July 3, 2015

Balsamic Fig Glazed Roasted Duck

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One of my favorite "fancy" dinner at home meals that my
 husband makes is roasted duck. Ava's not a fan so we save
our duck meals for a date night dinner once she is asleep. This recipe
looks impressive but is actually quite simple and only requires 3 ingredients!
Crispy seasoned skin, juicy sumptuous duck, and sweet fig jam with a hint of spice make this a meal you won't soon forget! 

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Ingredients: 

Makes 4 servings
  • 4 large skin on duck legs (I like Maple Leaf Farms)
  • 1 tbsp seasoning of your choice (I use a Kentucky Flavor seasoning)
  • 4 tbsp Orchard Choice California Fig Spread in Balsamic Pepper 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle duck with seasoning and place in a large baking dish.
  3. Bake for one and a half hours until the meat is juicy and the skin is crisp.
  4. Remove duck from oven and let cool slightly.
  5. Scoop fig spread into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  6. Spoon 1 tbsp fig spread onto top of each duck leg, smoothing to cover.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

Place skin on duck legs in a 9X13 baking dish.
Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice.
This sweet and spicy Kentucky seasoning is our favorite spice mix right now!
I love California fig spread in any flavor but this Balsamic 
Pepper Spread is both sweet, savory, and has a hint of pepper. 
It is delicious melted on top of the crispy duck legs!

Bake at 350 degrees for one and a half hours until the meat is juicy and the skin is crisp.

Scoop fig spread into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 10 seconds.


Spoon 1 tbsp fig spread onto top of each duck leg, smoothing to cover.

I like to serve my duck with creamed cauliflower or kale
 and a fresh summer vegetable or salad. 


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July 2, 2015

Bacon Lover's Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Comfort food lover's rejoice!
Everyone loves a good casserole and this one is a low carb alternative to the classic Loaded Potato Casserole. Mashed Cauliflower takes the place of the potato, then I added in creamy elements like sour cream and shredded cheese {you can never have too much cheese!} and an overload of bacon flavors including diced thick cut bacon, Bacon Salt, and Bacon cream cheese! The result is this scrumptious Bacon Lover's Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.  

Ingredients:

Makes 6 servings
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 4oz (1/2 a container) bacon cream cheese spread
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 8 slices bacon (I like brown sugar, thick cut), cooked crisp and diced
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese (or a blend), shredded
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/black pepper, to taste 
  • optional: sub bacon salt for salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash and cut off stem from cauliflower then cut into smaller florets. 
  3. Add to a steamer with water and steam until soft and a fork can pierce easily, about 30-40 minutes. Optional: you can also boil and drain. 
  4. Add cauliflower to a large bowl, then using a potato masher mash until mostly smooth (some small chunks will remain).
  5. Mix in cream cheese spread, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan cheese, 6 slices of diced bacon, and seasonings.
  6. Pour into an 8X8 baking dish.
  7. Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 2 slices of diced bacon. 
  8. Bake for 30 minutes then let cool slightly before cutting into portions and serving.

Wash and cut off stem from cauliflower then cut into smaller florets. 
Add to a steamer with water and steam until soft and a fork can pierce easily, about 30-40 minutes.

Add cauliflower to a large bowl, then using a potato masher mash until mostly smooth

 (some small chunks will remain).

To make this a Bacon Lover's dish I not only used bacon,
I also used Bacon Cream Cheese Spread and Bacon Salt! 
Mix in cream cheese spread, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan cheese, 
6 slices of diced bacon, and seasonings.
Pour into an 8X8 baking dish.
Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 2 slices of diced bacon. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 
Let cool slightly then cut into squares and serve.
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June 21, 2015

Honey Butter Grilled Corn

Happy Father's Day! I am so blessed to have two amazing men in mine and my daughter's lives!
I decided to share this Grilled Honey Butter Corn recipe today since both my Dad and my husband love to grill. In the summer season corn is fresh and available everywhere for low prices so we have it often. This is a recipe that they both love and I am sure the men in your life will enjoy too. 
Ashton with Ava and with Stella.
My Dad aka Papa with his granddaughters.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Shuck the corn and cut off ends.
  2. Mix together softened butter and honey in a small bowl.
  3. Spread onto all sides of corn.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Wrap securely in aluminum foil, twisting the ends.
  6. Grill wrapped corn for about 20 minutes or until tender on a covered hot grill.
  7. Unwrap corn, discard foil, and grill on the grates for a couple minutes
     to char the corn slightly and add that great grill flavor!
  8. Brush with additional honey butter and serve hot. 
Start with 3-4 large ears of corn. 
Shuck the corn and cut off any extra ends.
Mix together softened butter and honey in a small bowl.
Spread onto all sides of corn.
Season with salt and pepper.
Wrap corn securely in aluminum foil.
Twist the ends of the foil then get ready to put on a hot grill.
The Grillmaster himself: my husband Ashton!

Grill wrapped corn for about 20 minutes on a covered hot grill.

Unwrap corn, discard foil, and grill on the grates for a couple minutes
 to char the corn slightly and add that great grill flavor!

It's dinner time: pork tenderloin, mushrooms, onions, and Honey Butter Grilled Corn.
Brush with additional honey butter and serve hot. 
Ava loved it and so will you! 
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