5 Ingredients or Less Preview for #SundaySupper

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I’ve been participating in SundaySupper now for over 2 years and this is the first time I am hosting! I needed to get my butt in gear and I’m so happy that I am hosting THIS Sunday. During the week, I’m all about quick and easy (but still delicious) when it comes to dinner and nothing says quick and easy like recipes that require 5 ingredients or less!

 

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5 ingredients or less!  Sometimes, my best meals are created by looking in my pantry and throwing a few ingredients together. Now, I know YOU guys like no fuss, easy recipes too because my So Simple Pizza Puffs (5 ingredients or less) are still one of my most popular posts on the blog! OR maybe it’s a recipe that still requires some work, but hey, with only 4 or 5 ingredients, it can be done!

 

I can’t wait for this Sunday ..  I hope you’ll join me and in the meantime, here’s a preview of all the fabulous recipes we’ll be sharing on Sunday! We’ve got everything! Appetizers, sides, main dishes and dessert so we’ll see you on Sunday!

 

 

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Appetizers, Salads and Starters

 

Side and Accompaniments

 

Main Dishes

 

Dessert and Beverages

 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

 

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

 

 

Blood Orange Margaritas

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There’s something pretty great about kicking back with a cold, fresh margarita on a week night. I’ve recently been dabbling in mixing drinks and am having so much fun.

 

 

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On the day I made these, I did the unthinkable. I opened the windows and sliding door (to the deck) in our dining room area. It was finally over 40 degrees and I took advantage of it. I wanted some fresh air as I sipped my margarita and flipped through the latest issue of Food and Wine magazine. Katy Perry was playing in the background and I was just happy.

 

Casa Noble Tequila

 

Enter Casa Noble Tequila.

 

Casa Noble ultra premium tequila begins with carefully selected mature Blue Agave plants, which have met strict requirements for water and sugar content. They employ only traditional methods and slow cook their rich agave piñas for 38 hours in stove ovens. Then, using only the core and heart of the agaves, they extract the sweet nectar. Their fermentation process is 100% natural, followed by triple distillation. The result is a tequila so pure and full of Agave flavor that it has elevated the concept of tequila to new levels around the world.

 

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I couldn’t wait to try this tequila. And I knew I had to mix up something special . . so I bought some navel oranges, blood oranges (gotta get them fast while they are still in season!) and fresh sage and went to work.

 

 

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I’m no tequila expert but the Casa Noble Tequila was so smooth and these Blood Orange Margaritas were so delicious!  If you’re looking for a new margarita recipe.  . you must try this!

 

Enjoy and Happy Earth Day!

 

Blood Orange Margaritas
 
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MAKE AHEAD: The margarita recipe can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated, covered, overnight.
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice from 2-3 navel oranges
  • fresh juice from 2-3 blood oranges + 1 blood orange sliced
  • fresh lime juice from 1 lime
  • a splash of Cointreau or other triple sec
  • ¼ cup Casa Noble silver tequila
  • Kosher salt; for the glasses
  • Ice
  • 2 fresh sage sprigs or leaves
Instructions
  1. Using a large pitcher or large cocktail shaker, mix the fresh orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and Casa Noble silver tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of kosher salt on a plate. Moisten the outer rim of 2 martini glasses with the blood orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher or cocktail shaker and stir or shake well, then strain into the prepared glasses. Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.

 

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Disclosure: I was provided the Casa Noble Tequila for review purposes and a small stipend to purchase ingredients. I was not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

 

 

 

Empanadas!

 

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The snow is finally gone and there’s a spring in everyone’s step. .  heck, people are even wearing shorts and flip flops in this 50 degree weather. And yesterday it was 70 degrees!! We’re starting to see our neighbors’ faces again, kids riding their bikes and we’ve been walking to the park quite a bit.

 

Spring is finally here and it’s time to celebrate my friends. It’s time to celebrate with Empanadas. And lots of them.

 

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Empanadas are a great, delicious finger food to serve when entertaining and the best part? You can create so many different fillings! Have a vegetarian in the house? No problem. Have someone who wants chicken and someone else who wants beef? You can make both!

 

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While I was recipe testing for these babies, I made empanadas for like 4 days straight. I took some over to my neighbor, got some feedback and went back into the kitchen. I have to say I’m very happy with the final recipe!

