Welcome to my food blog! I am your average home cook and I want to share my love of food with the world. I'll divulge my recipes as often as possible. Feel free to comment or to email me at nodessertpodcast@gmail.com! Don' forget to come by often for new posts... I love having you visit me!







April 2, 2019

Simply Sides 26 - Funeral Potatoes

I can't believe it has already been 2 months since I have given you a new recipe but a lot has been going on around here. In January hubs brought me home a new kitty fur baby he adopted from our local shelter and in February we adopted a doggy fur baby from an event that our local shelter was having at a PetSmart location. I have attached their pics at the bottom of this post so you can see my new kids! And now on to our new recipe...
Do NOT be discouraged by the name of this dish! It is nothing morbid, in fact it is a flavorful & cheesy potato side dish that you will want to eat often. Funeral potatoes are also called hashbrown casserole, cheesy hashbrown casserole, and party potatoes so if you feel weird calling them funeral potatoes, use one of the monikers. The best part of this dish is that it hits so many cravings people have. Cheesy, salty, crunchy, creamy... And very comforting! This is also an extremely easy dish to make, so try it soon!

Funeral Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of fresh shredded potatoes (I use Simply Potatoes, plain hashbrowns - find them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, by the eggs etc). **You can also use frozen, you may need to bake the casserole for longer.
  • 2 cups sour cream (1 16oz container should be fine, I use Breakstone's)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (I use Campbell's)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 package shredded cheddar (or grate a block and use 2 cups)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups potato chips, crushed
  • 2 tbs butter, melted


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. In a bowl, mix together sour cream, cream of chicken soup, onion, salt & pepper, and shredded cheese. Fold in potatoes. Combine butter and crushed chips in a separate bowl. Pour sour cream/potato mixture into 9x13 pan. Top with chip mixture. Bake for 30-45 minutes (closer to an hour if using frozen hashbrowns). Enjoy!




January 29, 2019

Creamy Tortellini Soup - Pinterest Pick #24

Two years ago I made a delicious tortellini soup (you can find that recipe HERE). Because the weather has actually been pretty cold this winter in FL I was looking for comforting soup, stew, and one pot meal recipes. I came across this recipe on Pinterest for CREAMY tortellini soup and I remembered how good my other recipe was, so I decided to give it a try. Both hubs and I loved it! And it fit the bill for a comforting soup dinner on a chilly night.  Not to mention you make it in your slow cooker so it's super easy as well. I made a couple of adjustments, as I always do. Instead of both cans of diced tomatoes I only used 1 can and then a can of plain tomato sauce. I used frozen spinach instead of fresh. And because my diced tomatoes were plain and not Italian style, I spiced up the soup with a couple of dashes of garlic salt, a big pinch of Italian seasoning, and lots of black pepper. Also, I made this soup without meat for meatless Monday, but you can easily add in some chicken or sausage if you choose. You can find the original pin HERE and the original recipe is listed on the pin, it does not link to a website. 

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of frozen tortellini
  • 1 box (10 oz) frozen spinach (or a bag of fresh baby spinach)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (or 1 can of diced, and 1 can of tomato sauce)
  • 1 block of cream cheese, cut into 4 chunks
  • 1 carton chicken broth
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning

***Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
***Garlic bread for serving (optional)

Directions:
Put all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Enjoy!





January 18, 2019

Stuffed Tuscan Chicken - Pinterest Pick #23

New ways to eat chicken are always on my mind when I am browsing the internet for recipe ideas. I came across this recipe and when I saw that it had both cheese and sundried tomatoes, I was in. This is a great low carb, gluten free option that is pretty filling. We had ours with salad and that was enough for a dinner.  You can find the original pin HERE and the recipe HERE. The one shortcut I took was instead of making the garlic herb cheese myself was that I used Alouette garlic herb cheese that you can find in your deli's cheese section. 

Stuffed Tuscan Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Cajun seasoning (I use Slap Yo Mama - I find it at Walmart)
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 container Alouette garlic herb cheese spread
  • 1 small container of sun dried tomatoes (chop all the tomatoes and reserve the oil)
  • 1 10 oz pkg of frozen spinach, thawed & drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


Directions:
Butterfly all of the chicken breasts, being careful not to slice them all the way through. Rub the chicken with the reserved oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Season the chicken with the Cajun spice, Italian spice, paprika, and onion powder. In a separate bowl, mix together the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic herb cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan.  Add a heaping tablespoon of the mixture to each chicken breast and press both sides together to close (use toothpicks to seal so the mixture doesn't come out. Bake at 350 for 30-40 mins (the original recipe calls for searing both sides of the chicken in a pan for baking but I did not find this step necessary, especially on a weeknight). Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!



December 26, 2018

Copycat Calypso Shrimp Linguine with Scallops - Home Cooked Recipe #83

I recently went to lunch with some girlfriends to Bahama Breeze. It is the first time I have been there in years and years. I had a lighter portion of their Calypso Shrimp Linguine. Although I was not in love with their prices, I WAS in love with this pasta dish and wish I had ordered the regular size portion. I scoured the internet looking for copycat recipes and I found some! They all had the exact same ingredients so I wrote it down and made it myself!  There are a couple of small tweaks I made to the recipe. I did not cook the scallions, but mainly used them for a garnish on top. Instead I used 1/2 of a small diced onion during the actual cooking. And I topped mine with loads of grated Parmesan, because CHEESE. Plus I added scallops as well because the more shellfish the better I say. Bonus, I made the recipe on October 17th, which is National Pasta Day!

Copycat Calypso Shrimp Linguine

Ingredients:

  • 1 box linguine
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbs diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tbs blackening seasoning (I make my own but you could use store bought)
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • salt and pepper


Directions:
Whisk together clam juice, chicken broth, blackening seasoning, and cayenne. Refrigerate until ready to use (you can make this ahead of time). Cook linguine according to package directions, While linguine is cooking, heat up a large saute pan on medium high. Add butter. Saute onion for 2 to 3 minutes. Season shrimp and scallops with salt and pepper and saute in butter/onions until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add in broth and heavy cream. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss in cooked linguine until well coated. Plate. Garnish with scallions, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Enjoy!




December 3, 2018

Sloppy Joe Sliders - Pinterest Pick #22

I may have mentioned before that I adore a slider. Maybe once or twice! I think they are a great food for parties or for an easy weeknight meal. Plus I have little hands so I like sliders better than a regular size sandwich.  Sliders are so customizable as well.  You can see another one of my slider recipes HERE. Also, I love sloppy joes! I have two other sloppy joe recipes which you can find HERE and HERE. This is also a pick I found on Pinterest. You can find the original pin HERE
and the original recipe HERE.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package (12 count) slider rolls (I used King Hawaiian's butter flavored rolls)
  • 2 cups of shredded or sliced cheese (I used shredded cheddar)
  • 1 stick butter, divided (3 tbs melted, 5 tbs whole)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup (I prefer Heinz)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (if you don't want it overly sweet, I would cut this down to 1 tbs)
  • 2 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbs chili powder (I have been a big fan of ancho chili powder lately)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Brown ground beef. About halfway through, add the onion. When beef is browned, add bell pepper and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes before adding sauce ingredients. Add butter, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for at least 5 minutes, up to an hour on a low simmer.  Use one tablespoon of the melted butter on the bottom of a baking dish. Pleace the bottom of the slider rolls on top of that butter. Pile up your meat on top of the bottom buns. Sprinkle your shredded cheese, or lay out your cheese slices on top of the meat. Top with the top buns. Brush the tops with the rest of the melted butter. Bake for 10 minutes. I served mine with tater tots for that old school feel. Enjoy!