Recipes to Crave: Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Recipes to Crave: Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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This bruschetta recipe is proof that not all yummy things are hard to make. Goat cheese bruschetta is a fantastic appetizer for a lunch with friends, or for a refreshing dinner.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4-6


Ingredients

1 baguette, sliced

2 T. balsamic vinegar

2 T. chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or basil

Goat cheese

 

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. Combine balsamic vinegar and herbs. Place bread slices on a broiler pan. Char bread on each side under hot broiler. You can also grill bread if you prefer. Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over slices of toasted baguette and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

Boom! Done.

Episode #199-Six Chicks Freeze and Fix-Making and Freezing Meals for a Decluttered Dinner

Episode #199-Six Chicks Freeze and Fix-Making and Freezing Meals for a Decluttered Dinner

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ListenNowWouldn’t it be great to come home from a busy day and know that dinner is already planned and prepped? 

With a little work ahead of time, meals can be A LOT easier and less stressful.

In this episode,  Erin and I talk about delicious meals and easy ways to have a freezer full of meals ready to go, including LOOP (Left Overs On Purpose) and the Six Chicks Freeze and Fix co-op strategy.

Mentioned in the episode: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.

Artichoke DipQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Artichoke Dip

8 oz cream cheese

1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded

1 c. mayonnaise (low-fat or fat-free is acceptable) (pantry)

½ t. dill weed

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (pantry)

Preheat oven to 350

Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.

Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points.

Serves 8 as an appetizer

 

 

Goat Cheese BruchettaQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Ingredients

2     tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2     tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or basil
Toasted baguette
Goat cheese

Prep

Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

 

 

Drive By Cheese PlateQuick dishes for Thanksgiving Drive by Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)

Grab at the store:

Camembert  or other artisan cheese

Carr Water Crackers

1 bunch of green grapes

 

 

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake CheesecakeQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 sticks of cream cheese

1 Cup of sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling

Pre-made graham cracker crust

 

Blend until creamy and fluffy

Pour into graham cracker crust.

 

Garnish with

Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked)

Shaved white chocolate

 

Refrigerate for a few hours

 

 

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake CheesecakeQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Cranberry Cheesecake

2 sticks of cream cheese

1 Cup of sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly

Pre-made graham cracker crust

 

Blend until creamy and fluffy

Pour into graham cracker crust

 

Garnish with any (or all) of the following:

The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie.

Orange peel zest

Shaved white chocolate

Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Yikes! It’s almost time to cook the holiday turkey!

Do you have turkey-phobia?

It can seem like a daunting task to make the perfect turkey, but I promise you, it isn’t. Try my turkey recipe and follow my instructions, and you’ll have a table full of guests licking their fingers and begging for more. But beware, this turkey is so good, there may not be any leftovers for turkey sandwiches.

Turkey in the Oven recipe

Kathi’s Brined Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water – cold
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3 oranges, cut in half

 

Directions

  1. In a large garbage bag, combine the all the ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bag in a roasting pan and in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.
  3. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  4. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

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I am a mass consumer of vanilla extract.

I have vanilla on my oatmeal every single morning. The problem? I can absolutely tell the difference between vanilla extract and imitation vanilla. And the real stuff? It’s not cheap.  At our grocery store, the good stuff is $3 an ounce. Our family joke was that it would be cheaper for us to take a Baja cruise and get of in Ensanada to buy cheap vanilla than for me to get it at Costco.

So when I saw recipes floating around the web for homemade extract, I gave it a try. It is super easy (the hardest part is waiting the six weeks for the beans to masticate in the vodka.

Want to make this cheaper (and oh so delicious) version?

This is all you need:

1.75 liter bottle of Vodka

25 Vanilla Beans (If you want to just try this recipe out you can buy 25 beans here. If you want to go into mass production, here is where you can buy beans in bulk.)

 

2014-11-02 06.10.23 1. Cut the beans lengthwise down the middle.

 

 

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(This will open up the beans and let all the good “vanilla dust” soak into the vodka.)

 

2014-11-02 06.34.332. Put the cut vanilla beans in the vodka bottle. Replace the lid and shake the bottle. Store the vodka bottle in a cool, dark place and shake the bottle once a week for the next six weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-11-02 07.46.05If giving as gifts, you can order these adorable brown bottles off of Amazon. fill each bottle with four ounces of your six week old vanilla extract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-11-02 07.20.50Add a cute label. (Anything can be elevated with a cute label.) This is an Avery kit with all sorts of pre-designed labels. All you have to do is add your verbiage and you are good to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-11-02 07.48.40The world’s cutest gift. With a personalized label:

Lipp Private Reserve
Vanilla Extract
Bottled 2014

Delicious and about 10% of the cost of store bought vanilla.

I’ve given vanilla extract to all of my kids and they have all demanded refills!

 

“What’s For Dinner?” – Meal Planning Made Easy

“What’s For Dinner?” – Meal Planning Made Easy

What's-for-DinnerMeal time can be one of the most hectic times in a mama’s day.  With today’s busy schedules, it is easier to drive through than dive in to your kitchen.

These easy steps will help you make meal planning easy so that you can get to the fun part of connecting with your family and not just the food!

Step 1:

Create a master list of meals for the month.  Click here for a list of FREEBIES where you can find a  shopping/inventory sheet to make your meal planning easy!  Keep in mind your family schedule as you create meals for each day. Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be less chaotic in our home, so I can plan a little more elaborate meal for those days.  Now, some days, elaborate may mean that I just put a pat of butter on the green beans before serving, but usually it means that I can make something that might take a bit more time or preparation. The “What’s For Dinner?” Solution is a wonderful resource to create quick, easy, affordable meals.

Step 2:

Put each of the meals into categories for easy planning.  A few that I use are Freezer meals – ones that I have on the freezer already, Slow Cooker meals – ones that I will need my crock pot for and create ahead of time, or LOOP meals – Left Over On Purpose. This might mean a turkey pot pie from the leftover turkey from the dinner the night before. Once you have the meals, you can organize what you need for each meal.

Step 3:

Create the calendar and make copies of it for the next couple months.  Some things might change, but when you have a template to work from, it makes life a whole lot easier. After you use it, you can evaluate if the system is working.

Planning your meals ahead of time will help you feel more in control and less frazzled at dinner hour.  Thinking ahead gives you the freedom to enjoy your day. To help you start planning right away, just subscribe to my blog right over there in the purple little post-it and get a free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Man Food. Easy Peasy!