 

So, head on over to KitchenAid’s blog to read this post and to get this recipe!  I made my own olive oil pastry crust and there are THREE different filling recipes! Enjoy!

 

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Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

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Well, today is a great day friends!  For starters, I have these fabulous Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps to share with you!! And secondly, my first official post for The Kitchn is live!!

 

I am now officially a contributor to The Kitchn! Insert happy dance.

 

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I’ve been reading The Kitchn for a few years now so actually being a contributor is like a dream come true. And I am over the moon that my first recipe is a Korean food recipe. I’m a big fan of pork belly because it’s so flavorful and if you’ve never tried it, you need to! So, head on over to The Kitchn to read my post and to get this recipe.

 

And if you like it or have questions, please let me know! I’ll be answering comments over there as well.

 

Until next time. .  and I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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Greek Easter Bread for Easter/Passover Feast #SundaySupper

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Happy Easter everyone!

 

I’ve posted this Greek Easter Bread before but I had to share this bread again with you today. I’ve got baking on the brain and a joyful heart so if you are ever ready to play around with some yeast, practice your bread braiding skills and devour some absolutely delicious bread, this is your recipe!

 

“Greek Easter Bread (Tsoureki) is a sweet yeast bread made of eggs, milk, and butter, and is a staple during Greek Easter. The three-strand braid symbolizes the Holy Trinity, while the red-dyed hard-boiled egg (not featured in my photos) braided into the dough symbolizes the blood of Christ. The bread is delicious and keeps for several days, but eat that double-cooked egg at your own risk!”

 

As soon as I saw this recipe on Chow.com, I knew I wanted to bake this bread. For my family, Easter represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ and, for me, this is truly a day to celebrate and give thanks.

 

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Now, I didn’t add the red-dyed hard-boiled egg in my bread but I truly love the significance. For a more authentic Greek Easter bread, you are supposed to season it with mahlepi and mastic.

 

This bread tasted absolutely delicious, soft and light and I think the braid is just lovely. Tsoureki is a Greek brioche so it’s light and fluffy and you know it’s going to be amazing. You add finely grated orange zest into the dough and I think it’s so pretty to see in your bread! I hope you give this one a try! Enjoy! And again, wishing everyone a truly wonderful holiday!

 

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Greek Easter Bread
 
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If you are unable to get the yeast to activate in the milk, just activate it in a ¼ cup of warm water, wait 5-10 minutes and then combine with the milk. Prep time includes inactive rise time for the dough. Plan ahead accordingly.
Author:
Recipe type: Bread/Baking
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk or 2%; divided
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast (2½ teaspoons)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons finely grated orange zest (from about 1 orange)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat ¾ cup of the milk until warm to the touch but not hot (about 105°F to 115°F on an instant-read thermometer). Transfer the warm milk to a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside for about 15 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar and salt together into a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt 7 tablespoons of the butter. Let the butter cool, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Using your stand mixer, add the eggs and orange zest and mix together. Then, add the yeast mixture until well combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture little by little into the yeast-egg mixture until well combined. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth, flouring your hands and the surface as needed, for about 3 minutes.
  5. Coat a baking sheet and a 16-inch piece of plastic wrap with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Set the dough on the baking sheet and cover it with the plastic wrap, butter side down. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, for about 2 hours.
  6. Remove the plastic wrap and set it aside. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces (about 12 ounces each). Roll the pieces into 1-1/4-by-16-1/2-inch ropes. Pinch all 3 pieces together on one end to secure, then braid the ropes and pinch the other end of the ropes together to secure the braid. Set the braided dough on the prepared baking sheet, cover with the buttered plastic wrap (butter side down), and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  7. In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolk and remaining 1 tablespoon milk. With a pastry brush, evenly brush the egg mixture over the risen dough, then sprinkle the almonds over top, pressing the almonds gently into the dough. Bake until the bread is browned and the internal temperature reaches 190°F on an instant-read thermometer, for about 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Recipe from Chow.com.

 

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Food holidays such as Easter and Passover encourage home cooks to stretch their culinary range. Some of us have heirloom recipes that we prepare, lovingly, every year. Along with the traditional recipes are new tastes and textures that delight family and friends. Like you, we love making the holidays memorable.

