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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!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle

Step up your pizza game in a seriously delicious, fancy schmancy way!  Roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy prosciutto, creamy Gruyere and a honey balsamic drizzle make this one friggen fantabulous pizza!

“Why’d you have to go and ruin pizza by putting not normal veggies and fancy schmancy stuff on it???” asks Mr. Fantabulous.  Um because I can!  Deal with it toots.  And he did.. by letting me eating the whole pizza myself.  Oh trust me I was totally cool with that as this pizza was so friggen good that I even impressed myself.  It’s funny as the items I put on this pizza he loves…separately. Apparently by putting them on a pizza I’m breaking some food law according to my husband.  Now my husband will swear up one side and down the other that he is not picky however I swear he’s worse than I am  – at least when it comes to pizza.

He’s the man that says “Order whatever you want on a pizza as long as it’s plain”. Yes, plain. The man prefers plain cheese pizza.  And every single time he asks for a plain cheese pizza I think of Kevin and that pizza scene from the movie “Home Alone”… ‘a lovely cheese pizza just for me’. But this time this pizza was for me.. ALL ME!  Well okay I’d share with you if you were here!

This is one of those pizzas I so wish my parents were still around to see. By that I mean not see the pizza but rather see me eat it… willingly. Now when I say I was a picky kid I mean I was as seriously picky kid.  We’re talking no chunky sauces, absolutely no onions, no weird things – pretty much it had to be buttered noodles, pb&j, corn and mashed potatoes.  And pizza but it had to have enough cheese to choke a horse and pepperoni.  OMG if you even waved a mushroom near it I was squinching up my nose as tight as I could.

There will be no nose squinching up with this delicious pizza!

Pressure Cooker Boneless Thick-Cut Pork Chops with Oniony Mashed potatoes and Pork Gravy!

Just 20 minutes is all you need to transform simple pork chops, potatoes and onions into a SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS meal!  We’re talking fork tender thick chops, oniony mashed potatoes and a thick, rich pork gravy!

So this dish kinda just ‘happened’. Mr. Fantabulous was at some concert and I had the house all to myself.  I had it all planned out for my bachelorette night in. I’d make myself a great dinner, take a bubble batch, shut off my computer and watch chick flicks while lounging in the recliner eating copious amounts of seriously bad food.  Unfortunately that didn’t happen quite like that. He had already left to go meet up with his buddy and I started to go make dinner.  What I came to find out was when I opened up my fridge that it was bare!  I mean we’re talking no milk BUT my loving husband left me the empty container (seriously who does this?  Write a friggen note!), no meat, no eggs and no cheese. WTH dude!

Now normally I’d be ok with this but this was MY “date” night with myself and I wanted real food. And what made it worse is that I was already in my lounge clothes (aka no bra!) and was mad I had to get re-dressed and put that damn thing back on just to go to the store.  Oh no trust me, I did think twice about just throwing a hoodie on over top of everything and heading to the store in those clothes but with my luck I’d end up as one of those “People of Walmart” memes.  And while it’s funny when it’s other people it’s not so funny when it’s you.

Begrudgingly I got re-dressed and went down the hill to my local butcher shop.  As I was walking through the meat section I spied some seriously awesome looking thick-cut chops.  We’re talking pink with that fat edge just begging to be taken home.  So into my buggy it went along with some pepperoni, Italian bread and other snacky stuff.  And for snacky stuff equals potato chips and fritos.  God I love fritos!  When I got home I figured since I was going to make it a junk food kinda night I might as well keep with the theme and make a bacon & pepperoni French bread pizza however I could not take my eyes off of those chops.

You will seriously be blown away buy how easy and delicious this meal is!

Thanksgiving Gobbler Rolls

These Thanksgiving Gobbler Rolls are seriously the most DELICIOUS way to transform those Thanksgiving leftovers into something truly mouth-watering! A tender sweet roll dough packed with mashed potatoes, corn, roasted turkey and stuffing topped with “gravy” icing and cranberry relish garnish!

Question – what’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?  Is the eating it when it’s straight out of the oven with your loved ones all around?  Or is it that 2am fridge raid for those cold turkey sandwiches?  Or what about leftovers the next day – or as my Mom would call it “Thanksgiving #2”? For me it’s all of them but honestly I’d have to say my all time favorite is how I get to revamp those leftovers into something incredible. You’ve seen my Gobbler Wrap and Gobbler Pizza. However I have to be honest guys, this recipe today… it’s something special.  Like if I had to choose between this and my gobbler pizza, this will win out  And you all know how much I LOOOOOOOOVE pizza.  But this, dear God people it’s literally everything you would expect how a cinnamon roll would be BUT instead of sweet it’s full-on savory Thanksgiving-fied!

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So did you survive Thanksgiving yesterday? Hopefully no family squabbles, dry birds or failed desserts.  Growing up Thanksgiving was a big deal in my house; hell any day where there was a huge feast was a big day. But for us Thanksgiving is where Mom would cook for days, pies upon pies, and people coming in and out of the house all day long. Our main meal was at 2pm, 3pm if Mom was making a backup meal.  Yes you read that right, back up meal.

Transform those Thanksgiving leftovers into something truly spectacular!

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!

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