by the vinaigrette, only with the natural juices?

The answer is yes!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Caramel Apple Cupcakes #appleweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­Rodelle.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s Appleweek post is sponsored by Rodelle who sent some awesome flavorful vanilla & almond extracts!  Fantastic!

Today is also Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday!

Johnny Appleseed one of those interesting figures from history.  Many o the tales of Johnny Appleseed are so embellished that they border on myth, but Johnny Appleseed was a real man by the name of John Chapman.

John Chapman really did plant apple trees back in the early 1800’s as a way pf showing ownership for land (which he then bartered with other settlers in the area).  Though most of Johnny Appleseed’s many many trees were torn down in the 1920’s (to deter people from making illegal hard cider during prohibition), there is still 1 tee in Pennsylvania known as the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed himself.  It (like all of Johnny Appleseed’s trees) produces small tart green apples, coined “spitters” back in Johnny Appleseed’s Day.

In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, I had to make cupcakes (obviously).

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal #appleweek

 *Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Pyrex and Flavahan's Oatmeal.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s #appleweek recipe is sponsored by Flavahan’s Oatmeal and Pyrex.

I was so excited to combine oatmeal and apples for this event!  And once I saw the absolutely gorgeous pie plate from Pyrex, I knew that I wanted to try my hand at another delicious baked oatmeal!

I was a oatmeal hater until I stumbled upon a fantastic baked pumpkin spice oatmeal a couple years ago (it’s a texture thing).  Then I created a salted caramel mocha version last year (drool), so I wanted to pull back and make a “not stuffed with chocolate” version this year.

Welcome to #AppleWeek 2017!

Welcome to #AppleWeek 2017!

This week is a celebration on all things apple!  Carlee from Cooking with Carlee is our wonderful host plus, we’ve got some amazing sponsors who are giving away some super amazing prize packs! 

So scroll through, take a look at the prizes, enter the giveaway, and stay tuned for all sorts of amazing apple recipes this week!

Prize Pack #1 from Rodelle:

A baker's dream come true! This delicious prize pack includes premium vanilla products, gourmet dutch-processed cocoa and specialty extracts. Items include: Pure Vanilla Extract, Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa, Gourmet Vanilla Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Chocolate Extract, Almond Extract, Vanilla Paste, and some fun baking supplies to whip up your next batch of goodies with! Prize Pack #2 from Dreamfarm and Casabella:
Items include: a 2 'n 1 veggie brush a clip n strip shears a set up levups a set of levoons

Prize Pack #3 from Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal:

Prize Pack #4 from Pyrex and Chicago Cutlery:

Prize Pack #5 from Rainier Fruit:

A prize pack from Rainier Fruit including a box of freshly farvested Rainier Fruit apples, a stainless steel apple slicer, apple corer, "Baked with Love" ceramic pie pan, copper apple loaf pan and a $25 Williams Sonoma gift card!
Prize Pack #6 from Veggie Wash:
A prize pack from Veggie Wash
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4-Ingredient Honey Caramel Sauce

Welcome to this month Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at A Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month’s theme is honey!

There are many directions to take with this amazing ingredient!  I love it!

Ultimately, I was reminded of a honey caramel ice cream topping I had once and was determined to try to replicate it!

When I found a recipe for a super easy 4-ingredient caramel sauce, I knew I had to try it!

The caramel sauce wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I set out – it is even better!  It has an intense toffee flavor that has me licking spoonfuls of the stuff!  It is so decadent!  It is phenomenal drizzled on ice cream or apple slices!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quick & Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup #SoupSwappers

Soup Saturday is up again and yours truly is hosting!

Since school and fall activities started up just a few short weeks ago, I thought “Quick Weeknight Soups” would be a great theme for this month!

Even though my boys are still in elementary school, some evenings get so hectic!  Going back to working part time should help alleviate some of the craziness, but I know there will still be nights when fast meals will be a must!

I’ve made a couple versions of Chicken Tortilla Soup over the years, and while I love the fresh tomatoes version, it is a bit more time consuming.