 

This week, the #Sunday Supper team shares recipes prepared for Easter and Passover. Beginning with breakfast and brunch and ending with dessert, there are recipes for every table–and wine pairings are included!

 

Breakfast/Brunch

 

Appetizers:

 

Savory and Sweet Breads:

 

Sides and Salads:

 

Main Dishes:

 

Desserts:

 

 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST.  Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

 

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

 

 

Lattice Top Apple Pie #BakeForGood + A BIG @KingArthurFlour Giveaway!

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If you follow me on social media, you may remember I recently attended a King Arthur Flour Bake for Good event in the Twin Cities.

 

Bake For Good.

 

What is it?

“While the name is new, King Arthur Flour has been living the initiative for a long time.”

 

For over 20 years, King Arthur Flour’s free Bake for Good Kids Program has traveled all over the country helping kids learn to bake and share their baked goods with those in need. April is Bake For Good month and King Arthur Flour hit the road, with stops in Seattle, the Twin Cities and Los Angeles to meet with bloggers, and to cook and serve food to people in need.  They are on a mission to inspire people around the country to join the #BakeforGood movement.

 

What happened.

We attended classes where we learned how to bake bread and pie pastry crust. We then baked bread and made pies. And lots of them. We bonded with other bloggers, our teacher (Chef Susan) and Julia and Natasha from King Arthur Flour.

 

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We cooked and served dinner (and served the bread and pies we had made) to families in the Minneapolis area at the Family Service Center.  These families, for whatever reason, are homeless but live at the Family Service Center. Now, I can be a pretty emotional person and I knew there would be children there so I told myself to be strong and not cry. I’m not sure what I was expecting but when the doors to the dining hall finally opened and the families started coming in and lining up for dinner, the kids came up to us, mostly shy and timid, but some with smiles on their faces (especially from the little ones that kept coming back for seconds and thirds).

 

Who knows what put the families in the situation that they are in but it was so nice to see that some of the children could still smile and laugh and be silly. My thoughts were also on the parents and how much they may have struggled but thankfully, they have landed there, at the Family Service Center, and have a roof over their heads, a bed to sleep on and hot food to eat.

 

Everyone had gone through the line and the families were all sitting down eating. I was looking around and saw Amanda holding one of the babies so her mother could eat. My eyes started filling with tears as I began thinking about that baby, and her family and her parents and her siblings. What they were going through, how much it takes to take care of a family. To clothe, feed and care for and love a family.

 

After we finished serving dinner, cleaned up and had dinner ourselves, we all headed back to the hotel to say our good-byes and I actually left for my sister’s house shortly after that. I began thinking about how people (or television commercials) are always thinking of and talking about how to help people in other countries. Helping people in other countries is GREAT- don’t get me wrong- but you know what. .  we don’t have to look that far to find someone who needs our help. The people in our community, in our streets, the people in the homeless shelters in our cities. The cities we live in.

 

You are one person but you can make a difference.

 

 

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The Recipe

It seems fitting that we baked pies for the families because nothing say comfort and “I care about you” more than a homemade pie. Click here to get this fabulous recipe from King Arthur Flour. And if you need additional help with the lattice-top, click here to see my Lattice-Top Blueberry Pie with a few photos to help you out. Also, as always, I’m here to help you in any way I can, so leave me a comment below if you have any questions.

 

Now, I did not take any photos while I was in Minneapolis, other than the photos from my iPhone, so you simply must visit each and every blog down below, especially this one to read more about everyone’s #BakeforGood experience. Some were able to capture some beautiful photos and moments. I truly had the best time and feel so honored that I got to meet each and every person below and feel so grateful that I am able to be a part of #BakeForGood.

 

The wonderful bloggers I met and got to serve with:

Amanda from I Am Baker

Brenda from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Erin from The Law Student’s Wife

Jim and Jena from Little Rusted Ladle

Kathryne from Cookie and Kate

Kristin from Pastry Affair

Shaina from Food for My Family

Stefani from Cupcake Project

Taylor from Greens and Chocolate

 

 

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The Real Work Begins Now

How will you bake for good? What will you do? Do you know anyone around you who needs help or someone you simply want to appreciate and bake for?

 

We’re inviting you to share your own #BakeForGood stories!

