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Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Your boring baked potato just got all kinds of sexy with this Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes recipe!  Crispy skinned potato wedges all covered in melty cheese and crispy bacon.  Yeah, life just got a whole lot tastier!

For all of you newbies that found your way recently to the TKW Family, WELCOME!  Now there are a few things you need to know about me and my personality.  The way I write my posts and describe my recipes is I envision you’re sitting with me in my kitchen either watching me cook/bake or you’re helping me.  We’re chatting and laughing like we’ve been friends for decades – like the kind of friends who don’t judge you if you wear your sweats pants on inside out, your hair is a hot mess or if you trip will laugh til they cry all the while helping you up. When I write I open up my home and life as I want you guys to relate to me and to feel like you’re with me as I’m cooking or doing something. You feel at home here, even if you’re half way across the world, you still feel like family.

Something else you need to know about me – my husband is Mr. Fantabulous who has the metabolism of 967 people.  No seriously it’s unreal. I, on the other hand, have a negative metabolism (if there’s such a thing) meaning I don’t even have to eat food to gain jiggle.  I’m obsessed with pigs but I love bacon.  My logic is simply this – bacon is made from ugly pigs, not the uber cutsie ones that are dressed up.  I want a mini teacup pig, a cat and a dog but since our house is still being remodeled (9+ years now – we’re doing it ourselves) it’s not safe to have pets. I loathe anything cherries – I mean we’re talking not even cherry lip gloss. Pizza is my all time favorite food and my favorite veggie is the potato.   Thus this recipe… an ode to the glorious spud.

I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve had some facet of a “Bloomin’ Onion” either from Outback Steakhouse or some other restaurant.  And even if you haven’t, you’ve had to have heard of them. Right? So these bloomin’ onions were cut in a way that, when batter dipped and deep fried would ‘bloom’ in the hot oil thus making the onion to look like a blooming flower.
These potatoes will dress up any dish. Turn a bland tater into something mouth watering!

The Ultimate Easy Creamy Chocolate Fudge

This is truly the Ultimate Easy Creamy No Fail Chocolate Fudge.  I took Mom’s classic fudge recipe and modernized it – no more standing at the stove putting in a workout just to stir it. Just a few minutes is all it takes to make this seriously delicious, super creamy, no fail fudge!

Growing up there pretty much wasn’t anything my Mom couldn’t bake.  She wasn’t a professionally trained chef but she could produce meals that were flawless and truly delicious. Now any chef, albeit home or professionally trained has their specialty area. Some are rock stars at making steaks, others crush it in the pie world.  Mom, yeah she owned the fudge realm.  Mom made all types though her most requested was plain chocolate and toasted walnut.  Now I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of fudge.  If given the choice between fudge and a cookie, the cookies won out every single time.  For me it was just too rich.  However my Dad… oh my darling sweet father was a Fudge Fanatic!  No people you don’t understand!  My Mom would have to hide the fudge from him, even the ones she had orders for because that man loved it THAT MUCH!

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I can remember her hiding containers of fudge in my baby doll stroller, underneath the blankets and then it got so bad that she start stashing containers of it in my Barbie Doll case, underneath my clothes in my closet waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the corner and in pretty much any thing that could act as a hiding spot in my room.  Well Dad got wise to this and well…let me tell you a little story about fudge and my Dad.

This no fail fudge is easy, delicious and seriously addictive!

Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans

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This holiday season treat your family and friends to this seriously delicious Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans! It takes only 15 minutes and will definitely be the hit of your holiday food table!

Ah the holidays are here – the hustle, the bustle, Christmas movies, shiny wrapping paper, caroling and getting together with loved ones.  And if you’re a foodie like me there’s one more thing to mention about the holidays… THE FOOD!  Let’s face it people.  When the holidays are here, we want foods that impress, wow and taste absolutely incredible.  In my family and circle of friends we don’t gather around the tv or even the fireplace.  Nope, it’s all about where the food is served.  To me the kitchen is the heart of the home.  So why not make foods that show folks you love them, that they are special to you.  As Mama always said “Put your best dish forward Lori!”

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And that’s exactly what I’m doing today.  This Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans is truly incredible.  It’s creamy, cheesy, tart, citrusy and crunchy all on a single bite on a delicious Keebler® Toasteds® Cracker; Butter Crisp flavor to be exact.  I heart those – like it’s nothing for me to polish off a sleeve of those for dinner and yes, JUST those for dinner!
Impress your guests with this easy and delicious dish this holiday season!

Spinach & Cheese Puff Tarts

With the holidays in full swing now, these simple but elegant spinach & cheese puff tarts are the perfect recipe to WOW your guests and family!  These can be made in advance, kept in the fridge or freezer! Just reheat and serve!

So wow it’s like *counts on her fingers* 12 days til Thanksgiving!  However if you’re in any store or mall now we’ve apparently already had Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and are ready for Valentine’s day. I get the whole being ready for the holidays and all but come on, let me enjoy my holiday AT the time of my holiday!  I shouldn’t have to buy Halloween candy in July, my turkey in September and my Christmas tree in October.  However that seems to be acceptable thing now so I might as well go along with the flow; well that is food-wise at least *wink*

Okay seriously I’m ALL about holiday parties, get-togethers and the foods.  That’s when I think houses look the prettiest – the lights, decorations and stuff. Plus the food is just so much ….more. Sure during the warmer months we all have great food but for me, there’s just something a tad more special about holidays foods.

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I think for me it all started as a kid.  Every party we had Mom made it a big deal.  To this day I honestly have no idea where the foods came from as we were really poor; no seriously like REALLY poor but yet Mom would put out a spread that would rival any restaurant.  Starting right before Thanksgiving until the day after New Year’s Day the cooking, baking and holiday festivities were never ending.
Such a simple recipe but with an impressive end result!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skewers with Balsamic Reduction Glaze

Just 4 simple ingredients (Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Proscuitto, Cheese and a Balsamic Reduction) make up one of the easiest and most delicious appetizers you’ll have this holiday season!

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Hey TKW Family! Have I got a great appetizer recipe for you today that is light, healthy and super delicious!  Plus these Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skewers with Balsamic Reduction Glaze are perfect for your Football food table, upcoming Halloween party or any holiday party. I love this time of year here in Pittsburgh.  The trees are changing from green to bright hues of orange, red and yellow. Halloween is right around the corner and Football Sundays are in full swing. We have days that you may need a long-sleeved shirt and hoodies in the evening.  It’s about being indoors and gatherings inside.

Fall to me means winter fruits and veggies, comfort foods and the holidays.  Though you can get Brussels Sprouts all year long somehow I attribute them to Fall/Winter.  Now full disclosure I hated Brussels Sprouts growing up.  You see Mom only made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And well, how do I say this politely?  Um… Mom’s were horrible. Sorry Mom I love you but Brussels Sprouts were not your forte. You see she’d buy the frozen bag, pop them in boiling water, allow them to boil forever until they turned to mush.  Then when they were water-logged and mushy, she’d pretty much bathe them in a vat of butter.  Yeah…. not good.

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Well a few years ago I decided to try fresh sprouts… One simple roasted sprouts recipe and I was hooked.  So today, that’s what I’m sharing with you.  Now it all starts with fresh sprouts. And thanks to the incredible Daisey Fresh filters my sprouts stay fresher longer. No longer do I have to worry about soggy, limp veggies. Nope!  These 100% natural and organic filters save the day and save my wallet!  I no longer have to throw away veggies and fruits because I “forgot” about them or there’s too much humidity in my drawer.

One of the easiest and most delicious appetizers!

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