This version (which also includes some beans for heartiness) is on the table in 15 minutes.  It is lightning fast but super delicious and flavorful!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grecian Chicken & Orzo

One skillet meal time again!  Don’t you just love these?  Fewer dirty pans and the meals are always crazy fast and super delicious!  This one is not different!

Tomatoes, mushrooms, lemon, and olives make up the flavor profile of this dish and it’s absolutely stunning.  Even people are aren’t very keen on olives (read: my entire family) with enjoy this time (they’ll just pass on the garnish thankyouverymuch).

Monday, September 4, 2017

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

Stir Fry is always a big hit in my house.  I love it because it is packed full of veggies yet so flavorful that the kids eat them all up without complaint.  

Actually, I take that back, Spud is slowly convincing himself that mushrooms make him gag because they don’t taste like anything.  Except, of course, for the ones he mistakes as chicken and eats without issue.  Ummm…ok.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet #InternationalBaconDay

Ok, so Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta salad is a delicious summertime staple, whether you buy it at the grocery store or make it yourself (note to self: umm…get on that).  So why not make a tasty, quick, one skillet dinner version? 

Especially when it’s International Bacon Day?  Heyo! Why not indeed?

This was also one of those “I took chicken out of the freezer this morning, now what?” moments when I walked into the kitchen at 5:00 with no plan whatsoever.

I tossed the chicken in the pan to start cooking and started rooting through the refrigerator.  When I came across some leftover bacon (don’t ask me how leftover bacon managed to happen – I have no idea), an idea started forming and Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Skillet is where it ended up about a half hour later!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Puppy Chow #FoodnFlix

I’m running in at the last minute again for this month’s Food‘n Flix recipe!  Where does the time go?!?

This month’s flick was hosted by Courtney at Fictional Fare who chose the movie Second Hand Lions.

I saw this movie years ago, but I didn’t remember a whole lot of it, so I was excited to rewatch with my foodie goggles on!  I almost watched this one with the kids, but the reviews were slightly iffy for my sons’ ages, so I decided against it.  After rewatching, I think they could have watched it, but there was some mild language and definitely some violence, so I’m happy with my choice.

In this movie, Walter gets dumped with his two uncles for the summer by his flighty, neglectful mother, Mae.    Walter’s uncles are shrouded with mystery.  Also, they love hunting or just shooting things in general (especially traveling salesmen) and that’s eventually where the lions come in.

The uncles order a lion for some hunting, but inadvertently purchase a sickly ex-circus lion.  Walter convinces them to let him nurse the lion back to health and more antics ensue.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse Pizza #DarkRecipes #SolarEclipse

It’s solar eclipse day!

Do you live somewhere where you get to experience this phenomenon?  Are you traveling?  I’m a bit too far north to experience the eclipse in totality this time, but I will get to see the partial eclipse and you can bet I’ll be catching some footage online!

To celebrate this unique phenomenon, some of my blogging friends are cooking up some eclipse-inspired recipes and treats today!

My Dark Mojito would have been perfect for this event (are you counting?  That’s the second event that recipe would’ve been perfect for!), but I posted it *just* before this event came on my radar.

But that’s okay, because I ended up making something the whole family could enjoy and give my kids a science lesson at the same time – eclipse pizza!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat) #SoupSwappers

This month’s Soup Saturday Swappers is hosted by Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen, who chose the theme: Copycat Soups!

Now I’ll be honest, I almost never order soup when I go out, so this was a challenge for me.  I already shared my Copycat Campbells Tomato Soup recipe back in January and I wasn’t sure if I would think of something for this challenge.

Then I remembered Zuppa Toscana.  This one is an Olive Garden favorite – though I’ve never actually had it at Olive Garden!  I’ve always made the homemade copycat version – perfect for this challenge!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tiramisu Cupcakes

It’s time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month, the theme is rum!

You guys, I have made so many rum based cocktails this summer (Frozen Banana Daiquiri, Mermaid Martini, & Dark Mojito), I was fresh out of ideas for this one!

Then I did my Coffee-Infused Butter experiment (oh yes, you definitely need to click that link & check it out – Science!) and I knew right away that the coffee-infused butter and resulting buttermilk were destined to become Tiramisu Cupcakes and Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting – yaaaassss!



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