Take a picture of the plate of cookies you made for the senior center, the dog treats you baked for the humane society, or a picture of your happy recipient. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, tagging it with #kingarthurflour and #bakeforgood. We are asking for coverage on social media because we want to spread the word!

 

You can bake for good. What are you going to do?

 

 

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THE GIVEAWAY!!

 

Pledging to Bake For Good

The focus of this giveaway is baking for good. The winner must pledge to use the products they receive from King Arthur Flour to bake for good, and share their baked goods with others.

 

What You Can Win

  1.   1 lb bag of Barry Callebaut Chocolate Chips- We used these chocolate chips in the brownies that we baked. These chocolate chips are fabulous!!!
  2.   Triple cocoa blend- The best cocoa ever.
  3.   1 5lb bag King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Flour- Hands down. The best flour. Ever.
  4.   1 bottle Boiled Cider- believe me, you want to enter this giveaway simply to win this. This is key for the apple pie featured above.

 

To Enter This Giveaway

This giveaway is going to operate very differently from what I’ve done before. .  TO ENTER, this is what we are asking:

1)   Make your pledge to Bake For Good (with a note about who you will bake for; you can obviously keep this general) on your own preferred social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+). For example, post a Facebook status that says, “I just entered to win a baking prize pack from King Arthur Flour and http://hipfoodiemom.com/! If I win, I will bake a pie for my daughter’s teacher. #BakeForGood” OR you can earn bonus points for posting a photo of baked goods you’ve baked with and mention of who they are destined for. All posts MUST include the #bakeforgood hashtag in order to be valid.

2)   Example tweet: “I just entered to win a baking prize pack from  & ! If I win, I will bake a pie for my neighbor. 

3)   Then, after you have shared over social media (you only have to share on ONE preferred channel), leave the URL in the comments section below in order to be a valid entry. And again, all posts, tweets must have the #bakeforgood hashtag in order to be valid.

4)   I will personally be checking each entry so make sure your profile is set to PUBLIC.

 

Good luck!

 

Please remember to leave the link to your social media post in a comment below in order to be counted and valid. Giveaway ends Friday, April 25th at 12 midnight EST. Giveaway is sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Cheese Mac and Cheese Pizza + @WisconsinCheese Giveaway!

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As you can probably guess, April has been quite the cheesiest month for me. .  I think I’ve consumed enough cheese for 5 people this month.

 

But I LOVE it.

 

And I couldn’t leave you this month without making a macaroni and cheese pizza. Like my last post, some of you may be wondering “what is she doing?!” or some of you may think this is brilliant. .  either way, this meal combines two things kids and adults love.

 

Macaroni and cheese and pizza!

 

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And, yes, there are bits of roasted cauliflower on there too.

 

What could be better?! And because of the cheese enthusiast that I am, I had to throw in ricotta, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Yum. And the best part? I’ve partnered with Wisconsin Cheese and All Things Mac and Cheese and we’re giving away a CHEESE PRIZE PACK! You will win the Hook’s Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese I used + a selection of OTHER Wisconsin cheeses, as well as one of these bamboo pizza boards!!

 

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But before we get to the giveaway, you must see how this pizza happened and then visit All Things Mac and Cheese for this fabulous RECIPE.

 

Roll out your pizza dough, drizzle on some extra virgin olive oil and fresh Wisconsin ricotta cheese. Spread evenly.

 

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Sprinkle on the shredded Wisconsin mozzarella evenly and top with the macaroni and cheese mixture, spreading evenly over the pizza dough. Sprinkle on the raw cauliflower bits and more of shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Bake and enjoy!

 

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Pizza fresh out of oven

 

Now doesn’t this look good?

 

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CLICK HERE for this fabulous RECIPE. And be sure to enter the giveaway below so you can win some amazing Wisconsin cheese and make this macaroni and cheese pizza! Good luck!

 

The Giveaway!!

(open to residents within the United States only)

 

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Disclosure: This sponsored post is in sponsorship with Wisconsin Cheese and All Things Mac and Cheese. I was compensated for this post. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own.

 

 

 

Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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As a food blogger, I read a lot of food related websites, cookbooks, magazines, other food blogs and basically, anything I can get my hands on. I like to read about food trends, new chefs, what people are doing and fun and inventive things people are doing with food. And every once in a while, I will come across something that makes me stop.

