Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Grab on to your hats as I’m about to blow your mind with one of the BEST slow cooker chicken recipes I have ever had in my life! Chicken cooked low and slow that practically falls off of the bone just by looking at it. And that Honey Balsamic reduction!  Fahgeddaboudit!

Almost 4 years or so ago I was introduced to Brod & Taylor with their unbelievably amazing Folding Bread Proofer. Whether you want to proof bread dough at an even temperature, temper chocolate flawlessly or make your own cultured yogurt, this bread proofer is truly incredible!  Plus when you’re not using it, it folds up rather compact which if you’re like me, you hate having clutter on the counters.  This stores perfectly in one of my kitchen cabinets off to the side.  For the past 3 years I’ve been using mine on an at least weekly basis if not more whether it’s for bread or my own yogurt.  Seriously.. YOGURT. Then I teamed up with them on their Professional Knife Sharpener. Best. Sharpener. EVER!

Well they decided that they wanted to push the limits and expand the functionality of their Folding Proofer and include additional options with it.  Today we’re showcasing their Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker!  YES!!!  IT SLOW COOKS TOO!!! Yeah, sink your teeth into that.. and while you’re sinking your teeth in to that I’m sinking mine into these EPIC Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs!

Oh hey you’re back.. hold on a sec, let me wipe my face as I went to town on these thighs.

You are going to LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!!!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Cooking Tips

Check out these cooking tips from the pros to help make you even more of a cooking ninja in the kitchen than you already are.

If you’re reading this then you’re a foodie and you want nothing more than to be a rock star in the kitchen. Hey we all do.  We have blogs we all love and follow to learn either new tips & tricks or get great recipes. Yes, even the pros want to learn.  The only way you can become better is by learning, reading; formal education or the hard knocks in life. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do for a living you should never stop learning.

So on this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m sharing with you some even more cooking tips.

→ Adding a few drops of white vinegar to water when you boil potatoes will help keep your potatoes nice and white
→ When working with fresh herbs for soup, don’t add them all in the beginning or let them cook in the soup for a long period of time. They will lose their flavor.  Instead add more fresh herbs right before serving to boost the flavor

→ If you want to roast meat but you find that you don’t have roasting rack you can improvise with 2 items.  You can take a long piece of foil and roll it up to form a 1″ ring, place it on the bottom of the roasting pan and place the meat on top of that. If you don’t want to do that you can layer the bottom of the roasting pan with carrots, celery and onions. And what’s awesome about that method is as the meat roasts the vegetables get all of the flavors and drippings from the meat!

Cook like the pros with some of these tips!

Weekly Meal Prep Made Simple with Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™. All opinions are mine alone. #OrganizeWithBrilliance #CollectiveBias

Your weekly meal prep just got a whole lot easier with the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 pc set! Prep your lunches for the week, store it in these containers and stack it up neatly in the fridge!  Easy peasy!

Okay TKW Family if you haven’t heard of these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage container have I got a treat for you! As you know I cook a lot, no like A LOT.  We live a healthy lifestyle that, at times, can go astray but we always find our way back.  So one of the ways to help keep us, and by us I mean me as that man could eat everything in the fridge and not gain an ounce <hate him lol>, on that healthy path is by doing weekly meal preps.

What I love about these Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage systems is they are so truly universal from fridge organization, to meal planning & prepping as well as entertaining and grilling (perfect for marinades). And let’s dish for a bit.  These are NOTHING like your old time plastic storage containers.  These are crystal clear which means no longer do you have to play that fridge game “Oh what’s in this bowl??”. And probably one of my biggest loves is they are completely odor and stain resistant.  So yes you can put your pasta sauce in one container and fish in another and when you clean the containers they won’t smell or have that oh-so-lovely stained orange hue to them.  AND AND AND what is HUGE for me is they are 100% Leak-Proof.  And it’s GUARANTEED!!!  Dude, that’s HUGE!

You SERIOUSLY need to get in your car and go get these!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Pressure Cooker Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Savory Onion Gravy and Grandma’s Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  So what in the world is up with this weather?  It’s literally 65F degrees in FEBRUARY in Pittsburgh!  Like I was driving around yesterday with the window half way down. Then earlier today I was outside with just a short sleeve shirt on.  So either Mother Nature finally got her act together OR she’s being truly cruel and secretly waiting to dump a crap-ton of snow on us. Either way I’m LOOOOOOOOOVING this weather!

Any who, how was your week?  Mine wasn’t too bad.  I got a lot done with work and around the house. Mr. Fantabulous and the flooring guy started on Friday prepping the downstairs to install the hardwood flooring. They’ve only put 1 1/2 full strips down as a guide and then they will do the rest this upcoming week.  I’m suspecting it’ll take them a few weeks to finish but either way, it’s progress.  What else?  Oh… so Friday I went out to lunch at work with my one friend and ended up getting food poisoning.  Nice, huh?  I was so sick Friday and Saturday it was horrible.  But I’m better now but man such an awful feeling.

So good news (at least for me and Mr. Fantabulous) starting Tuesday I’ll be working from home full time and will only head into the office when needed. I spent an hour or so Saturday setting up my temporary office.  I’ll move all of my stuff into our real office once we relocate it downstairs.  And I buy a new desk.  Right now I run 3 large monitors and I need my space.

Sundays are meant to be spent in pajamas

Classic Monte Cristo

You’ve not had an amazing grilled cheese sandwich until you’ve made this Monte Cristo!  Layers of salty ham, luscious gruyere cheese, tangy dijon mustard and sweet raspberry preserves dipped in this French toast mixture and then grilled to perfection!

I have a confession…

*hangs her head*

I’ve been holding out on you.  <deep sigh>  This recipe I made about a year ago *ducks to miss the shoe that someone just threw at me*. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. For the past year I kept saying to myself “You have to post that sandwich. You need to get your butt in gear and post this. People will flip over it!” But I didn’t listen. Honestly there is no real reason why held out on sharing this.  Monte Cristo sandwiches aren’t a new thing but for some reason I posted everything but this. Like we’re talking recipes I literally just created, took the photos the same day and posted the recipe the next day.

I suck, I know.. but you still love me… right???

And I guess while I’m treating this like church, I might as well confess one more thing.  Mr. Fantabulous does not like this but he does not hate it either.  What that means is he refused to try it; not even a single bite. He said and I’m quoting here “That is NOT French Toast, that is NOT Grilled Cheese.  That is a Frankenstein concoction that I will not be a part of.”  Frankenstein?  I didn’t exactly create a monster here dude.  LOL big baby!
I’m telling you, make this once and you’ll be making this a thousand more times because you’ll fall in love with it!

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