 

Makes my jaw drop.

 

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And I say to myself.  .  I have to try that.

 

I first saw this awesomeness on Bon Appetit and then Tastespotting (where the recipe actually originated). Kimchi Ramen in a grilled cheese sandwich.  Come on. How awesome is this? I know some may look at this in disgust. Some may think this is totally brilliant and others are just confused and are asking why? But how many of us secretly love ramen noodles?!!! I mean, yeah sure it’s not the greatest for you but damn, it’s so good.

 

 

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I have to admit I probably haven’t had a bowl of instant ramen in like 8 years. Maybe even longer. Seriously. I’d rather eat the good stuff. And if I ever have the craving, I will usually eat something else.  . and kimchi with white rice usually satisfies any craving I have.

 

So, what made me finally try this bad boy?

 

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It’s National Grilled Cheese month.

 

And I had a few ramen packs in the pantry and some awesome cheddar cheese. .  so I went for it.

 

It was so good. Initially you don’t completely realize what you are eating and then you look down at your plate and slurp up some noodles . . and keep eating some more. I usually always save half of what I make for my husband to try (since I mostly cook during the day so I can photograph in natural light) but this time, I devoured this entire thing.

 

And made another one. For The Hubs.

 

So, don’t wait any longer. If you like kimchi + ramen + grilled cheese, you have to try this. I especially loved the heat from this grilled cheese because my ramen was extra spicy and I loved having kimchi in there too. Kimchi in a sandwich. I’m totally doing this.

 

This grilled cheese might be something everyone has to try at least once.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 package of ramen (I highly recommend Spicy Shin Ramen)
  • 1 ramen seasoning packet
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped and squeezed of excess kimchi juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter + more for spreading on the bread slices
  • 4 slices bread, any kind (I used whole grain wheat bread)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese; split
Instructions
  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Drop the ramen noodles in and cook until the ramen noodles are soft, about 4-5 minutes only. You don't want to overcook the noodles.
  2. Drain the ramen noodles and add the seasoning packet over the noodles. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Butter one slice of bread on both sides and set aside. Using a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat one tablespoon of butter in your skillet over medium heat. Let the butter melt completely and then lay your slice of buttered bread into the skillet and top with a ½ cup of the shredded cheddar cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt until it's almost entirely melted, for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Next, lift the lid and top the melted cheese with half of the ramen noodles and about a ½ cup of the squeezed kimchi (or less depending on the size of your bread) and cover again with the lid for a minute. Butter both sides of the second slice of bread and place the bread slice on top of the kimchi, pressing down gently and flip your sandwich very carefully. You do not need to cover the pan again since your cheese is already melting nicely. You can flip one more time if desired (but not necessary) until you have nice, golden brown toasty bread on both sides.
  5. Repeat everything for your second grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Celebrating National Cheese Fondue Day with Emmi Fondue + A Giveaway!

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Do you fondue?

 

Did you know that this classic Swiss meal has its own holiday?!  April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day.  . yes, it’s true! Time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good times. To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA is sharing their must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from tips for when you dip to the new ways to do fondue.

 

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Be A Delightful Dipper
While fondue is all in good fun, there are a few basic guidelines to follow in consideration of other guests.

  1.  Skewer like a pro. Be sure your food is secured to your fondue fork or skewer before dipping to avoid losing it in the cheese.
  2.  If you missed the first step and drop your dipper into the fondue, Swiss tradition says a woman must kiss the person next to her, and a man must buy a round of drinks for everyone!
  3.  Perfect your twirling and swirling. It is polite to make one to two small swirls before removing your food.
  4.  Resist the urge to double dip!! Food that has been bitten should never return to the communal pot.
  5.  Be a little adventurous by tasting everything you are served.
  6.  Sample before salting. Fondue is already seasoned with spices and wine, so it might be perfect just the way it is. If you do add salt, make sure you do it after you’ve tasted the fondue.

 

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Tasting Notes
It’s all in the details. These simple suggestions will ensure that you keep it classy, but still casually cool, when indulging.

  1.  Wait your turn. Allow one person to dip at a time and proceed in a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion around the table. Or, if you’re like me, just go for it when you see a break in the rhythm. 
  2.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dip larger pieces and then cut them into smaller bits on your own plate.
  3.  A moment on the lips is frowned upon. Your fondue fork or skewer should never directly touch your mouth. Transfer your food to your plate before indulging.
  4.  Let it cool. Never blow on freshly dipped hot food. Avoid splatters and allow your food to cool slightly on your plate.

 

 

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The New Way to Fondue
Fondue is always fun in its traditional form, but these new takes offer creative ways to enjoy the cheese and make it more accessible for everyday meals.

  1.  Fondue is a fun party meal for special occasions, but also a great weeknight meal for the family. Not to mention it might get your kids to eat their vegetables.
  2.  It’s great to pay homage to this Swiss dining tradition, while being creative.
  3.  Feel free to add your own twist!

 

 

Emmi Fondue

 

Emmi’s Original Fondue comes in a ready-made pouch so it’s simple to prepare and always a success. There’s no recipe! The cheese, wine and spices are all in the bag. All you need to do is pour the contents of the bag into a fondue pot and heat until bubbly. The authentic taste of Swiss fondue made easy and ready to use. I like to enjoy my fondue with bread, apples, dried fruit and vegetables.

 

So, are you ready to fondue?

 

Enter the giveaway below and win SIX boxes of Emmi’s Original Fondue!! That’s a lot of fondue and sure to be enough to host your own fondue party! Enjoy!

 

The Giveaway!!

(open to residents within the United States only)

 

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Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese + A Giveaway!

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It’s National Grilled Cheese Month! This month is all about cheese, bread and butter. And lots of it.  My last post went over the basics for making the perfect grilled cheese.

 

And today I thought. .  Be adventurous. Go big or go home.

 

I’ve always wanted to try a macaroni and cheese grilled cheese. I mean what could be better than marrying the two foods I love the most?  And I didn’t want to use cheddar for this. .  no, I wanted to do something different.

 

 

Emmentaler and Gruyere

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So, I busted out my swiss cheese and went to town. And not just any ole Swiss cheese.  We’re talking Emmi Emmentaler and Le Gruyère.

 

Emmi’s imported Swiss cheeses can add new life to dishes, with a heavenly taste that you can only get from cheese like Gruyère, these cheeses will take your recipes to new levels.

 

And this macaroni and cheese was no exception.

 

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This macaroni and cheese added into this grilled cheese sandwich was heaven on earth. SO GOOD.

 

 

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Like, so good. . . I wanted to eat TWO.

 

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So, grab some Swiss cheese, or enter the giveaway below and join me in celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month!! You must try this!

 

 

Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried elbow macaroni, COOKED to al dente
  • 1 cup grated gruyere
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons chives or green onions; finely diced
  • splash of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter for the skillet + more for spreading on your bread slices
  • 4 slices bread, any kind (I used a multigrain bread)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Emmentaler cheese; split
  • Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and immediately add the pasta back into the same pot. Over low heat, immediately add the gruyere, butter, salt, green onions or chives and the heavy cream. Mix thoroughly until the macaroni has come together and the cheese has melted. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Butter one slice of bread on both sides and set aside. Using a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat one tablespoon of butter in your skillet over medium heat. Let the butter melt completely and then lay your slice of buttered bread into the skillet and top with a ¼ cup of the grated Emmentaler cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt until it's almost entirely melted, for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next, lift the lid and top the melted cheese with the macaroni and cheese and cover again with the lid for a minute or two. Butter one side of the second slice of bread and spread dijon mustard on the other side. Place the bread, dijon mustard side down onto the macaroni and cheese and flip your grilled cheese to begin toasting the other side. You do not need to cover the pan again since your cheese is already melting nicely. You can flip your grilled cheese sandwich a couple more times if desired until you have nice, golden brown toasty bread on both sides.
  4. Repeat everything for your second grilled cheese sandwich.

 

 

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The Giveaway!

One lucky reader will win the Emmentaler and Le Gruyère cheese shown above. To enter, simply leave a comment below answering this question: What would you make if you won this fabulous cheese?

 

Giveaway only open to residents within the United States. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, 4/15 at 12 am EST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be selected.

 

 

Disclosure: I received the cheese shown above for review and recipe development purposes. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.